Post # 1
Okay…here’s the issue, I’m a kitchen snob. I am not proud of this, at all… but nevertheless I have been “collecting” foreign, high-end cookware for several years now. (I had the unique opportunity to work at a Le Creuset outlet for a while and stocked up.) I am in no way “set” as far as kitchen stuff goes, I have a huge set of cast iron, and a professional kitchenaid, but no other electrics. I don’t feel comfortable asking for other people to buy the same electrics I’d buy myself, though!
I have all the sheets and towels I need…so while there are a few things I’ve found to register at Target for (to give people an inexpensive option), I’m not sure where else to register.
I’m almost tempted to ask people for grocery store gift cards, and “practical” stuff that we wouldn’t think to stock up on: post-it’s, scotch tape, postal stamps, pens, a stapler, a cordless phone, a caddy of cleaning supplies. Would that be a weird thing to do? I would be thrilled not to have to go and stand for 45 minutes weighing the pros and cons of 10 different types of windex two weeks after my wedding. 😛
Should I just register for “normal” stuff and exchange it after?
Post # 3
Maybe Williams-Sonoma, we registered there because we like high-end kitchen stuff and they are like a fairytale world full of it. If people think it’s too expensive or impractical they won’t buy it, but you can still wish for it :o)
Post # 4
Williams Sonoma is a good choice, but Bed Bath and Beyond and Macys have good stuff–you’ll find pro baking sheets at macys and w-s, for example, and all-clad at all three, etc.
Post # 5
I’m a williams-sonoma fanatic, we have an outlet around the corner from my house it is HEAVEN. I am just afraid that no one would even look at it, no one in my extended family or friends are very well off, and I don’t want to seem like I’m setting too high of an expectation, I have been really blessed to be able to buy these things for myself.
One thing I do need is a dining room table set – would it be weird to ask people to contribute towards getting that?
Post # 6
My Fiance is a cook snob, but he had similar concerns. The people who know you probably know you want nice things. For a serious cook, there is no shame in it.
First: don’t worry so much. Pick a few things that you would like that you would buy for yourself, and register. Do it. People go in together on gifts all the time. There is nothing wrong with it. Not that it sounds like an issue for you, but don’t register for everything you want, but get register for a few.
Second, how are you doing on smaller ticket kitchen items? Good cutting boards? Paring knives? An awesome whisk? If you haven’t thought about these things, think about it.
Third, you didn’t mention serving items. How are you there? China? Glasses? Silverware?
Fourth, household items? A vacuum? Hand vac? Iron? Clothing steamer (greatest thing I own)? Also luggage?
Fifth, if household stuff doesn’t work, maybe more decorative or entertainment things will? I’ve known people to register for lamps, picture frames, vases. I’ve also seen DVD sets, a blue ray player, speakers, etc. Registering for outdoor gear is also popular now.
I guess, bottom line, registering is just nicely asking, think about what you might need in the home or want to upgrade.
Post # 7
Try sites like Wedding Republic, which let you create a “puzzle piece” registry, which lets guests chip in for more expensive items.
I say go for the Williams Sonoma registry, because even if people don’t get you stuff, you still get a registry completion discount. Make sure you put all denominations of gift cards on your registry as well, so guests can get those too.
Post # 8
Honestly, I’m not sure if this would even work, but I say you register for the few things you do want at Target. And when your guests see that everything is fulfilled, they may opt to just give you cash, which is ideal. And also, if you do want another store to register with, consider some stuff that you may want to replace or have more of. Maybe you can register at Macy’s for more linens and electrons (small ones, like a digital picture frame or an ihome kinda thing). Do you own a home? Home Depot would be a great idea, since everyone has a project that’s been sitting on their to-do list for too long.
Post # 9
If you want the money to buy things for yourself, I would register for just a few smaller things but try and get the word out that you would prefer cash. That is what we did and we got mostly cash and no one was offended.
Post # 10
Oh, I had another idea–you can register for all your cleaning supplies at BBB and target, but I second what some other bees have said–perhaps just make a small registry and ask for cash.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2010 - The Glen Manor House
I did Bloomingdales, Sur La Table, and Crate and Barrel (for everyday dishes)
Post # 12
@Monitajb: Thank you sooo much, lots of helpful suggestions. I like to think I’ve thought of everything…
(look at my ridiculously organized google spreadsheet…and alllll the tabs at the bottom!)
But the truth of the matter is, there’s no way I could think of everything. And, in my defense, I’m a culinary arts instructor on the weekends, so I do have good reason to be a snob! *laugh* I hadn’t thought about registering for an iron, etc. though. Great ideas! I have all the little kitchen stuff, for the most part, and the stuff I don’t have are…again…expensive (Wüsthof knives, etc.) I do not have dishes or silverware, which is something we had planned on registering for from Target.
I love love love the idea for registering for media stuff, though…we’re both huge film geeks (he’s a filmmaker) and artists, so we would definitely benefit from stuff like that. What I would really love is for people to get us books. Can you register for books? I love classic litearture…
Post # 13
Wow…lots of other great suggestions while I was typing the last post! I love Sur La Table, but most people in my family would be like “wha-?” I will definitely register for cleaning supplies at Target, hadn’t even considered that! I had a cousin who registered for 6 cases of red bull…
I was really sad when Crate & Barrel discontinued the Kona Black line, because those are the dishes I wanted. 🙁
Post # 14
Be pround of being a kitchen snob! People just don’t understand how nice it is to cook in a good pot.
Register with Amazon’s Universal Registry. Obviously you can find all the basics on Amazon, plus you can add absolutely anything with the universal registry. One stop shopping for you and guests!
Post # 15
i registered for a lot of good cooking stuff from macy’s…
Post # 16
I wish I knew about Wedding Republic when we registered! We went to B,B & B, Macys and Target. I didn’t want to register for china but parents insisted so we went with a basic one. Then we got warm sheets & down comforter for our move to MI and went wild with all the fun kitchen stuff we want but can’t afford. We are hoping for cash and if we don’t get everything off our registry we will use the completion discount to get it =)