Deciding what things to register for, or whether you want a registry at all, is a surprisingly big part of wedding planning. Most couples have been living together for many years before they get engaged, often in small spaces—meaning the kitchen is properly stocked and there's little to no room for anything new.
Sure, alternative registry ideas, like asking guests to contribute to a honeymoon fund or requesting donations to charity in lieu of gifts, are great. But in the end, a lot of your family and friends will likely want to give physical gifts. So, before you get clicking on that Zola registry, it's time to get serious about the five things you need to register for if you're living in a small space!
Are some of your household items still hanging around from your postcollegiate phase? These are, of course, the items you use all the time, and while they are perfectly serviceable (though kind of sad looking), they could certainly use an upgrade. Donate any of your old items that are still of sound quality, and register for new versions of your old faves: a fancy vacuum cleaner, nice picture frames for your wedding photos, and glassware that actually matches.
You want to ensure that most of your registry is affordable for your guests, but add a few gifts that can be considered splurges. It does feel a bit awkward asking for luxury items, but it's nice to have options. If some family members decide they want to spoil you, or a group of friends wants to band together to gift something larger, you should have some high-end options, like fancy honeymoon luggage or a Vitamix.
3. Very unsexy but necessary items
Some crucial things to register for: sheets and towels. The time has come to say goodbye to those bargain stiff sheets and towels. Sheets and towels are also affordable gifts that guests know will be used and appreciated, which is a win for all.
4. Things that will make you smile to look at every day
Register for some unique items that will make your home a more fun place to be. Pineapple ice bucket? Check. Flamingo-print rug? Check. Elephant bookends? Check, check, check.
Why not register for a few experiences that you are both really excited about, from a cheese-of-the-month club to a cocktail tour of New York? These gifts won't take up any space in your apartment, will give you quality time as newlyweds, and will be something fun to look forward to after all the wedding hoopla.
Successfully registering for physical gifts when you live in a small space can be done—it just requires some thinking, organizing, and a bit of creativity. And if you end up deciding a traditional registry isn't for you, there are so many other options too!