(Closed) What to register for at different stores… how did you decide?

posted 7 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had 3 registries, but we picked them so they didn’t overlap. We had a honeymoon registry (they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but it went over very well for us). Then we had a BBB registry for kitchen/bath/bedroom/house stuff. Then we had an Amazon registry for everything else we wanted that wasn’t at BBB (camping equipment, lawn care stuff, Fiestaware, lawn games). It worked out well for us, but the BBB and Amazon registries were used pretty sparesly because the honeymoon registry was so popular. But it’s actually nice to still have the registry after the wedding when we’re thinking about presents for the holidays or whatever.

Post # 3
2683 posts
Sugar bee

We did registries at BBB and Amazon.  The BBB registry has mostly serveware and decor items like serving plates, table linens, a few cookware pieces, and some keepsake items like picture frames or candlesticks.  The Amazon registry has items we could not find at BBB (the china pattern we liked was no longer sold at BBB, for example), and items which were significantly cheaper than at BBB.  The Amazon registry definitely has more functional/practical stuff on it than the BBB one.  Since we knew that guests wanted to use the BBB registry to buy things in-store, we put more of the pretty decor items on that one so they could see them before buying.

Post # 4
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We have lived together for years, so we have a lot of the stuff as well- but we’re upgrading a lot of it (dinnerware, flatware, stemware, cookware). We registered at Crate&Barrel and Amazon. I picked Crate&Barrel mostly because they have the All-Clad set I wanted (and someone bought it!!!). Amazon is nice because you can get EVERYTHING on there, and what you can’t get you can add with the Universal Wish List button. So, I was able to add random items from places like LL Bean, Bennington Potters, and Etsy to my registry too. 

ps- I’ve heard terrible things about the Target registry (no personal experience), so you may want to search it on the Bee and read what other brides have to say about it. 

Post # 5
9639 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had 2 registries, macys and crate & barrel.  i picked the things i like from each.  for example, i love the dish set and glasses from C&B but i picked silverware from macys.  towels also came from macys.  serving pieces came from both macys and C&B but i didn’t register for 2 of the same thing from each place.

so pick what you like. you can always add and take away from your registry as time goes on.

Post # 6
1097 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I knew I wanted specific things at Crate & Barrel so that was a no brainer for us. I knew I wanted their place settings, flatware, glasses, etc.

I also wanted a lot of OXO stuff, epicurean cutting boards, and things that Bed Bath & Beyond carried that we couldn’t find elsewhere so we also registered there. They have an amazing selection so we added a lot of stuff there, like our kitchen appliances. They also have those notorious 20% off coupons that you can use on practically anything which are great for guests.

Fiance really wanted to register for some home stuff, but Lowes & Home Depot don’t have friendly registries (guest must purchase at the exact store you registered at to see your registry, no online system, etc.). So we registered on Amazon for tools and grilling stuff he wanted. It’s also nice because they have a universal registry feature that you can add anything from outside websites so I’ve added some things through that too.

I would caution you from registering at Target. We initially did (instead of BBB) but deleted it because it’s not user or guest friendly, I hear the return policy/customer service with those are bad, and I had issues with adding things electronically and them disappearing…

Post # 8
1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our items overlapped at different stores. I figured that’s fine as long as I stay on top of it and update the other registries that have duplicates when an item is purchased. That way, if someone wants to use a bbb coupon, they can. Or if one store puts an item on sale, our guests can take advantage of the discount. 

Post # 9
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - The Fox Hill Inn

We registered at BBB & Macy’s. We’ve owned our house for 3 years now and most of the stuff we have was from past apartments I lived in post-college. We are upgrading pots/pans, silverware & glassware, sheets, towels, etc. But we are thinking of the future since we want to start a family relatively soon after we get married. We registered for more place settings, bigger pots & pans, etc. Macy’s was mostly the electronics for the kitchen and towels/bedding/luggage and everything else was at BBB. I literally sat in my kitchen one night and wrote down EVERYTHING we have in all the cabinets (including our “kitchen closet” in the downstairs bathroom!) and anything that’s in decent condition is either getting donated or sold in my mom’s church’s tag sale this fall. We chose these two mostly because they allow you to return as many gifts as you want if you change your mind and swap them out for something else with no questions asked. Each of them also offer discounts (I think both do…) on gifts that were not purchased after your wedding. Macy’s also provides 5% cash back if you have a Macy’s card from every gift purchased! I have a Macy’s card for this reason only. They also have the “dream fund” which is just one giant gift card – so if someone doesn’t know what to purchase, they put money into your dream fund and instead of getting 15 gift cards, the money is all put on one gift card that they give you when you start your registry in store. Genius idea. BBB always has the 20% off coupons and Macy’s is ALWAYS having some sort of sale so I figured that was helpful for budget-savvy guets as well. Good luck!!

Post # 10
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Depends on the item. We did BB&B, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn. POttery Barn was mostly home decor, Crate and Barrel was mostly dishes, decor, serveware, glassware etc because we liked their sets the best. We put small appliances and all of that other stuff on BB&B beacuse they often carry coupons and C&B jacks up the price on the same items. 

Post # 11
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We chose our registeries based on how easily accessible the stores were even for out of town guests, so we went with Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Crate and Barrel, and the items we picked were based on what we liked from each place.  For example, our everyday casual china is from Crate and Barrel so we registered for extra place settings there.  Bed Bath and Beyond for bed linens and towels, and Amazon for other miscellaneous items.  I will probably sign up for a registry at Target just to get the $20 gift card, but I don’t think I’ll be adding anything to it.

To lessen the confusion, I complied the registries onto one site at myregistry.com, but the only downside to them is that they won’t/can’t combine your Bed Bath and Beyond registry.

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