Post # 1
So..we have decided to start our registries next weekend. I’m registering at macy’s and sur la table plus have a honeymoon registry that our travel agent set up for us.
Is it worthwhile to register in the store? or should I do it online?? No one in my family has much experience with registries so thought I’d ask around here.
So those of you who registered in the store, was it worth it? was it helpful to see the items? will I miss an experience if I dont use the in store scanner lol?
I think I will be crunched for time If I attempt two stores in one day any thoughts on that? how long did you stay in the store when you registered?
Post # 3
I would love to see the answers to this too! I am facing the same dilemma!
Post # 4
We only registered in store at Macys. If you’re really into china/crystal and want to see/touch what you’re getting then I think in store makes sense. Outside of that… meh. The scanner thing wasn’t really that much fun, the salespeople can be pushy and I found the whole thing exhausting. We ended up leaving after 90 minutes and finishing up online.
Post # 5
@maybride53114: We did 3 stores in one afternoon and we were mentally exhausted!! hahaha. The only plus side to doing it in the store is using the cool scanner (althought FI used it the whole time except for 1 item he let me try it!). I have made so many changes online and think to myself, why didn’t I just do this online from the beginning?! There is so much more merchandise online and I think it’s easier to keep track of what you add.
To me, going to the stores was not worth it!
Post # 6
Some stores you “get” things when you register instore. I personally wouldn’t do the BBB one instore again bc she took like an hour to walk around the store then we were too tired to register that day! And the stuff they gave us wasn’t stuff we would use, like a coupon for a free bread knife if we registered for an entire set of a certain kind of pan, which we didn’t want.
But the benefit to registering instore is you can see what stuff the store actually carries, not just online.
Post # 7
@maybride53114: I think it’s nice to be able to go into the store and check things out. I personally like touching, feeling and checking out when I’m going to buy. Esepcially when it comes to things like sheets, blankets, towels, etc. AND even for things like serveware and china. I fell in love with some servingware only to see it in the store and find out the “fancy handle” that i loved so much were in fact SUPER cheap.
Even if you aren’t planning on registering there, I have also found that checking out the items reviews on amazon is a HUGE help.
Post # 8
Well, I wish we had registered in store, our dishes were really pretty online but once we got them discovered they were huge (like salad plate the size of a dinner plate) and heavy and not very usable. So less than a year after getting like $200 worth of dishes, we replaced them with $25 worth of used corelle stuff so they fit in the cabinet qnd I wouldn’t break em when they fell over against each other in the sink.
Post # 9
If you’re not familiar with home products, I would definitely recommend going to the store at least once, and then adding things online. Since I’m a young bride, I have no experience with most kitchen equipment, etc., so the run through at BB&B was really helpful. It’s also good to compare what products they have in store and THEN online. Registry is extremely exhausting in the store though. My FI and I would always be ready to go home and take a nap after like an hour at any store. So it took us about 6 trips to BB&B, Macy’s, etc to get it done. Then I still edited things online!
Post # 10
I would register in the store. You can look around and get an idea of what is available. I would then spend a week or so looking online and adding some stuff as well. Sometimes the website has items that are not available in the store.
Post # 11
we are doing target, BBB and wanderable. i started them online but found it too overwhelming to go thru each click through of items. so we went to the store and finished off the list where its way more oranized IMO. i can go to each aisle and see how it looks and feels. hard to register for towels that you havent felt.
Post # 12
We both had nasty headaches the day we did it in store, so we didn’t stay long. One thing we noticed though was that there was more selection in store. Actually some of the things we registered for weren’t online.
Post # 13
I agree with PP’s that it’s nice to be able to see the items in store if you’re getting china or flatware. FI and I are researching the items/styles online ahead of time and then going to the store to see if we like them. I think registering in store would be more convenient because I could get it done in one afternoon, but if the salespeople are pushy I have no qualms about going online to register instead.
Post # 14
I haven’t started yet but I think we are going to do a mix of both. My only con is I don’t want to deal with the associates lol.
Post # 15
online – read reviews before picking your stuff. If you register too early some stuff may not be available when your shower/wedding roll around. We did Macys in store just to sign up for the star rewards – but I ended up managing all of it online. Our other registries were all done online.
Post # 16
@maybride53114: I started online with Macy’s. One of these days, I’ll go into the store to figure out the rest of it since I want to look at some items in person of course. I think I started online just because I was so darn excited and not because there was necessarily a pro towards doing it in that order.