(Closed) How much stuff worth of $$$ did you register for?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3974 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

The point of a registry is just to make it easier for guests to pick something out for you if they get you a gift. I don’t think it’s really possible to register for too much, it just gives people more options.

I have no idea how much my registry added up to. 

Post # 4
3625 posts
Sugar bee

Ha. I was curious so I added up someone I know’s registry, and on one alone it’s almost $9000. (160 guests, approx 50 people for a shower). There’s 2 more and I didn’t even bother…

Post # 5
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I don’t know how much mine adds up to, but it’s definitely in the many thousands. No one expects to get all that stuff and you are supposed to overregister to make sure that there is a wide variety in price and type of object. I really doubt anyone will buy me a $450 Dyson vacuum, but it’s there in case someone loves vacuums and is feeling generous.

Post # 7
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have to say that I was a little surprised when I added it up. BB&B is around $4000 and our China at Bloomingdale’s around $9000 (lots of china). Although it is a high number, it’s a list of suggestions for our guests and nobody had to spend more than than he wants to. I also believe that it’s unlikely that every item on our registries will be bought.

Post # 8
2 posts

When I registered at Williams Sonoma the saleslady asked me how many guests we were having, did some quick math and told me we needed to register for…..$16,000 worth of stuff! Surprised lol

Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I jsut added up our registry and it comes out to 5,203.08! We are only having 100 people.


It’s true that FI’s family has money but I really don’t think they’ll be that generous, lol. They told us at BB&B that if you are having 100 guests to register for 200 things. We’ve registered for 194 things so far but it’s all stuff we need.


Now I’m worried.

Post # 10
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I invited 180 people and hope to get around 130-150 at the wedding. I have 241 items on my wedding registry at Macy’s and 74 items on my registry at Crate and Barrel. I didn’t even start to add it up. I know it’s pricey if I take the amount of things wanted and multiply it by the price. I registered for China and lost of dishes. The registry is just to give people suggestions of what to buy, I don’t expect it to be completely fulfilled. It was a lot fun registering and pretending though. lol

Post # 11
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We are inviting 140 people (approx) and we have 185 items on our Bed, Batch & Beyond registry and 40 items on our Target registry. I have no idea how much that all adds up to but with a few expensive things I can’t imagine it is any small number.

Post # 12
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We register this weekend so I can’t answer for sure BUUUT, so long as you have a wide variety of items with varying price-points I don’t think it matters what the total cost is…we plan to register for luggage and I’m sure that will be $1,000 alone since luggage is so expensive!

Post # 13
1525 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was curious and started to add it up, but… then I got bored and switched to something else. >.>

We registered for about 140 items, for a wedding where we’re inviting 135 people (about 70 households). I just assume people who choose to gift will either buy off our registry or they won’t, so I’m not really worried about having too much stuff or too many big ticket items (we have a few) on there.

Post # 14
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t think the dollar amount matters as long as you have plenty of lower-priced items (20-50 dollar range) for lower income guests to chose from =)

Post # 14
32 posts

I think a good rule of thumb is to average $50 of registry gifts per guest (so $5,000 might be a good benchmark for a 100 person wedding).  You will likely have some guests who want to spend more than that, so of course a range of prices is good, but I think your total registry amount should be somewhere close to that.  If you are having multiple showers, then you should probably go ahead and register for some extra items and gross up your registry to account for that.  Giving people options is good, but I wouldn’t want to overwhelm anyone!  At the end of the day, it comes down to your judgment- you (or your FH) may come from a family that traditionally spends much more on gifts or you may come from a family that prefers to give cash and you’ll need to plan your registry accordingly. 

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