What do I put on a wedding registry?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

New towels?  Upgraded appliances?  (Food processor, blender, toaster oven, coffee maker, etc.), Kitchen gadgets?  (Garlic press, new spatulas, etc.), Sheets and other bedding (for master and guest rooms?  Home decor items?  Nice knives?  Things to organize your pantry / cabinets? I’ve been on my own for almost 8 years, but most everything I have been using has been hand-me-downs or was bought cheap.  I put lots of stuff on the registry that were upgrades.  Like yes, I have been using knives for the past 8 years, but they were a $20 set from Target….bring on the Wusthof! etc. etc.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  KMoon5314.
Post # 4
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m in the same position.  I used my registry to upgrade, such as the Wustof knifes, really nice sheets/bedding, tablecloths to entertain with, organizers, etc.  Since we still didn’t have a lot of things on our list (for a 200+ person wedding), we registered for some out of the box things like power tools that we don’t have, but will need in the future when we own a home (currently I own a small condo), camping gear, etc.  Things that the fiance will enjoy too and will be helpful to fit our lifestyle.  Consider a honeymoon registry too if you’re really needing some more things.  My guests have had a lot of fun choosing things that fit their personality to gift to us that matc h our lifestyle.

Post # 5
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

CBWFlove:  Do you have fine china? (Or a desire for it, I suppose?) Other things form our registry: Stainless steel pots n pans with copper cores, measuring cups (we are forver losing them, goodness knows where), attachments for the kitchenaid blender (blender attachment, meat grinder attachment, pasta roller atachment), nice barware and party type things like wood serving trays, divided appetizer platters, and a cocktail shaker, and new sheets and towels like PP mentioned.  Do you have nice flatware to go with any nice plates you have (or may be regustering for for special occasions)? That’s one we forogt.

ETA: Oh, nice knives are essential! I’ve registered for 4 different santoku (different sizes), and a large “sandwhich knife” which will likely be used for all kins of stuff. Calphalon has some great knives. Besides cooking knives, you’ll want steak knives and a bread knife

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  gingerkitten.
Post # 6
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have this same conflict! But I think most guests know that registries are less about giving you essential items and more about giving the nicer version of the stuff you already have. A nice set of China is a great idea (or even a really fun pattern if you already have a nicer version you’ve inherited). Also, high quality bedding — sheets, comforters, pillows, throw blankets. Even if you don’t need them right now, you will one day. I only think it’s weird when someone only has like, Kitchen Aid mixers and Vitamixes or expensive furniture on their registries.


We’re also doing a few charities on our registry; I know some websites take a cut from each donation, but I think we’re going to just try to link directly to a few organizations we really care about. That’s made me feel a little less awkward about all the gifts/materialsm surrounding the wedding.

Post # 7
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We are both in our 30s.  I have lived on my own for ages and we aren’t buying a new house until after the wedding.  We registered last week and it was tough!  I just felt greedy the entire time we were registering.  

After talking to a lot of people (and people who will actually be attending the wedding) everyone said the same thing – register for everything you really love.  You aren’t forcing anyone to buy a gift or any specific gift, but you’re giving them helpful guidelines if they need them.  And you want to give them lots of choice and not feel stuck buying the last of your registry.  Also, I was worried about too many big ticket items.  But everyone said their big stuff went first (we have 3 big ticket items – which to me is over $150.)  And they all told me if I was iffy on something to leave it off.  I can add it later. 

I was told by several people to imagine you’re having a big dinner party/holiday dinner.  Fill in what’s missing from your current items.  This past year I held a big party for my Dad’s 65th/Retirement.  I ended up buying 16 additional wine glasses (so obviously we aren’t registering for them!)  But I found I really lacked any way to present anything.  I had no nice platters, I didn’t have enough dishes for a large group, I have good cutlery (a recent gift) but not enough of it for a party.  And we didn’t have the right kind of glass for the various beers we were serving.  

And everywhere here gives a completion discount for a year after your wedding.  So a lot of people have told me to put anything you might want to buy yourself on the registry, to use your completion discount later.  

We still have more to register for, but we have a good start.  If you want to know whats on our list for ideas… 

We are upgrading items from the kitchen that I already have but they aren’t awesome quality.  So my pots and pans are from university, they are awful.  So we registered for a really awesome set.  A KA artisan stand mixer, a dyson, beautiful new bedding, artwork, a griddler, new everyday dishes, a couple of different sizes of roasting pans (I have a giant one, chicken looks so sad in it!)  New bake ware, serving dishes, platters, a huge carving board, trivets, specialty glass ware and the ever dreaded toaster (ours is the pits!  We actually should buy a new one before the wedding but I’m refusing.)  We also registered for new bathroom stuff, a gorgeous wine cabinet, a punch bowl and glasses, a big clock, a mirror… 

We’re going back to register for things like: a meat smoker, patio furniture, towels (because I have found that you can always have more towels!), china (if we can find something we like that I feel is reasonable, so far we haven’t.)  



Post # 8
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We finally registered at BB&B and later Amazon, and it felt weird at first. But you have to remember you’re not forcing anybody to give you anything nor expective everything off your registry. We are having ~40-45 people at our wedding and registered for a total of about 100 things. A LOT of towels, hand towels, washclothes. New flatware and actual nice dinner services, and other things. We have a few big-ticket items that we think either family will buy us or we will just buy ourselves after the wedding (new 12-piece cookware set, 18-piece knife block, expensive sheets). Made sure to put a lot of small items and intermediate items that people might prefer to buy too.

Post # 9
30 posts

I’m in the same boat! I set up a honeymood registry which is super fun! Otherwise we weren’t going to be able to do much for our honeymoon. There’s more or less two ways to do it online, you can find a where you list ideas of what your guests are buying you and all the money they send goes into an account for you to use, or you can actually set it up so they buy you the tickets/ reservations/ etc. I opted for the first since it’s way less work. Then for our more traditional guests we made a small registry of some things it would be nice to have (outdoors stuff mostly) and left the option of cash/ checks open. If you’re interested Honeyfund.com is an awesome free site to do it from!

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