(Closed) When and where to register? FI family lives in a smalltown

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: When should you register?
    As soon as you get engaged. : (3 votes)
    20 %
    Six monthgs before : (11 votes)
    73 %
    Just before the wedding : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    5000 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Do it now!! I don’t think it matters if he lives in a small town, everyone buys things online now. I’m registered at Macy’s and Williams Sonoma and happy with them. I would not do Walmart.

    Post # 4
    23594 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @candy08:  Your FI’s family can order gifts online to be shipped to you easily from the places you’d like to register!

    Post # 5
    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @candy08:  I would register early. I find it is really helpful because people will shop early and it is something easy to cross off of your list.


    When you look at your guest list, figure out what stores most have access to. Few of mine have in-person access to BBB or Crate and Barrel, so I eliminated them (the 20% Bed Bath and Beyond coupons don’t work online). I decided to go with Target and Macys. All of my rural family can shop online at both and there are Targets and Macys in every metropolitan area. Target is okay and I have had great luck with Macys. They have great customer service, free shipping, and a nice rewards program.


    For you, I would say do most stuff at Macys and then some things at Walmart. Walmart has great prices on the same things, so a lot of small kitchen electronics and gadgets would be a great option. 

    Also, in response to any Walmart reactions you get– I was told to register where you shop. If you shop at Williams and Samona and Pottery Barn, by all means register there. If you do most of your shopping at Walmart and Macys and Target, register there. I have known several people with fancy weddings registering at more low end stores because that is where they shop and they know the prices are better on the same things.

    Post # 6
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We registered really early (like over a year before the wedding) just because I needed something to do. We registered at Target because a) most of our stuff comes from there, and b) it’s everywhere.

    Post # 7
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I voted for 6 months because I think registering immediately might seem a little bit like a gift grab…..ALTHOUGH, a lot of times you can begin working on the registry immediately without it being visible to people until you are ready 🙂

    Only thing I would add is if you know people are going to start throwing you parties early, then that is a perfectly acceptable reason to have an early registry. Even if you just do a little one for like a shower or something, and then add a lot more stuff to it later for the wedding. 


    Post # 9
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We registered pretty early. A lot of our family and friends were asking since they wanted to buy us engagement gifts. 

    Post # 10
    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We registered just before our first wedding shower invitations went out because the hosts asked me to tell them where we were registered so they could let guests know.  We registered at Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath and Beyond.  We almost registered at Target instead of BBB, but I discovered after much research that BBB has the most liberal return policy (actually letting you return for cash rather than requiring exchanges) of just about any store out there.  I found tons of articles that listed BBB as one of the best places for wedding registeries, so I would highly recommend BBB.  I have no idea how Walmart’s registry works or its return policy with regard to wedding registeries.

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