I'm at that point in my life where I've been to tons of weddings and baby showers. I've peeked at registries to events I wasn't even invited to. I'm curious like that. Registries are one of those strange things that allow you to kind of see what kind of lives the couple is planning. Or see how well they've thought out their needs (or not). And it gives me more things to think about. And be more judgey.
I've seen registries full of tons of cool kitchen gear. I love me some good kitchen gear, but this was for a couple that didn't cook hardly at all. They pull out their kitchenaid mixer for birthday cakes. It's so sad to see a mixer abandoned like that. But it has a fancy cover, so that's nice.
A wedding I went to last year had tons of entertaining stuff. Olive trays, dessert shot glasses, cute little spoons, cake plates, cheese trays, chip and dip arrangements. Wine glasses of all sizes, liqueur glasses, etc etc. Looking at it, all I could think of was "where on earth would you put all that stuff?" All my cabinet space is at a premium, and that's stuff I use all the time! And they're planning for kids right away, so after they've had kids, when will they have the time or energy to throw these parties?? What a waste. I'll take them home.
Don't get me started on wedding china. its used a max of twice a year, if you're of the entertaining type. The rest of the year of sits in a big fancy cabinet that cost waay too much, collecting dust. And if you get divorced? Who gets it? I guess it can sit in its cabinet for 20+ years until you give it to your daughter. Who might then have her own wedding china, or even her grandmother's wedding china. I seriously know someone who has three sets of wedding china. In cabinets. Wow.
Then there are the baby registries. Full of hippy granola stuff, like all natural unbleached diapers, organic cotton onesies, wooden toys, fancy ass crib sheets, etc. You know that organic cotton onesie and the fancy sheet are going to have poop stains after one bad flu night. And I hope you have more than the two crib sheets you registered for. It's like these registries are the old fashioned hope chests. I hope the baby doesn't pee or vomit through two sheets in one night, cuz then it's going to be sleeping/vomiting/pooping/peeing on your bed sheets while your high efficiency washer takes 3 hours to wash and dry them. Good thing you registered for 8 sets of those when you got married last year.