Yes, we are crazy. We went to finish our registry a week before Christmas. We dealt with all of the Christmas shoppers. Luckily, there weren’t that many people, well, at least an overwhelming amount of people there. If you are like us, and many other bride and grooms out there, you probably already live together. We bought our house a year and a half ago. I had been living in my own apartment for 5 years before we bought our house. So the need to register for any and everything in the store was not there. I already had really nice everyday dishes. Once we combined our utensil collection, we have way more than we really need. We actually have one set of Tupperware in the basement in a box waiting for the set we are using to kick the bucket.
With this in mind, we decided to register at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Honeyfund. Let me first start with BB&B as I so fondly refer to it. They were super easy to work with. I actually had started the registry online with a few items I knew I wanted without seeing them in person. These items are a Kitchen Aid Mixer and a Keurig coffee maker. To me, these are the only items I really, really want and “need.” The other items on there, I can live without. They would certainly be nice to have, obviously. But I can live without them. I am not a baker by any means, but would seriously consider converting if I had a Kitchen Aid mixer to play with. And the Keurig. Does my small coffee pot brew the same stuff? Sure does. But how nice would it be to have a cup of coffee in 32 seconds?! That’s how long the demonstration guy told me it takes.
So why did I choose BB&B over Macy’s or some place like that? Well, I love the 20% off coupons. I have a ton of them and love the fact that most of my guests probably have them too and can save money on gifts that they are going to buy regardless. They have lots of items and brands with incentives as well. For example, some brands offer free gifts with a registry of $200 in their products. You don’t actually have to buy anything, just register for it. I would not suggest registering for items for this sole purpose, but if a brand you were planning on buying anyway has an incentive, definitely take advantage of it! It might be something you’d want to go and pick up before you actually go in to register so you have time to review it.
Our other registry is with Honeyfund. Since we have most of the things we need for our home, we decided to register for our honeymoon. This way, guests can designate a certain amount of money toward your flight, hotel stay or a romantic dinner on the beach for you and your honey. We really liked the idea of allowing our guests to be a part of our honeymoon without them being there. After all, it is a honeymoon. We also really liked the fact that this service is free. Once we have chosen the breakdown of our trip, the guests can go on and choose the item they want to purchase and print out a certificate to include in a card with a check. No money actually goes to Honeyfund and no fees are charged to the guests or us. Now, why would people go through the trouble of printing out a certificate when they can just put the check in the account? Well, there are some people who really like the idea of giving a gift. An actual gift. So with this, they get to choose what they want you to spend the money on and it gives them the feeling that they are giving you a thoughtful gift rather than just money.
So there it is. We kept our registry easy and practical. We also do not need much to set up our house. What other unique registries have you seen or done? I’d love to hear what you have to say!