My FSIL is getting married in Jan. and our church threw a shower today for her. So, yesterday me and my mom went to town to get her a few presents. First we went to Macy's to see if we could get her china. We werent really surprised when you had to order it, bbecause they normally don't keep a full set there all the time but she literally had 3 items you could actually buy in store!
Then we went to Bed Bath and Beyond, we found nothing there that you could buy in store! So we went to Wal-Mart, once again there were a few items that were available in store but they had already been puchased. So we finally went to Target and got the last 3 items that were on her registry that you could purchase in the store.
There is nothing wrong with registering online especially if it is more convenient for you but please look and see if the majority of your items can be purchased in stores and online! Because it is a major pain to run around town to get presents! If she wasn't my FSIL I would have just given up and gotten a gift card but I really wanted to get her something she could open since our church is small and not a lot of people would be at the shower. Anyhow, just thought I would tell of my experience so maybe it would help other brides!