Post # 1
Pretend I’m an idiot and know nothing about weddings.
What is the difference between creating an online registry and going into the actual store and scanning things? Will guest still be able to buy things in the store if I create my registry online and vice versa?
Post # 3
Your guests can buy either online or in store, no matter how you start your registry.
Post # 4
It depends on the store and the item. I found registering with Target to be a terrible experience because half of the things I scanned in the store were not available online, and vice versa. It was annoying enough that we are actually not going to be maintaining a registry with Target at all.
If you have the time, I would definitely recommend going to the store to register, especially if you will be registering for little things like kitchen gadgets and tools. It was way fun to do, but I think we also ended up picking out things that we wouldn’t have thought of if we had just done it online. Most stores will let you set it up in store and then go online to edit it. I think that’s the way to go personally.
Post # 5
exactly what she said so eloquently. I have noticed that about Target. I’ll be heading into the store instead of online.
Post # 6
There’s really no difference. But a lot of stores don’t carry everything in the stores that you see online (Bed Bath and Beyond and J.C. Penney are a couple of big ones). So you have to be careful because what if everything you register for is only sold online, a guest goes into the store to get you a gift, and there’s nothing in the store for them to buy for you? Plus, in the store you get more of the traditional “registry experience.” It’s fun to walk around the store with a scanner in your hand. And you can see and feel everything in the store. Sometimes it’s hard to determine size and quality by looking at a picture. But every registry system I know of (other than WalMart) will allow guests to buy gifts in-store or online. I think WalMart is online only, though I could be mistaken about that. Anyway, a lot of brides go to the store to start, then add other stuff online when they get home, especially if they didn’t find quite what they were looking for in the store. And being able to register at home on your own time is nice because you can sometimes make better choices about what you really need, or how many of something you need. You can always register in the store and then edit your registry online when you get home if you need/want to.
Post # 6
as long as the items are available both in store and online, it’s the same. some items are only available in store or online. so depending on your guests, if they’d be online shoppers or in store shoppers, you may want to make sure your items will be available where most of your guests will be shopping.
Post # 7
It really doesn’t matter. I wanted to make sure my guests could use either option, so I only registered for items that could be bought in the store or online. I stayed away from ‘online only’ items. Personally, I hate going to a store to shop for a friend only to find out that practically everything on their registry is online only, so I tried not do that.
I also liked going to the store to feel/touch/see the items in person and DH liked using the pricing gun.
Post # 8
thank you so much for your insight bees!!
Post # 9
I’d think it would depend on the store. I had a personal WS registry prior to getting married and we converted it over to our wedding registry. I originally set it up 100% online and it stayed that way until I made it a wedding registry and for that we added things 100% in the store.
What I noticed is when I looked at our registry online, some of the things we selected were not available to purchase online. And, some similar items were actually different sku’s (like a set of glasses vs. individual glasses) so it showed up funny on the registry.