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my fiance and i are moving in together in 2 weeks, getting married in 5 months, so we have enough to get by until my shower but a lot is hand me downs. and we are very excited to be getting new stuff, but where do we register? and how many places is average? I want to register at Bed Bath and Beyond bc i feel like we could get everything there, is only one place wrong??

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    We registered at BBB and Sears and only 1 person bought something off the Sears registry. I think registering at 1 place is fine. If you do choose to register at more stores, don't have more than 3 registeries.

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    We are registered at BBB & Macy's - both are pretty popular stores around here and I've found that half my friends prefer one store to the other, so I'm glad I registered at both. Most people register at two to give guests options.
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    We registered at 3 places.. Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Taget. If we could do it all over again I would have eliminated Target not because we had a bad experience there but because most of what we had there could have been found at BBB and they were both cleaned out while Crate & Barrel was barely touched and that was by far our favorite registry.

    You should register at more than one place to give your guests options on where to shop. Also, not all of your guests may have an accessible BBB in their area, but they may have a Kohls, Target, Crate & Barrel, etc... much closer to their home. Keep in mind that a lot of older people aren't online shoppers so they tend to shop at stores that are close to home and easily accessible.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_registering-gifts_register-38?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:34Discussion:3cc8fef9-fd8a-4710-8660-68f07ed1341aPost:0c3b56f7-21cd-4f10-962d-c867c3fb911d">Re: where to register</a>:
    [QUOTE]We registered at BBB and Sears and only 1 person bought something off the Sears registry. I think registering at 1 place is fine. If you do choose to register at more stores, don't have more than 3 registeries.
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    I agree with this.   And we only registered at BBB and Sears.  We have about 20 items on the Sears list, and we don't really expect much to come from there.  Our first shower is in about a week and a half, so we'll see what people are inclined to purchase! :-)
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    I have a few registries because I wanted the completion discount, so I think it is perfectly fine to have more than one, you don't have to advertise them all- I only have 3 on my wedding website- but 2 others for the discount. 

    I would avoid Target however, they are a nightmare.  

    We have: 

    BB&B for the day to day things we need to upgrade (we live together and have most stuff)

    www.uponourstar.com for furniture, house remodeling, honeymoon, etc- it is a wish registry and you can add anything, from anywhere- this is my favorite! 

    I also have a Macy's & Pottery Barn, but if anybody else offers a Completion Discount, I am getting one there too! 
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    We registered at BBB, Macy's, and Amazon, which has a universal registry option to add things from other online stores.  Only BBB is fine if all of your guests that will want to buy you a registry item have one nearby.  BBB is nice because they have so many coupons, although I think a fair amount of our guest list has a Macy's credit card, and you get discounts with that, too. 

    If you genuinely like all the things from BBB, that's fine, but don't settle for the sake of only having one registry.  We didn't really love any of the dish sets or flatware at BBB, which is the main reason why we set up a registry at Macy's.  You'll be using these gifts for many years to come. 

    FYI--you're not technically supposed to use shower gifts until after the wedding.  If you want to use them, you need to be prepared to reimburse the gift-givers if the wedding does not happen for whatever reason.  They are really given in honor of the wedding, so if the wedding doesn't happen, the gift-giver would be within reason to ask for the gift back. 
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_registering-gifts_register-38?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:34Discussion:3cc8fef9-fd8a-4710-8660-68f07ed1341aPost:35e687b0-fcf7-439b-b401-30d1e2af814e">Re: where to register</a>:
    [QUOTE]We registered at 3 places.. Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Taget. If we could do it all over again I would have eliminated Target not because we had a bad experience there but because most of what we had there could have been found at BBB and they were both cleaned out while Crate & Barrel was barely touched and that was by far our favorite registry. Posted by SuMmErKuTiE[/QUOTE]

    This is exactly why we didn't register at Target. Plus, I knew from personal experience that they are terrible with returns. We didn't register at BB&B because I hate shopping there - but I realize I'm probably the only crazy person who feels that way.

    We registered at Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel. After my first shower, I'm still so happy with our choices. Both have excellent customer service, and it was easy to find a wide range of gift price points. The icing on the cake for me is that Pottery Barn giftcards can be used at West Elm. I love that store!
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    I have four registries and it hasn't been a problem. We're having 130 guests and several guests have gotten us engagement, shower and multiple shower gifts. There just isn't THAT much I want from two stores. Keep in mind where guests are traveling from too. We have people from all over the country and it's unlikely (except for the Chicagoans/New Yorkers) that everyone has access to all four stores. I found that guests are shopping at whichever store is closer to them.
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    We registered at BB&B and Crate & Barrel.  C&B was pretty much because our dishes were there- if we hadn't picked C&B it would have been somewhere similar like Macy's.  I figure almost everyone goes to BB&B (esp for being able to use expired coupons) and those items usually go fast off my friends' registries.

    2-3 is a good number.  Enough options for everyone but doesn't make you look greedy.  A friend of ours registered at 4 and one was left completely untouched.  Another friend is getting married this month and registered at 5.  Two are almost totally untouched.  It looks a little greedy especially since she's got a TON of stuff-  all normal household stuff, HM registry and even electronics like cameras and whatnot.  Plus two aren't even being used by guests from what it looks like, so it was kind of a waste of time.
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    i would register at more then 1 store. we did bb&b, macys, and target....target i regret very much. you may think you can get EVERYTHING at one store, but a lot of stores have exclusives.
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    We are doing BB&B and WIlliams Sonoma.  You will def get basically all you need from BBB ( love it there !) However, we also wanted a nicer store so we could get a couple really nice, higher end things.
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    I have things at a few places in all price points- I have a BB&B, a Macy's and a Honeymoon-esque one at www.uponourstar.com (which is great for basically anything!)

    I think if you can get it all from one place, great but just make sure that exists everywhere- my inlaws don't live near a Macy's and I refuse to do Target, so BB&B or my online one works best- just something to think about if you have guests from all over.  
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    Stay away from Target! People have already started buying things off of the registry, so I feel like it's too late to scrap it, but Target was a bad plan. I've gone in the store, scanned things, and then they never show up on my online registry! I also had an issue with the fact that so many of their products are only available online. I know that people tend to procrastinate on the gift buying (I'm guilty of buying a shower gift the day before) and I'm afraid that some of the online-only items won't be purchased. It also seems like a lot of items will all of a sudden become "temporarily unavailable", which worries me a little. So if my stand mixer becomes "temporarily unavailable" the month before my shower, does that just mean I'm out of luck?

    On the flip side, we also registered at Williams-Sonoma and that registry is terrific! No issues, whatsoever! If I could go back, I'd register at Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath & Beyond (Crate and Barrel looked good, too, but we don't have one in our area so it wouldn't be very practical for us). 
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