On Saturday, Dr. Groomy and I headed to Crate and Barrel to start our first registry!
I’m not going to lie—I was super excited about this and kept thinking, “I don’t understand how anyone could get overwhelmed…this is going to be a blast!” HA! I was slapped with overwhelmed-ness (is that even a word?!) right when we walked in. If you haven’t registered yet, listen up: there is SO much to choose from that it’s damn near impossible for you to NOT get overwhelmed. Tip #1: Just remember to take a few deep breaths, and have fun. You can always change your registry later and you can always return things you decide you don’t want after all. So have a blast!
Dr. Groomy wielded the gun, while I wielded our checklist.
Tip #2: Bring a checklist! There was another couple there registering at the same time as us, and they were just wandering the store aimlessly. That’s definitely fun to do, but as I said before, it can quickly become overwhelming. If you have a checklist, it helps focus things down a bit. The girl from that couple actually joked that she was going to bother us to ask what was on our checklist…so I definitely recommend bringing one. It made me feel less harried as we wandered through the store, because I knew specific things to look for! I downloaded our checklist direct from the Crate and Barrel website. It is a pretty comprehensive list, so I didn’t feel the need to look elsewhere.
Tip #3: Register for anything and everything. Dr. Groomy was better at this than I was—he scanned everything he could possibly think of. It feels greedy, yes, but the point is to give your guests lots of options in a lot of different price ranges. Some of the tiny dumb things we registered for that I am excited about:
Tip #4: Don’t be afraid to register for the big ticket items. We didn’t register for any furniture, but I think eventually we will end up registering for a patio set or some bookshelves. Unlikely that our guests will purchase them, but remember—most registries do a completion discount, so you can go back and buy anything that wasn’t purchased. Big ticket items are also great for group gifts! Here was my favorite big ticket item we registered for on Saturday:
Dun dun dunnnnnnn…the famous KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Actually, I am going to switch mixers though. This is the 90th Anniversary edition, and the reason I registered for it was because it was the only one there available in red (my favorite color). We are doing a second registry through the Bon-Ton stores, so I will register for a standard mixer there (also available in red). I am not crazy about the glass bowl on this one or the extra $100 it costs because it is an “anniversary” edition.
So there you have it—our first adventure in registering. I’ll offer just one more tip, ladies: take your man to lunch afterwards! Especially if he goes to register with you on the first Saturday of NCAA March Madness. Now that’s love!
How was your first registry experience?
*All photos by me or Dr. Groomy unless otherwise noted.