(Closed) [Help] Making my Registry!

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

if you really don’t want to register, then you don’t have to. and don’t ask for stuff just for the sake of asking for it. then you’ll end up with a bunch of stuff you don’t really want or need. if you don’t think you’ll use china, then don’t ask for it. a lot of couples skip it. we preferred just having nice everyday dishes.

we registered at bed bath & beyond and macy’s.

bed bath & beyond was our main store and they are awesome! they have so many things, prices are reasonable, their customer service is great and returns are no problem.

macy’s was really good too. i heard their customer service wasn’t that great, but we had no problems at all.

i’ve heard target’s registry is a pain in the butt- items being discontinued often, items being deleted, etc. that’s why i chose not to go with them.

as far as going to to the store vs. doing it online, i recommend doing both. some items are online, but not in the store; some items are in the store, but not online. since you don’t want/need a whole lot, you may be fine with just looking online.

my husband and i needed pretty much everything, so we looked online first to see what each store had to offer, read product reviews, etc. and then we went to the stores to start building our registry. looking online first made it a little easier because we already had an idea of what we wanted (i had all my notes/lists with me), so we didn’t waste time trying to decide which toaster was better. i also took notes while we were in the stores, so i’d remember what things i might want to look into further or what colors to look for, etc…

it doesn’t cost anything to register, but it can take a lot of time (which is why a lot of people prefer doing it all online). some people do their registry a little bit at a time so it’s not so overwhelming. my husband and i did both stores in one day  (we were long distance at the time, so we had to squeeze it all in during one of his visits) and we were so tired at the end of the day!

good luck! i hope that helps!

Post # 4
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i did bed bath & beyond and macys

Post # 5
8612 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did BB&B and Macys. I would recommend going into the store to start, it’s free and they just give you the scanner to go nuts with. I also edited ours online afterwards if something caught my eye or was discontinued.

We didn’t register for china because we wouldn’t use it, but we did register for 12 settings of a nice porcelain dish set which I’m really happy with (our current ones were all stoneware and kind of mismatched) . And you can always use new sheets, towels, duvet covers when your current ones wear out.

Post # 7
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@aliciab21:  Giving cash does NOT make you a bad wedding guest.  It’s what most people want and gives people maximum flexibility.  It’s usually the best gift people get.

Like others have said, consider new towels and bedding.  Kitchenaid attachments are always awesome… maybe you could get the ravioli maker?!!  That would be sweet.

If you want china, get it.  That’s what we did and it was basically the only thing we registered for, as we were in the same position as you.  Plus, all the “upgrades” we want are *really* expensive, like vitamix blenders and such.

Could you use any nice knives?  Cookbooks, classic books, new furniture pieces.


Post # 8
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@aliciab21:  If you aren’t feeling the registry since you and your Fiance already have most of the things you need, you could either do a smaller registry with things that you might want to get nicer or upgraded versions of? Or you could register for a charity where guests can donate money to a worthy cause that the both of you support. =)

Post # 9
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

we did amazon.com.  they don’t have the great rewards program that a place like macy’s has, but i like that we can register for literally anything.  also, if a guest purchases an item on your registry elsewhere, they can check off that they purchased it so there won’t be duplicates.  we have been living together for the last 3 years so we really only needed some upgrades– blender, new food processor, better pots/pans, etc.  but Fiance was psyched to register for new camping equipment and i’m excited for luggage and a kitchenaid!  we also did a honeymoon registry at travelersjoy.com.

Post # 10
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ll be registering this week, and don’t worry, I’m in the same boat as you! Fiance and I live together, but don’t have our own place yet. We plan on moving out before the wedding. But even then, I have no idea what to put on a registry! As far as stores go, we’ll be registering at Kohl’s and Bed Bath and Beyond. I’ve heard bad things about Target’s registry – items being discontinued and bad return policy. Good luck!

Post # 11
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re registered at Target and have yet to have any issues other than them rebranding their Home line and having to re-add some stuff because of it. We registered for upgrades, basically, more classic stuff (white dishes, nice flatware, lots of serving pieces), a memory foam mattress, etc. It’s fun!

Post # 12
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

bbb and crate and barrel!!!

Post # 13
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We registered at BB&B yesterday, it was awesome! We already have a house thats furnished but we were going into it thinking about upgrading everything. All our plates, silverwear and kitchen machinery. 

Out with the old, in with the new!

Post # 14
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon. We put some non-traditional items on our Amazon registry like a universal remote control, a new tent and inflatable air mattress, outdoor hose reel & nozzle, outdoor reclining chair. Stuff that is still to help us “build our lives” but isn’t the normal home goods.

Post # 15
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re facing down the same problem. We’ve heard horror stories from friends who registered at Bed Bath and Beyond (when they already had a whole house of stuff together) and they ended up with thousands of dollars in gift cards to a store that didn’t really have much that they needed/wanted beyond what they’d registered for.

Our plan:



Williams Sonoma

That way, if we end up with too many gift cards, we can actually buy things as we need them from Target and Amazon (not just BB&B things). We’re really into cooking, so we figure gift cards for Williams Sonoma will be welcome. Plus, how could someone give too much money in that crazy-overpriced store?

We’re also going to point out that gift cards to our local grocery store are quite welcome.

Good luck!

Post # 16
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Maybe do Amazon. However, you don’t have to go crazy and register for a ton of things, but maybe something super fancy you don’t have… or a really nice upgrade to something you DO already have. New sheets? New towels? Picture frames? Fancy vacuum? Although, you might want to register at Macy’s or BBB for those.

Also, if you do register for a couple of things, but not that many, it’s been my experience that you end up with cash… don’t register at all, and you get three toasters.

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