Post # 17
An online registry service is great. We are registered at MyRegistry.com and it’s worked out pretty well so far. We had a couple of technical issues, but the service people were wonderful and fixed it quickly. Someone above suggested Amazon.com also which I’ve heard is good. But we also registered at a store for those guests who are not so internet savvy! 🙂
Post # 18
I hope by cleaning supplies you mean things like vacuum cleaners and clothing steamers… I’m not sure what I would think if I saw someone registered for ziplock bags and pine-sol…
Post # 19
We registered at Target, Williams SOnoma and Crate and Barrel and between the 3 I feel like we have everything we want and need. I think we covered all the bases!!
Post # 20
Oooh I highly recommend that you don’t ask for gifts that you think people would want to get you and then exchange it. People really want to buy you things that you need and want, and I think it’d be hurtful to tell them that you want these things and then go get rid of all of them.
If you want more high end kitchen stuff, you could register at Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Sur la Table, Crate and Barrel…
If you want other stuff, then what about Amazon? Through the Universal Wish List, you can register from any online shop. What about a honeymoon registry? Also, you could use alternative registry to list whatever you want! You could make up some things like “office supply package”, “cleaning supply package” and list off some of the things that you’d like to receive.
Post # 21
I would just register for what you want and need. If it’s out of a particular guests budget, then won’t get it for you. And also think about what you would want to give as a guest – I would feel akward coming to a wedding with $100 worth of cleaning products, but I’ve seen showers where they asked guests to help stock the couple with those types of essential items.
We registered at BBB and W-S, some items (like Le Crueset) is available at both, so we went with BBB thinking if someone were nice enough to buy it, they could use a 20% off coupon. Anything that was exclusive to W-S, we registered for there.
Most people want to give gifts at weddings (actual items or cash), and I, personally, would feel better about going in on one really nice knife, or one pot (or dining table) that is kind of expensive with friends/ other family members than giving cleaning supplies.
Post # 22
I, too, am a kitchen snob.
I, too, have been building up my own little collection however I can – Ebay, Craigslist, Williams Sonoma, etc.
So jealous that you worked at a Le Creuset outlet, by the way! That is one discount I’d love to have.
Anyway, we do have more cookware to register for, but we have the KitchenAid Artisan, we have all our mixing/baking things, and we’re building up more cookware each year! So we’re just planning on registering for upgrades and little things – our food processor isn’t as large as I’d like, I almost broke it with a tart crust. I’m not quite satisfied with that arrangement, because I know some people will be upset, but we will be registering at Pottery Barn for non-kitchen items, as well, and can get more mid price range items in that way.
By the way, for a true orgasmic (sorry!) kitchen experience, go to Sur La Table… drool…
Post # 23
Yeah, I’m about an hour away from Tyson’s Corner (third largest mall in the US) and they have an enormous Sur La Table…it’s just unbelievable.
Thank you for all of the suggestions, everyone. As far as what I would like to give as a guest, I probably would give cleaning supplies if the person had registered for it. I haven’t been to a lot of weddings, but I probably would have fun finding a cool caddy and colored sponges, hand knitting a bunch of cotton kitchen towels, and it’s useful, it’s something that will get used right away. i do appreciating you girls being honest in telling me it’s weird, though, I don’t want to make guests uncomfortable.
Did any of you register at Pier 1? I was just thinking about that this morning, I LOVE their stuff and can always find stuff I want/need there that is non-kitchen stuff.
An online registry is also a great option. Now I’ve gotta figure out how to condense all this informatioin to present it to FI! 😛
Post # 24
You know your guests best. If they would be okay with cleaning supplies and you need them – but all means register for them. I know my guests are more traditional and probably wouldn’t buy those items. Have fun registering!
Post # 25
If you register at Bed Bath & Beyond you can return items after for cash no questions asked.
Post # 26
I like Bed, Bath, and Beyond – but I cannot go in that store, because I always, inevidibly break out in hives. I’m not sure what it is that they have that sets me off, but I can’t ever seem to go in there, at least not for a long time. 😛
Honestly, we are not counting on getting a ton from our registry, because we only have about 40 guests, coming, and probably 20-ish parties. (We already recieved one very generous cash gift way in advance, from a girl-friend of mine who knew we were buying our household stuff starting now, and wanted to help out.)
My friends/family do know I’m pretty non-traditional, I doubt they’d be surprised if I registered for cleaning stuff, or books or art supplies – but I won’t. 😛
Post # 27
I begged my FDIL to register at Macys and Williams Sonoma in addition to her Target and BB&B registry. Well, the first gift that was purchased for her was a full set of Calphalon at WS, and she was VERY happy. I stopped at Target yesterday, thinking I would pick up some of their less expensive odds and ends, and I saw I had to wait in a freaking long customer service line just to get the registry (I didn’t have a print out). I would love to get them a clothes basket filled with odds and ends (sheets, towels, etc.) for the shower, but I will probably do that at Macy’s where I can get some personal help. Don’t be intimidated by the pricier stores brides. Many of the older ladies frequent these stores and will know exactly when to “hit”. Several of my FDIL’s picks have already gone on sale, like 600 count sheets, etc. I have been married 33 years and still use some of my gifts from the 70’s. I polished a copper fondue and chafer set the other night (couldn’t sleep) that was a gift from my grandmother.
Post # 28
@FMILady: Thank you! I think I have decided to register at Target, WS, Sur La Table, and then use the Amazon Universal Registry for other odds and ends, and for some of our internet-saavy younger friends who won’t have a large gift budget.
Thank you all for being so helpful! (and convincing me out of registering for Windex and Pine Sol)
Post # 29
Let us know how you like Sur la Table. I wanted to register there also, but ended up just doing W-S, since I thought their online registry was not user friendly and we did all our registering online to avoid the salespeople.