How much of what you registered for did you actually receive?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How much of what you registered for did you actually receive?
    90-100% : (2 votes)
    11 %
    80-90% : (2 votes)
    11 %
    70-80% : (3 votes)
    16 %
    60-70% : (3 votes)
    16 %
    50% or less : (9 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @turningpersian:  I’m also curious about this – someone posted this calculator which I’ve been using as a guide because I have no idea:

    http://www2.thebay.com/GiftRegistry/en/wedding-calculator.html

     

    I think it’s going to depend on your guest list – how many people, and do they culturally give physical gifts, and what kind of stuff you register for – ie you’re more likely to get a 50 toaster than a 500 breadmaker.

    Post # 4
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    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Polygon:  Also, I’ve seen it recommended that you check your registries as the wedding gets closer and add more things as stuff gets bought at each price point. 

    Sorry I can’t actually be helpful, but I’ve also been thinkin about this!

    Post # 5
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    8707 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We got exactly one item off our registry.

    Post # 6
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    852 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Here are my suggestions about registering:

    1. Register at one store (you will maximize the bride/groom incentives a lot of  stores offer)
    2. register at a store that has a great return policy- you may end up returning  unwanted items later on and you really do not need hassle
    3. Register for items that range from $5 dollars all the way up to the most  expensive item you want
    4. To play it safe, register for twice as many gifts as there are guests  invited to the wedding
    5. Make sure you think of all rooms of the house (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom,  living room, dining room) and register for items for each room
    6. put items on the list even if you are not completely sure since you can  always return them
    7. do not use anything until after the wedding. Ttake a complete inventory  after the wedding, shower, etc and see what yu have.  Then figure out if  there is anything that you really want and did not receive.  Use the  special discount after the wedding or return some items that you are so-so about  and purchase the items you really want. 

     

    My main point is that if you register at a store with a good return policy you really do not have to worry about what you end up getting.  You will have the option to return items and use the store credit to get what you want. 

     

    Post # 7
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I got the majority of physical gifts only at the shower. Most people gave cash at the wedding.

    Post # 8
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think it depends on your circle. In my circle, very few people give cash – I expect the only cash gifts at my wedding will be from people traveling from NYC, etc where cash gifts are the norm. One of my friends from back home just got married, she got 90% of what she registered for – and there were some big buys on there. She said most people shipped the present to her house right before the wedding.

    Post # 9
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    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We did not have a traditional shower, girlfriends threw me a “stock the bar” party we got bottles of alcohol and bar accessories for home. We received mostly money as wedding gifts, less that 50% from our registries on Amazon and Etsy. I really liked the Amazon registry though, it allowed us to register for really unique things that we actually enjoy. Family members asked that we leave it up for future gifts. 

    Post # 10
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    4831 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We got almost everything, I would say 90%. I was very selective with the registry and did not put any duplicates on each one (2 stores). The women throwing my shower put a note in the invitation about where I was registered, so we got some items for the shower too. We only got a few gifts that were not on the registry, but we also live across the country from where the wedding was, so most people were courteous not to bring physical gifts since we couldn’t bring them back. We also got money from some people, but most went for gifts. 

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