Home Registry Items You'll Actually Use

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Image Source: Brittany Robertson

You’re engaged and now it’s time to pick items for your registry! Yay! What an exciting time. The process can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get carried away. No one wants to end up with a bunch of fancy gifts they’ll never use! To help steer your in the right direction and end up with some great gifts you’ll actually use, consider including these items on your registry.

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Image Source: Elle Decoration

  • Formal, Matching Dish Set
  • Simple, Clean Flatware Set
  • Everyday Drinking Glasses
  • Nice Set of Wine Glasses
  • Kitchenaid Mixer
  • Blender
  • High Quality Knife Set & Sharpener
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pitcher
  • Dutch Oven
  • Coffee Maker
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Image Source: Overstock

  • Art
  • Wall Clock
  • High Quality Throw Blankets
  • Coasters
  • Vase
  • Vacuum
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Image Source: Pottery Barn

  • Neutral Cotton or Silk Sheets
  • Humidifier
  • Oil Diffuser and Essential Oils
  • Matching Nightstand Lamps
  • Towel Set
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Image Source: Style Me Pretty

  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Grill and Accessories
  • Yard Games

What Wedding Registry is Right for You?

One big step in planning your wedding is to also plan and design your registry. While there are many useful sites out there to help you with your registry check list, it is also important to decide on which type of registry platform best suits you: Home goods, Honeymoon, or Charity Donations! 

In need of some new kitchenware or towels? One of the most common registry platforms is a home goods registry where the couple is able to create a list of items for their home (either current or future home together) that their guests can purchase. This is a great way to decorate and get those home essentials that may be out of your budget after your big day!

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Image Credit: Kitchen Ware Products

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Image Credit: Real Simple

Another common registry platform is charity donations. If you and your significant other have a charity or two that you cherish, have your guests contribute donations instead of giving gifts! As they say, nothing gives more than the gift of giving! 

Instead of having guests bring gifts for your home, having a honeymoon registry is a great way for your guests to contribute to your travel funds! Aside from cash to fund the honeymoon, there are many options for travel gifts, such as the plane tickets, booking a dinner for the two of you, or reserving a spot in a snorkeling class or tour! Having a honeymoon registry will take the stress out of some planning, and you can focus more on your wedding day! 

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Image Source: Something Turquoise

Deciding on a Wedding Website

Having a personalized website for your special day is a great way to share your love story, organize wedding details, and display information and pictures for your guests. One difficult decision is deciding which website you would like to use in order to display and organize your dream wedding day! After viewing numerous wedding websites, we have come up with our top 3 picks to make that decision for you a little easier! 


Appy Couple is great for those who need everything all in one spot! From tracking your guest list to allowing guests to RSVP right on the website, it is perfect for those who like everything organized. In addition, guests are able to upload photos during and after the wedding to share with everyone! Appy Couple offers an app for your smartphone and any changes you make sync from the website directly to the app! Have fun choosing from 500+ creative and fun designs! 

 

Want your wedding website to stand out amongst the others? Wedding Window is the first and only wedding website to offer video backgrounds for your website! You can personalize your video or use one of the fun and romantic premade templates. To help out with keeping track of RSVPs, Wedding Window allows guests to RSVP with simple ecards, making it stress-free to get an accurate headcount for your big day!  

 
 

The Knot has everything you need at the tip of your fingers. From collecting menu selections from guests to sharing fun and memorable photos throughout the evening, The Knot is great with organizing everything for you! In addition, all of your registry wish lists will be all in one place. With hundreds of fun designs, The Knot allows you to change or update your design at any time!

What's Your Invitation Style

 

Wedding venue and date booked? It's time to pick out your invitations! There is a lot to consider when making the decision about your wedding invitation suite, find out everything you need to know to get them ordered, sealed and delivered. 


As with most planning, it is best if you keep to a detailed timeline! It is so important to have your final guest count 2 weeks before the big day, so you can finalize all of your arrangements with your wedding vendors. 

 
 

 

Gone are the days where we consult Emily Post about etiquette. Modern brides and grooms approach the planning and style of their wedding by doing what feels right to them and speak to who they are as individuals and as a couple. When it comes to invitations though there are a few situations that you should rely on the proper wedding etiquette to address. Here are the top situations that our readers have talked to us about!

How do we let guests know our dress code?


Your invitation's style should indicate to your guests what type of affair you are planning to have.  For formal think calligraphy, letterpress and for causal style use playful colors and fonts. But since not everyone will pick up on these cues, you can also include your dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite.

 

 

 

 

 

Do we have to invite every guest with a date or a “plus-one?"

Wouldn't it be great if you could invite everyone you know and everyone they know to your wedding? Quite the party! But unfortunately (or maybe not!) most brides and grooms can't afford so large a wedding. If your guest isn't married or in a serious relationship, it's perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. You will indicate this to your guest by either addressing their invitation "and Guest" or listing out both guests' names on the envelope. There may be a guest or two that either respond with a plus one or call and ask if they can bring a guest, this does happen. Just explain to your guest that you don't have a spot available and that you are trying to keep the wedding intimate. 

 

Can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates?

It is considered impolite to include registry information on your save the dates and/or wedding invitations. We suggest that you include information like this on your wedding website. If you decide not to have a website, just let your close friends and family know and they will be able to let any guests know.


 


 

When your guests open up their mailbox and find your invitation, it's their first glimpse into your wedding style! 

So before you start invitation shopping, be sure you have a good idea what type of event you plan on throwing! Are you going classic, elegant, glam, modern or rustic? Pick a invitation style that speaks to your theme.

Also be sure to have your color palette finalized! The style of your wedding invitations goes beyond just the invitation itself. You can include paper elements from the suite into your overall day's design. Think table numbers, signature drink signs etc.

 

 

Oh Joy!

Registry alert! Blogger Joy Cho has released her Oh Joy collection for Target and we want it all! Her spring 2017 line is everything you want spring to be and its a great way to keep cheery during these winter months! Bold graphic designs bring a fun element to your home's design. Burst of vibrant colors down to a OMG vase, this collection is a must have.

Registry Do's & Don'ts

 

How to Build a Registry!


As you saw in our post How to Decorate as a Couple, when you combine living spaces each partner brings their own style to your new home. The same approach applies to building the perfect registry! It's all about taking inventory of what you have and creating a wish list of items that represents both partners' style and needs. So creating a registry should be a team effort, so hit the stores together. 

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Registries today are a fun and exciting experience. As the process of creating a registry has changed, so has what you fill it with. Don't feel like you need to have traditional items like sheets, china or flatware. Add things that will make you happy and that work for your lifestyle. Nothing worse then storing a bunch of registry boxes filled with items you will never use.

As we mentioned above, only add things that work for you. To be sure you ask for the right items, think about your home and your lifestyle. Are you an couple that likes to spend their time in nature, then registry for things you can enjoy outdoors! Are you a couple that spends their date nights staying in watching movies, then registry for a blue ray or a popcorn machine! Fill your registry with things that are useful but also enjoyable!

Register for items that have a wide range of price points! You need to be sure that your guests have the ability to choose things that work within their budget. We recommend to have a few high end gifts but make your registry well rounded with an array of gifts hitting a bunch of different price brackets; under $50.00, under $75.00 and under $100.00.

Each registry platform offers different gift ideas. Your traditional stores like a Target will have a little bit of everything but there are speciality registries that offer gift options like contributing to activities to do on your honeymoon etc. Just like you want to hit all the price points, be sure the registries that you pick have variety. Also be sure that at least one of them is a brick and mortar store so people have the option to buy your gifts in person.  We suggest that you have up to 3 registries that your guest can choose from.


Be sure to look for Registry Events!

Night at the Registry  hosted by Parsimony Inspired and Pottery Barn | Photo by  Melanie Zacek Photography

Night at the Registry hosted by Parsimony Inspired and Pottery Barn | Photo by Melanie Zacek Photography

Registry events are a great way to make it a night filled with filling up your registry and experiencing some great wedding vendors in your area. Sample delicious cake, meet photographers and get one on one help building your registry! Parsimony Inspired will be hosting one this spring so be sure to be on the look out!

 


Here are Our Top Registry Picks


Our Top Registries

Night at the Registry

We are so excited to share something we have been cooking up! First comes love, then comes the registry! A Pottery Barn registry that is!

Pottery Barn + Parsimony Vintage are excited to invite you to Night at the Registry. Overwhelmed by the wedding planning process? Don't know where to start when building a wedding registry? Night at the Registry is an in-store event with private tours, wedding vendor booths and interactive wedding stations!

 

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Swing by the mocktini bar to sample tasty signature drink ideas, create your own floral crowns and boutonnieres, get your sugar fix tasting wedding cake samples and much more!

And if that wasn't enough, we have some amazing giveaways at the event, too. Including Save the Date cards by PV Paper Goods Shoppe, engagement photo session by Melanie Zacek Fine Art Photography, sweetheart table centerpiece by The Tangled Grapevine and much more! You can enter for the chance to win one of these prizes at this event only!

Oh, did we mention it's free? Please register to hold your spot!

Hope to see all of you engaged lovebirds there!