(Closed) Registry Question

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Macys said for me to do 350 gifts too, for 250 people.  I think you should be fine, especially if most of your guests are couples.  Just wait to see what happens when people start  buying stuff and if you run out of options for people you can always add more!

Post # 4
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I used to be a bridal consultant at Macys and I use to tell my brides that they should have at least enough gifts for everyone invited to purchase one item. So you should probably have closer to 270 items between the different stores. BUT that depends a lot on your families. Do you think people are more likely to give you gift cards or cash? Or something off the registry? If you think people are more likely to give you cash then stick with what you are comfortable with on your registry.

Also remember that this is the perfect time to updgrade things you may already have, i.e luggage, cookware, cutlery. These are items where you can register for the full set or for individual items. If you register for individual items (at least at Macy’s) you can return the unopened individual items and get the full set (which is usually a better value!) and use the leftover credit to get something else. 

Hope that helps!

Post # 5
584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i think it’s in macy’s financial interest to try to get you to register for more stuff, for a variety of reasons… i wouldn’t take them seriously.

i think at 170 gifts, you’re fine – probably most of your guests are couples or families, not singles? couples & families tend to give one gift together, so i think it’s overkill to have more gifts than invited guests on your registry. i tried to make sure we had at least as many items on our registry as the number of invitations we were mailing out.

probably in the next few weeks you’ll get a few more ideas of things you might like to add, in case the registry runs low. i’d say try not to let your registry run completely dry… up until recently, it never would’ve occurred to me to give cash, so i don’t know what i would’ve done if i’d encountered a completely empty registry.

Post # 6
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Dont listen to them, leave it at 170, and let people give you money or gift cards!!

Post # 7
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

I think you’ll be fine.  It’s only a suggestion.  Let any other guests give you gift cards/cash, that way you can purchase anything else that was not on your registry or the things you really want.

Post # 8
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Assuming that some of your guest count are couples/families, I’d say your’re fine with 170 items on your registry. It’s always easy to add more items later on as people start purchasing from your registries. So just keep an eye on your registries and if you feel the need to add more items, or if you suddenly remembered something you wanted to add before, then just add items at that time. Don’t feel pressured to add more items if you don’t feel the need or desire to do so.

Post # 9
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely don’t register for things you don’t want, BUT, do consider registering for more, if:

1) you are having wedding shower(s).

2) it isn’t common within your family to give cash.

3) you have a decent number of singles in there.

Keep in mind that you may be registered for 170 items, but some people will buy multiples. At the last wedding I attended, I ended up buying three things from the registry: salt and pepper shakers for the shower, and two sets of china for the wedding. I brought my Fiance, so that was 1.5 gifts per person on our end.

If you really don’t have anything to register for from the stores, do you and your FH have a charity you are passionate about? Are you honeymooning in a resort with a registry (growing trend)? Is there a fourth store that intrigues you, such as a hardware store or something?

Post # 10
98 posts
Worker bee

You might be fine with 170, especially if you anticipate a lot of your guests giving you gift cards or cash. Be sure to keep in mind that while you may have 170 items on your registry, this is counting even the small things that you have registered for. If you registered for a serving spoon, this will count as an item. It is unlikely that a guest or couple will buy you a single spoon as a wedding gift. Also, some people feel uncomfortable giving you gift cards or cash so you’ll have to keep that in mind as well.

Some suggestions that I have would be to register for items that may not normally appear on a registry. My Fiance and I have registered on Amazon.com. You can register for almost anything through them. Books, movies, games etc, are becoming more popular on registries.

If you don’t want nontraditional items, then think of things that you may need for your living area. You can register at Home Depot for new faucets or sinks, paint, wallpaper etc.

 Also, if you will have a home, you may need things like gardening supplies or a lawnmower.

I definitely agree with sweetkate, now is the time to upgrade. Even if you have a lot of things already, you can definitely upgrade. Some brides think that having full registries may appear greedy to guests, but I think it’s about giving your guests options. I am definitely a last minute shopper, and I have been to a couple weddings where there is almost nothing left on the registry and I had to try to come up with something I thought they would like.

 If you are taking a honeymoon, a lot of couples are completing honeymoon registries where guests can buy them a night at the hotel or a massage in the spa.

I would go through the stores again and see if there are any items that you wouldn’t buy for yourself, but might still be fun to have.

 It’s really up to you. If you feel comfortable with your registry, then leave it as is. Hope this helps!

Post # 11
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Macy’s, and all the other registeries, are in the business of selling things. It’s that simple. Register for items you think you need/want. You can always follow up on the registr later to see if you feel like adding things. If your registry gets low, people can always give cash or an off-registry gift.

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