Post # 1
My Fiance and I registered at two places, Target and BBB. After some family looked they said we need more things on the registry. The guy at BBB said we needed twice as many gifts as guests, we are probably expecting 175 at the wedding and about 30-40 for the shower so that would be a lot of registry items! Everything we originally put on there are things we really actually wanted and I’m worried about adding more things just so we have more listed and then not actually getting what we wanted to begin with. I originally had only about 80 things but I already doubled it so I’m at about 160. I would like not to add much more.
I was doing some research just looking at other random registries and several of them had more unpurchased items then purchased. Have any of you found this to be true with registries? Did you get a lot of things from your registry or did you have a lot left over?
Also, my Dad thinks for the wedding most people bring money. My Mom and Fiance’s family think most people will bring gifts. I have read that a lot of people do bring money to the wedding but what would you say most people would bring?
Post # 3
We ended up registering at different times throughout the whole wedding process. We registered before the engagement party, and most of that stuff was bought. So we had to register again for the shower. Again, most of that stuff was bought. By now most of the stuff we really wanted/needed was bought, and we registered for some other things just to make the guests stop bugging us before the wedding. Most people gave money anyway.
Post # 4
I work with registeries actually, and often times I find about 50% of the person’s list gets purchased. I tell people to register for what they WANT, not a number or anything because people do bring money to weddings and some people hate registeries and will go and pick out a gift.
If you only have 15 items on your register, you should probably register for a bit more but don’t feel the need to register for things you don’t really want just to fill a quota.
Post # 5
I think you’re on the right track with the amount of items on your registry. If you do register for more, though, and end up getting items that you hadn’t wanted originally, you can always just return those items and buy the ones that you actually need!
Post # 6
I’m kind of having the same dilemma. We’re inviting around 210 to the wedding, and I’m having 3 showers totalling about 50 guests. We’ve registered for about 180 things, and only things that we really want!!!
I’m just frequently checking the registries to see if I need to add more items or not. I suggest just checking as the showers and wedding gets closer. That will give you a good benchmark for what people are buying!
Post # 7
We registered for the normal stuff we needed, we definitely needed to upgrade our kitchen appliances and got some new dishes and bakeware but we also registered for some fun stuff. We love to camp so we registered for a new tent and lantern. If your family is insisting on you registering for more stuff you can try to think a little outside of the box. It’s no big deal if the stuff on your registry doesn’t get bought, there’s no penalty or anything. And don’t forget with upgrading you can sell your old stuff so it won’t cause more clutter.
Post # 8
I appreciate the feed back here. I’m glad it doesn’t really sound like I need to add more. We have already thought outside the box for some of the things we added so it would’ve just been adding more random things.
I will keep an eye on the registry after the shower. I’m going to try not to look at it until then. We had our first gift purchases today (5 of them!) so I want to be surprised by the rest at the shower.
Post # 9
we added stuff as we went since we don’t need a lot of traditional stuff and eventually we decided on a wish registry too- for paint, furniture, house fixing up stuff and a couple honeymoon things- we need stuff to fix our moneypit more than a toaster, so it is working out well for us, our friends now how much we save/scrimp to fix up our dream house!
Post # 10
We registered for less items than guests. Our wedding is still a few weeks away, but we already had the bridal shower. About half of the guests brought gifts, the rest brought checks or gift cards. Two of the boxed gifts we got were not from our registry (still love them though!).
We are registered at 3 different places and there still is plenty left on them. One of our registries, Crate & Barrel, is completely untouched. BB&B is the most popular. Macy’s had a few items fulfilled, when they came on sale.