(Closed) How many gifts did you register for?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We only ended up with about 100 items, too! We tried to register for everything we could think of plus a few fun extras, and that was all we could come up with. We’re inviting 170 and expecting about 120. Hopefully people will just get us a gift card if we run out of items.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We are inviting 340 people and are currently registered for 222 items. It may be a lot but we’d like to offer our guests enough options, especially since we’re inviting so many people!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think that sounds about right – remember, you can always update your registry at anytime if you’ve changed your mind about some items or want to add more stuff on.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have about 175 items for 200 guests.  Now, I did split my china into pieces instead of place settings (same cost to buy them separately), so if we did it by "place settings," it would be about 130 items.

Now, I know that about 100 of the guests will be giving cash (it’s a culture thing) so I think my registry is a nice size. 

If you are looking to add a few more pieces, I’ve always heard that an extra china servingware is useful, since hosting large events generally require more than one serving platter and bowl!  We also ended adding "chargers" (or dessert plates) and pasta bowls to our china set.

As things get bought off the list, you can add more items to the registry. I would check right after your showers to see what is still available and update your list accordingly.

 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have no idea what # of stuff i specifically registered for. I’m really hoping for gift cards, so my Fiance and I can update our home over the next year together. Like for Lowes, LoL. You can’t just register for paint, you know =]. However, when I regsitered at Macy’s and Williams-Sonoma, they recommend X amount of gifts for X people invited and I like how the website prompts you as you go to make sure you didn’t forget a category. It’s kind of overwhelming b/c there is SOOOO much stuff, but in the long run, I feel like i have a good variety of inexpensive things and expensive things (helloooo Dyson pet hair vacuum) and a lot of people like to send $ anyways.

I specifically made it a point not to register for anything I wouldn’t actually buy msyelf, though. It really keeps me in check. No, I wouldn’t actually buy the $200 espresso machine, but the $75 one? Yeah, likely. That alone kept my list kinda small. I didn’t want my guests to spend a lot of money on stuff I didn’t necessarily need.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We have registered at target and crate and barrel, so far I have about 30 items added, however, our guest list is only 75, and we have both lived alone and now together and have most everything we need. We have registered for some items that need replaced/updated and a few other things that we would like for the house, variety of price ranges. Will probably add a few more things before its all said and done though.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I read somewhere that the majority of gifts are purchased within 72 hours of the wedding.  Make sure there are sufficient items to give last minute purchasers some options.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I think when it comes to registering the more the better!  You want to give your guests shoices.  I am probably going to register at 3 stores – right now the only place I have chosen is JCPenney.  They seem to have a lot of good brands at reasonable prices so people have lots of options. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Maybe my Fiance and I are way too Type A for our own good, but we made a spreadsheet listing all of the items we registered for, along with their cost. Then we added up the total value of all the items and divided that amount by the number of guests. I know it sounds slightly crass to calculate a per-capita gift amount, but this seemed like a more useful metric than the number of items because we’ve got everything from small tea infusers to splurgey knives and cookware.

It’s also hard to come up with a per-person dollar amount that seems reasonable, especially given the range of guests we have and the fluidity of everyone’s financial situations right now. But we’re happy with how things turned out.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I wanted to chime in that you need to register for more than you think you do.  I have had two showers and let me tell you my registries are a wasteland.  Even with the weird, random off registry gifts there was almost nothing left on two of my registries. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

When registering I was told to register for 180 items with a guest list of 140. Our gifts range in all prices, and there are plenty of options. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Also, another thing you can do is list your registries on your website so people can know where you’re registered without you having to tell them.  When I registered with JCP I used their free wedding website on their site since it’s easy to use and free!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

You’d be surprised how many will simply give cash, gift cards, or gifts not even listed on your registries. Stores will often try to talk you into registering for MUCH more….but don’t buy into it. 

I would say that 100 is definitely a good number, no need to make additions if they’re not needed.

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