Post # 1
Hello fellow wedding bees!!
I had a quick question!
My fiance and I just bought a house and are DYING to buy things for it but figured we’d just wait for the wedding. We are getting married 11/14/15 and we were curious as to when we are supposed to register for our wedding registry?! Also, are there any regrets that you have from yours? Did you wish you put something but didn’t? Any tips/comments would be awesome!!
I appreciate everyone’s help!
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by joesgirl15.
Post # 2
If I were you I would buy the things I wanted for my home now instead of waiting a year to get them as gifts.
<br />Also, a year is way too far in advance to register – items will be discontinued, go out of stock etc. I would wait to register until you’re at most 6 months away from your wedding day.
Post # 3
I’d buy the necessities but any “luxeries” I’d wait and put them on my registry. We haven’t done ours yet but my only advice would be to make sure you have a lot of different price options (cheap – expensive gifts) and register for EVERYTHING even if you think its strange to ask for or expensive…. some families look for the bigger gifts so they can go in as a group.
Post # 4
You should have the registry done before the wedding or shower invites go out, whichever comes first. We did our BBB registry completely online, but I wish that we had checked to see what most stores actually carried in stock. Apparently, we had very few items on the registry which guests could actually buy in store.
Our only regret about what was added to the registry is that we didn’t list the toaster as a “love to have” item (you can do that on Amazon). That was seriously the one item we most needed in our house and everyone passed it up. First world problem, I know. We did buy a toaster with some gift cards we received, so it’s all good.
Post # 5
We registered for things we didn’t need, and some items we wanted [like a breadmaker.. in no way do we need one, but i’d surely love to have one].
What I did was I made a registry early on, and if something went out of stock, I replaced it. Every few weeks I would take a look at it and take things off that I no longer thought we needed. I still do this and we are less than 2 weeks from the wedding. It helped us weed out what we thought was “cool” at the time, and what was really needed.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida
joesgirl15: We did our registry a couple weeks ago because it’s listed on our wedding website and that was listed on our STD’s we sent out 2 weeks sgo.
I would definitely do BBB, a co-worder use to work there and he told us if something is bought off your registry you can come in and exchange it every other year for a newer model. he said someone brought a vacuum back in pieces and got a new one no questions asked!
Post # 7
joesgirl15: Our wedding is in January, but we created the registry… well started to last January, then just added things when we thought about it as the showers approached.
We did the same as you two, we bought a house last Feb. and we’re using hand-me-downs and just buying necessities until after the wedding. We didn’t see the point in buying a bunch of new nice things when we had showers and a wedding coming up. So far it’s worked out great. I’ve gotten a bunch of things for my showers and am slowly converting the house to the ‘nice’ things and adding to the decor. It works out well for your guests too because pretty much whatever they get you you’ll need/not have a nice version of.
Like I said the wedding isn’t here yet, so the registry hasn’t served it’s full purpose yet, but already I’m regretting registering for the little odds and sods… why do I need so many mugs?! lol… so I’ve gone through a couple times to remove things because the people buying don’t know which items you really want and what ones you implusively put on there.
My advice would be to sit down with your FI and register for a bunch of things you think you need/want. Then look at the list again in a month and see if you actually want it.
Post # 8
joesgirl15: You could register now, but I would wait until next year. Places like Target and C&B are constantly taking things off the shelves. What you register for now won’t necessarily be available in a year.
Keep in mind, you probably wont get ANY gifts until your first shower, or when your invites go out. So there isn’t much point in registering now if you are doing it to get things to furnish your house. I would just by the necessities as PP said and put the fancy fun things on there.
Post # 9
That was supposed to say “we registered for things we did need, and some things we wanted”.
Post # 10
joesgirl15: Hi! The time to register may vary depending on your location. I am from the midwest, and always operated under the assumption that you should be registered in advance of the shower ivites going out. However my future MIL was adament that we register right away. My fiance is from New York, and it’s common for people in that area to buy you engagement gifts. Many people bought items from our registry, and some even waited to send an engagement gift until we registered so they could buy something they knew we would like. Not sure this is helpful… Just chiming in because I’m not sure if there is a standard rule.