(Closed) # of gifts vs. # of guests

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They say you should register for twice as many gifts as guests, and make sure yuo have a lot of variety in price points.

Post # 4
9674 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi, I haven’t registered this time (second marriage) but I did for my first wedding.  I think you’re asking because you want to know how many items to register for?  If so, I wouldn’t worry too much about the number of items to register for, because the more you add to your list the more choices you give everyone.  And some will choose to give you more than one item, also.  So you can register for anything and everything you want and need, if you so choose.

I’ve never heard of anyone having every single item they put on their registries being purchased but I’m sure it’s possible, lol.  Some people will give you things that aren’t on the registry at all.  Also, you can register at more than one store, as I’m sure you know.

And we received a ton of cash at the reception and in cards, in addition to many gifts.  A lot of people will give you both.  Showers usually are when you’ll get a lot of gifts, and at the wedding you’ll be likely to get cash as well as gifts.


Post # 5
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

How many items did you register for? How many people are invited? We are inviting about 200 people (including kids), that will be 90 households. We have 180 items on the registry. The items range from $4 to $300, with the expectation that a lot of people will buy multiples (ie all of the $4 napkins or 2 sets of informal china)

And for those all married off:

Were all your items purchased? Did you still receive $$ although registered? I am not married yet, but I expect that at least half the guests will do cash or gift cards at the recpetion. In our circles, gifts tend to be given at showers and cash at weddings.

Post # 6
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been told anywhere between 2 and 3 times the amt of guests invited. We invited 177 individuals, 90% of them are adults. We have 3 registries, one is very small, and the other two have about 150 items on each. Seems to be pretty standard.

@sunfire Thanks for saying register for whatever you really want because I have been worried about registering for too much! We are in our 30s and FH has been married before but she took most everything from their previous wedding in their divorce and we have a new house and I have NEVER bought anythig nice so all we have is junky hand me downs and walmart box sets (I kid you not the handles to the pots fall off in the dishwasher LOL) We need pretty much everything!

Post # 7
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MsJ2theZ:  You definitely deserve nice things, even if he has been married before. A bit of advice though: you shouldn’t put pots and pans in the dishwasher. They’ll hold up longer if you handwash them, even (or especially) the nicer sets.

Post # 8
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We registered for about 100 items I think. We got about 80 of them, give or take at the shower and gifts before the wedding. The shower had about 35 people and our wedding overall had 130.

At our wedding, we received pretty much all cash gifts. Everyone gave us a card with a cash/check in it with the exception of a few people who I wouldn’t have expected gifts from in the first place.

Post # 9
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m making sure for the shower that there are a good amount of gifts in the $20-25 price range- more than the number of women invited, so they have choices.

Macy’s suggests one gift per guest, which we don’t even have with all 3 registries combined. We’re upgrading a lot of items, but it was still hard for us to come up with registry items (in our 30s,40s)

Post # 10
9674 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  No problem – I think weddings should be as much fun as possible.  And getting gifts is fun!  We don’t have room in our small house for much more, so we’re requesting no gifts and not registering, but if we do get them anyway we’ll be very grateful, of course.  But if you need things, by all means, register away!

Post # 12
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it depends on your situation; we have been living together for quite some time so we didn’t need much. We’re inviting 140 people but only registered for about 65 items; we’ve received more than that number from both on and off the registry so be prepared for that as well.



Post # 13
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

~100 items, almost all over $50.  We had some issues with our price points, however we knew that most people would bring cash or gift cards given that our wedding was thousands of kms away.  Thankfully, most did.

We ended up with everything we really wanted after spending the cash, except I am still building our silverware set.  ie – a lot of the smaller items we did not buy, but we did get all of our china, wine glasses, serving dishes and most of our silverware.

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