(Closed) What to register for when you already have most of what you need.

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We’re not doing a honeymoon registry because the companies that set them up skim money off the top.  I don’t want my guests to think they’re giving me $XXX and actually have some of their gifts sent elsewhere. 

I’d say just register for stuff you actually want, and if everything gets picked then people are likely to give you cash instead, which is always useful.  You can also register for amazon gift cards, which are generally just as useful as cash for me.

You can also include some fun stuff that you don’t need but would certainly LIKE.  We’re registering for an air-fryer and a roomba.  Life won’t end without either one of those, but I’d certainly enjoy an afternoon of eating fried avocado in a really clean dining room.

Post # 3
1155 posts
Bumble bee

You can also ask for donation items for a non-profit. I asked for donations for the Reno Humane Society for my wedding! People brought in a decent amount of items, and others either gave us cash/checks or gift certificates to PetCo and such. 

Post # 4
2214 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

We are the same one registered at an upmarket department store. We pretty much upgraded some of the stuff we already had. Got a beautiful royal doulton dinner set, Crystal glasses, whiskey decanter, cake stand, whiskey glasses etc

Post # 5
3294 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Where I am from knives are a huge no no as presents. It’s bad luck and means a severing of relations.

i know lots of people who have done honeymoon registries, cash is popular here too for people who live together already. Charity donations are great too. 

If all else fails ask for gift vouchers.

Post # 6
3274 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re not registering. There are a few things we need and a few things I’d like to upgrade but not enough to worth registering for. I’d rather people gifted nothing than gave us things we don’t need. If people ask we’re saving for a dining set.

Post # 7
1008 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

We’re in the same boat and plan on registering for nicer versions of things we have. Like nicer towels, bedding, pillows(!), and silverware. There are a few other things we’d definitely like to have, but we honestly have so much stuff already crammed into our two bedroom house.

I think some stores allow you to register for gift cards, so you may want money towards a certain store for the future even if they don’t have something in stock you want at that moment.

Post # 8
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We didn’t need anything either so we didn’t have a registry of any kind or even mention it. People gave us checks, 2 people gave us gifts. If you want something specific I’d register, but if not people will give you cash. Friends of mine did the Honeyfund for their honeymoon to Peru, they did ok (I bought their hiking gear through there for them) but mostly people just gave them cash in a card at the wedding.

Post # 9
8462 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would register for things that wear out eventually. Sheets, towels, knives, better versions of some of your appliances, etc.

Post # 10
224 posts
Helper bee

We upgraded things we already had. We also registered for all matching servingware, I had mismatched stuff. We also registered for things we didn’t have but wanted like kitchenaid attachments, an instant pot, airfryer, new blender, etc. We also registered for helpful house type items on Amazon like a shop vac, smart outlets, stuff like that. Does your Fiance need any tools or things like that? We registered for some tools my Fiance had his eye on as well. I feel like everyone can use a new/extra set of sheets, pillows, and towels. If you don’t register people will likely just gift you cash and you can use that on your honeymoon!

Post # 11
2761 posts
Sugar bee

We registered for upgrades and things we wanted but didn’t need. If you don’t need upgrades and don’t want anything, you can always just skip the registry all together. Without a registry you’re likely to get mostly cash/checks – without risking anyone being offended by a honeymoon registry, which many find tacky. 

Post # 12
2312 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

We are in the same boat and have talked about registering for other items, which my friends have more fun buying anyway! We will register for cooking classes, camping gear, a roomba (we have a dog and need one like crazy!) Just different things like that. We have plenty of plates, cups and my SO is a huge cook, so we already have top of the line cookware. I throw a lot of parties, especially around the holiday seasons, so we have all the fancy glassware we could ever possibly need! No reason to upgrade just because we’re getting married! 

Post # 13
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Mother-In-Law insisted on a registry, despite the fact that we didn’t have a shower AND she didn’t buy anything off of it.

We upgraded to have matching towels, a new down comforter, some serving pieces, some barware, etc. We already had everyday dishes and china, as well as silverware and such.

It was small and most of the guests gave cash anyways.

Post # 14
372 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I registered for stuff I like, but wouldn’t spend the money to upgrade since we technically have one already. Also camping gear and board games lol. Patio stuff. I doubt anyone will really shop off the registry much anyways


Post # 15
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

My fiance and I are avid cooks and I’m 35 so over the years I’ve bought a lot of stuff myself, including nicer pieces like le creuset and all clad cookware, kitchenaid mixer, etc.  We’re not going to be registering for full sets of things but using this as an opportunity to purge some things that are worn out/lower quality and do a good pruning in our kitchen.  For example we have lots of towels but we’ve both had them for years so it will be good to upgrade to better quality and a matching set, we could use new duvets, have been lusting after a vitamix, etc.  Depending on your crowd I also think you could register for less traditional things via an Amazon registry.  For us we see the registry more for the shower as most people seem to give cash gifts for the wedding.

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