Post # 1
I just want to make sure that what my fiancé and I were thinking of doing is acceptable. The fiancé and I got a house built and live together so there isn’t much we need for the home. With that said, I understand that some people may prefer giving a physical gift instead of money for the shower/wedding. I was thinking of registering for items that are extras such as a really nice set of China, crystal glasses, luxe towels and bedding, etc. I know those items will most likely be a little pricier but do you think our strategy is the right one? If someone finds the registry items too expensive (we’ll try to have a range of stuff at different price points), then they can give money.
I just don’t want people thinking our registry is ridiculous but I don’t want to not have one at all either. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Similar to what we did. We opted for items we intend to keep forever/a really long time, that would fit into our condo. For us, that was china, silverware and crystal.
Just have a plan if you do not receive all of these things/do not want to use your cash gifts to purchase the remaining place settings, etc. We wanted all the stuff, so bought whatever was missing with cash.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I’d advise also having some lower priced items for the shower- kitchen gadgets, smaller appliances (LOVE the mini-food processor we got), kitchen linens, etc. Otherwise, I think you’re fine to have higher priced items on your registry- guests aren’t required to purchase from it. Or register at both a higher and lower end store, to give more choices.
Post # 5
As long as you have a variety of items (starting around 25-40 dollars), and the correct number of items (for your guest list), you are fine to register for whatever you want. If someone cannot afford a more expensive item, then can group together or buy a less expensive item. Also, you may want to consider adding gift cards to the registry for people who cannot afford the big items by themselves, but wish to contribute to those items (as cash is traditionally deemed an inappropriate gift for showers, and many people dislike giving cash).
Post # 6
I think it depends on the price range of the gifts. Most of my registry is also composed of china and crystal, but there are a number of pieces under $50 (each glass is ~40 and we registered for accent plates) in addition to the more expensive place settings and serving dishes. It also depends on your social circle. In mine, it’s not unreasonable to think that guests would spend over $100 per place setting, but the same people were at my cousin’s wedding last year where they didn’t receive any of the $300+ pots and pans that were on their registry.
Post # 7
Thank you so much for the insight ladies, you are totally right. I’ll try to have items in all price ranges. 🙂
Post # 8
We said on our wedding website that we preferred a donation to our honeymoon via honeyfund.com, but we did register for a few items in case people did want to do a physical gift. Our family and friends understand this because we have been living alone for a long time and have lots of stuff from my college days.