I have been getting really excited about registering lately, but I have run into some issues that I need some advice with! My first question, to anyone who has registered in the past, is currently in the process or plans to register is: how far in advance should we register? Our wedding date is May 23 next year. I am not sure when my first shower will be, since we are still 9+ months out! I am really clueless about when I should do this, and a lot of my friends' experiences with registering are so different that I'm not sure what my best option would be. My next question is: how many places should we register? I guess this question would require some additional info, and that info would be that we expect around 175-200 guests; and I will probably have 3-4 showers as well as the bachelorette party, which doesn't really count but I'm trying to be specific! I am having the most trouble with this question because I want a few things from a bunch of different places. For example, I really want this bedding from Pottery Barn:
There are a handful of other things that I would like from there, but honestly, the total would be less than 10 or 15 things. Don't get me wrong, I love Pottery Barn, but registry-wise, I'm not big on their kitchen stuff, or dinnerware, etc. I would also like to register at Macy's. Macy's is a good choice for me because they carry very good brands and they have a lot of color options. I love color in my home, so I like to have options. I have also heard good things about the gift cards you get after your wedding that are great for picking up the little stuff you didn't get as gifts. I definitely want to register at one of the many local gift shops for stuff like Cat Studio Pillows & Glasses:
As well as engraved glassware like this:
As well as all of the great dish towels, serving pieces, Tervis Tumblers, etc that you can only get at a specialty store.
The last dilemma is deciding where to register for all of those little things like hampers, hangers, etc. I think I would probably choose Target over Bed Bath & Beyond, but trying to return something to Target is like trying to break into Fort Knox, so if we get multiples of certain items then we are in trouble! I also don't know if we should register somewhere like Lowe's or Home Depot for tools and stuff? Ryan looooves tools, and has a lot of them, but I'm sure there are more he would like... and some of this stuff is supposed to be about him, right? (right??) So, I am coming to all of you for help! I need advice about when to register, how many places to register, and is it ok to just register for a few things at certain places? Feel free to tell me if you really had trouble with any stores, it might make my decision easier! Thanks in advance, your feedback is priceless to me!
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