Instore or Online setup of registries?? Pros and Cons??

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Where did you start your registry, in store or online?
    in store : (5 votes)
    31 %
    online : (11 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would love to see the answers to this too! I am facing the same dilemma!

    Post # 4
    5661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @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
    4511 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    @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
    5533 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    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
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    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
    805 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    1112 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    3735 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @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.

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