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Wedding Registry - Is asking for furniture acceptable?

Hi folks! I'm in need of your opinion, and hoping you could help a gal out. Please be gentle with me, as I'm no wedding-planning expert :).

My fiance and I are getting married in ~8 months, and just bought a new condo. We have plenty of "things" (towels, linens, flatware, etc), but almost no furniture. Everyone knows how expensive furniture can be, and given that we're also in the midst of wedding planning, we don't really have the funds to purchase any for our new home.

My potentially crazy idea was to put furniture pieces on our wedding registry and encourage groups of people to go in on it together. Otherwise, we'd of course be happy with cash or whatever someone may be inclined to bring.

What do you all think? Is making a registry of furniture insane or something that could work?

Much appreciated! - a little bird planning a wedding

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Re: Wedding Registry - Is asking for furniture acceptable?

  • I know a girl who registered for what amounted to a $5,000 bedroom set at Pottery Barn.  I judged her.  Hard.

    The $150 side table?  Sure.  Lamps?  Knock yourself out.  But big furniture?  Save for it and buy it yourself like everybody else.
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  • chibiyuichibiyui The Boring Part of MD
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    I personally wouldn't side eye one or two pieces of furniture, say each under 1k.

    That said, I'm in furnture sales, so 1.) I like any excuse for people to buy furniture, and 2.) I see a lot of people put furnture and msttresses on registrys to buy after the wedding with completion discounts.

    And yes, almost no one will judge you for accent pieces.
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    I think $300 or less is fine. My brother and SIL registered for a $300 lamp at C&B, I would never spend that on a lamp, but I didn't side eye it either. I bought them their KitchenAide mixer but would have been willing to by a nice pice of furniture for $300 instead. But I would judge a couch or $1500 bedroom set.
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  • I wouldn't judge furniture on a registry (especially if it was a store that didn't exclude furniture from the registry completion discount) as long as there were other less expensive items on the registry too.  But, I also wouldn't get together with other guests and buy someone a couch or something for their wedding.  I would, however, consider getting the couple a gift card from the store to use towards the furniture. 

    Also, consider the ratio of the furniture price to the average gift in your social circle.  You don't want something on your registry that costs 20 times the average gift  - that just looks greedy!  But if you register for a couch that's only 3-4 times the average gift, that's not so bad. 

    And, please don't "encourage" guests to give group gifts.  Gifts are (or at least should be) an unsolicited present from those who care about you.  Registries are nice, because they help people know which patterns, colors, and items you like.  Giving actual directions about how to give you a present is bossy and impolite (even if well-intentioned).

     

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  • I would say if you're talking more than, say, $250, I'd be ok, but suggest you keep it to no more than one or two pieces. Lots of expensive furnishings and toys can come off greedy. Don't encourage people--either they'll figure out how to buy it, or you can buy it yourself with a nice little discount.
  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario
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    I wouldn't side eye furniture pieces on a registry as long as there are cheaper items as well.
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  • I would do a wishing well instead, and no registry. This way you could use the money to buy the furniture you want. I would not gather with other guests to buy furniture, unless you were my sister and the gift was from our parents, my husband and I. 


  • doeydodoeydo Southwestern Ontario
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    I would do a wishing well instead, and no registry. This way you could use the money to buy the furniture you want. I would not gather with other guests to buy furniture, unless you were my sister and the gift was from our parents, my husband and I. 


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    I would do a wishing well instead, and no registry. This way you could use the money to buy the furniture you want. I would not gather with other guests to buy furniture, unless you were my sister and the gift was from our parents, my husband and I. 



    Again with the wishing well! What does a wishing well have to do with weddings? And who the hell thought "you know what would get us a bunch of money, having a wishing well! If everyone gave a quarter, we'd have like, 20 bucks!"
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    chibiyui said:
    I would do a wishing well instead, and no registry. This way you could use the money to buy the furniture you want. I would not gather with other guests to buy furniture, unless you were my sister and the gift was from our parents, my husband and I. 


    Again with the wishing well! What does a wishing well have to do with weddings? And who the hell thought "you know what would get us a bunch of money, having a wishing well! If everyone gave a quarter, we'd have like, 20 bucks!"
    A QUARTER?? Hello Ms. Money Bags! I throw pennies in wishing wells - same great wishing power, less money. I can get 25 wishes to your one! ;)
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  •    I don't actually side-eye anything on a registry. If I don't like an item you put on there I'll get something else. I am not easily offended however. 

      I personally won't be putting furniture, beyond a pair of TV trays on my registry as I know people are offended by seeing it there. 
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