Wedding Planning 101

Yay, you’re engaged! Now what? Top wedding registry picks every couple needs

Congrats you’re engaged! Now what? This post is dedicated to top registry picks and what we wish we would’ve done differently.

There are so many registry options, do some research and find the best options for you and your fiancé. We registered at both Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond and Travelers Joy.

Traveler’s Joy is a free honeymoon and wedding registry where your guests can give you memories with your fiancé on your honeymoon. You pick the location of your honeymoon and then you can add specific experiences your guests can buy – massages on the beach (highly recommend), candlelit dinner for two, sailing, kayaking, room service, horseback riding and so much more. Traveler’s Joy will even have suggestions for you to add to your registry based on your location. This can help if you’ve never been to your location before.

Since we weren’t sure if our guests would prefer to buy from Amazon or Bed, Bath and Beyond, we registered for some of the same items at both places. We did get a couple of the same items. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I would switch it up and include different items if you use more than one place.

Make sure to include a variety of price points for guests.

Here are the top registry picks every couple needs:

For the kitchen:

Include any and all of the cooking gadgets you will use in the kitchen.

Cleaning items:

Include items for cleaning including vacuums (we now have three :)) to mops and handheld cleaning devices.

For the bedroom and bathroom:

Include everything from bedding, sheets, pillows, pillowcases to towels, soap dishes, kleenex holder.

For outdoors:

Include anything from grills to grilling sets, to firewood. My husband also included a hammock.

China and dailyware:

We registered for China and it’s so nice to have, but keep in mind that it will probably sit in the cupboards until you have a fancy dinner party. If you register for China, make sure you have enough space to store it. It’s so nice and fragile, you want to make sure it’s kept in a safe place.

I read on the Knot that you’re supposed to write thank you notes within 2 weeks of receiving gifts, so I tried to be proactive and open all our gifts right away (plus who doesn’t love opening gifts!?). The only thing to keep in mind is you are going to get so many gifts throughout the process and even after the wedding. Before unwrapping and storing your gifts, try to keep them in boxes to avoid continuously rearranging your place. We had to rearrange our kitchen 3 different times, which consisted of taking EVERYTHING out and putting it back. This is definitely a tip I wish I knew before.

When you are registering, try to think ahead about what you may need in the future (especially if you’re moving into a house) and try to have your registry complete before you send out your save the dates.

Make sure to check out my other posts for wedding planning including 6 helpful tips for wedding planning, save the dates and engagement photos.

Hope this was helpful! What registry questions do you have or tips for people registering?


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