A Tale Of 2 Wedding Registries

So my wedding my fiancés wedding is coming up in a couple of months and we recently went on an adventure of registering for gifts for people to lavish upon us. As I’m not one for receiving, it’s not really something I was looking forward to. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Since we went to 2 different places we had 2 completely different experiences.

Bed Bath & Beyond

I’m just going to say that I hate when I get a great experience at the first place I go to because it just means the last place will leave a bad taste in my mouth. Bed Bath & Beyond was by far the best place we went to. They have a whole setup just for registering with someone to help you the whole way.

At first I didn’t think I was going to like it because I like to go at my own pace but it actually helped get it done at a nice pace and they were really helpful. We honestly didn’t know everything that we should be getting so having that person to be able to tell us that most other people chose this vs this. That really helped us decide and I really enjoyed it.

We picked a lot of items and just had a really good time. They also told us that they have regular get togethers of people that register there where they give out door prizes and everyone gets 20% without needing the 20% off coupon they send in the mail to everyone every week without solicitation :)

But I really didn’t know how good we did until we went to the next place to register.


Honestly, I didn’t really want to register at more than 1 place because I feel like it gives people too many choices. But Beth really wanted to go so of course I had to go. She said she wanted to give a cheaper option to people and my endless attempts to say we did pick cheap items at BB&B went unanswered.

But, target has the setup that I wanted in the first place, you get to do it all by yourself without their help. You just go up to a computer and put in your information. One of the questions they asked is if you want people to buy us gift cards. At first we said yes but decided to go against it an later changed it back to no. People always have the choice of buying gift cards so I didn’t really want to push them into that direction.

So we got our guns and went off around the store…it was not as good as I thought it was going to be. Target is huge and there’s really no direction to go in. So we basically just walked aimlessly around the store picking some things that we liked.

At the end we picked a lot less items than at Bed Bath & Beyond because we just didn’t have any direction. So take that hint Target.

So was it really a bad experience? No, I would just say it was a different one. We don’t really know what we need, So getting direction at BB&B really helped us out and created a great experience for us.

Target would be for people that know what they want/need and don’t need any direction.

But I’m going to have to give props to BB&B for the great service and recommend them to future husbands and wives out there.

What experience have you had registering?

Comments (6)

  • Many, many years ago my husband and I chose BB&B as our only registration venue. I think that it had the majority of items we needed; mostly kitchen and household things. In the end, we were really happy with the experience. I know many people register at Target, but truthfully, I don’t really like shopping there for exactly the reasons you stated; it’s not well organized!

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  • I was looking forward to registering for our wedding but since our circumstances changed, we didn’t get a chance to. If/when we have a bigger ceremony/reception, I don’t think we’ll register because we already have a fully furnished home, and I can’t imagine getting anything else. But maybe I’ll get the experience for a baby shower.

  • We registered at BB&B too and I had the same reaction that walking around the store with a salesperson would be painful. Our consultant was really helpful and helped give us guidance about which coffee maker etc. to register for. I also found it was good to go to the store but I completed and edited a lot of my registeries online. Online you have the ability to read reviews and are less rushed than instore.

  • We went registering a few months ago. I thought I’d love it. Bed Bath and Beyond was fun for the first 30 minutes. The kitchen gadgets are cool, but man are there a lot of decisions to make!

    We spend 20 minutes on one wall of kitchen stuff, had everything we needed, and then we turned the corner. Worst decision ever. It was everything we just scanned, but different (and sometimes better brands).

    We took maybe 3 hours total and only got through (most of) the kitchen. We’re starting from petty much scratch, so a lot of these things will be really useful. But my fiancee Lauren can handle the rest, it was too much for me!

  • Oh man I’m dreading registering for gifts. Is it tacky to only have a cash registry?


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