48 Wedding Registry Items and Ideas to Start Your Newlywed Life
Your partner knows you love them, but the planning part of the whole thing is the most exciting part (for now). Especially when it comes to setting up that wedding registry. Before you get too click-happy, there are a few things to consider. Read on for those tips, as well as 48 of the best wedding registry ideas from Amazon, Target, Best Buy and more that are must-haves for any newlywed couple.
Can You Add Whatever You Want To Your Wedding Registry?
Keep your list balanced by including a mix of more affordable items and some pricier items for your family members (in case they want to splurge). For reference, guests usually spend anywhere between $50 to $250 on wedding gifts depending on how close they are to the couple. While you're building out your wish list, consider these things:
- What items do we need? Whether it's a new toaster or a set of wine glasses, take stock of the things in your current home (or what you individually own if you live apart right now) to ensure you're checking off the boxes and not doubling up on anything. Don't forget to check for any household items that need an update, because this is a great time to give those a refresh.
- Choose high-quality items. Select items that will last longer. Investment items like a new vacuum or a set of bath linens are going to be used frequently in your home for many years to come, so it's important you go for options with warranties and positive reviews (bonus points if customers have updated them after long term use). On that note, look for reputable brands who are known for product longevity.
- Don't forget to include sentimental choices. Oftentimes family members or close friends want to pay tribute to your nuptials by getting you a commemorative gift that's personalized. If you don't have something like that on your registry, they will go rogue and pick it out themselves. Add a few options (say, a customizable vase or a set of coasters) to avoid having to store or display something that doesn't jive with your taste later on.
Is It Rude To Ask For Money Instead of Gifts?
In short, heck no. Most wedding sites have options to add honeymoon, newlywed and date night funds, as well as cash donations for experiences like a dinner for two or a snorkeling excursion, just to name a few. If your registry is mainly requests for cash funds with a few physical items sprinkled here and there, you can also preface the registry with a polite, brief note as to why you prefer money. And don’t feel embarrassed; they want to gift you with something you actually want and need.
How Many Items Are On The Average Wedding Registry?
Simple: Double your guest list and add that many gifts to your registry. For example, if you're inviting 150 guests, your registry should have 300 gifting options. Feel free to break this list down and add equal parts to each category (home, travel, etc.) or just add items until you reach the allotted threshold.
What Should You Not Forget On Your Wedding Registry?
We’re glad you asked. Here are 48 items we recommend to our friends (aka you).
Having a garden in your kitchen is so handy for keeping fresh herbs or veggies within reach whenever you need them. This one grows up to six plants (faster than a regular soil garden) and will remind you when they need watering.
"Alexa, start the Roomba." Yup, it's as easy as that. It has 10x power lifting suction to get crumbs and dust bunnies you didn't even know were there. It also self-empties so you don't have to clean it out after each use.
Whether you want to use it to display your dried bouquet or keep fresh flowers in it, this personalized vase offers another way to commemorate your wedding date.
If you're still getting down on all fours to clean your floors, it's time to upgrade to a mop that will clean even better than you can. This one has different attachments for all kinds of messes and is compatible with hardwood floors, too.
Whether you like wine glasses for the aesthetic or because you’re a wine aficionado, pick out your favorite style and put them on your registry, because this one is a popular gift. (And if it’s going to be gifted to you, you might as well get a set you like.)
This cooking staple will have you making stews, cobblers and everything in between. We love the way Dutch ovens retain heat, perfectly sear meat and go from burner to oven without an issue. It’s the workhorse piece you’ll have on hand for decades to come.
File this under Unexpected Yet Awesome: The Üllo can be placed in the freezer to ensure a cool drink (even if you just came home with a new bottle). Oh, and when you pour wine into the device over your glass, it removes artificial sulfites and impurities (AKA the stuff that gives you a headache) and aerates it.
Getting a set of durable and high-quality knives is the gift that keeps on giving, because they will last you years before they need replaced. (Plus, you’ll find you enjoy cooking that much more when you aren’t fighting to slice through a tomato.)
47. Amazon Echo DotBest Amazon Item
Because you don’t have a regular house; you have a cool house. And you’ll never realize how much you enjoy being able to stream music, find out the day’s weather, turn on the TV and find out who holds the Guinness Record for longest fingernails (or whatever odd question pops in your head) until you own an Echo Dot.
This may seem a bit high maintenance, but hear us out: The SR Sun Rise Rainfall Shower Head has nearly 4,000 five-star reviews and is one of the best designs we’ve ever tried. If you’re looking to recreate a resort-style experience at home, this is it.