I got in trouble with my fiance’s mother a little while ago over the fact that we hadn’t registered yet. Keep in mind that our wedding is over a year from now and technically we don’t even have a date set. Chad and I chose a few random items off Amazon to get the party started (e.g. a replacement for our vacuum, which has died a very loud death in which it makes a lot of noise while not actually picking anything up). This is not good enough, as apparently we need a brick-and-mortar store for the older, less technically inclined relatives.
The problem, of course, is that those stores charge double what our family members could pay on Amazon. Fiestaware is $48/place setting at Macy’s, but can be as cheap as $25 on Amazon.
Frankly, the whole process of registering feels a little icky to me. I don’t have a problem with it as a wishlist of sorts, but apparently we’re supposed to get upset if someone buys us a gift that’s not from the registry. A friend of mine, recently married, complained that a well-meaning guest had purchased a KitchenAid stand mixer, but (horrors!) had not purchased it from the registry, had bought a different color, and had the audacity to bring it to the wedding. And since she didn’t buy it from the proper registry, someone else bought them the same thing.
Never mind that this woman dropped over $200 for said mixer. He has to ship it to California and go to the store to return it. Such a hassle! She will be the subject of outraged whispers between members of that family for years.
QuarterLife Finances had a post recently that sums up my feelings on gifts in general. Especially since, by getting married, Chad and I have just basically stated that we’d like to continue doing what we’ve been doing, only paying more taxes while we do it. Certainly that is a choice that must be celebrated with gifts!
MSN had an interesting article up a few days ago about “anti-brides.” I think that they’re trying to get a whole new sector of the wedding industry started. No cheaper than traditional weddings, but I guess you can feel edgy & rebellious. Or something.
Penny bought a new suit, and I gotta say, this is why I haven’t bought a new suit in a long while. I’d love to buy a J. Crew suit, but the price tag always holds me back. I know I’d be buying something of high quality, and I really do need a new suit. I just can’t help but think that $400 would pay for a decent pile of clothes, even from somewhere pricey like Anthropologie.
Revanche has an interesting post about dressing for the job you want. I love the more formal outfits she shows; it almost makes me wish I had to dress up for work. I tried imagining the outfits they’d select for engineers. Khakis and button-downs, I’d guess. You have to try to blend in with all the men.
Sharon has a July menu posted. Chad is a bit like a picky child (& I am not that much more adventurous), and it’s nice to see a menu with more simplistic (but not boring) food.