Experts Say This Is What You Really Should Register For

Updated 03/21/17

Congratulations, you're engaged! While you relish in the warm glow of your romantic bliss, deciding to spend the rest of your lives together is just the first of many decisions you'll have to make for your upcoming nuptials. Cake or cupcakes; customized Snapchat filter or DIY photobooth? But there may be one decision that you've already made: opting for a honeymoon fund over a traditional registry. 

If you, like many, have said "I do" to a lease before your wedding vows, you've probably already invested in furnishing your home. While a honeymoon fund is a great alternative, there's still something to be said to having a traditional registry—even if you're not so traditional.

Just ask Melissa Baran, managing editor at Style Me Pretty. Baran tells us that going with a registry was one of the best decisions she made. Even though she and her husband had been together for eight years and weren't starting from scratch. Baran says, "As a young couple, you may not have had the opportunity to buy the 'extras,' and your registry is a great time to do just that."

Of course, where you register also requires close attention, Baran notes, so today she's walking us through some of her top registry suggestions from Bloomingdale's. Keep scrolling for her anything-but-boring picks that will turn your house into a home.

Kitchen

With kitchen registry items, gifts that marry form and function are key. "Unique pieces like a jade slab cutting board make for seamless entertaining," Baran explains. And while it's tempting to add fun but less-than-practical items to the list (remember that heart-shaped waffle iron you've had your eye on?), ask yourself how often you'd use each item before finalizing your selection. "Check off the kitchen must-haves like a pour-over coffee maker before adding these novelty items!" the editor advises.

Kinto Ridge Teapot $60
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No kitchen is complete without a classic teapot that's pretty enough for everyday use and for when guests come over.  

Bloomingville Marble Cutting Board With Strap $20
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This chic cutting board doubles as a party-worthy cheese plate. 

Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife $175
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It's time you start investing in quality knives. This one is good for everything. 

Smeg 2-Slice Toaster $150
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This retro-inspired toaster takes your kitchen-gadget game up a notch. 

Staub 6-Quart Round Cocotte $443
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A cast-iron dish will make cooking for your first dinner party as a married couple a breeze. 

Chemex 3-Cup Classic Series Coffeemaker $38
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Making pour-over coffee is a ritual you and your partner will enjoy every morning. 

Dining Room

Want to give your dining room a stylish update? "Flatware in matte black is everywhere right now, and fancy cocktail glasses like coupes look extra pretty set out on your bar cart," Baran shares. In addition to trendier pieces, she recommends including staple items, like neutral table linens, to tie it all together.

Georg Jensen Ribbons Large Candleholder $130
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This centerpiece brings no shortage of elegance to your dinner table. 

L'Objet Lapis Small Dish $35
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Not your grandmother's china pattern… We love this dramatic dish for dinner parties or fancier date nights at home.

Matouk Rectangle Placemats $150
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A place setting in a neutral tone allows for bolder dishes and flatware. 

Sambonet Linea Q Black 5-Piece Place Setting $150
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Update your flatware by choosing a bold hue like black graphite. 

Riedel Veritas Coupe Glass $32
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Good for anniversary champagne toasts, coupe glasses are versatile enough for martinis and strained cocktails as well. 

Bathroom

One thing we know for sure: No registry is complete without a luxe set of bath towels. Other bath-related items to keep top of mind? "Black is hotter than ever, and luxe finishes like marble give your bath accessories a spa-like feel," Baran says. Also consider enviable items like high-end candles and diffusers you might not otherwise treat yourself to. 

Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser $60
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This high-tech diffuser releases a soft and inviting aroma every 20 minutes. 

Soap Rocks Black Onyx $13
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This soap is (almost) too pretty to use. 

Waterworks Luna Bath Accessories
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Black marble is a huge bathroom trend right now, and countertop accessories are an easy way to add it into your space without renovating. 

Matouk Saratoga Towels
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This luxury towel set will last you for years to come. 

Abyss Burli Bath Rug $570
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This bath rug has a bit of edge, but it's still neutral enough to suit most spaces. 

NEST Fragrances Ocean Mist and Sea Salt Diffuser $44
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With white tea and coconut notes, this diffuser keeps your bathroom smelling fresh, and it's certainly countertop-worthy. 

Living Room

With the living room in particular, Baran says people often fall into the trap of registering for items that don't truly mesh with their style. "Just because it's pretty doesn't mean it's right for your home!" she explains. Before starting your registry, identify the overall color theme and style of your home, and make sure your picks fit the bill. 

PTM Images Black & White II Wall Art $240
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Start investing in art pieces now for a collection that grows as your marriage does.

Iittala Aalto Vase $115
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A glass vase to sit atop your coffee table books. 

Ralph Lauren Reydon Decorative Pillow $255
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A subtle pop of texture to add cozy accents. 

Marshall Stanmore Speaker $350
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The stylish way to fill your home with sound.

Victrola Modern Bluetooth Turntable $130
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Girl, put your records on. 

Pin or print this downloadable checklist to make sure you hit every mark on your wedding registry.

Convinced? What dream item would you put on your wedding registry? Tell us in the comments below.

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