I love weddings and as we embark on wedding season I thought it would be great to have a whole week of blogs filled with advice for soon to be brides. Today I am blogging about the wedding registry, and the rest of the week is filled with guest bloggers talking about dresses, stationary, health, and much much more so STAY TUNED!
Once you become engaged the celebrations begin! When I worked as a personal shopper for Marshall Fields, some of my clientele were brides preparing their registries for guests. So many of them worried about adding too many items to their list or putting off guests by adding expensive items and I gave them all the same advice…
Don’t make that decision for your guests, let them decide how many items they want to purchase for you and how much they want to spend. Many of your guests will give you 2 or sometimes 3 gifts depending on if they will be invited to the engagement party or the showers so keep that in mind.
When it comes to a variety of gifts, add things that you and your groom will enjoy now and as your marriage grows. High ticket items like china, quality linens, and appliances like a kitchen aid mixer or espresso machine are things you will keep for a really long time. Choose options that fit your personality that are also neutral enough to match any home decor.
Don’t worry about adding expensive items, you will be surprised how generous your guest will be and some of them will choose to go in together to buy you a nicer gift. Last Spring I received a letter from a reader asking me for advice. She was worried about adding the serving pieces that matched her china because they were so pricey. My advice to her was to absolutely add them, she would want them down the road when she was hosting dinner parties and I suggested that she register for multiples of the platters and serving bowls. I heard from that bride after her wedding and she thanked me for my advice. She received all of her china and serving pieces and Macy’s had sent her an additional vegetable bowl to thank her for registering with them.
Here are some of my favorite items in stores right now for soon to be brides!
Versatile Serving Pieces
Someday you will entertain and you will thank yourself for registering for nice serving pieces. Many different companies sell nice sets, I particularly like Wilton Armetale Serve Ware. Their stuff is great, it can go in the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and even on the grill. It goes with everything! Wilton makes several different pattens, some are more simple and tradition, others more modern. I have seen this brand at several department stores, it often goes on sale too.
This is the ultimate bridal gift, if you register for it you will get it and you will love it. My aunts gave me mine for a wedding gift which was extra special since they are both amazing cooks.
A Great Set of White Dishes
If you have a great set of white dishes you will be all set for entertaining around any holiday! You can spruce up the table scape with inexpensive linens from stores Ikea, HomeGoods, and Pier One. I like this set from Pottery Barn a lot!
I was worried about adding a nice set of knives to our registry because they can be so expensive but they are worth it. We use our knives all of the time and a nice set makes meal prep much easier.
Things You Will Never Buy Yourself
There are so many pretty things out there that you would never justify buying yourself. I love the Kate Spade Larabee Dot bar collection because it is young and fun and these cashmere throws from Williams Sonoma are to die for!
I asked Kuzak’s Closet facebook fans for their favorite tips and advice when it comes to planning your big day. Stay tuned for the rest of wedding week and enjoy!
Shawn Says: “My advice would be to do what you and your fiance want to do, don’t bend to other pressures.”
Dorothy Says: “My favorite pieces of advice for The Big Day are: 1. Assign someone (not your Maid of Honor) to make sure you eat something/ are drinking water in the hours before the ceremony. It is amazing how little you’ll feel like eating, but you don’…t want to faint at the altar! 2. Discuss with your groom the possibility of staying within arms’ reach of each other after your vows. Inevitably, people will want to be near you, so if you stay right next to each other (some cultures actually tie the newlyweds clothes together), you’ll have parallel experiences of your reception. This avoids the, “You didn’t get to meet my Aunt So and So?” “Don’t you remember when my best friend from college told that great story…?”
Hannah Says: “Don’t be afraid to go “outside the box”! It’s the couples day– not the families, not the friends–your inviting them to celebrate you two becoming one! Best advice I received–my husband and I had a fiesta style wedding served tacos, burritos and nachos and followed reception up by a honeymoon cruise to Mexico!”