- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
So yesterday began as one of those Saturdays that had no plans. But not for long! With the summer here and our weekends quickly filling up with various events my Fiance suggested at 9 am Saturday morning that we should register. What?!? Ok, what the heck 😉 I’m game.
Luckily, I had already made a basic list of things we should register for and ironically I had just talked to my friends who gave me a few “pointers” for registering (ie: you must register for a kitchenaid mixer…no registry is complete without it—huh, who knew?)
So off we went. Bed, Bath and Beyond was our first stop as it is always a favorite and come on they have soooo many choices! We were greeted promptly and somewhat awkwardly.. but nicely. We filled out our paperwork, well “I” filled out the paperwork as Fiance began looking around. The paperwork was quick and easy and the consultant explained a few things about if we registered for a certain amount of whatever product we could get freeby’s. Interesting as I’d never known this, however I don’t want to register for things just to get one free pan.
So off we went. We began in the cookware. Wow, who would have thought there were soo many different choices. Of course the consultant placed us between the two most expensive sets and explained the benefits of each. However, Fiance and I were not fooled, we pushed her back and found the set we wanted. Ok, check one thing off the list….but wait….WHERE IS THE REGISTRY GUN???? We suspiciously didn’t have one and neither did our consultant. We added a few extras from the cookware section like a griddle and a roasting pan at which time my Fiance (skeptic that he is) asked her, “are you just remembering all of this” and she said “YES”……. well….. we’ll get back to that.
We moved onto the small appliances and got in and out of that section quickly as we aren’t coffee or tea drinkers. I did add one of these suckers:
I was instructed that no registry is complete without this AND believe it or not as we were adding this item there was a couple who actually told us to register for it, they had registered and gotten one over 10 years ago and they use it more than anything else! Thanks random married couple for the advice 🙂
With that done we moved on. Glasses, check. The dinnerware wasn’t so easy. There was nothing that we loved. Our consultant worked hard to make something work for us. She set up place settings with various options BUT nothing was jumping out at us. I suggested we move on and we could revisit the dinnerware online. Our consultant begrudingly obliged.
Next was the sheets and bathroom stuff, towels, soap dispenser and my very coveted bath matts. For some reason I am in LOVE with these things:
Honestly, these are the things I most want…weird I know.
By this time we had chosen over 50 things and our consultant was still just “remembering” them.
Finally. she said lets go see if your gun is ready and you can do the small utensils on your own as she thought “we would have more fun” doing it that way. FINALLYYYY, the registry gun!!!! 🙂
We finished up our registry and had them print it off and we were outta there. It was under 2 hours and went very smoothly. It was actually fun.
Here are my tips:
1. Have a general plan, know some of the things you want to register for before you head in and if possible do some research so you know about what products you want.
2. Don’t be afraid to NOT register for something that you don’t love. Ie: our dinnerware. I felt bad not registering for the dinnerware at bb&b but I just didn’t love any of the choices. Obviously, you could register and then remove it once you get home but know that it’s ok to not register for something
3. Don’t feel pressured to register for the most expensively priced item of something you want. It felt like our consultant wanted us to do that and I’ll be honest in some instances we did register for the most expensive items (sheets) but not in every instance (pots/pans).
4. Do register for some big ticket items. Ie: the kitchenaid mixer. Some people may want to “go in” together on a gift so a few big ticket items would be great to do that. I’ll admit I felt almost quilty registering for items that were over $200 but in the end you aren’t forcing anyone to buy those items so there shouldn’t be any quilt 🙂 (keep repeating this if necessary)
5. WAIT for your consultant to get the gun!!!! After we returned home and pulled up our online registry we noticed approx 10 items that our consultant had FORGOTTEN!!! Hold up! She said she’d remember everything….well she was wrong! I don’t know how to feel about this. FI said I should write an email or call or something b/c if we hadn’t remembered these forgotten items we wouldn’t have been able to add them on after the fact. I swear, last night as I was drifting off to sleep I remembered 2 other items that didn’t make the registry b/c she forgot them. BEWARE of this and BE WARNED.
6. MOST IMPORTANT
HAVE FUN 🙂
Fiance and I went on and registered at Target. This was also very fast. We filled in our info on the registry computers located in the customer service area. We were given the “gun” and off we went. We found our dinnerware and luggage, as well as few other smaller items. And then we were done.
Both places gave us a “bridal packet”. In the Target one there was a $20 gift card to shutterfly! Nice… hello discounted photobook!!
***did anyone else have a situation where things were left off your registry?? Did you remember those items and then add them yourselves after the fact?