For many couples, few parts of wedding planning prove as fun as heading to their favorite stores to set up their wedding registries. Of course, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the options, and end up with lists that include of dozens of fun home accessories and without a single set of sheets. So how do you make sure you have everything you really need to furnish your first home together? Here are a few tips for keeping your registry focused on the things you’ll actually need, and a few you really want, as you start your new life together as husband and wife.
Think About What Matters to You
Before you head to the store, take into consideration where you will be living after the wedding, and what your daily life will look like. Pay special attention to multi-use items, and those that you’ll need on a regular basis.
If you have a small apartment, you may not have the counter or storage space to house all your dream kitchen appliances, for instance, so focus your wedding registry on a few multi-use items, like a high-powered blender that could double as a food processor, in a pinch, or a slow cooker that can be used for quickly prepped meals on busy weekdays and potluck get-togethers with friends and family.
Choose Good Long Term Investments
Many wedding guests, and wedding shower attendees, like the idea of giving you – the happy couple – items that will last well into your marriage, not just trendy items that may be gone after a few seasons, or useful items that will eventually be worn out and replaced.
Towels, sheets and other items are useful, and have a place on a registry, but don’t limit yourself to these kind of items. Decorative elements can be fun to register for, too, like trendy candlesticks or artwork. Just don’t forget to register for some timeless pieces that could go from house to house, and actually be handed down to future generations. For some couples this means registering for a set of fine dishware, but others may instead opt for crystal vases, a brass clock, or even an heirloom quilt chest. Basically, just make sure you register for at least a few items that are meant to last a lifetime, rather than a season or a design trend.