Post # 17
My circle and I are “established” and we don’t go over $100 on shower gifts. But that’s because I give money for the wedding day gift as well. You know your friends and family best to gauge what they might be comfortable spending. See what your mom or someone close to you thinks maybe?
Post # 18
Thanks everyone for the advice. I’d ask my momma but she is out of the country on vacation. Obviously it’s not a super urgent issue considering we’re not getting married for another year, but I like to overthink things 🙂 I know my aunts (my dad has 6 sisters) tend to go in on gifts together, and at work whenever anyone gets married everyone pitches in for a shower. The last girl who we had a party for a few weeks ago had only cheap stuff left on her registry so it was a TON of small stuff because they had collected almost $700! At least this way we’ll give my coworkers something to buy.
Post # 19
Another option is (if they allow it) add gift cards for that particular store onto the registry and allow the guests to decide how much they want to add to the card.
Post # 20
Some people also chip in on the gift so it’s good to have expensive things too.
Post # 21
I’d leave everything on the registry be. You have a good amount of inexpensive items, and when those are all bought out and people may not want to buy the more high-end stuff… they’ll just give cash/checks. At least that’s how Asian families do it. I personally prefer the cash/checks so we can buy at our own leisure when the time is right and we have a good amount of storage space.
As a side note, I put a $500 Vitamix blender onto my Amazon registry for kicks and a family friend actually bought it for us…. Goodness gracious
Post # 22
macy’s registry recommends X amount of gifts in each price range for X amount of guests.
if you print out your macy’s registry it will give you the guidelines at the end, at least the store version did when I set up my registry.
however, people can always buy you a gift card to the stores you registered in if they think the price of an item is too high.
i also registered at C&B and Macys.
Post # 23
@StL.Ashley: we broke apart our cookware set because of the same thing. We have otten a lot of the pieces already from showers and such
Post # 24
It was recommended to us to register for the same things at different stores (because of coupons, sales, and ease for guests). Most return policies are easy in case you do get double.
It was also recommended to register for a pots and pans set (don’t worry, ours is $300) and all of the indiivudual pieces. It would be easy to return the individual ones and get the set.
Your registry prices sound about normal to me as far as being a guest and the registries I’ve shopped on. Just make sure you have a good range of prices, high and low. People can get you gift cards towards your registry, too.
I didn’t follow the recommended gift number only because we really didn’t need that much stuff. And I figured with fewer items, we might actually get them all.
If you picked all the stuff you need/want/love, don’t worry about it! People will find a way to help contribute to it.
Post # 25
You could check BB&B if there is one in your area, a lot of stuff they carry is also at Macys and a bit cheaper. We found the ‘sale’ price at Macys for some of our items was the regular price at BB&B.
Post # 26
Make sure you put the big stuff on there. Even if no one buys it, as you know, Macy’s will allow you to complete your registry (i.e., buy the remnants yourself post-wedding) with additional savings.
Post # 27
I wouldn’t worry about it. If they don’t want to spend a particular price on the registry, they will most likely get you gift cards or cash!
Post # 28
@StL.Ashley: I think that is too expensive. If you don’t have at least, say, 10 things under $50 and maybe 5 under $25 then it’s too much. Sucks but we’re in a recession.
Post # 29
@Ruby-Redshoes: uh, thanks…I said in my OP that we have 26 items under $25.
Honestly I can’t see anyone in my family giving a gift that costs less than $25, though. You know the whole “only you know your guests” thing? Well I know my guests like to one-up each other any way possible, and that includes in gift-giving (which is lucky for the reciever!).
@jpalm13: I thought BB&B, but to be honest, I hate that store. It feels too…I don’t know – claustrophobic? – to me. I avoid it at all costs – definitely don’t want to do a registry there.
@LilRhodyGem: that’s what I’m thinking. Since we’re only put things on our registry that we’d buy ourselves evenutally, I’m definitely looking forward to a completion discount!
@canarydiamond: Thanks – I “know” it’s not expensive, but just looking at the prices makes me go “eesh!”, you know? I mean, I’ve definitely seen WAY more pricey registries, but I guess I’m self-concious about it. Like I said in my OP, my friends are all pretty established, so it’s not like I’m asking a bunch of college kids to buy expensive things. And hey, if all anyone can afford is a card, I’m fine with it!