(Closed) Value of Registry – Number of Guests

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How much do you give for a Shower Gift
    under 20 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    20 - 40 : (15 votes)
    27 %
    40 - 60 : (30 votes)
    54 %
    60+ : (9 votes)
    16 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My shower was yesterday and people seem to have spent around 50 on average. Our mothers spent quite a bit more, as did my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man. There were a couple completely odd ten dollar gifts too! But I’d say 50-80 was the general range.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I normally spend $50-75 minimum on a shower gift.

    Post # 5
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    722 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We usually do $50-$75 for shower gifts, either we’ll do one big gift or a bunch of little things they wanted (ie: kitchen tools & such)

    Post # 6
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I usually do between $25 – $40 for a shower gift, $15 – $25 for a bachelorette gift, and then $100 – $150 for a wedding gift.

    Here’s what I will tell you though – I was SHOCKED at how fast the high priced items flew off my registry. People went in on stuff together, people were just really generous. But I tried to keep lots of low-priced items on the registry, and it was the high priced items that went the fastest.

    My advice is register for EXACTLY what you want, regardless of price – and if there are some expensive things that you think, “Oh, I couldn’t register for that, it’s too expensive, no one would ever buy it” – oh yes they would, register for it. If there are some lower priced items on your registry that you’d REALLY like to have an upgraded version of (like a coffee maker or nicer knives or bedding), register for the more expensive one.

    I honestly was shocked – I tried to keep the registry lower priced too (and you do need those options), but I needed way more expensive stuff than I expected.

    Post # 7
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    1607 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am struggling with this too. It’s so hard to register when you already have a house FULL of stuff! I seriously cannot think of one more thing I could add…

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We havent registered yet, but i am super excited to. I expected to register for alot of stuff, at probally 3 different stores. We will have about 150-175 guests, so i figured i would register for at least 200 items. That way we have enough for shower gifts, and then still a nice selcetion for the wedding for guests to choose from. i know i saw a chart somewhere of how you should register and if i can stumble across it again ill post it for you!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Elky:  DO register for more than you think is needed.  Some people will get several less expensive items.  Sometimes a few people will go in on a big item.

    Also, be aware that even though your wedding is small, you’ll get gifts from people who aren’t invited.  Weddings seem to bring on weird gifting.  I’ve had friends get gifts from the parents’ friends and co-workers who were at the wedding and never had met the bride.  Sometime neighbors will gift you.

     

    And, not sure if you plan to or not, but with the registry completion discounts and incentives, you might find it worthwhile to register for some things that the two of you buy later.

     

    Post # 11
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    1607 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Elky:  I ended up just registering for a bunch more stuff (about the same size guest list into two showers). My thought it that I can return as much as I want.

    If I could have my way – everyone would go in on a Dyson and we would be happy as clams.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think this varies extensively regionally and in social circles. I’ve gifted $60-70 for showers and $100pp at weddings. Usually, the shower gifts are more fun than utilitarian, like vases or picture frames. The wedding gift is either cash or more “boring” things like appliances.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i spent around $75 for my Future Sister-In-Law, but i’m her Maid/Matron of Honor so idk.  i think i’d spend around $50-75 regardless

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Elky:  Let’s say 35 people come to your shower and each bring a $30 gift… do you have at least $1050 worth of gifts on your registry? I’d say that is the BARE minimum you need so that your guests can choose something. 

    Each time I registered I was told to have a range of prices and a total number of gifts that doubled wedding invitees. Across my registries I’ve done just that… It’s 400 items. That seems like a lot, but at least 8 of those items are $2 shot glasses :).

    Post # 16
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    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    In my area 50-75 is normal. The wedding party and sometimes family gives more like 100 a person and goes in on a rather large gift.

     

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