The 57 Best Registry Items Every Couple Needs

Let the 2018 BRIDES Registry Awards be your guide for the best registry items

Updated 10/25/18

You're engaged! It's time to start looking for your perfect wedding venue and the dress of your dreams, but don't forget one of the best parts of wedding prep. We're talking about the registry. Whether you have been living together for ages or are just getting ready to merge homes, your wedding gift list is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your worn-out gear (goodbye, old college dorm room toaster and threadbare comforter). But where to even start?

The whole process can be way overwhelming—especially when your future mother-in-law weighs in with her fave (but totally not your style) china patterns. Like the super-personalized wedding playlist you and your fiancé are currently poring over, your registry should be inspired by your unique style and life together. It's also the time to think about your #lifegoals together and all the activities you want to share in the coming years.

Luckily, the BRIDES team has tried out hundreds of home products so you don't have to—and added in their own personal, time-tested favorites to the mix. In the 2018 BRIDES Registry Awards, we highlight some of our all-time beloved classics (there's a reason why your mom's dutch oven and stand mixer are still going strong after all these years) in addition to plenty of fun alternatives to the traditional wedding registry list (think cool wireless speakers and a streaming device so you can get your Netflix on post-wedding craziness). A variety of options and price points ensure that you—and your guests—will be happy shoppers.

Love to lounge in bed on Saturday morning? Deck out your cozy spot with the softest sheets, an all-season comforter and chic throw pillows. A rocking party with al fresco cocktails and a killer cheese plate more your thing? Roll out your new bar cart, stocked with all the gear you need (including pretty glasses and a decanter) to entertain like a pro. From the copper pans you've always dreamt of to a turbo-charged, hand-held vacuum that makes clean up a breeze, these go-to wedding registry products will make [your new house together feel like a home.

Cooking Utensils

JCPenny

You’re not a master chef yet—but this kit will start you on your way.

SHOP NOW: JCPenny, $149

Cutting Board

Amazon

Chopping feels like a meditation—not a chore—on this reversible maple slab.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $95.44

Countertop Oven

Amazon

This baby is a next-gen toaster oven, with 13 functions. On the healthy side, it can dehydrate fruit. On the hell-yeah side, it air-fries doughnuts and chicken.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $399.95

Blender

Bloomingdales

Never again will you drop $8 on your daily smoothie.

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdales, $350

Toaster

West Elm

Avocado toast all around thanks to this colorful guy’s four-slice capacity.

SHOP NOW: West Elm, $200

Knives

ABT

You never thought kitchen tools could be sexy—until you laid eyes on these high-carbon stainless-steel blades.

SHOP NOW: ABT, $799.95

Nonstick Pans

Food 52

They’re the dynamic ceramic duo—safe for the oven and the dishwasher.

SHOP NOW: Food 52, $99 for two

Large Dutch Oven

Williams Sonoma

You finally have access to your MIL’s Bolognese recipe. Honor it with one of these (future) heirlooms.

SHOP NOW: Williams Sonoma, $464

Small Dutch Oven

Le Creuset

The matte finish on this classic heritage piece makes it feel super modern (and will look gorgeous on your kitchen shelf). The smaller scale makes it perfect for savory side dishes.

SHOP NOW: Le Creuset, starting at $150

Double-handled Cast Iron Skillet

Sur La Table

This will be your go-to early in the morning (eggs sunny-side up) and late at night (grilled cheese).

SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, from $27

Pots and Pans

Amazon

The shiny copper you want for your wedding accents? Show it off in your kitchen.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $300 for eight pieces

Mini Stand Mixer

Walmart

The downsized model of this kitchen staple has just as much oomph but isn’t such a counter space hog.

SHOP NOW: Walmart, $330

Sous Vide

Sur La Table

Want to jack your hipster-foodie cred? Just add (this to) water.

SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $200

Measuring Cups

Lenox

You’ll love this four-pack a bushel and a peck.

SHOP NOW: Lenox, $25 for four

Mixing Bowls

Farmhouse Pottery

Sure, they stack and have a spout (for pouring perfect pancakes), but more than anything: These wheel-thrown pieces look like art on your counter or shelves.

SHOP NOW: Farmhouse Pottery, $618 for five

Cheese Board

Zola

Cheese is the (second) love of your life. Give it a nice home!

SHOP NOW: Zola, $35

Cheese Knives

Terrain

Looped handles give these cheese amigos a modern touch and easy grip.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $32

Wine Decanter Set

Pottery Barn

This carafe is sleek and no-fuss, and comes with four stemless glasses.

SHOP NOW: Pottery Barn, Was $50, now $37

Cake Stand

Nambe

WWMBD (What would Mary Berry do)? Transform dessert into a show- stopper by elevating it on a hand-cut glass pedestal.

SHOP NOW: Nambe, $85

Home Assistant

Amazon

“Alexa, hire me a butler!” Having Echo’s voice recognition service is the next best thing.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $130

Sound System

Amazon

Take movie night to surround-sound level.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $1,299

Portable Speaker

Nordstrom

The loud and clear sound quality is ideal for entertaining ... and impromptu dance parties.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $99.99

Vacuum

Amazon

After the party, pick up crumbs, detritus, and God knows wtf that is with this compact cleaner that glides easily over carpets and hard surfaces.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $599

Serving Bowl

Lenox

When errbody’s hungry, this colorful dish can handle heaping helpings.

SHOP NOW: Lenox, $90

Napkins

Pom Pom at Home

Seriously, who ever thought ironing napkins made sense? Mercifully, this linen set is meant to have that rumpled-chic look.

SHOP NOW: Pom Pom at Home, $70 for four

Roasting Pan

Williams Sonoma

Now that you’re married, you’re expected to rotate in on hosting 27 (!) people for Thanksgiving. A nice pan (that makes a deliciously crispy bird) will soften the blow.

SHOP NOW: Williams Sonoma, Was $150, Now $119.95

Serving Tools

Wedgewood

These modern tools will have you ready to serve up all the side dishes you love.

SHOP NOW: Wedgewood, $100 for five pieces

Salad Servers

Amara

You’ll love the sleek lines of these servers—and then you’ll extra love just throwing them in the dishwasher.

SHOP NOW: Amara, $48

Grill

Sears

Go ahead and play—and sear, and char, and smoke—with fire.

SHOP NOW: Sears, $400

Hammock

Amazon

What 19 ounces of romance looks like: a packable hammock that goes anywhere, hangs in minutes, and has room for boo.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $69.94

Trash Bin

Simple Human

You never would have imagined you needed a rose-gold voice-activated trash bin, but now you do!

SHOP NOW: Simplehuman, $250

Pizza Stone

Amazon

Italian lava stone heats evenly, so no worrying about soggy centers or burnt crusts.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $120

Champagne Coupes

Amara

With glassware like this, you’ll grab any excuse to break out the bubbly.

SHOP NOW: Amara, $70 for four

Bar Tools

Crate and Barrel

You’re just a few stylish muddles and shakes away from Old Fashioneds for everyone.

SHOP NOW: Crate and Barrel, $100

Drink Stirrers

Zola

Take the chic sophistication of a cigarette holder, subtract the health risks, and you have this swizzle stick.

SHOP NOW: Zola, $19.99 for four

Coasters

Pretti Cool

These are made from grooved concrete in groovy pastel colors.

SHOP NOW: Pretti Cool, $50 for four

Soda Maker

Aarke

This CO2 blaster looks so cool, you’ll want to show it off on your bar cart.

SHOP NOW: Aarke, $200

Rugs

Annie Selke

Pick up what we’re laying down: An area rug can instantly elevate any living space.

SHOP NOW: Annie Selke, from $26

Vase

Zola

This gray porcelain vessel can take Whole Foods flowers to a whole new level.

SHOP NOW: Zola, $64.99

Picture Frame

Kate Spade Home

Your favorite wedding photo just got a new home.

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade Home, $50

Plates

Canvas Home

A pop of color doesn’t have to be bright—it can also be a rich gray or warm beige.

SHOP NOW: Canvas Home, $56 for four

Salad Plate

Mud Australia

Soft pink pairs well with cool neutrals—and adds a pop of color to your table.

SHOP NOW: Mud Australia, $40

Salad Plate

East Fork Pottery

It’s nice to come home to these handmade beauties, which come in a range of earthy tones.

SHOP NOW: East Fork Pottery, $28

Flatware

CB2

Make any random meal feel like a proper date with this shiny set.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $90 for 20 pieces

Coffee Table Tray

Wayfair

Spotted: The TV remote and the video game handset shacking up together in a lacquer tray.

SHOP NOW: Wayfair, Was $50.99, Now $45.99

Humidifier

Amazon

No more dry skin, thanks to this self-adjusting mother of all humidifiers.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, Was $499.99, Now $399.99

Jewelry Box

Kendra Scott

When your ring isn’t living on your finger, give it this luxe little spot to call home.

SHOP NOW: Kendra Scott Home, $150

Throw Pillows

The Maryn

With such cute outfits (like pillows made from handwoven fabrics), your sofa should be a fashion blogger.

SHOP NOW: The Maryn, $38

Mirror

Pottery Barn

Before you head out the door, do a last-minute style check in a stylish mirror.

SHOP NOW: Pottery Barn, Was $299, Now $209

Throw

Terrain

When you have this cozy linen blanket, you’ll want to crawl into bed at roughly 6:47 p.m.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $98

Coffee Maker

Nespresso

Get up, press a button, grab the frothy cappuccino and foamy latte, and high tail it back to bed.

SHOP NOW: Nespresso, Was $399, Now $279.30

French Press

Food 52

For a classic brew-for-two, try a French press (perfect for that breakfast-in-bed Insta moment).

SHOP NOW: Food 52, $120

Linen Sheets

Cultiver

The more you spend, the more wabi-sabi chic your sheets should be.

SHOP NOW: Cultiver, $365

Cotton Sheets

The White Company

Crisp, white sheets are a hardworking home-decor staple (they’ll withstand all of your paint-color indecisiveness!).

SHOP NOW: The White Company, From $29

Bamboo Tray

World Market

Bring a little piece of Bali to your bedside with this pretty tray.

SHOP NOW: World Market, $29.99

Duvet Cover

Coyuchi

Making the bed is a (proper usage!) literal snap with a duvet that lets you skip the hassle of a top sheet.

SHOP NOW: Coyuchi, $498

Towels

Bloomingdales

Some days when you get out of the tub, you feel like a post-bath beauty in a Degas painting. That’s when you use these towels.

SHOP NOW: Matouk, From $20

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