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Wedding registry help

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spup1122, Dec 15, 2006.

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  1. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Doc and I are working on our wedding registries over the next few weeks. The first runthrough at target.com only netted around 40 items which will not work with the number of guests we're inviting/expecting. For the married SportsJournalists.com folk, what were some of your favorite wedding registry gifts? We're both young, so living a lot like fresh out of college kids. What are some things around the house that you just can't live without?

    So far, I think our cutlery set is my favorite item on the list, and that's sad to me. I should be more excited about the prospect of fun gifts.
  2. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    "Okay, well, uh... candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she's registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let's get two! Go get 'em."
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I know this sounds stupid, but waffle iron and serving plate big enough for Thanksgiving are the gifts I still use and next year's my 25th anniversary.
  4. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Thanks Michael. I think we're still in the mind-set that we have a lot of things we need to live with because we're living on our own. I don't think either of us have thought of actually throwing away old stuff if we get an updated version of the same thing, ie Microwaves.

    The first time we went through the list, there were numerous times each of us said, "Well, we already have that. We don't need it." I've had to get that idea out of my head.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Lowe's has a gift registry at its web site and stores; it doesn't sound particularly romantic, but you may find that the Lowe's gifts end up being more useful than the Target gifts. Home Depot also has a registry, but a downside to the Home Depot registry is that the online registry isn't accessible at Home Depot stores.
  6. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    If you're just starting out, you will always need glasses (drinking and wine) and linens (bath and bed). Avoid things like crepe-makers and ice-shavers and other crap you'll never use.

    One of the best wedding presents we got was a gift certificate to a restaurant supply store, which also sold to the public. Lots of basic glasses and kitchen utensils that we needed.

    We should have an on-line shower for you guys.
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Go beyond Target.com... set up registries at Macys.com and BedBathandBeyond.com

    Throw the everyday stuff you two will need on the list even if you already have it:
    - sheets/linens for the bed
    - comforter (if you live in a cold weather area)
    - towels
    - crock pot
    - cookware (pots & pans)
    - kitchen utensils (turners, slotted spoons, ladles, etc.)
    - a nice set of dishes
    - a china set
    - flatware/silverware
    - fondu pot

    Make sure you have enough of a variety of items and stores for everyone's price range and convenience. Then be prepared to get gift cards from stores not on your registry that aren't near you and items that weren't on your registry to begin with.
  8. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    You all are SO helpful! We have some of the stuff you all are suggesting on the list, but definitely not a variety of the items. We've been pretty good on the price range. If any of you want to give me specific help, PM me and I'll send you to our current registry. I hadn't thought of bedbathandbeyond.com. We had planned Macy's, Target, and Crate and Barrel.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Yeah, Lowe's and Home Depot will prove very useful...
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    One word spup:


    I have never bought a wedding gift. I just write a check or put cash in a card.
  11. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    I anticipate getting a lot of cash. The wedding is around 12 hours from where we live, so I think a lot of people will give us cash, but I'm glad online registries can have stuff sent to our apartment, so we don't have to worry about how to get 100+ gifts back after the wedding, and still have a honeymoon.
  12. Spup,

    I finished the wedding less than two months ago, so I hope the following is helpful.

    -- If you already have it, then maybe you really don't need it again.

    My wife and I had some disagreements about this, but I was of the opinion that if we had something already and it worked as well as originally intended, we didn't need a new one just for the sake of having something shinier.

    -- We wound up returning quite a few things that we registered for. When we originally did the list, it was fun to keep adding things to the list. But now, we realize that we're never going to use the bamboo vegetable steamer. Or the zester. My wife also registered for a lot of cute -- her word, not mine -- throw pillows from Pottery Barn. They went back, largely because the ones we already had are fine.

    Keeping the list streamlined to things you actually need helps in one other area -- receiving my favorite gift, cash.

    If your registry is fully purchased, then people will be left with little choice but to simply write a check. We did quite nicely in this area. Of course, you do run the risk of people then finding some random candlestick/serving dish/decorative piece and sending that.

    -- Put items on that give people a price range, but only to an extent.

    Not to sound greedy, but set the bar fairly high. If you've got a bunch of $20 gifts, then the people looking for your most inexpensive item will get those. If your most inexpensive item is $40, then people will be moved toward getting those. Also, don't be afraid to put something very expensive on your list.

    We threw on a furniture piece from Crate and Barrel, never expecting it to be bought. Lo and behold... At the very least, you get a 10 percent discount at C&B off things from your registry for a year after your wedding. So if you have an expensive item that no one buys, you would get 10 percent off that if you chose to get it yourself later.

    -- We registered at Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and REI. We got a lot of our camping stuff off that last registry, which was a lot of fun.

    -- Stick with the basics, and you'll be fine. Cookware. Glassware. Sheets and linens. Dishes. We added a top-of-the-line blender and food processor to those, and we use them on a daily basis.
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