(Closed) Buying things off your own registry…before the wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
8004 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We don’t have a registry now, so I can’t relate. But no one will know ;). 

Post # 3
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Not a big deal if you do it for a few things, but don’t forget, some of your guests are looking for those good deals too!

Post # 4
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Guilty! 🙂 

I got some gift cards in advance and there were just some items I HAD to have before the wedding, like 1000ct sheets and euroshams.  Figured that’s what the gift cards are for anyway…

Post # 6
3842 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Moraz:  I actually did this yesterday and I plan on doing it again in the near future. Fiance and I were convinced to register early for an engagement party that never was, so now we have all of these items sitting on our registry for the next thirteen months. Items like linens, bath accessories, and home decor will most likely phase out as new items come in, so we have specific items that we are definitely going to purchase ourselves just in case. We have a few IKEA items on a universal registry on Amazon and after going yesterday, we purchased them for ourselves. I didn’t want to chance them not being there next year. Additionally, all of the bath accessories we selected for one of our bathrooms is now on clearance. Fiance and I will be purchasing those next week. 

I think if you have enough items, it’s fine. No one will know the difference, and I wonder if it’ll prompt others into action if they see the items come up marked “purchased.” I would make sure you take all items off your registry, though. 

Post # 7
4892 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

No one will ever know, unless you tell someone!

I had one of my showers this past weekend and know that I’ll be returning/exchanging some gifts – as they were impulse registry items and of course the ones people bought us! I’m sure we’ll just get GC’s in exchange and then I could use them to buy some other stuff that hasn’t gotten purchased yet. Since I’ve had a shower, items are being purchased so no one would think otherwise.

My Fiance registered for a new electric razor and desperately needs it now, so I may go and use some of the GC’s for that and surprise him with it.

Post # 8
2698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Moraz:  Yes, I have. haha, I think lots of people have. I have just bought a few little things we need that I’ve found on sale… like bathroom accessories, kitchen stuff. We just bought our house in March and need A LOT of things, so there is plenty on the registry and overall we’ve been very good about waiting until the wedding is over to buy house stuff.

Post # 10
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Royal Park Hotel


Moraz:  Yep!  I bought a pair of champagne glasses that were being discontinued and I did NOT want to miss out on them.  I also got a huge gift card to BB&B from the girls at work and used it to buy my Staub dutch oven

Post # 12
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought stuff for myself off the registry quite a few times before the wedding.  It really bothered me thinking that people would pay full price!!   You are not alone!

Post # 13
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Royal Park Hotel


Moraz:  100%  There is a bee here that is a professional chef and she has a blog.  She wrote up a great article on what a bride and groom should register for and what they should skip and she put up a FAQ.  A lot of people asked her if Le Creuset was worth it and a lot of people asked her about all clad and stainless steel.  I basically took away two things.

1. Stainless steel cookware is pretty much all the same and All Clad isn’t worth all the extra money unless you get the copper-core line.  Otherwise…it’s all pretty much the same.

2.  In her opinion Staub was the best of the best when it came to enamel coated cast iron and she thought it blew Le Creuset out of the water. 

So that’s what we went for and we’re so happy with it. 


Post # 14
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I might. Ours is a wedding/home registry, buwhere’re likely moving out before the wedding. We may need a couple things sooner than April. For example, I’m not waiting 6+ months to vacuum for the first time. Ew!

Post # 15
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yup I did! My duvet went over 50% off and we hadn’t even sent out shower invites yet so I knew I needed to jump on it… and then because I’m DIY-ing my makeup I wanted a really nice mirror… Simple Human has an amazing one for $200 (ouch), but I added it to my registry and then bought it a minute later to get 10% off my purchase! Muahaha. lol

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