Post # 1
So my FMIL insists that I register for the Bridal Shower. She says it is what all the women from their side (I have 4 or 5 women from my side coming only) are used to and I have to have one.
I went to Macys yesterday with the FI and we were very annoyed very quickly. We live together. Not only that, but I’ve been living alone for 5 years. So I have every appliance in the book (except a panini maker and a juicer, which I made sure were in the registry haha).
I made sure I registered for little things, between 50 and 100 because I don’t really want people breaking their bank. I registered for kitchen aid mixer accesories more than anything….. but I’m completely out of ideas.
We don’t need anything!!!!! Specially anything that has to do with the house!
I have to register for about 120 things since my guest list for the shower is at 66. I’m at 22 gifts and I already don’t know what else to do.
Is there any reason why I wouldn’t be able to register for perfumes and beauty products and stuff? Or is the bridal shower strictly for house stuff?
Kind of new at the bridal shower thing so…. ideas? Please?
I am considering just registering for a bunch of random stuff, even stuff we already have…. I can return it later and save that store credit for when we really need it? I don’t know…
Post # 2
I’ve never seen anyone ask for beauty products and perfume, I thought the items were supposed to be for the couple.. unless you guys share makeup & perfume.
You can add items that you may have mismatched, or items that need to be replaced. Appliances, dishes, even towels or decor items.
If you don’t need any of those, you can ask whoever is throwing the shower to have a theme, like kitchen themed, or date night themed.
Post # 3
jenilynevette: We don’t share make up and perfume. That was a suggestion. I’m asking because I honestly have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve only been to one bridal shower before and she was registered on Amazon and ended up getting all gift cards.
Post # 4
MrsPiggles: Registring for personal items is highly frowned upon. Showers are more to give gifts for the couple, even if the party is for the bride.
My DH and I had a lot of stuff too, but we did have some stuff that was bought while we were in college still. We upgraded a lot. We got new plates to replace the goodwill ones that we had, and new towles because the ones we had where bought cheeply and didn’t match our new home. We got curtans that matched our house better too. And for some reason about a month before my shower, my DH started dropping and breaking glasses, so we replaced those as well. I know a few of my five year old things that I got when I first moved out on my own where over due for upgrades, like my coffee maker and $5 toaster.
If you have the storage, you can always get things that are durable that you know you will need to replace one day. Towles again fall into this catagory. My aunts joked that they would love a second wedding to get new towles!
We also went a bit off script and registered for tools. We own our house and run to the hardware store once a week to grab something we need for a project.
I also like jenilynevette: idea of throwing a themed party, like date night, or stock our wine cellar for more non-traditional gifts.
Post # 5
Misswhowedding: The theme is pink and white and the invitations are ready to be sent out. My FSIL works fast haha.
Yeah I see what you are saying. I’ll have to register for a bunch of things we already have. We just moved in and furnished our house in February so everything we have is brand new. But I guess you can never have enough towels?
I wanted a new duvet cover but I am kind of obsessed with one from Pottery Barn that I would never ask anyone to get me…. far too expensive for a registry.
I figured Macys would be the way to go because I can just return stuff we don’t need and save that money for a rainy day…. idk. I’ll stick to picture frames and random candles
Post # 6
I don’t think Macy’s lets you return gifts for cash, but I did use a lot of my wedding gc for makeup after my registry was fulfulled. FWIW-I love my Hotel Collection sheets. They are spendy but amazing.
Post # 7
MrsPiggles: You could still register for the duvet. We registered for a vacume cleaner that we were going to go back and buy with the store registry discount, but my FI’s family went in together and got it for us. I wouldn’t register exclusively for expensive items, but one or two large ones don’t hurt.
Post # 8
MrsPiggles: Don’t register for things you don’t need! The point of a registry is that people want to buy you things you actually want and need, so don’t go beyond that. Also, the advice to register for 2 items per person is totally over the top. Just stop when you’ve hit the max of items you actually need.
Post # 9
louisianablue: The Hotel collection duvet is what I’ve been eyeing all morning haha. I may just add it on there, but I doubt anyone will spend over 400 dollars on something like that. We want something very similar from Pottery Barn so if anyone gets us this one, we won’t even bother with the other one…
I’m keeping the price between 5- and 100 dollars. I’ve added a few things under 50 because they were neat and wouldn’t hurt to have them.
Post # 10
MrsPiggles: Have you considered registering for the following:
- a new camera for your honeymoon (can set up a wish list with Amazon.com)
- gift cards to home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes
- gift cards to your favorite restaurants that might be chain restaurants
- upgrades to items you already have (new microwave, coffee maker or toaster oven)
- new bedding is always nice to have as well as new towels
Some bees might also suggest registering for a Honeyfund…. I am not a fan of these but it is an option
Post # 11
Sometimes people will go in together to buy more expemsive items on the list so go ahead and register for a few more $$ items! Also do you have a garment steamer? That’s like #1 on my list lol. Hmmm what about gardening things? Or update things like your hangers? It never hurts to have extra sheets. Do you have formal china set or crystal?
Post # 12
cbgg: I don’t think I could find 2 things per person if I tried! I’m at 35 items and browsing the website because at this point…. I can’t find anything else!!!!
I’ll have FI look at it tonight see if there’s anything else he wants to add…. and I’ll leave the rest up to the ladies that are coming.
I feel so gift grabby I swear. Don’t like this haha
Post # 13
I think it’s okay to have a handful of higher priced items, because people may want to go in on a gift together. My mother’s friends generously gifted us a very expensive all clad cooking set that I had planned to just buy with wedding gc.
Post # 14
Here are some things we registered for that might give you an idea.
Bedding sets [two so we could have one when one is in the wash]
Random Household Gadgets [over the cabinet towel racks, over the washer & dryer racks, behind the door kitchen shelving systems, ect], A new Spice Rack, Carpet Shampoo-er, Deep Freeze, Towels, Area Rug, Magazine Rack, Drill & Drill Bit Set, Shop Vac, Air Purifier, Fireplace/TV Stand, Decor Items, Bakeware Sets, Hanging Pot Rack, Outdoor Misting System, Grill
Big Ticket Items include :
2 Person Outdoor Lounger
Kitchen Table & Chairs
Post # 15
jenilynevette: Yeah I see what you are saying. I’d give anything for a hanging pot rack! But wouldn’t work at our house.
Thanks for the help! I got an idea of what to do…. 😀