(Closed) Registry – Almost nothing purchased

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 17
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493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had this same problem!

both my shower and my wedding itself went by and almost nothing was purchased off our 2 registries. (Sears registry was very small, I don’t really like the prices… Too expensive for our guests, I can tell.) our bed bath and beyond was our biggest registry. SO and I have loved together for a few months before the wedding… But we did not have anything. Everything we were using was from he second hand stores, so I was really excited about possibly getting some new things for our first home together.

I know this whole experience isn’t about gifts, but I was a little sad nobody bought off the registry. We mostly got cash (yippee!!!:D) and some clear re-gifts From other events they had. We got maybe 5 things off our huge registry. With various price points! From $15-$100. Nothing too crazy.

But i asked my mom about it after and she was like “I warned you nobody around here bought off registries!” But it’s so weird, because we all make them, and I always buy off of them. Why don’t other people? Meh, anyway, at the end of the day it was an awesome experience and we’re still slowly swapping out our second hand stuff for new stuff. πŸ˜› it’s a long process.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

No one has bought anything from my registry either.  Then again, with most of the guests that are coming, in our culture, it is just customary to give cash so I’m guessing that’s why no one has bought anything from my registry.  Also I still have a month and a bit before the wedding so maybe they just haven’t come around to it yet.  who knows really.

I’ve already had a few people say to me that they are giving me cash because it’s just easier for them to give cash than hunt down a present so we will see!

I am not really expecting any crazy gifts or anything and I’m sure not very gift grabby because all I really care about is having a great wedding so I’m not too worried about gifts.  Like I said, I was just kinda expecting cash just because of my culture and that’s what normally happens.

Post # 19
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531 posts
Busy bee

Personally I’ve been hesitant to start on my registry for exactly this reason.  Once you create a list of things you think you want / need, you create the need, even if the need didn’t previously exist.  Then you get stressed because people aren’t filling this need and you know you’ll have to allocate the money, on top of your wedding expenses, to fill the need that you unnecessarily created, lol.  Unfortunately my friends tell me that it is courteous to allow people the opportunity to give you a gift and to give them an indication of what you would like.  That said, I think we both just have to get over it, the registry may go unfilled, so what.  If in 6 months you really need towels, then go buy yourself some towels.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Perhaps your guests assumed that since you lived together for x amount of time, you probably had most of that stuff already in your house and will give you cash. I’ve definitely side eyed my Future Sister-In-Law when she registered for $$$ electronic trash can when she was already set up in a condo for 3 years. When I looked at the registry I was shocked and thought, ” I know you have a trash can.”  Not saying that’s what you did though LOL. 

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Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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gymbunny04:  I have found that many stores are very good about allowing returns for newly married couples even without a gift reciept. At the very least we were able to get a store credit which we were then able to use to purchase something else.

The challenge with some gifts was figuring out by brand name only the store where they were likely purchased.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have had quite a few of our gifts purchased from our registry but I did get some gifts not on the registry which was kind of annoying because we don’t have space for random things either! I know that the stores you register at will give you a discount on the items you didn’t have purchased. Hopefully you will get cash instead πŸ™‚ 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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gymbunny04:  

I usually give money at weddings.

I’m worried about this happening too. We spent a lot of time on our registry to pick out items we need and love at all price points. Hopefully you have a better turn out for the wedding!

Post # 26
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Blushing bee

This is sad because I enjoy shopping off registries! I like to get something that I know the person specifically wants. If it looked picked over or out of my price range I would box up a gift card as a gift for the shower. Or buy something else from the store and give a gift receipt so it can easily be returned. I really hope this doesn’t happen at my shower.

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