Post # 1
So, we have 3 registries (B,B&B, Crate & Barrel, & Macy’s) and I feel like they are quite extensive. I justify it by the fact that we are inviting about 350 guests and have an entire house full of hand-me-downs and stuff we had in our college dorm rooms and apartments, and we’d really like to upgrade to "grown-up" stuff. However, I still feel greedy sometimes when I peruse our registries. How long are your lists, and do you feel guilty for wanting a lot of stuff, if you do?
Post # 3
Don’t feel guilty. Its not like you are forcing people to buy you these things. As long as you have a good price range of items people will be fine. An extensive list will give your guests the oppurtunity to pick something that they would like to give you.
Our list is long but everything is something that we need or need to upgrade. While overwhelming, we had a great time registring and it gave us a great oppurtunity to create a new home.
Post # 4
My fiance is very anti-registry. We only have a small portion of our set up, but the intention is to register for one set of all-purpose china, flatware, pots & pans, and sets of pyrex, corningware, and tupperware. I’m sure it will end up getting longer than we expect, but we’re trying to keep it slim.
Post # 5
We have 3 registries as well (C&B/Macy’s/Amazon) but the majority of our items — china, appliances, decor — are on C&B, some assorted home items are on Macy’s, and cookbooks and DVD sets on Amazon for those of our guests who are still students and may wish to get us something more fun than a lemon reamer, haha. Total items might be around 125-130 items for almost 200 guests.
I think given the fact you have nearly 400 guests, it’s not a big issue. Not to mention you are young and actually do need to upgrade from your old college stuff, which is the same with us. I don’t think anyone ever expects to have every item bought out on their registry, and I believe it’s helpful for your guests to have a good variety of items at different pricepoints.
Post # 6
I think you need a long registry with that many guests. I think brides who don’t register for a wide variety of gifts in a wide variety of price ranges are actually being quite inconsiderate of their guests. I had a friend who had only registered for a few items that were extremely expensive (nothing under $100), and I felt that since I couldn’t afford to give her the things she asked for, I wasn’t going to be able to give her a good enough gift.