Pros and Cons of Registering for Gifts

Should we or shouldn’t we? That is the question.

Trying to decide whether or not to register for gifts? This posts lists pros and cons to consider before you make your decision.

The Pros and Cons of Registering for Gifts

Some Pros of Registering for Gifts

#1 Your guests fully intend to give you a gift. Maybe even more than one. They want to give you something you’ll like and use. Most of them don’t have a clue what that would be. A gift registry makes it easier for them!

#2 Guests will probably ask your moms and other relatives what you need. Being able to say you are registered at so-and-so (even though they should probably offer a few other suggestions too) is a lot easier than coming up with several suggestions that they haven’t already given to fifteen other people.

#3 The same thing goes for you, too.

#4 In many cases, guests fully expect you to be registered somewhere.

#5 Everybody loves you but some people hate buying gifts (or shopping period). They’ll appreciate a registry.

#6 A gift registry is a convenience to guests not only for the above reason but also because it can save them time.

#7 Guests can be fully satisfied that they’ve selected a gift you will love.

#8 It’s an easy way to let everybody know your needs, preferences, and tastes.

#9 Most wedding registries have a “registry completion” program that allows you to purchase anything left on your registry after the wedding at a discount.

#10 Sometimes they have other perks that might be helpful.

#11 Registering for wedding (and shower) gifts increases the chances that the gifts you receive will be useful and suited to your tastes.

#12 It might be fun. Kind of like shopping for everything you want without having to spend any money. That is, if you like shopping. Of course, you might not end up with all the stuff but if you like list making and shopping enough that fact might not break the deal. 😉

Some Cons of Registering for Gifts

#1 Some people don’t buy from wedding registries. If most of your guests are like that, registering might be a waste of time.

#2 If all of your guests know you well, they may prefer to give you more personalizeds gift.

#3 You might prefer to receive gifts people carefully picked out for you instead of gifts they picked off a list you gave them.

#4 Registering for gifts is time-consuming.

#5 Registering cuts down on the surprise factor in receiving gifts.

#6 You have to actually decide what you want for your home instead of just letting other people decide for you.

#7 Some people might see registering for gifts as pushy or impersonal. Or your large list (and it should be large, to give people plenty of options) as greedy.


Clearly, I’m in favor of wedding registries ~ but they’re not for everyone. Can you think of any more pros or cons of registering for gifts?

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