(Closed) At a loss with my registry… Help! :(

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s OK to register for pricey things as long as you also have affordable items.


My favroite item that we registered for is our mattress warmer from Macy’s. We adore it and use it daily. Even Darling Husband who thought it was stupid when I mentioned it.

Post # 3
4031 posts
Honey bee

KristenD9:  First, what is the age range of your guests? Are they older and perhaps have more established incomes? Or are they young, broke, still college students? While you should definitely have a range of items ($5-$150), your guests can drive what the majority of your registry looks like. You definitely need to add items that are below $60 though, to make it more affordable for guests who need inexpensive options.

You are going to need utensils, bowls, cups, plates and basics. You should be able to find items and sets easily in the $5-$30 range, no matter your preferences. Look for can openers, serving utentils (large spoons, tongs, etc) and serving dishes. Those are usually less than $10. Then, guests will have the option of just buying a small inexpensive item, bundling a bunch of items together or buying an expensive item. 

Keep in mind though, you may not get a lot of items you register for, so don’t get your heart set on too many things. If you invite 100 people and register for 100 items, you will have to account for couples/families who are likely to only buy one item together. Also, you may have a few guests who give gift cards, cash or who do not give a gift at all.

Post # 4
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

my favorite item is the cuisinart temperature control hot water maker. I drink tea every day and this lets me pick a temp for each type of tea black, green, herbal etc.  it also will keep the water warm for thirty minutes. We probably use it two to three times a day! Expensive (compared to other hot water makers) but worth it if you drink a lot of tea.

Post # 5
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Did you know you can add to it online. I did all my registries online (we didn’t set one foot in the stores where we created a registry) – its much simplier online, less hassle and stress. Plus, you can browse similiar items in a category, read reviews and make the best decision for you. Also, online they make suggestions to your items and a lot of the things I registered for are only available online and not in stores. 

Post # 6
857 posts
Busy bee

Rule of thumb for Canadian guests is spending $50 per person on a gift. So we did $50 – $300 for gift options. 

Do a huge variety, have fun! Plates, silver ware, decor, rug cleaner, spot cleaner, steamer, juicer, gridle, nice sheet set (or a couple). There is no rule to the fun of a registry 🙂 

My Fiance and i did ours together and I found i added! We have lived together for 3 years, so we have alot. But this also a good time to replace and have “our” things

Post # 7
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just went online, looked at different sections and registered for things I never knew exsisted but knew we needed lol There’s tons of registry checklists online too. I did all of ours (three stores) on my own and it was so fun!

Post # 8
7276 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have never thought of someone as rude because they had expensive things on their registry. We were encouraged by DH’s mom to add some expensive things because I thought the same way as you and we ended up getting them all through group gifts or very generous guests.

Just make sure you have cheaper things on there as well so that those who are spending $50 are able to buy something off the registry!

Post # 10
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

librarygirl85:  this lady is right. We did ours online and it’s a lot less stressful. Target has tons of stuff in the $20-50 range. Go find some bath soap dispensers, bowls, plates, cups, and kitchen gadgets you like. 

If it helps, my husband didn’t really help with the registry either. We agreed on big stuff like the dinnerware pattern but he did not have a clue on all the little stuff. You’ll work it out!

Post # 11
910 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


KristenD9:  I registered for items that ranged from $5-500 dollars.  A big price range gives people the option to find an item in their budget.  I also did most of my registry online (I signed up in the store).  I added stuff and took stuff off every week because it was a bit overwhelming.  The one thing I always say on here is to not open or use anything until after the wedding because you may end up returning some gifts.  I returned some gifts in exchange for items that I really wanted but did not receive. I also returned some items because I realized that I really did not need them after all.

My favorite items that I registered for where

  • keurig coffee maker
  • toaster oven (mine was ancient)
  • microwave (my old one was really old)
  • new bedding (wanted a bedroom set that both me and the Fiance could agree on)
  • towels
  • pots and pans
Post # 12
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

KristenD9:  A good mix of pricey and affordable is considerate for your guests. TBH, most of the registry items we have had purchased have been around $100 or more. Very few people have bought the small things like $5 reusable ice cubes for cooling my wine in the summer, etc. It probably depends on your crowd, too.

Post # 13
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Stalking other people’s registries is a great idea too. I had several friends get married in the year before me, and I just checked out what they had registered for – it helped me remember stuff that I might want.

We’re mostly registering for kitchen stuff, and OH MAN I am so excited. Some Le Creuset, a Kitchenaid stand mixer, a toaster oven,  new dishes and flatware, bakeware, as well as little things like… egg seperators and a rolling pin and… all kinds of stuff – peelers, graters, although I guess it depends on how much you cook. I do cook. 

Post # 14
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

KristenD9:  I worried about the same thing when making our registry! We are in the same boat as you (living together for the first time, have basically nothing when it comes to home/kitchen) but I didn’t want it to seem like I was super greedy by registering for a bunch of stuff.

My Future Mother-In-Law made the point that a lot of families who know each other will go in on the larger items- they do that themselves for most weddings. We registered for a bunch of smaller items like kitchen utensils, pot holders, etc. as well because 1. we have none, and 2. we have a lot of college friends with small budgets and we don’t expect them to show up with $40 gifts! I think things will even out. And the nice thing about Target is you can return/exchange things you wanted less for things that are more of a need; that’s our plan. (The 10% off registry items post-wedding doesn’t hurt, either.)

Are you having any bridal showers beforehand? That can potentially clear out a registry pretty fast too, so maybe keep an eye on it once those start happening so people still have a variety of options in their price range.

As for recommendations…I’d highly recommend Oneida utensils (forks, knives, etc)! They hold up really well; both my parents and FI’s still have their original Oneida sets from their weddings 30+ years ago and use them every day.

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