Post # 1
So according to several websites, and books. Registering looks like it needs to be done soon as in this month. We have another 8 months before the wedding so this seems way too early to me, no?
I am cluess about where and what I should register for. FI and I live together in a small 600 square foot apartment, we don’t really have enough space for everything as it is. My parents live an hour away and don’t mind us storing stuff there.
We booked our honeymoon already, and will be doing a registry through our travel agent, any money we get towards that will go directly towards exhuarsions for the honeymoon.
We could really use some updated kitchen supplies, ect. I’m considering registering at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy’s, or Kohls. I love crete and barrel but I fear we don’t live by any. Also I have heard of myregistry.com which allows you to have one registry, or pull a few registries together.
How many places would you reommad registering at? I don’t want to over registry or under? Where would you recommed?
Post # 3
We did Macys and BB&B and I was happy with both. More people seemed to buy from the BB&B registry though. I personally wouldn’t bother making a registry until your bridal shower – stuff gets discontinued all the time so it’s kind of a pain to have to redo it a bunch of times.
Post # 4
8 months away is still too far. There are some things you may register for now that are seasonal items and they will be gone by the time people are actually going to buy you a gift. Most people like options so I would pick 2 or 3 places. Bed Bath and Beyond is def a very popular one. Target, too.
Post # 5
@MissParrot: BB&B is so easy to deal with and prices are great. They are built to do regsitries. It doesn’t hurt to do it early because then you can add and remove things as you notice what you need over the months! I would set up an initial one and then you can edit online as you please!
Post # 6
@MissParrot: We just started our registry two months ago, so about 5 months before the wedding. I didn’t want to register any earlier than that because I didn’t want things we wanted to stop being sold or be unavailable. We live together and we didn’t need anything really, so we’re just updating things. We needed new sheets and towels. We also registered for some new silverware, plates and things, a better toaster, a toaster oven, a new more neutral comforter, and some new pots and pans.
We registered at 3 different spots. We picked Walmart and Target because we knew that everyone has one nearby and we also registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond for some nicer things (like a mattress topper).
Post # 7
@MissParrot: I have 2 (one that I keep forgetting about) at Canadian versions of the stores that bees have mentioned for the US.
We have registered for mostly kitchen items – upgrades like you, some picture frames that I love, and new linens for the bedroom and bathroom.
The way I see it, people who give cash pretty much always give cash regardless of registry. People who give a physical gift, will often do so even if you don’t register. I would rather register for things that I actually want just in case instead of letting people get me who knows what (which they might anyways).
I set mine up about 9 months out. No one has purcahsed anything yet but that doesn’t surprise me at all. The only risk of setting it up right now is that you’re in a seasonal shift and you run the risk of things being discontinued. It happesns all the time, but seasonal shifts tend to be more significant.
Post # 8
@MissParrot: I dont think it is too early to start compiling it. I found that many of the things I put on initially, I ended up taking it off. I registered last november, when I got engaged (my family insisted on buy engagement presents off of a registry).
From what I have read you are supposed to register for 2 items per guest (so if you have 100 guests, then you register for 200 items). I dont think you have to go by that at all. I just would not exceed double your guest count. You are also supposed to register for items in varying price ranges so that guests can have options with in their range.
Personally FI and I live together. We have many of the small items people typically register for and we thought it was silly to add things we did not want or need. So we just put the most basic things, that we could always use in the lower price range (like sponges and hand soap). The whole idea of registering is a bit odd to me. You are told to never ask for gifts, yet somehow it is polite to compile a large list of items so that people can buy you gifts.
Post # 9
Ours was at BB+B, and we registered three months before the wedding!
Post # 10
We did Macy’s and Target. Macys has great deals with buying leftover registry items post wedding, and Target ispretty much everywhere.
I don’t think 8 months ahead of time is too early, just be aware of seasonal items and colors of things changing. Kitchen stuff isn’t really seasonal so you won’t have to worry as much. But I’d suggest doing it, then checking back every once in a while and replaceing items that are no longer available.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@MissParrot: We are only registering at one store (Canadian Bed Bath & Beyond). There really are not that many good options up here and that one is the best experience I have had with as a guest. They are much faster and more responsive, I find, than the Bay. They also have just about everything you could need for your home. I don’t think there is such a thing as registering too early … If anything it gives you more time to think things through (editing by adding/taking away things, take your time, etc.). I am concerned about duty, etc. if we register at an American website.
As for your space issue … If people know where you live they will understand you registering for less but it is a good opportunity to perhaps get some upgrades (linens, towels, everyday dishware, actually get matching sets – we still have a collection of very mismatched cutlery that were all hand-me-downs haha so we are hoping to upgrade that to a very sturdy set).
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! Started our registry tonight…it amazes me how expensive some items are, aka knife sets, and fine china, but hey I let FI pick out some larger items. I feel guilty for putting large items on the list, however we are trying to have few larger items and a wide range of gifts price waise. We have 150 guests. as of right now we are at 36 items. I have a few more ideas of what to add but do you really need to register for 1-2 gifts per guest? seems like alot to me.
Ended up going with Macys, and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Post # 13
We have been engaged since May and are getting married in June. We were told by Bed, Bath, and Beyond to not register any sooner than February to avoid items being unavailable when our guests went to buy stuff. I will probably wait until the end of February or early March.