Post # 1
Is anyone else having this problem?
This is definitely not a complaint, just something that is making me chuckle. My showers were on 8/3 and 8/10. We are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Crate & Barrel. People are buying REALLY unevenly from the registries!! I’m going to guess its because we live on the East Coast, but we are getting married in our home state, in the midwest, where there is only one Crate & Barrel and it is quite a long drive away from our guests. The other two stores aren’t super close either, but there are multiple and they’re a little easier to find.
Here is our breakdown of purchases:
Macy’s: Registered for 83 gifts, 6 have been purchased (4 are towels!)
Crate & Barrel: Registered for 34 gifts, 2 have been purchased
Bed, Bath & Beyond: Registered for 55 gifts, 34 have been purchased
What’s up with that? The price spread is still from very cheap to very expensive on all three registries, so it’s not that. I’m just bummed, because there’s so much on the Crate & Barrel registry we were banking on having – casual dinnerware, flatware, etc.
Anyone else experiencing this?
Post # 3
Bed Bath & Beyond is everywhere. Probably a lot easier to get to. I can name two or three within my immediate area. the nearest Macys is about an hour away and I doubt we have a Crate & Barrel.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Bed, Bath and Beyond is standard. I think people are just used to it.
Post # 5
We only registered at BB&B because it was the only store that most everyone who would think to get us something would be close to. We thought about Crate & Barrel but the ones closest to us are smack dab in the middle of our two states so not really close for anyone…lol
Post # 6
I think it’s probably because there are BB&B EVERYWHERE, and everyone has one of those coupons laying around.
We are purposfully not registering at BB&B because 1) I hate it (there’s so much stuff there!) 2) it gives people too many options. We’re using our registry to upgrade a lot of “starter” household things (better knives/nicer plates/matching glasses) and if I register for a $15 spatula (or whatever), it’s because I want the $15 spatula, not some $5 version.
I have noticed, though, in going to other people’s weddings/showers and checking out their registry, that your experience is typical. A girlfriend is getting married next month and her Macy’s regsitry is almost wiped out, while her honeyfund and C&B registry have hardly been touched.
Post # 7
I know in my hometown, the closest Bed, Bath and Beyond is about 30 minutes away – same with the closest Macy’s. I guess people probably just assume our Macy’s registry is all china and crystal and so they just avoided it for the showers. (It does contain china and crystal but also lots of basic serveware and throw pillows! haha)
You’re right though, people may just have gone to BBB because they’re accustomed to it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed more people venture to Crate & Barrel if they choose to get us physical wedding gifts!
Post # 8
@StL.Ashley: that’s a very good point. we have had EPIC issues with people being like OH THEY WANT A TOASTER/HAND BLENDER/KEURIG MACHINE/K CUP HOLDER (etc ad nauseum) and get us some random other version of the one that we wanted. SUPER ANNOYING.
We needed BBB for some things though (trash can, kitchen tools not offered at the other two for a reasonable price, appliances not offered at the other two, etc.) so I kinda got stuck with it. It’s annoying me though! Annoying me in a good way, because who complains about gifts?! haha
Post # 9
Ours was like this. We registered at BBB and Kohl’s. Everything was much bought off the Kohl’s one and almost nothing from the BBB one for my shower. I think this has to do with location for our guests. There are definitely more Kohl’s stores in the area so I think it was just easier for them to go there.
Post # 10
Yep. BBB is like, 7 seven minutes from my house…Macy’s is 20ish, and C&B is 30-45 (maybe more in freakin’ Atlanta traffic). It really depends on what I’m buying for…if I’m going to the shower, I need to go and physically get a gift to bring, but if I’m just going to the wedding, I’m more likely to shop online and have it shipped, so in that case, I’d check out the other places!
Post # 11
@TwoStatesBride: Because BBB is the shiz. 🙂 They send you more 20% off coupons than you could ever use, they ship for free (most of the time if it’s a big wedding gift they don’t have in stock), and you know that they’ll let the couple take it back if they want something else. And like you said – they have so many things that you could always use money there. That’s the only place we registered – not because I wouldn’t have liked some cool shiz from C&B, but because I know no one would have gone to buy it and I’d just have one or two mis-matched things.
Post # 12
@TwoStatesBride: I had the same issue. I registered at the Bay and Bed Bath and Beyond.
In Canada, BBB is scarce, so.. everyone bought from the Bay. I think only 4 items were outstanding on that one and BBB had MAYBE 4 items on it bought.
Post # 13
@almostmrsj: we may end up with mismatched things, haha! i figure if people only buy a few things off C&B and Macy’s we can shuffle them after the wedding and return/exchange for the stuff we really need.
Example: one of the two C&B gifts was this beautiful large wooden bowl I wanted to serve salad in, but we need our casual dinnerware and flatware WAY worse to replace our mismatched/dinged/banged up college dishes and silverware. if no one buys us that stuff we’d probably return things like that bowl so we can get the stuff we really need!
Post # 14
I have BB&B and Crate+Barrel, and expect to get little to nothing from my Crate and Barrel registry. There are a few around here, but it’s just WAY easier to get to a BB&B, there’s more stuff on that registry, and they have the 20% coupons to boot.
Post # 15
@TwoStatesBride: I would have just registered at one store if there was stuff you really wanted. People are always going to go for what is convenient. I only have a BBB here, but I live in Canada. I find all of those stores overpriced personally 😛 I’m cheap though.
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: yeah, unfortunately, there are things at all three stores we really want/need. we would have been making sacrifices to choose two and not three.
i had several people ask me before the shower what i really wanted, and i tried to deflect those questions – perhaps before the wedding i’ll direct them to the crate & barrel registry if they ask. the macy’s one is nice too but the c&b one is the one we’re more bummed about for sure.