Pew! Pew! Pew!

Do you know what that’s the sound of? A registry gun!

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I couldn’t resist the zebra print towels! / Personal photo

The only category left to tackle on the wedding website was Registry. Between college, moving to two states, and living with Mr. PB for almost three years, I have accumulated a lot of home items. I always told myself that I’d put a KitchenAid mixer on a wedding registry one day, but Mr. PB gifted that to me our second Christmas together. A wedding registry intimidated me because I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of items for us to put on it. The intimidation grew when I saw all of the suggestions on the web for the number of items to register for based on guest count—much more than I had anticipated we could come up with.

With around 150 guests, that’s at least 120 items we should register for. / Source: It’s a Brides Life

We decided that we would do a traditional registry at a store, along with a honeymoon registry, like many other bloggers. The honeymoon registry would provide more options for our guests and help make the honeymoon a bit more budget friendly.

After reading posts from many bloggers about the different honeymoon registries, I decided to sign us up for Honeyfund and pay the $45 for the premium site. By doing so, it gave the site a more professional and personal feel, which I feel will help those who are hesitant about deviating from the traditional store registry. To find items to add, I scoured through different trip, restaurant review, and attraction websites. Mr. PB even looked into some restaurants that he thought he would want to visit. When putting the items on our Honeyfund, I broke each item down into $20, $25, or $50 increments so people could contribute at varying levels. I also included a link to the place’s website (if available) and wrote up a blurb for each one.

A sample of our Honeyfund / Source: Screenshots from Honeyfund

I added the cost in the description to help people understand why we want six $50 Disneyland items—because the total cost is approximately $300. And yes, you read that right: our airfare has already been fulfilled by some amazing family members! We were able to get the tickets at a steal (less than $600 total for both round-trip tickets!). Tip: Honeyfund will email you when someone purchases something off of your registry. If you decide to do a Honeyfund and you want the element of surprise to be kept intact, you should set up a rule in your email account so the emails redirect to a subfolder.

As for our traditional registries, we went with Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. At first, we only picked out about 30 items from the two stores combined because everything we looked at, I figured we already had—plates, silverware, serving dishes, towels. After discussing with my MOHs, I realized that maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade items we already have, such as matching silverware vs. a haphazard collection, glass platters vs. plastic, coordinating towels vs. mismatched ones. With this thinking, we were able to increase our registry eightfold.

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Real, adult items—upgrades from our current collection / Source: Screenshots from Bed Bath & Beyond and Target

Being the math and numbers lover I not so secretly am, I compared the number of items on our traditional registries and Honeyfund to the above chart. The result?

Our registry by the numbers / Personal photo

So what did I deduce from this comparison? We registered for more items than suggested, but the cost of those items is half the suggested value. What does this mean? Nothing, really. We registered for what we would like and/or need and didn’t follow any rules. Just another example of taking suggestions as just that—suggestions, not rules to live by.

How did you decide what to register for? Did you find a resource that was helpful when you made your registry?

BLOGGER

Miss Phone Booth

Location:
Rochester, NY
Wedding Date:
March 2014
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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 7:52 am

    Registry twins! :)

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:41 am

    How did I miss you’re coming to SD!! If you have any questions or want Reccomendations let me know!!!

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    mrsmayabee 105 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:56 am

    We also had Fieldcrest Bath Sheets in molten lead on our registry. We love love love them. Super thirsty and plush. :)

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    mswallaby 2040 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:17 am

    Honestly, the “rules” about how many items you “have” to register for, and what prices to register for, really bug me. Register for what you need, and no more – so many of my married friends comment on all of these things that were wedding gifts that they never use! Wedding registries should not be some sort of complicated calculus.

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    slykrab 17 posts, Newbee @ 11:36 am

    Uhhh, they have zebra towels?!?!? How did I not know this? *scurrying over to add them to my registry*

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    pyramid 92 posts, Worker bee @ 12:19 pm

    I’m leaning more and more towards adding a honeyfund…it just seems so useful!

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    luluvohn 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:19 pm

    My mom’s friends have been getting on my case about my registry. They keep saying I need to add more things to it. No, thank you, my registry is fine just the way it is. I’ve already gone from 8 sets of dishes to 12 sets of dishes and added various other little things. I don’t need to put things on my registry just to make you happy. I’ll have enough to return as it is.

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:38 pm

    @Mrs. Wallaby: PREACH.

    Also, I love Honeyfunds! I think they’re so unique and FUN. You get to gift an experience instead of forks. WIN.

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    Mrs. Clover 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:14 pm

    I loved your analysis at the end. I love that stuff too, even if what they actually tell you is….nothing. Still fun to compare!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 6:58 pm

    The best registry advice is like you said – register for what you want/need. I’d rather have a small registry of things I love than a registry that follows the rules but is full of stuff I’ll never use, you know?

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    msllama 236 posts, Helper bee @ 7:13 am

    So, we have been living in my parents condo for 2.5 years (I’ve been here forever, Mr. L has been here 2.5), and so the majority of all our home items are in storage. It’s made it really hard to figure out what we need/want…so many things were like, “do we have one of those? I can’t remember…”

    I wish more people were okay with Honeyfund, or sites like that. I think they’re such a great idea!! Most of the people I know who did one said their guests didn’t use it a whole lot :(

    Oh and it’s not QUITE what it sounds like–my parents only live here for 4-5 months of the year!

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