(Closed) so this whole registry thing…

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We only registered at one store.  We didn’t need a lot of things though because we already had a house together with decent stuff.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We also just registered at one store, BB&B.  We also already live together, but a lot of our stuff is outdated/second hand. 

We just went from “room to room” in our house, thinking of what we needed.  Kitchen stuff took up the majority of our registry, followed by new bedding, new bathroom supplies and some general decor.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wear comfortable shoes and thank your lucky stars you’re not doing this at Christmas.

Our first registry.. 3 hours..of the same horrible christmas cd replayed every 30 minutes… lol.

Seriously, have an idea of what you want to register for, but don’t worry about sticking close to it.  You want to have a variety of items in different price ranges and the person doing your appointment should go over approximatley how many gifts you need at each price level.  And don’t forget you can always go back at other times (usually without an appointment) to add things.

There really ISN’T much to it other than wandering around with a scanner in your hand scanning bar codes. 

Just comfortable shoes.  Seriously.

I registered at 3 stores, most of the items are at 2 of the stores..but the other had our dishes and we optimistically registered for a TV 🙂

Both of us live on our own already and have for a long time, so we have duplicates of most things, so we’re looking to upgrade or fill in the gaps.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Don’t be afraid to just declare yourselves done for the day and finish it up later, either online or in the store. When we registered at Macy’s, I was absolutely STUNNED by how exhausted it made me. It doesn’t seem that hard – run around the store and scan stuff. But by the end of the day, we were completely wiped out.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

First, it’s kind of stressful.  We were living with my FSIL and we were saving for a house when we registered.  I found it REALLY hard to plan on decor for a house we didn’t have yet!  So be ready for fun and some stress.

Second, we did know what kind of look we would want by looking at different HGTV room pics and other inspiration pics.  For example, we want the kitchen from “Somethings Gotta Give.”  Well, at least the look of it! 

Third, think about what needs upgrading and what is just fine. 

Fourth, think of stores your family patrons.  The majority of my family lives 5 miles or less from a Macys and the majority of his family is near a Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Easy what stores to pick!  Both have online registry shopping.  Both have a variety of items for every room in the house at a wide-range of price points.

Fifth, neautrals are your friend!  You can always purchase puch-of-color accessories later.

It was a lot of fun once I calmed down and remembered we could always change things on the website later!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We registered three places: BB&B, Pottery Barn, and Amazon.com. We thought this gave enough variety to ensure that people have easy access to a store in case they want to go purchase a gift in person, but also places that have good (and in the case of Amazon, exclusive) internet options for online shoppers as well. Be sure to include stuff in a wide variety of price ranges, and don’t let the people at the store convince you to register for things you know you don’t want/need (for example, we didn’t think it was necessary to register for crystal and silver, but the woman at BB&B tried really hard to convince us to.)

Also, don’t feel like you have to get it all done in one day. It can be pretty exhausting, and you won’t think of everything during your first go-round. You can always go back and change things, either in the store or online, and we definitely spent about a month after setting ours up making small adjustments.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Have a game plan before you go in! MAKE A LIST!! lol because I wished that we had, once i got in the store i was overwhelmed.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also did most of our registry online—it’s way less fun, but since FI had no interest whatsoever in being involved (in part b/c we limited ours to kitchen items, and he doesn’t cook much, and in part because he was registry averse from the beginning and only begrudgingly agreed to have one when we got flack from family), it was much easier that way. We did go look at the shop where we’re getting dishes from because that was important to see in person, but for a lot of the other things we could get enough info online to make decisions. (However, we also already have a house and don’t need much, so starting from scratch I’d rather do it in person….but good to know you can change your mind and add/delete later, too.)

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Also, anything you may have missed, you can always add online later!

Registering at Target was exhausting and the lady at the service desk was totally rude.  I finally was like “SORRY, I’ve never done this before” and FI had to tell me to stop being a B.  Crate & Barrel was much more fun.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I totally did our registry online too (just started it, i’ll finish it closer to the date). We only registered at BBB. I went into the stores and picked out hte stuff I liked and then registeed for it online. That way I could look up tons of rpoduct reviews while I was registering, to make sure that we were getting good quality things that would last a long time. We are both right out of college and neither of us have really lived on our own (I’ve lived in a dorm). The things that we do have (a few dishes, some pots, etc) are very old or very cheap, so we need to register for pretty much everything.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My personal most-important piece of advice is to do research before you go and take it slow. We went to a registry event hosted by crate and barrel, spent ~2 hours there, and registered for 15 items. After that we decided to take it slow and just go register for a few items whenever we were in the neighborhood of the store. Since we already live together we are registering for upgrade and our long-term life. So I personally found it rather stressful thinking about what kind of plates I want to eat off of for the next few decades.

My advice, plan before you go and take your time. Don’t be afriad to leave and go back in a few weeks to finish up. In the end we probably made ~10 trips to register at various places, but we always managed to keep it fun and never drew it out too long.

Hope that helps! good luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I echo the advice of not having to finish it all in one day. In a similar vein, while you’re at the store, I would put priority on things that you need to experience in person. For example, if you’re choosing between wine glasses and need to feel the quality difference in person or want to choose the softest towels, make sure you get that done while you’re at the store. If you’ve already found towels and just can’t decide on a color, just add them and you can always change the color later (even online). Or can’t decide between the 2 or 4-cup measuring cup? Add them both and change it later. It’s much easier to do that kind of deliberating sitting on your couch than standing in the middle of the store.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t forget that registering doesn’t end with the store – there’s online fun to be had! We registered at Macy’s and BB&B, but I’ve deleted and added items from our registries since then, all online. We only ever made (and needed) one in-store session per store before making edits online.

Also keep an eye on your registry in case items go on clearance – you will probably want to replace them with something your gift-givers can find more easily. Or buy it yourself!

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