(Closed) Appropriate $ amounts on registry

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We have a few high priced items, ($700 range) but mostly smaller items, with a few $150-$200 items.  I feel like people might find the $700 ones strange, but they were either things we put on there just to get the completion discount or things that we waited until were on sale and bought ourselves (and put on registry to get rewards) or knew my mother was buying us. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Continuing to echo what everyone else has said: Variety is the spice of life.

In my life, it is very common to see registeries that have a stand mixer, maybe a food processor or Vita Mix, plus a vacuum.  Some will have a DSLR, or good camping tent.

I’d say virtually every registery for friends that I have seen has 2-4 of those high price point items, some will have several in the 200-400 range as well.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

The price range is important. For the shower, I tried to make sure I had enough items below $25 that guests would have enough choice. Some of the gifts were really generous- so people may surprise you. We have two items over $300 (stand mixer and electronics)- I could easily see friends chipping in for either item.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Our registry is decent sized, partly because we’re having a big wedding and shower, and partly because we won’t live together until shortly before or after the wedding. I think we registered for around 300 items, total. Of those 300, we had 15 items that were over $100. I think the most expensive item is $200 (of those 13 items, we’ve received about 4).

  A lot also depends on your region/guest list. Where I’m from, it’s very common to give a gift at the shower and a monetary gift at the wedding. I will second/third/fourth the people going in to get higher priced items, or to buy a few mid-ranged pieces.

  When Fiance and I first started registering, Fiance was getting nervous that we were including too many expensive items. When I showed him our breakdown, he relaxed a bit and all was well :-).

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hemmed and hawed over our $150/set flatware, until my Mother-In-Law reminded me that so long as I gave guests other options, it’s really fine.

The bulk of our gifts were in the $40-$100 range, but there were things as low as $5 and as high as $800 (no one bought the $800 item, but it’s true that people do go in together to group-purchase, so we didn’t feel bad about it), plus three charities for donations that we’re personally involved with. And in the end, most of the gifts we received averaged about $75.

I’ve been to weddings, though, where the cheapest thing was $300 (not kidding!) and in that case, I shrugged and cut a check for what I could afford.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

As long as you have a good range and more in the lower end you will be fine with a few more expensive items Hun 🙂

Post # 23
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Helper bee

What’s a completion discount?

Post # 25
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Helper bee

When I’m buying things off a registry and I know others going to the wedding, I always try to pool together to get the big thing if I can. I’d rather get the big expensive item they wanted than like a random assortment of spatulas or something. For a friend’s wedding, me and the other BMs all went in together and got her something really crazy awesome; for a coworker’s wedding, my whole department pooled together to do the same.

If I see a really pricy item on a registry, I don’t think it’s greedy at all, as long as there are lots of options.

Post # 26
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have one high-ticket item on our registry (a $400 memory foam mattress). We have a vacuum and a steam cleaner on there as well, which I think around both around $100-150. I think everything else is under $50. Fiance had no desire to register for anything fancy–he had to talk me out of a $90 coffee maker, haha. We aren’t really fancy people, anyway, but we do really want a memory foam mattress–we’ll get it one way or another.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

@missgolf:  I don’t think you need to have a cap.  The reason is because (a) some people like to go in together to purchase one big gift and (b) most places offer you a discount to purchase items on your registry after the wedding.  For these reasons, my fiance and I put a cookware set on our WS registry that’s over 1K.  I doubt anyone will get it for us (but you never know!) so if they don’t we’re going to take advantage of the discount to buy it ourselves.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

As long as you have a variety and range of prices, I don’t think people will side eye you the one extragant gift you have on your registry.  Also, only you know your guests, so is there someone or a couple of people you know will spend that amount, you will be fine.

The most expensive item on our registry is a comforter set for $130.  I was very conscious in making sure that nothing went over $200 and that I had a range of stuff in different prices.  I have lots of stuff we really want or would love under $5.  Tons under $20.  And so on and so forth.  

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I aimed for the average price to be around $20 (with items ranging from $4.99 to $699). 

I have several family members that often go-in on a gift together, so I wanted to have a few larger items available for that.  I also registered at Macy’s which gives you a discount on registry items that you choose to purchase after the event– so for us, some of those big items we will buy afterward with some of the cash people give us (because there’s always a few who prefer to just give cash) as well as our own money. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You will know your guests the best.

We registered for a wide range of items from $10 to $800 (our big ticket item is a VERY nice set of pots and pans). However, we reigstered at The Hudson Bay Company, and they very regularly have sales on those items. (Our $800 pots and pans were purchased on sale for $299!!!).

Most of our family went in on large items for my sister’s wedding last year, and we registered with that in mind.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have a few more expensive items on the list.  We’ve been considering putting a couch on one of our registries because we really love it and we’d get a discount, lol.  We go and sit on the couch in pottery barn and refer to it as ours.  We also registered for a dyson which I doubt we’ll get but the discount will be nice.  We both like dyson the best, lol.  Um, and a kitchenaid mixer.  A few other high priced things at pottery barn but everything is balanced out with a lot of cheaper gifts too.  I think it’s good to have a variety of things and if people see you are registered for larger priced items….then maybe they will give giftcards too.

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