Tips for a Wedding Registry

12 Mar

This past busy weekend I got a chance to do some more wedding planning. So far I’m sticking to my previous statement about wedding planning being fun and not as stressful as everyone else says. 4 1/2 more months….will I keep this attitude the whole way through???

Austin and I finally completed our wedding registry this weekend. Last weekend we ended up going to Kohl’s to start a registry, and I knew I wanted to register at at least one more place. We chose:



At Kohl’s, I registered for a lot of kitchen stuff (obv). You never know how much you need until you really get a chance to see all the stuff you don’t have Winking smile.  When we arrived at our local Kohl’s, however, I wasn’t very pleased with the service we received. Most of the employees had absolutely no idea what I was talking about when I told them I wanted to register. It took a good 3-4 of them in collaboration to figure out what to do. I understand the appeal of doing this stuff online, but I just need to SEE and FEEL the items before I know if I want them. I’m not a fan of online shopping. I guess they are just used to people doing it all online. I’m not saying that every Kohl’s would be like this…but this was the case with out local store.

Check out this registry checklist from Kohl’s….so much stuff! Some of my favorite items we registered for at Kohl’s:

Calphalon stainless steel pan set…


Other things: a dutch oven, stemless wine glasses and a digital food thermometer.


On to Target. Since I registered for a lot of kitchen stuff already, at Target I wanted to make sure we got bath and bedroom items. However, I was drawn to this beauty….


I scanned the pink one at first, then realized I should probably be more practical and go with grey/silver… never know what color my future kitchen will be.



Fun with the scanner-gun!

Another plus- there was a Starbucks in this Target!!! Could it get any better?? I was pleased…


We also added some bar accessories, all the bathroom décor and some cleaning supplies from Target. So all in all, after both experiences, I was a lot more pleased with our experience at Target. The employees knew what to do and there were several kiosks available in order to get started. There was also much more of a selection of items. After registering at both places I’ve complied a list of tips for registering:

  • Come prepared with a list- nothing’s worse than wandering around the store and saying ‘do we need this?’. Makes for an unhappy fiancé…
  • Be careful of seasonal and sale items- one thing about Target was that they had seasonal displays- these items might not be there when my guests go to by gifts.
  • When in doubt, buy white (or grey)!- I have absolutely no idea what color my future kitchen/living room/bathroom will be…so I had to play it safe with neutral colors. This way when I do get my dream house I can accessorize.
  • Think outside the box- Kitchen appliances and bath towels are standard. But don’t forget about non-traditional items you may want as a couple. We put on a tent (we’re fans of camping), and we’re also thinking about adding a patio set.

I am also continuing to add things online after the fact. I wasn’t very good about bringing a list (see above tips…), and realized that I forgot a few items. I also want to add that Sunday, while registering, I successfully went into Target and left without purchasing anything (besides my coffee). I deserve an award.


Where did you register for you wedding? What was your experience?

Do you like online shopping or do you like to see and feel the item?


8 Responses to “Tips for a Wedding Registry”

  1. quartercenturysouthernliving March 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    This is great advice! I am excited to register. We are planning to go to a couple different places to register. I will keep this post in mind 🙂

  2. Jenny March 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Isn’t registering a ton of fun?! we went with Bed Bath & Beyond (because I hear they have a great return policy) and Sears… mostly so the man could use the gun 🙂

    I was super nervous for it – we are pretty conservative when it comes to money and we’ve lived on our own for so long that we have pretty much everything. So, it’s really hard to ask for new things of what we already have! Buttttt we did great and had fun with it!

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🙂

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes March 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      WE are also conservative….I had trouble putting on some of the higher ticket items. But If I don’t get them….oh well!

  3. Courtney March 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    I can’t wait to register for my wedding – gifts, gifts, gifts! I should probably find a man to marry, first 😛

  4. cookingfortheotherhalf March 13, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Great post! I’m not engaged yet (but maybe soon? hopefully?) – I definitely will want to register at Target, and probs Crate & Barrel and William-Sanoma. That said, I also like the idea of creating a “honeymoon fund” and having people contribute to that. My boyfriend and I have lived together already for several years, and I feel like I don’t need a lot of house stuff…we’ll see though! I’ll probably knock on wood after posting this comment for fear of jinxing my entire future, haha.

    • Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes March 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      See I thought the same thing…since we already live together. However most of the stuff we have is crappy….so now I’ll be happy to get brand new stuff.

  5. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Haha I would totally register that pink mixer. Good call on going with the plain color- don’t want to have any clashing 🙂

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