Take the stress out of wedding planning with this easy Wedding Registry Checklist! In order to reduce the stress of your wedding to-do list, I highly recommend streamlining your gift registry as much as possible. It can be an overwhelming process, so it is great to not only have a streamlined checklist, but also a streamlined registry website like Zola. A site like Zola is a great way to get everything you need all in one place—your wedding party will thank you! 😉
The below checklist is broken out into 4 main categories (plus 1 bonus miscellaneous)! This checklist is a great way to focus and narrow down to the items that you need to start your next chapter on the right foot! However, these are just friendly suggestions, so cater to your own needs accordingly!
Top Wedding Registry Must-Haves
Of the choices above, I want to highlight a few items that we use regularly! Not only have they been a great addition, but they have been total lifesavers.
1. Instant Pot
We use our instant pot at least several times a week! Whether it is cooking steaks (get the perfect temp every time using the sous vide feature), rice, veggies, etc. it gives great flavor at a fraction of the time. It is essentially a pressure cooker, but with all of the features the possibilities are endless.
2. Cookware Set
A nice cookware set almost feels like a rite of passage into adulthood. This is also an item that has great options at different price points! We aren’t biggest the cooks and prefer non-stick instead of stainless, so we were okay with a mid-tier set from Rachael Ray’s collection. If you are looking for something more elevated like stainless steel, the Tramotina set was rated Top 5 from Food Network.
3. Knives Box Set
You don’t realize what you are missing until you have nice knives! And as mentioned above, we aren’t the biggest foodies, but we get major use out of our knives! Another great item at various price points depending on what you are looking for! However, if you are looking for lower price point, make sure to read reviews so you are still great knives!
4. Cast Iron Skillet
The last top pick for kitchenware items is a cast iron skillet. A grill version also made the miscellaneous list because I don’t think you can have too many cast irons! There are so many recipes and ways to cook using these skillets. From breakfast to desserts, you will not be able to live without one!
Okay I know this might not be the most glamorous item, but trust me, it is worth it! Also, if you are looking to buy a house as newlyweds, then a high-quality, professional vacuum is a must-have item for your wedding registry! This one from Shark leaves our rugs feeling so fresh and clean.
Many girls might have hand-held steamers, but I would highly recommend requesting a standing steamer. They are efficient and allow garments to full dry which avoids setting any new wrinkles. Since we received ours before the wedding, it came in handy when steaming my dress and all the bridesmaids!
7. Fine China Dinnerware
One of these days we will be able to entertain again, and when we do, you will be grateful you added fine china to the list! At the end of the day, the hardest (and most fun!) part will be choosing your pattern. Also, this type of gift provides the opportunity for more people to chip in which means more memories when you use them!
8. Special Occasion Flatware
Andddd you can’t have fine china without your special occasion flatware! This doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, but a nice gold-plated or heavier set flatware is a great pairing with fine china. The heavier weight instantly makes them feel more elegant and durable, and will be sure to impress your next guests.
The kitchen might be the heart of the home, but the oasis is the bedroom! I love spending extra time to make sure that the bedroom is a comfortable oasis to decompress after a long day. The first place to start is with a good pair of sheets. A luxury pair from Boll & Branch or Brooklinen will give you a calm and cool night sleep.
10. Honeymoon Fund
And last but not least, the honeymoon fund! Zola allows you to have a honeymoon fund on your wedding registry which is such a great addition! Furthermore, it lets your guests pick whatever amount they want in case they are having trouble finding something in their price point.
Tips/Recommendations for Wedding Registry
Here are some additional tips when planning your wedding registry that are helpful to consider:
1. Variety of Price Points
Guests really appreciate when the wedding registry has items that are at different price tiers. Frames, placemats, coasters, etc. might seem like small trinkets, but it’s a nice-to-have when guests are looking for some last minute ideas.
2. Versatile Items
One of the mistakes I made was picking colors or patterns of items that seemed right at the time, but no longer fit my home decor aesthetic. Try to pick pieces that are neutral or that you know will complement your other decor for the long haul!
3. Groom’s Input
This might seem like an obvious one, but make sure your groom is giving input for the registry too! 🙂 It is a fun, wedding planning activity that gives first insights on the life you want to build together.
4. Include Wedding Registry on Invitations
This tip is just a friendly reminder to have the registry link visible on the wedding invites! Many people use these invitations as the go-to for wedding info, hotels, etc. so it’s nice to have all in one place!
Hope this wedding registry checklist provides you with a little more streamline and a LOT less stress! All of the items are the list are great building blocks, but don’t forget to add a few knick knacks that are unique to you!