(Closed) How much to register for?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did 100 50 for both places. And it was too little we had 150 guests and we have something’s that are in 2ways. And a lot of picture frames because friends and family talked and asked each what they got us.

Post # 4
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am the same way about asking for gifts! It’s weird and I feel like I am burdening my guests with my wants. 

I am going to keep the registries at a item point that I am comfortable with. We do not need a lot of things, and the things we do want/need we have broken up in price points from $15.00-$200.00 so it will cover everyone’s price ranges. 

At one registry we’ve registered for 25 items. We haven’t registered for anything else yet but our next place is going to be at Bed, Bath & Beyond and we will probably keep our item limit to 50 in price ranges from $10.00-$200.00. 

Stick with what makes you comfortable, be reasonable and respectful to your guests. Keep your college buddies in mind (if you have any), your grandparents and casual friends – keep them all in your mind and choose price ranges you think they could meet. If you follow that then choosing items will be a lot less stressful because you’ll know that you’re being respectful of everyone’s wallets. 

theknot.com was helpful when I was researching registries: http://wedding.theknot.com/online-wedding-registry/bridal-registry-tips/articles/10-tips-on-registering-for-wedding-gifts.aspx

Good luck~

Post # 5
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was recently married an feel pretty strongly about this question, so I guess I should create my own post to address it, but here’s what I found:

Register for much LESS than anybody tells you to!!

When I set out to create my registry, I wanted it to be reasonable and I wanted it to be almost entirely fulfilled.  No $300 toasters on there or other gadgets that I’d never use.  If other people want to put those things on their registry on the off-chance that somebody will buy them, that’s cool with me, but I didn’t want to do it.  That being said, the most important things that I did want were a full set of china and crystal.  I know that’s not for everybody, but I really want nice dinnerware. 

We invited 135 guests and I registered for 141 items (counting each place setting and glass individually), which I thought was great because it was much less than any store recommended.  I thought the store guidelines of 2 items per guest were inflated.  I just couldn’t understand how my 135 guests would purchase 270 items, so my target for number of items was to have just a few more gifts on the registry than invited guests, knowing that I could always add more items if the registry was selling out.

In the end, we received about 100 of the 141 items that we registered for and the only things left on the registry are the china and crystal.  35% of our guests gave us cash, which I wasn’t expecting as it’s not the norm in our area.  20% of our guests didn’t give us anything.  None of this is said to complain about what we did or didn’t get, it just wasn’t what I expected after talking to friends and reading about other Bees’ experiences.

So in the end, my advice is to put much less than you think you’ll get on your registry, and to put the high priority items on first.  If things are selling out, you can always add more!

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