Bridal Shower Registry Ideas – Ready to register? Whether you’re just starting or you’re putting the finishing touches to your perfect registry, make sure you’ve checked off all of your wedding registry essentials with our interactive checklist. When my wife and I got married, we set up a gift registry, as people do, and filled it with things we thought we’d want for our new life together. At the time, neither one of us had a well-stocked kitchen, so we started from scratch. We looked at what our parents had in the kitchen, we pulled must-have lists out of magazines (well, I did anyway), and then we let our whims guide the scanner around the store.
Friends and family were generous, for which I’m still grateful. Some of our picks for the kitchen still get used every single day, while others have long been discarded or donated. Here are the five things we’d register for again in a heartbeat (with some tweaks), those we wouldn’t, and what we wish we’d included.
Obviously, we are not the first couple to get married in our 30s. Nor are we the first couple to have an established household well before marriage. Alternative registries exist to serve this relatively new type of couple. It wasn’t that long ago – our parents’ generation or so – when newlyweds regularly did need the benefit of wedding showers and gifts to get started in life. Clearly no two couples are the same and this is still the case in plenty of instances, but things are changing and quite a few companies and services are starting to meet the need for something other than the usual registry.
After some research, we decided on a combo – we chose a honeymoon registry, two traditional registries at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Amazon and one “registry” where people can donate to charities that have personal meaning to us. We chose a few things we could update or outright needed on Bed, Bath & Beyond and selected a few fun things in Amazon like a fire pit and drink bucket for our new house’s back yard.
Our reasoning was that some guests would not be on board with alternative registries and that’s fine. Different generations have different ideas about etiquette. Plus, it gives wedding shower guests some options. Even if you can’t fill an entire traditional gift registry with blenders and dishes, I bet you can think of a few things you could really use or replace. Or think outside of the gift box and consider how you spend your time together and with friends. Do you like playing board games with your partner? Register for a new one. Love to grill in the backyard with the neighbors? Add some lawn games to your list. Really enjoy wine? You can even register for wine-of-the-month clubs. The day I found out you could register for wine on Amazon was a revelation. There’s also Bottlenotes if you want to get really serious.
BED, BATH & BEYOND
When it comes to one-stop shopping convenience, few retailers can beat Bed, Bath & Beyond. It’s the perfect place to scan all of your essentials, like housewares, linens, and appliances. And since they offer tons of different brands, you can select must-have’s at a range of different price points. Plus, with free announcement cards to tell friends and family where you’ve registered, expert consultants to help you decide which items to pick, and a completion program that lets you purchase your remaining gifts at a discounted price after the big day, this retailer is a registry no brainer.
“Love. Cherish. Keep” is the motto when it comes to registering at Bloomingdale’s. With featured brands like All-Clad, Breville, Ralph Lauren, Michael Aram, and Waterford, you can expect to select housewares that are both functional and stylish. From fine china and kitchen essentials to decorative accents and cleaning supplies, Bloomingdale’s offers a huge selection of goods with plenty of perks to go along with them. You’ll receive special discounts throughout the retailer and receive free gifts when items from select vendors are purchased from your registry.
Move your wedding registry into the digital age with Amazon! Let’s say you’re seriously coveting just a few items from a retailer, but it doesn’t make sense to create an entire registry there. With Amazon’s universal registry, you can add items to your list that weren’t found on their site. But we have a feeling you’ll be able to curate a great selection of goods without ever navigating off their site.
With a Zola registry, you can curate a list of gifts, experiences, and funds from any store all in one place. With your personalized web registry, you can create a custom URL, upload your photos, and leave notes for guests. And since you can add gifts from any store, plus have the ability to receive group gifts and get 10% on Zola for an entire year after your wedding (even on items that weren’t originally on your list), this digital registry is seriously worth considering.
It’s no secret that this retail giant has become hugely popular, and if you are one of the many fans of their “designer goods for less” credo, you should certainly stop by Target to register. You’ll also get a 15% completion offer to use in store and online for those last few gifts on your list.
NewlyWish is a registry aggregate that combines their curated list of stylish products, experiences, and honeymoon excursions with offsite products. That means you can pick and choose items from different retailers and still register for the funds to go on your dream getaway. After the big day you’ll get 10% off any remaining gifts, and will also enjoy unique discounts from NewlyWish’s partners, like Squarespace and Appy Couple.
For devoted foodies and big entertainers, Williams-Sonoma should be an obvious registry pick. With tons of professional-grade cookware, beautiful home accents, and entertaining essentials, you can pick out nearly everything you’ll need. You’ll get bonus gifts when guests purchase certain products off your registry, a post-wedding discount of 10% off purchases for six months following your wedding, and private appointments with a registry specialist to select products or learn how to use the ones you already received.
CRATE & BARREL
For couples drawn to modern housewares, sleek furniture, and entertaining essentials — all at an affordable price point — a Crate & Barrel registry is a must. As a thank-you for signing up, the retailer will give you a set of best-selling stemless wine glasses and an embroidered linen bag. Along with a top-notch selection of goods, you’ll also receive free save-the-date cards from Paperless Post and complementary registry announcement cards.
To get a stylish, relaxed vibe throughout your home, may we suggest a Pottery Barn registry? With design service to help you find the perfect pieces for every room in your house, it’s the ideal retailer for couple’s cohabitating for the very first time. And if you’re a fan of customized, monogrammed housewares, Pottery Barn can add your new moniker to just about anything. Plus, you’ll get a 10% completion discount in the six months following your wedding, so you can grab any remaining gifts at a great price.
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