Do This, Not That: How to Create Your Wedding Registry Checklist

    Wedding registry checklist

    You’re engaged, overjoyed, and excited to start planning your wedding. One of the first steps you’ll take leading up to the nuptials is organizing your wedding registry. While receiving gifts is not the most important part of your big day, it can certainly be a fun part of your celebration.

    Knowing what to include on your registry can be tough, but we’re here to help with this wedding registry checklist. Here, you’ll find top tips on how to create a registry, the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind, plus plenty of gift ideas for your wedding registry list.

    How to Set Up a Wedding Registry

    It’s easy to set up a wedding registry once you know how to do it. To start, simply decide which retailers you’d like to list with and create an account. From there, you’ll be able to select products to add to your gift registry.

    If you’re not sure where to register, try our guide on the 10 best wedding registry websites for some serious retail inspiration.

    Wedding Registry Do’s and Don’ts

    There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a wedding registry. Some people opt for cash registries while others have lists at multiple retailers. Still, other couples prefer to ask for contributions towards a charity or an experience such as the honeymoon or other vacation.

    While there’s little etiquette to worry about, these simple do’s and don’ts will help you stay on the right track.

    Do Create a Registry

    Even if you don’t mind which gifts you receive, you should still consider creating a registry. Some guests find it hard to choose the perfect gift — with a registry, you remove that stress for them.

    If you ask for no gifts at all and would prefer a cash or charity donation instead, let your guests know. You can often set up a cash registry and charity collections online.

    Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

    To help your guests find a gift you’ll love, set up your wedding registry early. You could do this soon after your engagement, so it’s ready for any guests who are early birds. Don’t forget you can add to your registry, or set up additional ones, at any time leading up to the big day.

    Do List a Range of Gift Ideas

    Weddings can be expensive for guests, especially if they’re on a tight budget. When you list items on your gift registry, be mindful of this and include products at different price points.

    Most retailers offer a range of products, which makes this easy. If you’ve opted for a luxury wedding registry, consider opening another list elsewhere with more affordable alternatives.

    Don’t Be Afraid to Add High Value Gifts

    The average cash value of a wedding gift is around $99. However, this doesn’t mean every gift on your registry should be below this value.

    If there’s a product, experience, or weekend getaway that you’d love to receive as a gift, don’t be afraid to list it. A group of friends may want to pitch in together to buy you a more expensive gift, or someone may be feeling extra generous.

    Do Expect the Unexpected

    A wedding registry is a useful list for both you and your guests. They get a feel for what you’d like to receive, and you can hold back on purchasing items which you may receive as gifts.

    Many guests will choose to buy a gift from the registry, but not all will. Expect that some gifts may be wildly different than what you might have had in mind. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Oftentimes, receiving a gift that wasn’t on your registry is a nice surprise.

    Don’t Forget to Share Your Registry

    Once you’ve created your wedding registry, make sure you share it with your guests.

    Many couples include a reference or link to their registry with save the date cards or wedding invitations. If you have a Joy wedding website, you can list your registries there for your guests to browse and buy from.

    Wedding registry checklist: Notebook and pen

    Your Wedding Registry Checklist

    Once you’ve registered, you’ll find there’s a huge range of products and experiences to add to your list. From dinnerware to attraction tickets, there’s just about everything you can imagine.

    To help you narrow down your selections, we’ve created this wedding registry checklist. Below you’ll find our top suggestions for your list, split into simple categories.

    Kitchen and Dining

    Kitchen appliances, cookware, flatware, and dinnerware are all popular gifts for newlyweds. Here are some top picks for your kitchen and dining room.

    • Serving Set
    • Hostess Set
    • Casual Place Settings
    • Special Occasion Dining Set
    • Pasta Bowls
    • Serving Bowls
    • Salad Bowl
    • Platters
    • Cutlery
    • Salt and Pepper Shakers
    • Gravy Boat
    • Knife Set (including Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife)
    • Steak Knives
    • Cutting Boards
    • Spatulas and Other Utensils
    • Frying Pan or Wok
    • Cookware Set
    • Roasting Pan
    • Casserole Dish
    • Pie Dish
    • Stockpot
    • Pizza Stone
    • Peeler
    • Creamer
    • Grater
    • Pitcher
    • Decanter
    • Ice Bucket
    • Red and White Wine Glasses
    • Champagne Glasses
    • Cocktail Glasses
    • Highball Glasses
    • Mugs
    • Tea Set
    • Measuring Cups
    • Mixing Bowls
    • Baking Set
    • Cake Pans
    • Cupcake or Muffin Cases
    • Cake Plate
    • Coffee Grinder
    • Coffee Maker
    • Espresso Machine
    • Teapot or Tea Kettle
    • Blender
    • Hand Mixer
    • Food Processor
    • Stand Mixer
    • Waffle Maker
    • Ice Cream Maker
    • Toaster or Toaster Oven
    • Slow Cooker
    • Rice Cooker
    • Dutch Oven
    • Storage Canisters
    • Bread Bin
    • Apron
    • Tea Towels
    • Oven Mitts
    • Tablecloths
    • Table Runner
    • Napkins
    • Napkin Rings
    • Coasters
    • Placemats

    Home decor is one item to add to your wedding registry checklist

    Living Room

    If you’ve just moved into a new home or apartment, or simply want to add some personality to your space, now is a great time to ask for decor and soft furnishings for your living spaces.

    • Wall Art
    • Picture Frames
    • Wall Clock
    • Candles
    • Diffusers
    • Vases
    • Themed Decor
    • Cushions
    • Throws
    • Lighting
    • Fireplace Tools

    Bedroom

    Make your bedroom feel cozy and inviting with some fresh new bed linens, or register for a few high-quality essentials.

    • Mattress Pad or Topper
    • Pillows
    • Duvet Insert
    • Pillowcases
    • Duvet Cover
    • Comforter

    Bathroom

    It’s easy to leave bathroom items off your wedding registry, but there are plenty of ideas for storage and linen.

    • Hand Towels
    • Bath Towels
    • Wash Cloths
    • Bath Mat
    • Bathrobes
    • Shower Curtain
    • Laundry Hamper
    • Makeup Storage
    • Soap Dish
    • Toothbrush Holder

    Office

    If you have a home office or you like to stay organized at home, here are some office products to add to your gift registry.

    • Area Rug
    • Bookends
    • Notebooks
    • Pens and Pencils
    • Stationery Set
    • File Storage
    • Bookcase
    • Wall Calendar

    Outdoors

    Don’t forget to list items for your yard, balcony, or weekend camping trips.

    • Gardening Tools
    • Garden Furniture
    • BBQ or Grill
    • Cooking Utensils
    • Outdoor Barware
    • Picnic Basket
    • Picnic Blanket
    • Tent
    • Camping Chairs
    • Beach Towels
    • Bicycle Accessories

    Travel

    If you love to travel, now’s a good time to upgrade your luggage or ask for gifts that make travelling easier and more enjoyable.

    • Suitcases
    • Carry-On Luggage
    • Garment Bags
    • Packing Cubes
    • Toiletry Bags
    • Luggage Tags
    • Passport Covers

    Miscellaneous

    Your wedding registry is the ideal place to list gifts that are meaningful to you. Sometimes these don’t fit into a room or category, so here are a few ideas to inspire you.

    • Digital Camera
    • Software Subscriptions
    • Attraction Annual Passes
    • Theatre Tickets
    • Personal Shopping Experience
    • Luxury Skincare
    • Board Games
    • Craft or Hobby Supplies
    • Gift Cards

    Create the Wedding Registry of Your Dreams

    Whether you set up one wedding registry, multiple registries, or opt for a cash registry, following this wedding registry checklist will help you inform your guests about what you want and what you need.

    Once your wedding registry is shared, you can look forward to opening gifts that celebrate your new life as a married couple. It’s fun to see what people have chosen for you and to welcome these new items into your home. It’s yet another way to remember your special day and think about your loved ones who were so generous and considerate.

    When the time comes, be sure to use our guide on thank-you notes so you can let your friends and family know you appreciate their thoughtfulness.

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