(Closed) Register for much LESS than anybody tells you to!!

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
13886 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Out of curiosity, did you have a shower?  In my family most of the physical gifts are given at the shower with cash given at the wedding.

Post # 5
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think this will vary a lot by circle.  We received many more gifts than we had guests, even considering the shower.

Post # 6
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think the goal is usually to end up with 30 or si items left on your registry. That means the last person who bought a gift probably had at least two options, in their price range! So it sounds like it worked well for you, OP!

Post # 7
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely depends on the circle… I’m a totally foodie and cook a lot so I had a lot of cookware and gadgets on there; including “stretch” items that I thought no one would buy but I threw it on there so I could get my completion discount. In the end; we received 80% cash/checks/gift cards and 20% gifts off of the registry.

Post # 8
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It sounds like it worked out well. You can use the cash gifts to buy the china and crystal with your registry discount.

Post # 9
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think the 2 items per person thing is to allow for things like $5 rubber spatulas and $3 napking rings and $15 saucers and the like. For example, one person could easily gift 12 kitchen utensils for less than $50 or 3 or 4 individual items of crystal or china for under $100, etc.

Post # 10
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it all comes down to dollars and what average gifts were, sort of along the lines of what @mrsSonthebeach:  said.

Our place settings were fairly pricey, so the math wouldn’t work out on a per item basis.  If your dishes are $40 a place setting that’s a whole different thing than if they’re $160, on an items/guest basis.  

That said, yes, the stores always super-inflate what you should register for, they’re in the business of selling things.

Post # 11
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Schloss Heiligenberg/ Spearfish Canyon Lodge

We definitely registered for fewer items than the stores suggested and received only a small amount of gifts from our registry. This is partially due to the fact that my husband’s family does not give big gifts and a $20 item is considered sufficient. It’s hard to tell how things will work out with many different guests at a wedding.

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