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Guest Blogger: A Newlywed's Registry Essentials

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Having trouble navigating the registry world? Our real-bride blogger Heather Taylor is back to report on the biggest hits from her own wedding. Here's what the gallery owner and L.A. in Bloom blogger loved.

By the time we got engaged, Alex and I had already been together for five years, four of which were spent co-habitating. We weren't exactly a young couple about to embark on a joint life—we have been living that way for years, and in that time we amassed a hearty collection of stuff. So when we set out to register, we were a bit lost.

The idea of registering is shifting as people wait longer to get married while they are busy building careers and lives for themselves. But it's part of the wedding process, and I delved head first into the land of flatware and stemware. We wanted to offer guests ideas in a variety of price options, so we registered at three very different places: Heath Ceramics, Geary's, and Amazon. And three months after our wedding day, I've realized that there were some hits and misses. Here is the best of the best, which will hopefully inspire you.

I am a Le Creuset addict, and I fell in love with this heart-shaped pan (above). Making morning oatmeal has never felt so good. I mean, it's a heart!

Having a SodaStream right on my countertop means no more expensive and wasteful bottles of sparkling water. This was the sleeper hit of our entire registry.

Both practical and decorative, this Nigella Lawson 5-Piece Utensil Set is something I have long coveted. At $35, it's the perfect price point, too!

Something we would never buy for ourselves—but now I can't imagine a life without—is my Nespresso Espresso Maker.

Why not register for cookbooks? I registered for the Moro books, which belong on the coffee table as much as they do in the kitchen.

For dishes, we went with Heath Ceramics, and we loved the idea of supporting a company that's been based in California since 1948. The timelessness of the design perfectly suits our casual style of cooking and entertaining.

With all these fab new dishes, I knew I would need some groovy table linens and these Commune place mats and napkins from Heath totally fit the bill.

My mom and I exchanged some words over the issue of china. Registering for a full set felt wrong because I have been known to break a plate or two, and it seemed too expensive and too fancy for us. But I do like a pretty plate. So when we saw this Haviland set in Tiffany Blue, I had a sudden urge to dip my toe into this universe. We struck a compromise: dessert service for 8. Tea cups, saucers, and dessert plates only. Who says it has to be all or nothing?

I felt particularly grown up registering for Georg Jensen flatware, and now I feel happy every time I use it. Nice flatware is a classic in the world of registries and I'm so glad we stuck to tradition here.

What are you registering for?

Comments (3)

  • Hello blogosphere, I'm in the same situation of not feeling the need to register. Your list has suggestions that would be cool, but I'd need to have more ideas for the traditional family members who love and would INSIST on gifting us no matter how much we protest. Are you able to share your full list, and what were some of your misses?

  • I second full list please! would be so helpful.

  • My daughter is getting married this May, we have been looking for my mother of the bride dress and she fell in love with Heather's mother's dress. Could you please tell us where she got her beautiful floral lace dress, it is exquisit! Thank You!

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