(Closed) Total price of registry vs. # of guests – What’s too much? What’s too little?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve never thought to calculate the price. Ours is way more than $1200 though, with 12 place settings at $62 each, plus things like linens and a little cookware… but that doesn’t mean we think we’d get all of this stuff! It’s more important to have a range of price points for guests to choose from than to only add up your total to a certain dollar amount.

Post # 4
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think you should worry about total price.  Just make sure you have a lot more gifts than guests (some will buy multiple small things) and a wide variety of price points.  Also, check the registry periodically so you can see if the cheaper stuff is selling out and there are only very expensive things left, add some more cheaper stuff to balance it out.

Post # 5
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i just made sure i had more then the guestlist… so registry has 315 on it now. and there is 245 total invited guests… but so far only 131 yes’s

Post # 6
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it’s better to have a ton of stuff on there to give people lots to choose from than too little in high or low price categories. I found that I fretted wayyyy too much about making my registry – enjoy it but don’t worry too much about it. I think having more it is better.

Post # 7
2603 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it’s a bit odd to calculate the total price of your registry, but if you wanted to do it that way I suppose that you could calculate what would be on the low-end for guest expenditures and what would be on the high-end. Which depends on your crowd, but as an example, if you estimate that at hte low end, guests would spend $50 and at the high-end, they woudl spend $100, then you’d be talking about a total cost of registry between $10,000 and $20,000. 

But PP are right–it’s far MORE important to have a enough items (I’d say maybe 1.5 times the number of guests is in the ballpark) and to ask for things that are a variety of prices. The cheapest thing on my registry was $9; the most expensive was $500 (and guess what–neither one was bought!). Most were between $40-$150. 

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