(Closed) In your opinion, where are the absoulte best places to register? …

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

The mister and I are foodies who love to cook, so I’m a BIG fan of Williams-Sonoma.  We got some freebies — All Clad measuring cups and Wusthof shears — for adding All Clad cookware and Wusthof knives to our registry. 

We’re even debating adding some items we DON’T want our guests to buy for us — like an uber expensive wine refrigerator — so we can get it at a discount after the wedding!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

So, Macy’s gives you really nice perks, like a discount after the wedding to buy the remaining things, and they have excellent sales.

 

HOWEVER, Macy’s is a huge pain in the rear to deal with.  They send you ten million emails every day, they hassle you about returns, and the registry ladies in the store are BITCHES. Seriously, I’ve encountered three of them and they were all horrible.  One lady in particular looked at my registry (I didn’t ask her to do this, she just printed it and looked at it when I just wanted the stupid scanner gun which they always make you sit through a long speech for), and told me that 8 place settings could not possibly be enough, we needed at least 12.  When I said we live in a small apartment and probably will indefinitely, she said, in the snarkiest tone possible, "I wish I’d known exactly what *my* future would hold when I was your age".  Seriously, I almost walked out of the store and canceled the registry right then and there.  And they were ALL like that.  

 

So, truthfully, Macy’s is a fine place to register with if you want discounts and sales (and people love to buy gifts from there for some reason).  But if I had it to do over again, I’d have given that lady the finger and registered elsewhere.

 

My best registry experience has been amazon.com.  There is no hassle and they have everything. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I’m not actually 100% sure WS offers a discount…but the perks of a lifetime warranty for our cookware and knives (and a company we know and trust that won’t be going out of business any time soon) were enough to win us over.  Now, though, I’m going to check up and see about that completion discount! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Okay, checked it — 10% completion discount at WS for up to six months after the event.  Good luck with your decision!

Oh, and just to be totally transparent, we’re also registered at Sur La Table (another awesome cooking store), Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think a lot of places offer a completion discount.  BB&B, Macy’s, do as well.

I think in terms of easy access for most people, Macy’s is the best (esp. older guests will likely want to go in person).  I found that the quality of sales staff at Macy’s varies greatly by store and time of day, actually.  But overall, I think people who work in dept store’s home sections are generally a bit on the creepy side.  That said, the perks of registering at Macy’s are pretty good.  Many manufacturers also offer free gifts if you receive more than $X of their products.  And since the registry is done through WeddingChannel, it’s easy to cross register with the I Do Foundation which makes charitable donations for each dollar spent on your registry.

On the flip side, an advantage of BB&B is that they are always sending out 20% off coupons.  For items that are available at both Macy’s and BB&B, we’re steering toward bb&b to make thing cheaper for our guests.  I’m torn about adding  WS b/c of the pricing.  I’m a big cook, and I know I won’t easily hesitate to buy even expensive cookware as I need it.  But our apartment won’t fit it right now, and we are registering for china which will be a storage challenge in and of itself.  For me, since I know half of our guests (the Indian ones) will almost all give cash, I’m thinking a little in terms of what I know I will likely keep forever and not easily buy again (china) and what we can use soon.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I believe Crate and Barrel offers registry completion discounts too. And don’t forget that Macy’s gives you points for every dollar spent on your registry it all adds up and they end up mailing you x amount of money just for having registered there and having bought stuff off your registry. The points also go toward things YOU buy on your macy’s charge, if you have one. My cousin said after her wedding they got like $300 from Macy’s or something, just because the Reward points added up. 

I am registered at Crate & Barrel, BB&B, Macys, and WIlliams Sonoma. Initially only had the first three but one of my showers is now kitchen-themed so my mom talked me into doing a WS registry to get some of their "exclusive" items. I’ve been happy with all the places so far, actually.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

We registered at Macys, Bed Bath and Beyond and Pottery Barn.

I have had great experiences with all three!!  I have returned things, exchanged things  and purchased things myself from all three registries and they have all been really helpful and nice to work with.  Also, all of them offer great registry completion rewards (which we have taken full advantage of!).   Macy’s continues to send me coupons for more completion discounts on certain days too!  BB&B is great because they ALWAYS have 20% coupons and $10 coupons floating around – we use those all the time!

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Post # 11
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Worker bee

I registered at Crate and Barrel and loved it.  The customer service is great.  You get a 10% discount coupon for one in-store and one online purchase towards the completion of your registry.  If you want to return something but don’t have the gift receipt, they will look it up based on your registry.  You can ask for cash instead of a store credit up to $100 if you return something.  Crate & Barrel also has an outlet that has really great prices!

Bed, Bath, and Beyond also has a completion discount and cash refunds.  They have coupons ALL THE TIME.  If you don’t have a coupon on the day that you go, you can go back, present the coupon, and get a price adjustment.  Every once in a while, BB&B will have a $10 off $30 coupon too.

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I registered at BB&B, Crate & Barrel and Macys.  All 3 offer a completion discount of 10%, good for up to 1 year after your wedding.  Macys and Bed Bath & Beyond also offer registry perks. 

Certain things if you register for a certain amount you get a registry gift and if someone buys a certain amount you get a completion gift. 

We registered for $99.99+ worth of Henckels flatware at BB&B and just for doing that we got a nice wooden flatware storage thing that goes in the drawer.  Then someone BOUGHT us $99.99+ worth of the Henckels flatware and we got an AMAZING 8 piece Henckels steak knife set.  The knives are better than I have ever used and completely free!!

 Macys is more expensive than BB&B and C&B, even when its the same items (china at Macys was $186 normal and at BB&B it was $119.)  BUT Macys always has stuff on sale and BB&B offers 20% coupons every week in the mail.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I did macy’s (a department store everyone can get to), Lowe’s (cuz we have a house and want things like a chest freezer, dorky, right?) and Williams Sonoma, my fave. I’m a huge kitchen conoisseur and I don’t believe in buying crap appliances! I just LOVE to cook. LOVE IT. My favors are even measuring spoons =]

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

We’ve registered at Crate and Barrel, WS, and Bloomingdales. So far the BEST place to register has been Bloomies. Everything has been on sale at one point or other and our Sales agent is the absolute best. Plus, you get the 10% completion perk and many other discounts. AKA 15% off Mr. Peep’s suit and a free make over. If you have one nearby – I’d highly recommend it. The prices aren’t really that much more than Macy’s but the customer service has been so much better!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve heard from friends who have just gotten married that they had terrible experiences with Target’s return policy, so that might be something to investigate.  *sigh,* I love Target.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I did Macy’s as well, and we have had a great experience so far.  I’ve returned a few things already (from showers) and haven’t had any problems.  The registry salespeople have been pleasant.  We registered there because of a lot of the reasons stated above; they have a lot of stock in the store for the old folks who aren’t into online shopping, there are stores in the area where I am from and where my Fi is from, and they give good discounts & coupons.  We actually ended up getting my Fi’s wedding band there too, because he just wanted something very plain and we got crazy disounts with coupons and an extra discount because we are registered there.

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