For many brides, the most exciting part of wedding planning is registering for the gifts they’ll use as they start their married lives. For other brides, registering for gifts can feel awkward and uncomfortable. Luckily, the days of having to waste hours of precious wedding prep time in the store are over, and now it is possible to register online at a wide variety of different retailers. Websites like Joy Wedding Registry even allow you to add items to your registry from lots of different stores, and then connect all of these registries into one place, giving a convenient and easy to view list of everything you’d like. This means you aren’t limited to the availability of just one store, and can register for exactly the items you want.
But what should you be registering for? And what sort of gifts can you expect to receive? Here are a few ideas of what you should traditionally find on your wedding registry:
Fun and Practical Gift Ideas
Traditionally, wedding gifts helped newly married couples to furnish their nests. But with more and more couples living together before they’re married, they often don’t need traditional items like towels and toaster ovens any more: They already have these. Instead, modern wedding gift registries tend to feature the more fun household items that young couples wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. These include:
- Kitchen appliances: coffee machines, ice cream makers and Kitchen Aids are all good examples here.
- Heavy ceramic or iron cookware
- A full dinner service in a pattern that will always remind you of your wedding day
- Vases for flowers
- A BBQ Grill
- A picnic basket
- Outdoor furniture and dining sets
- New Bedsheets
- An Action Camera
- A Soundbar
- A Ring doorbell
Your wedding registry should cover a wide range of different price points, so that no one feels uncomfortable, or like they have to spend more than they want to. Feel free to add a few big-ticket items (like that KitchenAid you want to make all your future children’s birthday cakes in): often co-workers and groups of friends will club together to buy these. But be sure to have plenty of items that are under $25 on your list too. This is a great place for those smaller items that you’d love to have but never got around to buying: linen napkins, ceramic napkin rings, photo frames, and candles are all good examples here.
And What Not to List
Remember that your wedding registry is a place for people to buy gifts for the happy couple, so the items on it should items that you can both use. Make up for her and new fishing rods for him, for example, shouldn’t make the list! If you don’t need any new items for your home, then think about what hobbies you and your significant husband will enjoy together, as you start married life, and make that the focus of your list instead.