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 2017 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.