The wedding registry: a process of significance, a moment of sparked imagination, and a defining milestone — the first steps of curating a home well lived together.
Photography by Dan Austin
While price ranges, retail options, and staple items can be a starting point, what wish-list items uniquely complement your coupled individuality? We’ve compiled a list of finds for you (and your guests!), meant to stir up inspiration based on your personality, lifestyle, and sometimes whimsical aesthetic. Building your registry is more than a list of necessities; it’s a representation of a union soon to be.
.01 / The Weekenders
Simple pleasures, Saturday morning brew, and muted hues. This couple prefers staple items rich in quality and flavor. Choose items from retailers that specialize in cookware, such as Sur La Table or local favorites such as Scout & Tag. Guest Tip: Pair items with local favorites, such as a bag of freshly ground coffee, a handcrafted mug, or a jar of AM Farm’s honey. Sources: a_ Chemex Drip Coffee Maker / Sur La Table – $38 to $47. b_ Wooden Coffee Scoop / Scout & Tag – $12. c_ Wooden Bowl w/ Wooden Containers (each sold separately) / Scout & Tag – $24 to $38 each. d_ Concord Coffee Beans / Concord Coffee – $18 to $21
.02 / The New Classics
For the couple who swoons over classic traditions, these items are an ode to white china, aged silverware, and a touch of handmade charm. Lakeland’s own Home Essentials has an array of high-quality options from which to choose. Sources: a_ Lake Morton Moonlit Swan Stemless Wine Glass / Home Essentials – $24. b_ Arte Italica Serving Pieces / Home Essentials – $151 to $295
.03 / Antique Finishes
There is beauty in the unordinary. For couples who prefer one-of-a-kind pieces, many medium to large antique shops offer full china sets in a variety of sizes and styles. Pair your set with flourished serving pieces and sprouting seeds perfect for Sunday dinner. Registry Options: If using a planning tool like Zola, pair your registry with a list of local items for close friends and family. Attach this list on your wedding site or tucked into your invitations. Sources: a_ Gold Lined China Set (150 pieces) / Dixieland Relics – $150. b_ Small Crystal Candy Dish / Lloyd’s of Lakeland Antiques – $10. c_ Clear Glass Dish / Lloyd’s of Lakeland Antiques – $8. d_ Large Amber Floral Vase / The Store Across The Street – $20. e_ Green Floral Vase / Lloyd’s of Lakeland Antiques – $8
.04 / Eclectic Entertainers
With each glass there’s a story of celebration. While full sets are good for quantity, glassware can be personal, eclectic, and handpicked. This array of options is suitable for cocktail hours and nightcaps. Guest Tip: Pair with an aged bottle of whiskey or a sweet rosé. Every connoisseur loves a basket full of their favorite indulgences. Sources: a_ Riedel Mouth Blown Decanter / Home Essentials – $195. b_ Riedel Vinum Decanter / Home Essentials – $80. c_ Riedel Peugeot Decanter / Home Essentials – $112. d_ Verve Martini Glass / Crate & Barrel – $13. e_ Slant 2 oz. Shot Glass / Crate & Barrel – $2
.05 / Modern Botanical
Setting the table can be both mod and enchanting with pastels, mixed textures, and fresh blooms. Choose statement pieces with interesting lines, curved edges, and multipurpose functions. Guest Tip: House plants are a great complement to any home. Source: a_ Marbled Candles /Anthropologie – $18. b_ Numi Taper Glass Candle Holder / CB2 – $4.95. c_ Cursive Candlestick / Anthropologie – $32. d_ Glass & Stone Vase / Anthropologie – $68