I’m getting married next year and I’m knee-deep in the wedding planning process. For the most part, I’m loving it: putting mood boards together, scouring vintage boutiques, and thinking of all the ways we get to throw the perfect bash for our favorite people. Because of the pandemic, we’ll have had a two-year engagement by the time our wedding happens. Still, I’m grateful for this extra time because it’s allowed us to put more thought into every step of the process, including our wedding registry.
Let me take a step back by saying that I LOVE GIFTS. I cherish hand-selecting the perfect item for a loved one, and I equally love celebrating a piece in my home that has a story behind it. Though the concept of a gift registry can seem awkward (“What? You want me to put together a list of things people need to buy me?!”), I think of it as a blessing. Your wedding day is for celebrating you, and guests would like to give you a physical reminder of their affection. The key is to build a registry filled with meaningful items in a range of price points in order to offer everyone a variety of affordable options.
Websites like The Knot and Zola provide curated online-registry inspiration and also give you the ability to link to other products or registries that you might want to direct guests to (Pro tip: This is also known as a universal registry). These websites also have fun features, like letting your guests contribute to a honeymoon fund. I’ve appreciated the helping hand, as well as the freedom to choose products across retailers.
When embarking on our registry, in addition to being conscientious of price, I also wanted to highlight small businesses, choose items that would be in our lives for many years to come, and create a mixture of modern heirlooms that would live on in our family. From housewares and tabletop goods to celebrate the big day to less traditional registry items, read on for tons of wedding registry ideas and inspiration.
Pottery is to our generation what bone china was to our grandparents. We’re swapping out the delicate, chippable porcelain of yesteryear in exchange for sturdy, sexy ceramics. I added a selection of pieces from East Fork Pottery to our registry, including their infamous Everyday bowl, for decades to come of grain bowls.
How about we nix the crystal and sub in some colored glass. Estelle Colored Wine Glasses are having a major moment, and I’m here to join in on the fun! Stick with one hue across the board (I’m eyeing that yellow), or opt for a set with a variety of colors to help guests remember which glass is theirs.
Not a drinker? These colored water glasses are another beautiful option.
One of the most classic wedding gifts: A tasteful tablecloth can stand the test of time. I recently purchased a linen one and embroidered our initials onto the corner.
A lovely set of napkins is another great table accent that will elevate any dinner party.
What’s more romantic than fresh bedding? The Citizenry sells beautiful stonewashed linen sheets and duvets in many delicious colors.
And a unique throw, like this stunner by Caroline Hurley, is a versatile piece to bring on picnics, laze on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, or wrap up with at the beach.
My fiancé and I are big taco lovers, and we often opt to make tortillas ourselves. We’ve been holding out for a tortilla press (currently, we smoosh masa between plastic wrap and two heavy books) and hope that one comes our way from friends who will be invited to future Taco Tuesdays.
A durable, beautiful cutting board is another critical kitchen item that can stay in your life for the long haul.
Our toaster is our most used appliance in the kitchen. It also happens to be ugly and falling apart, and I would love to have one worth celebrating on our kitchen countertop.
Candles come and go, but candleholders last a lifetime. Consider pairing them with a match striker as well, to add a little extra warmth to the newlyweds’ home.
As an audiophile, all my fiancé Henry wants is an amazing set of speakers. A record player paired with a couple favorite albums would also make for a memorable gift with a personal touch.
For the adventurous couple, portable speakers are another audio gift that vastly improves outdoor hangs, camping trips, beach excursions, and more.
I can’t say I’ve ever seen a rug on a list of registry-gift ideas, but hey, why not. Rugs have the ability to completely transform a room, and, if well maintained, they can absolutely last generations. What could be a more modern heirloom than a piece from Blockshop Textiles or Jungalow to add to your home?
There is no better gift than the gift of Kristin Texeira; she and her artwork light up any room. Help start a couple’s art collection with a masterpiece by Kristin.
Love-themed art is also a romantic gesture: Take Joy Yamusangie’s A New Love or Carissa Potter’s A Life Together. Absolut Art is a great site to explore a wide variety of artworks, which can be shipped framed.