(Closed) Wedding registry, do it in person or online?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We started off in the store itself and then edited/added things online. I don’t really think there is a benefit to one over the other.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@yewoo0627:  We did ours instore. I thought it was nice to be able to actually see alot of the stuff in person. When we came home I added a few more things online that we missed or wanted.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Go in to the store. You’re a lot more likely to register for things that are actually available *in* the store (which is what many guests prefer.) Then you can always add things later online. The biggest downside to going in the store was we had to walk around with a sales consultant for like an hour (ugh,) but they gave us a bunch of paperwork which I thought was useless. (stuff about “what you NEED.”) I guess you could always start a registry online, put a few things on it, then go in to the store and tell them you’re just there to continue your registry (and they’ll give you the gadget-thingy,) then you can add to it.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Like other posters, I would initially do it in the store and then add or edit things from online. I find that I like to be able to touch and see things in person. Like our silverware, I liked that I could pick it up and feel the weight and see if it was durable or not. Same thing goes for towels, appliances, etc. You can always add things later from online. Shoot, I even went home and looked at the online reviews of the things we registered for and there were only 2 things that had bad reviews so I switched them out with things that had better reviews but they weren’t in the actual store.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@red_rose:  +1

FOR SURE IN THE STORE.  Especially at a store like Target.  We made the mistake of doing it fully online, and less than half our items were avaiable in most stores.  Even the ones that listed they were.  We had many people mention our registries were very difficult since most of the Target stuff wasn’t available in the stores (or was already purchased for a shower) and the other registry was in-store only and we didn’t realize it was only in one area versus both our hometowns.  Definite registry fail for us. 😉

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

In store, some places don’t even allow you to add online.  The Bay has changed this since we got married but their online system needs some work unless you know exactly what you want, and AFAIK Canadian Crate & Barrel is still in store only.

I find it’s easier to look and touch things anyway, especially china, flatwear, knives, towels and linens.  I added a few things to the BB&B registry at home, but we did the majority together, in store.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

in the store is better. I did it online but the store had so much more stuff.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I prefer starting online because I can see the online reviews, especially for more technical items such as pots and pans or appliances. I would add everything that sounded good online and then match it up in store to see if I still like it. In addition, for some stores, the instore inventory is significantly smaller in person than online. For example, some cities have a huge Macy’s Home store (we have one that’s like 3+ stories) but then some have a small one that’s only part of a floor.

I registered at Crate and Barrel and Williams-Sonoma and everyone was so friendly and helpful. In particular, the first time we registered in person at C&B was on the weekend at their special registry event where they shut down the store and offered refreshments (always a hit with the dudes). Both C&B and WS have an active online community that offer reviews on their products.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went to BBB with Fiance for a couple hours, than we were burnt out haha so we went back and added on things that were online only…it was def helpful to go into the store…for example we had no idea what pots and pans we wanted to register for, so being able to hold the different ones and see the sizes helped us with our decision a lot. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with PPs that some things are definitely better to do in-store, like towels, sheets, pots and pans, etc.  We did ours two weeks ago in store, and while we added a few things, we both just found it very overwhelming for items we wanted to compare.

For instance, we want to register for wine glasses, and there were literally 4 different displays of them scattered around the store, so it was really tough to compare them (not to mention the prices were all on the bottom of the boxes so you couldn’t even tell how much they were).  Most of the items on our registry we added online.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@yewoo0627:  in store is better because the photos can be a bit misleading at times!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@yewoo0627:  I do everything online. I hate malls, hate shopping, hate aimlessly wondering around. It’s easier and more organized to do it online (at least in my humble opinion).

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did ours exclusively online. I love to cook and knew what I wanted and needed. I didn’t want some lady following me around trying to sell me stuff I didn’t want just trying to increase her commission. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Both! It was nice to see the plates and silerware in person, but a lot of the things we wanted weren’t at the store, only online.

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