Next to plates and glasses, flatware is one of the top essentials you need to set a gorgeous table. And your registry is the time to get stocked up (and maybe throw away those old mismatched forks from your college days).
If you have the space, you might want to consider having two sets of flatware, one for every day (definitely go with a dishwasher-safe version here) and one for dinner parties and special occasions. It's also totally ok to just have one favorite pattern for everything! In general, entertaining is a much more casual affair than it used to be. While you still might want to invest in an old-school classic like sterling silver (or maybe you have a collection that's passed down from your mom or grandmother), these days it's really all about modern pieces that won't break the bank. And if you want it, you can still get that old-world vibe with styles that are infinitely easier to care for (no hand washing and polishing!).
Another question to ponder: how many place settings should you register for? Think about how you entertain- smaller, more casual cocktail parties or more formal, sit down dinners? It's a good rule of thumb to have at least eight matching sets so you'll be ready for whatever comes at you, be it your first time hosting Thanksgiving or a super bowl chili fest.