I recently had an appointment with the head of the registry at Bloomingdales. They have a fabulous registry program, but I really wanted to share a few things that came up. I thought they were extremely valid.
While many of us want cash gifts for our wedding, it is not appropriate to ask for! And many people do not like giving cash as a wedding gift. So the benefit of registering is twofold:
- benefit to your guests as you are making it easy for them to get you what you want
- benefit to you as you will get the gifts you want instead of things that are not your taste!
They give you a lot of helpful info when you register, one thing in particular stood out to me. They give a breakdown of how many gifts in the various price ranges that you should register for. This is a great way to appease all of your guests and your wants/desires. They base the numbers on how many guests you are inviting.
For example: If you are inviting 185 guests, you should register for 250 items that fall within the following price ranges:
- 110 items which are $50 or less,
- 75 items which are between $51-100,
- 50 items which are between $101-150,
- 25 items which are $151 or more.
I found this very helpful as too often I have been invited to a wedding and the bride has only registered for smaller things ($50 range) and I am looking to spend between $150-200.
Wherever you choose to register, be sure to think of all your guests as you are not just registering for you, but you are registering to make it easier for your guests as well.
The photo is of one of my favorite wedding gifts to give! It is a granite cutting board by Michael Aram.