(Closed) Married Bees, in retrospect, what was missing from your registry?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: What do you wish you had registered for?


    serving platters/bowls/trays

    more linens

    kitchen gadgets


  • Post # 77
    750 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I love stalking this thread. It reminded me of the olive oil sprayer, ice cream scoop, and rotary cheese grater – low-dollar items we will DEFINITELY use!

    Post # 78
    10627 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I haven’t come across anything that I wish I had registered for and didn’t.  I find most of the registry checklists that are available from the stores have MORE than enough suggestions.

    I did find it hard to find enough small priced gifts to register for.  Some family went crazy and bought tons of the smaller things which was awesome and generous, but made it a littler harder for those who wanted to buy us a gift (and not just a GC or cash) on the less expensive end.

    Some things that I love that aren’t really standard:

    • rotating crock for kitchen utensils
    • good quality dust buster
    • ice cream scoop (I can’t believe I was just using a spoon, it’s so much easier!)
    • Electric wine opener (I suck with a corkscrew)
    • Oil and vinegar dispensers

    I think everything else was pretty standard.  Don’t forget about storage, if you get china you want protectors and if you register for more wine glasses for big dinners there are protectors for those too.

    The biggest problem I have right now is lack of space for the gifts, but we’re in an apartment and plan on buying a house soonish, so that will change.


    Post # 79
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Thank you for this thread!  Our kitchen is pretty well stocked – my mother has been buying me kitchen gadgets, bakeware, etc. for Christmas and birthdays for years, and I inherited a lot of everyday stuff from my grandparents.  But decor and organization suggestions are really be helpful, since I’m moving into his 3 br bachelor pad from a tiny apartment.

    And luggage – definitely registering for a set.  My fiance always borrows some beat up suitcase or another from his parents, which is fine unless they’re traveling, too.  I have decent luggage, but it’s really heavy, even when empty.  With weight limits these days on airplanes, I would welcome something a little more lightweight.

    Has anyone ever seen a gift card registry?  One of my friends had one, which I thought was a little weird, but what do I know…

    Post # 80
    10627 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Also – more paring knives or something similar.  I always find I need more than one.

    Post # 81
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    This is a great post — trying to figure out what I should add to my registry.  We actually just registered for china by mikasa that is dishwasher/microwave safe.  It’s so pretty — I planned to register for both formal and casual but I love my more formal stuff so much that I didn’t bother.  We’re going to use them for every day use.  If they break we’ll replace them.  When we have kids we’ll use corelle until they can handle the china.  

    Just my thoughts on china =) haha.  Here’s what we registered for:  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=102253

    It’s not super fancy but it’s pretty.  We registered for chargers to go under them to make formal dinners more formal but honestly I’m wondering if I really need 12 chargers.  I think they’d be nice for the holidays — I registered for this one:  http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=18133750

    Post # 82
    1621 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m so confused by the china debate! Maybe I’m weird, but I use my china every day! I made sure to pick out a set that is dishwasher & microwave safe, and I love it!  Previous to getting china off the registry I’d been eating off of glass plates daily, and the china is just sooo much nicer I can’t go back–even Fiance says the food looks way nicer and more appetizing on the china.  I guess I’d have a harder time justifying getting a set that couldn’t go in the dishwasher/microwave because it couldn’t be used daily, and I guess in my tiny apartment I couldn’t justify having fancy-occasion-only china.

    Something I just recently realized I needed to add to my registry was new small kitchen things like new cutting boards. I’m debating adding nice picture frames.

    Post # 83
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Regarding the number of towels:  We registered for 6 sets (6 bath towels, 6 hand towels, 6 washcloths) thinking that was more than enough for two people and if we have guests.  My aunt who is throwing my shower says to me “I love your registry!  But you need more towels.”  Her argument was the more towels you have, the less you have to wash them, and the less you have to wash them, the longer they’ll last.  She said someday when we have kids I’ll open my linen closet and realize all my towels are ratty and old and I won’t want to buy the nice ones, so I should register for them now!  Still haven’t upped the number of towels because I would like people to buy other things besides towels, but I may add more if those all get purchased ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 84
    161 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    OK- a question about everyone opinion of fine china:

    This is what we are registering for: 


    I really love it, but I thought it could be used for every day and also special occasions. I’m wondering now if it’s too nice for every day and if so, should I also register for a simple boxed set?

    Right now my dishes are a hodgepodge of bright patterned Anthropologie bowls, my grandmother’s old Corelleware plates and tons of old chipped things I can’t wait to toss. Since I live in a small NYC apartment, most of our meals are unfortunately eating on the coffee table- but I’m hoping for a real dining room situation someday.

    Also- how many sets should I get of the nicer dishes? I registered for 8 but maybe should increase that…

    Post # 85
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @TheBakerChick:  I think this would be fine for every day if you want to use it every day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 86
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

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    @TheBakerChick:  Beautiful setting! I think you could go either way on using those for everyday/saving them for special occasions. It might not be a bad idea to register for some more casual dishware if you ever eat/entertain outdoors during the summer, for example.

    As far as how many place settings, a couple of thoughts:

    – We are planning to start a family after we’re married, and hoping that down the road we’ll be able to host extended family get-togethers (holidays, etc.), so I’m registering for a set of 12 with that in view.

    – if you do register for more settings, you could have a few that you use on an everyday basis, and set some aside for special occasion use so that if the everyday dishes get chipped, scratched, etc., you’ll have a couple of pristine ones to pull out.

    – you could also register for 12 and then return a few settings if you decide that 6 or 8 is a more appropriate number, and use the store credit to complete the purchases of anything that you hoped to get but didn’t.

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