Bride-to-be Blogger Alyse: What Do We Really Need To Register For?

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A DJ playing pop music, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres stations: No, I am not describing the vision for my cocktail hour—that was the scene at a registry event Kevin and I recently attended at Crate & Barrel. When we arrived at the store, we were greeted with a drink and a scan gun—a dangerous combination.

There are so many factors that go into choosing registry items. I tried to think about what was important to me before I started the process: Should we register for fine china? Do we need new silverware? We plan on living in an apartment for a while, so where are we going to put this stuff?

As we wandered through the store, sampling food from different caterers and hitting up the open bar, the practical attitude went out the door: I will totally use this pizza stone. Well, if I had a griddle, I would make pancakes. Let’s just buy this stuff now!

Luckily, registries can be edited online from the comfort of you own home. That’s not to say that we won’t be going to any more sweet parties at department and home goods stores—we went to another registry event at Macy’s a few weeks after Crate & Barrel and plan on hitting up Bloomingdale’s and Williams-Sonoma after the new year, you know, for comparisons sake. Our registry is not near finished, but we are slowly learning what each of us think is important to have in a home. By the end of this process, I hope to have practical and tailored registry, or at the very least, a few good date nights.

How did you start the registry process? Do you find it fun or stressful?


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