Post # 1
Just trying to get a sense of what other people have done… how big was your wedding registry (registries)? We want to give our guests some selection, and I live in an area where people are more likely to give you a gift than money. I hate it when you check someone else’s registry, and there are only one or two items left. Usually either too small to be given on its own or too expensive for my budget.
So selection is good, but we don’t want to come off as greedy either. Thoughts?
Post # 3
we really only registered for things we needed, a few things we wanted – we were in the boat of hoping for cash honestly. we invited about 180 people- ended up with about 120 and you think 1 gift per couple so i tried to keep it around 50ish items (which was more difficult that you would think) at all price ranges, from measuring spoons at 4.00 to a vaccuum at 400! i really tried to keep things in a medium price range but knew that i had some aunts and uncles that might go in on a gift so i registered for some expensive things too -i got 2 kitchen aids! and china that i didnt even register for.
Post # 4
I noticed you’re from Canada – The Bay has a fantastic calculator for guestimating how much you should have on your registry and from what price-points.
Here’s a link:
Post # 5
While making my registries I was told to have two gifts for every guest in varying ranges.
Honestly I have like 1.5 to each guest. I’ll just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t get too low.
And (although it sounds awful) I know I can always return things that I decide I don’t need later on.
Post # 6
We registered at four places and for a TON of stuff to give our 300+ guests options. I thought for sure that we’d look greedy and that we’d NEVER get anywhere near all of it. Every one of the registries pretty much filled up to the point where we had to start adding more. And then when we couldn’t think of anything else to register for, we stopped adding. But we did receive some comments about how guests tried to buy us gifts right before the wedding and our registries were almost full.
In conclusion, don’t be afraid to register for a lot! Your guests want to buy you things, and they want to be able to select a gift that they like and that is in their price range.
Also, are you having showers, and how many? I had three bridal showers, which ate up almost 1/3 of the gifts on our original registry. Eesh!
Post # 7
@babybluz: Thanks for the link to the Bay calculator! I remember now going over that with our Bay registry consultant, but it has been over a year, and I’d forgotten.
@Gemstone: That’s the direction I was leaning. It’s better to give people choice. I’ve already had one shower, with another one coming up soon. We also tried to get a wide variety of things, since it seems some people prefer to buy practical items, while others want to choose something decorative and heirloom-quality.
Post # 8
@mile end: Exactly. It ended up working well for us. People appreciated options. And like I said…our registries still filled up!
Post # 9
We registered for the things we needed/wanted. We had plenty of selection even after the wedding. I honestly don’t know how much was on each registry though (we had 3, and people only bought off of 2). I would say register for what you need first, and then what you would really love to get. Don’t register for more than what you need and really want, because then people will buy you the things you don’t necessarily want before the much needed items.