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The Best Wedding Registry Ideas for 2021

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Have you heard the term ‘wedding registry’ tossed around, but aren’t quite sure what it means? Let us provide some clarity. A wedding registry is a customized, online catalog of all the items you and your fiancé think would enhance your life as newlyweds. It’s a perfect opportunity to take stock of what you already own and select the items you want, need, or hope to upgrade. The best part? These items will be wedding gifts from your friends and family.

After creating your online wedding registry, it’s customary to add the link to your wedding website. This way, you can easily share it with loved ones, who’ll appreciate having insight into the gifts you’re most after. As your wedding registry items are purchased, they’re displayed as ‘unavailable’ so you don’t receive duplicates. It’s an age-old tradition you should definitely take advantage of.

Besides the convenience, here are other benefits of creating a wedding registry wishlist:

  • It’s fun! Choosing items to add to your wedding registry can be an enjoyable, shared experience with your fiancé, one that helps you envision newlywed life and determine the items you need to enjoy that life.
  • Guests will be grateful for the list. It can be stressful trying to pick out just the right gift for someone. Guests will love shopping off your wishlist because it takes the guesswork out of gifting and reduces the chance of receiving duplicate gifts — a win-win for all.

Overview:

Wedding Registry Tips

Whether you’re newly engaged or have been planning your big day for several months, the wedding registry can feel like another overwhelming item on your To-Do list. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help with these seven tips.

1. Consider what you need

Start to think about the things you and your fiancé want, need, or would love to upgrade. For example, could you use new cookware in the kitchen? Maybe an espresso machine? Upgraded bedding? From there, use this guide to determine the products that deserve a spot on your wedding registry, based on your unique needs.

2. Start early

Give yourself plenty of time to select the items you want and need. The best part of starting early is that friends and family can shower you with gifts at any point. You can also continue to add and manage your wedding registry over an extended period of time.

3. Work with your fiancé

Because the items on your wedding registry will end up as gifts for you and your fiancé, it’s important to select the goods together. While it might take more time to get their input, it can be a fun bonding experience.

4. Consider registering for more than stuff

While your wedding registry is a perfect opportunity to upgrade your home, many sites also allow you to register for experiences, where guests can gift you an activity. You can also simply register for cash to use toward your honeymoon.

Before you decide where to create your wedding registry, work with your partner to determine the products and experiences you want and need. This way, you can ensure the registry site(s) you select can accommodate your expectations.

5. Get inspiration from friends and family

Family and friends who’ve been through the process of creating a wedding registry could be a great resource. Seek their wisdom on their preferred registry sites, the items they’re glad they registered for, the ones they wish they added to their list, and general dos and don’ts.

6. Use a wedding registry checklist

Stay organized by utilizing a wedding registry checklist, which recommends items to help you narrow down your ‘musts’ and maybes’ and ensures you don’t forget anything important.

7. Register for products in multiple price ranges

Include gifts in a variety of price points to help your wedding guests have options. This ensures they can select a gift they’re excited about gifting, but that’s also in a price range they’re comfortable with.

To further simplify your wedding registry, we’ve put together a list of the top products in the most popular categories. We’ve also included a range of price points to help you create a wedding registry that’s unique to you and your needs.

Wedding Registry Ideas for Kitchen Appliances and Basics

For many couples, the kitchen is the main area that could use an upgrade. The creation of the wedding registry is the perfect time to take stock of what could elevate your experience in the kitchen, and add it to your list. Whether you or your fiancé are passionate about cooking, or just occasionally use the kitchen, there will be items in this guide that can enhance your culinary experiences in newlywed life.

Mixers

A go-to wedding registry item, a mixer is an essential kitchen tool, as it helps cut down on prep time. Whether you’re stirring, whisking, or beating ingredients, a mixer will make your kitchen life much more enjoyable.

If you think you’ll only use a mixer every now and again, go for the Cuisinart Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, as it includes quality beaters, a chef’s whisk, dough hooks, and a spatula that facilitate a range of dishes, all for a reasonable price.

Couples that are looking to upgrade should consider the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Stand Mixer. This kitchen appliance is one of the most popular items for wedding registries and includes a 5-quart, durable stainless steel mixing bowl that allows you to make a large batch of whatever you’re whipping up. Plus, it comes in an impressive array of colors.

If you’re looking to go all out, say “yes” to the SMEG 5 Quart Stand Mixer in Silver. One of the chicest mixers on the market, this appliance offers all the bells and whistles and is so well made it’ll likely be with you for a lifetime.

Blenders

Few things are as handy as a blender. This multi-purpose kitchen appliance facilitates blending, chopping, pureeing, and a range of other culinary tasks. But the right blender for you will depend on your unique needs.

Couples that primarily make single-serve smoothies will appreciate the NutriBullet Pro 900 Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer. This powerful blender extracts ultimate nutrition from food and lets you blend your goods in the same cup you’ll drink from.

If want to upgrade to a versatile, high-powered blender, consider the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. The Ninja includes a 72-ounce pitcher, an eight-cup food processor, and two 16-ounce cups with to-go lids.

For a luxury blender, you’ll love the professional Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender that will blend, grind, chop, emulsify, and even heat food.

Food Processors

Couples that plan on making sauces, dips, butter, and purees must add a food processor to their wedding registry. To ensure you end up with a food processor that will beautifully process food and won’t easily break, we’ve pulled together the best options in this popular category.

If you primarily plan on cooking for just yourself and your partner, add the KitchenAid 5-Cup Food Chopper in Black Matte to your list. In addition to its sleek, compact design, it’s also convenient as the bowl, blade, and accessories are dishwasher-safe.

If you want to upgrade to a food processor that accommodates entertaining, check out the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor. Beyond its large capacity, it can meet a range of processing needs with its standard slicing disc, medium shredding disc, and stainless steel chopping/mixing blade.

Couples that want the gold standard in food processors will appreciate the many benefits of the Breville 16-Cup Sous Chef Food Processor. It provides superior results with its wide feed chute, allows you to slice vegetables of all shapes and sizes, and numerous discs and blades that accommodate a variety of needs.

Toasters and Ovens

Whether you enjoy the perfectly toasted slice of bread or want your food cooked quickly and evenly, you need a toaster or toaster oven in your kitchen.

For toast lovers, don’t miss the opportunity to add the KitchenAid 2-Slice Toaster to your wedding registry. This classic appliance lets you toast bread to your desired shade, defrost and toast some frozen food, and reheat previously-toasted food.

If you’re looking to upgrade to a convection oven, say “yes” to the Cuisinart® Deluxe Convection Toaster Oven. This coveted countertop oven can fit an entire chicken, a 12-inch pizza, or six slices of bread, and is impressive in its ability to evenly distribute heat.

The ultimate in toaster ovens, the Breville The Smart Oven Pro can toast, bake, broil, roast, reheat, and slow cook — all with efficiency and delicious results. It also wows with the Element IQ™ feature that adapts heating elements to suit whatever you’re cooking.

Slow Cooker

If tender meat and bringing out the ultimate flavors in food sounds appealing, consider adding one of these slow cookers to your wedding registry. They are whizzes at cooking meat, one-pot meals, soups, stews, and casseroles, and they can even act as a rice cooker.

For those just starting out in their slow cooking adventure, you can’t go wrong with the Crock-Pot® 8 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker in Black Stainless. It has an eight-quart capacity that can make a meal for up to 10 people and manual control with three settings, letting you decide how fast or slow your food cooks.

Looking to upgrade your slow cooker? If so, consider the Cuisinart® 6.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker, which features stainless steel construction, a touch-pad control panel, LCD timer display, cooking rack, and recipe book.

Couples that want luxury should consider the Instant Pot 10 Quart Duo Nova 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker. This wonder pot lets you pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, boil, simmer, and steam food. It also has a large, eight-quart capacity that can easily hold a meal for 10+ people.

Coffee Makers

If you and your fiancé love your morning cup of joe, then a quality coffee maker is a must. Plus, there’s a customized coffee maker for almost every preference nowaways.

Couples that like a classic no-fuss machine will appreciate the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker. All you have to do is pour in the coffee grounds, turn it on, and wait for your rich-tasting beverage to brew.

To make an upgrade, the Keurig K-Select Single-Serve Coffee Maker is a great option. It lets you easily brew a six-, eight-, 10-, or 12-ounce cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or iced beverage with the touch of a button. It also features hundreds of pods, which provide a seemingly endless array of flavors.

For a luxurious coffee experience, consider the Cuisinart Stainless Steel 12-Cup and Single Serve Coffee Maker. It’s perfect for entertaining and whipping up a single serving of coffee, as it has a 12-cup coffeemaker on one side and a single-serve brewer on the other.

Cookware Sets

The foundation of a kitchen, cookware is a must-have for everyone from the occasional cook to master chef. Cookware sets also make the selection process a cinch, as they often include fry and sauté pans, saucepans, a stock pot, and all the necessary lids.

A quality starter set, the Rachael Ray™ Cityscapes Porcelain Enamel 12-Piece Cookware Set is a great choice if you want attractive, easy-to-use cookware. The aluminum construction provides even and rapid heat distribution, and the nonstick cooking surface simplifies clean up.

If you already have cookware but are ready to upgrade, consider the Calphalon Classic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set. This set features aluminum construction that’s durable, thermally efficient, and hard-anodized, as well as dual-layer nonstick interiors. It’s perfect for couples that enjoy cooking but are often on-the-go.

For ultimate luxury, look no further than the All-Clad D3 Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set, which features a chic aesthetic and supreme durability. The timelessness of this set means it’ll likely be a mainstay in your kitchen for a lifetime.

Dutch Oven and Braiser

A favorite for couples that enjoy slow cooking, braising, or roasting amazing meals, a Dutch oven and braiser are regularly used in the kitchens of many home chefs. You can even cook up delicious baked goods in one!

If you’ve never had a Dutch oven, the Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron 6 Quart Dutch Oven is a great place to start. It has excellent heat retention and an enamel surface that allows food to be marinated and refrigerated in it.

Those looking to upgrade will love the French-made Staub Cast-Iron Round 5 Quart Dutch Oven. It provides all the features of a high-quality Dutch oven, plus an innovative lid that has tiny spikes on the interior that continually release condensed liquid back onto the food, enhancing moisture and flavor.

You can also consider the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Round 7 Quart Dutch Oven, the premier Dutch oven. It comes in an impressive range of colors, meaning you’re almost guaranteed to find one that perfectly complements your style.

Knife Block Sets

An essential component of a kitchen upgrade, a high-grade knife block set makes kitchen prep easier and more enjoyable. These sets also help ensure you have the right knives for a variety of cooking jobs. For example, they almost always include a chef’s knife, paring knife, steak knives, a bread knife, and more.

For couples that enjoy the occasional home-cooked meal, the Emeril 15-Piece Hollow Handle Stainless Steel Knife Block Set includes an impressive array of knives that feature ergonomic, hollow handles for easy use.

Couples that want to upgrade their knives should consider the J.A. Henckels 15-Piece International Statement Knife Block Set. It’s one of the most asked-for sets on registries, as the blades are designed for maximum maneuverability and long-lasting sharpness. As an added bonus, the knives are dishwasher safe.

If you want a top of the line, German-made knife set, register for the Wüsthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife Block Set. The blades of these knives are made from premium, high carbon stainless steel and remain razor sharp longer than many other varieties of steel. Additionally, the handles are made of a highly-durable material called POM, which resists fading, discoloration, heat, and impact.

Tip: After you register for a knife set, make sure you also register for a quality cutting board.

Basics

Now that you have the big-ticket items on your wedding registry, it’s time to take care of the basics. After all, you can’t do much cooking without essentials like spatulas, spoons, tongs, and more.

An ideal starter set is the Calphalon 5-Piece Nylon Kitchen Cooking Utensil Set, which includes all the tools you need for mixing, stirring, cooking, and serving.

If you want to kick it up a notch, check out the OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Utensil Set, offering all the basics plus a grater, peeler, ice cream scoop, potato masher, can opener, balloon whisk, meat tenderizer, and much more.

Couples that want the luxury set should register for the All-Clad Professional 6-Piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Tool Set. These pieces are made of stainless steel and housed in a stylish caddy that can serve as an appealing focal point on your countertop.

Wedding Registry Ideas for Dinnerware, Flatware, and Barware

Celebrating life’s milestones and small moments with food and drink is a must. But to do so properly, you’ll need plates, utensils, and glasses you can rely on. Your wedding registry is a perfect opportunity to add such items to your wishlist. Whether you and your fiancé need your first dish set or are looking to add some sparkly, new wine glasses to your bar, here are a few items that will surely elevate eating and drinking experiences for the day-to-day and special occasions.

Dinnerware

After all your hard work in the kitchen, you want beautiful dinnerware to display your edible creations. And there’s no better opportunity than your wedding registry to upgrade this dining room essential. There are so many great options out there, but here are a few of our favorites.

A stunning set for couples that want white dinnerware, the Royal Doulton Gordon Ramsay Maze White 4-Piece Place Setting is incredibly contemporary, thanks to its clean lines and concentric circles that attract the eye towards the center of each dish.

If you want to upgrade to dinnerware that offers a rich splash of color, check out the Noritake® Colorwave Coupe 4-Piece Place Setting. These modern items are made of durable stoneware and feature a creamy glaze interior and matte exterior.

For couples that plan to host holidays, there’s no better selection than the Kate Spade Arch Street 4-Piece Place Setting. Make from china and finished with golden detail, these are the epitome of luxury.

Flatware

After you’ve selected your preferred dinnerware, it’s time to choose the necessary compliment: flatware.

A stunning contemporary choice, the Oneida® Icarus 45-Piece Flatware Set is made of stainless steel with a mirror finish and can accommodate a group of eight.

For a flatware upgrade, go for the Fortessa Arezzo 5-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware that has impressive resistance to stains and rust, premium shine, and polished handles. The Arezzo brushed stainless steel and square handles also give these pieces a modern aesthetic.

If you love the Kate Spade dinnerware, the Kate Spade Malmo 5-Piece Flatware Set is for you. In addition to the elegant stainless steel forks, spoons, and knives, this set also includes a sugar spoon, gravy ladle, tablespoon, pierced tablespoon, cold meat fork, and butter knife.

Glassware

Whether you plan on entertaining or just having cozy nights in with your significant other, beautiful glassware will enhance the experience. And let’s be honest, wine just tastes better in a quality glass.

A go-to starter set, the Libbey® Glass Vineyard Reserve 12-Piece Wine Glass Set is composed of radiant glass in curved, classic silhouettes. An added perk is that the red and white wine glasses in this set are dishwasher safe.

To upgrade your current glassware, say “yes” to the Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure 8-Piece Wine Glass Set, which is made of handcrafted, Tritan crystal shaped into pristine curves. The set is perfect for an intimate dinner party for four.

The gold standard of glassware, the Riedel® Heart to Heart Wine Glass Collection is made of crystal that was machine-blown in Germany. This is the glassware you’ll see in the homes of many sommeliers.

Barware

If you envision your post-wedding home having an elegant bar, there are certain items you should add to your wedding registry.

The first is the Schott Zwiesel 25.3 Ounce Classico Decanter, which is made in Germany and elevates the flavor of wine by separating sediment from an aged wine and aerating a young wine. It’s a beautifully-crafted piece that will infuse your bar with grace.

Another barware wedding registry essential is the stainless steel Godinger 9-Piece Hammered Barware Set. It includes a serving tray, ice bucket with lid, cocktail shaker, strainer, double jigger, bottle opener, stirrer, cheese knife, and tool stand. All the fixing for an enviable bar.

When you think of a ‘sophisticated bar,’ visions of a crystal, grid-pattern Hatch decanter likely comes to mind. That’s exactly what you get with the luxurious Waterford® Cluin Barware Collection. In addition to the decanter, you receive two matching old fashioned glasses and a set of black marble coasters.

Wedding Registry Ideas for the Bedroom and Bathroom

To achieve ultimate relaxation in your home, consider adding wedding registry items for the bedroom and bathroom. From soft sheets to luxurious towels, you and your partner can enjoy small pleasures that help you unwind every day. Here are some bed and bath items in various price points that will infuse your morning and nighttime rituals with comfort.

Sheets

You deserve to slide into newlywed life with a set of sumptuous new sheets, especially if the sheets you’re currently sleeping on are older than your relationship.

If one or both of you run hot, the Brooklinen Classic Starter Sheet Set is ideal as it’s made from the cool, crisp, and breathable percale material. The 270 thread count set comes with a fitted sheet and two pillowcases. It would pair perfectly with a percale duvet.

To upgrade, you’ll love the Parachute Percale Sheet Set that’s made in Portugal from 100% premium, certified long-staple Egyptian cotton. It comes with a fitted sheet and two pillowcases.

For truly lavish sheets, consider the Boll & Branch Classic Hemmed Sheet Set. It’s made from soft, long-lasting 100% organic cotton.

Towels

Imagine walking into a bathroom filled with soft, fluffy towels that match. This dream can be a reality if you add new towels to your wedding registry.

For low-key yet high-quality towels, look no further than the AmazonBasics 6-Piece Fade-Resistant Bath Towel Set. These classic cotton towels are tear-resistant, lightweight, and fade-resistant, making them a total steal.

If you want to instantly elevate your bathroom, check out the Martex Purity 6-Piece Towel Set. They feature the innovative Silverbac technology, which uses silver-infused polyester threads to provide odor protection properties that will never wash out. These towels will never stop feeling soft and smelling fresh.

Couples that want to indulge in luxury towels should consider the Coyuchi Air Weight Organic 6-Piece Towel Set. These imported towels are made from 100% organic cotton that’s sustainably grown in Turkey and are free of chemicals and toxins. They’re also highly-absorbent and fast drying.

Wedding Registry Ideas for Home Electronics

As technology advances, there are more and more home electronics at your disposal to make life easier. These smart electronics can do everything from controlling the lights and locks in your house to providing amplification for music. So when you or your partner are strapped for time, or just need a lift here and there, you can rely on the following items that are ideal considerations for your wedding registry.

Speakers and Cameras

An amazing starter piece is the Amazon Echo Dot, a smart speaker that allows you to stream songs from a range of music apps. You can receive answers to almost any question, call loved ones, turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors in your home, and so much more.

If you want to keep track of what’s going on in your home when you’re not there, check out the Google Nest Camera. It sends you alerts as soon as the camera spots activity and even has 2-way audio, letting you listen to and communicate with whoever you’re watching on the video feed.

For couples that love to entertain, the Sonos One Voice Controlled Smart Speaker is a must. In addition to playing music, this powerful smart speaker has voice control and lets you check the news, set alarms, get questions answered, and more. You can also pair it with other Sonos speakers to create surround sound.

Vacuums

Every household needs a vacuum, but sometimes it can be hard to find a good one. We researched the numerous options to find the best-of-the-best vacuums in a range of price points.

Our favorite budget-friendly option is the lightweight Shark Navigator Lift-Away, which has a detachable canister for portable cleaning of hard-to-reach areas. It also has a HEPA filter to trap dust and allergens, and settings for carpet and bare floors.

To upgrade to a powerful, convenient vacuum, consider the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless. This hassle-free, rechargeable vacuum can run for up to 30 minutes and drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to provide a deep clean. You can also use it as a handheld vacuum.

Couples that love the latest and greatest in technology will adore the iRobot Roomba i7. All you have to do is charge it, and let it clean your house on its own. You don’t even have to be home while it cleans, thanks to Imprint Smart Mapping, which enables the robot to learn, map, and adapt to your home. Its Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head also automatically adapts for carpets and hard floors.

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