Post # 1
So Fiance and I are finally getting around to thinking about registries. We’re thinking right now about going with Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond. Plus a wishpot registry for all of the designer-y items that we oh-so love. (As an example, we’re looking at some great glasses / mugs from Bodum that aren’t available in any of the chain stores.)
Anyways, my questions:
(1) Do we need appointments to set up our registries? …or can we just show up in the stores over the weekend and say “We want to register!”
(2) Do the stores tend to carry all of the different dishes and flatware in the store? We would really like to see some of the specific sets of dishes and silverware IRL before we decide what to register for.
(3) How many sets of dishes / silverware should we register for? 8? 10? 12?
Post # 3
We went to BB&B and Crate and Barrel and didn’t have an appointment at either. It wasn’t a big deal, but I imagine if it’s a particularly busy time, you might have to wait around a bit before you’re helped.
Both of these stores had all of their dishware and flatware on display and I imagine Macy’s would too. These are big money-makers for them and brides are much less likely to register for dishes they can’t actually see in real life.
For dishes, I’d say 12 is a safe bet, even if you will seldom ever have that big of a dinner party. If you don’t necessarily want 12 complete sets (I deff. did not want to have to store 12 tea cups and saucers), you can always register for 8 complete sets and then some single dinner and salad plates, since those get used a lot more. Or just register for it all open stock and pick out what you think you’d really need/use. Coming from a big extended family, 8 didn’t seem enough to me, but your situation might be different.
Post # 4
Oh, and for flatware, I’d definitely register for extra. Someone always drops a fork on the floor, you know? 🙂
Post # 5
We just walked in, no fuss no muss. Though we have smaller BBB’s and they didn’t have the flatwear or dishes we wnated to look at…we had to go to another store to see the dishes. Never did see the flatwear…registered for that at crate and barrel.
Post # 6
We also registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and it was SUPER easy! We literally went in there and said “We want to register.” 🙂 They sat us down and explained everything and then sent us out into the store with the gun (which is a lot of fun btw). Everyone was very helpful, asking if we had questions and offering us coffee or water. We registered for 12 sets (or 3 boxes of 4 settings) and they do have a large variety in the store. I’m not sure that all stores will carry the same supply, our store is smallish, so it didn’t have everything, but we got an idea of what they had and I have registered for some things online too.
Post # 7
Just show up! From my experience, stores carried most of the dishes in stock, but not all. We originally registered for 8 placesettings, but increased it to 12 because 8 didn’t seem like enough.
Post # 8
Fiance and I just went to register at BB&B last night! We just showed up, they sat down with us to explain everything and gave us some binders to look through (items that are not carried in the store … i.e. luggage, a larger variety of fine/casual china, etc.). They put our info into the computer so that we’d be set up to register when we wanted (didn’t have time last night). Can’t wait for the fun part! 🙂
Post # 9
We went to BB&B last week & it was great! We have a couple near us but we went a little further to a BB&B superstore – they carry the china & formal stemware. They had two whole walls of flatware. We just walked in, they took our coats, offered us something to drink, filled out the forms, showed us how to use the gun & left us alone. It was awesome. They can prob. tell from the gun which section you’re in – she brought us each a bottle of water when we reached 100 items. I thought that was cute.
We registered for 8 settings because my mom already got 4 for us so we’ll end up with 12.
Post # 10
I registered at both those places, too! Macy’s might be a good first stop because they are very, very helpful and good at explaining. BB&B, once they set you up, kind of just tell you to roam around and scan stuff–but I liked that.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I did my entire C&B registry online after browsing the store to get an idea of what I liked, particularly the flatware and dishes.
For Macys we just walked in and asked to register. There was no problem with that.