(Closed) Registry confusion…

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
16194 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I personally wouldn’t suggest registering a year in advance because of the reasons you noted:  items in the store will change. Engagement gifts aren’t really a thing in my circles.

We registered six months out, and that was about perfect. We got registered before we sent save-the-dates, and a few people did buy gifts as soon as they received save-the-dates.

Most of the items we registered for stayed in stock for those six months, but even then, some were discontinued and we had to perform some registry clean up!

And I’d say our registry was pretty typical. We didn’t live together before we got married, so we needed everything for the kitchen and bathrooms and bedroom. We also registered for some tools for my husband, some luggage for our honeymoon, etc.

Post # 4
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes… this is what happened to us. We registered at first about 11 months before the wedding.  At 6 months, we sent out the save the dates and had to choose a couple new things.  Most things stayed in stock, though.  We really just had to re-choose bedding and luggage (we registered at a couple places, but things only when out of stock at BB&B).


I’d still say register early.  Just check on it every once in a while and add things to replace the out of stock stuff.  Make sure to check on it before the shower and when the save the dates go out, as well as when invites go out.

Post # 5
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

We didn’t register until we were engaged for a few months. We were married in September, and I don’t think we registered until the March before we got married. We also weren’t expecting engagement gifts though and didn’t get many. Are you having an engagement party? You can always update your registry throughout your engagement, but there will be things that go out of season if you register super early.

Post # 6
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m getting married in August and just started (finished) our registries last weekend.  We didn’t have an engagement party and didn’t expect engagement gifts, so there was no need for us to register that early.

I think stores tell you to register early, because its more money in their pocket.


Post # 8
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

We are having a 22-month engagement.  It’s now 5 months out and we are just registering.

Post # 9
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d only register that far in advance for items that will not go out of season or change colors. That pretty much means small kitchen electric, pots, pans, china, and more expensive every day dinnerware. Sheets, towels, decoratives, etc. may not be available later on.

Post # 10
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I don’t know if you’re planning to register at Target, but I would try to hold off for them as long as you can. I’ve talked to two couples who registered at Target at the six month mark…their showers were each about 1-2 months before their weddings, and by that time, they had to practically redo the entire thing. We registered at Target at the four month mark. We’ve been okay so far.

 We registered at BBB and Macy’s in January. Macy’s will say that things are going out of stock. I’ve found that you have to take that with a grain of salt. I really liked the color of this microplane grater/zester that we found. When I scanned it in January, they said that they were going to be discontinuing it soon. I was at Macy’s earlier this week and it’s still in stock. BBB is a little trickier…while they did e-mail us that items were going out of stock, they were still in stock for a little bit. It would appear on the registry that you could still get the items, but when you’d see what stores had them, no stores in the area carried the items. I fell in love with our wine glasses and they have been the only thing off that registry that has been discontinued!

  Whenever you do go register, have fun! My Fiance got into it a little more. We were dog tired when we finished. We had to get our registry done in a weekend (we’re currently in a LDR)…it was quite the marathon!

Post # 11
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yea, we registered last August, about a year in advance because Fiance parents suggested we do it for our engagement party so we made a small registry and then about a month in advance of our save the dates, we did our full-on registry….things are always coming and going so I check in from time-to-time to make sure it stays updated.

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