(Closed) custom/alternative gift registry sites ?s

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
46 posts
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’ve looked at MyRegistry and ultimately decided on using Wishpot. I decided on Wishpot over MyRegistry for one reason alone: I liked Wishpot’s format over MyRegistry. The bookmark for MyRegistry (where you can add items to the registry without having to leave the website you’re on) was really clunky and laggy (at least on the day I tried to set it up) and that’s a big no-no for me, especially since I was adding a lot of stuff (I’m only doing the on-line registry).

I also like that Wishpot lets you note how much you want the items, from "thinking about it" to "I need it." This let me add some more whimsical things to my registry, while making it clear that as cool as dough hooks for my KitchenAid mixer are, I really really want the mixer and am only thinking about the dough hooks.

Both Wishpot and MyRegistry (as far as I can tell) only provide links to the websites where the items can be purchased. To keep that from being too weird, I mostly registered from sites that people are already familiar with (Target, Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond). This way, my guests have the option of ordering online, or going to the actual store if they’re more comfortable there. The downside is that they will then need to go back to the registry and note that the item was purchased manually. Hopefully everyone will remember to do that; if not, I hope that at least one person remembers to include a gift receipt in the event of duplicate gifts!

So that’s my input. Let us know what you decide on (and why!) for the reference of future brides! 

Post # 5
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re using MyRegistry. I liked it because it gives the guest an opportunity to mark something as having been purchased (some of others were just wish lists that didn’t let the purchaser indicate it had been purchased). Haven’t received any gifts yet, though, but I’m hoping it will work. I also liked it because some of the things we’d like (certain pots) are available at other stores, but at a markup, so if guests want to shop around for the best price on a particular item, they can. We’re also probably registering for other things at BBB and/or Macys (things like linens that I’d like to see in person), which will help if people don’t like the online route.

Post # 6
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m using MyRegistry with good results. The only glitch I’ve found is that sometimes it uploads the wrong photo, but you can change the product photo pretty easily. I have never had connectivity or speed issues working on my Mac with a digital wireless connection.

I like that when people have started purchasing gifts, you have the option of having that info displayed to you or not, so you can choose to be surprised if you wish. You can also choose to be notified by email when someone purchases a gift. Since my fiance and I travel a lot, I chose that option so we can make arrangements for a neighbor to pick up the package for us if it is delivered while we are away.

I like that I can register for whatever I want, where I want, so I can get exactly what I want, even if that means ten different stores – you really can’t do that without such a service. This also has gifts sent directly to the address you have on file instead of to the purchaser. We are marrying on the other side of the country from our home and do not want to lug gifts back on the plane with us or pay to ship them home, so this eliminates that possibility.

So far three gifts have been purchased for us (and the wedding isn’t until October!) and we have received one of them – the KitchenAid mixer! Shipping seems fast, but of course that depends on the actual store and not the registry service. 

Post # 7
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re also using MyRegistry.com.  The bookmark/toolbar link to add items to your registry has worked well for me – I’m using Firefox on a mac, not sure what others are using.  Sometimes the wrong picture is pulled, but as CarolineG mentioned, it’s easy to swap out.

It’s a bit of a pain for people, in that they need to come back to the site and mark off that an item was purchased, rather than have it automatically updated from a store registry, but it was important for us to be able to register for some independent items and an assortment of eco-friendly goods.  We wouldn’t be able to manage that with a more traditional registry.  

So far, so good.  We’ve had one item purchased so far and no complaints. 🙂 

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