Engaged and Living Together? Here's What to Put on Your Wedding Registry
Decades ago, gift registries helped engaged couples stock their future home with bedding, dishes, cookware, and everything else a young married couple might need. Why? Because they generally didn't have those items already.
These days, lots of modern couples live together during their engagement, and people are getting married older — so they likely already have a toaster, towels, and dishes that they've been using for years. Still, people want to give newlyweds gifts, and having a wedding registry is always a good idea. So if you live with your beloved and don't know what to add to your registry, here's the plan: think about the items you're missing, the pieces you might need in the future (especially if kids enter the picture), and the things you've always wanted to upgrade or splurge on.
Need a few ideas? Keep reading for registry items you'll use and need, even if you think you already have it all.
Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
You might have a coffee maker already, but what happens when you've got a hankering for a latte? Put Breville's The Barista Express Espresso Machine ($700) on your list if your idea of wedded bliss involves flat whites, macchiatos, and pure espresso shots.
Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 Upright Vacuum
If there's such a thing as a status vacuum, a Dyson is it. Not only is the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 Upright Vacuum ($400) a major housekeeping flex, its high quality and performance will make cleaning more efficient. Its cyclone technology sucks up even microscopic dust, while the self-adjusting cleaner head ensures closer contact to the floor surface for a superior clean. Ask for one, and vow to think of the generous gift giver every time you vacuum.
Hai 4-Spray Bluetooth-Enabled Handheld Showerhead
Think of your registry planning as an opportunity to upgrade essential items you'll use every day. For example, this Hai 4-Spray Bluetooth-Enabled Handheld Showerhead ($250) is not only water efficient, it also lights up when the water reaches the right temperature. Attractive, smart, reliable — kinda sounds like the ideal spouse, TBH.
Haven Organic Cotton 6-Piece Terry Bath Towel Set
Still working with the mismatched towels you've had since moving in together? Register for two Haven Organic Cotton 6-Piece Terry Bath Towel Sets ($76 each) to bring a unified aesthetic to your bathroom. Available in a bunch of dreamy colors, they're soft and organic. Don't feel bad about your existing towels; they'll find new life as a guest set.
Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen 625-Thread-Count Queen Sheet Set
There's something nice and symbolic about starting your marriage with a fresh set of crisp sheets. This Nestwell Egyptian Cotton Sateen 625-Thread-Count Queen Sheet Set ($165) feels luxurious and smooth, plus the sheets are dyed with nontoxic dye — so when you're rolling around in them, you can be confident that they're safe.
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Is any registry complete without a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer ($450)? It's a classic for aesthetics and performance, and unless you're already serious bakers, it's unlikely that either of you has a mixer of this caliber already. You know you want one. Now's the time to — should your guests be so generous — make it so.
Simplehuman 45-Liter Rectangle LinerStep Trash Can
Newlyweds just starting out are usually not the types to splurge on a stainless-steel trash bin that looks good and lasts forever. But you know who does do that sort of thing? Guests who want to spoil their favorite happy couple. Add the Simplehuman 45-Liter Rectangle LinerStep Trash Can ($140), and let someone help you begin your life together with a really swanky receptacle.
Henckels 1895 Classic Precision Chef's Knife
You're both adults, right? So you already have knives in your kitchen — but a wedding registry is a good opportunity to make sure you have at least one truly beautiful one. Henckels is one of the top knife makers, and its 1895 Classic Precision Chef's Knife ($75) demonstrates why the brand has such a high reputation. Made of German stainless steel, its razor-sharp blade makes cooking easier and more enjoyable. It's also a nice sub-$100 option for guests who may love you very, very much but are watching their budgets.
Oneida Caswell 65-Piece Flatware Set
If your flatware is mismatched — a common side effect of bringing two perfectly good sets together — it's time to stock up on a single pattern that you both love. This Oneida Caswell 65-Piece Flatware Set ($115) is a good choice. Made of 18/10 stainless steel, its design is elegant yet modern enough to use every day.