Compiling your wedding registry is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process, but with all of the advice out there about registry “must-haves” and checklists, it can get a little overwhelming. While we are huge fans of traditional wedding registry items — like nice pots and pans, fine china, silver flatware, and formal serving trays — we also recognize that those things simply aren’t practical (or necessary!) for every couple.
Before we get started on new trends in registering, here are a few of our best tips on cultivating your perfect registry.
–Wedding registries should be strictly based on personal preference — if you don’t think you’ll ever use a Kitchenaid stand mixer, don’t register for one just because everyone else is! Be true to who you are as a couple — it’s okay to ditch the romantic notions of what you “should” register for in lieu of things you actually think you’ll enjoy for years to come.
–Think about the long haul. Opt for classic, timeless styles that you’ll love even if your taste change down the road. Remember that things like napkins and accent plates are easier to switch out based on your mood than your dish ware is.
–Try to imagine what you’re registering for in the space you have. Though you will inevitably move throughout your marriage, [icture what you’re choosing in your current home. If you’re one of those couples that likes to leave their coffee pot and toaster out on the counter, that probably won’t change, so register for items that are attractive enough to leave in plain sight.
–Remember to think year-round. You may be getting married in July, but you’ll still want warm, cozy bedding when winter arrives! It may feel silly to register for a thick down duvet in the middle of the summer, but you’ll be thankful you did once the weather cools down.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, we thought we’d share some of our favorite new wedding registry trends.
–Casual over formal — More and more couples are focusing on registering for dish ware they’ll use every day, as opposed to solely selecting fine china. They may be inheriting their grandmother’s china, may be registering for both, or may never want china, and that’s okay! We love the all-white trend in everyday dish ware because it gives you a blank canvas. You can mix and match accent pieces (you might want to register for fun small plates and bowls!) and colorful linens to dress the look up or down, and you’re guaranteed to live it forever.
–Don’t forget the groom! Wedding registries no longer consist of only kitchen and houseware items. Consider creating an additional registry at a hardware store or sports outlet, where you can select items you’ll love as a couple, like a nice tool kit, a fancy grill, or even exercise equipment. Do you both love to camp? Register for a tent! How about biking? The options for adventure are endless!
–Consider a honeymoon fund. Some couples are opting to register for honeymoon funds in lieu of traditional gifts. Instead of tangible items, your guests have the option of helping to fund an exotic vacation. You know your friends and family better than anyone, so if you think they would be comfortable with financing the honeymoon, you can set up a registry for the trip you have your heart set on.
–Charitable organizations are a great option, especially for couples who already have everything they need. Instead of gifts, your guests can donate to the charity of your choice in your honor. This is a wonderful way to showcase something you and your soon-to-be spouse are really passionate about!
It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of traditional gift registries, but remember that, ultimately, what you register for is up to you, and have fun with it!