Choosing linens for your wedding registry can be a tricky business. Oh sure, you probably know what size beds you have (or will have) and what kind of bedding you need or want. And it's a great time to re-evaluate whether the towels you've had since college belong in the rag bag. Finally, you can register for something plush and lovely that matches the color scheme in your bathroom.
Choosing table linens can be far more difficult, and not as much fun if you're not sure exactly how you'll be decorating your new home. Most young couples do not have much in the way of a table linen selection before they get married. Maybe some fabric napkins and placemats, but nothing that you'd keep forever, and definitely nothing that must be ironed, right? Your wedding registry is a great time to fill out your supplies for when you want to entertain to impress.
Do you have a good dining room table, or do you plan to replace or upgrade yours? If the one you're eating on now isn't the one you want to own, do you know what size and shape you want to get eventually? Will it be round, oval, or rectangular? If you haven't the slightest idea, you may want to postpone requesting tablecloths as gifts. Perhaps an attractive table runner that compliments the room would be a better selection.
You can choose fun placemats and napkins to create a pretty table-top if the table itself isn't hideous, and doesn't need to be camouflaged. Your wedding is a great chance to register for lovely dinner napkins and placemats with your monogram on them — just make sure they're made of a type of fabric you'll be able to work with later on.
Class up a simple cocktail party with linen napkins, monogrammed or not. Your guests will definitely look twice — just be sure to drop them in the OxyClean before you head to bed or they'll be one use only.
Monogrammed tea towels for your kitchen, and hand towels for the bathroom can be a very classy addition to your home. Yes, you probably got hand towels that match your bath towels, but that doesn't mean you can't have special ones you put out when you're expecting company.
Registering for high-quality monogrammed napkin rings — something you'd probably never buy for yourself — will also make for a fun, eye-catching detail on your dinner table, no matter which linens you use.
And don't forget, your wedding registry is a good place to register for special holiday linens, too, if you plan to be hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas in the near future. Think about the beautiful tables you saw when you were a child, and channel one of those looks. It'll be fun.
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.