Registry trends from coast to coast

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One of the first items to check off on your wedding to-do list is to register for wedding gifts. There are so many options to add to your bridal registry—tableware, linens, luggage, barware—it's easy to get overwhelmed. We spoke with Bailey Locke from Bloomingdale's San Francisco and Hannah Soule at the Bloomingdale's store in New York City asked them for the latest trends and hot ticket items they suggest brides and grooms add to their registry. Here's what they had to say: —Anne Chertoff

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What are you seeing as the must-have item on bridal registries?

Bailey: The Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is the must-have item on all registries. Not only does it come in loads of fabulous colors it serves many purposes. You can add the attachments to your gift list and before you know it you are making fresh pasta, meatballs and slicing veggies for a salad! Even if you don't ever use your Kitchen Aid mixer, it will always look good sitting on your counter top.

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Hannah: Brides are adding more variety in terms of price points as well as looking for non-traditional gifts that are relevant to their life today. His and hers bathrobes are seeing a resurgence as well as high-end cookware, like All-Clad—more couples are eating in vs. dining out on the town to save a few dollars here and there.

Are you seeing couples register for more traditional or modern styles?

Bailey: We're seeing couples who

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tend to enjoy an eclectic mix of old and new, they really embrace the idea of mixing and matching. We encourage them to create a registry that is a true representation of them as a couple and they can do that by emerging both styles.

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Hannah: We are seeing brides more interested in creating their own patterns by mixing and matching. They tend to use all styles to put together a pattern that speaks to who they are as a couple. A recent bride was looking for something to match her mother's hand-me-down traditional Wedgwood pattern and ended up mixing in accent plates from fashion forward Monique Lhuillier's Femme Fatale. There are no rules anymore!

What are some of the trends you're seeing regarding how a couple registers?

Bailey: We work with a lot of couples, from the initial registry appointment all the way through the wedding and after during their completion. We like to get the groom involved from the beginning so he wants to be a part of the entire registry process; it helps to hand over the scanner immediately!

Hannah: Registering at Bloomingdale's truly has become a family affair. Most brides might begin their registry with a close confidante like their mother or a best friend but we typically see as many grooms as brides walking our floors with a scanning gun. On occasion we have both sides of the couple's family in to offer their advice. Registry Consultants at Bloomingdale's can all claim to have degrees in family therapy at one time or another.

Are brides registering and re-registering multiple times?

Bailey: We encourage our couples to take it one room at a time, which can take multiple visits to the store. Building a beautiful and balanced registry is definitely a process and we want our couples to be fully engaged the entire time. The minute they feel tired, hungry or just over it we encourage them to return their scanner and come back fresh another day.

Hannah: The process to create the perfect registry involves a carefully executed game plan that the couple develops with their registry consultant and can span over multiple visits. The best part about registering is that couples can work on their registry in-store or online and add and remove items over time until they have created the blueprint for everything they will need for their new lives together.

Is there a particular pattern or color that is very popular in your store?

Bailey: The San Francisco couple tends to prefer a clean, simple and classic pattern. They mix in key funky colorful and seasonal patterns when it comes to accent plates, chargers, table linens and fashion bedding.

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Hannah: We are seeing brides lean towards china patterns with blue elements. Royal Copenhagen patterns like Mega are appealing to the New York bride who likes an air of sophistication to her urban table layout.

Not sure which dinnerware to register for? Use the Brides.com/Bloomingdale's Set Your Table Tool to mix and match dozens of china patterns! Visit bloomingdales.com to learn more about registering at one of their stores.

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