Post # 1
So we finally completed our registry this weekend. We registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Home Outfitters. Both locations are everywhere in Ontario, as well both retail stores are located in every city my guest is from, so it’s very convienent for them.
I have 50 guests at my wedding, so divide that in half there will be 25 woman at my bridal shower, give or take depending on the rsvps. Our shower isn’t until November so invites haven’t gone out yet.
I have approx. 30 items on each list of the registries, so 60 items total. I’ve counted everything as an item, even though the total adds up to much more than that, for example I have towels listed as 1 item, but we’ve registered for 6 towels, placemats are 1 item, but I’ve registered for 10, you get the picture. The list varies in price from $1.00 – $350.00 so there is a wide variety for our guests to choose from.
Do you think I have enough items on my registry? I’ve heard you should put more than less, but I don’t want to come off as greedy because we’re having such a small guest list. Input? Thanks!
Post # 3
I would do some more, it can’t hurt and it’s the last time you’ll ever get to do it (besides for a baby). Good luck!
Post # 4
@Ms.Sugarsnap: I figured that would be the answer, so I guess I’ll add a few more little items to fill it up. Can never have enough kitchen gadgets I guess lol
Post # 5
If you are just registering for items to fill up a registry, I wouldn’t do it… You are going to end up with a lot of clutter that you may not use. IMO the purpose of registering is to help give your family gift ideas so you don’t end up with multiples of the same appliances (e.g. 3 toasters… lol!). But a lot of my married friends joke about stuff they got off their registry that they never use… So I would honestly err on the conservative side – register for things that you and your FI want. Don’t feel like you just have to add extra things to reach a magic number. If everyone buys up everything off your registry, maybe some will bring you money or gift cards or something handmade.
Post # 6
We didn’t follow any registry guideline aside from registering in all price points. We only picked out items we liked and would love to have, versus random things that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves even if we had the money. Plus, if you ever have to move, think about having to move all that stuff. Yikes! Generally speaking, I think we had as much stuff as you on the registry.
FWIW, we registered enough that we still had enough items in all price points on our wedding day as many guests chose to gift cash/giftcards anyway.
Post # 7
If there is something else you want, then sure. Otherwise, just wait until after the shower and then you can see if there’s anything new you want or add things on based on the price point. Many people will give cash gifts or a GC are the wedding anyway.
Post # 8
It probably depends on the store, but I’ve heard of people being able to add items closer to the date. Maybe you can keep an eye on your list and if it starts to look a bit empty you can add some exra things. It would also give you an idea of what pricepoint suits your guests (by what things are purchased early). Although I agree with PP’s that it makes sense to only add things you actually want.
Post # 9
@MsVoyageur: I was going to fill up the registry with crap until reading your post. It makes perfect sense and yet I didn’t think about receiving all the things we probably wouldn’t use. The registry is perfect as it is, and your right if there is nothing left on the list people are resourceful.
Post # 10
If there are other things that you feel that are needed in your newly wed life then I’d add them on. If not then I’d say it’s fine 🙂
Post # 11
The stores want you to register for more rather than less because it boosts their profits – especially if they can lure you to buy the extra unpurchased items afterward with the “completion discount.” (Trust me, even though you are getting a discount, they are still making a profit and they still come out ahead.) You are better off limiting your registry to things you actually need and will use, hopefully having it get completely bought out, and having the rest of your guests gift you cash, gift cards, or use your registry to make an educated guess about something else you didn’t ask for but that you might like.
(There will be some randomstuff too – there always is. That’s just human nature, though, and makes for funny stories after the fact.)