(Closed) Is registering for too many items a bad thing?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
10509 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@jennygrl070:  I doubt your guests would have an issue with that, selection is good.

The thing you might run into is a lack of sets.  You might get some of your towels, some bowls, etc. and not have a full set of anything unless you complete them yourself.

Post # 4
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve heard you should register for at least twice as many gifts as you have guests. I think it’s fine. I was worried about registering too. We have almost 200 items on the registry and only 44 people invited to the shower (wedding guest list is about 130).

I personally don’t judge by a couple’s registry.

Post # 5
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that sounds fine! Based on nothing but your registry items that you’ve shared, you sound like a sweet, adorable, easy-to-please person!

Definitely not like a raging Bridezilla.

Post # 6
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Honestly, you probably didn’t register for enough. If all 50 people attend the shower (which that would be a huge shower), you’re not going to have a whole lot of people show up with one spatula or one bath towel. Most people will buy multiple small items or one bigger item, so you may run low/run out of registry items on the shower alone.

How many people are invited to the wedding? If you only invited like 10 people and registered for 90 things, that migiht be weird, but if there are things you’re still wanting to add to the registry, I wouldn’t feel bad doing that considering the shower invites you sent out.

Post # 8
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The way I feel about registries: register for what you want/need. If you don’t want or need more stuff, don’t register for more just because you’ve invited a lot of guests. People will either go off registry (and you’ll have people like that no matter what) or give you cash.

In that same vein, though, don’t feel bad to register for stuff you want or need because you’re afraid it’s too expensive. Some people are really generous gift givers and some people like to go in on bigger items with a group.

I’d register for some things that will last a lifetime, register for upgrades of things you currently have, etc.

Post # 9
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I wouldn’t be put off at all! More options to choose from. Plus, I would assume that you would get a registry completion discount on whatever doesn’t get purchased. I know some people purposely put the more expensive items on their registry for the discount, not because they’re expecting someone to buy it for them.

Post # 10
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it’s a great time to get those long lasting pots/pans to replace the less durable ones that you’ve been using for years.  Register for individual ones rather than one big expensive set and more people will be likely to purchase them.  I’d much rather buy one nice skillet that should last the lifetime of the marriage than buy you a sheet set that will be gone in a couple of years. 

Post # 11
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Do you plan to register for more items prior to your wedding? With a wedding guest list of 200 and shower guest list of 50, I don’t think you’ve registered for enough! I would add some larger sets of things if I were you. As my co-workers put it, now’s the time to register for china and sets of pans, because they are nicer things that you typically won’t think to buy for yourself. But, if you’re wanting more cash/gift cards, that’s what you’ll likely end up with.

Post # 12
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@jennygrl070: Worst case scenario… you have a nice list of the left over items you need to stock up on! You won’t remember you need a meat thermometer until you’re staring into the open oven at a turkey that you put in 30 minutes ago… or was it 45..?

Post # 13
9567 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it is great so your guests have lots of options! Just keep in mind you won’t necessarily get all the ones you want.

Post # 14
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wouldn’t feel bad about registering for more items.  I feel like you should register for what you want/need.  I would definitely register for upgrades because like another bee said, I’d rather buy a pan that would last forever or close to it, then something that’ll break in two years.

Post # 15
8474 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Lol!! I had 22 pages of items on one of my registries! I think it’s better this way so people will have a nice choice. 

Post # 16
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jennygrl070:  In total we registered for 75 items (18 at Dillard’s, 27 at Kohl’s, 30 at Target) and that’s not including multiples of things like dishes or towels. We’re inviting ~65 people so with the multiples that should put us about about 125 things for peole to choose from which gives people the option of buying one bigger item or a couple of smaller stuff.

We chose stuff as cheap as $3 up to a $300 KitchenAid mixer but most of our stuff is around $15-25. Each of our lists has 1 item that is $100 and some of our serveware we registered for is ~$70. We really registered for the more expensive stuff so we could buy them after the wedding with our registry completion discount. The way I see it is if someone doesn’t want to spend that money they just won’t buy it. 

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