A couple of months ago, I shared my ideas for snapping up the perfect shower gifts for the special brides-to-be in your lives. What I neglected to share is that we, too, are planning to register for our own wedding within the next couple of weeks! Registering is one of the most exciting parts of the planning process (if you ask me!) The part that often goes unmentioned is that it can also be one of the most overwhelming. My initial fear was that we would blindly enter a massive department store, scanners in hands, with no idea what to scan. In my recurring registry nightmare, we would get zap-happy with the scanner and, after our wedding, be buried in mismatched formal china and vacuum cleaners. I have chills as I type it!
Have you ever had such a nightmare?
The idea that a registry can be completed online has forced those silly fears out of my frilly, wedding-brain. Without the pressure of scanners, escalators, and sales clerks, I can browse KitchenAids and aprons from my couch with a glass of pinot in hand. Doesn’t that sound delightful? I especially love the freedom of selecting from various colorways and finishes without the frustration of finding an item out of stock.
That’s not to say that I shy from in-store shopping. In fact, I love browsing boutiques and holding the tangible! But when it comes to creating a registry of items our dear friends and family will gift us to use for years to come, I want to be sure to select thoughtfully.
So what have I compiled on my wedding wish list? Here are my top ten must-haves.
- Eight every-day place settings.
- An espresso machine.
- A collection of baking utensils.
- A pair of crystal candlesticks.
- Ten champagne flutes.
- A decanter.
- Silver picture frames.
- A set of pretty measuring cups.
- An oven mitt and matching apron.
- A festive tablecloth.
When ordering wine glasses, remember to order at least as many as there are place settings. The reality is that some will break over time, so it may be best to order a few extras in the beginning!
What was your favorite item from your registry? Is there something I should add to mine?