BRIDES Chicago: Unique Chicago-Based Wedding Registries For Every Type of Couple

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Aug 122016
 
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It may be time to put down that price gun. After you've added the essentials to your registry, some local options can give in-town (or tech-savvy out-of-town) friends and family a chance to think outside the big box. We've rounded up some of the Chicago area's best alternative registries for one-of-a-kind gifts and more.

Kneen and Co.
With an extensive collection of luxury flatware, glassware, home décor and other goodies from brands like Lobmeyr, Hermes, and Saint-Louis, this private salon may have just what your fancy aunt is looking for — and the attentive customer service to match. Plus, one percent of all online sales are donated to nonprofit Water.org (founded by Matt Damon), so you can feel good about the splurge.

Material Possessions

For the couple that's looking for something a little different, this shop's two locations offer traditional and contemporary handmade pieces including bed and bath items, kitchen accessories and more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Jonathan Adler
Adler may be a national name, but the sculpter and artist's funky Gold Coast shop has plenty to choose from for an eclectic or artsy Chicago couple. A bud vase shaped like a banana? They've got it. Graphic needlepoint " Mr. & Mrs." pillows? Yep. You can even design your own geometric throws and rugs.

See More: Learn More About Vendors Near You On Our Local Vendors Page

Marcel's
This adorable shop, located in west suburban Glen Ellyn, is a foodie couple's fantasy. Stocked with pro culinary tools, specialty foods and charming table toppers, the store and its friendly staff will help you pick out everything you need to feel like a chef. And you'll score a $50 gift card for registering that you can use toward one of their in-store cooking classes or that cutting board no one bought you.

Table Compliments
You'll be ready to host your first big holiday dinner for the in-laws once you've received a few items from this Highland Park shop that specializes in table linens and accessories.

Tabula Tua
Registering at one of this home goods' collection's three Chicago area locations gets you a selection of international goods sold exclusively at Tabula Tua, but also a bunch of perks like a $50 gift card for every $500 is spent on your registry, 10 percent off anything left on your registry for up to six months after your wedding date and free gift wrap and shipping for items more than $125.

Need some last minute help for you nuptials? Check out our Local Vendors page!

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The 4 Things You Need to Do AFTER You Create a Wedding Registery

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Aug 122016
 
What to Do After Setting Up Wedding Registry

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Hours have passed and you've nearly worked up sweat scanning and shopping 'til you drop. But wait — you're not done yet! Most couples are so exhausted by the time they've created their wedding registries, they don't think about the steps they need to follow once they've done registering. Follow these simple steps to be sure you're really able to check this off the never-ending wedding to-do list.

Share the Info
One your registries are complete and you've scanned 'til your heart's content, it's time to let everyone know! (Subtly and tastefully, of course.) First things first: Let a designated bridesmaid, MOH, or your mom know so they can correctly let bridal shower guests know. Also, if any stores gave you registry cards, pass them along to whomever will be mailing out your shower invitations. But remember, general etiquette states you should NOT include these in your wedding invitation mailings. Instead, head to your wedding website and update your registry information there, too. Then you're covered!

Head to the App Store
By downloading the retailer's app for wherever you've created a registry, you can have easy access to modify or complete your registries at your fingertips. Rather than having to log in on a desktop, most retail apps provide you with registry access at your fingertips. If you second-guess items, want to double check inventory, or change quantities, you can do so instantly. After all, anything that makes wedding planning easier or quicker is a must!

Cross Check
If you've registered at multiple retailers (like many couples do) , take a second to review the printed copies (yes paper! It's much easier this way) and double check for duplicates. Trust us, it's not hard to get carried away with the scanners, and having to make returns or exchanges for doubles can be a big pain. (Seriously, housewares boxes can be huge!) Prevent this post-bridal shower by ensuring you've only registered for a single item once.

Keep the Element of Surprise
As tempting as it may be, avoid compulsively checking your registries as your bridal shower and wedding date grow near. Especially with some "Thank You Card Manager" features, it only takes a few clicks to see who bought you what, and when — before the party even begins. This can ruin the element of surprise for your shower, and can put a damper on opening gifts that your guests thoughtfully selected and purchased. Instead, appoint a bridesmaid to keep an eye out for the sole purpose of letting you know if you need to add more gifts within a certain price range, or modify any aspects of the registry.

See More: 8 Ways to Avoid Wedding Registry Remorse

Spice Up Your Wedding Registry! 5 Totally Unique Items to Add to Your Registry ASAP

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Jun 102016
 
Unique Wedding Registry Item Ideas

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Gone are the days of only registering for fine china and kitchen appliances — today's couples are getting much more personal with their registry, often tailoring it to their specific hobbies and interests, rather than a checklist of what "should" be on their list. Into scuba diving or surfing? Register for wetsuits and surfboards! Love cooking? Register for cooking classes! There's no end to the possibilities. If you're looking for something that's out of the ordinary to put on your registry, you're in luck! We've scoured the market for the coolest, most innovative new products to add a little fun to your list.

chipolo

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Chipolo Bluetooth Item Finder
We're all guilty of losing keys, wallets, and purses from time to time, (or — maybe more often than that) which is why we love this Bluetooth item finder. All you do is attach it to whatever it is you usually misplace and you can use an app on your phone to find out exactly where it is! And if it's your phone that you usually lose, you can shake the Chipolo and your phone will ring, even if it's on silent mode! (Bluetooth item finder, $34.99, Chipolo available at Gracious Home New York)

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Ambienta by Sagegreenlife
We all know that live plants and freshly cut flowers are the surest way to brighten up any room, which is why we love this amazing new combo grow light and table lamp! Grow lights for plants are usually violet or blue, but these were specially designed to glow white, so it's prettier to use as a lamp. There's also a unique watering system that makes it easier to keep the plants alive (for those of us who don't have a green thumb!) — you just water through an opening at the top of the Ambienta and the water filters down straight to the roots of the plants. Viola! ("Ambienta" table lamp, $270, Sagegreenlife)

tempaper

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Tempaper
Removable wallpaper has been around for a while, but Tempaper is seemingly the easiest to actually adhere and peel off to remove or reposition (we've tried it!). On top of that, they recently launched a super chic collection of Chinoiserie fabric Tempaper is the prettiest thing we've seen in temporary wallpaper, ever. Perfect for newly married couples who are renting, not buying, their first place! We're especially into that rose gold metallic chinoiserie pattern — WOW. (And psst: great idea for wallpapering panels or a wall in your venue for a photobooth backdrop!) (Removable wallpaper, starting at $12 per square foot, Tempaper Designs)

levitating cocktail

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Oak Bottle Levitating Cup
Yes, you read that correctly. LEVITATING. CUP. Our minds were blown too. Sure, they're not necessarily something you're going to use on a Tuesday evening at home, but they sure are cool and make for a pretty fun Instagram/Snapchat moment at your first dinner party! ("The Levitating Cup" $159.95, Oak Bottle)

multi-cooker

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T-Fal 10-in-1 Multi Cooker
Who needs to register for a regular old slow cooker when you can get a multi-cooker? This amazing new tool allows you to do everything from make yogurt to risotto to soup. For those of us with very limited counter and cabinet space, this is a godsend! (Multi-cooker, $59.99, T-Fal available at Bed Bath and Beyond)

See More:8 Ways to Avoid Wedding Registry Remorse

The Best Wedding Registry Items to Build Your Home Bar

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Jun 012016
 

When it comes to your wedding registry, you'll enter a world of housewares you (probably) never knew existed, let alone the lengthy list of items you never knew you needed. For the cocktail-loving couple, shopping for bar items can be super exciting — and a bit overwhelming! Check out our guide to the best bar items so that happy hour can be any hour.

Wedding Registry Bar Carts

Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn; Restoration Hardware

Bar Carts & Cabinets
Practical + trendy, what more could you want? Nearly every housewares store sells bar carts now, an homage to the retro staple. Not only are they chic, but they're a decorative way to display and store all the items needed to create a cocktail-friendly home. Consider your décor as you choose between metals, wood, wrought iron or glass and choose a versatile piece that appeals to your personal style. Pottery Barn's Big Daddy's Antiques Bar Console features six mirrored shelves and an antique bras finish, making it a perfect piece for any modern living room. Restoration Hardware also offers an array of bar carts ranging from ultra modern to retro-chic including the industrial Vintage French Factory Bar Cart, modeled after an early-20th century French factory steel desk. Bar console, $599, Big Daddy's Antiques available at Potter Barn; "French Factory" bar cart, $1,295, Restoration Hardware

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Glasses
Okay, here's where it can get a bit tricky. Champagne glasses, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, old fashioned glasses, shot glasses, highball glasses, martini glasses — it seems to never end. Before you end up with 100s of drink vessels, we recommend assessing your favorite beverages, and lifestyle (pretty much whether or not you have or want to have cocktail parties frequently, and how many people you typically accommodate when you do). When in doubt, the magic number is eight. Choose your favorite glassware designer, and focus on classic designs to have a fully loaded bar unique and purposeful to you as a couple. For the classic couple, you can never go wrong with Riedel. Assorted wine glasses, prices vary, Riedel

Wedding Registry Bar Accessories

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Bar Basics
There are a few basic items you'll need to help you craft and serve your cocktails. Aside from the obvious (corkscrews, wine toppers and ice cube trays) consider registering for practical storage solutions too, such as Crate & Barrel's Wine-Stem Rack or the Cuisinart Electric Wine Cellar. For accessories that wow, the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is a must have for winos, and chic beverage tubs such as CB2's stainless steel tub with a shiny mirror finish brings new meaning to the term "open bar." Wine-stem rack, $49.95, Crate & Barrel; 8-bottle wine cooler, $159, Cuisinart available at Crate & Barrel; Red wine aerator, $29.95, Vinturi available at Crate & Barrel; Beverage tub, $69.95, CB2

Wedding Registry Beverage Dispensers

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Dispensers
Presentation is everything. Sangrias, punches, and other batch-created beverages are all so delicious (and pretty to boot) they deserve to be displayed and dispensed in something more than red plastic cups or Tupperware pitchers. Have some fun with your registry with crafty yet useful beverage dispensers to add some flare and fun to your next gathering such as the Home Essentials & Beyond Del Sol "Quality" Chalkboard Panel Mason beverage Dispenser, which has an adorable chalkboard panel to label your offerings, or Target's sleek Beverage Dispenser with Infuser that allows you to store and serve your concoctions while infusing fresh fruits, herbs and more. Mason beverage dispenser with chalkboard panel, $29.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Beverage dispenser with infuser, $23.99, Target

See More: How to Decorate a New Home on a Tight Budget

The Best Wedding Registry Items to Build Your Home Bar

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Jun 012016
 

When it comes to your wedding registry, you'll enter a world of housewares you (probably) never knew existed, let alone the lengthy list of items you never knew you needed. For the cocktail-loving couple, shopping for bar items can be super exciting — and a bit overwhelming! Check out our guide to the best bar items so that happy hour can be any hour.

Wedding Registry Bar Carts

Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn; Restoration Hardware

Bar Carts & Cabinets
Practical + trendy, what more could you want? Nearly every housewares store sells bar carts now, an homage to the retro staple. Not only are they chic, but they're a decorative way to display and store all the items needed to create a cocktail-friendly home. Consider your décor as you choose between metals, wood, wrought iron or glass and choose a versatile piece that appeals to your personal style. Pottery Barn's Big Daddy's Antiques Bar Console features six mirrored shelves and an antique bras finish, making it a perfect piece for any modern living room. Restoration Hardware also offers an array of bar carts ranging from ultra modern to retro-chic including the industrial Vintage French Factory Bar Cart, modeled after an early-20th century French factory steel desk. Bar console, $599, Big Daddy's Antiques available at Potter Barn; "French Factory" bar cart, $1,295, Restoration Hardware

riedel

Photo: Courtesy of Riedel

Glasses
Okay, here's where it can get a bit tricky. Champagne glasses, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, old fashioned glasses, shot glasses, highball glasses, martini glasses — it seems to never end. Before you end up with 100s of drink vessels, we recommend assessing your favorite beverages, and lifestyle (pretty much whether or not you have or want to have cocktail parties frequently, and how many people you typically accommodate when you do). When in doubt, the magic number is eight. Choose your favorite glassware designer, and focus on classic designs to have a fully loaded bar unique and purposeful to you as a couple. For the classic couple, you can never go wrong with Riedel. Assorted wine glasses, prices vary, Riedel

Wedding Registry Bar Accessories

Photo: Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Bar Basics
There are a few basic items you'll need to help you craft and serve your cocktails. Aside from the obvious (corkscrews, wine toppers and ice cube trays) consider registering for practical storage solutions too, such as Crate & Barrel's Wine-Stem Rack or the Cuisinart Electric Wine Cellar. For accessories that wow, the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator is a must have for winos, and chic beverage tubs such as CB2's stainless steel tub with a shiny mirror finish brings new meaning to the term "open bar." Wine-stem rack, $49.95, Crate & Barrel; 8-bottle wine cooler, $159, Cuisinart available at Crate & Barrel; Red wine aerator, $29.95, Vinturi available at Crate & Barrel; Beverage tub, $69.95, CB2

Wedding Registry Beverage Dispensers

Photo: Courtesy of Bed, Bath & Beyond; Target

Dispensers
Presentation is everything. Sangrias, punches, and other batch-created beverages are all so delicious (and pretty to boot) they deserve to be displayed and dispensed in something more than red plastic cups or Tupperware pitchers. Have some fun with your registry with crafty yet useful beverage dispensers to add some flare and fun to your next gathering such as the Home Essentials & Beyond Del Sol "Quality" Chalkboard Panel Mason beverage Dispenser, which has an adorable chalkboard panel to label your offerings, or Target's sleek Beverage Dispenser with Infuser that allows you to store and serve your concoctions while infusing fresh fruits, herbs and more. Mason beverage dispenser with chalkboard panel, $29.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Beverage dispenser with infuser, $23.99, Target

See More: How to Decorate a New Home on a Tight Budget

6 Savvy Ways to Save Serious Money On Wedding Gifts

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May 252016
 
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Ah, you've finally reached that fun age where you're hitting the wedding circuit super hard and your savings are sadly taking a hard hit as a result. Welcome to adulthood, y'all! Life is expensive and so are weddings, yep, even if you are just a guest at them. While you don't want to be that friend who shows up empty-handed (or, you know, never sends something in the mail), you do want to be smart about how you spend your money, which means saving wherever you can. So without further adieu, here are our favorite savvy ways to save on wedding gifts.

1. Try the gift by association trick
One thrifty way to buy the couple something they want without blowing your budget or looking cheap is to choose an item off the registry that is about two thirds worth the amount you'd like to spend and then use what's left to buy smaller, accompanying items that go with it, advises Kristen Ley Green, owner of Something New for I Do. "Some of the gifts we loved most from our own wedding were gifted by association," she says. "Along with the glass rolling pin I registered for, we also got some beautiful measuring cups and baking accessories from Anthropologie."

2. Don't wait until the last minute
As soon as you know where the couple is registered, log online or hit up the store and pick out a wedding present to purchase stat, suggests consumer finance expert Kevin Gallegos, vice president of Phoenix operations with Freedom Financial Network. "Shopping early not only assures the best selection, but one that fits your budget too." Otherwise, you might find yourself overspending or having to go off registry just to get something at the right price point.

3. Offer your services
Think outside the gift box and consider what talents or services you can offer, instructs Jon Lal, founder and CEO of BeFrugal. "If you're savvy on the web, offer to design the couple's wedding website or if you have special skills with video editing, propose to make a slideshow for viewing at the reception."

See More: 7 Luxury Gift Items You Need To Add To Your Wedding Registry

4. Do a little comparison-shopping
Who says you have to purchase your present straight off the registry? Browse it first to find something you'd like to gift, such as an appliance that many stores would carry, then try searching for the same product at a lower price on other websites, recommends Gallegos. "If you buy your gift this way, do contact the store where the couple registered ASAP and ask them to make a note that the item has already been purchased." This way, you save and the couple doesn't receive a duplicate.

5. Give a group gift
If you're attending the wedding with other friends or family members, see if they might be interested in pitching in on one large gift off the engaged couple's registry, advises Lal. "This way they're receiving a bigger wish list item (that would otherwise likely go unbought) while you save money by spending a little less."

6. Cash in on credit card reward points
Okay, you're not exactly saving per say, but it does feel like free money because, well, it kind of is! If your card offers these rewards, do a quick check to see what your balance is, offers Gallegos. Be it big or small, you can redeem those points for cash to use toward a wedding gift purchase.

Obsessed With Your Online Wedding Registry? Here’s Why That May Not Be a Bad Thing

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May 182016
 
Online Wedding Registry Obsession

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You're online wedding registry is a work of art, created by logging countless hours deliberating stand mixer colors, china patterns and other SUPER important decisions (okay, relatively speaking), and you're pretty darn proud of it. But, er, has that pride turned into more of an obsession? Are you logging more hours at work on your registry site than you are on actual, well, work. Trust us, you're not alone. Bridal counselor Allison Moir-Smith, who solves family, emotional, and sticky wedding-planning situations at The Bride Whisperer, lends her expert advice for those brides who just can't seem to tear themselves away from their own online registries.

"I'm a pretty serious person, with a serious job as a litigation attorney," Erica told me. "But I'm embarrassed about how much time I'm spending each day tweaking my online wedding registries. An hour? Maybe two? I can't settle on how many sets of china, or how many wine glasses to ask for. I keep changing, tweaking, second-guessing."

"If the partners in my firm found out, they'd totally lose respect for me," she continued. "And frankly, I'm starting to lose respect for myself." My advice to Erica? Stop judging herself, and start digging more deeply into her behaviors. In other words, start looking for the metaphors in her online registry tweaking.

What metaphors await Erica at Crate & Barrel website? Her entire new married life, that's what. Online wedding registries are acts of imagination. You don't yet actually own any of the items you list yet, and you may not receive everything. They live purely in your imagination.

As you tweak the number of place settings on your registry — "Should I ask for 10? Or 12? Or 10? No, 12!" — you're fantasizing into the future about all the holiday meals you'll serve on these very plates, your table filled with family, with you and your husband as the hosts. The first Thanksgiving as newlyweds. Your first holiday with a baby. Your kids getting older (and maybe your as-yet-unborn gangly teenage son accidentally smashing one of your pretty fine-china plates!).

The obsessiveness about the online registry really isn't about the stuff you may or may not acquire — the glassware, the kitchen equipment, the tableware... If you look at what's going on psychologically, all your tweaking's actually helping you slowly wrap your mind and heart around these enormous life changes that are happening to you.

So go ahead: be obsessed with your online wedding registry if you want to be. Just bring an awareness that it's not about scoring awesome stuff. It's about how your imagination's helping you process and prepare for your future.

See More: 6 Alternative Wedding Registries for the Non-Traditional Couple

BRIDES Northern California: The Top Wedding Registry Spots in San Francisco

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May 122016
 
San Francisco Wedding Registry

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As you make your way to wedded bliss, one of the most exciting parts about planning your nuptials is hitting up stores with a barcode scanner in hand and crafting your registry wish list with your fiancé. But, if you don't know where to look, the process can feel like quite the undertaking.

To help you and your spouse-to-be deck out your newlywed nest in style, we've rounded up the five best places to register in the City by the Bay. You won't find any big name department stores here. Instead, explore independent shops rife with San Francisco flavor and brimming with beautiful pieces that will turn your newlywed house into a home.

Heath Ceramics
A Bay Area favorite since 1948, this dreamy shop is where you go to find modern, high-quality tableware and home accessories that will last a lifetime. We're big fans of their dinnerware sets, which come in an array of colors to match the vibe of your kitchen. And thanks to the store's flexible registry, your wedding guests have the option of shopping in-store or online at their convenience.

Sue Fisher King
Established in 1978, Sue Fisher King is a carefully edited treasure trove of whimsical home furnishings bursting with color and personality. Explore the mainstay destination with your honey and build your registry with all the quirky tchotchkes and exquisite sheets your heart desires.

March
This airy store is made for couples with a minimalistic style, discerning taste, and a deep love for cooking and entertaining. Find all the things you need to create your dream kitchen space — from stunning copper tea kettles and Italian ceramic serving bowls to cool fringed napkins and plush suede oven mitts.

See More: Hunting for Favors to Gift Your Guests? Look No Further!

Hudson Grace
Hudson Grace is a destination for stylish décor that's simple, stunning, and beautifully constructed. If you're after that chic-yet-relaxed coastal California lifestyle look, then this is the store for you. You and your fiancé will be enamored by the selection of lush linens, refined tabletop items, romantic candles, and elegant entertaining accessories.

Gump's
Gump's traditional registry is ideal for indecisive brides who love instant gratification. This flexible option allows you to alter your registry whenever you wish, should a different China pattern catch your eye. And you and your soon-to-be hubby will receive your gifts as soon as they're purchased so you can enjoy your exquisite tablewares immediately and get a head start on those thank you notes before you even walk down the aisle. Read real brides' reviews here!

For more Bay Area shops, bridal gown boutiques, and local wedding experts, browse our San Francisco Vendors page!

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Everything’s Coming Up Rose (Gold)! Our Absolute Favorite Rose Gold Registry Items

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May 042016
 
Rose Gold Home Ideas

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From where we stand, rose gold is one trend that isn't going out of style anytime soon. From rings to registry items to décor, this beautiful metallic is still everywhere, and we can't get enough. Here are a few of our favorite rose gold registry pieces perfect for your new home!

Rose Gold Marble Side Table

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Take rose gold and add marble and a beautiful piece of furniture is born. We love the idea of registering for this because it is so multi-functional — it can be used next to your couch or in pairs beside your bed, or you can register for a few, line them up, and put them in your entry way as a front hall table. ("Via" marble side table, $299, CB2)

Rose Gold Flatware Set

Photo: Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

One of our favorite flatware patterns, these are beautifully designed with a modern silhouette that is hard to find at a good price point, but these do the job! They feel both elegant enough for a dinner party but casual enough for everyday use. ("Harper Rose" five-piece flatware set, $59.95, Crate and Barrel)

Rose Gold Wire Basket

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One registry rule of thumb: You can never have too many decorative bins/baskets or serving bowls. They always come in handy! We especially love this wire basket for rolling up all your pretty throw blankets and storing them in the living room, or even in the bathroom, used for towels. (Large wire basket, $18, H&M Home)

Rose Gold Low Ball Glasses

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon is the go-to for modern rose gold home accessories, and we just love these low ball glasses. We can imagine them perched on a styled bar cart, or sitting pretty on open shelving in a kitchen. ("Tank" low ball glasses, $65 for two, Tom Dixon)

Rose Gold Target Dining Chair

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Use this shiny beauty as an accent chair (because it's quite the statement piece!) or if the rest of your apartment is modern and neutral register for a set for your dining room table. (Metal dining chair, $259, Zuo available at Target)

Rose Gold and Marble Coasters

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Impress your quests with these pretty coasters, the best part being the minimalist rose gold holder that keeps them tidily packed away when they're not in use. (Marble coasters with rose gold holder, $40.63, Marble and Metal)

See More: Blake Lively, Lauren Conrad and More Celebrities Who Rock Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Trash Can

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We bet you didn't think about registering for a trashcan! Even though it doesn't sound quite as exciting as, say, a new pretty set of wine glasses, this particular wastebasket is so pretty you'll want to put it at the top of your list! Super modern and sleek, you'll want to display this trashcan rather than hiding it away under the sink. (Rose gold trashcan, $80, SimpleHuman)

How to Register for Linens When You’re Not Sure How You’re Decorating Your New Home

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Apr 272016
 

Choosing linens for your wedding registry can be a tricky business. Oh sure, you probably know what size beds you have (or will have) and what kind of bedding you need or want. And it's a great time to re-evaluate whether the towels you've had since college belong in the rag bag. Finally, you can register for something plush and lovely that matches the color scheme in your bathroom.

Choosing table linens can be far more difficult, and not as much fun if you're not sure exactly how you'll be decorating your new home. Most young couples do not have much in the way of a table linen selection before they get married. Maybe some fabric napkins and placemats, but nothing that you'd keep forever, and definitely nothing that must be ironed, right? Your wedding registry is a great time to fill out your supplies for when you want to entertain to impress.

Do you have a good dining room table, or do you plan to replace or upgrade yours? If the one you're eating on now isn't the one you want to own, do you know what size and shape you want to get eventually? Will it be round, oval, or rectangular? If you haven't the slightest idea, you may want to postpone requesting tablecloths as gifts. Perhaps an attractive table runner that compliments the room would be a better selection.

You can choose fun placemats and napkins to create a pretty table-top if the table itself isn't hideous, and doesn't need to be camouflaged. Your wedding is a great chance to register for lovely dinner napkins and placemats with your monogram on them — just make sure they're made of a type of fabric you'll be able to work with later on.

Class up a simple cocktail party with linen napkins, monogrammed or not. Your guests will definitely look twice — just be sure to drop them in the OxyClean before you head to bed or they'll be one use only.

Monogrammed tea towels for your kitchen, and hand towels for the bathroom can be a very classy addition to your home. Yes, you probably got hand towels that match your bath towels, but that doesn't mean you can't have special ones you put out when you're expecting company.

See More: Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding-Registry Regret

Registering for high-quality monogrammed napkin rings — something you'd probably never buy for yourself — will also make for a fun, eye-catching detail on your dinner table, no matter which linens you use.

And don't forget, your wedding registry is a good place to register for special holiday linens, too, if you plan to be hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas in the near future. Think about the beautiful tables you saw when you were a child, and channel one of those looks. It'll be fun.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

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