(Closed) Critique our registry, please!

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
1317 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


Post # 3
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Wow, those Kate Spade plates are expensive! Haha. But I get that you get that you might not get them – they’re just a higher price point option. Just wanted to ask – what will you do if you get, like, two salad plates and four dinner plates or something? Will you keep them if it’s not even close to a full set?

I think you know your guests, and your household needs, the best… so if you think it’s good, then it looks good to me!

Post # 4
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You don’t have to register for anything else. Guests will give cash or gift cards. Nobody in my area gives a registry gift at the reception. We received a few but from guests from down south. None of our NY/NJ guests have a physical gift. Don’t feel like you have to have the same amount on your registry as you have guests….

Post # 5
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

You have a great list so far! We haVe the same issue, we don’t need much so we are upgrading But don’t have enough items. Do you have a pet? We put down some pet toys and treats for our dogs, I know someone will think it will be fun to buy. Good point about the towels, I never heard that. Do you want new sheets or a better comforter? You can also ask for tools or toolbox if you need that. Gardening items, vacuum, or a sewing machine (if you can sew) could work for you too. 


Have you thought about the honeymoon? We set up a “wish-list” on honeyfund.com and expect most of our friends go that route. If your friends/ family are willing that could be a nice option. Especially if you take pictures on your honeymoon and send copies as part of your thank you cards. 

Post # 7
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Here are some other ideas. I apologize if I am listing something you already mentioned. I did a quick scan of your list.

– vases

– picture frames

– bakeware

– slowcooker

– food storage containers

– dishtowels, aprons, oven mitts, pot holders

– cake plate

– everyday glasses

– wine glasses

  • This reply was modified 5 years ago by  yes2peaches.
Post # 8
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is going to sound really silly but put a dutch oven on the list.  Look into them on amazon.  You can get decent ones for under $150, but in my opinion they make a world of difference with roasts and gravy, as well as stews, soups, etc.

Post # 9
719 posts
Busy bee

My opinion is that registrys are like weddings.  People’s opinions differ across a wide range and so just do what you want to do.  Be honest about what you need / would like, however many items that is, and leave it at that.  If you are worried that there isn’t enough on the registry and you can’t identify anything else that you need / would like, then stick up a charity registry alongside Macys and Amazon.

Post # 10
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

afineskyline:  Are you having a shower? If you’re not, the registry is pretty decent for just the wedding because people have the option to give cash. If you’re having a shower, the registry needs some work.

Post # 11
4539 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t see any glassware – if you have a table set nicely with matching dishware and silverware, it’s nice to have good water glasses or wine glasses, as well. Also for a table could be tableclothes, cloth napkins, napkin rings, etc.

You can do household items, too – it doesn’t need to be kitchen or bath. What about a handheld vacuum or new sheets…I’ve even seen small furniture on registries (we got one friend this cool ladder bookshelf off her registry).

Finally, do you bake? Think of baking tools you might want – springform pans, ramekins, cookie sheets, etc. (I love to make pies, so I registered for pie weights). We also registered for (and got) oven mitts and aprons. Also, do you have a roaster? They take up a lot of room, but it’s good to have one.

Oh – my favorite gift: an immersion blender. Great for soups, sauces, etc. and so much easier to clean and more convenient that an actual blender.

None of this is to say that you should register for things you won’t use of course…just some suggestions.

  • This reply was modified 5 years ago by  LadyBear.
Post # 12
849 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I second PP about the food storage containers (get the rectangular OXO stainless steel ones–AMAZING and so helpful for pantry organization), slow cooker, and immersion blender.

Also think about some more serving dishes for large dinners if you host people often. We hosted our first Thanksgiving this year and I realized I needed a lot more serving dishes than I thought I did–we had a bunch of mismatched things and it would have been nice to have some divider servers, tiered things, etc. for all those side dishes and desserts. I also realized I only had one glass pie plate–we had to go out and buy another one because who only has one pie at Thanksgiving? 🙂

One of our favorite and most necessary items was a rice cooker (we love our Zojirushi), but of course that depends on how much you eat rice. We are Asian, and our rice cooker broke months before the wedding and it was misery living without one. lol.

As to the debate on whether or not you’ll get registry gifts beyond any showers, I guess it depends on where you live and/or tradition in your friend and family group. We got a lot of registry gifts shipped to our home around the time of the wedding, both from guests who couldn’t make it to the wedding and also a lot from FI’s family, who lives 10 hours away and didn’t host a shower for us but wanted to help us get started. At the wedding we mainly got cash gifts or non-registry items. Still, I say it doesn’t hurt to register for things even if guests don’t buy them–makes it super easy to go back to Macy’s later and use gift cards or remember what you need to use your cash gifts. My sister and mom have still been buying off our registry for birthday and Christmas gifts, and we get rewards points back through Macy’s.

Post # 13
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think you’ve got a great registry. And I did kate spade china and got pretty much all of it (I did the Larabee tea cups and salad plates, and then mixed in other patterns for the dinner and bread plates) and it is so gorgeous! And dishwasher safe too which is awesome for china! And don’t let your mom harp on you too much – mine did the same thing so I had no china at all. Well at my shower, all my mom’s friends cornered me and badgered about there being no china on the registry and how they wanted to get me china! So I added it after the shower, and it flew off!

You could also add some glassware (if you need it) or bar tools. I use the heck out of my crock pot that I registered for, so maybe consider that too. If you’re not having a shower, this is probably fine. There are a lot of people that prefer to give cash at the wedding. We had a lot of guests do that.


Post # 15
390 posts
Helper bee

I got that Calphalon set for Christmas. It wasn’t on my registry but a similar one was and I LOVED it! Calphalon also has deals where is you get so many collars in Calphalon stuff you get a free knife and saute pan which is already worth it, PLUS most of the time the buyer can get like 50$ gift certificate back for buying so much money in Calphalon. 

It’s an awesome set, if you cook a lot you need it. 

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