When it comes to creating your wedding registry, it’s often hard to figure out exactly which items you need. You may feel like you need to keep your registry small, or you’ll end up with a home full of items you’ll never use. However, there are certain items that couples frequently avoid adding to their registries—and they end up regretting it.
Here’s a list of items that are often left off wedding registries—and why you should probably add ‘em now.
Cleaning and StorageSo yeah, cleaning supplies and storage receptacles aren’t the coolest or most fun gifts you can receive for your wedding. But they sure are useful. We’re thinking items like vacuum cleaners, brooms, mops, dustpans, trash bins, canisters for your pantry, laundry baskets and hampers, hangers, closet organizers, and more. These items can be pricey to purchase on your own, and they’ll ensure that your home stays neat and tidy for years to come.
More Place SettingsYou may think that you’ll only need a few place settings because you don’t have a big family or you don’t foresee entertaining a lot in the future. Our take: You never know what the future holds, and place settings can be expensive. Plus, china breaks easily—so even if you don’t end up entertaining a lot, you could find yourself in need of a few extra plates in a couple of years. And if your favorite china pattern gets discontinued, you’re out of luck. Err on the side of registering for more place settings, rather than fewer to avoid having to buy more china in the future.
Extra LinensRegistering for new bedding and towels is a must—but don’t just focus on your own bedroom and bathroom. Consider registering for more towels and bedding for guest bedrooms and bathrooms—especially extra hand towels for smaller bathrooms in your home. Even if you don’t currently have a guest room, you may in the future, so it might be a good idea to register for extra guest linens now.
LuggageCouples may be reluctant to register for luggage because it can be super-expensive, but it makes a great gift for friends or relatives to purchase as a group. New luggage not only looks great, but also will help make traveling a breeze. Register for both smaller carry-on bags and larger pieces to check in. You can also register for accessories like toiletry kits or passport holders for more inexpensive, travel-related gift options.
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