(Closed) Registry help – expensive items

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Some more expensive items you can register for are tool sets, a grill, camping supplies (if you like outdoorsy stuff), furniture, maybe a vacuum cleaner?


Post # 4
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

A super nice knife set with a knife block, Dyson vacuum cleaner, patio set, grill, kayaks :-), camera or video camera for your honeymoon.

Post # 5
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bride12713:  I would definitely register for individal, ultra high end pots and pans (so they can “make” a set), and a vacuum… Even if they’re things you don’t really need, you can always exchange them to get other things off your registry (which I thought was horrifying, but is apparently really common practice!)

Post # 6
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Luggage can be super pricey – the ones we added are like $350 on SALE and that is for smaller, carry on ones!  Feel a little guilty…

Post # 7
220 posts
Helper bee


Post # 9
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our most expensive item is a flat screen TV as we still have an old CRT one which is huge. A good vacumn as people said is useful too.

People can also always buy multiple items from the list.

Post # 11
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A Breville toaster oven, and great quality pots and pans

Post # 12
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Where are you registered? It’s hard to get really expensive, say at Target, but it can easily be done at Pottery Barn or Williams-Snonoma or a higher end places like Michael C. Fina and Bloomie’s.

I would swap the crystal you have chosen for something more expensive…Waterford is just the beginning! Bacarat is really nice and there are many others. Don’t forget things that some people overlook like bowls, vases, frames and serving pieces. Waterford even has a crystal digital frame!

If you love the china…stick with that but add more plates (so if someone wanted to spend $200, for example, they could buy you more. But if you just put 8 plates, then it would be harder to achieve that. Also add all your pieces of serveweare down to the salt and pepper. When I worked in a high end china shop, you would not believe how happy people were to spend $100 on a dessert plate or a pie server! If they wanted to spend $100, they didn’t care what it was. Others wanted to really help a couple build their china, so they wanted the small pieces that are usually overlooked.

I would also look for serving pieces/entertainment sets. Brands like Annie Glass, Reed and Barton, Beatrice Ball, Juliska and Arte Italica can cost a few hundred and they are really down to earth looking but still quite nice. Also chafing dishes are handy and they can add some bulk.

A nice camera comes to mind, as does a video camera, if you think you might use it. A Dyson if you need a new one. Also, some attachments for the Kitchen-Aid might be fun. They have a pasta and ice cream maker. Anything by the Breville brand (as someone else mentioned) will get you there, too.



Post # 13
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My first Wedding (circa 1980) I went the “traditional route”…

So there was Silverware, China & Crystal on our Registry… and we got just about all we had on our list (Service for 12… no regrets there).

I will disagree with @Coral99: tho, we went a bit cheaper on our Crystal (considered Waterford, but am glad we changed our mind) and that was a smart move… cause when a glass broke (and they will) it didn’t mean we were in the poor house having to replace it … OR Our Guests were devastated cause they felt awful and needing to feel obligated to replace ONE GLASS at $ 50, $ 100 or more.

We also registered for good Pots & Pans, Knife Block & Set, Serving Ware, Bar Ware, and Small Kitchen Appliances.

Lol, we made out like bandits.  People fulfilled our dreams and then some.  No regrets.

And now 30+ years on, I still have many of the items be it something expensive like the China, or simple and useful like various Kitchen Utensils, Casserole Dishes, etc.

We also registered for Towels, Bedding & Linens.  All quite expensive.  Nothing in this world like a great set of Bedding… and the good stuff isn’t cheap… but once you own it you’ll really appreciate it.  Afterall you spend about 1/3 of your life in bed.

If you are looking for “extras” to add… check with your guy… he may have a few wants.  If you own a home, or are looking to buy one… power tools, and gardening stuff can add up quickly. 

Hope this helps,

PS… This time round as middle aged Encores we chose not to register.  No regrets.  Our friends & family members gifted us in other ways… Cash, Gift Cards, Wine, Experiences etc.  All greatly appreciated.


Post # 14
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@This Time Round:  She just asked for items to add “bulk” to her registry…she doesn’t have to keep them. =) But that is an excellent point, if they do.

I agree on asking her FI! My FI had some really great ideas.


I’m glad you said that about the bedding. As I said above ours from Target just isn’t cutting the mustard. Even if we don’t get it as a gift, we are excited to buy it…I can’t wait to sleep on really nice sheets!

Post # 15
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Coral99:  Good reply, overall.

BUT, I’d never think of bulking up my Registry… with the idea of NOT KEEPING things (returning for a store credit etc)

In my world that would be very crass… and rude  (Etiquette Snob that I am, lol)

But in light of the posts I’ve seen on WBee, there are indeed some Brides that use this strategy… so as to “make money” off their Guests

Like I said, not a fan.

Old fashioned gal that I am, truly believe that each and every Gift should be graciously accepted and found a place for in your home as they were given in good faith.

PS… Oh for sure you want good bed linens… nothing compares to sleeping on a magnificent bed.  You’ll sleep better, and you’ll therefore have better days.  I would never go back to cheap sheets (look for the good ones on sale… aka White Sales happen 3x a year)


Post # 16
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@This Time Round:  For me, personally, I agree. But some couples do this…to each their own., I suppose.


However, I cannot agree that every single gift you get, no matter the occasion should find a place in one’s home. As a gift recipient, one only needs to accept a gift graciously and then acknowledge it in writing. That’s it. After that, it’s theirs to do with what they please. 




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