(Closed) Did people actually buy from the registry for the wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had about 50% do gifts from our registry and 50% do cash or gift cards to the places we registered. We only had one boxed gift that was not a registry gift and our total invited list (because we had gifts from people who RSVPed no) was about 90 couples/individuals.

I would not add anything you don’t want. I would hate to think that I gifted something to someone that they just threw on the registry for the sake of hitting a certain number.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Mostly registry gifts, some cash from parents, grandparents, and close family.  My family and friends are of modest means so gift giving tends to be actual registry gift over money because they cannot afford to give much.

Register for upgrades or start a honeymoon/house fund registry.

Post # 6
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MissNumbers:  Oh, in that case, add it. I thought you were just adding random stuff just to add. If you are adding things that are fun but not essential (e.g. vase, frames), then it’s totally encouraged. In fact, a lot of guests prefer to purchase these types of gifts because they assume they have a longer “lifespan”. For example, the towels you receive and use will only last so long before they’re gross and you have to throw them out. However, most people don’t throw out vases and frames and some even get passed down to the next generation.

Post # 7
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I feel it’s a good idea to give your guests lots of registry items at a lot of price points. If your registry list is running low, I would add some things since some people would just prefer to get a physical gift rather than money or a gift card.

Most people will give a gift receipt and many stores allow you to exchange items without a receipt from your registry, so you can always swap out some things later if you regret adding something. You can also open a registry at a new store if you can’t find anything else you love, and it doesn’t have to be a conventional “wedding registry” home goods store. (Open an Amazon wish list and link up items if you want to cast a wider net or want things from stores that don’t have registry options.)

To answer your original question, I think only about 1/4 of our guests got us registry items as gifts, with the remainder giving cash or gift cards.

Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, which I’m slightly surprised at. Though, it’s mostly people who aren’t comign to the wedding.  All of our expensive ($500+) gifts have been bought in the past week or two by people who aren’t attending.  It’s super generous and nice but part of me is kind of disappointed since we really need cash right now!

Post # 9
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We mainly were gifted cash for our wedding but a good chunk of folks still bought off our registry.  Some people just like gifting items that have sentimental value so it wouldn’t hurt to add more if you think you’d appreciate it.  But if you think you’ll need more cash, I wouldn’t add anything more.

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