- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
So I was all content with our registries, but the advice from each store – “put as much on as possible, give people choices” – is haunting me.
Of course, it’s their job to say that.
But I’m worried we won’t have enough of a choice. I let my mom and BMs know that if people ask, we’d be very appreciative of gift cards toward larger purchases on our registries, or cash (because we have some financial goals leading up to the future).
Yes, I know asking for cash is not cool. And yes, our guests attending is way more important than gifts. I’m more focusing on whether or not I’m giving guests who wish to give us gifts enough options.
Back to the question… I remember reading that you should have a certain distribution of gifts across price points. So I went and broke down our registries between our two stores (BB&B, and Crate&Barrel). Here’s how it came in:
Under $50: 112 (this includes items like napkin rings and washcloths)
$200+:5 (most items are actually 400-500 – this is cookware, a vacuum, and furniture.)
We are planning for 125 guests, max, although we won’t have that many “households” – I would say maybe 75 households, tops.
I don’t know the size of our engagement party (or if it will include gifts, as I just learned this morning that my mom intends to throw us one soon), or the size of the bridal shower.
And some – like my grad-school-bound little brother – I wouldn’t expect to get us a gift. I know what its like to be scraping by as a student.
We don’t actually expect a guest to buy us our $500 table – it’s on there so we can take advantage of the discount later and use gift cards or returns). But do you think we registered for “enough” – or at least enough to give people options? I’d hate to frustrate our guests, as I’ve always looked at registries (from the guest perspective) as something that makes gift giving easier.