The 30 Must-Have Items to Add to Your Wedding Registry

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As far as the wedding planning process goes, registering for gifts is one of the most enjoyable steps to do together as an engaged couple. This is the time and place to upgrade everyday basics and staples—sheets, pots, pans, and flatware—as well as hone your design aesthetic as you choose items that reflect the vibe and feel of your marital home. But go ahead and think a little bit outside the box, too. Your registry is also the place to ask for fun one-offs you might not otherwise ever purchase yourself. Jung Lee, event planner and registry expert, tells Brides, "Your new home and life should be surrounded by special pieces that bring excitement."

Meet the Expert

Jung Lee is an event planner and registry expert based in New York City. Her store, Jung Lee NY, is a haven for beautiful home goods, china, and entertaining pieces.

While choosing registry items will largely depend on your and your partner's hobbies and personal preferences, there are still certain features you should look for in these items–including their usability, durability, and budget. With these features in mind, we researched the top options to help you successfully curate a registry list you'll love. Some of our favorite items are the Minted Ann Gardner Modern Couple Personalized Stationery, All-Clad D3 Stainless 3-ply Bonded Cookware Set, and Lenox Tuscany Classics All-Purpose Stemless Wine Glass.

Read on for the best wedding registry items.

Minted Ann Gardner Modern Couple Personalized Stationery

Ann Gardner Modern Couple Personalized Stationery

Courtesy of Minted

You’re going to need to send thank you cards for all these gifts you receive (and any other letters you may wish to send out), so consider this an option that falls into the ‘practical gift' category. Simple and straightforward, these flat cards feature both of your names in a colorful font and come in three different shapes. We're partial to the notched sides and the Tangerine Dream font color. The cards come in two size options and sets of 15 up to 305. You can also choose between several paperweights and recyclable options as well.

All-Clad D3 Stainless 3-ply Bonded Cookware Set

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All-Clad 10-Piece Cookware Set

Your wedding is a great time to finally ditch all those beat-up, hand-me-down cookware pieces you’ve both accumulated over the years. This set of six pots and pans features everything you need, no matter whether you’re a kitchen novice or seasoned chef.

An aluminum core attracts heat fast, while the durable stainless steel coating makes for even heat distribution and a naturally non-stick surface. The handles have an ergonomic design and are cool-to-the-touch, making it easier to maneuver the pots and pans while they're in use. To up their versatility, you can also use these pans on any stovetop, including induction, and they are oven safe for up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Bonus points for the fact that the included sizes all nest together for easy storage—ideal if you’re tight on kitchen space.

Lenox Tuscany Classics All-Purpose Stemless Wine Glass

Lenox Tuscany Classics All Purpose Stemless Wine Glass

 Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

There is no shortage of wine glasses you could register for, but if you want to keep it simple and go with an option that you know you’ll reach for time and time again, add these to your list. Made of fine, non-lead European crystal, they’re nice enough to work for any special occasion, yet durable enough (and dishwasher-safe) to be your ‘weeknight glass of the cheap stuff’ glass, too. They can hold up to 15 ounces of wine and often go on sale, so they're a budget-friendly pick.

Cookware sets are a dime a dozen, but this one by Caraway is truly worth investing in. It features four must-have items—a frying pan, a saucepan, a sauté pan, and a dutch oven—that cover all of your cooking bases from eggs to stews and stir-fries.

All the pieces feature a durable ceramic coating that ensures the food won't stick (cleaning up is not as fun as cooking, let's face it). They come in several colors, so you can choose a neutral or bright option that suits your and your partner's kitchen. They work on any stovetop and are oven-safe up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. While they aren't dishwasher safe, their non-stick coating makes them super easy to hand wash. But what sets this cookware apart from others is the included magnetic pan rack and lid holder, making it easy to keep the set organized in your kitchen cabinets. Overall, this is a durable set that will last you for years.

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

 Courtesy of Fellow

If you're all about coffee or your partner needs a to-go cup for those early mornings, this mug keeps coffee warm and fresh for hours. A durable ceramic coating prevents that weird, metallic aftertaste that can come with other mugs, while a double wall keeps it hot for up to 12 hours. There’s also a built-in splash guard and a BPA-free plastic lid, and it comes in two different sizes and a range of colors. Even better, it's compatible with standard drip coffee machines

Parachute Linen Box Quilt

Parachute Quilt

 Courtesy of Parachute

This quilt is an ideal layering piece to add a finishing touch to any top-of-bed look. A box pattern on the linen front adds visual interest, while the cotton back feels cool against your skin. The medium-weight makes it the ideal choice for using on its own during warmer evenings or adding over a comforter for extra warmth on chilly nights. It comes in twin/twin XL, full/queen, and king/California king sizes, and you can’t go wrong with any of the seven neutral shades to work with any décor. You can also buy matching pillow shams to fully coordinate your bedding aesthetic.

Lone Star Art Store "Lover's Lane" Street Sign Art

Lone Star Art Store "Lover's Lane" Street Sign Art

Courtesy of Amazon

Affordable and unique, this whimsical black and white photograph can be customized with your and your partner's names and wedding date. It's the perfect unexpected addition to your gallery wall. It comes as an unframed print, but you can also register a gallery-wrapped canvas or matte-framed print if you prefer. All of the options print on high-quality materials (archival paper or stretched canvas) to ensure their longevity.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven

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Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven
Le Creuset

If you're looking for a durable and extremely versatile piece of cookware, then you'll be amazed at how much use you can get out of this one piece of cookware. The oven-to-stove-to-table pot can be used for pretty much anything and everything, from stews to roasts to homemade bread.

The exterior enamel is made to resist chipping and the interior enamel to resist staining, ensuring you’ll have it for years to come. It is available in two-quart up to nine-quart sizes and comes in a variety of colors, from a clean and simple white to vibrant orange. It's oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used on any type of cooktop. The lid has stabilizers in it to prevent rocking and keep moisture locked in. Even better, this dutch oven is dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze.

Fortessa Tableware Solutions Arezzo Flatware

Fortessa Tableware Solutions Arezzo Flatware

 Courtesy of Food52

Register for this flatware now, and you won’t need replacements for a long, long time. Made of heavy gauge stainless steel, these won’t fade or rust, and the style is completely timeless. We’re partial to the black finish, which adds an unexpected pop to any table setting–though the set also comes in a more classic stainless steel, as well as gold and rose gold. They're available in five-piece and 20-piece sets and are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. We love that you can use this set for your daily meals, fancy dinner parties, and everything in between.

Sempli Monti Decanter

Monti Decanter

 Courtesy of Food52

Whether you and your partner are looking to impress party guests or you are a wine enthusiast, a wine decanter is an essential piece of barware. Pour your favorite bottle into this beautiful decanter, and it instantly will become a work of art that's ready to be set out in the middle of the table. Made from durable, lead-free crystal, it's specially designed to improve the flavor and taste of your vino and can hold up to 25.3 ounces. Although it's not dishwasher-safe, it's easy to hand wash between uses.

Simplehuman Rectangular Voice and Motion Sensor Automatic Kitchen Trash Can

simplehuman voice+motion rectangular sensor can

 Courtesy of simplehuman

We like this garbage can because it's a piece of technology that will make your life easier. It’s voice-controlled, so you can open it, keep it open, and close it all without ever touching it. Available in silver, black, and white finishes, the slim and chic design means you’ll actually want to keep it out in the open. There's a pocket to hold the heavy-duty bags, making it easy to switch them out when the trash is full. It's made of durable stainless steel, and it has an invisible coating to resist fingerprints and germs. To keep things smelling great, it also has a pod pocket in the lid to eliminate odors.

John Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Boos End-grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Williams Sonoma

If you're looking for a functional kitchen tool that can double as countertop decor, look no further than this stunning cutting board. Made of sustainable maple wood and with a traditional butcher block grain, it can withstand heavy daily use and still look brand new. As a bonus, this one can be monogrammed with initials or a family name for a personal touch.

Charity Choice Gift Card

Charity Choice Gift Card

 Courtesy of Zola

If you and your partner are big on giving back, consider adding this charity gift card to your registry. You can designate the funds to up to three charities of your choosing. Pick from an extensive list of over 1,000 options, helpfully split up across 12 different categories, such as environment, children, military, and more. While we recommend this $100 option, you can also register this gift card in $50 and $250 amounts.

Linoto House Helper Treeless Linen Towels

House Helper Treeless Linen Towels

Courtesy of Linoto

In the name of upgrading basics, these multi-use towels are the chicest (not to mention most sustainable) swap for paper towels out there. Strong and absorbent, register for a big stash of these and keep them on hand to use as a dishtowel, a counter rag, as casual napkins, bread bowl liners, you name it. They're made of 100 percent biodegradable linen and come in a variety of colors to match any decor.

Wolf Gourmet 10-Cup Programmable Coffee System

Wolf Gourmet 10-Cup Programmable Coffee System

 Courtesy of Amazon

For the couple who wants a perfectly brewed cup of coffee every morning, this smart machine does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is set it to how many cups you want to make and how strong you like your java.

With Accu-Brew Technology and a built-in scale, this machine tells you exactly how much ground coffee you need to add to achieve your desired result. It can brew up to 10 cups, and the water reservoir is removable, making it easy to fill. There’s also a built-in water filter to further ensure your coffee tastes its best. The LCD screen is easy to read, and you can also program this coffee maker to make your coffee in advance. It's made of durable stainless steel, so it will last you for a long time.

SMEG Retro-Style Stand Mixer with Stainless Steel Bowl

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SMEG Stand Mixer 5 Qt

Williams Sonoma

If you or your partner are into baking, this stand mixer is a must-have. While the look of this stand mixer is adorably vintage and retro, the tech specs are totally modern. Namely, 10 speeds plus a smooth start function, a safety lock, and planetary mixing action ( meaning the included attachments rotate completely around the bowl to ensure the best mixing of all your ingredients). The stainless steel mixing bowl can hold up to five quarts, has ergonomic handles for comfortable handling, and is dishwasher-safe. It also comes with a flex edge beater, wire whisk, flat beater, dough hook, and plastic bowl cover. As a bonus, it's also available in several colors, from your standard black and white to cute pastels.

Brava Countertop Oven

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Brava Oven

Brava

If you're looking for a highly versatile kitchen appliance, look no further than this oven from Brava. The high-tech appliance uses powerful lamps to bake, roast, sear, sauté, and grill your food via light energy.

Even better, it can do all those things in a targeted manner, so you can cook foods that would otherwise have to be cooked separately (think roasted veggies and sautéed salmon) all at the same time on one sheet. As a bonus, it also cooks food faster than any traditional method. It's available in silver, black, and white finishes, so you can match it to the rest of your kitchen appliances. Depending on which version you register for, it also comes with a glass tray, metal tray, muffin tin, square pan, loaf pan, egg tray, and chef's pan.

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

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Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron

Target

This cast-iron skillet is ridiculously versatile, making everything from scrambled eggs to baked cornbread. This brand has been around since 1896 and is as reputable as they come, though their offerings are surprisingly affordable (consider registering for two!). This skillet comes pre-seasoned, eliminating one cast-iron prep step for you, and also includes a silicone handle holder for easy handling. It's available in 3.5-inch up to 15-inch options, and the hole in the handle allows you to hang it for easy storage.

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Ninja 4-Quart Air Fryer

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Ninja Air Fryer

Amazon

Air fryers are one of the top appliances to have, and this one is particularly affordable and effective. Unlike some other options, it has a nice and compact footprint so it won't take up too much space on your kitchen counter. With a large temperature range between 105 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a game-changer for cooking crispy French fries, pizzas, nuggets, and more. To further its versatility, it also has a roast, reheat, and dehydrator preset. We love the dehydrator function, in particular, because it lets you turn fruits and veggies into crispy, delicious chips. For cleanup, the basket, crisper plate, and multi-layer rack are all dishwasher-safe.

Luxome Luxury Bamboo Sheets

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Luxome Premium Bamboo Sheets

Amazon

Start your marriage on the right side of the bed by upgrading your current bedding with this luxurious bamboo sheet set. They're made of 100 percent pure bamboo with a 400 thread count—the highest there is for bamboo—making them softer than Egyptian cotton. They come in various colors, from crisp white to royal blue and terracotta, and are available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, California king, and split king sizes. Each set includes a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases. They're silky soft and moisture-wicking, making them amazing for hot nights. We also love that they're certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX. With the proper care, these sheets will last you for years.

Down Cotton 6 Piece Towel Set

Down Cotton 6 Piece Towel Set

 Courtesy of Down Cotton

Ditch your mismatched towels, and stock up your bathroom with this ultra-soft towel set. We love this brand, in particular, because they focus on using high-quality and ultra-sustainable Egyptian cotton for each of their towels (as well as helping increase the income of the farmers that grow it). This set is made of a blend of Egyptian cotton and bamboo-derived rayon, making them highly plushy, absorbent, durable, mildew-resistant, and anti-bacterial. They get softer with each wash and are available in several different colors, including crisp white and bright green. Each set includes a pair of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.

Ezcaray Picasso Throw

Ezcaray Picasso Throw

 Courtesy of Goodee

If completely changing out your furniture isn’t yet in the cards, adding some fun new throws and pillows is one easy way to completely change the look of your living room. We recommend this throw blanket, which is handcrafted by artisans in Spain. The mohair-wool blend is soft and cozy, while the geometric pattern is modern yet timeless. It measures 78 by 51 inches and is great for cuddling up with your partner on movie nights.

Style Union Home Malibu Place Setting

malibu 3 piece place setting

If you love to host parties or eloquently plate special occasion one-on-one dinners (think your anniversary or birthdays), add this unique place setting set to your registry. It consists of three pieces, two plates, and one bowl that are individually hand-crafted by Los Angeles-based potters. As a result, designs will vary slightly, which makes them all the more unique. The sets are available in several colors and patterns, but we're partial to this stunning and simple off-white.

If you’re a fitness fanatic couple that’s been eyeing an at-home option, add the Peloton to your registry. The bike comes with the Peloton app, allowing you to access a wide range of daily live spin classes (and even more available on-demand) that match your skill level, music preferences, and more. It comes with home delivery, a professional setup, and a 12-month limited warranty to protect the purchase. You can also upgrade your bike package to include some of the accessories like the Peloton cycling shoes, weights, bike mat, and more.

Sonos Move Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

Sonos Move — Battery-powered Smart Speaker, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with Alexa built-in - Black​​​​​​​

Amazon

If you're partial to slow dances around your home with your partner, add this wireless speaker to your registry. The battery-operated option can be used indoors, but it is especially ideal for outdoor listening, thanks to its powerful quality and weather-resistant features. It can stand up to heat, humidity, and rain and is extra durable, too. To add to its versatility, you can pair this with any other Sonos speakers you may have or connect to it via Bluetooth to take it with you on the go. It has an 11-hour battery life and Automatic Trueplay technology to adapt the sound to your space for an improved listening experience.

Iwoly Portable Handheld Steamer

Iwoly Portable Handheld Steamer

 Courtesy of Amazon

To keep your and your spouse's clothes neat and fresh, add this steamer to your registry. It's more convenient than an iron, steams away wrinkles in a flash, and can be used horizontally or vertically. We also like that its compact size makes it travel-friendly and easy to store. The water reservoir holds five ounces of water, which can steam around four to five pieces of clothing. It has a ceramic-coated metal steam panel, making it safe to use on various fabrics, including cotton, polyester, wool, silk, and more.

Crate & Barrel Marin White 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

Crate and Barrel Marin White 20-Piece Dinnerware Set

 Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

This dinnerware strikes the ideal balance between being clean and classic without being boring or basic. The soft white color is timeless, while the artisanal ceramic shapes and glazing along the rims add visual interest and sophistication. With service for four, each set includes a dinner plate, salad plate, low bowl, cup, and saucer. Each piece is dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe, making this a particularly durable and versatile pick for your registry.

Boss Blend Coffee Co. Culture Blend Subscription

BossBlend Coffee CO. Culture Blend Subscription

 Courtesy of BossBlend Coffee CO.

Never run out of your morning coffee with this monthly subscription from Boss Blend Coffee Co. You can customize your subscription to include one or two canisters of the brand's best-selling blend, which boasts notes of chocolate and almond. At $12 a month, it's a great affordable pick for your wedding guests, not to mention you'll be using it daily, so it's practical, too.

Estelle Colored Glass Champagne Coupe Stemware in Amber Smoke

Estelle Colored Champagne Coupe Stemware Set of 6

 Courtesy of Estelle Colored Glasses

There’s going to be plenty of champagne drinking and celebrating happening, so along with a yummy bottle of bubbly, some chic champagne glasses are in order. These art deco-inspired coupes are a fun departure from traditional flutes and are made of beautiful, hand-blown glass. They can hold up to 8.25 ounces and come in a set of six. There are various colors to choose from, including bright blue, purple, and green, but you can’t go wrong with this statement-making yet still neutral amber smoke shade. Bust these glasses out beyond your wedding for any special occasion like anniversaries and New Year's celebrations.

Personal Creations Wood Trough Beverage Chiller

Wood Trough Beverage Chiller

Courtesy of Personal Creations

If you’re the couple known for throwing the best barbecues all summer long, this is an entertaining staple. A pine wood trough comes with a galvanized metal insert to easily store and chill plenty of beverages in style. However, it's the personalization element—it can be engraved with your last name and wedding year—that makes it all the more special as a wedding gift.

What to look for in a wedding registry

Beyond being an upgrade of household and entertainment items, a wedding registry should reflect the interests and hobbies of the couple. It's a great opportunity to finally get the cast iron dutch oven you've wanted for years, a brand new tent for camping adventures, or a fancy new vacuum that will make chore-sharing a breeze. Even large gifts like furniture pieces or grills are great group gifting options. And don't forget to consider alternative registry items like a honeymoon or house fund.

FAQ
  • What is a wedding registry?

    A wedding registry is a curated list of gifts that's created by the engaged couple and made available to the wedding guests prior to the event. Traditionally, wedding registries were specific to individual stores, but now there are more opportunities for the couple to combine multiple brands and gift options.

  • What should you put on a wedding registry?

    Whether you're moving to a new house together or upgrading your old household items, a registry is a chance to set the tone for the life you want to create together. From cookware and entertaining essentials to camping gear and honeymoon funds, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure to include a range of different items and price points that are accessible to all guests.

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