Planning a wedding can be stressful, but one of the fun, collaborative aspects of wedding planning is picking your registry items. You and your fiancé get to choose gifts you hope to receive, and you can register for a myriad of new gadgets, tools and household items to upgrade older ones, or finally get an item you never wanted to pay full-price for. Whether you and your fiancé are moving in together for the first time, moving to a new city or sizing up from an apartment to a house, your registry can be used in many ways to help you achieve your dream home. Here are a few items for the home that should be on every couple’s registry.
1. Photo Prints
The easiest way to make any house, apartment or condominium feel like your own home is to display personal touches throughout the space. Registering for professional quality prints of your personal photos (or even your wedding photos) will allow guests to gift you something you will cherish for years, and it will help any home feel like it is really yours. Many sites will even allow you to upload your engagement or wedding photos for your guests to choose from, and some will even frame the photos too.
2. Dutch Oven
The Swiss Army Knife of the kitchen, a dutch oven is a staple in registries for Michelin Star chefs and cooking channel enthusiasts alike. A dutch oven is a versatile, durable piece of cookware that you will love, cherish and use regularly until your grandchildren are cooking. The cast iron distributes heat evenly and retains the heat better than teflon, copper or stainless steel. It can also be used for everything from soups and stews to pasta dishes, to homemade bread.
3. Gift Cards for Home Furnishings
In recent years, crowdfunding has become a popular wedding gift option for couples who are financing their own dream honeymoons, but it is still a bit of a non-traditional option to use for other options. If you and your spouse-to-be are looking for non-traditional gifts, gift cards to stores without registries come in handy. Since most homes do not come fully-furnished, gift cards to furniture stores can save newlyweds thousands of dollars. This will especially come in handy if you and your partner are moving to a larger home upon your wedding, where you will probably be decorating and fully furnishing a space for the first time. You'll want that dreamy dining room set that will not only last a lifetime, but hold decades of memories as well.
4. New Towels
If you and your fiance have not lived together, one of the first items you two should register for your new home is a new towel set for your bathrooms. It is very likely that your respective bath towels do not match, and even more likely that they have seen better days. Keep your old towels to use as rags or to offer house guests if they are still in decent condition, and upgrade to a set (or two) of organic bath towels for a luxurious feel at a price point that any of your guests can afford to gift you.
5. Everyday Dinnerware
In recent years, many couples have begun to follow the trend of foregoing wedding china on their registry in favor of everyday china and dinnerware that they can feel safe washing in a dishwasher or using to eat leftovers or takeout. For your registry, you and your fiance should pick out dishes that will go with your current kitchen, or will still look good in a new kitchen if you ever move. We suggest registering for either mixing and matching colored dinnerware for a boho vibe, or a classic white dinnerware set for a timeless look.