(Closed) Starting registries–overwhelming

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Don’t worry!  Registering is easy and fun!  ๐Ÿ™‚  Most stores will let you register online or in store.  Some popular stores to register at are Macy’s, Kohls, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel (probably other bees can make more suggestions, but these are the ones I see most often).  Go to their websites, look for a link about registries, and you can set it up right online and start adding stuff right away!  We chose to do our BB&B registry in store because I like to touch things and see how they feel.  We literally spent 3.5 hours the first time we went and we didn’t even finish but FI got fed up and made us leave (not that I blame him).  I did everything else online.  Most stores will also give you checklists of typical things people register for (these are usualyl available on the websites too), or you can google wedding registries, if you need ideas about what to register for.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We did two stores over a weekend.  It would have been too much for me to register for both in the same day, but that’s because I get easily overwhelmed.  I had a lot of fun – more so at crate and barrel than bed bath and beyond, but both were cool!

Post # 6
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We definitely didn’t try to squeeze it all into one day. I can promise you, that while fun, registering is exhausting!

We went to Bed Bath and Beyond on our first day because we figured that registry would be the largest. Then, on separate trips, we registered at Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, and Sears.

After registering in the store, I did tons of “maintenance” on the registries online.

So…registering is definitely a process, not a one-time thing. But you can have fun with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

P.S. I moved this to Gifts and Registries for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My FI and I went last weekend just to one place (Sears) and registered. There’s a few more things we wanted to see so we’re going to go on their website to look at the catalogue and we can add anything we want online. Other than that we’re going to put a note that says “Any gift cards welcome”. It wasn’t exactly fun doing it, but it wasn’t that hard.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Space them out! And go to a bridal event if you can-the stores hand out freebies. At the Crate & Barrel one we got breakfast/mimosas and a pretty vase I’ll probably use at the wedding. We didn’t register at Bed Bath & Beyond, but they also have nice bridal goodies.

Before we registered, I made a list of items we needed, and checked with FI- “how’s your toaster oven? Crummy? Ok, we’ll get a new one.” It’s really easy to go overboard and register for things you’ll never use (fondue pot, maybe?) 

We started the registries a month ago, and we’re still slowly adding things, so it’s not a one time deal.

Post # 12
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4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doind ours mostly online.  That way we can compare the items at the stores and decide which we like better (do I like the flat ware at BB&B better or Macies?) We also decided to used a completely online marketer, Amazon.  I’m not sure many, if any will use it, but it seams like a good idea for filling in the gaps of your registry.  Also I love the stress of not having to be in the store.  You do have to watch out for online only items.  And for certain items (mine is pans) I want to check out the store before deciding on a set.  

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Putting a registry together is pretty overwhelming! FI and I don’t live together, so we pretty much needed to register for everything a home needs to have in it. We started off at BB&B, and the first time we went I was so pumped lol. But then I quickly realized it would be a harder process than I thought. We spent about 5 hours there the first time, the registry consultants were very helpful when we had questions, and we went through their checklist. We ended up compiling 70% of the registry in that visit. After that, we started to add and remove stuff online, and if I felt the need to see/feel something I just popped into the store and scanned it. So it will be overwhelming at first, but don’t let it get to you. Have fun with it, and add the things you need. Also, don’t worry about things being expensive. Keep an even range of inexpensive/expensive things on your regisry so you can give your guests plenty of options. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 14
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have no idea if this is helpful (and we’re not near registering yet), but whenever we get Bed, Bath, and Beyond circulars in the mail, we’re keeping them and marking what we’d like to put on our registry, when it’s time to start it. Maybe you can get some catalogues of places you’re interested in?

Post # 15
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1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Registering is fun, but it can be overwhelming. Like another poster, my FI and I currently live apart, so we did the majority of our registering over a weekend. We spent about 5-6 hours at BB&B. They were super nice. They held our coats and things for us and they were bringing us water. The consultants we had were very helpful and nobody was really pushy. We registered for about 60% of our items at BB&B (which is also where most people shop).

  One piece of advice I can give you is to not register too early. We started BB&B and Macy’s in January. Macy’s will also say things are being discontinued, and I’ve had no problems finding them in stores months later. BB&B sends an e-mail if something is being discontinued, which is nice. We also registered at Target, but we waited until February. There have been a lot of complaints about Target’s registry. One thing is that they do discontinue things often, so that registry can require a bit more maintenance. The other thing I found out about it is that even if they say something is just sold online…not true. Looking at our registry online, it seemed as though people would have NOTHING to choose from in the store. I went to Target on Monday, printed out our registry, and nearly everything could be bought there.

  I do recommend checking on your registries online. My FSIL gave me trouble for “registry stalking”, but if I wouldn’t have, we wouldn’t have received a few things because they were discontinued. Also, it was really helpful to read online reviews of items. That caused us to make a few changes as well.

Post # 16
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am of the category of brides that don’t think registering is fun at all. Hahaha! I know it’s basically free stuff, and I hate to complain because of it, but it was very stressful.

 

My advice to you: just scan everything that you find remotely cool and then pick from what you get. People are going to get you whatever they want anyway, and you’re going to end up taking a lot of stuff back anyways, Scan a bunch of everything. I recommend registering for some of the same stuff at different stores, just because you never know which store is going to get the most traffic.

If that advice sucks, I’m sorry. Hahaha! It just worked for me, and it made things a lot less stressful and more fun once I just went trigger-happy with the scanner. Hahaha!

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