Post # 1
I am having the hardest time registering,and am driving my FI crazy! Right now we’re registered at Crate and Barrel, BB&B and Sears (tools, electronics). The fine china that I am deeply in love with is carried at BB&B…but not all of the pieces. Weird. So it looks like I’ll need to add the serving pieces at Macys. So I would have ANOTHER registry with only 4 items on it.
Being registered at 4 places seems like a lot. I’m thinking about switching everything on our BB&B registry to Macy’s and just eliminating BB&B…but I HATE the non-sale prices at Macys. We originally cut out Macys because of their inflated prices. I don’t want to register for $30 towels!!
Is 4 places too many? Should I switch everything over?
Post # 3
We registered at Target, Pampered Chef, and did a Honeymoon registry.
Post # 4
we registered at target, bedbath, and crate&barrel. how likely is it that you’ll receive the 4 serving pieces? if you know that your parents or your FILs will be buying the four pieces, why not let them know that it’s at Macy’s and not register a fourth?
if not, i dont think four is too many in your situation.
Post # 5
We did amazon.com (nice because they have the “universal registry” thing, and BBB. We just had a shower, and by far most people bought gifts from amazon (my friends and family are not shoppers!).
Post # 6
We registered at two places.
I like missjyc’s idea- why not just tell your family that your serving pieces are at Macys? If this isn’t possible, I don’t think that four registries is too many…think of as you are giving people lots of options. 🙂
Post # 7
We registered at BB&B and Crate & Barrel at first but than we also used Gift Registry 360 because we had the same problem. You can register for anything at any store with Gift Registry 360 so it made it easier than registering at two more places. You can also sync your Crate and Barrel registry with it. It was pretty cool.
Post # 8
We registered at 4…similar situation to you! We did Amazon for tools and casual china pieces, Williams-Sonoma for kitchenware, and most of our fine china was at one store (Gump’s). But, the dinner plates we picked from a different edition of the pattern and found the best price at a different online boutique (Upscale Gallery). I just couldn’t stomach asking the gift-givers to pay an extra $40 per plate just to avoid making 4 registries. We just listed them on the website (including the dinner plate only one!) and didn’t hear complaints from anyone.
Post # 9
We’re doing 4 places: Crate and Barrel, BB&B, Macys and Honeyfund. The only thing we are registered for at Macys is our fine china and the serving pieces. It’s not carried anywhere else.
Post # 10
I registered at 3. (Target, Macys, BBB)
I’ve heard that 2-3 is best; that 1 isn’t enough, and 4+ looks greedy.
Is there any way to consolidate any of your existing registries? If not, I don’t think having 4 is terrible; just don’t do any more!
Post # 11
We registered at 3: Target, BB&B, and, and Wal-mart.
If you want to add the 4th, go for it. Another option would be to wait and see if you get gifted enough money to just go buy the pieces?
Post # 12
I’d stick with 3 – are there a ton of pieces that BBB doesn’t carry? – or is it just some of the random pieces. I’d put as much on the BBB one that you can and then if it’s just some pieces, you can always buy them with wedding money.
We did WS, BBB and C&B – I was surprised that we didn’t get a lot of purchases off our registries for the wedding.
Post # 13
We are registered at 4: Macy’s, BB&B, Kohl’s, and he has a man registry at Sears. We don’t have much at Kohl’s, but we registered for square Fiesta-ware at Macy’s and serving pieces. Kohl’s doesn’t carry the square dishes but they have many of the same serving pieces. So we put Kohl’s out there because they run really good sales so if there is a week Macy’s doesn’t have Fiesta on sale, Kohl’s might. Although Macy’s has had Fiesta on sale every single week since we registered!
I don’t think 4 is too many at all–plus Macy’s has awesome sales and a great bonus for registering. A lot of older people will want to shop at Macy’s instead of BB&B and they know how to work the sales. At my shower with younger ladies (my age), it was mostly BB&B gifts. With my FMIL’s friends–every single gift was from Macy’s. I’d go for it.
Oh and I have a lot of overlap between my registries. I watch them and when something is bought at one store, I delete it from the other. I have all of my china registered at BB&B and Macy’s. As people have bought it (all Macy’s so far), I delete from BB&B. Most people probably won’t even know you have 4 registries and won’t look any further once they find one.
Post # 14
@rollercoaster: we are registered at an alternative registry because I knew that I wanted to register for things at different stores and some really nontraditional things. It is great. Our guests go there and see an entire list and the site takes them right to the page to buy the item. It also lets you add offline items. For instance there is a store near us that I really love and want a few things from but they don’t have a website, but I can add the items as offline gifts. Also it allows you to ask for money if you want. It gets linked to a paypal account. We are asking for money for our house and for our honeymoon. It is really nice. I would recommend it to everyone.
it is http://www.myregistry.com – We have found it very easy to use both for us and our guests.
Post # 15
Wow…thanks for all the responses! It’s so hard to know what is “normal.” I decided to go to Macys last night and scope out the store. I sat down with the registry specialist and actually ended up deciding to just move everything from BB&B to Macys. The incentives are good, the sales are good, and @foofie – i think your point about my parents generation wanting to shop at Macys is so true! I don’t think I have a lot of family that would go to BB&B…
Plus…I ended up switching my china pattern. They have a lenox pattern that is not carried at BB&B that was love at first sight…
Between Crate and Barrel and Macys I can get everything covered that was on BB&B…and my FI can still have his man-registry at Sears.