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Setting up a wedding registry is a foolproof way of not-so-subtly telling your loved ones exactly what you’ve been lusting after, without any of the guesswork. There’s no set way to plan a registry, and there are plenty of options to give it a personal touch to reflect the personalities of the couple. You may be setting up a new home together and want to upgrade your kitchen and entertaining pieces. Or maybe you're looking to donate to charity or would rather register for experiences versus extra gear.
To help, we reached out to married and engaged Brides editors and asked about the items they're glad they included on their registry—and what they might do differently if they were registering today. Whether you’re indecisive about what to include (there are so many options out there!) or just need some advice, we have you covered with their favorite wedding registry picks.
Read on for the best registry items, according to editors.
Michael Aram White Orchid Taper Candleholder
"This is one registry item I use every single week, on Friday nights to be precise. They are immensely chic and even more beautiful in person if you could believe it. I will use these for years and years to come." —Jessica Mahgerefteh, Editorial Director, Commerce
Upgrade your lighting setup with this hand-crafted set of candleholders by Michael Aram. Perfect for candlelit dinners for two or ten, the classic, botanical design works for year-round occasions and matches any color scheme. Standing at 11” tall and made of durable, nickel-plated metal, they'll stand the test of time as a tabletop centerpiece for years to come.
Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
“If I were registering today, I'd definitely go for a nice comfy robe to lounge in when I'm on in Zoom meetings. Don't try to fill certain buckets just because you think you should. If you're not a big cook, don't register for a stand mixer. You can always update your registry in the months leading up to your wedding as your wants and needs change.” —Samantha Netkin, Senior Editor, Brides
The plush robe is made of luxurious Turkish cotton—you'll feel like you're wrapped up in a blanket or hanging out at a fancy spa. Whether you’re doing self-care treatments at home, preparing a meal, or unwinding for the night, it will have you covered. Available in four neutral colors and several sizes, it's the perfect unisex design for both you and your partner.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Rice Pot
“I didn't have a formal registry when I got married, but something that I would add is a Le Creuset cast iron pot.” —Tomoko Takahashi, Senior Designer, Product & Design
A kitchen staple that’s made to last for the years to come, this pot is a heritage piece that can be passed down through the generations. Available in a range of hues and neutral tones, it’s guaranteed to dress up any dinner table or countertop. The pot is designed to minimize sticking or staining while maintaining temperature control. Not just limited to rice and grain lovers, it can also be used for jams, syrup, or oatmeal to satisfy any kind of craving or meal prep need.
Kate Spade New York Todd Hill 5-Piece Flatware Set
“We ordered everyday china and flatware instead of formal pieces. We use these all the time and are still going strong seven years later." —Dwyer Frame, VP, Commerce
You can’t go wrong with registering for a flatware set, especially if it’s something you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself. The stainless steel set includes a dinner fork, dinner knife, salad fork, soup spoon, and a teaspoon to complement all kinds of courses and table decor.
Designed to be tarnish-resistant, it’ll last throughout the years and for many dinner parties to come. Once it’s time for cleanup, the pieces can be conveniently tossed into the dishwasher.
All-Clad D3 Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel Stock Pot
“I would definitely focus on kitchen essentials. I actually just recently added a nice stock pot to my registry because I'd love to spend the colder months experimenting with soup recipes.” —Samantha Netkin, Senior Editor, Brides
With a classic design and durable construction, this stainless steel stockpot is perfect for making soups or stocks. Its convenient loop handles allow for easy transferring from the stove and island to the fridge. The stick-resistant surface and aluminum core allow for even, mess-free cooking. The pot is also ideal for blanching or canning, so versatility is guaranteed.
Doctors Without Borders
“I had a surprise wedding where we got married at our engagement party. And, because of this, we did not have a registry but instead asked anyone who felt moved to make a donation in our name to Doctors Without Borders. We ended up raising about $5k, which felt great. So, generally speaking, I would encourage people to always include a charity on their registry list.” —Tory Brangham, Chief Commerce Officer
If you’re particularly passionate about international communities and humanitarian aid, Doctors Without Borders is a great choice in lieu of (or in addition to) a traditional registry. Guests can make a tribute donation in honor of the couple. Simply fill out the online form, choose your contribution amount, and pick an eCard design.
“I also would probably use a registry service that allows for group funding for a large purchase like a sofa or contributing towards a new house. I think it allows for flexibility to not have to choose a specific item at the time of the wedding and allows people to gift a desired amount towards something the couple really wants.” —Tomoko Takahashi, Senior Designer, Product & Design
You and your partner may want a more simplified registry process or are focused on funding fewer, but more expensive, purchases. If either is the case, Honeyfund may be the right option for you. The free service gives your guests the option of sending a monetary gift, which can be used for things like down payments, honeymoon costs, savings goals, or that vintage artwork you’ve been eyeing.
Williams Sonoma Brasserie Blue-Banded Porcelain Dinnerware Collection
"We registered for way too many glasses, including crystal wine glasses that are still sitting in their boxes seven years later. Register for a mix of what you need now, what you are missing, and entertaining pieces you might not want to spend money on (a turkey roaster, salad bowl, serving platters).” —Dwyer Frame, VP, Commerce
These classic dinnerware pieces will make you feel like you’re at a European bistro. Whether you're serving brunch or hosting a dinner party, this set gets the job done, and more. Depending on your entertaining needs, you can customize your set and mix and match dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, mugs, or platters. A sweet bonus? All pieces are microwavable and dishwasher safe.
Calphalon Contemporary Self-Sharpening 20-Piece Cutlery Set
"I know, I know: It's strange to be jazzed about knives. But these are different and, in my opinion, a must for all wannabe chefs like myself. Each knife is housed within a built-in sharpener, so you're never stuck with a dull blade. This feature is a gamechanger—trust. They are also labeled, so you know which knife to reach for whether you're cutting bread, tomatoes, or steak." —Jessica Mahgerefteh, Editorial Director, Commerce
Whether you and your partner have a library of family recipes to replicate or enjoy dicing with Chef’s Table in the background, an excellent knife set is a must-have registry item. Messy drawers with mismatched utensils are a thing of the past with this 20-piece set—it features every knife you might need in a gorgeous, maple wood storage block, complete with built-in ceramic sharpeners.
Matouk Full/Queen Key Largo Flat Sheet
"We also registered for really nice monogrammed sheets that we still love and use." —Dwyer Frame, VP, Commerce
These luxe sheets can be personalized with either your name or your first, middle, and last initials. Choose from a selection of various monogram styles as well as a thread color in your favorite hue. When the temperature gets warmer, it can even be used in place of a blanket to prevent overheating.
What is a wedding registry?
A wedding registry is a hand-selected list created by an engaged couple and made available to guests for personalized gift-giving. There’s no shortage of registry sites and services to choose from, whether you’d like to register at a favorite department store or you’re drawn to an all-in-one site like Zola. While there is a general etiquette to registry planning, almost anything is on the table, from continuously adding to the registry up until the big day or creating multiple lists.
What should I put on a wedding registry?
There’s no set way to plan a registry. While traditional registries may be composed of intricate flatware and splurge-worthy household items, it's becoming more popular to donate to a charity of the couple's choice, a travel fund, or even a down payment for a new home. Take into consideration what you and your partner value and need when coming up with a wishlist (which doesn’t have to be completely aligned). A solid plan is to include a mix of items at varying price points to accommodate your guests’ different budgets.
Why Trust Brides?
Brides contributor Tori Zhou prioritizes quality over quantity when online shopping. She frequently relies on reviews, and she’s always looking to invest in splurge-worthy bedding. If she had her own registry, she would set up funds for both travel and health non-profit organizations.