Registries these days are so much more than formal china and silver place settings (not that we don't swoon over all that stuff too). The important thing to think when you put together a registry list is how you and your partner actually live. What are the things you love to do together as a couple? If setting up a cozy home is #1 priority or outdoor adventures more your thing, don't be afraid to register for things that support the passions that you share together. This is YOUR registry, after all! Also, a this is definitely the time to do some serious upgrading on things that you use all the time (hello, vacuum that works like a dream and makes cleaning a synch). Here, 10 items you want to make sure you have on your list.
Get ready to entertain in style with this sleek, compact set. It includes everything you need to make killer cocktails, including a bottle opener, mixing spoon, coil strainer, a jigger, ice tongs and a serrated knife for citrus garnishes.
Top Shelf Bar Tool Set with Stand, $50, available at CB2
This is the time to throw out your old, mismatched towels and upgrade your linen closet (these super-soft, Turkish cotton ones will fit the bill). Make sure to have at least four sets of matching hand and bath sizes ready for guests (you know your MIL is going to be visiting one of these days).
Calistoga Bath Towels, $24-48, available at Serena and Lily
Set up a gallery wall to showcase all those gorgeous wedding and honeymoon pics that you've collected. Go with a mix of shapes and sizes (both the mats and the exterior frames) to keep things interesting.
Gallery frames, $20-139, available at West Elm
While you're thinking about your gallery wall, consider also adding some affordable art pieces to your registry. Graphic black and white prints are a a perfect contrast to moody landscapes and romantic vignettes.
Thin Branch by Kate Roebuck, $35 and up, available at Artfully Walls
A Nice Grill
If you don't have room on your patio for a full-size grill, go for this tabletop version. It has the capacity to turn out a backyard party's worth of dogs and burgers, but can also be packed up to take to the beach, campground or game.
Cuisinart Chef's Style Tabletop Gas Grill, $230, available at Zola
If the two of you are more interested in pitching a tent under the stars than setting a table for eight, camping gear is the way to go when it comes to your registry list. If you have space, go for a tent that's slightly larger (a four-six person size is ideal) to allow for extra luggage space.
Big agnes 4-person tent, $270, available at Zola
This sleek rolling bag is perfect for your post-wedding adventures—and the polycarbonate shell comes in a range of chic hues to match with your honeymoon wardrobe. The carry-on size even has a built-in charger so your phone will always stay at 100% on your trip.
Away Suitcase, $225 and up, available at Away
Couples frequently leave this essential item off their lists, but it's the perfect opportunity to snag something super practical (and it's something you'll use again and again). The slim profile on this model allows it to be tucked easily away in a closet.
Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum in Iron, $450, available at Dyson
Your registry is a good opportunity to upgrade all parts of your home—and don't forget the floor! A good rug can really brighten up the space and anchor all the other pieces in the room, whether it's a large item like a sofa or just a colorful coffee table vignette.
Dash and Albert Glimmer Chevron Silver Woven Rug, $120 and up, available at Annie Selke
Soft lighting is key for romantic evenings at home. Go for classic shapes and neutral tones that will fit in different rooms throughout your house.
Roar + Rabbit Crackle glaze lamp, $179, available at West Elm