(Closed) Target Registries

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I had the same thoughts as you. I like the prices and stuff, so I registered there. You really have to keep track of your registry. If they discontinue something, they don’t tell you what it is, it just disappears, so you have to figure out what it was and find something else to replace it.

Also, they’re not good at exchanges. People make mistakes, sometimes you’ll get double on some things, and they just won’t take it back without a receipt, which you don’t always get with a gift.

Post # 4
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

I thought Target was a good place to register b/c practically everyone has a Target nearby.  I haven’t had negative experiences with them, but I wouldn’t state that they’ve been “stellar”.  I highly recommend BB&B though.  They have a great return/exchange policy and always offer 20% off coupons!

Post # 5
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

My brother and SiL did Target for a VERY SMALL wedding (20 pp). It worked fine, but Target’s computers were down the day we went to get the gift, and we couldn’t print or find their list from the store. I was able to pull up a bar code for the regisry item on my cell phone that scanned, which was super awesome, but the computers being down would have screwed other guests. I do agree that it may be more convenient for people to get to though, and there is an online purchasing option as well. I also think they may have more inexpensive items than BB&B for budget-conscious invitees.

Post # 6
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I registered at Target for my wedding and I thought it was great. 

Most of our guests gave gift receipts but not all.  If it was on our registry (no gift receipt) then no problem returning the item for store credit.  If there was no gift receipt and not on our registry we just gave our DL and they let us turn it in for store credit. 

We did it all at once so that helped. 

The only issue I had was that their stock changes VERY quickly.  Also many items are only available in stores OR online (but are very similar). 

Personally I chose to register at target over BB&B because we registered for tools, garden stuff, camping gear, etc. that BB&B didn’t have.  For the finer dining stuff we registered at Macys. 

Post # 7
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I registered from there and had no issues.


Where I had issues was with Kohls. There is no way for someone to buy online and have it shipped to them while taking the item off the registry. They would have to call customer service and tell them to mark it has purchased so that they could have it shipped to them and not me.


Most of our guests bought from Kohls, but those who purchased from target had no issues.

Post # 9
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I noticed some of their diningwear and bedding changes fairly frequently. Some of it sticks around for awhile, but there is stuff that seems seasonal to me (I shop there about once a month) and some stuff isn’t available for long even though nothing is noted as seasonal (that isn’t obvious, like the V-day stuff).

Post # 10
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I registered at Target and it was awful. I LOVE Target, but the registry system was just ridiculous. When we first registered, the first two scanners we used ran out of batteries while we were using them, which resulted in everything we had scanned so far disappearing.

Almost everything went out of stock at some point (decor items, bathroom decor, even really basic things like a box of 12 plain beer glasses). I think they just re-do their stock numbers or something every six weeks or so… we had registered for a “Glass Dome Cake Plate” and it appeared as out of stock after a month or so. When I went to add a different one to the registry, the same cake plate was on the website, but called a “Glass Cake Serving Dome.” It’s like they get rid of something, and replace with an identical or nearly-identical item, but according to your registry it’s just out of stock. Meat thermometers, icing spatulas, Pyrex dishes… all of it went out of stock eventually.

Additionally, when I first looked at our online registry (the same day that we created it in the store), about 1/4 of what we scanned in the store showed up as “unavaiable online” or “limited availability.” By the time the wedding came around, about 3/4 of the stuff was “limited availability” or “unavailable online” (and that was after I had deleted and replaced some items).

Also, some of what we scanned in the store showed up differently on the registry. We scanned a white serving platter, but a blue one showed up. We scanned a wrought iron napkin holder, but a paper towel holder showed up. I had to go through and fix a lot of the registry online.

Other things showed up on the online registry as just a number (like “E06GH48396”) with no picture, so it was really hard to manage the registry online. I think those items showed up normally if you printed the registry in a store, but it was impossible for me to tell what they were when I looked at the online one.

Then there were issues with returns. We received duplicates of a few things (I’m not sure if it was Target’s fault, or if people just didn’t have the cashier scan the registry), and many of the shipped gifts came without a receipt. Target would only give us store credit for the lowest price the item had in the last 60 days (or something like that, maybe 90 days or 30).

Our registry was mostly kitchen and home decor stuff, so if that’s what you’re looking at, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it! BBB and Macys were both WONDERFUL though!

Post # 11
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

The trick to registering with Target is to do it as close to the wedding as possible. Most people wait till the last minute to buy gifts anyway and Target does change their stock frequently. 

Also it is true that Target does require receipts for most items. However, if an item was on your registry then they will use that and give you the refund. 


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