The 35 Must-Have Items to Add to Your Wedding Registry

Upgrade your newlywed home with these essentials.

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As far as the wedding planning process goes, there’s arguably no part that’s more enjoyable than registering for gifts. Unlike so many other elements, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be stress-free, not to mention that it can be done from the comfort of your own couch. It’s all the fun of online shopping, sans the ensuing credit card bill stress. What could be better?

This is the time and place to upgrade everyday basics and staples—sheets, pots, and pans, flatware—as well as hone your design aesthetic as a couple, 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.

To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the best wedding registry items, ranging from the classic to the unexpected—and everything in between. Get to clicking!

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Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven

white le creuset

 Courtesy of Zola

Trust us, 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 even 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. You can’t go wrong with the clean and simple white, though if you love color, you’ll be happy to know that there are many other hues to choose from.

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Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Pre-Seasoned 12 inch Cast Iron Skillet

 Courtesy of Walmart

Like a Dutch oven, a cast-iron skillet is ridiculously versatile and the perfect option for everything from scrambling eggs to baking 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!).

Also nice: This skillet comes pre-seasoned, eliminating one cast-iron prep step for you.

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All-Clad d3 Tri-Ply 10-Piece Cookware Essential Set

all clad set

 Courtesy of Zola

Your wedding is the perfect time to finally pitch 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 stainless steel coating makes for even heat distribution and a naturally stick-resistant surface. Bonus points for the fact that the included sizes all nest together perfectly, ideal if you’re tight on kitchen space.

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Brava Oven

Brava Oven

Courtesy of Brava

Make no mistake about it: This is nothing like a standard toaster or countertop oven. The high-tech appliance uses powerful lamps to bake, roast, sear, sauté, grill (you get the picture) 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. Oh, and did we mention that it also cooks food even faster than any traditional method?

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Smeg 5 Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Smeg 5 Qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

 Courtesy of Zola

The look of this stand mixer is adorably vintage and retro, but its tech specs are totally modern. Namely, 10 speeds plus a smooth start function, a safety lock, and planetary mixing action (AKA the included attachments rotate completely around the bowl to ensure the best mixing of all your ingredients.)

And, back to the adorable part of things, there are five super cute colors to choose from.

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Ninja Air Fryer

Ninja Air Fryer

 Courtesy of Amazon

Air fryers are the it appliance of the moment, well-deserving of all the buzz and hype. Particularly this one that’s affordable and effective, yet has a nice and compact footprint so as to not take up too much space on your kitchen counter.

It’s a game-changer for cooking crispy French fries (regardless of whether they’re homemade or the store-bought frozen kind), and also has a dehydrator function that lets you turn things like fruits and veggies into crunchy chips.

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Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Boos End-Grain Rectangular Chopping Block

Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Consider this the cutting board to end all cutting boards. Made of sustainable maple wood and with a traditional butcher block grain, it can withstand daily use and still look just as good, no matter how much chopping or cutting you do on it.

Speaking of looking good, the three-inch-thick slab is just as beautiful as it is functional, something you’ll want to display on your counter. This one can be monogrammed too, should you want to add a personal touch.

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Parachute Quilt

Parachute Quilt

 Courtesy of Parachute

This is the perfect 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. And you truly can’t go wrong with any of the seven neutral shades; there’s an option to work with any kind of décor.

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Luxome Premium Bamboo Sheets

Luxome Premium Bamboo Sheets

 Courtesy of Luxome 

Kick-off your marriage on the right side of the bed, so to speak, by upgrading your current sheets. Namely, opting for these, which are made of 100% pure bamboo with a 400 thread count, the highest there is for bamboo.

Buttery and silky, they’re softer than even the highest-quality Egyptian cotton, plus are moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and eco-friendly. Sweet dreams.

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Down Cotton 6 Piece Towel Set

Down Cotton 6 Piece Towel Set

 Courtesy of Down Cotton

This brand focuses on using not only ultra-soft but also ultra-sustainable, Egyptian cotton (as well as helping increase the income of the farmers that grow it).

These insanely fluffy towels are made of a blend of that cotton plus bamboo-derived rayon, which is naturally mildew-resistant. Plush and thick, they get even softer with each wash. Deck out your bathroom with this set, which comes with a pair of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.

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Recliner NYC Classic PJ Set

Recliner NYC Classic PJ Set

 Courtesy of Recliner

Okay, so this may not be considered a traditional registry gift since it’s for you only, but hear us out. You’re likely going to get plenty of cute lingerie at your shower and bachelorette (and we’re all for that!), but why not also ask for a pair of pajamas that you know you’ll wear on a regular basis?

These are made of a fabric derived from beech trees that’s even softer than cotton, ultra-breathable, and hypoallergenic. Not to mention they just look so darn cute. In related news, they’d also make adorable bridesmaid gifts, perfect for those wedding day ‘getting ready’ photos.

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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.

Ask for this stunner, handcrafted by artisans in Spain. The mohair-wool blend is soft and cozy, while the geometric pattern is modern yet timeless.

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Linoto House Helper Treeless Linen Towels

Linoto House Helper Treeless Linen Towels

 Courtesy of Linoto

In the vein 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 ol’ stash of these and keep them on hand to use as a dishtowel, a counter rag, as casual napkins, to line a bread bowl—you name it, they can do it.

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Simplehuman Dual Sensor Can

Simplehuman Dual Sensor Can

Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

You know you’ve reached a certain age when you’re asking for a garbage can as a gift, but hey, we’re here for it. Particularly because this isn’t really so much of a garbage can as it is a piece of technology.

It’s, are you ready for this, voice-controlled, so you can open it, keep it open, and close it—all without ever touching it. Not to mention that the slim and chic design means you’ll actually want to keep it out in the open. It even comes in rose gold…and you know you need a rose gold garbage can.

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Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike

 Courtesy of Peloton

If you’re a fitness fanatic couple that’s been eyeing one of these buzzed-about bikes forever, now’s the time to ask for one it. Sure, it might not be the most expected of wedding registry items, but there are no rules when it comes to what you want to register for.

And to be fair, it’s something you’re much more likely to use on a regular basis, than, say, a fancy set of china. With the bike plus the Peloton app, you have access to a wide range of daily live spin classes (and even more available on-demand), with something to fit everyone’s skill level, music preference, and more.

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Sonos Move Smart Speaker

This one little speaker can do it all. The battery-operated option can be used indoors but is especially ideal for outdoor listening thanks to its powerful quality and weather-resistant features. (It can stand up to heat, humidity, rain, and is extra durable, too.)

Plus, you can sync it up with any other Sonos speakers you may have, or simply connect to it via Bluetooth to use it solo or take it with you on-the-go.

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Calpak Ambeur 2-Piece Luggage Set

Calpak Ambeur 2-Piece Luggage Set

 Courtesy of Zola

Whether it’s for your honeymoon or all the trips to come, a sturdy set of luggage will prove to be invaluable. These hardtops fit the bill, come with 360-degree spinner wheels, and have plenty of roomy compartments and pockets to house all your stuff.

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Iwoly Portable Handheld Steamer

Iwoly Portable Handheld Steamer

 Courtesy of Amazon

It’s not so much that you don’t need an iron, it’s just that a steamer is so much more convenient and easier to use. Particularly this one, which steams away wrinkles in a flash and can be used horizontally or vertically.

It’s tiny enough to stash in a suitcase, though can also be wall-mounted for storage purposes. Try it and you’ll be ready to ditch that ironing board in no time.

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Dyson V11 Animal Cord-Free Stick Vacuum

Dyson V11 Animal Cord-Free Stick Vacuum

 Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond

Who knew a vacuum could elicit so much excitement? Trust us, this is nothing like your grandma’s vacuum; it boasts all kinds of cool features that will make you actually want to clean. It’s capable of capturing 99.97% of even the tiniest, microscopic dust particles run for 60 minutes before it needs a charge, and has twice the suction of other similar vacuums.

It can easily be turned into a handheld and the slim size makes storage a breeze. The bottom line: There’s good reason to be excited about it.

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Waterford Lismore Flared Vase

It’s worth adding one fancy vase to your registry; it’s one of those things you probably won’t ever buy on your own but will use once you have. Consider this particular pick, not only for its gorgeous flared shape and detailing, but also because it can be engraved with your initials, making it that much more special.

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BossBlend Coffee CO. Culture Blend Subscription

BossBlend Coffee CO. Culture Blend Subscription

 Courtesy of BossBlend Coffee CO.

If your goal is to create a registry full of practical gifts you’ll use daily, look no further. Truly, what’s more practical than a way to ensure you never run out of coffee? This monthly subscription comes with either one or two canisters of the brand’s best-selling blend, which boasts notes of chocolate and almond. Yum.

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Wolf Gourmet 10-Cup Programmable Coffee System

Wolf Gourmet 10-Cup Programmable Coffee System

 Courtesy of Amazon

For those who can’t figure out how to brew a perfect cup of coffee, this smarty-pants 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 in order to achieve your desired result. (There’s also a built-in water filter to further ensure your coffee tastes perfect.) Consider it the secret for getting that ‘it came from a coffee shop’ taste every single time.

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Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

 Courtesy of Fellow

After you’ve brewed that perfect cup of coffee, make sure the taste stays perfect—even if you have to take it to-go—with this travel mug. A ceramic coating prevents that weird, metallic aftertaste that can come with so many other similar mugs, while a double wall keeps it hot for up 12 hours.

There’s also a built-in splash guard, and it comes in two different sizes and a range of colors.

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The Wedding Party Store Engraved Tea Box Organizer

Engraved Tea Box Organizer

Courtesy of Etsy

For those who sip tea on the regular, a tea bag organizer is a must. (If you don’t know, now you know.) A bamboo stunner like this makes it totally gift-worthy, particularly given that it can be customized. Engrave it with your names, wedding date, monogram, family crest—the sky’s the limit.

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Cailini Coastal Marble Canister

Marble Canister

 Courtesy of Cailini

Versatility is the name of the game with this beauty. Use it to house cooking utensils, as a wine chiller, or as a vase for fresh florals. Either way, the gorgeous marble vessel makes a statement and is sure to get plenty of use. This curated online shop also gives a portion of profits to charity, an extra bonus.

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Estelle Colored Champagne Coupe Stemware

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.

There are various colors to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with this statement-making-yet-still neutral amber smoke shade.

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Fortessa Arezzo Flatware 5-Piece Set

Fortessa Arezzo Flatware 5-Piece Set

Courtesy of Zola

Register for this flatware now and you won’t need replacements for a long, long time. Made of a 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.

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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, a perfect place to store and chill plenty of beverages.

But it’s the personalization element—it can be engraved with your last name and wedding year—is what makes it all the more special of a wedding gift.

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Crate and 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 perfect balance between being clean and classic, yet not 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 of the five pieces in the set is also dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe.

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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 different types 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 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.

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Sempli Monti Decanter

Monti Decanter

 Courtesy of Food52

Decanting a bottle of wine is one of those small things sure to impress guests whenever you’re hosting. Pour even an inexpensive bottle into this beautiful decanter and it instantly will become a work of art ready to be set out in the middle of the table. (Not to mention that it’s specially shaped to help improve the flavor and taste of your vino.)

Choose from two different sizes, meant to hold either one or two bottles of wine.

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CB2 Hex Large Teak Serving Board

CB2 Hex Large Teak Serving Board

 Courtesy of CB2

Use this as a cheese board, a serving tray, or simply as a piece of décor on your coffee table—it’s that pretty. A chevron pattern inlay coupled with an unexpected hexagonal shape makes this stand out from all the other serving trays out there, a truly unique piece.

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Entertaining: Classic Cotton Chambray Napkins

Classic Cotton Chambray Napkins

 Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Just like you get plenty wear out of a chambray shirt, you’ll get plenty of use out of these chambray napkins. Durable, yet super cute, they’re choice for everyday, casual dining, and come in a charcoal hue that will work with any type of dishware, flatware, or other table linens.

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Charity Choice Gift Card

Charity Choice Gift Card

 Courtesy of Zola

Feel like you already have plenty of stuff? Your guests will still want to get you something, so consider adding something to your registry that will satisfy that need for them and allow you to give back. 

Designate the funds to go to up to three charities of your choosing; you can pick from an extensive list of over 1000 options, helpfully split up across 12 different categories, such as environment, children, military, and more.

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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, so consider this another option that falls into the ‘practical gift category.’ Simple and straightforward, these flat cards feature both your names in a colorful font and come in three different shapes.

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