11.24.2014

DIY: The On Crawford St. Guide to Creating Your Wedding Registry


Here's something you may not know - J and I are just 10 short months away from our wedding! We've slowly ticked items off our to-do list; venue, flowers, decor, DJ, limo... check, check and check. But before we take our trip up the aisle, we need to put together our registry. J and I had just started considering what we'd need to live happily ever after when Williams-Sonoma asked H and I to put together some tips and tricks on creating a registry. Needless to say we jumped at the chance!

After a lot of thought, here's our ultimate guide to creating a wedding registry.

Before adding a single item to your list consider the following:
1. What type of couple are you?
Do you and your fiance like to cook or are you planning to use your oven for storage, a la Carrie Bradshaw? Do you like to throw parties or would you rather go to a party? How you answer questions like these should inform what you're registering for. For example, both J and I love to cook elaborate dinners, so we'll be registering for lots of cookware. Taking your lifestyle into account and prioritizing items that embrace it is definitely that right place to start.

2. Think about where you'll be living and the space you'll have
Are you moving into a 600 sqft condo, a three bedroom house in the suburbs or a beautifully restored Victorian that's long on charm but seriously lacking in storage space? If storage space isn't as issue, register away! Otherwise, stick to the basics. I mean, where are you going to put that deep-fryer anyway?


Your list - keep it simple!
Your registry is the place to stock up on items that you'll need as newlyweds. Since this will be our first home together, J and I will be sticking to the basics. Start by putting together a list of everyday items, by category. Here's our list:

Kitchen & Baking
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Food processor
  • Cutting boards
  • Colander
  • Measuring set 
  • Spatula, whisk
  • Kettle
  • Cookie sheets
  • Casserole dish
  • Dutch oven
  • Frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Saucepans
  • Saute pans
  • Stockpot
  • Wok
Dinnerware
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Soup bowls
  • Mugs
  • Dessert plates
  • Serving dishes and platters
  • Espresso cups
  • Forks (salad, dinner)
  • Knives (butter, steak)
  • Spoons (teaspoons, tablespoon, soup spoons)
  • Knife set (pairing, carving, bread)
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Champagne flutes
Bathroom
  • Bath mat
  • Clothes hamper
  • Soap dish
  • Soap dispenser
  • Towels (hand, guest)
Bedroom
  • Linens
  • Duvet cover
  • Down comforter
  • Pillows
Miscellaneous
  • Vases 
  • Decor items
  • Vacuum
  • Ironing board & iron

Do's and Dont's
1. Do register ahead of time
Make sure to create a wedding registry up to 6 months before your wedding to give your guests enough time to purchase a gift for your big day.

2. Do stick to a neutral colour palette (for most things)
Here's a tip for couples who are moving into their first home together after their wedding: don't argue over colours. Since you'll be registering before you've decorated your place, stick to a neutral palette. It'll be easier to match those items with colourful stuff later on - like these delicious plates.

3. Do limit the number of stores you register at
Try to keep the number of stores you register at to two or three. You can usually get everything you need if you opt to register at larger department stores that carry a range of goods.

4. Don't limit your registry
Sure there will be only two of you living in your place, but what happens when you have guests? Many couples don't register for enough place settings and are sometimes left scrambling. My mom's advice - always get 12, that way you'll have enough when you host your first Thanksgiving dinner and you won't be so upset when you inevitably break something.

5. Don't worry if you don't get everything on your list
Most stores have a completion program that gives you the chance to purchase remaining items at discounted prices, along with some other great benefits. Check out Williams-Sonoma's benefit program.

What to Avoid
Will you really host a fondue party for six or make pasta from scratch every weekend? If you answered no, then you can probably skip those items. Here are a few more items you might want to skip:
  • Panini press
  • Popcorn maker
  • Cupcake stands 
  • Sushi service sets
  • Expensive decor items
  • Ice cream maker
While practicality is great - give yourself at least one item that is a want rather than a need - we won't judge if it's listed above! It might be an adorable Pumpkin Cake Pan or a Personal Embosser (that one is H's pick), but whatever it is, just make sure you'll use it! 

Finally, like everything related to planning your big day, make sure to have fun and enjoy the experience! Head over to Williams-Sonoma's website now to get started on your registry!

All pictures via Williams-Sonoma

This is a sponsored post for Williams-Sonoma 
*As always, all opinions are our own 

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