(Closed) We don’t need “stuff” – how do we register?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Which ones are okay?
    Furniture : (24 votes)
    26 %
    Electronics : (20 votes)
    22 %
    Honeymoon : (30 votes)
    33 %
    Experiences : (18 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    On an amazon registry, you can link up things like museums and zoos for memberships, but you can put a few cheap things and some big ticket items on there, too.  Our guests have LOVED our amazon registry (and returns are super easy!). 

     

    I think if you decide on a honeymon registry, it’s nice to include a more traditional registry for guests that aren’t fond of the honeymoon regsitry  idea.

    I would also encourage letting guests know a few of your favorite charities so that they have that option.

    Post # 4
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    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We decided to do a honeymoon registry plus a very small traditional one at BBB. The amazaon one sounds cool though.

    Post # 5
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    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    You could not register at all.

    Really.  That’s what we’re doing.  That way people can give you meaningful gifts that they put some thought into, or they can give you cash/gift cards, or they can not feel obligated to give anything at all, if times are tough.  On our wedsite, we wrote, “The best gifts that we could hope for are your love, good wishes, and company. No others are necessary.”  I’ve already had friends tell me how much they like and appreciate this.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @mightywombat: On our wedsite, we wrote, “The best gifts that we could hope for are your love, good wishes, and company. No others are necessary.”

    That goes over very well!

    Post # 7
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    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Do you have anything you want to upgrade that you already have?

    If you don’t have high-quality knives (Shun, Wustof, etc.) I strongly suggest those.

    Post # 8
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    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Sasha2011:

    Oh, that’s so sweet!!  Thank you!

    I have to be honest. We did take a lot of flack (way more than I was expecting) for not registering. But it was the right decision for us.

    Post # 9
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    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I think all of these options are fine. We received furniture and electronics from our registry (though the people who bought us electronics were our friends and younger family; older family went for more traditional items). As long as you have a variety of options, I think you’ll be fine; even if people aren’t into a honeymoon registry, they might like to get you a new coffee table, and vice versa. 

    Post # 10
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    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    honneymoon registry is the practical way to go – you dont want uncessary experience and be spending time doing various activitiies for the rest of the year.  =)

    @ Sasha2011 (message) and @mightywombat: On our wedsite, we wrote, “The best gifts that we could hope for are your love, good wishes, and company. No others are necessary.”

    I wrote the same thing and more than a dozen guests came empty handed, literally.  No card, no wine, no cookies, nada.  People will take your comments literally!

     

    Post # 11
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    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    You could do an Amazon registry. Get the “universal wishlist button” and you can pretty much put anything you can think of on the list. I’ve got a lot of Ikea furniture on mine, because that’s what we really need. I’m sure you can also put memberships to national parks on it, and I bet your guests will think that’s a really fun gift to give.

    Post # 13
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    54 posts
    Worker bee

    @mightywombat – love it, great idea! i am getting a TON of flack from one friend who actually said “you can put those presents in storage and im sure you can hire movers someday”.

    Post # 14
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    987 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Perhaps simply say ‘No presents please.  Your presence is enough’.  I personally would prefer to see that then to be asked to specifically get someone an adventure/experience gift.

     

    Post # 15
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    374 posts
    Helper bee

    There is even a way to have people send $ to a bank for a down payment on a house.  Check it out. 

    I think it’s OK to register for honeymoons.  But, you should find a neighborhood travel agent who takes 100% of the checks and puts it towards your honeymoon and doesn’t take a 20% like some of the places that advertise this service.  Our travel agent was very happy to collect the checks, tell us how much, and we wrote the thank you for the specific gift.  That way if there was a discrepancy the guest could call us back and say, “Hey, we gave $100.00 not $10.00”.

     

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I think any of the above sound fine.  You can register for electronics and small furniture items at BB&B and Target.  I’ve never been exposed to honeymoon or experience registries, but they sound really awesome! 

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