(Closed) Aussie Bees- Wedding Registry?

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Haha, we Aussies are so laid back, I don’t think anyone cares what you do! I think registries are accepted here, but they’re certainly not the norm – though I’ve received a few invitations with honeymoon registries on them (yes, we even include that in the invitation!).

Probably a good place to register would be the bigger chain stores (Myers, Target, etc.). They’re more likely to have the process all set up, plus they’re pretty accessible for most people.

I really don’t know how to go about setting up a registry, but I’m sure if you ask a few stores, they can help you out!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@crookedframe:  I’ve been invited to a few weddings which have registries. They’re certainly not “standard” (certainly they have been in the minority) but they’re not uncommon either. They’re not inappropriate, certainly not to me. I see them as an aid: I can get something off the list, or I can get something else. Just make sure there’s a range of prices.

Usually when I’ve received a registry note, it’s been the more expensive stores (Myer and David Jones). I’m not so sure about using Target – when I think Target I think “cheap”, though they have some good stuff – which may or may not bother you. Also there are websites which do registries.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re going with the Melbourne Wedding Registry http://www.melbourneweddingregistry.com.au – they also have the same company in Sydney.

In my circle (well, more correctly my parent’s circle) registries are pretty common.  But again, it doesn’t mean guests have to go that route, but at least it gives them some direction.  We found my friend’s Myer registry really frustrating from a guest point of view so have gone with an independent company that sources their items from all different places.  Guests can buy online or in store – useful as we have a lot of guests coming from NZ.  We’ve been to see them and they’re a really slick operation.

Even though we live together we’re looking at it as an opportunity to build for the future, luckily my dad owns a storage company here! lol.  Mum and dad’s kettle was a wedding present and it’s still working, 42 years on!  They sure don’t make stuff to last like that these days ๐Ÿ™

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

we’re not registering but I think you can, especially if your US family would appreciate it. I know Myer and David Jone has registries but I have no experience with them ๐Ÿ™

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@sera_archie:  @crookedframe:  I’m not sure about DJs but Myer is a pain… you can’t buy the items online (or even see a photo of them!).  You actually have to look at the list, ring up a number, ask if what you want to purchase is still available (not purcahsed by someone else), then find out which store has it and then go to the store and actually find the physical item!  It’s a pain.  Hence we’re going with a site that’s easy for international guests to buy online.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@crookedframe:  I live in Aus and most weddings I’ve been to have had registries ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s certainly not considered rude or presumptuous to have one – Myer and David Jones have very established bridal retistry services.

I know David Jones (and possibly Myer) also allow you to purchase any items that were not purchased by guests at quite a good discount – a bonus if there was something in particular you really wanted!

Honeymoon registries are also really popular and a great idea – most travel agents do them ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve been to plenty of weddings with registries in Australia – they have been at Myers and DJs mainly, with one at a more specialist homewares store. Oh and an engagement party that registered at a travel agent for their honeymoon too (but that did not go down well – generally you don’t register for your engagement party so people thought that was very gift grabby).

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@sera_archie:  Exactly!  I was really surprised.  It was a total hassle… even once we got there they couldn’t find what we wanted on the floor, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack!  With Melbourne Wedding Registry they can see a picture of everything on the list and either choose to buy from their store, or buy online.  In the 21st century it just seems to make more sense!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@crookedframe:  My brother & SIL used Sydney Wedding Registry and they were fantastic (one reason we’re going with their sister company here).  I was there to let the delivery driver in… it was kind of like Christmas before Christmas!

Very impressed with the service from both companies.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@crookedframe:  Hi there,

In my circle a registry is not common but not unheard of either. I personally wouldn’t have any problems buying off a registry. The last registry was at David Jones. The only issue i had was that the couple listed really pricey items on the list and it cost me around $200 for their gift (i was only really comfortable spending $100).

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@sharontobemarried:  That’s rude!  You should have just bought something that wasn’t on the registry!  If you ask me, a registry is a guide not an absolute… we’re having a registry but of course I won’t be hurt or offended if people surprise us with something else (in fact, it will probably be more fun!) ๐Ÿ™‚  But I think it’s really the couple’s job to make sure their registry contains a mix of lower to higher priced items.  Maybe they’d sold out by the time you went to pick something?  If not, that’s bad on their part!  I’m intending to have things starting at around $20.  And for higher priced items, people can purchase a “share”, which works well if a group wants to pitch in for something bigger.  I think a successful registry is all about making it easier for people & giving them options… without saying “you must buy here”.

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