(Closed) Should I register at more than one place?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

My in-laws to be recommended that we have three registries: one more mass-market (we opted for Target), one more upscale (we went with Williams-Sonoma) and one middle-of-the-road (Macy’s). For what it’s worth – I don’t know how relevant this is to your situation. I think are families and circles of friends are probably more traditional in terms of gifts. We did pick out a china pattern at Macy’s, etc.

I feel like it was kind of arbitrary since the prices of the items we put on the three registries basically overlap. Our most expensive items were on the Macy’s and Target registries, if I remember correctly! Anyhow, right now we are between the shower and the wedding, about to send out invitations. Thus far, of what we’ve gotten, most has been from Target and a few things from Macy’s. Only one W-S item has been purchased, but we haven’t received it yet.

Post # 4
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve heard from several sources that you should register with at least 3 stores. Register for more gifts than guests, and register for items in a range of prices. People like having options.

Post # 5
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We are only having about 60 guests as well, but we will probably register at 3 places. I am thinking Macys for china, Crate and Barrel for serving plates, etc, and then Bed, Bath and Beyond for the odds and ends. It might seem a little crazy, but I figured that would give people a lot to choose from.

The real question for me is if we will also register on Amazon. Some of the things (including our china!) is so much cheaper on Amazon.

Post # 6
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Depends on where your guests are located. A lot of people like physically buying a gift (esp. for showers), vs. having them shipped. Are most of your guests close to a C&B? If not, I’d add another store, even though they have the $4.95 shipping option.

Post # 7
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a guest, i would prefer at least 2 different places to purchase a gift from 🙂


Post # 8
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MAURINA:  I agree.  I think it’s nice to give your guests options.  For example my cousin was registered at BBB and Belk.  We don’t have Belk here but we have BBB.  And, of course, you can order from either online which is nice too.  

We’re registered at three stores:  BBB, Pottery Barn, and Kohls.  We registered for groups of stuff at different stores at varying price points.

Post # 9
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did. Some people have their preferences when it comes to stores they shop at. It also depends on how many people you’ll be inviting or what you all need.

Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We invited 60 and are expecting about 70 guests total (most of them are in pairs) and we registered at two places – Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma. We’ve lived together for a long time, so most of the items we registered for are upgrades (e.g. Le Creuset) or frivolous/decorative (e.g. vases). I expect about 50% of the guests to do gifts and about 50% to do cash.

Honestly, Crate and Barrel had a lot of pretty and inexpensive servingware, glasses and decorative items, but then WS was great for great, chef quality cooking tools. They had a larger selection of LC and high-end kitchen knives and electrics. These are two very specific retailers though, versus a retailer with a huge selection (e.g. Macy’s). I think you can get by with just one registry if it is a large one (e.g. Macy’s) because you definitely and meet all your needs and find things in all price points. However, if you are picking just one store, it may be difficult to stay low or get nice, pricier things. I considered adding a third store, which would’ve been Macy’s, but honestly, I didn’t find enough there that the other two didn’t cover so it would’ve only had maybe 10 items on it. That didn’t seem robust enough to be worth it.

FWIW, C&B has gotten most of my more cash-strapped guests because again, they have less pricey things like $15 serving platters and $6 wine glasses, and WS has gotten our more spendy friends with the LC ($175+).

If your guests all live near a C&B, that would be fine. As PP have said, some guests like to see in person what you picked out, versus just doing it all online.

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