The wedding gift you never opened…

posted 1 week ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We got a French press, which was generous and thoughtful but we already have a nice one (and a Chemex, a drip coffee machine, a Bialetti, and an espresso machine…) so we never opened it. Off-registry with no gift receipt so we just re-gifted as a housewarming gift to a couple with no other social overlap with the original gifter. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

For our shower we received a very large decorative ornament of a piece of fruit. Definitely did not register for that one, can’t see us needing it in the future! 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

sapphire27 :  was it this ridiculous tomato bowl they were selling at Crate&Barrel a few years ago? We went to four weddings that summer and it was on every single registry! Still a running joke with my husband 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I recieved two swan candle holders…I like candles but I’m actually terrified of large birds and avoid anything to do with them so these will not be going out for decoration. 

I understand that they symbolize love and it was a thoughtful gift but when my husband saw the look on my face when I pulled them out of the box he just shrugged and laughed at me. 

Post # 6
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876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We received 2 thin, bright orange beach towels. We had no registry because we had a semi destination wedding (driving distance). The towels are already at the Goodwill. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

related- my friend wanted this overpriced crystal butter holder, she talked about how much she looooved it after she made her registry, she loved all the crystal kitchen crap… So like a good friend I bought it for her. Then a couple months after the wedding I saw she gave it to her mom WTF I complimented it and mom was like “yeah, daughter didn’t like how it clashed with her kitchen but it’s cute so I took it out of the donation box”- I’ll never overspend on a gift again.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Apparently I have some newly discovered obsession with bowls because I registered for and received my everyday dish set that comes with 4 bowls already, a vegetable bowl, a pasta bowl set, and fruit bowls! That totals to 14 bowls…granted they are all different sizes but still. Yet I don’t want to give any of them up and justify this to myself for taco night 😆🤦🏻‍♀️

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My DH and I love wine, and have multiple corkscrews and wine glasses (seriously, we have like 20 wine glasses). Of course, we didn’t put any wine-related things on the registry because we have everything we need, but friends who know we like wine decided to go off the registry and we got about 12-18 wine glasses as wedding gifts undecided 

We decided not to send them back and save them for a potential party some time in the future, but… yeah. We do not need that many wine glasses. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We use everything we registered for. One person that went off registry gave us a hideous vase that weighed a ton. I put it in the donation pile when we moved in to our house. 

Post # 11
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202 posts
Helper bee

We got a set from this religious couple that consisted of the bible, candle holder set and something else.

Hubby and I aren’t too religious so we left it at the in laws. The candle holders were nice but we just didn’t have room in our tiny apartment. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We use everything purchased from our registry. We did spend a lot of time choosing things, and I knew what we would and wouldn’t use. 

My MIL, in typical narcissist style, chose to go off registry and buy us a drawing she had commissioned. From anyone else it would have expected been a nice, thoughtful gift, but from her it was meant as a ‘f you and your registry, I’ll buy what I want’. Basically made it about her (also insisted we take time out of our reception to open it in front of an audience, which is another typical narc gift-giving tactic; still annoyed with myself for not refusing). We no longer have contact with her so have packed it away; really need to just chuck it TBH but I feel awful chucking something out than someone spent time drawing. And MIL knew I would feel like that, hence getting it so we would always have a reminder of her. Urgh.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Registries aren’t done where I live, everyone mostly gives cash. However, older generations still like to give gifts so we’ve received multiple cutlery sets and loads of wine glasses

Post # 14
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442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  Honestly, this is kind of the reason that I plan to ask for monetary gifts only. Fi and I have lived together for three years and prior to that, I liked on my own. So we basically have everything one would need in beginning a life together because we already started. If we did do a registry, I couldn’t imagine what we would ask for. A waffle iron? Sounds yummy but we hardly use the appliances we intentionally purchased tongue-out.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

It’s funny you mention an immersion blender because I consistently look at that item on most registry checklists and always scratch my head.  Why on earth would I need that?  I’ve been trying to refine our registry every few days to remove some of things I know we won’t need:

Things we took off

  • Everyday serverware – nice idea, but totally unnecessary and we don’t really have space
  • Full knife set – we have a Henckles one now, so we just asked for a nice chef’s knife
  • Salad spinner – I love the idea of one, but I feel like this would only collect dust.

Things we didn’t register for:

  • Kitchenaid mixer – they’re huge and cumbersome and I’m simply not a baker (tho I do enjoy cooking).  Registered for a hand mixer instead.
  • Nespresso – not actually sure what this is, haha
  • Kitchen appliances – breadmaker, ice cream maker, waffle iron, immersion blender, panini press

Things we did register for

  • China service for 8 with flatware and crystal – didn’t see need to register for 12
  • Everyday dinnerware and flatware
  • All-clad cookware (7pc), Le Creuset bakeware (3 pc), some standard NS bakware
  • Luggage – which I really hope get
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