Post # 1
Sigh. I thought I had everything figured out and now I’m torn. FI and I already started registering at Bloomingdales, but are now realizing that Macys has the same stuff and might be more convenient for us and for our guests… what are the benefits of one versus the other.
My big hesitation, and I fully admit this makes me seem snobby, is that Bloomingdales seems more upscale than Macys. Yes, its the same stuff for about the same prices, but I don’t know. We’re having a black tie wedding at ~$250 per plate…
Plus, we already started the registry at Bloomingdales. Do we just close it and open a Macy’s one? Is there any big plus to one versus the other?
I’ll add the Macy’s is more convenient to us (walking distance vs 40 minute drive) and probably in more places than Bloomingdales for our guests.
Post # 3
I order gifts for people online so the distance to my house is irrelevant.
Post # 4
If you genuinely want the things at Bloomingdales over the stuff at Macy’s, go for it. But you really should NOT base your registry choices on how much you’re paying for people to attend your wedding – it’s not like they’re forcing you to spend that on them. I’ve never actually been to a Bloomingdales (not even sure if there’s one anywhere near me!), but as long as people can purchase things online and you include a mix of items in multiple price ranges, it can be just as convenient as Macy’s. But if you decide to switch, it shouldn’t be a big problem to close the registry.
Post # 5
Honestly, I don’t think it really matters. I friend is registered for a bunch of expensive Le Cruset pots and pans at William Sonoma. A friend had gone to a Le Cruset outlet and they had some of the pieces I registered for. She bought them for me for my shower, told me, and I removed them from my registry myself. I don’t think it really cares what store it comes from…but I did have a few people (mostly older guests) for the shower say that they went into WS and couldn’t get me anything and they had to order it, because a lot of what I registered for was monogrammed so they ordered it there, but it had to be shipped to me, because it was too close to the shower to get it in time. Lesson learned: older people will want to go to a store and buy something there, so make sure you have an option like that on your registry!
Post # 6
Let me preface this with the fact that we ended up registering at both because of the convenience factor.
We started at bloomingdales because it carried more items in the brands we like and it gives better deals for the bride and groom (I don’t remember the specifics, but when you list it all out side by side bloomies is slightly better).
Bloomies is in most states, but not as many as Macys. There are a lot fewer locations. There was a bloomindales in each state that our guests are from (NJ, NY, PA, CA, WA, TX, to name a few) but sometimes the closest location was several hours away. With Macys there were more locations in each state, and more states with Macys period.
The part that drives us nuts is that where there is overlap between the two stores, it varies for which store the item is cheaper at based on who happens to be having a sale. So it was hard to decide which store to register for each item if it was at both stores.
At Macys you have to sign up for a credit card to get the benefits. (You earn points and get gift cards for their store which you can only redeem with the card.) Which was obnoxious. Partially because I didn’t want a credit card and partially because it ended up being a pain to get it.