(Closed) Does anyone else HATE doing the registry and are trying to avoid it like me?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

First of all, if you don’t like the selection at Bed & Bath, why don’t you register someplace else?

Secondly, I also found registering overwhelming, exhausting and not especially fun.  I didn’t really need all those gifts, and to be honest I would have far prefered just getting cash gifts to make up for all the money we spent on the wedding.  That being said, there were some things that were good to register for, mostly because my husband really likes to cook.  So, we got a bunch of All Clad, some nice appliances (mixer, blender, food processor, toaster) and a set of dishes and stemware that we otherwise wouldn’t have bought on our own but use often.

I sympathize about the problem of making people pay retail, but unfortunately I don’t think there is much you can do about it.

Finally, one good thing about Bed & Bath is that you can return EVERYTHING people buy you and get cash back if you want.  Just something to keep in mind 😉  ETA: We actually returned most of our All Clad and then used the credit to buy a set of it.  So, we got a lot more cookware for the same amount of money.

Post # 4
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did all of mine online! Going to the stores seemed very intimidating and I know Fiance would get bored/frustrated after about 10 minutes.

Here is a master list of items you may ever need that another Bee posted a long time ago and it really helped me to know what to look for


–       Knife set (chef’s, paring, carving, boning, bread, tomato, utility)
–       Cleaver
–       Knife sharpener
–       Knife block/ storage
–       Kitchen scissors
–       Cutting boards*


–       Measuring cups*
–       Measuring spoons*
–       Liquid measuring cups*
–       Whisk*
–       Masher*
–       Wooden spoons
–       Spatula*
–       Tongs*
–       Vegetable peeler*
–       Citrus juicer
–       Cheese grater*
–       Zester
–       Garlic press
–       Nut cracker*
–       Can opener*
–       Ice cream scoop*
–       Pizza cutter*
–       Skewers*
–       Meat tenderizer
–       Patisserie knife
–       Pastry brush*
–       Mortar & pestle
–       Corn holders*


–       Strainer
–       Colander*
–       Salad spinner
–       Fat separator
–       Butter cutter
–       Kitchen scale*
–       Pepper mill
–       Storage // Tupperware*
–       Plastic barware (pitcher, tumbler)
–       Chip’n’Dip*
–       Bottle stopper
–       Salt & pepper shaker*
–       Egg cups
–       Trivets
–       Spice rack*
–       Dish towels*
–       Oven mitts // Pot holders*
–       Aprons*


–       Hand mixer // Stand mixer**
–       Blender*
–       Food processor
–       Toaster // Toaster oven*
–       Bread machine
–       Panini press
–       Microwave
–       Slow cooker // Crock pot*
–       Teakettle // Electric water boiler
–       Coffee maker*
–       Espresso machine
–       Coffee grinder*
–       Juicer
–       Waffle iron
–       Ice cream maker
–       Deep fryer
–       Rice cooker*
–       Raclette grill
–       Fondue pot
–       Wine chiller


–       Casserole dish*
–       Dutch oven
–       Roasting pan & rack
–       Frying pan
–       Double broiler
–       Saucepan*
–       Sauté pan
–       Skillet*
–       Stockpot
–       Wok
–       Asparagus steamer
–       Omelette pan
–       Chafing dish
–       Pot rack


–       Cookie sheet*
–       Loaf pan*
–       Pie pan*
–       Round cake pans*
–       Square pans
–       Springform
–       Bundt pan*
–       Cupcake/muffin pan (+ mini)
–       Cupcake/muffin carrier*
–       Ramekins*
–       Oven-to-table-ware
–       Pizza stone*
–       Baking mat*
–       Mixing bowls
–       Cookie cutters
–       Biscuit cutter
–       Rolling pin*
–       Sifter*
–       Cooling rack*
–       Cookbook holder


–       White wine
–       Red wine
–       Champagne flute/ coupe
–       Specialty (Highball, Old-fashioned, Margarita, Martini, Julep, Brandy, Pilsner, Shot)
–       Everyday glasses*


–       Decanter
–       Pitcher*
–       Punch bowl*
–       Beverage dispenser*
–       Cocktail shaker
–       Bar tray
–       Bar tools
–       Ice bucket*
–       Corkscrew
–       Coasters*


–       Knife
–       Fork
–       Salad Fork
–       Tablespoon
–       Desert spoon
–       Steak knife*
–       Cheese knife
–       Butter knife
–       Salad servers*
–       Serving spoon
–       Pierced spoon
–       Ladle*
–       Cake server*
–       Carving fork & knife

China (12 settings?)

–       Soup plate
–       Dinner plate*
–       Salad/ desert plate*
–       Cereal bowl*
–       Platter
–       Charger


–       Sugar bowl*
–       Creamer*
–       Gravy boat*
–       Coffee/ tea pots
–       Teacups + saucers
–       Mugs*
–       Butter dish*


–       Serving trays
–       Serving bowls
–       Serving utensils
–       Salad bowl*
–       Pasta bowl
–       Cake stand
–       Pie plate
–       Tureen


–       Tablecloths (white & casual)
–       Napkins (white & casual) (luncheon/dinner)
–       Cocktail napkins
–       Table runners
–       Place mats
–       Napkin rings
–       Napkin holder


–       Hamper
–       Weight scale
–       Cups
–       Tissue holder
–       Soap dish
–       Soap dispenser
–       Toothbrush holder
–       Electric toothbrush
–       Shower curtain (+ hooks)*
–       Showerhead
–       Bathrobes
–       Slippers
–       Hair dryer
–       Wastebasket

Bath linens

–       Washcloths*
–       Guest towels
–       Hand towels*
–       Bath towels*
–       Beach towels
–       Bath mat

Bed linens

–       Mattress
–       Mattress pad
–       Bedcover*
–       Duvet // down comforter
–       Sheet set (flat/fitted, pillow cases)*
–       Pillows
–       Shams
–       Throw blanket
–       Throw pillows
–       Bed skirt

* Master bedroom; Guest bedroom

Closet/ Organizing

–       Hangers*
–       Closet organizers
–       Drawer organizers
–       Shoe organizer
–       Storage boxes

Living Room

–       Candlesticks // Hurricanes
–       Decorative bowls
–       Vases
–       Picture frames
–       Art*
–       Mirrors
–       Lamps*
–       Rugs
–       Clock*


–       Suitcase
–       Garment bag
–       Duffel bag
–       Toiletry kit
–       Luggage tags, belts


–       Lawn equipment
–       Garden hose
–       Leaf // snow blower
–       Patio set
–       Picnic basket
–       Grill (+ cover)
–       Grilling tools


–       Iron & ironing board (+ cover)
–       Steamer
–       Sewing machine
–       Vacuum*
–       Handheld vacuum
–       Broom & dustpan*
–       Garbage can
–       Paper shredder


–       Humidifier
–       Electronics (TV, DVD player, stereo, dig. camera…)
–       Board games
–       Umbrella stand
–       Christmas ornaments, tree skirt

Post # 5
1085 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I hated the idea of a registry. Darling Husband and I had already been living together for a few years so we didn’t really *need* anything, nor wanted. My mom was giving me a hard time about it so 3 DAYS before the wedding we registered at Target–we actually got a a good amount of the stuff we registered for so I guess our guests were waiting till the last minute.

Post # 7
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not doing one there is only a walmart in my area!

Post # 8
9 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

Have you considered a honeymoon registry?

Post # 9
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We registered at both BBB and Bloomingdales.  We didn’t like BBB’s selection for everything, but we liked their return policy.  So, when an item was available at both stores, we put it on the BBB registry.  For everything else we used the other store.  We wound up having a mediocre experience with the Bloomingdales registry department, but we originally registered there for sentimental reasons: It was my deceased FIL’s favorite store.  And they have much nicer tableware than BBB.  It’s all the same when it comes to appliances and more functional stuff, though.

Post # 10
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I registered on Amazon and at Kohls and I loved it. I did it all from home and even registered for some stuff that I don’t think ANYONE will buy us, like a Chia Pet and an elephant-shaped watering can.

Post # 11
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I despise registries and I have never purchased a gift from one yet. I never will. I couldn’t care less that others want them but if you don’t like them, then don’t have one!

Post # 12
826 posts
Busy bee

Don’t forget that Bed Bath & Beyond lets you use expired coupons!!!

 I registered online at Bed Bath & Beyond (I know it’s early, some relatives are bugging us about it already).  It was frustrating at times, but overall a fun experience.

Post # 13
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We have most of the things we need as I am a little older (36), have a generous family who knows that I like to cook….so for holidays, my mom always buys us (me, I do the cooking) good stuff like a Kitchenaid mixer, Henkles knives, dishtowels, dishes, silverware etc.  Since we just moved into a new house, what we really need is furniture and decorative stuff, but I would never ask for such large items; we can buy those slowly in our own time.  Plus, I’d feel weird asking for a lamp!  LOL

I am dreading having to fill out a registry when all we really want is cash to put back towards the wedding.  When I told my mom I didn’t want to do a registry (and didn’t want a shower for that matter), she made a stink so I think I will put together a limited registry since we really don’t need much.

Post # 15
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

America’s test kitchen has lots of good reviews on kitchen stuff, appliances, knives, etc. You can also look for reviews on amazon. 

Try registering for things that are replaceable, or don’t need reviews, like towels, sheets, mixing bowls, etc.

Post # 16
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I loved doing my registry – it was one of the first checks!  I agree with other bees about registering at BB&B because of their return policy – it’s great.  But instead of finding things that you think won’t work in another place, look for versatile items that can work in any decor.  And for brands of appliances, I love love love Cuisinart.

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