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The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide

The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl
The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide #theeverygirl

The wedding registry. The chance to create the ultimate wish list for your home and new life together. What could easily be considered one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding sometimes ends up becoming stressful or overwhelming. To avoid ending up with a dozen serving dishes, mismatched plates, and no flatware at all, we've laid out a simple checklist of items all new couples should plan on having in their new home together. Take note that if you already have a number of these items, no need to ask for them unless you want to upgrade!

There are also several key factors to consider:
1. What type of couple are you and your fiance? Do you enjoy cooking? Entertaining? Perhaps you prefer being entertained? Are you both outdoorsy? Do you enjoy wine, cocktails, or beer? All of the above, none of the above? How you answer these questions will determine what you should be registering for. What do we mean? Well, if you prefer one of these activities over the other, you should prioritize registering for items in that department.

2. Consider where you'll be living after the wedding, and think about space! Storage space that is. Sure you might want all the cool kitchen gadgets or dream of having a grill one day, but where will these items and boxes go in the mean time? If storage, cabinet space, and closets are a non-issue, then register away! Otherwise, try and keep it to the bare essentials and ask for things you really need.

3. Numbers 1 and 2 bring me to my third point. How many place settings do you need? Far too often couples don't register for enough, thinking four or six will suffice. And maybe that is enough for a year or two. But our recommendation? Take the advice from the wise Nora Ephron. You may recall the line from Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan and Bill Pullman are registering and get asked how many place settings they wanted. They simultaneously respond, "Eight. Six is never enough. Ten is too many."

4. Finally, your age and place in life will determine what you need off this list. Two 23-year-olds getting married and starting their lives together need a lot more things than two 33-year-olds who have lived in their own furnished spaces for the past ten years and have probably acquired most of the home essentials. The former should consider registering for all of the basics; think of this as a way to build your home together. The latter should consider two options: 1. either upgrading current house-ware, particularly in the dining and linens categories, or 2. starting unconventional registries (i.e.  www.depositagift.com, which allows people to pay for things you're looking to buy like a fabulous honeymoon or even a down payment on a home).

5. When it comes to choosing style of things (plates, glassware, linens), don't waste time, effort, or stress arguing if you have different taste. When in doubt, choose white. It might seem boring or like the easy way out, but these timeless, traditional styles  are versatile and will last you much longer than gold polka dotted plates you're currently obsessed with. Add the fun, colorful, patterned stuff later.

6. Try and keep the number of stores you register at to two or three. You can usually get most items in if you choose one of the larger department stores and a smaller specialty shop. See our list below.

Click here to download and print off The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide handbook!

DINING AND ENTERTAINING

For Serving
- chip & dip dish
large flat serving platter (2-4)
small flat serving platter (2-4)
large serving bowl (2-4)
small serving bowl (2-4)
salad tongs
serving spoon
serving fork
cake stand
glass pitcher

For Eating
dinner plates (8-12)
salad plates (8-12)
bowls (8-12)
- flatware place setting (8-12)
steak knives (at least 6)

For Drinking
drinking glasses (8-12)
tumblers (8-12)
mugs (8-12)
red wine glasses (8-12)
- white wine glasses (8-12)
champagne glasses (8-12)
cocktail shaker
bar tools set
ice bucket & tongs
wine opener
- coasters

COOKING

For Cooking
knives (chef's, chopping, bread, etc.)
non-stick frying pan (2)
stainless steel frying pan
grill pan
9x9 or 9x12 glass baking dish
cast iron Dutch oven
- mixing bowls (set of 3)
glass prep bowls
meat thermometer
colander
wood cutting board
poly cutting board
heat-resistant tongs
peeler
cheese grater
- kitchen shears
pepper mill & salt grinder
stainless steel grill tool set

For Baking
metal sheet trays (2+)
muffin tin
cake pan
measuring cups
measuring spoons
wooden spoon
spatula
- whisk
cooling rack

LINENS

For the Bathroom
sheet towels (4+)
hand towels (4+)
wash cloths (4+)
shower curtain
bath mat
robe (2)

For the Bedroom
flat sheet
fitted sheet
standard pillow cases (2+)
pillow shams (2 - standard or Euro)
duvet cover
blanket or quilt
down comforter
pillows (standard and Euro)
bedskirt

For the Kitchen & Home
throw blankets
throw pillows
doormat
- dish towels
cloth napkins
tablecloth
placemats

APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS

For Entertaining
- television
- DVD/BluRay player
- surround sound speakers
- iPod sound system
- camera
- sleep sound machine

For Cooking
crockpot
food processor or blender
toaster or toaster oven
hand mixer or standing mixer
espresso machine
coffee maker

For Cleaning
- vacuum
- dust buster
- hamper
- cordless iron
- ironing board
- steamer
- air purifier
- humidifier

WHAT TO AVOID

Kitchen Gimmicks You’ll Rarely Use
- quesadilla maker
- panini press
- fondue set
- popcorn maker
- silver dollar pancake pan
- pasta maker

Superfluous Serving Dishes
- cupcake stand
- more than one tiered serving stand
- mismatched serving pieces
- egg platter
- sushi service
- wooden bowls (can only serve dry food in)
- overpriced serving dishes (white porcelain is beautiful and practical)

Miscellaneous
- expensive frames or decor (your taste might change)
- decorative bowls (you will likely never use them)
- too many vases (no more than 2 or 3)

WHERE TO REGISTER

The Big Guys That Have It All
Amazon.com
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bloomingdale’s
Carson’s
Crate and Barrel
JCPenney
Kohl’s
Macy’s
Neiman Marcus
Pottery Barn
Sears
Target

Smaller or Specialty Shops
Anthropologie*
Antiquaria
Bering’s
Best Buy
Heath Ceramics
MoMA Store
Number Four Eleven
Quintessentials
Simon Pearce
Stone Textile Studio
Sur la Table
Taigan
Ten Thousand Villages
REI
Serena and Lily
Williams-Sonoma
Tiffany & Co.

*not formal registry / use wish list

Alternative & Online Registries
www.depositagift.com
www.foodieregistry.com
www.myregistry.com
www.newlywish.com
www.simpleregistry.com

Click here to download and print off The Everygirl's Wedding Registry Guide handbook!

 

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Alaina Kaczmarski #theeverygirl

Alaina Kaczmarski

co-founder and editor