Looking for unexpected options to add to your wedding registry? These 10 finds will transform everyday necessities into some truly exciting housewares.

Creating your dream registry is a necessary part of the wedding planning process, but if you thought that selecting your new housewares involves mindlessly scanning just the basics, you're in for a pleasant surprise. While your wedding registry should include traditional items you'll need for your new home like dinnerware, linens, small appliances, and glassware, you don't have to pick the staid styles.

Since so many couples are cohabiting before the big day, odds are you already have many of the everyday essentials. If that's the case, consider your registry an opportunity to upgrade to picks that represent your style or unify the items you have at home. To help you build a wedding registry that is a combination of cool and functional, we found fresh takes on 10 major must-have items.

From your new go-to knife and some seriously amazing fine china to art-inspired linens and pretty-yet-practical glassware, each and every one of these housewares are anything but basic.

You'll likely still want to pick out a few more classic options (white everyday china and silver flatware will always be in style), but by adding a few poppy-pieces to your new home you can start to define your aesthetic as a married couple.

So go grab that zap gun and start shooting! Click through to see 10 serious upgrades on the classic registry items.

Illustration: Christina Park

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