(Closed) Shower/registry question- please help!

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

That sounds like a plan.  A work shower is fairly common thing, with no expectation that all these people will be invited.  As for the registry, for what it’s worth, at my work shower they passed around a card/envelope and picked up one of the more expensive items as a group gift. 

If you think they’ll actually do individual gifts and are a bit older, I’d probably try to put lots of items in the $10-15 range, as that’s what I’d likely contribute to a work shower group gift, and probably wouldn’t want to spend much more than that if I got my own gift.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsKelloggtobee:  I agree with above, it’s fairly common with co-workers.  give them a registry that you make for them, then after the event deactivate it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with everything everyone else said regarding the shower.

However – you might want to consider having SOME sort of material-good registry for your wedding guests.  Not having one could back-fire with a lot of off-registry items, because there are a lot of people (myself included, and older generations) who like to give actual presents.  Whether it’s China or luggage or something you might not need for 10+ years.  Or, choose a place like Bloomingdales and register for whatever — and if you decide you don’t want it, the store credits can later go for furniture or things you end up needing down the line (like pretty dresses!  just kidding…sort of). 

I know a lot of people who had very minimal (or no) registries (wanting money) — and instead got a lot of bowls and things they didn’t want and couldn’t return as easily.  I think it’s nice to just pick one store with easy returns (total side note:  Bed Bath and Beyond has HORRIBLE registry return policies) — bloomingdales or crate & barrel or even tiffanys (I say Tiffany’s because I know a couple that exchanged all of their Tiffany’s shower presents to pay for their engagement rings…not sure how I feel about that – but always an option?!). 

so yes, bottom line, I think you need to register at a store you like to avoid presents that you won’t know what to do with.  🙂

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