Photo courtesy of CB2
When we first thought about our wedding registry, Sean and I decided to forgo traditional housewares. There were a few reasons for that. We’re in our 30s and have lived on our own for years. We both worked at Target during our careers, so we stocked up on discounted sheets, towels, and small appliances long before we got engaged. We also live in a one-bedroom apartment with minimal storage space. Registering for a bunch of household items didn’t make sense to us.
Instead, we set up a honeymoon registry for our trip to Spain. By contributing to it, our guests can help us create once-in-a-lifetime memories as a newlywed couple.
This all sounded great—until we found out how many showers our friends and family are planning to throw for us. Sean’s side is planning four showers, and my side is planning two. It’s amazing that so many people want to celebrate our marriage. But asking guests to attend a shower and watch me open envelopes stuffed with cash is a bit tacky. We needed to reassess our plan.
The honeymoon fund is what we want most, so we kept it for our main wedding registry. But we decided to register at a few retailers for our shower gifts: Crate&Barrel, CB2, and Macy’s. They have stores in the Twin Cities, which will be convenient for local guests. They also have online registries for those who don’t live in the area.
At first, I didn’t know what to register for. Then I took an inventory of our household items. Sure, we have lots of dishes and glasses. But they’re a mix of IKEA, Target, and other brands we’ve accumulated over the years. It would be nice to have a full set of high-quality dinnerware we can use to entertain.
We could also use some more cookware. It’s tough to make a stir-fry without a wok or use a cutting board that has cracks all over it. We’re keeping a list of kitchen essentials that we either don’t have or are worn out, and we continually add them to our registry.
Our shower registry will also help me complete a project I’ve been procrastinating on: our bar cart. I purchased a bar cart this summer, but due to wedding planning and expenses, I haven’t been able to furnish it. I fell in love with CB2’s barware. I dream of using those sleek items to mix cocktails for a dinner party—or for ourselves after a long day.
Today, couples have lots of registry options—from housewares to honeymoon funds and charitable donations. Think about what you’d value most, and create the registry that’s right for you. Ultimately, guests want to give you something you’ll cherish and enjoy.