(Closed) Married ladies, What would u do different on your registry (if you could)?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Less ornate items, more practical things.

Post # 4
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My registry was 98% practical, to the point where the woman at Macy’s kept saying I needed more ornate things. It irritated me because I had a very specific list of what I needed to replace in our kitchen and that is what I put on the registry. We now have a kitchen full of practical items that I use everyday. I would actually do nothing differently, after seeing how things turned out. I was very happy with our registry. It helped me a lot to go through our kitchen, make a list of things we were missing or were heavily used/beat up, and register for replacement items.

Post # 5
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would have gotten more towels and sheets!  I let my husband talk me out of it (“Why do we need so many towels and sheet? We just…WASH THEM!”).  😀

Post # 6
1274 posts
Bumble bee

Oooh following this thread! Wanting to know what I should keep or add to registry 🙂 

Post # 7
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was happy with ours, but one thing I’m glad I stood my ground on was not listening to the salespeople who tell you you need twice as many items as guests.  I wasn’t having a shower and had two registries, so having that many items on ONE registry would have been nuts, and we would have ended up registering for and getting stuff we didn’t want as much as some others.  We still had some items left over that weren’t at crazy price points. 

Post # 8
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@soyjoy222:  My registry was 98% practical […] I would actually do nothing differently, after seeing how things turned out. I was very happy with our registry. It helped me a lot to go through our kitchen, make a list of things we were missing or were heavily used/beat up, and register for replacement items.

My words/feelings, exactly! Like you, I was very methodical and practical about registering for gifts, and I’d do absolutely nothing differently. It was one of the easiest and most enjoyable aspects of our wedding experience. I absolutely love and use everything we received, and because we were 100% certain in our registry choices, we didn’t have to make a single return. How’s that for awesome?!

My main bits of advice for all brides would be to:

– Not bother registering until you’re at least six months out from your wedding day. Any sooner and it’s somewhat pointless. So much stuff is discontinued, goes on clearance, and sold out in such a short amount of time that it’s kind of silly to fully register when you’re a year+ from your wedding. Unless you feel compelled to stalk/update your registry throughout your entire engagement or whatever, save yourself time and energy!

– Get what you know you need and will use. Registry checklists are pretty useless unless they apply to your lifestyle. Trust me, you don’t have to register for a Kitchen-Aid mixer, fine china, or chargers, and don’t let anyone else make you feel otherwise.

– Don’t be tempted to register for items just because you can. I can’t tell you how many storage rooms and garages I’ve seen filled with un-opened and never-used wedding gifts that were the result of a registry high.

– Be sure to check out your registry completion programs and read reviews on other brides’ experiences!

All said and done: what worked for us was going easy on the registry items and leaving it to practical gifts at reasonable price points, and then purchasing our off-registry wants or after-thoughts after the wedding with gifts cards and registry completion incentives.

Post # 9
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did a universal registry on Amazon, and this was probably the best decision ever! Because I could easily access it and add anything in the world that is for sale online. I don’t actually have any regrets, but my advice is to keep your registry (if you can add things online or if you have amazon like we did) bookmarked on your smart phone. You will not believe the things you suddenly think of walking down the street that would actually be incredibly useful.

I didn’t think to add a Rabbit wine bottle opener, for example, until we were at a friend’s house and she had one. I added it right then and there from DH’s iPhone, and someone bought it for us and it is probably one of the best wedding gifts we’ve gotten!

Post # 10
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@iarebridezilla:  Rabbit wine bottle opener, eh?  Is that supposed to be better than the er…waring pro one…I think that’s what it’s called.  I need to look into this LOL

/ warning pro one has a better rating.  I know nothing about this stuff, lol.  Guess I’ll stick with the higher rating ^_^

Post # 12
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I actually don’t think I would change a thing about my registery as we kept things very practical. We were pretty well established and didn’t allow the sales lady to talk us into things that were over the top and not useful.

We did end up returning a great number of things because frankly we ended up going a different direction with the decor etc. However, the credits allowed us to completely redo our living room, kitchen and bathroom with quite a bit left over for the bedroom. 🙂

Post # 13
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a total love/hate relationship with my registry. We have picked mainly practical and affordable items, but somehow I let Fiance convince me that we need fine china. Fine China is expensive….. and I feel uncomfortable having it on our registry, and thinking it will make us look selfish. Now granted groups can pitch in, or my parents may buy it for us, but honestly how often are we really going to use fine china??!?!?! 

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics:  I think the tricky thing I’ve seen about china on registries is the whole completion issue. Because of the higher price tags, I’ve rarely seen registries where literally every piece is purchased for the couple. By every piece, I’m referring to the actual place setting, not even the serving dishes. If you can’t afford to complete it afterwards (before it is discontinued), then you may have to return the rest. For this reason, we are not getting formal china and all of our pieces we own now and registered for are all white or clear glass (and relatively inexpensive).


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@SuperDuperBrit:  I’m actually registering for a Rabbit wine opener too. All the recent registries in our circle have had it and one of my friends said that it was her favorite item from her entire registry (granted, she and her DH are very much into wine consumption).

OP, I would also caution against getting extremely attached to anything on your registry, especially if it is a pricier item you can’t afford on your own. We fell in love with a few items on our registry (and we registered late – when invitations were being sent out) and some of those ended up being discontinued! Unfortunately, they were pricier items that we just couldn’t justify with our wedding coming up so oh well!

Post # 15
2153 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If I could change anything I would have committed to one store…but that was hard.

Post # 16
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

more baking pans, casserole dishes, smaller custard bowls…

less bowls. I have so many big bowls!

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