12/12 Real Bride Ciji: Blenders, Irons, Deep Fryers … Oh My!

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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?