Now that you have officially said yes and set a date, a very important (and fun!) step in the wedding planning process is creating your very own wedding registry! Family and friends will want to celebrate you by sending congratulatory gifts, so it’s a smart idea to create a registry full of items that you actually need, and want to use in your new home. Although traditional wedding gifts include basic linens and housewares, our team at Outstanding Occasions researched the 5 hottest wedding registry trends of the season to give your loved ones a hip guideline for some awesome gift ideas.
Opulent Stemware & Dinnerware. Stylish and elegant stemware & dinnerware gives the traditional gift a complete modern makeover. Rose gold, marble and copper metal are very fashionable right now, and every basic kitchen must-have can use an upgrade! You name it, martini shakers, stemware, dinnerware, cutting boards, serving utensils, glasses, wine buckets, and even salt & pepper shakers all incorporate these sophisticated patterns in their design. Select some fun options to spice up your kitchen from retailers like Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel and Sur la Table.
High Tech Appliances. Technology is rapidly influencing every industry, even weddings! Whether you need a high tech alarm system for your new home, a helpful Alexa speaker, the new generation iPad or a brand new Keurig, you can’t go wrong with selecting some useful gadgets for your new home together. Modern day technology is always advancing, but receiving some new appliances with up-to-date software will definitely be an amazing gift, especially for those husbands-to-be who love tech, and just can’t understand the need for the rose gold flatware you love.
Recreational Gear. Making new memories together as husband and wife is certainly one of the most exciting parts of getting married, and what better way to get a head start than by traveling and adventuring together. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, add a few recreational picks to your wedding registry such as outdoor acrylic wine glasses, modern camping gear, portable speakers and grilling accessories. Having the right material on your overnight adventures can definitely make or break your trip.
Unique Statement Furniture. Furniture is a big investment, but having special pieces of furniture in your house can really make it feel like a home once your married. Family and friends will enjoy seeing the special pieces they gifted to you (or contributed to) in your home. Select some unique pieces that fit your new married lifestyle, from retailers such as as Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware, Zara Home and Design Within Reach. These stores have one-of-a-kind pieces available for every room in your house. One of the biggest trends of the season is custom upholstery, eclectic mirrors and wicker furniture, for a relaxing beachy feel.
Crowdfunding. Traditionally, it’s inappropriate for couples to directly ask for money in the form of a wedding gift from their guests. However, new websites such as Honeyfund, I Do Foundation, and Tilt, have modernized the idea of giving cash to newlyweds, and it’s now considered acceptable by most (although grandparents may still find the concept foreign!). Couples use these crowdfunding websites as methods to collect money that would be typically spent on gifts. Couples are attracted to the idea that their guests can contribute to personal expenses such as honeymoon activities or the down payment on their new home. Alternatively, some couples have their guests donate directly to a charity of their choice.
Whatever you do, make sure to spend some time thinking long and hard about what you might like to receive from friends and family, should they choose to give you a gift to celebrate tying the knot! There does not have to be a central theme to your registry, just be sure that all of the items have a purpose within your home and your upcoming adventure as newlyweds. Happy choosing!
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