Where to register and why?

posted 2 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
2893 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we registered at macy’s and bed bath and beyond and had great experiences at both places.

the whole process was pretty easy and fun, just time consuming (especially at bed bath and beyond- that store has so much to look at!). both places had good customer service- returns were no problem.

some couples build their registry online and never visit the store, but sometimes items are in the store and not online and vice versa, so i think it’s a good idea to check out the websites as well as the store, so you don’t miss out on something.

we looked online first to get an idea of what we liked, read reviews, compared different products and then we visited the stores. it made it a lot easier and helped narrowed things down a little bit more. i took notes during the whole process so i would know what colors to look for, what products to look into more, etc.

we did our registries in one day, which i don’t recommend because it’s exhausting, haha.

Post # 3
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

MuseForever:  Amazon!  They have everything.  We also did BB&B, which was a good choice for traditional people, especially if they want to buy something in a store, not online.  And we also did REI cause we’re camping people and that’s how we roll.

But seriously, Amazon.  Every price range, basically every imaginable product.  It’s great.  We made our registry months ago and I cannot stop playing with it.  

Post # 4
127 posts
Blushing bee

MuseForever:  honestly, we did Target and Walmart.  My FI’s family is not very ritzy and always shop at walmart, so we figured they would feel more comfortable going there.  I LOVE Target, so it fit us better especially since we live together and have most of the stuff we need already.

Post # 5
7915 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I went with one upper-end ( bloomingdales) and one mid range (crate and barrel). Both have free shipping on lots of items which is great. both are in the various towns where my guests are from. Bloomis is my fancy china, crystal etc- CB is appliances and more inexpensive picks.

Post # 6
585 posts
Busy bee

MuseForever: I would go for BBB, guests LOVE it. they can use coupons, and they have everything you need- appliances, bedroom, bath, etc.

For the nicer stuff I love C&B- I registered here for my nice dinerware, drinkware (like wine glasses, etc.), some decor, serving platers, etc. It’s not as expensive as you think, but some people might not buy as much from there because they are unfamiliar with it.

Macys is always a great option and they have literally everything. My only hold back is it is very overwhelming. Every registry I’ve been on has way too many options and when I went to shop in the store, I couldn’t find anything because everything was everywhere. I actually ended up walking out.


Post # 7
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

you should register where you like.  go to Macy’s.  do you like the bedding and dishes?  if yes, register there, if not, look elsewhere.  it is all a matter of taste and personal preference since these are things you will be using in your home.

i registered at macys for the bedding, towels, and some serving pieces but i did not like their dishes.

i loved the dishes at crate and barrel, so i registered there but dishes and a bunch of other things i would love to have in my kitchen.

Post # 8
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m planning to register at Macy’s and Target. I was just reading Real Simple’s wedding planning timeline last night and they said to register for at least three stores.  I think that’s overkill.  Two, maybe three, sounds right to me.  

Etsy also has a registry.  It’s probably less likely that you’ll get everything you want because so many things just have one available.  I might look into it though for some vintage pieces!

Post # 9
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did Macy’s and Williams Sonoma and were very happy with both. I am not a Macy’s shopper usually, but they have a ton of stuff. Bloomingdale’s is more my speed, but they don’t have as good of a selection. I love Williams Sonoma and would definitely recommend them. 

Post # 10
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We did Target, Kohl’s, and BBB. We didn’t have any problems with any of them. We didn’t do Macy’s, CB, or WS because there aren’t any within an hour plus of us or most of our guests. 

Post # 11
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We registered at BBB, JCP and Taregt.

JCP was mainly due to them having a bedding set that I have been eyeing for awhile, so it was nice to register for that (along with extra sheets, pillows, etc). We also only did towels there, along with a few kitchen things.

BBB was mainly kitchen (appliances, flatware, glasses, etc.), and Target filled in the rest with other kithen items – but also added in some wall decor (shelves, mirrors, frames, other decor).

So far, BBB has been the most popular.

The only problem I have seen with JCP is them not updating what has been bought. I signed up for text alerts when something was purchased, and have received 10 of those. However, the website only lists 5 things purchased so I will be calling to find out how to get that updated.

No problems with Target… yet.

Post # 12
3095 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

MuseForever:  I registered at BBB and Macy’s. My Amazon registry has the same luggage as my Macy’s registry (because Macy’s will put the luggage on 50% of sale frequently, but I’m paranoid that the week leading up to the shower and wedding they will not be on sale, which means they are reallllllllllly expensive, whereas Amazon has them at the sales price all the time). 

It really depends what types of things you need/want. I’ve found that people prefer to go somewhere close to their home where they are comfortable shopping. Somewhere like Target, BBB, or Macy’s is a safe bet because they are such popular stores that everyone associates them with wedding registries already and people shop there regularly already. 

Post # 13
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MuseForever:  I was going to suggest myregistry.com!

So far it’s been great for us! Especially because Canadian Tire and Home Depot don’t have registries anymore, so it’s allowed us to register for items from there, which is great!

It’s also super easy to add items, and when people buy items it saves their contact info which makes writing thank-you notes super easy. Just make sure you don’t constantly check the who got you what tab!

Post # 14
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

MuseForever:  We registered at Bed Bath and Beyond. As guests we had awful experiences with the Bay (discontinue items constantly, items not available at the local store, not knowing if items were received by the recipients when things had to be ordered in and sent to them, itmes sometimes not being received by the recipients, the stores are so under-staffed …). Sears is going under and I heard of others that were going to register there and then it was so horrendous they ended up not. We had a great experience with BBB when we registered, people can shop in store or online, etc. So far the older guests that were used to the Bay and attended my shower had nothing but good things to say about BBB. Another positive is that we have guests from the States so it is really easy for them to shop. I don’t know about any of the American stores because they aren’t really available up here. I did look at myregistry.com but about half our guest list isn’t comfortable buying online and whatnot.

Post # 15
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned that many brick&mortar stores have a completion discount. After your wedding, you can purchase everything unpurchased off of your registry for 10-20% off. We registered at Target, Crate&Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon. Target & BB&B gave only one-time use coupons (BB&B gives you a better discount if you wait longer), but the C&B discount is good for 6 months.

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