I have finally finished up my registries. It took awhile because I put a lot of thought and did a lot of research before deciding what we needed/wanted. I am very happy with my end results but I have been watching (for quite sometime) how many items actually get purchased off of a registry. In the past 3-4 years I have been to over 15 bridal and baby showers. Recently, I went to a bridal shower and noticed that she did get quite a few items off her registries (50 of 130). I also have gone to three baby showers in the past few months and have noticed that most of the items given are NOT on the persons registry. I went back and looked over each registry to verify... 1st shower only 26 of 123 items were purchased, 2nd shower 23 of 90 items were purchased, and the 3rd shower 20 of 106 (5 of which I know were me!).
So here are my questions: Why bother with registering if people are just going to give you what they think is best? Why put so much time into it, especially if you have to buy everything yourself anyway? I understand straying a little bit (like baby clothes) but to give something completely different (ex. you register for Born Free bottles and someone gets you Avent)? I am not sure I get that.
I am not trying to complain or sound mean, I just honestly want to know. I remember getting most of what I registered for when I got married but its seems to be different with baby showers and I want to financially prepare myself for the possibility of having to go back and purchase what I need. I have not had my own baby shower yet so I will keep you posted but I was just curious. Please feel free to tell me what you think.