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Day 218: Where's my gift registry?


This look  may not be frugal, but is certainly fabulous.

So, I've been to few enough weddings so far in my adult life that it's still very fun and novel to me. It's like, Hey! My friends are doing that thing that people do on TV! So, I'm always happiest and have the most fun when people pull out all the stops and do everything in a by-the-book wedding manner. That way, I feel like I'm on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress or A Wedding Story and it's fun.

So, I was very excited to see that my friends' wedding I'm attending next month includes a gift registry! I haven't really shopped from a registry before, so it was very fun. Immediately, I felt like the perfect gift would be a toaster, because that's the most stereotypical wedding present in existence. Lo and behold, they have one on their registry! So I headed out to the store to pick it up for them.


This is Audrey Hepburn's fabulous wedding dress.
I don't have any funny caption for this. This is gorgeous.

When I looked through the items on their registry (online) I was surprised at the sorts of things they were asking for. Like, glasses and flatware and napkins and sheets and towels. Don't they already own these things? Why are they getting new ones? What will they do with the old ones? (...can I have the old ones?)

I fully understand the need for gifts when someone has a baby (esp. a first baby) because most people don't have heaps of baby things lying around. But a wedding between two adults in their late 20s/early 30s? Do they really need a new toaster, popcorn popper, microwave and cutlery?

Anyway, when I got to the store, I was suddenly enamored of everything I saw there. I want a gift registry! Mine wouldn't have plates and forks and things I already own, but it would have things I saw today that cost $3.99 like a removable handle for travel mugs, Avocado saver, Microfiber dish drying cloth, or chocolate for fondue.

Anyway, if I got to register for gifts, I would also register at Sephora, Amazon, and Shoppers Drug Mart. Oooh and and Urban Outfitters and American Apparel...

This 1960s wedding dress is FEROSH. I would wear this with boots and a jean jacket just as an outfit.
Yes, even the bow/veil.

Why can't you have a gift registry when you aren't getting married? There was an episode of Sex and the City about this, as I recall, which culminated in Carrie announcing her marriage to herself and getting presents.

But what I'm thinking is, is it worth getting married just to get presents? Even if you don't want to get married?

I may be wrong (but I'm pretty sure I'm right) but it seems like signing up for the gift registry is the funnest part of getting married. Just wandering around a store being like, "I want that... and one of those... oooh, that's a cute idea... that! And that!" This makes it almost seem worthwhile to get married.

I wonder where Kate and Wills were registered?
Did they get all new plates and kitchen gadgets? I kind of doubt it.

Note to anybody getting married anytime soon: if you have a Harry Potter wedding like these people, I will LOVE YOU FOREVER. (As long as I don't have to sit at the Slytherin table)


Niki said...

I want a fabulous Harry Potter wedding. It's so beautiful.

By the way I love that episode of Sex in the City. If I remember correctly the woman having the party made her take off her Manolo Blahniks and they got stolen and then the woman had the nerve to tell her she shouldn't buy such expensive shoes. (She probably shouldn't have, but still, the nerve!)

Anonymous said...

the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn't have a wedding list but asked for donations... they use budget airlines to go to family weddings and go to the cinema at weekends like regular folks.

Cheers from the UK!

Super Frugalette said...

I don't think the registry is the funnest part of getting married. It does solve some dilemmas like having 4 sets of candle holders and no silverware.

The Asian Pear said...

I love it! I'd so get a registry at Shoppers Drug Mart too!

wheresmomsmoney said...

I'm the MOH in a wedding where the bride is requesting gift cards to Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret and several other clothing stores. Personally, I think it's a bit tacky but to each their own!

For my wedding, I dreaded the registry. The thought of people buying me stuff that I either already owned or was fully capable of purchasing for myself if I needed it THAT bad made me feel funny. That's why I opted for a charity registry.

Annabelle said...

@Niki - yeah, that's the one! The title is "A women's right to shoes"... and I just downloaded it to rewatch. I'd love to be in an HP wedding too!

@Lynda - that's so great of the royal couple, not to ask for dishes and toasters. I love how they act like normal people.

@SuperFrugalette - I suppose the reception party is fun too ;)

@AsianPear - Could you imagine the fun of registering at Superstore or Shoppers? There are so many little things from there I'd love to get as gifts!

@wheresmomsmoney - I think in that instance, the couple could have just asked for cash in lieu of gifts. That's much more common, and a lot less tacky! Good for you having the charity registry... just like Wills and Kate!

Serendipity said...

I always wonder about registries. I mean, I don't think I'm having kids ( although I am 26 and could later change my mind) so I don't get one of those. And what if Rambo and I stay like Goldie and Kurt and never get married? We're just as committed, we just don't get cool gifts?!?! I digress. I may have to pull a Carrie.

Annabelle said...

Serendipity - I'm totally in the same boat! Why do all the marrying folks with babies get the presents? Where are our unmarried, no-kids presents?

Revanche said...

I think the registry has to be the funnest past of planning a wedding by default because planning a wedding sucks.

At least, *nothing* else has been fun. Oh, wait, taste testing at a food truck was kinda fun.


But I often daydream about registering for a bookshelf and a shelf full of comics. A Kitchenaid mixer, and a handful of other bakeware that I still don't have yet so I can make delicious goodies for gifts. Eh, there's not much else I could ask for. PiC's probably got a couple of things that would be pretty cool.

But I like to think I do my part in making up for the unmarrieds, no-kids presents by my random gifting for no good reason.

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