From lace-trimmed linens to floral printed dinnerware, wedding registry items tend to sport a characteristically feminine aesthetic. But a couple’s must-haves need to be a reflection of their shared taste. After all, marriage is a union of two people, and the wedding registry is a practical expression of this partnership.
When coming up with a wedding wish list, make sure that you and your spouse are together during the shopping trip. Follow these tips and suggestions for picking out pieces that both of you will enjoy.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. Go beyond form and focus on function with durable appliances that will last you a lifetime. Beyond the basic microwave oven and rice cooker, treat yourself and your spouse to some choice kitchen helpers. If the two of you love a good cup of coffee in the morning, pick a well-built coffee maker or a sleek espresso maker. Enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches for afternoon merienda? Include a sandwich maker in your list. Are both of you health buffs? Include a ceramic set of cooking pans that will allow you and your hubby to enjoy greaseless home-cooked meals.
Dinnerware sets are a must for every home, and there is an assortment of kitschy styles to choose from. However, postpone the shabby-chic Victorian style teacups for later purchases. Build your collection on a basic set of sturdy dinnerware. Classic plates and bowls in a crisp white, glass tumblers, and stainless steel utensils are a no-fail choice for every day.
Regardless of the size of your starter home, it’s always a good idea to stock it with fun items. If you or your hubby loves music, pick a space-saving USB speaker or iPod dock. For movie nights, consider including an ultra-high definition Smart TV, which can serve as one of the big-ticket items on your list. If the groom is an electronics buff, this is a great time to tap into his expertise.
Finally, don’t forget to create a cozy bedroom that both of you will love to come home to. When picking linens, throws, and pillows, set aside style differences. Now is not the time to turn the marital bedroom into an extension of either of your former spaces. Decide on a color palette that both of you will love.
The wedding registry need not only be about the bride. Honor your union by getting your hubby-to-be on-board when shopping for items. Long after the big day, you’ll be coming home to a place that is a reflection of both bride and groom.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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