(Closed) Where did you register and why? Bees let me in on your registry tips!

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We registered at Target, and plan to register at either Macy’s or JC Penney as well.  It was so easy, you just run around the store with a scanner & zap the items you want.  I can add to it online as well, and I assume that the other stores we want to register with are similar.

I already own a home, so we didn’t make a giant registry.  We decided to upgrade some kitchen items, stock up on towels and linens, and maybe get a few things to spruce the place up a bit.  We made sure we selected items in several price ranges so nobody feels like they have to shell out $100 bucks if they don’t want to/aren’t comfortable/aren’t able, etc…

We had a blast doing our registry together 🙂  Just remember to have fun!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m the process of registering too. I changed my places after I learned a few things. I think it’s best to register at at least two places. One being higher end for the peoplke who wan’t to get you very nice things, and another place a little more affordable to accomodate those who ccan’t spend as much. For instance I’m registering at Macy’s for my stemware, nice linens etc, and Bed bath Beyond for appliances which I’m registered for things as low as $40 up to $200. At first I felt greedy asking for nice things without many lower options, but honestly you’re paying for them to attend your wedding, and they’re supposed to care, so it’s perfectly acceptable to put your lowest price gifts at at least $40 or $50 dollars. Make sure you have plenty to choose from as if your barely have enough items as guests, you might end up recieving just whatever was left on the list, so go ahead and put EVERYTHING your heart desires:)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We registered at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, MyRegistry.com, and with a local boutique.

We registered at Macy’s because they have everything and more importantly, because they’re star rewards program is AMAZING. You’ll have to look at all the details but basically you get a percentage back of every gift purchased for you in the form of a Macy’s gift card plus you also get 10% back (on the same gift card) everytime you shop at Macy’s with your Macy’s card. Its actually an amazing program.

We registered at Bloomies for the stuff that we couldn’t find at Macy’s.

And then for stuff that was neither at Bloomies or Macy’s, we created a MyRegistry which is like a universal registry – you can register for things literally from anywhere that you want. I know some people use that type of registry for all of their gifts but we didnt. My brother did that and it was confusing because people would forget to check off that they had purchased something from the universal registry and sometimes it wouldn’t update the other registries so there were duplicates. So our universal registry is only for items that were not available on Macys or Bloomingdales. 

And then we registered for specialty items with a friend’s local boutique. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Bed Bath and Beyond, we found a lot of things we liked!! Plus they have tons of coupons and you get free things for just putting certain things on your registry!… and Crate and Barrel because we found drinking glasses we loved that we couldnt find anywhere else, so we added a few other things to that one also! 

It was so much fun, we were exhauseted after BB&B though, spent over 4 hours there!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did bed bath and beyond: 

 

1.  Large selection

2. Great return policy

3.  20% coupons for our guests

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

  1. Bed Bath & Beyond
  2. JCPenney Home Store
  3. Macy’s
  4. Pottery Barn

My Mom and I did a “marathon registry” day and went to a bunch of stores armed with pen & paper.  I wrote down a list of things I want/need and later entered them in online.  I asked FI for input but he said he trusted what I picked.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Bed, Bath, & Beyond and Macy’s.

Tip: Don’t let your FI hold the scanner. Mine was scanning water bottles, tons of As Seen On TV stuff, and anything odd and random. I later went online on the registrys and deleted all that stuff!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A few things that are important and should NOT be overlooked:

Return policy

-Whether the store is good at preventing duplicate items by having a system that always takes items off the registry when they are purchased by guests. (Target is apparently notorious for doing this poorly).

User friendliness of website and store for both you and guests.

-Ratio of in-store items and online-only items. Many guests will want to make purchases in an actual store, and some others will procrastinate but want to give their gifts before or at the wedding.

Whatever stores you are considering, search for them online with keywords like “best wedding registry” and such. You will find a lot of brides discussing specific registries.

We chose Bed, Bath and Beyond and Amazon.com (for stuff we coudn’t get from Bed, Bath, and Beyond like a TV, printer, power tools, etc)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We only did Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  They really do have just about everything, you just might have to search online or have someone help you find it. 

I know Macy’s is popular, but we found that the sale prices at Macy’s were about equal to the regular prices at BBB, and then you can use a 20% off coupon.  If you really need the extra stuff and your guests have money to burn, that might be an option.  I can’t ask them to spend extra money on my gift so that I can get more – I’d rather they save the money themselves.  Then it’s their choice if they just need to save the money, or want to get a different gift because it’s cheaper. 

We considered doing another registry, but we have lots of stuff and good jobs, and have only invited 40 people.  And honestly there wasn’t anything we couldn’t find at BBB that we’d ask anyone to buy for us.  I might have picked a store with cooler stuff like Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel if we had a larger house or he was more into decorative stuff, but we have enough for his small house. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@RhubarbPie:  I was looking at an Amazon registry as a universal registry type thing because that’s what I’d really prefer — was MyRegistry free??  Was it user friendly?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are out of state so we did a “myregistry.com” it is WONDERFUL! you can go to anystore online and add ANYTHING to your registry- the site is super smart down to reminding you to send thank you letter and to who! Some places I would reccomend that havent been mentioned would be Anthropologie-if you like that feel- and Williams and Sonoma 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

and its FREE! 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did BB&B for the traditional house stuff (linens, china, dinnerware, etc.), Sears for tools (those picture frames and shelves aren’t going to hang themselves!), and REI for our outdoor kitchen.  As PP pointed out, the return policy is a good thing to take into consideration.  Also, a lot of stores will give a discount on the items left on your registry that weren’t purchased.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond.

 

Macy’s: Good selection of higher-end items and very frequent sales on fine china, luggage, etc. so our guests can get us really nice gifts without paying an arm and a leg.

 

BB&B: Huge selection of low to mid-range priced gifts, good gifts for my bridal shower (everyday china, napkins, kitchen utensils, drinkware, etc.). Plus, I think everyone knows about the awesome 20% off coupons they send out all the time.

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