After getting engaged, it is so fun to daydream about creating a home of your own with your fiance. As my friend recently put it, a registry expands your “grown up” collections of homegoods.
So, making sure that you end up with items you’ll actually use is vital. Joanna Kartalis, Director of The Registry at Bloomingdale’s, is here to help by sharing some of her must haves and things to keep in mind before you begin:
How should a couple first approach their registry? Where do they start and what should they consider?
When planning your registry, it’s best to really think about how you live and how you plan to entertain. You’ll want to fill your home with pieces that are an expression of your own style, just like building your wardrobe!
You also want housewares and serving pieces that you’ll actually use – whether it’s a night in for the two of you, a wine & cheese party, a Super Bowl party, or a holiday with your in-laws. Don’t forget to partner with your registry consultant, as they are experts in putting together your perfect home. Along with shopping in the store, I also recommend to shop online – as here it’s easy to see customer reviews, as well as recommendations of what other couples loved to get you started!
What are some of the most popular items to register for?
Some popular items include – All-Clad stainless steel cookware, Cuisinart food processor, Juliska dinnerware, KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Le Creuset cast iron cookware, Riedel wine glasses, Ralph Lauren towels, Tumi luggage. Other popular items include candlesticks, frames, and vases.
What is a new item that you have noticed on couple’s registries?
Abyss towels – the range of colors are exciting and a must-have for couples!
Is there one particular item that should always be on a couple’s list?
I recommend two must-haves, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and an All Clad Slowcooker. Both will change the way you cook, and perhaps have you cooking more often!