Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2012 - Bridges of Poplar Creek
We’re inviting about 225 guests to our wedding, and so far among 3 registries we’ve only managed to find about 125 things we want. And we don’t live together so we basically are starting from scratch. I know we’ll need to buy big things like furniture and, well, a HOUSE, but you can’t exactly register for that! What are some less common things people registered for? I’m also worried about finding places to store all this stuff if we do get a lot of gifts off our registries. Married bees: what percentage of guests would you say gave you money?
Post # 3
Hah, maybe you can’t register for a house but you could register for small furniture, depending on your stores. If you’re starting from scratch, you should be able to get more on there. Have you gone through registry guides? Crate and Barrel and BB&B both have them broken down by room/category.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2012 - Bridges of Poplar Creek
I’m actually registered at Crate and Barrel! I didn’t know they had guides though. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check that out.
Post # 5
lamps are always a good thing to register for, and you can find them at a bunch of different price points too.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
If you register for stuff you don’t really want at a place like C&B or Macys that does sell furniture, you can always return it and use the credit for furniture. It’s kind of sneaky and might not be appreciated if guests find out, but it’s an option. All the registry websites have checklists, and that could be a big help!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
If you want furniture from crate, go ahead and register for it. You get a completion certificate for 10% off things you didn’t receive, so you can use gift cards/money towards your sofa at a discount (most registries have the completion program).
Post # 8
I had a similar problem. Register for a lawn mower, tools, laundry machines, laundry accessories, things like that. Register for more small things like spatulas and cheese graters. Definitely feel free to register for furniture, why not? If all else fails, start registering for luxuries like an ice maker and wine fridge.
Post # 9
Register for things involving some of your hobbies. Fiance and I like camping, so we registered for nice sleeping bags, lanterns, etc. We got a few of them, and it was awesome. We also registered for board games, since they’re great for entertaining guests (or even just ourselves on a cold night alone by the fire). We were so excited to get some!
The other thing that really helped us fill out our registry was the slightly more unique registry we did. I’m a potter and already had a small collection of handmade pottery from various artists around the country. Darling Husband and I decided we didn’t want the normal kind of dishware other couples get from department stores. Instead, we’re amassing a collection of functional art. Thus, we registered for a bunch of individual plates, cups, gravy boats, pitchers, etc. that we found on Etsy and in some art galleries around the country. Those were the best gifts to open up! 😀
Post # 10
@unicycle: We got cash/checks from probably 2/3 of our guests? But between the shower and wedding, we got quite a bit of our registry, then used the cash (and the BBB 20% completion event and our 30% off at Kohl’s (!!!!)) to finish buying what we wanted.
We do use a lot of the stuff, but a lot of the towels, dishes, picture frames (cause we still haven’t ordrered yet, whoops!) are still sitting in our other bedroom. Mostly because we don’t have the counterspace.
Get lots of kitchen gadgets, extra sets of sheets, towels, glasses – things that you will need in the future anyway, and things that won’t really go out of style or be risky to sit and not use (like an appliance).
Add anything that suits your fancy – you might just get it!
Post # 11
@GreenEyedMoon : “we registered for a bunch of individual plates, cups, gravy boats, pitchers, etc. that we found on Etsy and in some art galleries around the country”
You can register on Etsy—am I reading that right?
Post # 12
C&B also has a “group gift” option embedded in their registry. We’ve got a casual dining set and a display cabinet on there, either for the group gift option or the completion discount, however it works out.
Post # 13
We have an amazon registry and a BB&B registry and came to the same problem. Here are some things we added after many hours of brainstorming:
- Board games for game night
- Lawn care equip. (hoses, planters, gardening tools, shears, etc)
- Grilling equipment
- Beach gear (chairs, umbrellas, coolers, towels)
- Candles and candle holders
- Decor pieces for the mantle, coffee table, etc
- Big storage bins for seasonal items, label maker
- Curtains and curtainrods! doing a whole house adds up fast
- LOADS of cleaning stuff. Microfiber cloths, scrubbers, and refills for everything
- A moderately expensive folding trolly from BB&B. Great for moving
- Safety items like fire extinguisher, fire blanket, huge first aid kit, cut-resistant gloves
- Travel: luggage, airtight compression bags, accessories
- Tent, sleeping bags, sleeping roll, etc
Know that a lot of registries do have furniture. Don’t be afraid to register for expensive furniture as long as there are inexpensive options for guests. Maybe your aunts will get you a group present, or your girls from yoga will chip in together. Also, you can always exchange unwanted presents for the furniture you want. Again, I don’t know where you’re registered, but BB&B actually gives cash for returns. You just have to ask- the don’t advertise this feature. Happy registering!
Post # 14
@BrooklynWife: We registered on Etsy through MyRegistry.com. MyRegistry is a lot like Pinterest, in that you can find pictures from throughout the internet and “pin” them to your registry, along with price info and stuff. I was very pleased with how easy the service was!
Post # 15
@GreenEyedMoon: And you just saved the day for Mr. and Mrs. GettingMarried. Thank you.
Post # 16
@KristenGotMarried: Glad to be of service! What will you register for on Etsy?