Not Buying Off Registry?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Did people buy mostly off your registry?
    Yes : (31 votes)
    84 %
    No : (6 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 2
    802 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Some people bought off the registry, some just gave gift cards, and others cash. 

    Post # 3
    412 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It may be because it’s a virtual store rather than a physical store . Depending on the age group , maybe some feel more comfortable buying in person rather than online. Just a thought 

    Post # 4
    7121 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Is Amazon the only registry you have? If so, my guess is that people would have preferred to shop at an actual store. My cousin had a registry at Kohl’s and at Amazon and she said the Kohl’s one was pretty much gone but there was a ton of stuff left on the Amazon one.

    We only received a couple gifts that weren’t on the registry (I think two or three people total out of the 200 people at the wedding).

    ETA: just wanted to say that I tend to buy gifts a couple days in advance or the day of (and after a bit of registry stalking so did our guests). At that point it would be difficult to order something online because you won’t know if it will be on time.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  .
    Post # 6
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Almost everyone has bought off the registry thus far, but I think it also depends on what’s done in your circle. Where I’m from in the south, people don’t give money, they give presents (for the wedding as well) and 99% of people buy off the registry for the shower and the wedding. I’ve actually had to watch mine and add to it so it doesn’t get low or have just expensive things on it.

    Post # 7
    891 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    maiapal:  I have family members that think a bridal registry is rude. 

    For instance, my aunt decided to buy me a server that she thought I would like and and she states “it;s so you!”.  What kills me about this whole thing, is that I see this aunt maybe once a year and that is our only form of communication.  This woman does not know me at all and has never been to my house to see my decorating style and taste.  What makes it worse, is that I had actually registered for a server at the same store where she purchased her gift…….

    I ended up returning all the gifts that were not off my registry…….. and do not feel bad about it at alll………




    Post # 8
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    about 70% of our gifts were monetary

    about 20% were gifts from the registry

    and 10% were gifts that left us clueless (regifted junk, or decor for the house)

    Post # 9
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    californiabride2013:  are  we related? do we have the same aunts? lol sounds like my life.

    Post # 10
    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    CaroBee:  This is my experience also, also in the South.  

    We got a few off-registry gifts, some we liked and kept, some we returned for credit, and some we are stuck with.  We got a little money, but as CaroBee said, it’s mostly presents around here and we had to refill our registry!

    Post # 11
    1723 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We didn’t have many buy off the registry. We got mostly cash (which was actually better in my opinion!).

    Post # 12
    12629 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We only had 1 person not buy off the registry or give cash.  My shower was all registry gifts, and the wedding was almost entirely cash/checks

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  JiminyCricket.
    Post # 13
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I agree with the above comments about depends on where your guests are from.  Most of our southern guests bought off the registry.  Those from up north and also asian relatives gave cash.  All our friends purchased off our registries. 

    Considering that you’re getting close to the wedding, I’m guessing you may be getting a lot of cash gifts the day-of the wedding.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  tingles.
    Post # 14
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    most people give cash, we had 98% of people give cash at the wedding

    Post # 15
    1649 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    I woulds say 90% of my registry items were purchased for the bridal shower.  Almost all our guests (maybe 98%) brought cash as their wedding gift and we got the last few remaining registry items.

    Our family is from the Northeast (NYC area) and my family is Asian.   

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