With so many couples cohabiting, marrying later and merging their stuff, it's only natural that modern registries should expand beyond your kitchen cabinets into every room. Who says you have to limit your wedding gifts to tabletop and kitchen tools? Maybe what you really need is a new table, some throw pillows or gallery frames. It's time to think outside the salad spinner.
An Out-of-the-Ordinary Bedroom & Bath
While you might be tempted to stick to classic, last-for-a-lifetime pieces for the rest of your registry, the bedroom is one place where you can really let loose. Pick out patterned pillows, a colorful duvet or something really unique, like a handcrafted Fair Trade™ rug. (By the way, west elm is the first retailer to sell Fair Trade™ bedding and rugs, so they've got a lot of options.)
A Curated Linen Closet
Think beyond basic sheets and laundry bags. Get your pillowcases monogrammed or register for sets in a couple of colors. The same goes for towels: pick something with a special detail, like a pleated or fringed edge. Beautiful woven baskets can help you stay organized — especially if you live in a small space and don't have the luxury of a dedicated linen closet.
A Personal & Practical Living Room
The living room may not be the first space you think to register for, but it's a prime place for gifts at various prices. It's important to give your guests options — register for lots of lower-priced pieces for your friends and a few higher-priced items for people who want to get you something big. On the lower end, gallery frames, pillows, throws and vases make great gifts. Trays and decorative boxes are versatile must-haves you can use to organize your coffee table, or really in any room. On the higher end, register for a sofa or coffee table if you need one.
A Distinctive Dining Room
Some guests may want to go in together on a gift, so if you need a new dining table, go for it, or register for chairs in your signature rustic, modern or mid-century style. Another option is to skip the cooking sets you may not need and register for a console or cabinet. Storage pieces will stick with you as you build your life together, stowing your dishes and then (maybe later) toys.
An All-Purpose Table with a Twist
We all know white plates are the best blank canvas for your food, but small details can really dress them up. Why not choose a textured pattern or gilded edge? Round out your registry with gifts that cover every price point, like a salt cellar, a water pitcher and some wooden spoons.
Personal touches apply to the rest of the table, too. Go for gold flatware or get your Belgian linen napkins monogrammed. Pick up some slate placemats and write guests' names in chalk at dinner parties. Simple but sophisticated materials elevate everyday meals and special occasions alike.
When you register with west elm, you get exclusive offers from partners Riley & Grey (30% off your wedding website) and Minted ($25 off when you spend $50 or more). Plus, enjoy free west elm design services, private registry events, completion discounts and more.