Post # 1
We’re trying to put time and thought into our registry to make it work best for our guests.
It’s hard to know if it’s better to put each individual pot/pan on there or just to put 1 set. or if we should really put things like linens on there (even though they’ll only last a few years and it’s something we’re likely to buy for ourselves anyway). I’m also not sure about putting china/dishes/flatware/glassware on there or just having a smaller registry and buying those things on my own if/when we want them and need new ones.
Post # 3
@Shkragoldfish: I think the key is to have a range of prices, regardless of the permenance of the item. I generally know what I’m going to spend before I see the registry, so I just try to find something right at my budget. If there’s only big ticket ($200+) items and a bunch of hand towels, you’re getting a big bag full of $100 worth of handtowels.
Post # 4
People want a choice. You will have some who want to spend a lot of money and some that can’t afford a whole lot. If it’s a close friend or family, I will spend more, but if it’s just an acquaintance then I won’t buy something as nice. Register for all the stuff you would like to have, big or small, and people will buy it.
Post # 5
@MexiPino: Yes, we’re definitely having a good price range. Some things will be $15-50, some things more. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out the balance.
I’m tempted to only register for the items (whether big ticket or not so pricey) that last close to forever and that we really want and would use immediately, but we just never get around to buying them ourselves. But if guests prefer to give different types of items, of course I’d want to expand the registry to also list those types.
Post # 6
@Shkragoldfish: I like to do sets or groups of things: like a bunch of kitchen tools or towels or something.
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Shkragoldfish: I think most things on other peoples registry are BORING. So I pick either the most exciting thing to me (wall art, vase, etc.) OR whatever fits closest to the budget I set for the gift. Either one big thing (hopefully on sale!) or several smaller things I can arrange together nicely for them.
I think sets are better as compared to individual items, a few family members or friends could always go in together on a bigger item!
Post # 8
A lot of times people like to chip in for larger items (if you are having a shower), so putting a set of pots/pans is a good idea. You can also get a discount at most stores for anything that is not purchased from your registry that you purchase late. So I would put on anything you think you might want!
Post # 9
it reall depends on the registry. what is on it, what is left, etc.
i have $X that i want to spend and that is what i get them.
if you register for something and decide you don’t want or need it, return it.
Post # 10
also remember that you can register for things that are not “home goods”. My cousin got married last year and registered for a tent! That is what my mom and I bought him as it was interesting and fun 🙂
Post # 11
@Shkragoldfish: If you have enough of a price range and enough gifts with only things that will last “foreverish”, then do that. Most people need to “fill out” the registry more, so they add towels and bed linens. Yeah, these are things you’re going to replace many, many times over the course of your marriage, but they are not things people are likely to gift you on other occassions… may as well stock up now!
Post # 12
For a shower, I agree with @arsing89. I like to get a bunch of things and package them together nicely, like an oven mitt with utensils sticking out of it and a kitchen towel tied on top. More than anything, I want the bride/couple to feel special when opening the gift so I’d rather it be something put together in a creative way than a place setting in a box. I also like to use coupons and sales and if I purchase multiple items, there’s a better opportunity for coupons vs. an individual item.
For the wedding, I go more towards a single item like a place setting, money in a card or a gift/activity for the new couple. I figure that’s easier for the bride and groom to transport a boxed gift or card from the wedding itself.
So I like to see a registry that has a wide variety of items. I once saw a chart on Pinterest that had the number of items of what value you should register for depending on guest list. I’m sure that’s just a matter of opinion but it might be helpful as a starting point.
Just for the record, these things make sense in my brain and are just how I do things. By no means am I saying these are the way things should be done. I am no Emily Post. 😛