(Closed) Dying to and Dreading Registering…

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Don’t worry about Aunt Milly – she won’t remember what she bought you a week after your wedding.  Also, she is purchasing something off your registry, which presumably means that the most important thing to her is that you are happy with what she chooses.  If she spent a lot of time picking a gift on her own, then she might remember it, but there is always the chance that you will hate it (which is why most people stick to the registry).  

Cramming more stuff into a NYC apartment is a recipe for marital discord, so you should only register at stores with liberal return policies and try to register for things like pots and pans that are neutral and can hopefully be stored at an in-laws.

 Many friends have done honeymoon registries because of the space issue.  

Post # 4
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Don’t worry about buying appliances to match your future walls! It’s called paint!

Post # 6
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m in a similar boat as you. FH and I purchased our home almost two years ago with the idea that the renovations we wanted to do would only take a few months. We are currently living in the dining room (bedroom set is literally set up in dining room) and we are living in about 1/4 of the house.  Although I at least know some things about the house, we have not even begun to decorate (because none of the rooms are finished).  Registering was very stressful because I felt like i was putting the cart-before-the horse so to speak.  I ended up not putting things like bedding on the registry, but I did pick out the big stuff like appliances, dishes, pots/pans, etc.  In regards to registering for a honeymoon (and this is just my opinion) it seems like that is a good option for couples that already have everything they need for home.  It doesn’t sound like you are in that situation. While there are some things you may not be able to pick out now, I think it would be best to register for the things you are going to have to buy yourself someday anyway.  I would hate to finally get into a house and then have to buy the things I needed bit-by-bit.  If I were you I would maybe take an inventory of all the things you know that you’ll need and then think about how long it would take to acquire all of it on your own. 

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee

Whe we registered we put stuff on our registry in colors we’ll want to have once we own a house. Most of it turned out to be neutral stuff anyway but we did register for some color stuff. I suggest registering at Bed, Bath & Beyond because they have an AWESOME return policy so if you get something in green and your house ends up being red (and it’s not too long after the wedding) you can exchange it with no problems, OR return it for a Gift Card to use later… That way people think they’rebuying you something you’ll use but maybe you won’t. LOL You could also just have your bridal party and parents spread the word that you’re going to be buying a house soon and that gift cards would be appreciated. 🙂

Post # 8
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Lots of appliances come in stainless steel, black, or white, which would look good with basically any color scheme you end up with in the house.  For the bathroom, I looooove plain fluffy white towels– they always look so fresh and clean, and you don’t have a problem with the color fading in the wash or anything.  For sheets, I would definitely register for the larger sheets, and just wait to use them with the new bed.

What about picking a shop with a great gift card policy (no fees, expiration dates, etc.), and then making it known that you’d prefer gift cards, rather than actual physical blenders and such.  The returning for store credit idea sounds fine, as long as the store is not going to give you any trouble for that.

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