Post # 1
I just had my bridal shower and although I got some wonderful gifts only 1 person actually bought off the registry! The wedding is in about 3 weeks and out of about 90 things registered for on Amazon only 10 have been bought. I did not register for very expensive things; most are $30 and under. I’ve heard the same story from a few other brides. Any idea why this happens?
Post # 2
Some people bought off the registry, some just gave gift cards, and others cash.
Post # 3
It may be because it’s a virtual store rather than a physical store . Depending on the age group , maybe some feel more comfortable buying in person rather than online. Just a thought
Post # 4
Is Amazon the only registry you have? If so, my guess is that people would have preferred to shop at an actual store. My cousin had a registry at Kohl’s and at Amazon and she said the Kohl’s one was pretty much gone but there was a ton of stuff left on the Amazon one.
We only received a couple gifts that weren’t on the registry (I think two or three people total out of the 200 people at the wedding).
ETA: just wanted to say that I tend to buy gifts a couple days in advance or the day of (and after a bit of registry stalking so did our guests). At that point it would be difficult to order something online because you won’t know if it will be on time.
Post # 5
Thanks, but I have a registry at Target as well. Out of about 50 things (most doubles of Amazon so they can be bought either online or in store) only 3 have been bought.
Post # 6
Almost everyone has bought off the registry thus far, but I think it also depends on what’s done in your circle. Where I’m from in the south, people don’t give money, they give presents (for the wedding as well) and 99% of people buy off the registry for the shower and the wedding. I’ve actually had to watch mine and add to it so it doesn’t get low or have just expensive things on it.
Post # 7
maiapal: I have family members that think a bridal registry is rude.
For instance, my aunt decided to buy me a server that she thought I would like and and she states “it;s so you!”. What kills me about this whole thing, is that I see this aunt maybe once a year and that is our only form of communication. This woman does not know me at all and has never been to my house to see my decorating style and taste. What makes it worse, is that I had actually registered for a server at the same store where she purchased her gift…….
I ended up returning all the gifts that were not off my registry…….. and do not feel bad about it at alll………
Post # 8
about 70% of our gifts were monetary
about 20% were gifts from the registry
and 10% were gifts that left us clueless (regifted junk, or decor for the house)
Post # 9
californiabride2013: are we related? do we have the same aunts? lol sounds like my life.
Post # 10
CaroBee: This is my experience also, also in the South.
We got a few off-registry gifts, some we liked and kept, some we returned for credit, and some we are stuck with. We got a little money, but as CaroBee said, it’s mostly presents around here and we had to refill our registry!
Post # 11
We didn’t have many buy off the registry. We got mostly cash (which was actually better in my opinion!).
Post # 12
We only had 1 person not buy off the registry or give cash. My shower was all registry gifts, and the wedding was almost entirely cash/checks
Post # 13
I agree with the above comments about depends on where your guests are from. Most of our southern guests bought off the registry. Those from up north and also asian relatives gave cash. All our friends purchased off our registries.
Considering that you’re getting close to the wedding, I’m guessing you may be getting a lot of cash gifts the day-of the wedding.
Post # 14
most people give cash, we had 98% of people give cash at the wedding
Post # 15
I woulds say 90% of my registry items were purchased for the bridal shower. Almost all our guests (maybe 98%) brought cash as their wedding gift and we got the last few remaining registry items.
Our family is from the Northeast (NYC area) and my family is Asian.