Post # 1
We are sending out our STD next week and I just realized we haven’t registered for any gifts yet. The wedding is still 8 months away and we aren’t having an engagement party or anything, so I’m not sure if we are behind or ahead of the curve.
So when did you register for your gifts and any advice? Does anyone have a particularly good or bad experience with where you registered?
I looked into Bloomingdales and William Sonoma and for returns, they seem to only give store credit. It seems we would want a place with locations all over the country and internet access (we’re having lots of international guests).
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I sent my STD’s out a month or two ago with out regestering. We also had a small engagement party, with out having done it still – and now I’m 7 months and some time til the big day and we’ve not done it still.
I know from having a baby and doing the shower thing, you generally do it a few months (2-3 max) from the time of the event to ensure that what you register for is still in the store when people do their shopping. But this could be totally different for weddings…..
As for where to register – I too am having this issue. I like Target for appliances and other home things but they have a crappy return policy. Only two returns with out receipt per person a year. Unless the people who give the gift remember to hand in the registry to have the gift they bought you removed – then it can be used in place of the reciept.
I know we’re doing Macy’s for sure, regardless of the return policy as we want a certian set of dishes and crystal glasses from there.
Post # 4
Bed bath and beyond has a cash registry return policy… you return the items and get cash for it.
We did target and bed,bath, and beyond. We were thinking about doing somewhere else, but we figured we could get everything, including formal china from these two.
Post # 5
we’re currently registered at target, and plan on registering at bed bath and beyond as well, if time allows. 🙂
i really wish IKEA had a registry…
Post # 6
oh, and to answer the original question as far as timelines, we got engaged at the end of sept 2007, registered in nov 2007 at the insistence of my mom, who knew my best friend was throwing me a surprise bridal shower at the end of dec 2007, and we’re getting married in may 2008.
Post # 7
I want to register at four places (BB&B, Target, Crate + Barrel, and Macy*s), but I know that’s a bit overkill. Like others have said, BB&B has a cash-back refund policy (not to mention there are *always* coupons in the mail, so your friends and family could get gifts at a discounted price), Target is just faboo (but I heard their return policy sucks), Macy*s is a department store that is almost everywhere, so it’s good if you have guests from all over the country, and C+B is just cute good stuff. Plus your local C+B might have a registry event where they open the store before business hours for couples to register and eat yummy snacks.
Post # 8
I think typically you are supposed to register around 6months before. some people will send gifts when they hear you are engaged or when they get a std. But if you are having a shower, they are normally a couple months before the wedding, so try to do it at least a month before your shower. As for where to register, there are so mnay fabulous stores! We originally had macy’s and ourhoneymoon registry. but I changed macy’s to bed & bath. One thing I have noticed about Macy’s is that some of their homestores are very limited in what they have, ie, they don’t have anything on a normal registry! So many gifts will have to be purchased online. That I learned from going into the big Macy’s in Boston and being unable to choose a china because they didn’t have a lot to choose from, and then going to several weddings where they were registered at Macy’s and not being able to purchase them a gift at the store. just something to think about!
Post # 9
has anyone used myregistry.com? what were your experiences with it?
Post # 10
We registered two weeks before our engagement party at Crate & Barrel and Fortunoffs. We both love Fortunoff’s service and return policies. Plus both places will allow you to buy the rest of your registery items at up to 30% off and they give you up to 6months after getting married to snatch it up! I am also contemplating registering at Pottery Barn which is more for decorative items and bedding.
Post # 11
We only registered at macys (I was reluctant to register at all but that’s another story) and we did this about 4 months before our wedding. Our STD’s went out about 2 months before we registered. We both liked macys because of the star rewards program (earning back 10% of our purchases using our macys card & 5% on registry items that were purchased). Getting that gift card with those earnings let us get some other goodies that we hadn’t thought of.
I <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”text-decoration: underline”>love fortunoffs, but if we registered there I would have been really tempted to go for broke on the jewelry We ended up going for macys over fortunoffs because of the availability of stores near both of our families (and not all of our relatives were computer literate for getting items on line).