Some couples leave it up to their guests to decide what gift they want to bring to the wedding, while others set up a registry to make it easier for guests and, at the same time, increase the chances of receiving exactly what they want. If you and your spouse are part of the latter group, then setting up a registry is likely going to be one of the best parts of planning your wedding.
While it’s okay to add expensive things like a flat-screen TV or a luxurious decanter set on your registry, these things may not exactly be affordable to your guests nor are practical to your future marriage. So, instead, focus on things that serve a more practical purpose and are more likely to help you set up your future home, such as:
1. Lawn care equipment
Lawn care equipment such as lawnmowers, trimmers, and cordless leaf blowers can be expensive when you buy them all yourself but can be affordable enough as an individual gift. If you plan to purchase a house with your spouse in the future, receiving lawn care equipment as a gift is certainly a practical choice. In this way, you can set out to perform lawn care tasks as soon as you move in—and, more importantly, you won’t have to spend big bucks just to get everything you need to take care of your lawn.
2. Coffee maker
If you don’t have one yet, a coffee maker makes a great wedding gift because you’ll be able to use it consistently and it is very affordable for the average guest. Just make sure to choose a reasonably-priced brand when looking for a particular model to add to your registry.
3. Crockpot or slow cooker
A crockpot or slow cooker is the lazy cook’s best friend. When you and your future spouse are tired after a long day, you can easily make a hot meal by throwing ingredients together into a crockpot and waiting for it to cook while you relax.
Towels may make boring gifts on certain occasions, but not for weddings. And when you share a home with your future spouse, you may find that there can never be enough towels between the two of you–especially if you like to cycle through your towels regularly.
5. Food storage set
A food storage set is one of the most popular wedding gifts to date. Not only is it very affordable for guests, but an average set is highly versatile. Aside from food, you can use the containers to store tools, toiletries, crafting items, and just about any other knick-knack you can think of.
6. Air fryer
From pasta chips to homemade donuts, you can cook just about anything in an air fryer, which explains all the hype that it’s been getting lately. This popular appliance has made and is continuing to make waves in 2021, which makes it a worthy addition to your wedding registry.
7. Cookware set
A cookware set is a super practical gift, especially for couples moving into a new home after getting married. Receiving such a gift can finally set you free from your old, mismatched pots and pans—and you’ll definitely find great joy in cooking together with shiny new pieces.
8. Bed linens
Bed linens are another popular wedding gift, and for a good reason. Aside from being highly practical (because who doesn’t need sheets?), they can remind you of the people you shared your big day with every time you take them out of the linen closet.
9. Restaurant gift cards
Have your guests pay for your future dates by including restaurant gift cards in your registry. They are certainly highly usable, and you can let your guests choose whatever amount they want to put in them, which can be a great option for people on a budget.
10. Cleaning equipment
Sure, cleaning equipment may be inexpensive, but when you consider everything that you need to have for your house, the prices can add up. That said, consider asking your guests for cleaning equipment, such as mops, brooms, squeegees, a vacuum cleaner, scrub brushes, cleaning products, and more. You can even ask for stuff to clean your car as well, such as a handheld vacuum, car sponges, car wax, wheel brushes, etc.
When setting up a registry, you might want to focus on what you need instead of what you want. This way, you receive gifts that you can actually use regularly and will help you save money as you start a new chapter in your life with your spouse.