Post # 1
My normally very laidback, very practical fiance has suddenly piped up with strong opinions regarding registry items. Last week’s venture to Bed Bath & Beyond was very normal, very by-the-book, as we registered for lots of home items.
But then, oh boy, but THEN…
He decided to start a Target registry and is registering for some unconventional items (in my opinion). I want to let him have fun and register for whatever he wants, but will guests look at this registry and be like “They registered for WHAAAAT?!”?
The registry currently includes the following gems:
-Binoculars (for all that bird-watching that he NEVER EVER does)
-Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit
-Oh and he wants to add MOVIES, as in DVDs!
Ridiculous or not? Do I argue and insist we take this stuff off or do I just let the boy have his fun? Those items all sound fun to me, but are they practical things to register for??
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’ve seen videogame systems on people’s registries. Plus, I would think it’s cool to put together a DVD basket as a wedding gift.
My mom gave us a Wii, lol. You never know who’ll buy it! Maybe HIS buddies will go in on it.
Registry stuff can be SO girly sometimes…dishes, cups, etc. Sometimes it’s good to have a little fun stuff.
Plus, who do you think will buy this stuff? Nobody has to
Post # 4
I’m not sure I understand why you wouldn’t register for those things.
Our registries include all kinds of stuff, camping equipment, sewing machine and supplies, wii + wii fit + wiimotes + games, several bottles of wine, board games, etc. plus some kitchen and houseware stuff to flush out what we already have.
The point is to help you make your house a home, right? Well, all of those things do that!
Post # 5
i think the GPS system is fine..the camera is iffy, and everything else is a little strange. does target offer discounts on things that were left on the registry? maybe that’s why they did it?
Post # 6
I would let him register for whatever he wants within reason. I let me FI register for a BluRay player, phones, printer fax, etc. things that can be used for the house and your new life together. I might not have him register for DVD, but how about outdoor games. Maybe you can find a happy medium.
Post # 7
I don’t think a camera is an iffy registry item, especially if the couple is vocal about wanting to start a family. A camera is a must! Also, we received a wii and a couple of games (both for wii, and board games) – also a normal registry item to me, since you play them and spend QT with your new spouse.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
heehee, the binoculars is kind of funny to me, but i think those registry items are just fine. also, if it’s a way for him to get excited about the registry/wedding, then all the more reason to let him have his fun, as you’ve suggested. if it’s all traditional/home stuff, maybe he wouldn’t be as excited? i say go for it!
Post # 9
good input, ladies! thanks! i won’t say anything more and will let all that stuff stay on the registry. to be fair, it’s all mixed in with other perfectly “normal” items like kitchen and bath stuff. i didn’t wanna be the party pooper by any means, but also didn’t want people saying “umm, don’t they know any better!?”
happy monday, all!
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I don’t think it’s a big deal. We plan on registering for Beatles Rock Band!
Post # 11
I am with you on this one. I have been a guest at a wedding where they registered for a Wii Fit and when I saw that I was offended. The things he added sound more like birthday gifts than wedding gifts. The DVD’s are the least appropriate of the things you listed, in my opinion. When I buy a wedding gift for someone I intend it to last thier lifetime, and electronics just don’t last very long. I would be shocked and offended if I saw those things on a wedding registry.
For reference, I am 30 but very traditional when it comes to weddings. I guess the real answer is that you can put what you want on there, but be prepared for older/more traditional guests to be offended by these items. Younger or less traditional guests probably won’t mind.
Post # 12
Hmm, I might put a Wii on my registry…
Post # 13
I think it’s kind of funny. The last wedding I went to, I picked out the weirdest stuff I could find on the registry on purpose. That ended up being a fire extinguisher and step ladder. I wrote in the card that I assumed these were for use in the bedroom. Hehe.
Post # 14
@gcwest – hahahahah! that is too funny!
being a non-fan of registries myself, i usually try to get as creative as i can when buying gifts, too. 🙂
although, now that i’m the bride, i am totally seeing the value in registries so that you don’t end up with stuff that’s not your taste or style.
Post # 15
registries are supposed to be for stuff you actually want – so if its a Wii or a flat screen – so be it. you dont have to only register for towels and china 🙂
hes fine – and it will help when yall get presents that not everything is somethign that he will never use or deal with.
Post # 16
@snmcdowell – I understand where you’re coming from, but I think times are different now and there just aren’t as many things people keep forever. I bet they keep their wii longer than a rubber spatula – but no one blinks at spatulas being included. Most couples buy new sheets every 5 years or so, but linens are a registry classic. I think a camera lasts as long as a blender (god knows those don’t last a lifetime anymore), and you’ll use it just as often. And in any case, I’m not sure I’d understand why these items would offend you on a registry. If you don’t like what they’ve registered for, you can always go off registry or just write a check. I might not understand everything on a couple’s registry, but I’m much happier to see them registering for things they’ll use than for china or crystal that will sit in a cabinet for 50 years.