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Now that spring has officially arrived, that means wedding season is right around the corner! Do you know anyone getting married this year? I'll be standing up as a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding this May! The only wedding that I've ever been apart of is my own, so I'm excited to play a role in my friend's wedding, just like she did in mine when she was my bridesmaid!
My friend's wedding shower is coming up in a few weeks and as I was searching for gifts to buy off of her registry, the idea for this blog post popped into my head! Back when I was engaged, I was so excited to set up my wedding registry. I spent a lot of time researching different products and figuring out what my fiancé (now husband) and I would need in order to start our lives together and create a comfortable home. Thanks to Pinterest, I had a pretty good idea of the things I should register for, but I always felt like I was missing a few things. I knew that there were items that I was forgetting but I had a hard time putting my finger on just what it was that I was leaving off of my registry because I had so many other things going on in my life while I was wedding planning.
Based on my own personal experiences, here's my list of things that couples shouldn't forget to add to their wedding registry:
1. Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Some couples add a regular vacuum to their registry, but don’t forget about a handheld vacuum cleaner. Handheld vacuums are super handy and useful to have around the house. My husband and I use ours to clean dog hair off of our suede couch and to pick up crumbs that have fallen on the floor in the kitchen. It’s so much easier to use a handheld vacuum to clean up small messes versus the regular upright vacuum. You don’t have to fumble around with the cord and find an outlet. You just power it on, suck up whatever you need to and then put it away.
What to purchase: Bissell® Bolt® Reach Pet 14.4V Cordless Hand Vacuum - If you want a vacuum that'll pick up pet hair and other small messes in a flash, this is definitely the handheld vacuum to go with! It even comes with a crevice tool with a dusting brush that helps clean hard-to-reach areas.
2. Extra Towel and Sheet Sets
This is a must for any wedding registry. In my opinion, you can never have enough towels or bedsheets. I recommend getting at least three towels sets (including two towels, two hand towels and two washcloths) and at least three sheet sets (two for the master bedroom and one for the guest bedroom). Having extra towels and sheets on hand is helpful when you have guests that stay at your house or if they get worn down due to normal wear and tear. I registered for sheets at Target and I'm so happy with them. They're extremely affordable and they're as comfortable as can be! As for the towel sets that I registered for...well, that's a different story. I received towel sets from Kohl's and I'm so disappointed with them. After washing my towels a few times, I noticed that they were fading and I started seeing signs of discoloration.
What to purchase: Sheets: Threshold Performance Sheet Set (400 Thread Count) - I absolutely love these sheet sets and I think you will too. The sheets are high quality and they feel soft. They're not scratchy or stiff, so you'll be able to fall asleep in no time with these on your bed.
Towel Sets: Royal Velvet® Luxury Egyptian Cotton Loops 6-pc. Bath Towel Set - These towels are so plush and soft. They'll make you feel like you're in your own personal spa as soon as you step out of the shower. The nice thing about these towels is that they have a luxurious feel, but they don't have a huge price tag. You can't go wrong with these towels.
3. Photo Albums
Even though everything is digital these days, I love printing photos and storing them in photo albums. When I was a kid, I loved to pull out my parents’ photo albums and flip through them. It was so cool to see what they looked like when they were my age and what types of clothes they wore (fashion has changed since they were in their twenties).
I recommend printing your photos in the 4x6 size (you can either upload your photos to an online photo printing service or take your camera’s memory card and print your photos from a kiosk at a store like Target or Sam’s Club) and organizing them in an album that can hold up to 500 photos. I don’t know about you, but storage space is hard to come by in my house, so I’d rather have a big photo album filled with 500 pictures than a bunch of small ones. That’s just my personal preference, though.
Since you’re getting married, you’ll definitely want to invest in an album to store all of your wedding photos in. Don't forget to ask for a few more to store family photos in as the years go by.
What to purchase: Pioneer High Capacity Sewn Fabric and Leatherette Cover Photo Album - this album holds 500 4x6 photos and has unique five pocket pages. The nice thing about this album is that it feels durable (because it is). You can rest assured knowing that your photos will be safe and protected for years to come if you store them in this album.
4. A Combination Safe
A combination safe might sound like a boring thing to register for, but it's super important to have in your home. You wouldn't want to leave your sensitive files and information scattered throughout your house, would you? Although digital safes are an option, I recommend getting a combination safe. You never know if a digital safe will fail and leave you locked out from your personal documents or family heirlooms.
What to purchase: SentrySafe Fire and Water Safe - This safe is super easy to use and has tons of space to store your personal items. Just enter the combination by spinning the dial (just like you did on your high school locker), open the door and add your valuables and personal documents.
5. Outdoor Gear & an Outdoor dining set
So many couples get caught up in picking out registry items for the inside of their home that they forget about items they could use to enjoy the outdoors (I can personally attest to this). Don't forget about items like lawn chairs, beach towels, coolers or a camping tent. My best advice would be to make a list of any outdoor items you think you might need and then narrow it down to things that would be appropriate to add to a wedding registry. It probably wouldn't make sense to add a $1,000+ grill to your registry, but adding a BBQ tool set would be a good idea.
What to purchase: Outdoor Gear: Quik Chair Bronze Series Folding Arm Camping Chair - You never know if you'll need more seating during a backyard BBQ or if you need to take chairs for a day at the park. Pick up a few of these folded chairs to avoid sitting on the ground when you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.
Outdoor Dining Set: Certified International 12 Piece Talavera Melamine Dinnerware Set and Certified International Talavera Multicolored Melamine 3-piece Hostess Serving Set - This outdoor dining set has the cutest patterns and is perfect to serve summertime meals on. I recommend getting both the dinnerware and hostess sets. You can feel good knowing that this set will last a long time because it's made of durable melamine and it's dishwasher safe.
6. Cleaning supplies
Cleaning supplies?! Who would want to register for those?! Hear me out here, okay? Maintaining a home is a lot of work. Trust me. Every weekend I do chores and I'm amazed by how much dust collects and how much pet hair covers the carpets in a matter of a few days. You might not use that fancy chafing dish that you added to your registry, but I can assure you that you'll use cleaning supplies. Considering adding a steam mop to your registry or even a microfiber duster. If you're a neat freak like me, then having a clean home is a must!
What to purchase: Steam Mop: Shark® Lift-Away® Professional Steam Pocket® Mop - This mop is amazing! It doubles as a handheld steamer, so you can use it to clean virtually anything in your home. This product really makes cleaning simple, quick and easy! Microfiber Dusting Set: OXO Good Grips® Long Reach Dusting System - I love OXO products! They're high quality, durable and affordable. This is the ultimate dusting system and comes with three interchangeable attachments that can be pivoted and locked so you can reach any space in your home.
7. Blankets, Throw Pillows and Home Decor
Adding little accents throughout your home makes a big difference and can transform your house into the space that you've always dreamed of. When you're creating your wedding registry, don't forget to add decorative items like blankets, throw pillows and other home decor items. You'll want to pick out items that'll match any room in case you move in the future or do a room remodel in your existing home.
What to purchase: Throw Blanket: Evans Plush Throw Blanket - This blanket has the cutest cable knit pattern and it comes in a variety of neutral colors, so it would match any space in your home. Whether you drape this blanket over your couch or spread it across your bed, it'll create a cozy look and help you stay warm and comfortable.
Throw Pillows: Cable Knit Design Throw Pillow - This charming throw pillow is a tasteful accent to your existing home decor and would look great arranged on a sofa, loveseat, bed or oversized chair.
8. Items for Entertaining + Holiday items and décor
If you celebrate holidays throughout the year, it's probably not a bad idea to add items that'll help you entertain family and friends to your registry. Think about things that you'd actually use each year. Are you planning on hosting Thanksgiving dinner at some point? Add a roasting pan to your registry along with an electric carving knife. Do you plan on throwing Christmas or New Year's Eve parties? Consider asking for a bar cart or bar essentials like a bar tool set with a cocktail shaker. Don't forget about holiday decor like ornaments for your Christmas tree or a festive wreath that you can hang on your front door for Easter.
What to purchase: Roasting Pan Set: Calphalon® Contemporary™ Nonstick 5-Piece 16-Inch Roaster and Rack Set - This roasting pan will cook your Thanksgiving turkey to perfection. It's design to heat your food evenly and comes with a roaster, rack and injection baster.
Bar Tool Set: Martha Stewart Collection 7 pc. Bar Tool Set - This bar tool set has everything you need to make delicious mixed drinks for your family and friends. It's stainless steel and dishwasher safe, so you'll be able to enjoy it for years to come.
Holiday decor: You can't go wrong with any of the decor sold at Michael's, Joann Fabrics or Hobby Lobby. I'm also a fan of the decor at stores like Marshall's, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods.
9. Lamps and lighting + electrical timers
Let there be light! A house isn't truly a home until you have different lighting options. Figuring out which types of lamps to add to your registry can be tough, so I recommend adding a pair of bedside lamps that you and your partner can place on your nightstands. Another thing to consider is adding a few electrical timers to your registry. These will turn the lamps in your house on and off at certain times during the day and ensure that there's always a little light in your home, even when it's dark outside.
What to purchase: Threshold Brushed Column Lamp Base and Threshold Linen Lamp Shade Shell - If you're looking for small lamps to put on the nightstands in your bedroom, these are definitely the ones to get! The brushed nickel lamp base paired with the linen lampshade provides a clean and modern look that would fit in any home.
If you're engaged, what items are you making sure you add to your wedding registry? Were there any items listed in this blog post that you hadn't thought of yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts, so share them with me in the comments section below!