Post # 1
I’m about to start registering for just a few things because our families are having a small engagement party. Since it’s a ways out to the wedding (over a year), we’re thinking of just registering for one category of items like crystal. We don’t want to do something where the technology might change in a year, like appliances, or something where our tastes might change in a year, like bedding.
Anyone faced with a similar situation? What did you decide to register for?
And any recos on particularly good salespeople at the stores where you did register?
Post # 3
I’m in Chicago and I’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences at the Bloomingdales at Medinah. They told me I can register early for everything except linens and special order accessory pieces to our China set. The reason is that linens change frequently, and special order pieces can only be returned within 3 months, so if someone got it for you now but didn’t actually give you the gift until next year, you wouldn’t be able to exchange it.
Post # 4
We registered at BB&B in Downer’s Grove because it is huge…and the salespeople were very nice. We registered about 10 months out and did our basic kitchen stuff (gadgets, pots/pans, knives) and some appliances (stand mixer). We also registered for some odd items (fondue pot, rabbit wine opener, massage mat) that people could buy us for Christmas. Surprisingly not much has been discontinued yet.
Post # 5
Basic kitchen stuff is not going to change a lot in a year. Seriously, I don’t anticipate any huge technological breakthough in waffle irons in the near future. So I think you’re pretty safe with any or all of that stuff. Bedding is chancy, as most stores don’t necessarily carry the same styles for over a year. Next year’s Ralph Lauren will be different from what’s available now; next season’s Ralph Lauren may be different from what’s available now. It’s not so much a matter of your taste changing, but more an issue of if you get the sheets now, the duvet cover may not be available in 9 months.
Post # 6
Bed Bath and Beyond is the greatest place to register, In My Humble Opinion. They give cash back so you can always put the money in a savings account until you are ready to use it (or get a store credit if you’re afraid you won’t be disciplined about saving it). They also let you use those 20% off coupons when you buy things back. They’re so great and so accomodating.
We’re also registered at Bloomingdale’s. You can always use credits there- I just bought a wedding gift for a friend with one of our credits. I have a friend who just bought a pair of jeans months after her wedding. 😉
Do be careful about registering for everyday or formal china patterns at more seasonal places (i.e. Crate and Barrel). If something breaks or you want to "add on"- you won’t be able to find it again. Go with reputable brands that have been around a long time. There’s a website (Replacements LTD… I think) that has tons of discontinued patterns. My mom still uses them to replace her Wedgewood china.