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10 Wedding Registry Items

10 items every bride must have on her registry

It’s that time of year…the buds are bursting, the sky is bluer, the sun is warmer and brides all over are busy preparing for their big day! With most of the focus on the big day – the dress, the flowers, the food, the cake, the music and all the other details that will create a perfect wedding – the bride to be shouldn’t lose sight of what lies beyond…After the music has stopped and the guests have left…building and filling the nest.

For the couple to be, the time to focus on building a home is now. Many tend to dismiss the importance of a good registry, and go about selecting their items in an almost casual or lackadaisical fashion. I recently met with Nancy Joseph, owner of LCR Westport, to talk about the importance of registering for items for the home. The registry shouldn’t be dismissed or looked at too lightly as it is more than a means of asking for things for the home. Not only does a well planned and executed registry help guide guests in selecting the perfect items, it  helps the future couple in selecting items that are special and memorable - items that will be in their home forever, and passed down to future generations.

Joseph believes that brides to be should look beyond the big box stores and instead should look for items that are unique, one of a kind, and reflect the couple’s personality, taste and lifestyle. Most importantly she believes that couples should register for the items they won’t or can’t purchase for themselves. “I hear of couples registering for vegetable peelers, napkins and basic kitchen supplies. Those are all items that can be picked up at any time. They’re everyday items – there’s nothing special about them at all. After the wedding life takes over – there’s a house, then children and other obligations and expenses. Life happens and there’s either no money or no time to go back and fill in the missing pieces. Priorities shift.”

Joseph advises her clients to select items that are special and versatile – that can be used both in a casual as well as a formal setting. She strongly advises selecting items that are dishwasher safe and useful. She also suggests selecting items from all price points, whether big or small.

While many brides and grooms do like to receive money, Joseph spoke about the types of gifts that tend to be most memorable. They are, in essence, the gifts that keep on giving. “We don’t remember who wrote a check or who gave cash, but we do remember who gave us a lovely vase, or stemware and those who completed our china patterns. The registry isn’t solely for the couple, but for the guests as well.”

As she meets with her clients Joseph gets a sense of their style, tastes and personalities, all of which factor in helping them to choose the items just right for their home and lifestyle. I asked Nancy to give me a list of 10 Must Have items that every bride should have on her list. They are as follows – in no particular order:

  • Crystal
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Barware
  • A vase
  • Platters
  • Serving pieces
  • A tray
  • Pitcher
  • Candle sticks

There are certain things Joseph suggests not registering for, such a fine linens. “Most couples do not yet have a dining room table, if they do, it’s most likely not one they will have long-term. Inexpensive linens can be purchased in the meantime.” She also advises against registering for towels, as they need to be replaced every few years.

Joseph also advises that, “When choosing pieces and accessories for the home, they should reflect the couple’s personality. If they prefer white or monochromatic items I like to suggest adding an item or two that offer a pop of color. Everyone should add at least some color to your home. Color is happy and you should put things into your home that make you happy.” She also firmly believes in choosing items that are interesting and unique.

Container stores are great for fill-ins, smaller token items, and items that have a shorter lifespan. But when it comes to the important things for the home, make them count and make them special.

Located at 615 Post Road, in the same shopping lot as The Fresh Market, LCR Westport is filled with incredible finds for every taste and lifestyle, from traditional to contemporary. It’s like a candy store for grown-ups!

LCR Westport
615 Post Road, Westport; 203-221-8131

LCR Westport


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