(Closed) How many items to put on a registry?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That sounds about right for now, if you’re willing to registry-stalk… I started with about as many items as guests, and added more as we thought of them, or as the registries got low. We definitely added “low-priority” items later… it started pretty basic, with necessary dishes, linens, etc. (we needed almost all new stuff). Later on, as stuff started to be purchased, we added serving pieces, vases and frames, nifty kitchen gadgets, etc.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We were told to register 2-3 items per guest.  We’re not there yet, but we don’t want to register for unnecessary stuff.  We have about 130 items each on 2 registries and we’ll be having 250 guests.  I hope if they run out of items we can get monetary gifts or gift cards.  Btw, make sure you include gift cards too. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We got almost everything, except that we ended up doing a silver registry, and only got a few pieces of that. There were also a couple of big-ticket items we didn’t receive (kitchenaid mixer, cookware set) that we bought ourselves with some of the cash gifts. I’d say about 5-10% of the wedding gifts we received were non-registry, and some of those were excellent! (Others were less so, but whatever 😛 )

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve always heard to register for 3x the number of items as guests. Get a good variety of price ranges, and break up sets if they’re super expensive.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I heard the same about splitting up the expensive sets.  And it makes sense, if you get a lot of individual pieces you can return them and get credit towards the set. We decided to do that with the cookware. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Verosara – that works really well with good quality knives.  a guest will balk at paying $500 for a block set but if you register for a number of different knives (approx $50-$100 per knife) then people will be more inclined to purchase one.  after the wedding collect all the knives gifted and return them to exchange for a block set of your choice with some left over store credit to buy something else

you dont need to advertise you are doing this but it is smarter shopping

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, we’ve got about 150 items for 150 guests. As far as I know, there will be one bridal shower. However, many people in our family have indicated that they may give us gifts off our registry for our pending grad school graduations in May, so that’s nice!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love the idea of breaking up the sets! It makes so much sense. Thank you weddding bee! 

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