For our wedding, Dom and I registered at both Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond. In this post, I want to talk about some of the key items that you should put on a registry and some of our favorite gifts that we received! This can also be used as a guide for things a new couple would need if you are shopping for a wedding.
In is more common these days to get married later into a person's twenties or early thirties, and many older couples already have established homes of their own. They are less in need of things like sheets and towels because they have a few grownup things like that! That was the case with Dom and I. We had both been living on our own and furnished our own homes for a year or more.
My info on registries is targeting things that most 20-somethings don't have yet and that are needed in an "adult" home.
1. A Crock-Pot
Even if you are not a cook, every home should try to invest in a crock-pot. They are perfect for a family with two working spouses and for someone just learning what it entails to put dinner on the table every night. Bonus- it is very likely to be bought when on a registry because your elder family members and friends most likely realize how vital this is to a young couple!
We registered for the Crock-Pot® Oval Electric Slow Cooker - Stainless Steel(7 Quart) and we really like it. It wasn't too expensive and works just as well as the higher priced brands.
Mostly likely when you were living in your apartment with a roommate, you had blackout curtains in the living room and if you were a boy you had a sheet held up over the windows! If you are moving into a home, you will probably have more windows and that need nice, non-dorm-room looking window treatments.
3. Formal Serving Pieces
When in-laws come to visit, you may want a full set of dishes, serving trays, and silverware to put on your table. I considered myself pretty solid with kitchen equipment before we were married, but when I started looking through my cabinets, I realized that nothing matched! I had 3 plates from this set and 2 from another. My serving trays were perfect for a picnic or a movie night but not for Thanksgiving Dinner! Definitely register for a good set of matching dinner plates, bowls, and salad plates if you do not already have one.
We received the Threshold™ 16 Piece Wellsbridge Dinnerware Set - Aqua. We chose it because it is cute but simple and will be easy to match up with other sets in the future.
4. Picture Frames for an Adult
Cute Bulletin Boards stuffed with pictures and twine and clothespins were cute ways to display your college and young adult pictures from spring break, but hopefully you want to put your wedding pictures and future family pics in something nicer! Register for some solid, adorable, adult looking picture frames to house those pretty new prints. The Bulletin Boards can be recycled in the office, guest bedroom, or future kids rooms! Picture Frames was the most highly gifted item at our wedding.
Hobby Lobby is a great place to buy picture frames. They come in every style and are stinking adorable.
5. Adult Glassware in a Full Set
If you looked in Dom and I's cabinets before we got married, he had a assortment of plastic superhero cups and I had 100 Alabama Game Day cups from the stadium. A couple months before we got engaged, I bought some glass tumblers, and long stemmed glassware at a sale I found, but chances are, this may be something you will want to add to a registry or invest in with your wedding money.
The picture of the glassware above can be found here at Target.com
6. Baking Equipment
Even if you were never a baker before you got married, there are a few staples every home should have. If you are an ultra "I am a working woman and don't bake" kind of woman, you still want to have these around in case your mom comes and wants to make you muffins! Register for at least 1 cookie tray, 1 muffin tin, a wisk, a spatula, and a mixing bowl. For the baking fanatics out there, load up on baking equipment! That was the most bough thing on our registry. I guess everyone loves the idea of helping a new wife make her first homemade cake!
Here are the Links for the Mixing Bowls and the muffin tin shown in the picture.
We were so blessed with gifts at our wedding, but there were a few that stood out (outside of monetary gifts) if you are thinking of buying a wedding gift for someone that is not on their registry. All of these things are treasures that a young couple would definitely not have! Any gift with their new last name or a keepsake is usually a good bet when gifting outside of a registry.
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