(Closed) Traditional Registry help!

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
178 posts
Blushing bee

My fiance and I own a house together and have for almost two years and we will probably move before we get married.  I have towels on the registry that work now but probably won’t work later.  


I was going to remove them, but figured, I should just keep them on.  We can always return them or exchange them for a different color later.


I would suggest registering for colors you like and you can always swap out later!

Post # 4
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Well, if you’re just starting out, you can register for linens in lots of different colors! You can never ask for too many towels and sheets.

Personally, I don’t see the point of coordinating towels with wall color anyway. It’s not something I’d worry about.

Post # 5
690 posts
Busy bee

I’m in the same situation.  We’re going to buy a place right before getting married.  We’re starting by trying to identify what we want/need no matter what (things like pots are unlikely to be affected by your place too much).  The things that do matter, we are going to try to wait until much closer to the wedding date (no need to finalize the registry super far in advance) and hope that we’ve found a place 🙂

Good luck

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I personally like neutral colored furniture, with colored throw pillows/blankets/rugs, etc., because that way you can change them out and change the color often, hahaha…. I get bored easily. 🙂

I agree with the previous comment though that your bathroom/bedroom don’t have to match your kitchen/living room – you can definitely register for kitchen stuff, towels, bathroom accessories, sheets, comforter set, etc.!

Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe just don’t register for as many decor items. Register for great kitchen stuff/dishes and home appliances (vacuum, etc). You could also register for things you’d need regardless of house style – a great clock, cook books, a welcome mat, etc. WHen you pick the house out, then it’ll be easier to add in decor items. And since it’ll still be a few months before the wedding, that’ll be perfect timing for actual wedding presents!

Post # 8
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m in the same situation. I just chose color schemes I liked for bathroom things and bedroom things. Then I’ll just plan on painting our future home to match! We’ll probably be in an apartment with white walls for at least 6 months anyway, and anything would work there.

Post # 9
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My best friend who recently got married registered at Crate and Barrel, her husband is military and they were up for rotation a little less than a year after the wedding, at the time they were renting, but she knew buying would be in the future. She put things that she had to have on the registry, then she listed giftcards, she said that after most of the things on her list were bought people started buying the gift cards, she also included a note in her wedding shower card, stating that Gift cards would be better as they do not know where they are going next. No one seemed to complain about it, and now a year after the wedding, she filled her new home with stuff that she wanted from Crate and Barrel, from the gift cards.

Post # 10
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

hmm…this is kind of a tough one.  if you’re getting everything new, there are many things that aren’t decor related that could take up a good portion of the registry…kitchen electrics, quality knife sets, pots and pans.  Also, everyday dishes, flatware, fine china and crystal (if you want that stuff) is independent of house decor.


Personally, I always pick the same colored towels because they’re the colors I love, and paint the bathroom to match.  I’m crazy that way.  I love my robins egg blue and white towels.

If you know what size bed you will want you can register for all of the bedding you will need for that. 


Picture frames are pretty neutral and will match decor well.  Vases also….


I feel like you have a number of options!  Good luck!

Post # 11
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

We went with never neutral colors of things so that they could go with anything. 

Post # 12
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Like some others mentioned, I would focus on registering for non linen items and then purchase your own colors later or go ahead and register for the colors you two would like to see in your house and exchange them later if that doesn’t work.

Post # 13
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree with crayfish. You don’t HAVE to register for linens and towels or decor items.

But you also shouldn’t worry about how your stuff goes with a RENTAL–because it’s (presumably) temporary anyway–and you also shouldn’t worry too much about how your stuff, as far as towels and linens go, coordinates with a house that you purchase because if it’s your house you can also do cosmetic changes pretty easily (paint the walls, change the curtains) to match your decor if you like.

If you’d like to register for linens, go with linens in colors you like. If you can’t exchange them by the time you buy a new house and they clash or something, then put them away to use for guests and buy a new set. For appliances, you can’t go wrong with black, white, or stainless steel. And all the rest–china, silverware, etc. doesn’t have to match your decor.


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