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Craft a Modern Wedding Registry by Selecting a Mix of Classic and Unconventional Gifts

Tried-and-true registry staples are essentials, but it's fun to mix things up with more unexpected wares or experiences. Here, we're sharing our top picks for classic and out-of-the-box must-haves in every category.
By Claire Sullivan
March 18, 2021
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Putting together this wish list is an exciting rite of passage, whether you're moving in together post-nuptials or already living under one roof. Flag a good range of items, including ones you'll squeal at the thought of using daily, splurges you'll cherish forever, and classic pieces you'll be proud to pass down many years from now. These picks cover elevated essentials and unconventional ideas that are equally memorable. But enough chitchat: Let's shop.

set of riedels max stemmed glasses

Three Cheers

Ready your shelves for a lifetime of celebratory toasts with Riedel's Max collection: The long-stemmed glasses come in three shapes for your sip of choice, be it Cabernet, Riesling, or Champagne. And while stemware is traditional, there's no rule that says you can't branch out with your vino-related registry selections. As an out-of-the-box option, we love the idea of registering for wine subscriptions, which send you bottles at a fixed cost. Select three- or six-month deliveries of three bottles at Thirsty Nest, beginning at $240.

Shop Now: Riedel Max Collection Cabernet, Riesling, and Champagne Glasses, $35 each, saksfifthavenue.com.

martha stewart white barogue platter
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Dashing Dishes

Seize the day and find a china pattern you love, then pick some chic serveware. (Who's hosting Thanksgiving 2022? You are.) This gilded Martha Stewart Collection Baroque platter is all grown-up. But what if you already have all the china (and serving pieces) you could ever need? A gift card to a special restaurant is a thrill for foodies, so go ahead and put a few on your gift list. Blueprint lets you allocate an amount and explain what it's for—like your first-anniversary dinner.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Baroque Platter, $50, macys.com.

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King of the Counter

The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic for a reason: It makes quick work of holiday desserts and weeknight cookies alike—and will for the long haul. We love it in this punchy chartreuse, called Kyoto Glow. But a stand mixer won't do you any good if you're feeling like a fish out of water in your own kitchen. If that's the case, add cooking classes on MyRegistry, then look forward to spending a few newlywed evenings prepping and sharing a meal. You'll put your newfound skills to use upgrading date nights at home again and again.

Shop Now: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $380, kitchenaid.com.

chic yves delorme walton bedding set
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Chic Sheets

Wake up in your own four-star hotel with buttery-soft bed linens. Crisp 300-thread-count cotton Yves Delorme Walton bedding features silky sateen trim in six gorgeous shades. Another option is to book an actual weekend getaway. Zola purveys gift cards for Airbnb and Hotels.com, so you can make your choice between a quirky country home or a haute hotel.

Shop Now: Yves Delorme Walton Pillowcases, from $170 for two, yvesdelorme.com.

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Morning Maker

The do-it-all Breville the Barista Express is the Rolls-Royce of coffeemakers—it even grinds the beans for you. Double oat-milk cappuccino with extra foam? With pleasure, darling! And java aficionados, please listen closely: At Williams-Sonoma, you can select boutique blends and specialty syrups that'll make your joe anything but average. Yes, that brand-new espresso machine just got even better.

Shop Now: Breville "The Barista Express," $699.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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A Good Roll

Oh, the places you'll go together. Stow your belongings in a pair of nimble, lightweight, and indestructible Rimowa Cabin carry-ons to get from A to B like a seasoned jet-setter. And though new luggage is great, we also love the idea of creating a Honeyfund to put toward your newlywed dream trip. Friends and family can contribute to a flight, dinner, or even the spa treatments on your itinerary.

Shop Now: Rimova Cabin Carry-On, $640, rimowa.com.