(Closed) Register for What

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2715 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Register for what you need/want.  Don’t register for more just to fill some made-up quota.  Stores will tell you this because they want to sell more stuff.  Don’t listen to them or feel pressured.

However, be sure to have a varity of price points so that guests of all financial backgrounds have something to choose from.  It’s also best to not have tons of expesive things on there, lest you look greedy.

I would focus more on things you can use in your new home – linens, towels, things for your bathroom, dishes, cups, flatware, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utnesils, etc.  Feel free to register for upgrades to stuff you already have.  You could also register for tools (we did).

It’s also acceptable to register for supplies for a hobby you share or things you can enjoy as a couple – such as camping gear or board games.  We registered for some camping and rock climbing gear and those were the first things to be purchased.

I would stay away from big ticket entertainment and electronic items, such as a TV, gaming system, DVD players, iPads, Kindles, etc. A camera could be ok as long as it’s not super expensive (<$300-$400) and your registry isn’t full of other non-home goods options. Basically, you don’t want a registry that contains a $700 camera, $500 iPad, TV, 30 DVDs, and a Wii.  Sure you’ll use all of those things as a couple, but it’s probably going to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. 

I also think it’s ok to have one big ticket home item – so I would say go ahead and register for patio furniture.  But I wouldn’t register for patio furniture and a new sofa and a new mattress, and a new dining table.

It’s all about balance.  And remember, lots of people give cash.  So even if there’s something you want but don’t register for, you might be able to purchase with wedding money.

Post # 4
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@GreenEyedLady13:  What I have found is at least one gift per person. Most people give gifts as couples and give multiple gifts.

Try to group your gifts by price. In general, I was told: 20% under $20, 30% between $20-$50, 30% between $50-$75, 10% from $75-$100, and 10% over 100. I have been surprised at the generosity of what we have gotten– many of our gifts were over $100 (either alone or combined)

I found that the gifts that were bought already are the traditional house stuff and bedding. My fun gifts weren’t touched, but we have all of our china and bedding. 

I say to register for the camera and any fun stuff, but also have some traditional gifts too.

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