Post # 1
So my Fiance and I are newbie engaged.. we’re getting married next summer and I’m already looking at all my tasks at hand – I thought registering would be really fun, but I’m totally drawing a blank. All I have down is nice China & Flatware for holidays, new towels, Pots & Pans…..I’m drawing a blank now. I read that a registery is supposed to be for setting up your new home; and getting family heirlooms to pass down to our children.. Any advice?
Post # 3
Well, first piece of advice is not to register now and wait until you are closer to your wedding date.
We owned a home and had lived on our own for years, but there were still lots of things we wished for. And once you start walking through the store you’ll see lots of pretty things that you just “need” to have!
We registered for serving pieces and platters, dishtowels, mixing bowls/spoons/wisks/etc, stand mixer, pots and pans, bath towels, shower curtain and bathroom accessories, sheets, comforter, patio accessories, etc.
Almost all of these things we already owned, but were old or hand me downs and needed to be replaced/upgraded.
Post # 4
@EmmiJeanne: We registered at Bed Bath and Beyond and Macys. Kohls is also a good place, they have alot of kitchen items. If you live near Williams and Sonoma or Crate and Barrel those are good options. When you go in to a store, they should give you a big list for ideas, that’s what BBB did for us. But we registered for things like Kitchenaid mixer, attachments for the mixer, Food processor, blender, pots/pans, knives, China and everyday plates too, you might want nice flatware and some for everday use. bedding, pillows, small kitchen items, like spatula, cutting board, rolling pin, cake pans, cooling racks, pyrex dishes, mixing bowls….really the list can go on and on. I googled it to get a lot of ideas, but when you are in the store, so many things will look appealing to you, just make sure you have a variety of selections and prices.
Post # 5
Depends on your living situation and what you need, but good items would be pots/pans, good quality kitchen knives, small appliances, linens (sheets, table linens, towels, etc.), even some classic decor items like candlesticks or a vase. I own a house with my Fiance, so we’re kind of limited in what we can put on a registry because we have so many of the essentials already. Also I recommend registering at major department stores like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Target, Macy’s, etc. That way your out-of-town guests can shop from their own location. Amazon registries are worth looking into if you have a lot of online shoppers on your guest list.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2012 - Schloss Heiligenberg/ Spearfish Canyon Lodge
When I was planning my registry, I found this detailed list on the boards:
Master-registry checklist… I compiled my own!
It includes way more stuff than you need, but it’s a great place to get you thinking. I agree that nice china/flatware/glassware and accompanying pieces such as serveware, candlesticks, linens are the most “heirloomy”. Nice picture frames are also an option.
We got some great knives. They’re seriously our most favorite object and get used daily for cooking. We registered at BB&B, Bloomingdales, Amazon and the Silversuperstore.
Post # 7
Start a list. I put a list in my kitchen on top of the microwave, and every time I was cooking or entertaining and I thought of something I wished I had, I added it to the list.
As a result of the list I added the following to my list: potato masher, meat thermometer, food processor, springform cake pans… plus a bunch more that I can’t think of right now.
A lot of these were items I didn’t already own, even though Fiance and I have lived together for 3 years. I also would jot down anything we did own but came from Ikea or whatever and could certainly be updated.
I found it really helpful to have a list, and then we used the worksheets you can get and another PP mentioned to help us think of things we hadn’t already.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@EmmiJeanne: Yay congrats on your engagement!!
It really depends on your living situation. Do ya’ll live together now? Do you live in an apartment or a house? (Are you moving to a house anytime soon, do you have issues storing large wedding gifts in a small apartment for the time being?) Do you have a lot of the “basics” that you’d want (flatware, cooking utensils, etc.) or are you just starting out?
I think the #1 rule is don’t register for stuff you don’t really want/need. I have tons of married friends that joke about wedding gifts they never use – things like chip & dip servers, food processors, panini grills, etc. Make an inventory of: a) household items that you have that you love and don’t want to replace; b) household items you would love to replace/upgrade; and c) household things you would love to have and can see yourself using in the next few years. But be honest about who you and your Fiance are – if you’re not big on entertaining, there’s no need for 12 sets of drinkware or fancy chargers. If you don’t like to bake, well, you probably don’t need an expensive KitchenAid mixer or a bunch of cupcake trays.
If it helps, here’s our story! My DH and I are in our mid-20s and have already been living on our own for awhile, but we don’t live together. Neither of us had a full set of “kitchen stuff” – we each had a bunch of mismatched bowls, plates, knives, etc. and minimal cookware. BUT I do love to cook and bake, so we registered for cookware/bakeware that would make my cooking easier. For example, we registered for a set of high-quality knives, high-quality pots and pans, a food processor, and a slow cooker. We don’t entertain for big groups too often, and when we do it’s very casual (paper plates and cups, grilled BBQ, etc.) so we chose not to register for fancy china or silverware. 5 months later, I am super super happy with everything we registered for.
I wrote a blog post about registry tips and regrets, maybe it’ll help you out!
Post # 9
Do you need any appliances? Food processor, KitchenAid, blender, toaster, etc? Those are always good things to put on there. We’re registered at Williams Sonoma so I have a whole bunch of new bakery stuff on ours – right now we only have the cheap stuff, lol. I also just added a bunch of grilling things for summer.
At Pottery Barn we’re registered for a bunch of bed linens – sheets, duvets, throws, etc. You can never have enough of these types of things.
Post # 10
We registered at Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and Bed Bath and Beyond. We were going to register at Target instead of BBB, but BBB has a much better return policy. Also, the great thing about Williams-Sonoma is that any credit can be applied to Williams-Sonoma, West Elm or Pottery Barn. Each place will give you a checklist of items to ensure that you don’t forget anything. Our primary registry items were fine china, casual china, flatware, stemware, everyday glassware, bedding, towels, knives, cookware and small kitchen appliances.
One great piece of advice I received recently about registering is to make sure when you register for china to not only register for the place setting, but also register for each item individually (for example, it provides the option that if someone can’t afford to buy you the $100.00 5-piece place setting, they can still buy you a couple of dinner plates).
Post # 11
I don’t know if this is helpful or not, but we just went to target/bb&b and walked around. If we found something we needed/wanted we registered for it. We can manage them online, so if I need to take off or add something, it’s easy.
Post # 12
@EmmiJeanne: We registered at Kohl’s, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. I tried to add a wide variety of price points. I definitely registered for more “kitchen” stuff than anything else. Dishes, cutlery, flatware, glasses, bakeware, utensils, stand mixer, etc. I added 2 bedding sets, a bathroom ensemble (trashcan, soap dish, lotion dispenser, toothbrush holder, etc.), and 2 sets of monogram towels (for decoration). Other things I didn’t think of that my parents had me add were: a grill (not super expensive, but decent enough to last for a while), a fire extinguisher (dad says, “safety first!”), large cooler, small cooler, and a snow blower (we live in michigan… that’s necessary). I just went through a house, room by room, trying to think of everything that would be needed in each room. We live with my parents right now, so we really will need nearly everything when we have our own place.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Myregistry.com is AWESOME. You can put anything from any store on it (as long as it’s sold online, which is most everything). Nice and simple.