Designing the Perfect Wedding Registry

First comes love, then comes the engagement, then comes…the sometimes-daunting task of wedding planning with decisions and choices galore. Fortunately, one of those choice-making endeavors is far more fun than chore: curating the perfect wedding registry. Your registry allows friends, family and loved ones to celebrate the beginning of your new life together by contributing to your marriage in a lasting way. Taking the time to consider the gifts on your wish-list will help make your home perfect today and well into the future.

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Whether you’re an active couple whose calendar is full of social engagements or a low-key pair who finds fulfillment in quiet evenings with a bottle of wine, make sure you register for items that fit your world and reflect your style. The rule of thumb today’s couples follow is simple: Do you love it? Does it fit your lifestyle? If so, include it on your list. Otherwise, skip it.

Coordinating a Sophisticated Dream Home

Your wedding registry is your chance to identify precise details for your dream home. Fill the list with carefully chosen pieces that complement one another just as your significant other complements you. Selecting items from collaborative brands—like Café and Le Creuset—gives you a variety of customized, coordinated finishes, colors and hardware that will help you design a sophisticated kitchen that doesn’t sacrifice on performance.

Classic kitchen pieces, like the Le Creuset Dutch Oven, available in a variety of versions to suit your cooking style, can showcase your personal style while also creating flexibility in your cooking options. Selecting this iconic piece in Le Creuset White offers a perfect match for your Café Countertop Appliances in Matte White (the same can be said for Le Creuset Licorice and Café’s Black Matte).

Or create an eye-catching, unexpected look with splashes of color from any in Le Creuset’s vibrant color range, like the popular Deep Teal or the new Cayenne, all of which create distinct home personalities when paired with Café finishes. Further accessorize your custom selections by mixing or matching metals from Café’s custom hardware and Le Creuset’s interchangeable knobs. From classic to custom looks—the choice is yours and your registry is the guide for others to help you achieve it.

Wish Items Small and Big

Your guests will appreciate the option to choose from a variety of gift categories and price points. A collection of related items, like the Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker paired with a set of Le Creuset Mugs, gives guests options to create a theme in their gift giving. Continue to think big picture as you select finishes and colors in these smaller items, allowing your guests to help you create the custom look.

Including luxurious bed linens, Le Creuset’s Salt and Pepper mills, or a Café Express Finish Toaster (another chance to select complementary finishes) will allow your guests to gift a high-quality, yet practical, item you’ll use every day. For the indulgent gift-givers, include bigger items, too, like the Café Beverage Center. Filled with an impressive capacity for bottles, cans and wine, it is an amazing and lasting addition to your kitchen. Likewise, the Café Wine Center is the ideal choice for couples who want to up their entertainment game.

Take Advantage of Online Tools

In days gone by, an engaged couple would spend hours in a department store, working with a registry clerk to design a registry. Today, universal registry tools, like those offered by The Knot and Zola, make curating your list easy. They also allow for the addition of non-traditional requests, like honeymoon experiences, cash funds, charitable donations or even major household appliances (think that perfect high-performance Café range to transform your kitchen into the stylish, gourmet cornerstone of your home).

Other online resources can help, too. Pinterest boards offer endless ideas for wedding registries. Registering for a Café account lets you build a wish list of countertop and major appliances. Explore Café’s Collaborations & Resources section for more online inspiration in selecting distinct colors, finishes and hardware to personalize your home.

There are countless ways to create a wedding registry that reflects your distinct style as a couple. Take pride and joy in choosing each item so that your guests will know they have given you something to help celebrate your life together for many years to come.