So many registering couples have the same problem; they want higher-priced items but they feel guilty asking their guests for expensive presents. However, most gift givers want to give something meaningful and useful, not just napkin rings. What’s a couple to do?
Group gifting to the rescue! You can register for the things you’ll use every day, and your guests have the satisfaction of helping you start your combined life with the things you actually need.
Here are 10 of our top, must-have items for your wedding registry.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer at Williams Sonoma
This stylish kitchen staple is more than a mixer. It’s your signature pumpkin pie at family Thanksgivings. It’s birthday cake made from scratch for your future child. It’s fresh-baked bread and butter cream frosting. Whip up something tasty for the friends who get it for you.
Nespresso Evoluo Deluxe with Aeroccino Plus at Sur La Table
It isn’t just coffee, it’s how a perfect morning begins. Whether the day will be easy going and filled with lounging on the couch, or it’s a little rushed and packed with work, it will start with the pouring of hot coffee and a fond reminder of good friends.
Le Creuset Signature 10 Piece Set at Sur La Table
You are a better cook than you think you are. Quality cookware can make the difference between burning the eggs and becoming an omelette master. Fill your home with sweet and savory smells for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And thank your friends for their contribution by whipping up a five-star meal.
Big Sur Natural Dining Table at Crate and Barrel
Whether it’s the immediate family sharing dinner, the extended family laughing over coffee, or a group of good friends playing a board game, a dining table sets the stage for memory making. Sometimes it’s used for meals, other times it becomes a fort for little ones, but it always remains an integral part in any home.
The Webster Sofa Collection at Pottery Barn
A cushy couch, a cozy chair, a welcoming ottoman. These items aren’t simply furniture; they’re places to relax. A favorite movie is even better when cozied up on the couch next to your partner. A bowl of popcorn tastes better when eaten in your favorite chair. And nothing beats propping up your feet on a stylish ottoman after a long day.
Spencer Wood Framed Leather Recliner at West Elm
There’s always one chair in a living room that’s the prime place to sit. It’s the spot where the kids gravitate. It’s where Dad plants himself after lunch. And it’s perfectly positioned for watching sports on TV. It’s even better to say after years of enjoyment, “Our great friends got that for us when we got married.”
The Lorraine Tufted Headboard at Pottery Barn
Is there a better gift than lazy mornings and sweet dreams? After all, your bed is your haven, where the day melts away and you get to start fresh after a few hours of recharging. What’s even better? Beds are where you spend, on average, one-third of your life, and the bed you get for your wedding is one you’ll share with the person you love.
Lacquered Bar Cabinet at Anthropologie
Reach for a wine glass and think about the friends and family who are helping you entertain. A bar cabinet is an entertaining hub, where cocktail creations are born and hilarious nights begin. Mix up something unique for your guests, or just yourselves, and toast to the fine folks who gifted you such a cool item.
Landmann Charcoal Napa Grill at Williams Sonoma
Modern day heroes are born at the grill. After all, nothing beats a hearty meal that has been cooked by unguarded fire. Perfect your technique for succulent burgers, unbeatable ribs, or perfectly marked vegetables. And then defend your reputation as Grill Master at a dinner party.
The Casbah Outdoor Sectional at CB2
The outdoor living room brings the best of lounging indoors into the nature of your backyard. Spend nights sharing stories with your neighbors under the stars, enjoy dessert by moonlight, or watch your nieces and nephews run around in the grass from the comfort of a couch. Invite your friends over to create some outdoor memories.
Registering for wedding gifts shouldn’t make you feel guilty. After all, many couples today already have many of the traditional wedding items, like plates and towels. Give your generous friends and family the option of contributing to the items that will help shape your new life together. Just be sure to extend an invitation for them to see their gift in action!