Post # 17
I would have registered for fewer towels for our master bath. When I was single, I always liked to keep a set in the linen closet and allow for two sets in the laundry, plus the set I was using. So, I registered for four sets of towels each for DH and myself. However, I didn’t count on the fact that I would not be able to stand to accumulate towels in my hamper now that I have to do laundry for four people (DH’s two younger children live with us 50 percent of the time), so I tend to wash towels constantly.
Post # 18
My biggest regret was not putting registry info in my shower and wedding invites. That left people to either 1) check our wedding registry (most did not) 2) ask where we were registered (some did) – but 75% got creative. I think we would have gotten more off our registry if I had not stuck to my personal agnst about it and added the registry card – at the very least – to the shower invite.
As for what we registered for – we painstakingly registered for things and only registered for what we REALLY wanted -ie: nice stemware, nice pots/pans, nice knives…. we didn’t do some of the more ‘normal’ stuff: no towels, sheets, dishes… although, I think I would have added them now (the towels and sheets, that is).
Post # 21
I would research the appliances a bit more. The keurig coffee maker I registered for and received is the smallest one, in red, which is what I wanted. However I didn’t realize I have to refill the water each time (combine that with my refillable k-cup filter and I might as well have a normal coffee pot..). Also I registered for a large food processor, a small food processor, and the magic bullet, and received all 3. I didn’t realize the magic bullet basically does all the things the small processor does (not to mention the small one is SUPER loud and annoying, and has no “stay on” button so you have to stand there and press the button)
Post # 22
the only thing I would have changed, looking back, was the set of pots & pans we got. It’s been almost 3 years, and they’re really not holding up well – i think i should have done more research on it — but I would say everything else I registered I’m super happy with.
I didn’t get fine china – but the crate & barrel dishes we got happen to be china and we use them everyday and they’re great.
Post # 23
I’m thinking of having a universal registry on Amazon. I’m glad it worked so well for you!!
Post # 24
This thread is great for since I’m working on registries. Nothing wrong with learning from other’s experiences, right.
Post # 25
I would have definitely registered for less items. i took the whole “you should be registered for at least twice the amount of gifts as you have guests” thing a little too far. we got REALLY awesome stuff, and a lot of stuff we needed, but after you painstakingly pick out things for your (multiple) registries, you start to get attached to them…and when guests have WAY TOO MUCH to choose from, you’re bound to end up not getting something you’d already envisioned yourself using…or maybe that was just me 😉
Post # 26
No one listened to my registry. My hubby’s parents friends didnt even look on it and we ended up with 4 crock pots and two coffee makers. SUPER annoyed!!! They didnt even leave gift receipts. It was like they found somehting on a clearance rack and bought it just to say they got us a gift. Now we have a bunch of junk sitting in our house. We have been living together for 3.5 years and really didnt need much so we registered for things like new bed sheets, nice wine glasses, flatware, etc….and ended up with crap we never even asked for. boo!!!
Post # 27
I’m thinking we will just register for $300.00 gifts so that everyone will give us cash!!
Post # 29
Agreed. I wrote another post about how stores encourage brides to register for WAY more than they will get and this leaves us with a partially completed registry. That’s great for the stores (to encourage additional sales) but bad for brides that can’t use their new dishes (or whatever comes in a set) because they only received a fraction of the set.
Post # 30
My two cents:
–Register for the things you’ll never get around to purchasing for yourself later. My sister is still annoyed at herself more than 20 years after her wedding for never purchasing stemware to go with her fine china. She’s never going to buy it for herself, but she really wishes she had it for holidays and entertaining.
–Check your registries often! Even though I tried to take the ‘register for 2x the amount of guests you’re having’ rule seriously, it still wasn’t enough. I was in the odd situation where ALL my gifts were purchased off my registry weeks before my bridal shower, and I had friends calling me begging to add more things or know what to buy because they were at a loss! It was not a situation I was expecting AT ALL when I registered. So my advice is to keep tabs on your registries – check them often to see if things are discontinued or if you see your numbers getting low before your shower or your wedding. (On the flip side, if you have way too many items left over, start purging!)
Even though it feels like you’re being greedy to ask for so many things, people really do appreciate the suggestions on what to buy for you. A lot of your guests may not know what items you have/need. And the registry is really just that – a suggestion. I loved the gifts people purchased off my registries as well.
Post # 31
not have one. But people kept asking, so I put a bunch of the necessities out there.
Just dont’ like them.