Wedding Registries and Gifting: The Ultimate Guide
Whenever you receive a “Save the Date” or invitation to a wedding, one of the first things you may do is look up the couple’s registry online. From engagement blogs, to Instagram feeds, to full-blown wedding websites, it is now easier than ever for soon-to-be spouses to share details of their nuptials with friends, family and followers. Whether you are recently engaged and looking for registry ideas, or attending a wedding and searching for a good gift to give, here are some ideas that are bound to be remembered, used and cherished for years to come.
What to Register For Before Your Wedding:
Unless you are Monica Geller from Friends, there is a good chance that you do not love cleaning. However, when you get engaged, you will probably start entertaining in your home more, hosting parties, celebrations, showers and even wedding planning sessions with the bridal party and family members. During this time, you and your fiance will need a powerful vacuum cleaner more than ever. Putting one on your registry will actually incentivize you to clean more often (and more thoroughly), and will ensure that your home can stay clean for years to come.
2. Dutch Oven
With the durability of cast iron, the easy-cleaning properties of enamel, and the versatility of stove top and oven use, a dutch oven is one of the most reliable items you can have in your kitchen. Registering for a dutch oven will give your guests a fun item to pick out (there are so many colors, sizes, shapes and finishes to choose from) and will give you a single item that can be used for practically everything except ice cream - don't worry, you can register for an ice cream maker too!
Many couples dedicate the majority of their registry to kitchen items, and for good reason! Whether you are a take-out aficionado, a cookbook master, or you are more than happy to heat up leftovers, you are still eating three meals a day. And while you may lust after a Vitamix, smoothie bowls are not appetizing when it is snowing out and you may lose or break a part to it within the first year of your marriage. For the sake of timelessness, durability, functionality and frequency of use, flatware is the best kitchen item you can register for. Flatware can be found in a variety of shapes, materials, colors, finishes and functions, and you will have these pieces until your children are getting ready for college. We recommend going a little extra and registering for 12 place settings' worth - it's way easier to get a few extra now than to track down that one missing piece 5 years down the road!
What to Give When There isn't A Traditional Wedding Registry:
Many couples these days finance their own weddings, and in this case, they often opt out of a gift registry in hopes that guests will give them checks or cash in lieu of a present. However, many of these couples also crowd fund for their honeymoons, known as a Honeyfund. This allows couples to request guests help them pay for the trip of a lifetime, with your monetary gift going towards airfare, lodging, expeditions, tours, food and luxuries while they are traveling.
2. Gift Cards for Home Furnishings
Upon their engagement, some couples move in together for the first time, and many others upgrade from an apartment to a house. In either case, they will need to furnish their new home. While furniture is difficult to ship and even harder to return if it does not fit the couple’s new space, a gift card fits in an envelope and will allow the newlyweds to pick out their dream living room furnishings, home decor pieces, and everything in between on their own.
3. Meal Kit Subscription
Not every couple can cook like professional chefs, but to give your newly-wedded friends gourmet meals at their convenience, you can purchase a meal kit subscription service as a wedding gift. Not only does this gift option allow them to choose which meals they want to receive, it also teaches them new recipes and even portions out ingredients so they don’t have to. For a guide to meal kit subscriptions, check out this article.
Navigating the wedding registry can be tricky from either side of the coin - as a guest or as the engaged couple. The trick is to keep things simple and don't try to overcomplicate it. Don't be that crazy aunt who sends the couple a tandem bike that they have no interest in or room for - we are huge supporters of always purchasing something from the registry if it's an option. If you don't know what to register for as a couple, check out some of our favorite home décor here!