Hey friends!! And Happy Hump Day!! We’re halfway through the week and I’m finding myself doing that countdown to the weekend again. I am feeling so exhausted lately as we have so much going on but I love checkin our items off our to-do list! Like our registry for example 🙂 Last weekend we had an awesome time “shopping” at Bed Bath and Beyond and The Bay and we are so excited about the amazing registry we got to create.
Although it was a long day and a bit of an overwhelming process, we still had a great experience at both places. The customer service was probably my favourite part though! At Bed Bath and Beyond, we had our own personal shopper that followed us around and was there to answer any questions we had. She was so helpful and super nice and I don’t think we would’ve gotten our list done as fast if we were on our own. She was also very informative regarding sales and discontinued items – you don’t want to put your dream toaster on your registry then come to find it’s been discontinued five months later so this was extremely helpful and saved us a ton of hassle.
At The Bay, our consultant was also very helpful (she even showed us what NOT to add due to poor quality) however, she did not follow us around. Which, if I’m being honest, we didn’t mind. We had already created a huge registry at Bed Bath and Beyond, so we kind of knew the drill and it was nice to go off on our own so we could enjoy the day just the two of us.
After 5 long hours, we were finally done…for now. We still have to go back and finalize our list, but we are also able to do that online for both places which will save us a ton of time. And since we have checked this item off our list, I thought I’d share some tips for other bride-to-be’s on creating YOUR perfect registry! Have fun and thanks for reading 🙂
1. Choose A Store You Already Shop At
I frequent Bed Bath and Beyond often, so I already had some ideas on items I wanted to add to our own registry. It was also easy navigating our path throughout the store because I have been there multiple times and knew the layout quite well. At The Bay, it was a little more time consuming because we had never shopped there for home decor, so we didn’t know what kind of items to expect to find. Choosing a store you already shop at will help give you a better idea of what to expect, therefore making your appointment a little easier!
2. Take Some Inventory
In order to ensure you don’t receive something you already have, it’s a good idea to take some inventory on your household items before you create your registry. That way if you already have plenty of linens, you’re not wasting someone else’s money, and wasting your storage space!
3. If You & Your Partner Don’t Agree, SCAN IT!
It’s common to disagree on home decor items or kitchen gadgets, so to make the appointment go a little smoother, if you find something that you and your partner don’t agree on, scan it anyways! The great thing about registries is that you can go online and add or remove items at any time. This gives you time to do some research on the item and possibly convince your husband-to-be that the Kate Spade kettle is a must-have (I’m speaking from experience here lol!!!).
4. Don’t Focus On Cost
While it’s great to be considerate of your guests and take budget into consideration, DON’T! This is your “wish-list” and your one chance to get a bit of help stocking up on household items, so if you see something you LOVE and you know you’ll get some good use out of it, SCAN IT! If people see a more expensive item on your list, it’s common for a bunch of them to get together and pitch in for the item. With that being said, don’t fill your registry up with all of the most expensive items – spread it out a bit and get some variety so that your guests have options!
5. Think Long Term
The goal is to create a registry full of gifts that will last you and your partner a long time, so think long-term. I was scanning things like turkey roasters and serving dishes, and even though I don’t host a lot (we still live in a tiny condo), I foresee myself hosting a lot of family dinners down the road, so of course I added items that fit that goal. It’s also important to consider the quality of all of the items to ensure that they actually will last you a long time, even if it means going for something a little more expensive.
Well friends, I hope this list was helpful. This is the fun part of planning and shouldn’t be too stressful so remember to take some time to have fun with it. Good luck with your planning, fellow brides ❤