(Closed) Registry woes?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you are over analyzing this. It isn’t your dress, it’s just stuff. Pick things that you need, or things that you’d like to upgrade. Nothing “wowed” me when we registered, but we needed certain things and we needed to upgrade certain others. It was as simple as that, along with a few luxury items. And we made sure to pick things in a variety of price-points.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Have you thought of any untraditional registries that can help get your list going without overthinking china patterns youll live with forever? I found the booklets they give you when you first register is a great way to get started.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I feel like I could have written this post :-). Registering was one of the things I couldn’t wait to do, in terms of planning. I was so excited to go with my Fiance and pick out things for our future home! We started our registry about five months before our wedding date. We picked out three places and started at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

  When we got the scanner, we were almost afraid to scan anything. What if we found something that we liked better? Would people judge us by the cost of certain items? Are we sure that these are the best choice wine glasses?

  After the first 30 minutes or so, we did relax and started scanning things. What helped us is that we started our registry three months before any of our showers were to take place. We knew we could add things and delete them, if necessary (which we have done, by the way). We were concerned about things being too expensive, or too silly to put on a registry. Just remember that sometimes, people will go in on a gift, or there are really good sales. You can always take off items if need be. We have a similar sized wedding to yours (we’re at 270), so having a variety of items is really good! I know that you said you’ve lived together for a year. Future Brother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law were in the same situation, so they registered at Home Depot for home improvement items. Not traditional, but people didn’t say anything about it. If anybody was uncomfortable, they still had a more traditional registry to work with.

  I hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@keepsmiling19:  I had no clue Home Depot has registries. We registered at MEC (pretty much the same thing as REI).

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a hard time getting over the initial feeling of being overwhelmed. It just suddently looks like a bunch of stuff! Finally, we focused on the purpose of the stuff, and then went from there. Here’s my advice:

Think of three types of gatherings you’d like to host at your house after you’re married (dinner party, brunch, poker party, cocktail party, movie/sportingevent/awardshow party, grill out/deck party, etc.) Also think of any activities you and your fiance like but don’t have the equipment for (we’ve had to borrow a tent for camping, and we want one of our own). Register for everything you would need to host those parties (glasses, appliances, deck chairs and cushions, cute plastic water pitchers, etc.) and enjoy those activities (monogrammed rolling duffle bag?). It completely narrows down the stuff and gives you a reason to have it – now you can see that it’s stuff you need! Also register for replacements for any of your stuff that’s starting to show wear, or that was not the best to begin with (hello, programmable/thermal-carafe coffeemaker!). Last, but not least, one totally impractical thing that you’ve always wanted and will never buy for yourself (for me, a Waterford crystal vase). 

It’s okay to want these things!

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  It wasn’t a traditional registry, like what you would have from Target or BBB. They created some kind of list through Home Depot, and it was mentioned on shower invites and by word of mouth. I don’t know what etiquette says about that, but it worked for them *shrugs*.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Through mec its a wishlist and people can buy off of it. Weve registered for new sleeping bags (they wear out in a few years with how much we use them) and all sorts of stuff including a new stove and fuel etc.

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