It’s wedding registry time, my fellow Psychos, and this is shaping up to be tougher than I thought.
Brian and I are pretty Type A when it comes to researching what stuff we want, wanting good quality stuff for a reasonable price, and then taking good care of said stuff.
Stuff takes a long time to research, my friends. We also realized that we should probably agree on what stuff we want…cuz marriage is all about compromise, I’m told. In actuality, it seems to be more about yelling. And if you’re in Bed, Bath, and Beyond, the secret is to let your partner know just how upset you are with their choices without actually yelling. This takes some talent. High heeled shoes and sharp, long nails tend to help.
I chose a partner who has strong opinions about stuff. I generally thought this was a good thing; if I’d wanted a partner who didn’t have opinions, I’d have dry humped a sack of potatoes back in college.
Turns out, it’s harder to pick stuff out when non-potato sack partner opens his mouth, but that’s what I get for picking someone incredibly awesome.
Speaking of non-potato sack partner, he and I both get upset when vendors only address me, the female, when making wedding decisions and transactions. Not only is it sexist, but it also puts a lot of pressure on me that I don’t want. I usually try to mitigate this by always turning to Brian when a vendor asks me a question. And a few times I even just blurted out to a vendor that Brian really has opinions about this stuff, and so we’ll both be making the decisions, and to please address both of us thankyouverymuch.
I find it hilarious, because Brian is outwardly quiet, polite, and generally shy, but I can totally tell when he’s feeling shut out by a vendor. I can just hear his inner voice shouting LOOK AT ME! I AM A PERSON, TOO! MY EYES ARE OVER HERE! And then I place a hand nonsexually on his thigh and we get through it like the troopers we are.
I really think that these modern traditions of registering and showers and crap have evolved to become a sort of boot camp, or litmus test for marriage. Sort of in place of pre-marital counseling. Take our experience at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. We went in there thinking we’d be handed those cool laser zappy guns and let loose in the store. We figured we’d be out in an hour. 90 minutes tops.
No effing way.
They sat us down with a friendly effeminate gentleman and he took us through china patterns and serving bowls and made us sign away our future first born child (to be named Joffrey). And the manager came over and offered us popcorn. Were they gonna show us a propaganda film too?!
After about 2 hours in those chairs making decisions, we got up and that dude got to keep the gun, and he led us through the store, trying to sell us freaking everything. Remember when I said we only thought it would take 90 minutes? Remember when I blogged that one time about what happens to me when I don’t eat sooooper regularly?
Yeah, our patience slowly but surely degraded.
I was so hungry. So weak. Getting light headed. But I just wanted to get this OVER WITH. Maybe we’re almost done……no? Towels now? What fucking color? What does Brian think? Bedding? I’d love to go to bed, thank you. A cheese grater? ONLY IF YOU GIVE ME SOME CHEESE FIRST!
Finally, shortly after our friendly gentleman went to take HIS break, I couldn’t take it anymore. Brian and I had started to fight about the merits of suction of different vacuum cleaners, and I wanted to take that Dyson and suck his face right off. Instead of doing that, I turned to the nice replacement saleslady and kindly asked her if we could come back another day. She said sure and then ran away before I ate her. Brian was relieved.
It was 5pm. We had been there since just before noon. All I had eaten that day was a bowl of cereal. Miraculously, no one had to die.
I think we passed the test. I gave Brian the signal not to talk to me until after I had fully engulfed a Five Guys burger and then we made up, debriefed, talked about what mistakes were made, and then made plans to set fire to the store first thing in the morning.
At the moment, we’re still struggling to find plates and cups and stuff that we both like. Aaaand as I just reread that last sentence, so I now have to add (and close with): #firstworldproblems
ONLINE only! You can do it at home in your pjs while drinking a bottle of wine and watching tv. You can also fiddle with it endlessly–add and remove as you like. My advice is: don’t over-research this stuff. You can return stuff to the store to get what you REALLY want/need later.
Thanks, yeah we’re so exhausted that we’re having to let go of researching the last few things.
I made our registries online… No zapping gun, but no pushy sales people insisting I register for fine china either.
We have since switched to mostly online. Clicky, clicky.
All I can say is good luck with the wedding registry stuff.
Just remember, reasonably priced goods, although fun to look at, may not make it past your future children. Enjoy it until you have whirling dervishes running around the house!
Eh, one disaster at a time.
Ugh, this is why I’ll elope and register at Goodwill.
We’re having thoughts of the same…
Man, it’s a miracle that anyone actually makes it to the “alter,” with all the wedding plan stuff undermining it all. I always advise people to make their engagement very short, and don’t let other get involved…. including BBB registry associates. Ugh! As if that place isn’t enough to drive anyone mad, all on it’s own. You two have survived the trial by fire… and come out certified to be married. Go forth and multiply.
Thanks for your blessing!
I could be the Rabbi at your wedding with shirtless Ryan… hmm?
Ooh, I like the idea of dueling, multi-faithed officiants!
You can email me a description of the kind of job you’d do!
Where do I find your (or any blogger’s) email? That’s how old I am… I am fairly clueless when it comes to this stuff.
Psychobabblepants at gmail dot com
I am so in hate with Bed, Bath and Beyond today. Seriously, they don’t stock regular sized cookie pans. They stock the weird half size AND the weird 3/4 size, which you can buy in a set!!! but no regular size, normal, USEFUL cookie pans. ARRRRGH. I am not at all surprised they tried to ”sell” you extra stuff. I think Glen and I got through it by making the salesperson go away and doing it all ourselves (Macy’s lets you do that, apparently not BBB). but yeah, it took forever and we both got seriously low blood sugar and snappy before we were done.
I’m feeling your pain! Thanks for the commiseration.
Doing a wedding registry made me really consider just buying a 10 lb bag of potatoes instead. I would have called him Javier. No seriously.. it took us DAYS. AND DAYS. And in the end? Everyone gave us gift cards or totally off the registry amazing stuff that we liked way better than what we picked out anyway. This is not to discourage you, but to tell you that even if this all goes terribly awry it will still be ok.
It makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER to hear you say it took you days. And thanks for heads up that this might all go awry….at this point, I’m not sure I even care.
On the plus side, I still really like my plates a lot after nearly 5 years. Mr. Giraffe was firmly against. I am glad I went to the mat over that and my braising pan.
We’re still fighting about the plates. And the vacuum. On most else we’re ok.
Dry hump…lol! There’s a blast from the past!
This is my everyday.
That is truly horrible. Bed Bath and Beyond can suck it. Tar-jay all the way.
Yeah, I feel like peeing in their bathroom section and doing number two in the beyond section.
My excrement will improve the situation.