Post # 1
I’m having trouble deciding how to set up my registries and hoping you bees can help! For some reason, I thought i remember reading somewhere on the bee about setting up double registries (same things on two different locations, like a bed bath and beyond and macys). Benefit being you make sure you get what you need…so i did it. but now i’m having second thoughts
I don’t really like the idea of lugging back things knowing that i am the reason for having double items. heehee. Personally, i prefer people to buy us stuff from BBB so I can return things for cash (thats true right?). i registered for a lot of gift cards at BBB (again hoping to return for cash so i can decide what to buy when i need it)..
I know most people set up at multiple registries so guests have more than 1 option, but i don’t really know what we need at this point and i’d prefer not to randomly choose things we don’t’ need at this point…
Any suggestions, thoughts?
Post # 3
I think it is a little disingenuous to double register for things in hopes of returning the duplicates for cash. Instead, ask family members to spread the word that you would prefer cash or gift cards to things that you don’t need.
Also, registry checklists can be helpful in doing an inventory of what you already own and what you could conceivably need for the future. Not everything you register for will be useful right away, but it might be something nice you would like to own (like, say, nice china). You can add to the registry slowly as you think of things. Don’t try to do it all at once or you can get overwhelmed.
Post # 4
I think the double registry is a bad idea. First of all, many of your guests will look at both registries – and to them it will just look silly that you’ve registered for everything twice. Secondly, at least a few of your guests won’t – so you’ll get duplicate gifts and have to return them. Third – I’m going to dispel the BB&B myth right now – we took a few things back to BB&B that had Macy’s bar codes on them, and even though they sold the same items, they wouldn’t take them back. Maybe because Macy’s is right across the street in our town? I don’t know. But apparently, the thing about BB&B taking back anything is a myth. FYI, they have refunded us cash for several things that actually were bought there, with or without the receipt.
And lastly, I’m not sure (depending on your guests) if it matters where you register. We had people buy us things at Macy’s that we registered for at BB&B. We had people buy us things at Kohl’s that we registered for at BB&B! We even had people buy us things at Williams-Sonoma that we registered for at Macy’s. So apparently some people will look at the registry, and then just buy the item wherever they prefer to shop.
Post # 5
I hate doing returns. At the end, if I do not get the items on my list, I can just go and get it with the cash gifts I received. If there are any gifts not bought, Im sure it was cash you received instead, no? or am i being naive??
I’d rather go and buy things I need after the wedding, then go through returns. Just my opinion~
In the end, it is whatever works best for you! =)
Post # 6
I’m not sure about the whole returning things for cash at BB&B. I heard that too, but when hubby and I went to go return some gifts we had received from BB&B, they said they were only allowed to give us store credit (we had a gift receipt). It seems that getting cash back is if you try to return something without the receipt. I personally wouldn’t try it with multiple items though. When we were returning a couple of items (with the gift receipt), the lady next to us was returning something without a receipt. They gave her a hard time and she had to explain her story to the three employees who were called over before they begrudgingly let her return the item… Maybe it was just this BB&B but I still wouldn’t try it too often.
After our wedding, we ended up with some doubles or extras or just plain changed our mind on some things and had to return it. It was not fun and felt like a chore lugging boxes of stuff to various stores to return. In my opinion, a double registry is a bad idea because its just creating more work for yourself. We had two small registries and found that once most things on the registries were bought, guests gifted us cash and gift cards…which we appreciated much more than double registry items.