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Wedding Registry Checklist: Everything to Add

by Joy Editors
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Congratulations, you’re engaged! It’s a time of celebration, joy and excitement — and also wedding planning. But as you dive into all the details for your big day, don’t forget to look beyond your vows. Organizing your wedding registry is one of the first steps you can take to ensure you have all the essentials for your newlywed home. While receiving gifts is not the most important part of getting married, it can certainly be a fun way to start your life together. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur eyeing a set of highball glasses or a home baker dreaming of cake pans, a registry can help fill your cupboards and closets with items you need and love. 

Knowing what to include on your registry can be tough, but we’re here to help with the ultimate wedding registry checklist. Here, you’ll find our top tips on how to create a registry, dos and don’ts to keep in mind, and plenty of registry ideas for your kitchen, bed and bath. 

How to Set Up Your Wedding Registry

Setting up a wedding registry is easy once you get started. After narrowing down your list of retailers, just create an account and begin adding products to your list. You can have multiple registries and add to them throughout your engagement. 

One way to simplify the process even further is by setting up a Joy wedding registry. Joy offers an all-in-one gift registry that syncs lists from every retailer onto one convenient webpage. You can also add items directly from Joy’s shop, which is organized by department and includes helpful guides to navigate confusing registry categories like dinnerware. Each item can be selected using an easy one-click “add to registry” browser button. With Joy, you can also set up cash funds, honeymoon experiences, accept donations for charities, or add gift cards to major retailers like Lowe’s, Airbnb and Southwest Airlines. 

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Wedding Registry Dos and Don’ts

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your wedding registry. While some people set up honeymoon funds, others make lists of registry items from multiple retailers. The most important thing to remember is that what’s right for one couple may not work for another. With that thought top of mind, these simple dos and don’ts will help you stay on the right track as you create your wedding registry.  

Do create a registry.

Even if you’d appreciate anything you receive for your big day, some guests find it hard to choose the perfect gift. By creating a registry, you can help eliminate uncertainty and relieve any gift-giving stress. A Joy registry keeps it simple with the ability to add gift items, charity donations or a honeymoon fund all in one place, as well as zero charges for cash funds.

Don’t wait until the last minute.

While there’s certainly a lot on your mind with wedding planning, setting up your registry early makes it easier for guests to find a gift you’ll love. If you start soon after your engagement, it allows early birds to shop when it’s most convenient for them and gives you a chance to add new items in the months leading up to your big day. 

Do give guests a range to choose from. 

Weddings can be expensive for guests, and everyone has a different budget. Be mindful of this when selecting registry items and include options at different price points. Most home retailers offer a range of specialty high-end products like chef’s knives, as well as lower-cost kitchen gadgets, so choosing an array of items is usually 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 more expensive gifts.

The average cash value of a wedding gift is around $99, but not every gift needs to be below this price point. If there’s a product, experience or weekend getaway that you’d love to receive, don’t be afraid to add it to your list. A group of friends may want to pitch in together for a more expensive gift or someone may be feeling extra generous.

Do expect the unexpected.

A wedding registry is an incredibly useful tool for both you and your guests. They get a feel for what you need, and you can hold off on purchasing items you may receive as gifts. But keep in mind that some guests will choose to find their own gifts that are wildly different from what you had envisioned. Remember, it’s the thought that counts — enjoy the 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. Once invitations go out, your wedding website becomes the go-to place guests look to for registry information. If you create a Joy registry, a wedding website template is automatically set up for you with a link to all your items. 

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Your Wedding Registry Checklist

After you’ve set up your accounts, you’ll find there’s a huge range of products and experiences to add to your list. From dinner plates and duvet covers to attraction tickets and hotel stays, the sky’s the limit when it comes to registry ideas. To help you narrow down your selections, we created a curated wedding registry checklist with top suggestions for three simple categories. 

Kitchen 

Kitchen appliances and cookware are both go-to gifts for newlyweds. Here are some popular picks for outfitting your cooking space.

  • Stand mixer
  • Hand mixer
  • Blender
  • Hand blender
  • Food processor
  • Toaster or air fryer oven
  • Air fryer 
  • Pressure cooker
  • Slow cooker
  • Coffee maker 
  • Espresso machine
  • French press
  • Tea kettle
  • Juicer
  • Waffle maker
  • Electric griddle
  • Sous vide
  • Vacuum sealer
  • Rice cooker
  • Egg cooker
  • Ice cream maker
  • Cooking utensil set 
  • Food storage containers
  • Cookware set
  • Skillet
  • Fry pan
  • Dutch oven or braiser
  • Griddle/grill pan
  • Roasting pan
  • Saucepan
  • Sauté pan
  • Stockpot 
  • Multipot 
  • Wok 
  • Bakeware set
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking mat
  • Cookie scoop
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowls
  • Muffin and bread pans
  • Sheet pan
  • Cooling rack
  • Baking dishes
  • Casserole dish
  • Cutting board
  • Knife set
  • Knife sharpener 
  • Pizza stone
  • Pizza cutter
  • Colander
  • Garlic press 
  • Mandoline
  • Spiralizer
  • Grater
  • Grinder
  • Spice rack
  • Dish rack
  • Dish drying mat
  • Dish brush
  • Dishcloths

Tabletop and Bar

From flatware and dinnerware for enjoying those mouthwatering meals to barware that will help you host friends and family, these items will set you up for every occasion. 

  • 16-piece dinnerware set (a total of four place settings)
  • 4-piece dinnerware set (a single place setting; this is a good alternative to a set with a fixed number of place settings)
  • Cake/dessert stand
  • Serving tray
  • Serving bowl
  • Salad bowl
  • Cheese board
  • Cheese knife set
  • Serving platter
  • Flatware set
  • Serving utensils
  • Spatulas
  • Tongs
  • Salt and pepper mill set
  • Beverage dispenser or pitcher 
  • Everyday glassware (drinking glasses or a set)
  • Champagne flutes
  • Red and white wine glasses 
  • Beer glasses
  • Cocktail glasses (such as highball glasses, rocks glasses and coupe glasses)
  • Corkscrew and foil cutter
  • Shaker
  • Barware set
  • Wine stopper
  • Electric wine opener

Home and Lifestyle

With so many options, it’s easy to focus your list heavily on the kitchen, but don’t overlook other living areas that will help make your newlywed house a home. Whether you want to make your bedroom feel cozy with fresh new linens or decorate your walls with meaningful artwork, there are plenty of items to round out your registry. You can also think beyond the home. Your wedding registry is a great way to upgrade your luggage or ask for gifts that make traveling easier and more enjoyable.

  • Vacuum
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Trash can
  • Broom
  • Duster
  • Mop/steam mop
  • Step stool
  • Sheet set with fitted sheets and flat sheets
  • Comforter
  • Duvet/duvet set 
  • Mattress protector 
  • Shams
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Mattress
  • Bath towels and hand towels
  • Shower curtain 
  • Bath rugs
  • Bathroom accessory set 
  • Electronic doorbell
  • Smart thermostat
  • Security system
  • Portable speaker
  • Sound bar
  • Air purifier 
  • Fan and space heater
  • Mirror
  • Picture frames and wall art
  • Vases
  • Furniture
  • Luggage set
  • Large suitcase
  • Carry-on suitcase
  • Duffel bag
  • Backpack

Creating the Wedding Registry of Your Dreams

Whether you’ve selected products from a single retailer, curated multiple lists or added only honeymoon experiences, gift cards and cash funds, creating a wedding registry that will work for you is the best way to plan for success. Consider using our checklist to build a Joy registry and website, where all your lists are in one place (with zero fees for your cash funds!). 

And once your wedding registry is created and shared, you can look forward to opening gifts together and welcoming them into your new home. It’s yet another way to remember your special day and think about your loved ones who joined you in celebrating the occasion. 

One last tip: When the time comes, be sure to use our thank you note guide to let your friends and family know you appreciate their thoughtfulness.

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Your wedding registry, your way

From gifts, to cash funds, experiences or charitable causes, add any gift you want, from any online retailer, to your Joy registry.

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