Registry Must-Haves

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In my last post (which was actually supposed to be this post – it just kind of morphed into a different thing), I talked about the wedding registries with the best perks. Today, I’ll be discussing some must-haves that you should add to your wedding registry!

  • Nice everyday dishes. My husband and I love, love, love our dishes. We put them on our registry and could not be happier about that decision. We use them every night. Even if you’ve lived together for some time, go ahead and find some new dishes to add to your list. We went with a super classic, all white dish, with the modern twist of a square plate in both large and small sizes. We also added accent colors with our soup/cereal bowls.Crate & Barrel Boxed Appetizer Plates
  • In the same breath, we also love the silverware we registered for.Crate & Barrel Kenton Silverware
  • Vacuum cleaner. We knew that we were going to get a dog eventually, so when we registered for a vacuum, we looked for one that was tailored to having pets in the house.
  • Bed sheets, comforter set. These are expensive, but even if no one buys you it, if you plan it out just right, you can cash in on those percentages off post-wedding.
  • Fun kitchen appliances. These seem to be a guest favorite. Hand-mixers, caramel brulee torch, potato masher, Keurig, panini maker, bread maker, wine opener. Plus side to this is that many come at a variety of price ranges!
  • Good bath towels. If anyone can tell me the difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet, I’m still wondering years later.
  • This one could totally go under “fun kitchen appliances”, but I feel like it deserves its own category simply for being that awesome. This multi-cooker cooks white rice in under 12 minutes. Honestly, I’m sure this does other really cool things, but 99.9% of the time, we use it to cook rice.
  • Any type of organization tool, whether it’s drawer organization, or tupperware. This is forgotten about, but so useful to have. Especially right after you get married and are trying to figure out how to cook for two… and not 10… and you end up with days of leftovers. Not that that ever happened in our house……

Remember your registry perks, and try to add a varied number of gifts per price range! Aim for at least one gift per couple/family you invite to the wedding to start with.

What are your favorite wedding registry adds? Comment below!!

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Best Wedding Registries

I remember when hubby and I got engaged. We decided we wanted a shorter, relatively speaking, engagement. So everything moved kind of fast. Within a week, we had the big stuff planned: date, venue, church, colors. Part of this, too, was the fact that someone was having another knee surgery and would be on crutches for 6+ weeks. An advantage to this time was being able to put together our registry essentials online.

Being the “list” person that I am, I pulled at least three different checklists for registry must-haves. Each one had items I knew we would never need or use, and I think both of us got overwhelmed with the entire process. I would definitely suggest “shopping” different stores for their registry perks.

Target has some really nice features for wedding registries. First of all, they are a national chain, so non-local guests can still go into a store and get your wedding or shower gift. Secondly, the return process is amazing. If you got doubles of something you put on your list, but didn’t get a gift receipt (it happens more often than not), you can return it to a Target store. For up to a year after the wedding. Also, for the gifts you add to the registry that aren’t purchased, you’ll get a 15% discount after the wedding. So go ahead. Add that set of 700 count bed sheets. Even if no one buys them for you, you’ll get them at a discount after the Big Day.

Amazon is another great place to house your wedding registry. They’re the largest online retailer, so you can find a lot of brands in one spot. Almost all of your wedding guests will feel comfortable purchasing online through Amazon. They also have a completion discount – 20% for Prime Members, 10% for non-Prime.

Bed Bath & Beyond was one of our registries. I loved that people could use coupons to get gifts. Because in case you didn’t know, BBB is really good with coupons. Sign up for their e-mails, and you’ll get 20% off right away. And if you don’t have a coupon, they’re pretty easy to find online. Pro tip: you can use BuyBuy Baby coupons at Bed Bath & Beyond and vice versa.. you know, for later in life… BBB also hosts a “Rock Your Registry” event where you can meet with a registry expert over food and drinks. You’ll also get a fun little tote bag. Win.

Crate and Barrel was another one of our registries. There’s a Private Registry Event here too. You’ll get a personalized tour of the store and walk away with a freebie. And who doesn’t love free stuff?? Plus, I really like their categories. They have items broken down into price brackets. After your Big Day, you’ll get a 10% reusable coupon that’s good for 6 months.

Macy’s has an interesting program that could be a huge draw for Macy’s Card Holders. For every eligible purchase you make, you’ll get 10% cash back. For every eligible gift you recieve off your registry, you’ll get 5% back. They also have events with appetizers and champagne. Everything’s better with champagne.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list. Just a review and outline of the most popular ones. Almost every store has some type of wedding registry available to you if you want to create one. Remember when you’re registering for gifts, have gifts in each price bracket. You don’t want to have all high-end products. At the same time, you certainly don’t want to limit yourself to only gifts under $50. Many people (especially family members) will go in on a larger gift together.

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