Post # 1
FI and I currently live in his parent’s house. We plan on moving into a place of our own in March which will coincide perfectly with my shower. However! My sister/MOH said she needs to know where we’re registered SOON. Yesterday, I decided to start a few registries online (Target and Kohl’s. . . we’ll probably end up doing Bed, Bath, and Beyond as well) and quickly got really overwhelmed.
I have a general idea of things we need. . . we pretty much need everything!
So! For those of you that have registered. . . what did you forget on your registry that you wish you hadn’t?! And what are the most important things to put on your registry? And if there’s a product available at multiple stores (for instance, a Keurig coffee machine) do you put it on your registry at all the stores or just one? HELP!
Post # 3
Well, we have lived together for years and own a home so a lot of our registry items were upgrades-nicer towels, china, upgraded wine glasses ,etc.
You guys should focus on the basics-pots and pans, baking items, towels, sheets. And stay away from the things that you don’t actually need, but can get someday.
Dont register for the same item at multiple stores. It will confuse people and you could very well end up getting the same gift from both registries.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Honestly, I”d reccomend picking just 1 store and register there– that’s what I did, just to keep things simple. Macy’s or BB&B are my favorites. Then you only have 1 registry to deal with instead of 3.
The best thing we registered for was everyday china– I went with Fiesta and LOVE it!
Post # 5
If you go on any of the main stores websites you’ll find a “registry checklist”. We have lived together for two years together so mostly we have a bunch of upgrade items, but there are a few things that we don’t have.
Definitely focus on the basics as BostonGrl25 said and I cannot stress double checking your registries twice to make sure nothing is double listed at different stores!
We have Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, and so far so good! I would also recommend just sticking to two registries instead of three, just so it isn’t so overwhelming for people. I know BB&B has things Target doesn’t, and vice versa. My BFF actually bought us a Kitchenaid pot and pan set from our Target registry yesterday, and another friend of mine ordered some sheets from our registry from BB&B, so people WILL use both, but three may be overkill.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
If there’s an item available at multiple stores, you might want to consider an Amazon registry instead. There’s a universal registry option, so you can link to other web sites, and guests could buy and complete a registry item at another store (Ex: you registered with Amazon, and they bought it at Macy’s.) Or if not, like Bostongrl25 said, just register once.
You may want to wait on some of your registries, or double check the store’s return policies. If you get a gift now, and change your mind after the wedding, you may be stuck with it, depending on where you registered.
Also- a lot of stores have seasonal items, so one disadvantage about registering this far in advance is that a lot of the merchandise could be discontinued, so you’ll have to keep updating your registries.
Post # 7
We did two registries but as a pp said, don’t put the same thing twice. You’ll end up with more than one. Just stick to basics so that you know you’ll end up using it and try to put things in a lot of different price ranges. We get the most use out of our everyday china, glasses and kitchen knives.
Post # 8
I registered for my china at two different stores, and I just made sure to view and update my registries online on a regular (daily, as time drew closer to my wedding) basis. The moment I saw that a place setting was purchased from Macy’s, I immediately reduced the number that I needed on the Bed, Bath, and Beyond registry, and vice versa. This worked pretty well, except that I must have deleted one place-setting too many in this process, since I ended up with fulfilled registries for my place settings but only 15 out of 16 place settings of china.
Post # 9
Definitely don’t put the same thing twice. If you want to be nice to your guests, pick the place that has the lowest price/most sales/lowest shipping. I registered at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel and when they both carried the same item, I picked the place with either the lowest price or the best shipping policy. For example, WS offered free shipping over $49 when we were getting married, so if it was over $49, it made more sense to register that item there.
I would also recommend trying more “sets” of things rather than piece-mealing it left and right. For example, do a whole pots and pans set rather than one pot here and one pan there. Otherwise, you may not get a full set in the end. I would also caution about china in this regard, especially pricey china. If you get fairly inexpensive pieces, you may be okay, but most people I see with the pricey settings (that end up probably $150-200 per setting at the end) and it’s all sold separately, the pattern sometimes gets discontinued before it’s all bought so they end up either having to complete it on their own early or having to return it all to get another pattern that’s all in stock. That’s a huge pain. We have basic white squared/circle china, so we can easily mix and match pieces from different retailers and it’s all cohesive. This is very convenient. Sheets plus shams and coverlet would be another area where it can be tricky getting the whole set as it adds up to a high amount.
Always register for just what you want, versus what the people at the store say you need. You may end up with gift cards and cash so you can always go back and buy something you forgot to register for. So I wouldn’t worry about forgetting about something on the registry.
Post # 10
Thank you so much for all the advice! I’ll definitely stick to items on ONE registry. The reason I chose 2 stores was because Kohl’s had some things Target didn’t and vice versa. I haven’t told my sister where we’re registered yet, so I can always change and update this if I need to. I didn’t think about the fact that we’re registering so far in advance that seasonal items may change – great point! I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it. Thanks so much bees!!!
Post # 11
@madteaparty: We did Kohls and Target as well. If you are registring on-line (we did this!) watch for on-line only items (Target had a lot of them!) I don’t think it is a bad idea, registring at two seperate stores, they can offer different brands, price points, ect. But if you register for a waffle maker only register for one at one store.
Post # 12
@madteaparty: With the seasonal stuff, sometimes you just never know. Obviously, holiday items and seasonal items (e.g. picnic baskets, bbq tongs) are definitely sketchy, but we had regular-looking items (e.g. servingware, stemware – even small appliances!) get discontinued in the two months right before the wedding and we only registered about three months in advance. Our friends that registered at other retailers had the same problem. So in general, I think it’s fine to register for everything early, but don’t get extremely attached to anything unless you are prepared to buy it early.
Case in point, there were these totally normal looking glass bowls my friend had on her registry and she asked for 8. About two months before her wedding, it was discontinued and sold out, and she only received 1 out of 8.
By the way, I personally think the Target registry is a total pain. Their return policy, even though you are a registry customer, is super strict (just google Target registry and you can see a ton of reviews/complaints) and narrow. I’ve ordered from the website in the past (not registry) and things took up to a month or two to arrive and there was never any backorder notice online or otherwise. Kohls return policy is actually pretty good and BBB has good reviews as well. Just food for thought.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Since you are so overwhelmed, I think you should cut back to one or two stores, and I would ditch Target because they have major problems with inventory, returns, and registray tracking. Then, I’d go into the stores and register in person. Online is really only easier if you actually know what you want already.
Post # 14
Don’t forget small things you might want/need later – melon baller, ice cream scooper, oral thermometer, flannel sheets, potato masher, ice cube trays, board games, step ladder, space heater, electric fan, humidifier, dehumidifier, steamer…
Also – put things on there for hobbies! Me and FI are big outdoors people, so we put camping supplies (my mom was laughing because she said the strangest thing on my registry was a firewood axe. HAH.) We put coolors, lunch boxes, camping chairs, a lantern, flashlights…
On our Target registry, we even put some household staples like detergent, dishwasher “pods,” light bulbs…HAHA. But hey, we need it all!