There's an episode of Sex and the City called "A Woman's Right to Shoes." In it, Carrie Bradshaw announces her marriage to herself and registers for a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes (I know it sounds quite ridiculous, but it makes sense in the context of the story, I promise). I wasn't married when it first aired—but I remember thinking what a genius idea it was. A decade later, when it came time to for my husband and I to register for our wedding, he didn't think Manolos should make the cut. Aside from being Mr. Right, he's also Mr. Practical, and he had a very utilitarian stance when it came to our list, wanting to include only items that we truly needed. And though I came to see his point, there's no need to sacrifice good design in the name of practicality.
To save you some grief, I've put together a room-by-room list of some of the wedding registry essentials that will guide you toward your happily ever after with both logic and style in mind. Consider these your room starter kits.
Create a stylishly cozy atmosphere in your living room with everything from candles to the right tools for setting your home bar to warm blankets for your new comfy sofa. (That's right—there's even a sofa on this list. Not because you expect your guests to drop $1,000 on you, but because you can usually take advantage of a registry completion discount after your wedding is over and splurge on it for yourself.)
Your bedroom should be an oasis that you retreat to for relaxation at the end of the day. Everything matters in this room, down to the speaker that can play soothing music to lull you to sleep. There's a bed on this list, because here's where that completion discount can come in handy again.
Every married couple knows the secret to a good marriage is how you work out sharing the bathroom (frankly, entirely separate bathrooms is really the key to happiness in my marriage). Here are a few important items that are sure to create an environment you'll both be happy to get ready in as you start your day.
Just think of all the future holiday feasts, couple's dinners and family reunions that you're sure to host as a married couple. You'll need something to entertain with, and it might finally be time to give up those cracked, mix-and-match dishes and silverware you've had since before you moved in together.
Sure, you may have already had a toaster before you got married, but did you have a retro-looking SMEG one? Use your registry to give your old appliances and equipment an upgrade or to get that candy-colored KitchenAid stand mixer you've always wanted.
Not all gifts can be pretty platters and luxurious bedding. You also need practicality. Here's a general list of what you'll need to take care of your home and life together.