(Closed) walmart registy=tacky?

posted 11 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Maybe…does Wal-Mart do registries directly or would it be through a third-party site?

There is a "love Wal-Mart" crowd and a "hate Wal-Mart" crowd. I feel somewhere in the middle about it, but it’s not really my opinion that you’ll have to deal with hearing about. If people coming to your wedding are likely to be among the haters (and the type to say something to you about it, and if you are the type who would get upset at that), you might feel more comfortable registering somewhere else. Many people use Bed Bath & Beyond as their go-to odds-and-ends store. But if Wal-Mart has what you want, register there and get what you want. Probably their prices will be cheaper and then you’ll end up with more presents because people often say they will spend X amount on a wedding gift and then choose presents based on that amount. 

So I guess my real answer is another question: how much would it offend you if people thought it was tacky? 

Post # 6
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well — if it’s your only reasonable choice in your area, then go for it. Don’t risk an unfriendly return policy just because some people might raise an eyebrow at your registry choice. I don’t think it will stop most people from getting you things from there, especially if they can purchase them online and have them sent.

Post # 7
40 posts

If your guests are internet savvy amazon.com might be an option.  I’m not sure if it’s any less ‘tacky’, but people may have fewer pre-conceived notions about it.

Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah, I felt a little… ahem… "uncouth"… registering at Wal-Mart, too.  BUT it’s the only chain store within a couple huindred miles of my hometown.  If I didn’t register at Wal-Mart, basically everyone my mom is inviting to my hometown shower would have to travel 4 hours or buy off the internet.  Since I wanted to give everyone the choice of going into a store without having to make a long-distance drive, Wal-Mart it is.  I don’t think anyone is going to think you’re tacky if it’s one of the only shopping places available in your area.  Plus, the Wal-Mart registy has an online feature that helps you track thank-you cards.  AND they accept all returns, even from other stores. 

Post # 9
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m not quite sure why Wal-Mart would be "tacky."  I am actually one of those people who try to avoid Wal-Mart, but that’s mostly because of their corporate policies – not because of any preconceived notion about the store otherwise.  If you want to register there, and you think it’s a convenient choice for your guests, I would go right ahead.  Since you’re registering other places as well, anybody who prefers not to give their business to Wal-Mart has other choices, right?

Post # 10
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m completely with suzanno!

I don’t think its tacky, its your choice where you register! It’s better than having your guests go w/o a registry because then you risk getting 10 salad spinners…

The only thing tacky about Walmart is the way they run their business & treat those in business with them. There’s a reason they have rock bottom prices. 🙂

Post # 11
24 posts

i know lots of people who have registered at wal-mart!  i think you want to keep in mind what is easiest for your guests to buy gifts from, so if wal-mart is close in the area it’s a no-brainer for me! 

Post # 12
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If your guests will be happy to buy from Wal-Mart, then you should register there. At least on a registry, you’ll be able to specify what you want! If you personally disagree with things about Wal-Mart, don’t register there, but if you are okay with them and your guests are too, you shouldn’t worry about how it "appears" and just make sure that you include things on your registry that you’ll be happy to get as gifts, not matter where they come from.

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

I registered at wal-mart and had my bridal shower this weekend and got everything I asked for.  There is a wal-mart near everybody so honestly I think its the best store to register at b/c everyone can go there and get you something.  I dont think its tacky at all.  🙂

Post # 14
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m not a huge Wal Mart fan, but I have a registery there out of necessity. In my small town people still have to drive quite a distance to get to a Wal Mart and a Target is significantly out of the way. We, of course, have other registeries, but we are registered there. They now have Better Homes & Gardens and Paula Dean lines that are nice!

Post # 15
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I don’t think so.  My sister registered there and she had a wide range of choices and they were generous with their return policy.

Post # 16
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have to tell you that I registered at WalMart when I was pregnant and they had the BEST return policies. It was really terrific! Even though I avoid WalMart like the plague, it is one of the most "user-friendly" stores for shopping and returns-online returns, returns from other stores-no questions asked. The only reason I didn’t register there for my wedding is because we registered at Sears and Home Depot. JcPenney also has a nice registry that I have shopped for several weddings I have been to. There were alot more home improvement type of items that we wanted since we’re both encores & I own my home.

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