- 9 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
HONEYFUND! I can’t understand why people wouldn’t just want $$$$
I am going to register for Bed Bath and Beyond and Target. I chose Target as an inexpensive option since BB&B tends to be a tad bit expensive.
we did kohls for some of the cookware and bedding.. and then honeymoon – $$ fund for the rest- we want a new bed 🙂
Crate & Barrel: I used to work there part-time, so it was a given. Got to complete my dinnerware set-whoo hoo! I think their $4.95 shipping option was the reason our registry was almost completed by our guests, and also since people know my love of the store. Also a big fan of the completion program.
Macy’s: I think it’s good to have one “traditional” department store, especially one with so many locations. Not every guest likes purchasing online.
Amazon: DH insisted on this one, and I’m glad we did. We received a few items that were “his” specifically- like the poker table and 3-D glasses. I liked how you could make notes on the registry “often on sale for $X”, “also available at store B, etc.”
For all three, the thank you managers were great- I wrote a couple of thank yous before we received the gifts.
We did C&B and WS.
Crate and Barrel-
– Love the registry parties. They offered fairly tasty snacks for the Mr. and there were mimosas!
– Registry app for your phone. Now you can go in-store and scan away without having to get a scanner. Plus you can registry stalk, although when I was using it, there was no Thank You Manager sync up (yet?).
– Easy updating process online with a functional website.
– Online chat customer support. YEAH!
– Could opt out of online/universal registry databases with one check box.
– A fair amount of things we wanted got discontinued even though we registered about 2.5-3 months before the wedding. These were basic-looking items, versus obvious seasonal items like BBQ accessories.
– People could somehow opt out of the Thank You Manager (not sure how). We had a handful of people opt out and I can’t figure out if it was just one particular store or something.
– All of the stemware/servingware is shipped just like how you see it in-store, without an individual box. So everything is tightly wrapped up and shoved in a giant box. We did receive a lot of fragile items, and we had a few damaged/shattered ones.
– Customer service in store wasn’t really happy when we returned a bunch of items from the registry. It would’ve been easier if they could just scan the registry and find the transactions that way. Instead, they made me produce all of the shipping inserts for all of the items.
– Easy updating process online with a functional website. Lots of WS shoppers are into online reviews.
– Our Thank You Manager on this one was completely filled out and accounted for. I assume this meant you couldn’t opt out.
– Free shipping (at least around the time we registered) for $49+ purchases.
– Lots of awesome kitchen gadgets with exclusive Le Creuset items and many other top quality products, like ones you see on the Food Network or in the hands of celebrity chefs. Many items are exclusive to WS with technology/features not available at other retailers.
– Completion discount card is a nice plastic one with raised numbers, like a CC.
– Lots of very inexpensive items, from gadgets to stemware.
– Shipped us a totally random Pottery Barn item that we didn’t want. We called to fix the problem, but it is a hassle.
– Phone customer service wait time (on weekends) was very long, at least 10+ minutes, in my experience. Email response was prompt – sort of – within 24 hours.
– One item, though obviously found through our registry online and bought that way, wasn’t taken off our registry. Could’ve resulted in duplicate gifts, which would’ve been a pain.
– No notification of delayed/backordered items.
– Called repeatedly to opt out of the online/universal registries and got varied answers from different reps (some were rude/unhelpful). In the end, despite being assured mine was removed, it wasn’t.
– Most items are rather pricey, relative to other popular registry stores, with very few discounts/major sales.
We registered at 3 places.
Crate & Barrel: Amazing registry, awesome $4.95 shipping, and easy returns. Some items came shattered (just wine glasses) and the store I went to for returns took everything back with a smile.
Sur La Table: The website is a hot mess. I don’t find it easy to navigate and it’s clear my guests don’t either because we got 4 gifts off of it and about 50 gifts from Crate & Barrel. I pulled it down after the shower because it was so cumbersome.
Honeymoon Wishes: We set up a small honeymoon registry through our resort in Jamaica. They have a partnership with Honeymoon Wishes and all funds from purchased gifts are being credited directly to our master tab at the resort. It sold out within weeks (we got every single item asked for). It’s clearly a bigger hit than people would lead you to believe – so to all the naysayers, I will politely disagree! 🙂 (With the caveat that we didn’t ask for money: we registered for only tangible items like ziplining, swimming with dolphins, dinner on the beach, massages, etc.)
I did Macy’s and Sur La Table 🙂
We did one registry at a large local store here. It was pretty easy to do but we haven’t used it yet so we’ll see how returns go and how easy guests can purchase stuff off our registry.
BBB, Target, & honeymoon registry with Royal Caribbean.
Good advice, ladies! Anyone else?
R.E.I. & Amazon!
BBB, Macy’s & Sears.
BBB was my favorite and people bought off of it the most. Sears was mainly “guy stuff” for DH. Macy’s was for the older crowd. It worked out the way we assumed it would, honestly. 🙂
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