Broke-Ass Category: Registry

12/12

Affiliate Disclaimer NewSo the wedding registry process is NO JOKE!  So many options and so much advice, not to mention I need to select things that I think I will like — rather love — for a long time … seriously?!

Thank goodness I have a fiance who has an appreciation for the finer things in life and was down to join me at a couple of stores to start the process.

We are deadline based people. Without a deadline, tasks on our wedding planning to-do list are at the risk of not getting done. It’s not that we don’t want to add check marks to our list, it’s just that we prioritize life based on the most urgent deadline. After our engagement party and several gift inquiries, I realized that the task of building the registry needed to move to the top of the list.

I did some research and landed on using MyRegistry.com as our “hub,” an easy-to-use site that would work for our guests who wouldn’t dare set foot in a store when online shopping is an option and our guests who MUST have an in-store-and-hopefully-catch-a-good-sale type of experience.

The website is great and you would think that all we would need to do to wrap up this part of the process would be to select our items, but nothing is really ever that easy! We both needed to touch and feel items to confirm this magical wish list, so I started doing research to see if any of our favorite stores were hosting a private registry event. Everyone likes an event, right?

The Crate & Barrel registry event was a great start! We were welcomed with a smile on a Sunday morning before the store opened. A handful of couples enjoyed a store tour and let me just say, WOW! I’ve only been inside of Crate & Barrel a couple of times and I somehow missed how amazing this store is. After the tour and overview, the sales associate gave as an iPhone and equipped with instructions, we started our adventure. Two hours later, a few tastings from the Vitamix team (who knew that a blender could make hummus?!?) and a crucial decision made to add porcelain vs. bone china, we felt on top of the world. Not to mention: we left with free goodies!

IMG_5680The Goodie Bag was icing on the cake!

Next stop, Bed Bath & Beyond. They have a really cool registry event but unfortunately I was unable to find one in our city in upcoming months. Little did I know that this would be a benefit as we were able to have a 1:1 experience with an amazing wedding consultant. Seriously, the wedding consultant never left our side and we loved it. She walked us to each and every section of the store and shared her suggestions for items, explained the brand comparisons and even double-checked some of the prices. She was a wedding registry angel! Once we were done, she hooked us up with a mug & luggage tag set, we left the store giddy with excitement.

B6D186AA-EBE3-4204-A30B-09AAF1DC5EC9#HappilyRegistered at Bed Bath & Beyond

Two stores done and we feel pretty accomplished. We still have a few more items to add, but now that we have the foundation we can wrap up everything else online … unless of course I find more registry events in the near future, especially the Macy’s Sip & Scan.

Last but certainly not least we linked and synced both registries to our My Registry account and I couldn’t have asked for a more seamless process and our guests have lots of gifting options.

Overall, we had a blast and picking out items for our wish list was much better than the individual decisions that we have made in the past.  Oh and we picked out a pretty cool blender, iron and deep fryer!

What’s on your wedding registry checklist?

  • 9/2

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    So you’ve broken down and started a registry — or two — but now you’re not sure what to add. Maybe you’re all adult-like and already have the basics like bedding and cookware. Maybe you’ve never lived on your own and have no idea what you might want or need right now … and don’t really care. Or maybe your guests are trendy and prefer a nontraditional registry. (Lucky you!) Choosing your registry items shouldn’t be so tough, but the possibilities really are pretty much endless. How do you choose? 

    Here are the ultra basic “rules”: If you’re going to register (makes life easier for guests and it’s customary), you should register for about two items per guest. Register for items at different price points. And make sure to have at least a handful of traditional registry items for those guests who have their heart set on buying you bakeware and linens. I recommend erring on the traditional side and sprinkling your registry with nontraditional items if that’s what you want, but you can increase or decrease the ratio as it suits your situation. Other than that, you can pretty much add anything that you want and need to the registry — with the expectation that you probably won’t get everything on your list. Make sure the items are for shared use (sorry, ladies, you shouldn’t register for shoes), but hobby items are fair game if you and your partner enjoy the activity together. You might get the side-eye from guests if you add a surround-sound home theater system to your registry, but today’s couples are registering for experience items (think honeymoon registries and movie tickets), sports equipment (bikes, skis), and other out-of-the-box gifts. And plenty of guests are thrilled at the option to buy something other than a deviled egg tray or toaster oven for a close friend or family member, especially if they know you’ll love it.

    Whether you’ve decided to keep it traditional or to shake it up with some unusual or super-sweet registry items, here are a few that walk that fine middle line:

    The High-Powered Blender

    Vitamix Blender

    Vitamix Blender, $630 at Amazon

    Guys. This is a blender with horsepower. It makes ice cream. It makes soup. It makes nut butter. You have not blended until you have Vitamixed. And it’s a kitchen item, so it’s pretty darned traditional except for the supercharged motor action. Fun fact: They’re made in my home state of the O-H! (I-O!)

    The Taco Holder

    Taco Holder

    Taco Holder, $9.29 at Amazon

    While I’m not typically a fan of unitaskers, you can imagine how this small gadget is life changing. Tacos 4-Evah!

    Convertible Outdoor Furniture

    Covertible Picnic Table and Bench

    Convertible Picnic Table / Bench, $137 at Amazon

    Contrary to the unitasker above, this picnic table doubles as a bench! Guests will be impressed by your resourcefulness in finding affordable double-duty furniture pieces.

    High-Tech Linens

    Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel

    Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel, $35 at Amazon

    Got enough linens for a while? How about a pillow or sheets that keep you cool?

    The Swanky Bar Set

    9 Piece Barware Set, Copper

    9 Piece Barware Set, Copper, $106 at Amazon

    Around half of the items on a traditional registry are there so that you can entertain guests in the future. Flatware, china, napkins, extra fluffy towels, etc. The bar set fits into that category nicely. And bonus: If the set looks mod, your older guests will appreciate your sense of style!

    The Cord-Cutting Enabler

    Amazon FireTV Stick with Voice Remote

    Amazon FireTV Stick with Voice Remote, $50 at Amazon

    Still using cable? Ask for one of these and you might be able to cut it for good! Who doesn’t love a tech-forward, long-term, money-saving choice?

    Fur-Kid Items

    High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door

    High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door, $315 at Amazon

    New pet parents? Why not register for a doggie door or a cat climbing tree? It’s nontraditional to register for pet items, but this doubles as a house item. (And why don’t we have showers for new pet parents, anyway??) 

    The Non-Bread Maker

    Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

    Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker, $71 at Amazon

    Move over bread makers, it’s time for the cooler cousin, the ice cream maker! Yeah, it’s another unitasker, but this one is 100% worth the counter (or cupboard) space. This one makes soft serve, but others make unfancy ice creams, sorbets, and gelatos just as well. Opt for a model with an ice pack that pops in the freezer, or check out the heftier versions with self-contained cooling units. Either way, fresh frozen treats FTW! Add an ice cream cookbook to your registry for a lower cost, totally useful item.

    – Party on!

    Lisa

    Planning a wedding in Northeast Ohio? Here’s where you can find me for wedding planning assistance.

  • 6/7

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    4/8

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    1/18

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  • 1/8

    Macy's Wedding Registry

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    12/8

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    7/27

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  • 1/27

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    Have you figured out what you're doing for your registry? More and more couples are going the cash registry route for their wedding wishlist -- whether they're saving up for a house down payment, are whittling away at starting their marriage debt-free or are looking to go on an adventure of a lifetime with their honeymoon. And, y'all, there are a TON of cash registry options…

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