Post # 1
I need ideas for places to register for our wedding:
Mr. Hubby is insisting on Amazon.
I want a physical store, but debating between the following: Target, Macy’s, and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Any suggestions or pros/cons for the physical stores?
Post # 3
We’ve run into trouble with not really registering at a physical store. Everyone nn our guest list over the age of 50 seems totally bewildered about ordering from a registry online (even people who shop online already), and since we’re not registered at a physical store, they are either checking the registry but then going and buying the item at a store (leaving no record online that it was purchased), or just going totally off the registry and getting whatever they feel like.
One registry is with a company that has stores, but they’re rare where we live. I wish we’d registered at Target or Macy’s.
Post # 4
@b_es: One pro for the physical store is for people who put a lot of thought into their gifts and like to actually see what it is they’re buying for you. Both places we registered at have physical stores and the first (and only) thing bought for us has already been given to us and the couple that gave it to us specifically said they liked picking it out instore (even though you can shop at both retailers online) because they were able to handle everything and pick out something that we wanted that they also loved. In a sense, it helped them imagine us using it. This couple is on the older side, so maybe generationally it makes a difference, but I thought it was so sweet that they intentionally picked out this item out of all the items because it spoke to them too.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
One con that I’ve heard about Target is their return policy isn’t as liberal as some of the others. A pro for BB&B is the coupons- as a guest, I love being able to buy a little more for a couple.
We’re registered at Amazon (also FI’s idea), Macy’s, and Crate & Barrel. C&B registry was our biggest, and is almost wiped out. I thought more people would chose Macy’s for gifts, but I think Crate’s $4.95 shipping won them over.
We added a few things from BB&B to our Amazon registry with the universal registry feature.
Post # 6
Oh, and out of the three you suggested, I like Macy’s the best. It has a nice selection of high end and affordable items and it is easy to use. You can pretty much find whatever you need at Macy’s and if you live near a huge Home store, you can see almost everything in person too. Plus, if you have a Macy’s card, you get rewards back for what you buy. They also always have sales, which is great for you and the guest because you get more stuff for their budget. Plus, if people buy instore, returns are super easy because of the barcode sticker they use. I find Target’s website to be very very clunky and not user-friendly at all. There isn’t a lot of high end products (e.g. nice, pricey linens or top-of-the-line pots, pans and appliances) either. I personally don’t like BBB because I think the store experience is overwhelming, but they certainly have a selection and people seem to like their registry experience there.
Post # 7
Thank you for the comments – we are definitely doing Amazon; Macy’s seems to have a lot of pros.
@lilbluebird I do remember Target’s registry website being clunky
@rebwana as a guest, I love BB&B because they have a nice price range and coupons.
Any other store option welcome.
Post # 8
@b_es: If you and Fiance like to cook and are serious foodies, there are Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. The downside is that a lot of the stuff at these retailers tend to be on the pricier side, but if you want Le Creuset pots and pans, Reidel stemware or high-end, lifetime guarantee, and super sharp knives (e.g. Shun, Henkel), this is the place to go.
I second what @Rebwana said about C&B. They really embrace the registry experience there and they try their best to make it user-friendly. The website is so easy to navigate (for both shoppers and registrants) and you can update your registry on your smartphone, both as a mobile-optimized page in your phone browser or as an app. The app even lets you scan items instore so you don’t have to hunt them down for a scanner when you are in there. They have monthly registry parties where they have small snacks and drinks (and vendors – planners, desserts, etc.) for couples and the store is shut down so you can register in peace and get your questions answered. They also give you a little gift for registering at one of these events. The downside is that some of their stuff doesn’t seem to have a long shelf life and we have had to replace some of our items already because it went out of stock/discontinued and we waited about 3-4 months out from our wedding to register.
We also know people who register at Pottery Barn, but their items are a little pricier, in general, than CB. The items there are generally well-made, however, and they definitely are of very nice quality. The sales staff there are really nice, but we didn’t register here so I can’t say if the registry experience is stellar or not. We’ve only shopped there for ourselves. I don’t think there are too many sales here, unless it is the end of the season or they’re doing a specific product category promotion.
We have also had couples register at Bloomingdale’s, and their prices are definitely on the high end. They have a lot of gorgeous decorative items but they are also on the pricier side (think $50+ frames) and rarely do I see sales at Bloomingdale’s. A lot of the more standard products (e.g. Le Creuset, Nespresso, Cuisinart) are already available at CB, Macy’s, etc. so unless you really have a lot of decorative pieces in a specific collection you love and you expect your guests to spend at least $100pp, I probably wouldn’t pick Bloomingdale’s. I’ve had mixed experiences with their sales staff. They’re definitely nice but not as like “WOW!” nice as CB or even WS/SLT.
Post # 9
I heard Target is a pain in the butt to deal w/when it comes to registries. I don’t know if that’s true because I opted not to register there.
Bed, Bath, and Beyond is AMAZING. They really helped us learn about products, left us alone, came and checked up on us, gave us complimentary drinks when we registered. We could have had soda or water. I had a water bottle =P it was nice. And their website is easy to use too.
Pottery Barn is nice but their items are pricier. We registered there because I am obsessed w/that store. With that said, it’s one of our smaller registries because BBB had so much nice stuff too.
Kohls was alright. I love Kohls but it was like they didn’t know how to upload our registry after we scanned everything. I prefered dealing w/their website. I registered there because of towels mainly — they were super nice and fluffy. And a few kitchen things =)
If I could only be registered at one place I’d pick BBB.