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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Macy's Wedding Registry

I was a little anxious for our first real registry day. We had looked online and gotten ideas, but we hadn't been in the store yet. I've heard horror stories where the bride and groom got in a horrible fight over something one of them wanted to register for, which resulted in a silent car ride home, a night of sleeping separately, and they didn't talk until the next day at dinner.

I decided we'd start with Macy's. We definitely want to register at Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn (you can get store credits at either store if you return an item to one or the other because the companies are under the same umbrella company!!), but Williams Sonoma is usually more expensive than Macy's, despite having the same product. I thought I'd give our guests at least that luxury.

All in all, the experience was great. Macy's has many partnerships with other brands, so you can get fill-ins from the brand (e.g. Vera Wang or Kate Spade) if they don't
carry it. Cheryl, the woman who met with us at the Pentagon City Macy's was very friendly and helpful. AND I got to register for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!! I have been waiting for it for 2 years now! I'm not sure if anyone will get it for us, but now there's hope!

The minor disappointment from the day was Macy's china selection. Don't get met wrong, they had a lot of brands from which to choose (Lenox, Waterford, Kate Spade, Vera Wang), but neither Signor Keswick nor I were blown away or fell in love with any of the china sets they had. I checked online and it looks like Bloomingdales doesn't have any more than Macy's.

So what's a bride-to-be to do? I don't want to register for something unless we both love it - and china is going to be with us for a while. I know I should lean more towards traditional so that we don't get tired of it and it doesn't date itself, but still. Shouldn't we be excited to use "the good china"?
Where did you register for your china?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Lisa Badalamenti said...

All in all, the experience was great. Macy's has many partnerships with other brands, so you can get fill-ins from the brand if they don't carry it. Cheryl, the woman who met with us at the Pentagon City Macy's was very friendly and helpful.

Monday, November 17, 2008 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

We registered at Macys but then went to Bed Bath and Beyond and found that they had ALMOST all of the same things at lower prices plus guests cna use their 20% coupons to buy your gifts. We switched over alot to BB&B they have a huge selection of China at the Fairfax Town Center Location right off West OX near Fair Oaks mall. I highly suggest going there!

Monday, November 17, 2008 9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous rspieg said...

At BB&B you can return anything from your registry for cash. Nice bonus.

As for china, I went up to Radcliffe in Baltimore, they have a HUGE selection, it's worth the trip. Their entire second floor is china and silver. http://www.radcliffejewelers.com/ They have an online registry, so you only have to go into the store once to pickout your pattern, and guests can make a purchase from the site.

I am not sure if there is a store like that down here, but there must be. Call up there and ask.

You can also look at china online, and contact the manufacturer to ask who carries their product locally.

Monday, November 17, 2008 11:01:00 AM  

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