Last Updated on December 9, 2023 by Corynn
This blog post is about creating a wedding registry checklist for couples who live together.
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It’s now super common for couples to be living together prior to being married. Some live together a for a year or even longer.
You both probably collected some many homegoods throughout the months, that you’re not sure what to put on our registry? Do you put only appliances? Decor? Or just not creating one at all?
this wedding registry checklist will help you create the best registry and make sure you get everything off your list.
What Is A Wedding Registry and Are People required to have one?
A wedding registry is very similar to a baby registry (minus the baby). This is a list of things both you and your significant other may want while being happily married.
This could be; kitchen supplies, bedding, furniture, or home decor. Some registries I have seen people put gift cards, cookbooks, and so much more.
You wedding registry is based on you both as a couple. Not sure where to register? Here are a list of places couples commonly registry at:
- Hudson Bay (for my fellow canadians)
Some of these locations you can do only online or you can create your wedding registry in person.
What Should You Not Put On Your Wedding Registry?
While creating your wedding registry, you want to follow some sort of etiquette. meaning, you can’t put anything you want on your wedding registry. Here is a list of items to not put on your wedding registry.
Unless th clothing are matching Mr and Mrs outfits then not a lot of people will be purchasing clothes for you.
2. Personal Gifts
This includes; headphones, VR sets, and anything personal for either you or your significant other. Your guest want to purchase a gift from your wedding registry that they know both of you will use.
3. Lots Of Expensive gGifts
While creating your wedding registry, you must have adiverse of gifts that are in different price ranges. Just so that you are accommodating for your guest budgets.
You can place items that are ranging from $20 all the way up to $500. Try to not add gifts that are over $100 range.
4. Single Use Appliances
Single use appliances are; popcorn machines, ice cream machines, or even a pasta maker. These single-use appliances tend to take up a lot of counter and storage space.
You want to put appliances that you know you’ll be using daily or have a multi-purpose for. We’ll get into more on what appliances that you can add to your registry you can use in multiple ways.
5. Entertaining Items
If you love hosting and having game nights with your friends and family, you can ignore this section. Although if you are a couple who don’t host at all (or not planning to), then I suggest to leave any entertainment items off your registry.
This could be serving trays, cheese boards, fancy glasses, and more. Take up way too much space in your home and you tend to give it away after a while.
6. Board Games/Video Games
Make sure to leave the board games and video games off the registry (I’m looking at you groom). Remember you guest want to invest in helping you start your new life. Not add onto your hobbies.
7. Sports Gear (but there’s an exception to this rule!)
Yes there is an exception to this rule! If you are both a sporty couple and your guest know that, then you can add these items to your registry.
For example, if you’re a couple who loves to go on weekly hikes, then you can add hiking gear to your wedding registry.
8. Intimate Gifts
Long goes the days where you just get intimate items at your bridal shower. No more opening a set of lingerie in front of your grandma at your bridal shower. These items can stay right off the registry!
9. Money (exception to this rule!)
Traditionally, it’s rude to openly ask for money from your guest. They want to gift you money (complicated I know).
If you’re looking for a loophole to this rule, set up a honeymoon fund! Your guest wants to know where their money is going to and want to make sure it’s not being wasted.
You can let your guest know word of mouth or on your wedding website that you are taking a trip, and instead of a wedding registry you’re using the money on excursions.
What Should You Put On Your Wedding Registry If You Already Live Together?
When my husband and I were about to get married, we were already living together for little less than a year. So we already purchased a lot of home supplies, furniture, and more.
Although we wanted to use our wedding registry to upgrade our belongings or get things that we wanted but couldn’t (saving up for the wedding). This could be upgrading your cookware or getting that mixer you wanted.
Down below I have listed wedding registry items that you can include on your registry.
Wedding Registry Checklist: Kitchen
Plates, Bowls, and Cups
Notice your plates and bowls are chipped? Use this chance to get new plates and bowels. Here are the plates my husband and I put on our registry from Crate and Barrel.
Aspen Dinner Plates
Air fryers are the holy grail for cooking fried food without using large amounts of oil. If you love french fries without it being greasy, put an air fryer on your registry.
Do you love to bake? A Kitchenaid Mixer will help you soo much with mixing your ingredients without having your arms hurt afterward. Something I truly wish I put on my wedding registry (and you should as well!).
Kitchenaid Handheld Mixer – Empire Red
I can’t be the only one on TikTok who sees all these great smoothies made. You want to make one but then realize you don’t have a blender. A blender is great for blending ingredients for certain recipes, such as soups and sauces.
NutriBullet Blender 1200 Watts
Kitchenaid Hand Blender
Need something to blend your tomato sauce? Or need to blend a quick smoothie without all the hassle? Get a hand blender! The Kitchenaid hand blender is another alternative if you are limited on counter space/storage.
Don’t have the counter space for a KitchenAid mixer? Get the hand mixer as an alternative. You can use this to help mash potatoes, mix pancake batter and so much more!
Lots of recipes I see tend to give the measurements of ingredients in grams. Then I have to spend a whole 10 minutes going through the entire recipe to convert what 240 grams are in cups.
Want to save some time? Get a food scale. This will help you save those 10 minutes of frustration (trust me!).
22lb Food Kitchen Digital Scale For Cooking and Baking
Pot and Pan Set
After living on your own for a bit, you notice your pots and pans tend to go through a lot of work. Burn marks, scratches, and some even bent. This is a great opportunity to list a set of good pots and pans on your registry.
I highly suggest listing pots and pan sets that are stainless steel and come in various sizes INCLUDING lids.
Cuisinart 11-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Baking Ware Set
When you first moved in together, you both most likely invested in an affordable baking ware set (like me) and now deal with bent baking sheets.
I love baking bread so putting down a baking ware set that had different sizes was a great idea!
Farberware Nonstick Steel Bakeware Set
Salt and Pepper Shakers
There are so many salt and pepper shakers to choose from. Automatic ones, ones that you see in restaurants, or ones that have cool designs.
Love to organize your place? Add OXO containers to your wedding registry. These OXO containers are a Tiktok favorite and can be used for anything in your pantry. Make sure to add the right amount and different sizes you need to your registry.
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My husband and I love having pizza night. After we got a pizza cutter it was a game changer than using our pizza night. No more scratching our pizza pan!
This is an example of a multi-use appliance. Instant Pot can be used in multiple ways. I have made; chili, pasta, and soup inside our Instant Pot. It’s super efficient and fast to make our dinner dishes in.
A food processor is a great item to add to your wedding registry. A food processor is great for mixing butter, and chopping vegetables. This is great for helping you cook in the kitchen.
Want to learn how to cook more? Tired of scrolling through Pinterest for dinner ideas, add cookbooks to your registry.
This wedding registry item is great for couples who love mixing their drinks at home, or who host parties all the time.
Dutch Oven Pot
A Dutch oven is great for making stews, soups, and chili. Very sturdy and makes large quantities.
You need a good set of knives to cook.
Glass containers are a great way to store leftovers. I prefer glass containers because I noticed our leftovers stay fresh longer than using plastic containers.
Having a set of wine glasses is a great kitchen item to have for when you want to drink after a long day or to host with your friends.
Nattie Red Wine Glasses Set of 8
Stainless Steel Bowls
One of my favorite things to use in the kitchen. I use them to toss salads, sort and mix my baking ingredients and so much more. Make sure to find stainless steel bowls that provide lids.
Another thing I wish I put on my wedding registry is serving bowls. Serving bowls can help so much with serving dishes. the amount of time I have made a big breakfast and I’m using several large plates is crazy (then imagine the pile of dishes after!).
Oven To Table Serving Bowl With Trivet
This wedding registry item is great for couples who love to host parties. Some charcuterie boards include small knives and forks or just the board itself.
Love your Starbucks but want to start saving money after the wedding? I highly suggest adding a coffee machine to your registry.
The two most common coffee machines are the Keurig and the Nespresso. Since getting my coffee machine I have saved SO MUCH money on purchasing coffee.
An item that we hardly think could be on a wedding registry. A microwave is a great item to add to your registry. This is a great opportunity to update your home appliances and this is one of them.
Another small appliance that you can upgrade. For example, if you have a 2-slice toaster then this is your opportunity to upgrade to a 4-slice toaster.
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Another baking tool you can add to your registry. I suggest looking for stainless steel measuring spoons and cups to plastic ones. This limits the measurements from rubbing off.
Wedding Registry Checklist: Bed and Bath
Need more towels? Or want to change the bath towels you have? Add a set of towels to your registry.
Your wedding registry is a great place to add luxury bedding items, such as duvet sets, bed sheets, blankets, and so much more.
Bath mats are a must-have in your bathroom. You can upgrade your bath mats that can absorb more water or ones that both you and your partner have been looking at for a while.
Something my husband and I got from my bridal shower was mr and Mrs. Robes.
Wedding Registry Checklist: Cleaning
Before adding a vacuum to your registry, I highly suggest doing your research on which vacuum you need. Have hardwood floors? Then you want to look for a vacuum that can work on hardwood floors. Need a vacuum that works on carpet? Begin looking for a vacuum that has a powerful suction. Down below I have listed a couple of vacuums that I have used myself and/or seen others using.
Not looking to upgrade your vacuum but want a cool gadget for your home? Add a Roomba to your registry!
This item can be a major wedding day essential that you can add to your registry. A garment steamer is great for steaming dresses, your veil, and your partner’s suit. Or even after the wedding festivities, a steamer is great for steaming your clothes and bedding.
An item I wish I put on my wedding registry. We have a small ironing board but my husband and I quickly get annoyed about the height of our board. I truly wish we put a larger ironing board on our registry to help iron out clothes that can’t be steamed properly.
Yes, you can put a map on your registry. If you have been eyeing a mop for ages, put it on your registry. Still need some mop ideas to put down on your registry? I have listed below my all-time favorite mop that I use on my cleaning days. I use this mop on our wooden floors and tiles.
We all go through moments where our cleaning supplies tend to get pretty disorganized. Having our bathroom cleaner in the kitchen, then figuring out where our microfibre cloths have gone.
Having a cleaning organizer is a great way to keep your cleaning supplies in order. This could be a cleaning caddy or under-sink organizers.
Wedding Registry Checklist: Extra
Have you ever been so hot in bed but didn’t want to make the effort to change the thermostat? This amazing cool gadget is a great item to add to your wedding registry. This digital thermostat can connect to your phone and allow you to change the temperature of your home.
Not only that but a digital thermostat can show you when your home is too cold or too hot.
There goes the days where old fashion door bells are a thing. If you need more added security by your front door, a Ring doorbell is a great gift. A Ring doorbell can capture movement near your door, notifies you when someone has rung the doorbell, and it’s a great way to communicate with someone who is at your door.
Does your husband enjoy barbecuing? What about yourself? This is a great opportunity to add a grilling st to upgrade the tools you already have.
This is for my couples who travel. Adding travel items to your wedding registry is okay! If you’re known for traveling around the world, your guests will love to help support that.
The type of items you can add to your registry are; luggage sets, Mr and Mrs luggage tags, passport holders, or packing cubes.
Lastly, the one thing I truly wish we added to our wedding registry was a paper shredder. The amount of documents and papers we have to rip with our own hands is insane! A paper shredder makes things so easy without getting any paper cuts.
Wedding Registry Etiquette You Need To Follow!
Now that you have a better understanding of what you should add to your wedding registry. Here is some wedding registry etiquette you need to follow.
List Wedding Registry On Your Invitation
Usually, you hear the saying “Don’t list your wedding registry on your invitation” but I am coming with the total opposite.
This is for any couples who are handing out physical wedding invitations and are doing the stack of information. I know when we handed out physical invitations to some of our guests, I was getting calls about the registry and what we wanted. If I had just listed our registry on our invitation rather than only on our website, I believe I would have gotten a lot fewer calls.
However if you are doing digital invitations with a website, I highly suggest leaving your registry info off the digital invite and only having it on your wedding website.
Complete Your Wedding Registry In Advance
Something I was so glad I did! You don’t want to be a few weeks out from your bridal shower and you still have to create a wedding registry. Honestly, creating your wedding registry takes time. I was still adding and removing some items off of my registry for a bit.
This could be something you can look into doing right after you get engaged or right before you send out your invitations.
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Add Enough Gifts To Your Wedding Registry
Adding enough gifts to your wedding registry gives options to your guest on what they want to get you. The rle hat I followed was multiplying the amount of households were coming to our wedding.
For example we were supposed to have 150 guest come to our wedding, but it counted for about 50-70 households in total, so I added 100-140 items to our registry. (See where my math is going)
Not everyone is going to gift you something or you may have children counted in your guestlist.
Remember to not add too many bu just enough for your guest to purchase 1-2 gifts of your registry.
Limit Asking For Cash
It’s still a taboo to ask for straight-up cash as a wedding gift. You can find alternative ways to ask. Although try to refrain from asking for money.
Remember To Say Thank You
Yes when you receive a gift, it’s best to say your thank yous. This could be in the form of calling, messaging/emailing, cards, or even in your thank you toast at your wedding. It’s always kind to show your gratitude.