A Minimalist’s Guide to the Wedding Registry Process

updated May 3, 2019
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When you live with a “less is more” mindset, the thought of scanning away in stores for a wedding registry sounds a little overwhelming. Before visions of a crowded home get you down, let these guiding principles soothe your simplicity-seeking soul:

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Think Big

Encourage guests to go in on significant buys together, like the couch that will become your binge-watching haven. SimpleRegistry, for example, allows your loved ones to easily allot their desired amounts toward your pricier picks. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy knowing a collaborative effort contributed to the pieces that make your place feel like a home, all while avoiding the stress of excess home accessories.

Ask for Experiences

Let’s be honest: sipping on a mai tai in Maui sounds a little more exciting than unwrapping a cocktail shaker. With the help of a honeymoon registry site (like Wanderable or Honeyfund), guests can contribute to your sweet escape as a wedding gift. Airfare is only the beginning of the options on these sites, which offer everything from couple’s massages to scuba outings. Let the honeymooning begin!

Focus on the Heart of the Home

If there’s one place where it’s better to be over-stocked than under-stocked, it’s the kitchen. Aside from the right of passage that is the KitchenAid mixer, other must-haves, if you don’t already have them, include simple dishes, flatware, cutlery, pots, pans, and a toaster. Sharing meals together is one of the sweetest parts of being married, so think about the kind of dishes you and your partner love to make for further guidance. Is it a waffle maker or a wine rack that’s whispering your names? Whether it’s whipping up a birthday cake or a designated breakfast for dinner day, the meals you share will become fond memories – and no one ever complained about an abundance of those.

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