If you’re reading this, then the chances are that you’re currently planning a wedding – congratulations!
As someone who’s been a Mrs for just over 2 years, I still remember the sheer amount of ‘things’ that you need to think about, plan and organize as part of a wedding. In the run up to our wedding (we planned from start to finish in around 9 months which I felt was the right amount of time for us – any longer and I think I would have gone crazy, any shorter and I think I’d have panicked) I lived my life in a series of checklists, phone calls and spreadsheets just to stay on top of everything.
(FYI – one of my top, often-forgotten wedding tips is think about what you’ll wear to get ready. I ended up in a tank and sweats, one of my bridesmaids had her hair done and forgot she was wearing a tight tee which subsequently she had to be cut out of to avoid ruining her hair. Floral robes save lives y’all, plus everyone looks cute and matches in the photos)
I hadn’t been someone who had necessarily thought much about my dream wedding in advance, having grown up as a bit of a tomboy and being a fiercely independent teenager who decided that she’d ‘never get married’. That all changed when I met my now-husband and following his proposal I felt pretty overwhelmed about the sheer amount of ‘things’ I suddenly needed to think about.
One of them was my registry. We had already lived together for 4 or 5 years when we got married, and I felt like we had everything we needed. I’m also a bit of a minimalist, so the thought of gaining a lot more possessions actually freaked me out a little. Nevertheless, I soon got right into setting up a registry, and found people were really kind when buying us gifts on the day (remember to add thank you cards to your post wedding to-do list by the way!). Here’s the stuff that I would 100% recommend adding to your registry:
Decent Cookware for on Your Wedding Registry
Sounds boring but the fancy pots and pans that we got as wedding gifts have improved my cooking skills by at least 70%. We’d been using a mish mash of kitchen stuff we’d accumulated on the way up until we got married, and I always used to wonder why my stuff was never as good as recipes promised. This is why – don’t skimp on the equipment!
Another kitchen item, but something that I genuinely don’t understand how I managed without. Again, it’s a pretty fancy one but it’s been used so much since we got it!
Post-Wedding Spa gift certificates
When you’re back from honeymoon, the wedding has been and gone, and you’re back to day to day life, a day at the spa is just the ticket! I absolutely loved being able to book in for some pampering. Apparently ‘experiences’ are one of the most popular wedding registry items, so we’re not alone in enjoying this!
Another item we’d kind of been cheapskates about until someone gifted us an amazing set as part of our registry. I will never, ever go back to poor quality bedding after this.
Aside from all of the household items, don’t be afraid to add a few fun items for your Honeymoon. You’ll have some many big purchases right before the wedding that adding a few things you want for your trip will be a huge help. Think new suitcases (I love these ones), a set of Mrs. & Mrs. Luggage Tags, or even a Personalized Sun Hat.
And finally, the absolute best thing I got in my wedding registry was a robotic vacuum. It sounds so silly but it really has been a fantastic addition to our home and has turned something that was previously a real chore into something that takes about a minute to set up, it still doesn’t make vacuuming ‘fun’ per se but it’s probably as close to fun as it’ll ever be with this.