Are you a bride to be, or maybe you know someone who is? Here are my favorite tips for creating a wedding registry that will last you years — and save you money in the long run!
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Top 5 Tips for Your Wedding Registry
- Ask for high-quality kitchen items.
What do you love cooking? Consider adding a better version of your most-used kitchen equipment to your registry. Don’t forget about warranties and the quality of materials when you make your choice, too! You want these items to last you for many years to come. These 10 items are great picks that come with a lifetime warranty, so you’ll never need to worry about wearing them out.
- Plan how you’ll entertain.
How do you envision yourself entertaining once you’re married? Entertaining as newlyweds is very different than how you entertained as a single person — or how you’ll be entertaining as a family with kids! Think ahead of the types of parties and family gatherings you will be hosting, and be sure to add items like serveware, table linens, and wine glasses to your wedding registry.
I always recommend asking for extra pieces or a larger set than you think you’ll need just in case one piece breaks or gets lost. It’s better to have a few extras lying around than having to spend the money to replace a whole set!
- When in doubt, stick with classics.
I always advise my friends to stick with classic colors for their main dining pieces, and the same rings true for your wedding registry. Basic white and ivory tones will stay in style for decades, and they allow you to add and change things up with trendy colors and patterns. Plus, you can always dress up your white or ivory dishes with trendy accessories.
Plus, you can always dress up your white or ivory dishes with trendy accessories. Changing out those accessories will be much cheaper in the long run than having to swap out your plates and dishes!
- Look to high-quality linens if you’re already set in the kitchen.
Have you already been living together and successfully merged your kitchens into one? Props to you! You can still ask for high-quality towels, sheets, and other items that need to be replaced more often in your bridal registry. A high-quality towel or bed sheet set will last you much longer — not to mention it will be that much softer and cozier.
- Wedding registry alternatives are OK — but keep everyone in mind.
Some couples prefer alternative gift registries like a honeymoon fund, or maybe they’re hoping for cash to make a down payment on a house.
These are great ideas, but don’t forget about your more traditional relatives who might be holding onto that idea of a toaster to get you started in your new life. If you really want to go on an exotic honeymoon, consider adding a set of luggage or even things like beach towels to your wedding registry checklist.