Once you say yes to spending your life with someone, it’s understandable if your brain immediately redirects to all things wedding. Your partner knows you love them, but the wedding planning part of the whole forever 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 on that front. Read on for those tips, as well as 35 wedding registry items we’re deeming must-haves.

Can I add anything we (OK, I) want to my registry?

In short, yes, you can add whatever you want to your registry. But having some consideration for your family and friends’ budgets is important. Keep your list balanced with more affordable items and some pricier items for your family members to splurge. Guests usually spend anywhere from $50 to $250 on wedding gifts based on how close you are; if it’s a very close family member, it may be quite a bit more.

Is it rude to request some cash 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 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. Don’t feel embarrassed; they want to gift you with what you want.

What Are Some Smart Ideas of Things I Should Include in Our Wedding Registry?

We’re glad you asked. Here are 35 items we recommend to our friends (aka you).


1. Ring Alarm System

Protect your home with an advanced alarm system, so you can keep tabs on every area of your house. It is compatible with your phone and Alexa so you can be alerted to any suspicious activity.

$250 at Amazon


2. Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle

Upgrading your sheets to a more luxurious, high-quality brand will make you so excited to slip into bed at the end of each day.

Buy It ($293)


3. Parachute Fouta Supreme Towel Bundle

Like the bedding, upgrading your old bath towels and wash cloths will do wonders for your linen closet—and your post-bath, lie-in-bed ritual.

Buy It ($288)


4. Noritake Dinnerware Set

Picking out China patterns may have fallen out of style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your dishes to something better than your mismatched melamine-meets-chipped-hand-me-down set.

Buy It ($384)


5. Kitchenaid Mixer

If you spend a lot of time baking, there is no shame in asking for what a lot of bakers consider their holy-grail kitchen appliance.

Buy It ($280)


6. Away The Medium Luggage

You know what really starts a honeymoon off right? Luggage that holds everything you need, won’t pop open as you’re going through TSA and glides easily through the airport. This delivers on all fronts—and will last you for years afterward.

Buy It ($275)


7. Levoit Air Purifier

There are always some home items we want that never seem to leave our wish list, and this is one of them. This affordable air purifier is under $100 and has nearly 30,000 five-star reviews.

$100; $90 at Amazon


8. Airbnb Gift Card

Your guests can choose whatever amount they would like to give, providing you and your partner will have credits to go toward a weekend getaway.

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9. Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Stick

If you’ve been dying to have the Lamborghini of vacuums for your home, there’s no harm in sneaking it into your registry. Maybe Aunt Linda is feeling extra generous for your wedding.

Buy It ($380)

Crate & Barrel

10. Crate & Barrel Camille Long Stem Wine Glasses

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.)

Buy It ($84 for six)

Sur la Table

11. Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven

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.

Buy It ($370)


12. Personalized Leather Coasters

You’ll get that giddy newlywed feeling every time you see your initials when you set down your glass. Plus, these are pretty chic.

$29 at Amazon


13. ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set

Guac just got a whole lot yummier, because smashing up avocados with a fork in a bowl isn’t nearly as fun.

$35 at Amazon


14. Vivohome Entryway Hall Tree

Hallway organization is under-appreciated, and this hall tree will help maximize the space you never realized you had in the depths of your hall closet.

$80 at Amazon


15. Fooyoo Food Storage Container Set

This 16-piece set will keep all your meal prep needs covered. The airtight lids will keep your food fresh much longer than standard Tupperware.

$29 at Amazon


16. Ullo Wine Purifier

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.

$90 at Amazon

Sur la Table

17. J.K. Adams Cutting Board

This cutting board doubles beautifully as a charcuterie board. The handle makes it easy to carry, whether you’re prepping for game night with friends or a romantic date night with your new spouse.

Buy It ($105)

Sur la Table

18. Cooking Classes

You and your partner can take cooking classes as a date night or a way to increase the quality of your Sunday dinners together.

Buy It (starting at $29)


19. Hotel Collection 20-Piece Flatware

Register for your favorite flatware so you can get rid of the ones you’ve been using since college. You deserve it.

Buy It ($200)


20. Original Casper Pillow

Choose your loft and size when you register, so you and your partner can sleep soundly. Just make sure you register for two, so you’re not fighting over who gets “the good pillow.”

Buy It ($65)


21. Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

If you haven’t tried searing your steak on a high-quality cast iron skillet, you need to. With the proper care, these skillets can last much longer than traditional pots and pans.

Buy It ($60)


22. Couples Coffee Mug Set

There’s nothing like ringing in your nuptials with an adorable set of coffee mugs to sip your morning caffeine with your other half.

Buy It ($21)


23. Tandem Kayak

There are practical gifts and then there are gifts that spark memories—and maybe a whole new hobby. This is a great pick for couples who are more active or live near water.

Buy It ($450)

West Elm

24. West Elm Fluted Planters

If you’re a plant mom or dad, you can never have enough planters. Throw some neutral-toned ones on your registry; that way when you switch up your décor, the planters still match nicely.

Buy It ($15)


25. Ninja Hot & Iced Coffee Maker

While your current pot probably gets the job done, there’s no reason why you can’t upgrade to a machine that gives you both iced and hot coffee. Coffee makers are common wedding gifts, so you may as well register for the best.

Buy It ($150)

Revolution Cooking

26. Revolution InstaGLO Toaster

This popular gift will toast your bread, English muffins or whatever you need to exactly the crispness you desire. The high-tech touch screen allows you to select your preference to reach the perfect temperature.

Buy It ($300)

Bed Bath & Beyond

27. Caphalon Self-Sharpening Knife Block

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.)

Buy It ($187)

Bed Bath & Beyond

28. Libbey Glassware Set

This 24-piece set includes 12 tall and 12 short glasses for your beverages, so you can get rid of all that messy hodgepodge of cups taking up your entire cabinet.

Buy It ($34)


29. Lomao Sherpa Fleece Blanket

This is a great option for a more affordable gift. A stylish throw is not only cute for adding some texture to your couch or accent chair, but a super comfy one will make Netflix-bingeing together all the more enjoyable.

$49 at Amazon


30. Modway Mesh Back Office Chair

If you have a home office, you need a chair that supports you so you don’t end up with back problems. This one has an adjustable base and comfy armrests.

$193 at Amazon


31. H. Versailtex Linen Curtains

Curtains are an easy way to make a room look polished and pulled together. These ones have more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

$35 at Amazon


32. See Spring 12-Pack Shoe Organizer

The limit to how much you can organize your home does not exist. These stackable shoe boxes will make getting in and out of your closet much easier.

$45 at Amazon


33. Amazon Basics Dog Bed

A gift for your dog is 100 percent a gift for you. Your pup will love this cozy bed and it comes in small, medium, large and extra-large, so you can order the right size for your pooch.

$45 at Amazon


34. Amazon Echo Dot

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.

$50; $45 at Amazon


35. SR Sun Rise Rainfall Shower Head

This may seem a bit high maintenance, but hear us out: The SR Sun Rise Rainfall Shower Head has nearly 3,000 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.

$200 at Amazon

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