The 57 Best Registry Items Every Couple Needs

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

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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.

JCPenny

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

Cutting Board

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Countertop Oven

Amazon.

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.

Blender

Bloomingdales.

Bloomingdales

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

Toaster

West Elm.

West Elm

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

Knives

ABT.

ABT

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

Nonstick Pans

Food 52.

Food 52

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

Large Dutch Oven

Williams Sonoma.

Williams Sonoma

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

Small Dutch Oven

Le Creuset.

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.

Double-handled Cast Iron Skillet

Sur La Table.

Sur La Table

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

Pots and Pans

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Mini Stand Mixer

Walmart.

Walmart

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

Sous Vide

Sur La Table.

Sur La Table

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

Measuring Cups

Lenox.

Lenox

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

Mixing Bowls

Farmhouse Pottery.

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.

Cheese Board

Zola.

Zola

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

Cheese Knives

Terrain.

Terrain

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

Wine Decanter Set

Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn

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

Cake Stand

Nambe.

Nambe

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

Home Assistant

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Sound System

Amazon.

Amazon

Take movie night to surround-sound level.

Portable Speaker

Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

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

Vacuum

Amazon.

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.

Serving Bowl

Lenox.

Lenox

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

Napkins

Pom Pom at Home.

Pom Pom at Home

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

Roasting Pan

Williams Sonoma.

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.

Serving Tools

Wedgewood.

Wedgewood

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

Salad Servers

Amara.

Amara

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

Grill

Sears.

Sears

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

Hammock

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Trash Bin

Simple Human.

Simple Human

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

Pizza Stone

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Champagne Coupes

Amara.

Amara

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

Bar Tools

Crate and Barrel.

Crate and Barrel

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

Drink Stirrers

Zola.

Zola

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

Coasters

Pretti Cool.

Pretti Cool

These are made from grooved concrete in groovy pastel colors.

Soda Maker

Aarke.

Aarke

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

Rugs

Annie Selke.

Annie Selke

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

Vase

Zola.

Zola

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

Picture Frame

Kate Spade Home.

Kate Spade Home

Your favorite wedding photo just got a new home.

Plates

Canvas Home.

Canvas Home

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

Salad Plate

Mud Australia.

Mud Australia

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

Salad Plate

East Fork Pottery.

East Fork Pottery

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

Flatware

CB2.

CB2

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

Coffee Table Tray

Wayfair.

Wayfair

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

Humidifier

Amazon.

Amazon

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

Jewelry Box

Kendra Scott.

Kendra Scott

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

Throw Pillows

The Maryn.

The Maryn

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

Mirror

Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn

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

Coffee Maker

Nespresso.

Nespresso

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

French Press

Food 52.

Food 52

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

Linen Sheets

Cultiver.

Cultiver

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

Cotton Sheets

The White Company.

The White Company

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

Bamboo Tray

World Market.

World Market

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

Towels

Bloomingdales.

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.

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