Broke-Ass Tag: Target 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?

  • 11/4

    Friends, allow me to tell you a harrowing tale. Well it’s not much of a tale really, it’s just this: I never had an engagement party. (Cue the tiny violins.) My engagement was lengthy, and my best friends have always been scattered all over the known universe, and, well, it just never happened. Technically, friends or fam are responsible for hosting your engagement party, just as they would be responsible for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, etc. etc. But I say, hey, if you want it bad enough – make it happen all by yourself. (We’re all for bucking tradition around here.) There simply aren’t enough excuses to wear a sequined dress in life, and an engagement party is certainly one of them.

    If you’re hosting your own engagement party (or a rehearsal dinner, or bachelorette shindig) Target is of course, the place to hook yourself up with everything you’ll need to entertain with finesse. Their new theme “Be Yourself, Together” is the perfect motto to employ as you plan your ideal engagement party. You are co-hosting, after all! Find a way to put your talents on display. Do you make a mean mixed drink? Be sure you’re stocked up on barware, and if you’re not, just dash to Target to find all your cocktail-making staples, like these Libbey Classic Martini Glasses, an OXO Softworks Cocktail Shaker, or an OXO Double Jigger.

    If your significant other can whip up a surprisingly good batch of baked edibles, put their talents on display! Mini cupcakes? Mini quiches? Mini donuts?! Keep the drinks flowing, and surround your guests with simple, elegant finger foods. Make sure you have a few attractive serving platters handy, and if your kitchen is currently without a KitchenAid Mixer, such as this one…

    …I’m going to have to insist that you add one to your Target Wedding Registry, pronto. (Our KitchenAid mixer literally changed our lives. Can you say that about YOUR small kitchen appliances?!)

    And speaking of wedding registries, creating a Target Wedding Registry is an insanely boss experience (radar gun fun!) – if you haven’t looked into to setting one up yet, either as your main wedding registry, or a supplemental wedding registry, we highly recommend doing so. People love an excuse to pop into Target, and finding your wedding registry at a Target Wedding Registry kiosk will be easy peasy for everyone – including those who aren’t yet internet savvy enough to locate your online registry in the vast expanse of the world wide web. (Lookin’ at you, Grandma!)

    ANYHOW, as I was saying, Target has all the big items on your dream wedding registry list – don’t believe me? Check out their Target Wedding Catalog. And give it a good once over, because if you’d like to win a $25 Target gift card, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what your fave Target Wedding Catalog product is!

    After you’ve checked out the bizarrely beautiful, fully interactive Target Wedding Catalog, and created your ideal Target Wedding Registry, be sure to follow along for all the registry fun on Twittter, Instagram, and Pinterest with #TargetWedding!

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    Emily