Chris and I finally got to that ever-daunting and oh-so-frightful task . . . our registry.
Of course, we didn’t do it alone. Actually, we did it with the help of a very special man: my dad.
You may be wondering, “Is he some kind of shopping genius?” or “Has he attended a million weddings (i.e. Wedding Crashers)?” but the answer would be no. He’s a rather extraordinary, average guy, who has a massive heart for his two daughters.
Don’t get me wrong, Chris and I had every intention of fully completing our registry ourselves, like adults, but somewhere along the line we just lost the eye of the tiger. Other things came up, life got in the way, and carving hours out of our life to stumble around a store and guess at the things we would need for our life together got harder and harder.
That’s where my dad came in. He saved the day and possibly our future home, by guiding us through two days of registry shopping. We divided the task into two days, two hours each, and worked our way through the kitchen, bath, and appliance sections of Macy’s and Crate & Barrel. Armed with his knowledge (35 years of marriage, a house, two daughters, two dogs, one cat, and a very mean rabbit) and patience (a necessity when surrounded by three women) we decided on dishes, pots and pans, kitchen tools, luggage, towels, and anything else we could think of.
So what did we learn?
- Macy’s gives you free coffee and soda when you are registering
- For the most part store employees want to share their knowledge (and they really do know their stuff, and actually own a lot of the items themselves)
- Try to go when you know the stores won’t be packed (i.e. during the week, or early morning). If you’re anything like me, crowds will only make you more anxious and moody
- Set aside more time than you think you need (I naively thought we’d be in and out in an hour!)
- Think about the things you want to do or the space you will have in the future (I was anxious about where we would store things since we are already maxing out the space we have. My dad reminded us we wouldn’t always be in that apartment and our current space shouldn’t limit us)
- Try to have some fun. Whether it’s the knives you get jazzed about, or the Pyrex dishes, make it your own.
- Oh, and maybe consider bringing your dad!