Broke-Ass Category: Registry


Hey everyone! Sorry for the week off, I was dealing with some family issues but I’m back! So when we went to the bridal expo a few months back, we signed up to do our wedding registry at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even know if we were going to do a registry, but they tempted me with the lure of free stuff.

I can’t say no to a free coffee mug!

So I signed up for a day a few months in the future. Unfortunately, I thought we were going to have to cancel or postpone it because Chris had Army stuff that weekend, but he ended up getting back in time, so we packed the kids up and off we went.

Now, I know I say this a lot, but taking my kids was not ideal. I adore my children, but their idea of a good time is not walking around a big store where they can’t touch anything and hearing me whisper/hiss “stoptouchingthatdon’ttouchyoursistersohelpme … ” We’re going to have to go back at some point, just Chris and I, but we did get a lot of the basics onto our list.

I was hesitant about making a registry — we already live together and have everything we need — but after talking to a few of my married friends who also lived together and had registries, it makes sense to have one. So we put down a lot of things that we could upgrade. New dishes, cups and silverware; upgraded kitchen supplies; upgraded bedding sets … it was kind of fun to go through everything and decide what we would really like to have.

The process was pretty simple.

We met with the lady in charge and she briefly explained everything to us, gave us a few pamphlets (and the mugs!) and sent us on our merry way with the cool scanner gun thing that I couldn’t get to work. Obviously user error, since Chris started showing off how he could scan things upside down, behind the back … the girls were at least amused!

So now we have a registry that hopefully we remember to go back and update at some point.

It was fun to pick things that we’d have to start our married life together. I think I’d also like to do an Amazon registry, I had a baby registry through them and it was great, and I also love me some Amazon. I feel like things will start snowballing soon — we have less than five months to go until the big day and I’m trying to hold off the impending freakout!

  • 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 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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