Broke-Ass Tag: wedding registry

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Registering for your wedding is hard when you’re trying to be budget-conscious in other areas. You have to get yourself out of the broke-ass mindset, and allow yourself the idea of some luxuries and splurges. We already own  a home and have lived together for a few years, so we’ve accumulated quite a few gadgets and gizmos, but the whole idea of a registry is to get some things that you may not otherwise buy for yourself.  My future husband is having a hard time with the concept of asking people for things, saying things like “Do we really NEED that?” and “No one is going to want to buy that for us.” Well, I’m being optimistic and trying to have fun with it. Here are some of the things I’ve added so far:

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This Wusthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife Set with Block available from Amazon.com is supposed to be the best set of knives, according to lots of internet research.

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The Poplite Hot Air Popper, also from Amazon.com, would be great for our hot popcorn so we can avoid that microwave stuff.  Yay for family movie nights!

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We drink a lot of seltzer in our house, so a Soda Stream would be great!

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I’ll probably use the Veggetti vegetable spiralizer more for curly fries or apples for pies, but it would still be fun.

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A dutch oven may be one of those things I rarely use, but it seems like I should have one. {Eds. note: Dutch ovens are amazing for many, many things, from soups to sauces to pot roasts to cakes!}

Registries have come a long way from the scanning spree they used to be. There are many more options for online registering as well, and even sites that combine all of your registries into one. I explored this option, but found that there was a fee added to items purchased through the site, so I opted to do separate registries, the old fashioned way. And it’s not all toasters and spatulas — you can register for a down-payment on a home, appliances, home improvements, or massages on your honeymoon.

Whatever you register for, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure there are a variety of things on your registry. There’s nothing worse then going to buy something and there’s only a $400 Kitchenaid mixer and some $4 wooden spoons left. Make sure there are plenty of items at all price ranges.
  • Don’t be afraid to add some big ticket items. Some people will be looking for those things! Big gifts are also great for groups to split.
  • Be practical. Are you really ever going to have a meal for 16 people? Are you going to use that gold leaf china set? Are you an avid baker, or just hoping that cupcake caddy will encourage you to bake more? Although it’s a great opportunity to get some things you might not otherwise buy, be realistic about what you’ll use. A great gift you use and enjoy all the time is much better than a fancy gift that will rarely or never leave the box.
  • Register online and in store, and in a variety of stores. People have their shopping preferences.
  • Keep in mind that your decor, or home, may change, so pick neutral palettes and designs.
  • Keep an eye on your registry, and add or remove items as needed. Inventories change, so items may become unavailable. My beloved Target is notorious for this.
  • Have fun and be yourself!  Don’t feel like you have to get a mixer and wine glasses. Add some board games or an XBox! Camping gear or beach chairs! Go for it!

So what’s on your registry? Did you decide to go for the classic registry, alternative options or a mix of both?

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    Affiliate Disclaimer NewAmidst all the hustle, bustle and must-dos on your list now that you’re in the throes of wedding planning sits one single little nugget of awesome — your registry! Now, of course it’s not “proper etiquette” to discuss gifts, but you’re “supposed” to inconspicuously set one of these bad boys up then let it be discovered by your guests through word of mouth. Everyone knows that getting married and receiving gifts kind of go hand-in-hand, whether we like it or not, and you (almost guaranteed) will be asked / nagged about where you’re registered, so it’s best to just do it and be done. The cool part? It’s a fucking veritable wish list for all (within reason) the cool shit you could think of for your casa, honeymoon and beyond. Whether you go in-store with the zapper gun, running around and scanning the goodies while also making little “pew-pew” noises or you opt to shop from the comfort of your couch with “Seinfeld” reruns in the background and a pizza and six pack to keep you nourished, there are a bajillion options out there. Here are five of our favorites (and the benefits of each):

    Macy’s

    Macy's Wedding Registry

    We already know that Macy’s has some stellar fashion totally attainable for BABs, but did you know they have a killer registry program too? When you set up your registry at Macy’s, you can enter into the Registry Star Rewards program, which means that you get 10% Rewards on every eligible purchase you make (uh, hello wedding day accessories!) PLUS 5% Rewards on every eligible gift you receive from your registry. It’s all added to your Rewards card, so at the end of the day, you have some extra skrilla to splurge after the wedding is long over. Sign up here.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Bed Bath & Beyond Bridal Registry

    ” ... a pretty nice little Saturday, we’re going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond, I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.” Sorry … had to. Anyway, Bed Bath & Beyond is like the holy grail for registering because they have ERRY-DAMN-THANG. Seriously. I could go wander around one of the stores forevz, just imagining how I’d add the various doohickeys and thingamabobs to my casa. When you register at BB&B, if you add certain brands from the company’s Freebook, then you stand to receive free gifts from those brands. Not too shabby, eh? Sign up here.

    Amazon

    Amazon Wedding Registry

    Amazon’s obviously a great place to shop for, well, anything. A bride recently posted on our Facebook page that she found her wedding gown for a killer price as a result of shopping on Amazon. And Amazon recently changed their wedding registry so it’s universal — you can add anything from any site. That’s big. Oh, and not to mention that you can save 10% off most products on the site after your wedding, for a savings of up to $100. Sign up here.

    Target

    Target Wedding Registry

    Ugh, I love Target for like, all the things. And I love love love the fact that couples can register at Target, because I totes would (y’all, for serious, 70% of my house is Target). Setting up your Target wedding registry is easy — you can do it online or in-store, and it can easily be managed online. Target offers free shipping over $25 and hassle-free returns (up to one year after your wedding to return or exchange). You can qualify for bonus gifts AND you’ll get a 15% off completion offer toward the remaining items on your registry plus coupons for friends and family. Sign up here.

    Blueprint Registry

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    This one, you guys, this is my jam. The flexibility and the amazingly beautiful design Blueprint Registry this my personal favorite registry option. Add gifts by room from a gaggle of top retailers (Anthro, Crate & Barrel, Dwell Studio and more), register for honeymoon adventures, set up the option for multiple friends to go in on one gift or add anything from any website with their universal bookmarklet. Set up a personalized site with a welcome message to share your registry with friends and family, and receive 10% off all items left on your registry after your wedding date. Sign up here.

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  • 12/8

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    There are a ton ... nay, a fuckload of registry options out there. And let's be real: Registering for gifts can be a little awkward. Maybz you and your partner have been together forevz and have all the ish you need, so the cash-money could come in SUPER handy. Maybe you need a few smaller-dollar thangalangs for the abode, but are all about stashing some…

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    7/27

    With our wedding day fast approaching, we've started to pay more serious attention to our registries. As a second time bride, I can't emphasize the following enough: REGISTER FOR THE WAY YOU LIVE. From bridal websites and magazines to the consultants in the stores who take advantage of your excitement over holding a scanner gun,  there is a lot of pressure to register for a…

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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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  • 1/13

    Big Ticket vs. The Little Guys Registry Showdown Target Edition

    One of the super fun parts of planning your wedding is getting to set up your registry ... because let's be real: Gifts, y'all. I was at a specialty store this weekend making an exchange (though, it's not like I really ever need a reason to step into said store) and my newly-engaged spidey sense was kicking into high gear as I realized that at…

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    10/17

    Ask Heather: What are My Other Registry Options?

    Yes, it's totally OK to register for your honeymoon. Dear Heather, I'm helping my daughter with her wedding details. She and her fiance are 31 and 40 years old and have been living together for several years, so they don't need the normal registry items like a toaster, a blender, towels, etc. They are hoping to buy a home together and maybe some larger pieces…

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    10/10

    Wine Glasses

    Dear Heather, I have an etiquette question for you. Someone sent me a gift in the mail, and it was off registry. It is a kitchen item I already own. It didn't have a receipt, so I don't know how or where to return it. What do I do? Ansley Dear Ansley, Hopefully there was a card with the gift, so you at least know…

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  • 6/6

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! For this week's Five for Friday, we're partnering with Blueprint Registry, a free registry site that helps you set up your wishlist based on the layout of your home. Since Blueprint partners with a huge number of retailers, you can build the registry more with your home in mind and less by the restrictions of one specific store. Which is pretty cool.  With summer comes parties and…

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