Registry Fun With the Registry Gun
By jackieandtom | posted on May 01, 2012 at 9:36am
An inside scoop on registering
Trying to pick out everything you need for your new life together seems a bit overwhelming. Figuring out what you need and want opposed to what you will actually need and want is a real challenge. Then after all of that you have to also consider what stores you would like to go to, and what is reasonable to register for.
If you are like tom and I, you already have a place together. When we moved in, we got hand me downs from everyone to get us through until it was time for us to register. So, before we left the house, we made a list of everything that needed to be replaced as well as a list of things we didn’t have. If you don’t already have a place together, think of things that you will use often like towels, kitchen items and things for the bathroom. It’s always good to make a list no matter what your situation is so that you don’t get off track when you’re at the store.
For starters, know that registering WILL take a couple of hours, no matter how you slice it. Tom and I wanted to go somewhere that had a lot of variety, so we went to Bed Bath & Beyond for our first voyage. When we arrived we were greeted with a congratulations bag which was really nice touch. It included a lot of pamphlets, a check list and a whisk (which I now use all the time!). If they don’t immediately give you one, don’t be shy-ask for one! (Side note: Target gives an even better one with two $20 gift certificates to Shutterfly!)
Okay, I admit we had a little too much fun with the registry gun at times but it should be an enjoyable experience so have fun! Tom was “in charge” of the gun, but I was able to convince him to let me use the gun for a bit to sneak in a few things.
While we were at Bed Bath and Beyond, the woman in the fine china section approached us about registering for china. Tom and I didn’t want to have fancy china that we would rarely use-it just isn’t really our style. She educated us that most serve ware is considered to be “china” but there are all different types of it, so that makes the difference in cost and usage. We decided to go with an everyday stoneware set of dishes that we really love. She even demonstrated that if you throw them on the ground, they don’t break. I got a kick out of that-kind of felt like I was on an infomercial. (Sorry, I digress).
A nice thing about registering in 2012 is the technology that goes along with it. Once we got home, we were able to look at everything we scanned on the internet with our new username and password to edit/delete as needed. The same goes for other stores like Target, Pottery Barn, etc. I would highly recommend going over your list a couple of times to make sure what is on there is something you really will use. This way if you register at multiple stores, you can compare your lists to one another making sure you didn’t duplicate anything.
In the end, we ended up registering at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as Target. It was a really fun experience and I implore you to take these tips! Need more tips or advice on registering? Ask below!