When I built my wedding registry, I knew I wanted to register for gifts in a ton of price ranges to accommodate the varying budgets of my guests. And we hear from brides and grooms all the time who ask us if registering for their dream gifts will make them look greedy. While at first you could’ve definitely put me in that group of worrywarts, today, I couldn’t disagree more. Here’s why: Your guests want to shower you with gifts that they know you’ll use and that you’re excited to have. Plus Zola’s group gifting feature lets guests pitch in whatever amount they’d like towards pricier gifts, so no single guest gets stuck footing the whole bill for your dream $600+ blender—that is, unless they’re feeling unbelievably generous (Thanks, Aunt Rachel!).
Once you make it past that hump, though, you’ve got to decide which gifts are worth the splurge and which ones you can steal. Let’s take on the kitchen category for this exercise. Everyone thinks that these gadgets are overwhelmingly expensive, but there are a few essentials that are majorly affordable and game-changing.