I have to admit, registering for stuff is one of my guilty pleasures. In the middle of the night, I love poring through Amazon, just window shopping, and dreaming about a time when I will have a slow cooker or a pizza stone. I just absolutely love going through lists of kitchen things and thinking, oooh I would looooove to have one of those one day. All of the joys of shopping, but without the crazy bills.
Source: IMDB / Confessions of a Shopaholic
Mr. PBear and I are currently only registered on Amazon, mainly because I can window shop online constantly. At some point, we will probably add Macy’s on there so I can register for bedding and towels, but for now, it’s just so easy to shop online. I have to admit, I started dreaming about our wedding registry about the time we moved in together—so yeah, about two, three years at this point. It probably would be cheaper and easier to just buy all of this stuff for ourselves (instead of throwing a gigantic wedding), but what’s the fun in that?
Since we’re both students, when we started trying to put together our first kitchen, we tried to stay under a very tight budget. While we did spend an insane amount of money furnishing our apartment, there were a lot of things that we bought the cheapest option, or just went without.
The bedsheets that I bought four years ago are getting shredded up. I’m looking forward to having a real adult bed with pretty sheets.
And I have been dreaming about this griddler thing for as long as I can remember. Even having an on/off button would be such an upgrade from the tiny panini press we have now.
I’ve been trying to put off registering because I’ve heard that due to product cycles, if I start too early, a lot of the things I register for won’t be available anymore. But it’s really been difficult to stop myself.
I’ve been having trouble filling out the registry completely, though, since Mr. PBear and I are big cooks. Many of the bigger purchases that people usually get, like a KitchenAid mixer, a food processor, or even an ice cream maker, I’ve received and/or bought for myself over the years. Furthermore, things like china seem extraneous, and I would hate to have to ship them across the US later, once we finish up school.
That being said, I must admit some of the things on the registry were really easy to pick out, like our silverware pattern.
PBear and I actually went to college with the same set of silverware—apparently our mothers have similar tastes in silverware. When we first started dating, I was slightly annoyed that PBear kept stealing and hiding some of my silverware with his kitchen stuff. It took me months to realize that those were his.
Or these dishtowels. God, I’ve been trying to find an excuse to buy these for forever. ooh so sweet.
My question for you readers is how much stuff should you actually put on a registry? I’m trying to have a range of items from the really cheap to the not so cheap stuff. I’m concerned, though, that if we have too many cheap items, the more expensive, more desired items (say the griddler, hint hint) won’t actually get purchased.
On the other hand, if we don’t have enough stuff, would people ignore the registry and then get me that ugly crystal vase that I’m going to feel bad getting rid of, but that I don’t really want in my house? Is there a good rule of thumb about how much to put on a registry without looking greedy?