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What to Include in Your Wedding Registry

When trying to decide what to include in your wedding registry there are several things to take into consideration.

Do you and your fiancé already live together? If so, you probably have almost everything that you would typically register for. In that case, it is not uncommon to ask your guests to put money toward your honeymoon or other fun experiences. Even if you and your fiancé do not live together yet, but still have everything that you need between the two of you, it is still acceptable to ask for them to put money toward these experiences. However, the process of walking around stores with your loved one, registering for items you’ll need to build a home and family can be not only fun but a great way to imagine your lives together going forward.

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Honeymoon Fund

Many resorts have honeymoon registries on their websites to make it easier for you to register for experiences while you celebrate your new marriage – like a candle-lit dinner on the beach or swimming with dolphins. This way your guests can go onto this registry and put money toward whatever they wish to. If you are not visiting a resort that offers their own honeymoon registry, don’t worry! There are free websites that you can sign up for that allow your guests to go on and donate money toward your honeymoon.

You want to make sure that you are not being tacky when asking people to put money toward your honeymoon because the last thing you want is for your guests to feel uncomfortable. Never include your registry information on your save-the-dates or invitations. However, it is acceptable to put this information on your wedding website and bridal shower invitations. You should also tell close friends, family, and the wedding party so they can spread the information for you.

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More Interested in Experiences Over Material Goods?

Something that more and more engaged couples are asking for instead of the usual pots and pans, is for their wedding guests to pay for an experience – like ziplining, kayak adventures, or dancing lessons. Monthly subscriptions are a great gift for newly married couples. Ask for boxes of unprepared meals that you can cook together to be delivered to your door each month, a dinner and a movie box for the ultimate date night, or guests can even customize their own boxes on some websites! The same etiquette applies in this situation. Just like the honeymoon fund, put this information on your wedding website and depend on word of mouth. It is acceptable to put your wedding website on your save-the-dates and invitations and to tell your guests to follow that for wedding updates. You can attach links on your website of the experiences that you are interested in so that your guests know where to purchase gift certificates from.

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Traditional Wedding Registry “Must Haves.”

If you and your fiancé do not already live together and the list of things that you need to include on your registry seems overwhelming, we are here to help. Here is a list of “must haves” that every new couple should include on their wedding registry:


  • KitchenAid (don’t forget to pick your favorite color!)
  • Non-stick pots and pans – it’s time to get rid of the ones that destroy your pancakes and eggs every morning.
  • Toaster
  • Cutlery
  • Matching dish set and glassware set
  • Blender so you can finally start making those kale smoothies you promised to have as your New Year’s resolution
  • Glass Tupperware – plastic Tupperware can melt and deform in the microwave or dishwasher. Now that you’re married, upgrade to a matching set of glass Tupperware!
  • Can opener – Just Say No when it comes to rusty razors cutting into your cans
  • Vacuum
  • Spice rack
  • Luggage – you will need this for your honeymoon and all your future family vacations.
  • Crockpot
  • Coffee pot
  • Bathroom/kitchen towels
  • Mixing bowels
  • Tool set – this is especially important if you are moving into your first house together!
  • Check out our free online printables to see what other must-have items you should add to your list!


It is always helpful to add that your guests can also purchase a gift card on the registry in case they are too busy or wait until the last minute to get your wedding gift.


There are lots of options when it comes to registering for your wedding! Consider some  alternatives or visit our Pinterest page to see what classic items should definitely make it onto your registry!Whether you take the nontraditional route and ask for money toward crazy experiences, or stick to the traditional route of asking for hand towels and pots and pans, you can look to Northeast Ohio’s most trusted vendors to help create your list! Make sure you are using good etiquette when informing your guests about your wedding registry, and – of course – asking for things that you and your fiancé will cherish for years to come!


Written by Today’s Bride Intern: Danielle Johnson

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