(Closed) I feel like our registry is to expensive

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Are any of the things from C&B also available at Macy’s? If they are, I’d switch them over as Macy’s is always having one sale or another and your guests may be able to take advantage of it. It takes the sting out of the expensive registries for me, as some of the sales are pretty great.


Post # 4
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As long as you have plenty of inexpensive options, and it sounds like you do, there’s absolutely no problem having expensive ones in there. Some people are going to want to splurge on you, and that is OK. 🙂

Post # 5
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

I think that yes, some of your items are pretty expensive, but as long as you have a good amount of inexpensive things – like you said, 26 items under 25 – I think you’ll be alright. Being that the majority of your guests are family, they will most likely be more prepared to splurge on some expensive items for you. That said, maybe add a few less expensive items to your C&B registry, if possible – that way it doesn’t appear to people that look at that registry first that you’re being greedy, if that makes sense.

Post # 6
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also keep an eye on your registry. As those less expensive items get purchased, make sure to add some lower priced items on so that people still have options 

My shower was yesterday. Most all of my friends are teachers so we don’t have a lot of disposable income – I made sure to keep a bunch of lower cost times on the registry. However, a few of my friends and a lot of FI’s family/friends did get us those big expensive things. 

Bottom line – as long as you have a range, you are good 🙂

Post # 7
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Absolutely register for the cookware separately.  And leave the set on there.  If someone gives you the set then you can return the individual pans and get other things from your registry that didn’t get bought.  It’s super easy to do returns and exchanges on your registry.

Post # 8
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s fine to have some large ticket items as well as inexpensive ones.  Sometimes people will go in together on something.  Where I’m from it’s verry common for the bridal party to go in on a big ticket item from the registery.  I’ve got a group of friends that we seem to always all be invited to weddings or showers and we’ll sometimes pick an expensive item to go in on together.  As long as there are some less expensive items, it’s totally fine!

Post # 9
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We registered for the large set of everything, and also all the single items. You can return or exchange just about anything.

Post # 10
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@StL.Ashley:  We registered for increments of 50, 100 and 200.  You should be fine.

Post # 11
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

With Macys and BB&B we were able to exchange items for no fee.  We brought something in, and got store credit to use elsewhere.  So we registered for a set and an individual pan or two, got the pan and returned it for the set (we had more store credit from going and claiming the 20% of each item from BB&B).

Post # 12
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

As long as you keep some lower cost items on the registry, you should be okay.  In my family, if there are larger items, family members will pitch in and buy items together, so maybe your mom could spread the word that maybe people might pitch in for a larger gift?

Post # 13
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@StL.Ashley:  This is not expensive.

If you said your cheapest item was $1,000 I’d agree. Crate and Barrel is not expensive.

Unless you’re only friends with starving college students who are making minimum wage, I am pretty sure your registry is actually quite reasonable.

Post # 14
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

When I made my registry I had more inexpensive items (items $25 or less) than “expensive” items and assumed that my family would chip in together on the more expensive items.  I was completely wrong.  My family decided to get more of the cheaper items so that it would equal one expensive item, if that makes sense.  So I had to go back and add less expensive items to the registry so it didn’t look like all I had was expensive items.

Well when everything was over, it turns out I didn’t get THAT much off my registry anyway.  For the wedding itself, I got a few boxed items but we mainly got cash.  Since we didn’t live together before the wedding, we were needing everything so we used a lot of that money to buy the items we needed.

Your registry doesn’t sound outrageous.  What I personally do is, if the items are too expensive on the registry, I just give cash or a check.  I don’t feel like I “have” to buy something off the registry.  Or, like others have suggested, make sure the store has a good return policy so you can exchange the gifts for ones you need.

FWW, I also got items that I did not register for!  Some people just don’t like being told what to buy!

Post # 15
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you’re fine. Depending on how many people you’re inviting to your wedding, I’d almost say that your registry is a bit small. Here’s what I suspect will happen, though — people who don’t want to buy the really expensive stuff will just give you a check or maybe even a C&B gift card. You should then be able to apply that towards your “big” items, if no one takes the punge there.


Post # 16
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would personally leave the set in. I sometimes go halves with my Mum & Dad or even my sister. A $500 cookware set would be the exact thing we would want to split. If you love it leave it in, people don’t have to buy it. 

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