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There are some great wedding gift ideas from Kate Spade up at discounted prices on One Kings Lane right now. Sale ends 7/12 so hurry up! Check it out!

Some of our favorites…

Pickney Street Peony Bowl $75

Pickney Street Peony Bowl $75

Marlboro Street Rose Bowl $89

Marlboro Street Rose Bowl $89

June Lane Double Invitation Frame $69

June Lane Double Invitation Frame $69

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I’ve never had the pleasure of registering for anything. I thought about throwing myself a shower a la Carrie Bradshaw and registering at wonderful out of reach places like Saks and Manolo Blahnik but…then I woke up.

If you do find yourself standing  in a Bed Bath and Beyond with a terrified looking fiance next at your side, do yourself a favor… give him the gun. It’ll be like a real life video game, but instead of shooting aliens, he’ll be shooting china. It’s a win-win.

* DO keep a watchful eye, or you just might end up opening a new set of golf clubs or the last four seasons of Entourage on DVD at your bridal shower. Awkward.

I’m life, I’m a big fan of Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie Home, Williams-Sonoma and Target. I love Target. But Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s are super practical options that just about everyone has access to via the Internet if not at their local strip mall. I would suggest registering at no more than 3 places if you can help it.

Also… a little hint I picked up after a majorly shocking discovery that a friend had registered for a BED for his wedding. Yes. You get a discount on the stuff that people don’t buy you if you decide to buy it yourself. So a 20% discount on a bed…pretty major.
Go ahead and register for furniture.  Bed, Bar, Hutch…whatever your little heart desires.  Although I would avoid anything of the couch, giant appliance, dining room table realm.

Just don’t register for stuff that is going to make you look like a seriously insane person. A bed is one thing. It’s a good group gift. It’s your bed. Isn’t that nice. Years later you can say to your children…”Ten of our friends bought us our very first bed.” It turns into lore.

Anyway… below are some of my Top Picks from some Top Retailers… Under 100… because after all this is stuff you’re going to “need” right?

Target

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

From Top Left: Range Kleen Wrought Iron Oval hanging Pot Rack $59.99, Trademark Poker 650 pc Set $80.99, Folding Poker Blackjack Table $59.99, Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker $39.99, Cherry 7-pc Salad Bowls, OXO Softworks 22 pc Gadget & tool Set $49.99, EGO Ice Waterproof ipod Sound Case $99.99, KitchenAid 7-speed pink Hand mixer $69.99, Teaposy Garden Gift Set $59.99, Furitechnics Rachael Ray Bamboo Knife Set $99.99

Williams-Sonoma

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

From Left: Personalized Recipe Card & Embosser $69.00, Monogrammed Vic Firth Maple $65, Waring Pro-Bottle Wine Chiller $99.95,  Monogrammed Highballs & Double Old Fashioneds Set of 4 $59, Siena Glass Tumblers, Assorted Set of 24 $76, Olive Wood Salt Keeper $49, Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt $12.50, Emile Henry Ruffled Cake Stand $70

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Photo's courtesy of Potterybarn.com

From Left: Glass Sphere Hurricanes $26.99- $39.99 (On Sale), Lemon Toile Serving Platter $29, Emma Cake Stand $38, Great White 3-Tier Stand $45, Lisbon Serving Bowl $39, Oblique Finger Bowls $19.99 (Sale), PB Classic Glass Caniseters $19-$44, Mercer Bathtub Caddy $59

 

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

From Left: Pyrex® 21-Piece Bakeware Set $54.99, Hotel Collection Spa Towels 100% Egyptian Cotton $7.99 to $16.99, Waterford Ballet Ribbon Crystal Glass Collection $69.99 to $79.99, Cuisinart® Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster $79.99, Cuisinart® Smart Power Duet™ Blender/Food Processor Combination $79.99, Copco Journey 2 1/2-Quart Tea Kettle $29.99, Lenox® Park City™ 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set $89.99, Eureka Optima Lightweight Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum $69.99

A few years ago one of my best friends got married and registered for a bed. Seriously. Mixers, toasters, place settings and a humongous sleigh bed from Pottery Barn. I think I called immediately yelling at him saying things like “You registered for a BED?!?”, “Who’s going to buy you a bed?!?!”, “Are you out of your mind?!?” and “Seriously, it’s like $1500!!”

This was my first brush with the high ticket registry item. I was accustomed only to baking sheets and blenders. I didn’t know what to do with a bed. My friend explained to me that registering for the bed was really for their own benefit. They knew no one would buy it for them. But apparently, if you register for something, no one buys it and after the party and the “i do’s” you still want it, you get it at a discount.

“Ohhhhhhhhhh.” I said, sounding half relieved and half annoyed that I was learning this from a boy and wasn’t already well versed in the tricks of the registry trade.

“But do you really think someone’s going to buy you that bed?” I asked again.

And for that wedding, someone did buy them that bed. We did. Fifteen friends of the bride & groom came together and presented the bride and groom with a card at the reception that said, “Surprise! We bought you your bed!”

I have to say it was one of the best moments I’ve ever witnessed and been a part of. So from that moment on I decided group gifts and big ticket items are totally worth it and really the way to go. The thought of someone treasuring something that big for a lifetime rather than five years, which is my hypothetical guess as to how long some a blender might last, just seems like a much better gifting plan.

For a wedding we’re attending in June, we all decided to buy the bride and groom, another set of our very dear friends, their honeymoon tickets to Puerto Rico. In my opinion it’s just more meaningful than sticking to the registry or buying single gifts.

There’s a few caveats that you should think about before you start to rally the troops though.

Give all members of the group gift plenty of time to save up money and cut you a check for their share. This should avoid any last minute excuses that include but are not limited to: “I have no money”, “I spent all my money on booze, gambling and hookers”, or my personal favorite “Wait… we’re supposed to give a gift?”

Give all members of the group extra time if they happen to be living in far away places like Japan, New Zealand and Finland… this is actually my life right now. Yes, my friends are world traveling kick ass people, by the way.

Spell it out for people, especially boys, who may not know better. (Though, I will say MOST of my guy friends are very good about the group gifts, there’s always one.)

Something like, “Put $10 away for GROOM X and BRIDE Y from now until MADE UP DATE WITH BUILT IN BUFFERS. Then you’ll have enough to give me for their INSERT AMAZING GROUP GIFT HERE,” will go a long way.

My parents got a bed from my godfather, my father’s best friend, when they got married. As the story goes they didn’t have one when they got married… I actually have no idea what they were sleeping on until then, and there’s a good chance I just made that part up … but when they returned home from their honeymoon, they had a bed. A big beautiful bed that later became mine, and is still mine on the weekends that I’m home.

A very good gift that lasted well beyond the blender’s lifespan.

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