20 Wedding Registry Must-Haves

20 Wedding Registry Must-Haves
There are countless details to consider when planning a wedding. But when it comes to wedding registry ideas, it's always best to start with the basics. You may not be at a stage in life where holiday serving platters or luxurious tea sets pique your interest. And let's face it, such items may never quite be your thing.

20 Wedding Registry Must-Haves

However, it helps to think ahead about the essential items that will ultimately turn a house into a home. Evaluate what you have now, and then consider what you may want down the line. To make it easy, we’ve outlined 20 must-have items that deserve a spot on every wedding registry.

1. Quality Flatware

It’s easy to pick up a less formal flatware set for day-to-day living. On the other hand, nothing says luxury like the heavier flatware you see at formal dinner parties. A great way to build a foundation of quality pieces is to choose designs that are minimal and complementary to any dishware. What’s more, these pieces tend to complement serving utensils of different designs. Always select the highest number of settings, which will help meet your changing needs down the road.

2. Simple and Elegant Dinnerware

Along the same lines as flatware, select a few dinnerware options that are simple yet elegant. Remember, you can always spruce up a place setting with colorful linens or centerpieces. And it’s best to choose an actual set over an open-stock selection of certain plates or bowls. As for materials, consider bone china, which is an upscale, durable choice.

3. Timeless Stemware

Stemware is a wedding registry staple. It’s nice to have options for your guests, and placing formal and casual high-quality stemware on your registry makes sense. Offer choices like timeless red wine glasses or all-purpose tumblers.

4. Durable Cookware

Quality cookware is essential for a well-rounded registry, and you can’t go wrong with a quality 7- or 10-piece cookware set. Consider a set with the most versatility, like stainless steel or enameled cast iron. If you want to list a particular piece, choose kitchen staples like a Dutch oven, frying pan, sauté pan, and roaster.

5. Sturdy Food Processor or Blender

There’s nothing like a reliable blender for food prep — so go ahead and put that powerful Vitamix or Blendtec you love on your registry. Maybe even consider a food processor to add versatility to your cooking repertoire. Big-ticket items are wonderful additions to any wedding registry, as friends and family can split the costs.

6. Practical Stand Mixer

Even if you have the blender and food processor angle covered, chances are you’ll get a lot of use out of a stand mixer. You can get these in a wide range of colors, and the number of recipes you can tackle with this versatile machine makes it worth every penny.

7. Time-Saving Slow Cooker

Practicality is all about saving time while putting in less effort, which makes this set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker essential for busy couples. Few kitchen items can save you time and effort as much as a slow cooker. Add one of these to your registry for easy and delicious meal prep without the fuss.

8. Reliable Barbecue Grill

Outdoor cooking items might be a little less obvious, but they are wonderful additions to any registry. A new barbecue grill is a terrific feature to have for outdoor entertaining. A stainless steel gas grill — or even a smoker — will provide you with years of use and good food.


9. Spacious Outdoor Dining Set

An outdoor dining set is perfect for the couple who loves to entertain. Nothing is better than having friends or family over for a summertime backyard barbecue — especially when you have a stylish and comfortable place to relax outdoors. Opt for a set with lots of seating and an umbrella, which will let you take advantage of your outdoor space even on the sunniest of days.

10. Luxurious Sheets

A luxurious sheet set should be one of the top items on your wedding registry, as it will be one of the most-used items on your list. Select a high-quality cotton set with a high thread count, which will last long after you’ve sent your last thank-you note.

11. Plush Pillows

Pillows are a practical addition to any registry, and are the perfect way to add a little extra comfort to your bedroom. From memory foam to goose down, there are lots options available for every type of sleeper. Consider the size of your bed when choosing pillows for your registry, and choose options that will be comfortable for both you and your future spouse.

12. Lavish Down Comforter

Down comforters come in a variety of warmth levels, all of which will add a lavish layer to your bed. Lightweight down comforters are perfect for the warm days of spring and summer, while extra-warmth options are wonderful for those long winter nights. An all-season down comforter is a great choice for those who live in more temperate climates. There are also down alternative options available for those with allergies.

13. Chic Duvet Cover

Fresh bedding can breathe new life into any room. Choose a duvet cover that suits the style of both you and your future spouse. If you’re still working out your bedroom design style, consider a chic duvet cover in white, grey, or oatmeal for the most versatility.

14. Soft Throws

A throw blanket is the perfect accessory for those days when you just want to cozy up on the couch with your partner. A simple, soft cotton knit in a muted tone complements almost any decor style, and a faux fur throw adds a dash of drama to any room. Add throw blankets to your registry to bring a little extra comfort to your space.

15. Fluffy Towels

Don’t forget about your bathroom when choosing items for your registry. Depending on the size of your home, you might consider adding multiple bath towel sets, which generally include bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths. Choose neutral colors and natural fibers for the most versatility and durability. An Egyptian cotton set will wrap you in luxury after every bath or shower.

16. Stylish Shower Curtain

Whether you like bright prints, muted colors, or fun fabrics, there’s a shower curtain to complete your bathroom decor. Some might like a bold look while others prefer a soft and tranquil space. Whatever your style, a well-designed shower curtain is a practical addition to any wedding registry.

17. Matching Bath Robes

Bring the spa home with matching bath robes. White terry robes are a classic choice, but plush microfiber robes in a wide array of colors are just as popular. Whichever cut or style you choose, a robe is a welcome registry addition that will add a little more luxury to your daily routine.

18. Photo Frames

Display your beautiful wedding photos and other memories with elegant photo frames. Add a silver-plated or porcelain frame to your registry to ensure that your memories will be carefully protected long after your golden anniversary.

19. Classic Crystal Vase

A classic crystal vase will ensure that you’re prepared for the next spontaneous bouquet of flowers from your partner. Choose a classic design — like a tulip- or barrel-shaped vase — to add a dash of glamour to your home.

20. New Luggage

Whether you’re visiting a tropical beach or hitting the streets of Europe, a high-quality luggage set is a great registry addition. Consider a hardside luggage set for extra durability, or an expandable set that will give you extra room to bring souvenirs back home.

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