Post # 1
so many options. and yet……so much confusion.
We were wanting to register at about 3 places. So how do you choose!?
We’ve been together 7yrs and have lived together for about 4. We have some stuff but this is really where we can get great big ticket items that have just not been affordable in our day-to-day.
Here’s where I was thinking:
2) Crate and Barrell
3) The Toss Up: Macy’s or ZGallerie?
additional contender: *Possibly Home Depot
That 3rd choice is difficult for me and I’m wondering if there’s somewhere else that would be better??? Where are YOU registering?
Has anyone registered at ZGallerie? What was your experience?
Post # 3
I think Crate and Barrell is wonderful. We are registered at Bed Bath & Beyod. We have both been married before, so we’ve got essentially two households worth of stuff to combine. We are registered for the big ticket items as well – for example, a KitchenAid mixer @ $300…
We only registered at one place. What is the advantage of registering at multiple stores? You can’t duplicate items… just gives you more of a variety, then?
Post # 4
I agree Ladyroth regarding the big ticket items. I am looking foward to that KitchenAid Mix and Cuisinart Food Processor!
As far as why more than 1? I don’t like Crate & Barrel’s regular houseware selection (towels, sheets, etc) and Macy’s is very affordable with a huge selection. Bloomingdale’s is expensive, but some of my midwest family shop there a lot and again —- big ticket items!
Post # 5
So it is completely acceptable, then, to include three different registry cards in with your invitation?
Post # 6
I wouldn’t include the registry cards with your invitation. In many worlds, that is still considered bad manners. However, I am registered at four places, which are all listed on my wedding website and passed by word-of-mouth. At my shower, I only received two items off registry.
Post # 7
You’re right – bad etiquette… Word of mouth and wedding website will have to do!
Thanks for the catch!
Post # 8
Misspinkgerbers — that’s interesting that you only received 2 items on your registry at your shower. One of the reasons we are needing to hustle on our registry is because my shower is in June and the invites are going to be going out.
Why do you think you only got 2 items? What were the other gifts? ( — just curious if this is the norm)
Post # 9
Rather than register at a bunch of different places, we decided to register only at myregistry.com, which allows you to post items from all over on one registry. It’s not the same as an in-store registry and does require that people who buy items check them off to avoid duplicates. We’re trusting that the cousins will help our elderly relatives navigate, should they really want to purchase a gift.
Post # 10
Your MOH and BM’s will spread the word about your registry — and usually there is some sort of registry card in the Bridal Shower invite (just NOT the wedding invite). I have registered at Macy’s, but I am actually thinking about registering at Tupperware just for the shower. I need to make my mind up quick because the shower is in July.
Post # 11
I mean June…. Brain Freeze.
Post # 12
I registered at three places- Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath and Beyond. I also duplicated items that we really want, I see no problem with that. We can remove stuff if it gets bought at one place (we’re having a reception 2 weeks after the first one), or return an item if it’s duplicated. Maybe that’s bad? But I see nothing wrong with it.
I also only got two items off my registry at my shower, and they were from the same person. But the hostesses didn’t include registry information with the invitation, so that could be why.
And to try to be helpful- we picked based on certain items we wanted and where they had them, and then registered for other stuff too. That’s what made the decisions for us
Post # 13
We registered at BB&B, Macy’s, and Lowes. BB&B is significantly less expensive than Macy’s for everything that they both have, but we did find flatware, linens, and a number of small appliances at Macy’s that they didn’t have at BB&B. We picked Lowe’s because we both have a lot of kitchen stuff already – gifts like that are more about upgrading for us than really needing something – and because we do have a lot of upgrading we want to do on our house. There are other places we thought about (Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma) but honestly our registries at those stores would have ended up with not a lot of items on them, and for most of our guests those stores aren’t in the towns where they live, so we decided against it.
Post # 14
We registered at 3 different places, and we also only got 2 gifts from my registry for the shower, and they were from my mom and sister. Everyone else got us stuff we didn’t really need, like bakeware from Pampered Chef, and silver picture frames (really not us – we registered for dark brown frames). I did get a beautiful cake stand that I didn’t register for as well, and I love it so much I’m using it for our wedding cake stand.
The other stuff we received was nice, but most of it is just stuff that will now clutter our house. I kind of wish that people would purchase things from the registry, but what can you do?
Post # 15
i would not recommend myregistry.com – many of our guests, mostly our parents’ friends and older family members, are not internet saavy and went instore to purchase gifts.
we are having a large wedding, and many of our guests are from other parts of the country, so we ended up registering at 4 stores to get the right balance of price points and accessability. macys, williams-sonoma, crate and barrel, and target.
all of the invitations that the hosts of our showers sent out included registry cards, but i have to agree on the "no registry card in the wedding invitation" rule. word of mouth and wedding website was more than enough…and we have received wedding invitations with registry info and it did seem a little tacky.
Post # 16
I agree about the wedding invite rule. That was actually one of the first pieces of advice I was given when enaged "you don’t put your registry in the invite".
Last night we were discussing wether registering for a plasma tv is tacky? For some reason, I can’t put my finger on it, but it strikes me as so. What are your all thoughts on that?
My FI said that if he saw that on a registry his response would be "Buy it Yourself." We feel the same about the "buy my honeymoon" sites, but that is a whole different topic!