Post # 1
I keep hearing the rule of registering for 2x as many gifts as guests at your wedding. Is that for those who are also having showers? We are having a small fairly casual wedding where it says on our website “Instead of gifts, please consider beinging a beloved family recipe on the card provided in your inviataion”
Taking these two things in to account… if we are expecting about 70 guests should I really be registering for 140 things?! I feel like even 50 might be over kill.
Post # 3
@globalmargaret: If I were invited to your wedding I would probably want to provide something (preferably from a registry to avoid duplication) that would help you make the recipe.
You know your guests best. Some prefer to just give money. Register for things you like and would use, I think that’s the best rule of thumb.
Post # 4
We are expecting 100 people max and we registered for 60 SKUs from two different retailers. We only registered for things we would love and want, not just register to register. I wouldn’t necessarily go off of how many “people” you have but maybe parties. Like I wouldn’t expect two gifts from a couple but one gift from the two of them. I say 60 skus as I don’t consider each individual wine glass to be an item. So while I registered for 4 espresso glasses, I don’t consider that to be 4 items but rather “1 item” or 1 SKU because no one is going to give like one glass per person (unless we’re talking very very very expensive heirloom glasses!). We’re also expecting that some of our 100 guests will give us cash as is tradition/culture.
Plus, if you do register for a greater variety, at least that gives them more to choose from. Otherwise, the poor procrastinators will literally end up with like 1 – 2 things to choose from.
Post # 5
@globalmargaret: I think the more you register for, the better. I would register 140 things and here’s why:
– Just because you register for 140 items doesn’t mean there are 140 items available for guests to purchase. Your guests may not shop at the same store location you created the registry at and it’s likely that some registry items won’t be available in other stores.
– things can get discontinued a lot! There are quite a few things on our registry that went discontinued since we scanned them and the store no longer has them in stock.
– people like to have a large selection of items to choose from. Not everyone will have the same budget so you need to have a variety of items at different price points. Also if you have smaller items on your registry then guests might buy more than one gift which is all the more reason to register for more things.
ETA: Just as an example, I registered for bathroom accessories like a shower curtain, shower curtain hooks, soap dispenser, trash can, soap dish, bath mat. That’s 6 separate registry items but they were all purchased by one guest. So if you’re registering for small things, you need to register for more than if you’re only registering for larger items.
Post # 6
I would base it more on a combination of dollar value + # of things. ie – not just register for a dyson and a kitchenaid, that will hit dollar value but not # of items. Also not just 140 x $5 measuring cups or facecloths.
I agree with AB Bride, many people will still want to buy you things.
Additionally, what lilbluebird said about only registering for what you do want. If you register for the whole bathroom set and only get part, will you be happy with that? Will you want to buy the rest with cash gifts? Will you want to return things and if so, will you feel okay returning things to buy other things?
Post # 7
Oh, and if you have the time, you can always registry stalk, especially as your event draws closer. That way, you can add more items if needed to your registry and make modifications as necessary (e.g. adding more low-cost items if those are going fast). However, again, I would only add things you would use or really wanted.
Post # 8
I agree with all who have posted!
Sometimes, people will buy a bunch of smaller things to make a gift basket. Or, people will buy things in sets. I always like having a variety of items to choose from. I would start with putting things on the registry that you really love/want, and then add to it as you see it dwindling.
Post # 9
You’d probably be fine with one gift per guest. Some will get none, some will get one, some will get multiple and no recipe, etc…