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Trips, Tools, & Trinkets: 44 Wedding Registry Ideas We Love

Apr 10, 2023
By Wedding Spot

Most of us haven’t written a wish list for gifts since we were children, back when we believed in Santa Clause. After letters to Santa, building a registry is one of the rare times we get to ask for exactly what we want, and choosing the right wedding registry ideas can have a big impact on your future.

We created a list of more than forty wedding registry ideas to help engaged couples build the perfect wedding wish list. From starter home essentials to out-of-the-box adventure ideas, this list has something for every couple. Stay to the very end for helpful wedding registry tips and tricks.

Wedding registry ideas that are perfect for your style and taste

Wedding registry essentials for newlyweds

1. Versatile vacuum

If you avoid chores, add a versatile, high-powered vacuum to your wedding wish list. Choose a lightweight option that makes it easy to reach high spaces, capture pet hair, and keep dust in check. Even if you still hate doing it, having a vacuum that’s easy to maneuver masks the chore much more manageable. Swing for a Roomba if you have enough floor space.

2. All-in-one cooker

All-in-cooking cooking solutions, like the Instant Pot, are perfect for busy newlyweds, especially those working with minimal kitchen space or who prefer not to cook. They are also affordable, with modern models ranging from $70 to $160. With the ability to slow cook, pressure cook, sauté, make yogurt, and more, the Instant Pot allows you to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying meals together.

3. Household tool set

Every married couple needs a standard tool set. If you don’t already have one or want to upgrade, add one to the registry. Look for a 148 to 267-piece set with everything you need, like a hammer, tape measure, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, a level, and drill bits.

4. Towel set

Don’t underestimate the value of registering for everyday household items. Add a high-quality set to the wedding registry, and enjoy soft, luxurious towels you didn’t have to pay for.

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5. Coffee maker/espresso machine

Whether you’re an iced coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino, or traditional coffee drinker, investing in a well-made machine caffeine machine can make a dramatic difference in your daily routine. Pick your early morning poison, whatever it may be, and put the machine that makes it on the list!

6. Long-lasting stand mixer

No well-stocked modern kitchen is complete without a stand mixer. The cream of the crop, KitchenAid mixers are dependable, innovative, and designed to last a lifetime. In addition to having a tilted head and adjustable height for convenience, KitchenAid mixers work with various kitchen attachments that assist in food preparation, like a citrus juicer, spiralizer, and food grinder.

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7. High-quality bakeware

Well-made cookware can last for years and years, with many brands getting passed down over generations. Le Creuset, Pyrex, and Williams-Sonoma produce some of the top-rated baking dishes for cooks at all skill levels. Add a complete bakeware set to your wedding registry, or mix and match items from various brands to build the perfect collection.

8. Tight-seal food storage

Extend the shelf-life of expensive groceries, fresh ingredients, and leftover meals with sturdy food storage containers. Whether you do food prep days, pack lunch, or grocery shop on a budget, you’ll benefit from solid storage containers with a tight seal.

9. Classic cast iron pan

Cast iron is a heavy-duty, non-stick cooking surface renowned for its ability to hold high heat, cook quickly, and distribute heat evenly. Cast iron pans can go from the stove to the oven to the grill—without taking damage or skipping a beat. Dating as far back as 200 BC, cast iron has been used in cooking for millennia, and, like a marriage, it will last a lifetime if well attended to and cared for.

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Fund your honeymoon with wedding registry ideas

10. Honeymoon Fund

After planning a wedding, many couples realize there’s not much left over for the honeymoon of their dreams. Instead of asking for physical gifts, like décor or home goods, invite your friends and family to contribute to a honeymoon fund. Guests can contribute cash donations toward the total cost of the honeymoon or purchase specific items and experiences for you to enjoy.

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11. Flights

Depending on how far you travel, flights can quickly become one of the most expensive parts of your honeymoon. Add air travel to your wedding registry to ask friends and family to help foot the bill by donating to the cost of flights, luggage, and in-plane entertainment.

12. Hotel stays

Hotel stays are fantastic wedding registry ideas for couples who plan to hop around during their honeymoon. If you’re planning to stay one night here and two nights there while sightseeing, save money by including individual reservations on your wedding wish list.

13. Welcome basket

Imagine reaching your destination after a long flight and entering the honeymoon suite to find a bottle of champagne, an overflowing fruit basket, fresh flowers, and chocolates waiting for you. Turn the fantasy into reality by registering for a wedding welcome package.

14. Luggage tags

Commemorate your official union with matching luggage tags that feature your married names, Mr., Mrs., husband, wife, or a combination.

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15. Private chef’s dinner

Enjoy an intimate, exclusive dinner for two prepared by a private chef or by the executive chef in a secluded setting. Admire the skills and speed of a professional at work before dining on the delectable fruits of their labor.

16. Attraction tickets

Is there an amusement park, museum, or concert venue in your unique honeymoon destination? If so, add visitor tickets to your wedding registry. Keep an eye on the local event calendar for new activities and exciting festivities that overlap with your honeymoon dates.

17. Excursions and day trips

Add some adventure to your honeymoon with local excursions and day trips. Off-road on powerful ATVs, ride horseback on the beach, or parasail along the coast. Resorts, vacation hotels, and other destination accommodations frequently offer excursion packages for travelers. Reach out to your hotel to see if they book excursion packages directly or if they can point you in the right direction.

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18. Couple’s massage

What better way to unwind and set the tone for a relaxing honeymoon than with a couple’s massage? Include an hour-long massage or romantic couple’s spa package to start the vacation of a lifetime off on the right foot.

19. Breakfast in bed

Kick off the first full day of your honeymoon with breakfast in bed. Add a delicious, fresh breakfast spread on the registry, and enjoy a fabulous feast first thing in the morning.

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20. Fondue set

Are you looking forward to a future spent hosting fabulous parties or festive feasts? If you fancy yourself the host or hostess with the mostest, you’ll love surprising guests with this chic 11-piece copper fondue set by Swissmar Lausanne, available at Crate and Barrel.

21. Pasta maker

There’s nothing quite like freshly made pasta, but the traditional process of making it is truly a labor of love. Pasta makers are fabulous registry items for noodle-loving newlyweds. If you already have a stand mixer (or have one listed on the registry), look for a pasta maker attachment that matches your model. If you don’t have a mixer, that’s no problem; simply register for a standalone pasta maker instead.

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22. Exotic spice collection

Fill the gaps in your pantry by adding an exotic spice set to your list of wedding registry ideas. Look for a spice set that suits your cooking style, whether you’re a baker, grill master, or deep-frying deity. The next time a recipe calls for saffron or red miso powder, you’ll be ready!

23. Wine club membership

Monthly memberships are the gift that keeps on giving, so don’t hesitate to add one or two to your wedding registry. The original Wine of the Month Club offers a variety of package options, including subscriptions to all red wines, all white wines, cellar vintages, and even podcast wines.

24. Indoor herb garden

With an indoor herb garden, you’ll always have fresh, fragrant herbs on hand. Self-sustaining indoor grow systems are great for busy couples on the go and those dwelling in cities without access to garden space.

25. DIY Homebrew Kit

Craft beer fans will enjoy brewing a batch with a DIY homebrew kit. Get everything you need to brew a peppy pilsner or saucy stout right in the comfort of your own home.

26. Pizza stone

Pizza perfectionists know that pizza stones are the key to taking homemade pies to the next level. Place the pizza stone in your oven, and let it preheat with the range before placing a pizza on top. The stone captures heat and distributes it evenly, giving the crust a captivating crunch that will even have frozen pizzas tasting as if they were just pulled from the fires of a brick oven.

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Wedding registry ideas for sentimental couples

27. Matching aprons

Matching aprons are one of our favorite wedding registry ideas, especially for sentimental couples who love cooking together. Choose a custom print or silly design you’ll cherish for many years and meals to come. Below, we explore some other sentimental wedding registry ideas.

28. Custom wall art

Hang a personalized wedding memento on the walls of your married home for a lovely everyday wedding reminder. Companies like Positive Prints create custom wall art for special occasions. Turn your wedding vows into a sound wave or get a recreation of the sky on your wedding night printed on canvas.

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29. Pet portrait

Animal-loving couples will flip over a hand-painted portrait of their prized pet. There are numerous online pet portrait services to choose from, such as Crown & Paw, West & Willow, and Custom Pet Portraits by Helen.

30. Picture tiles

Work with your wedding photographer to create a picture tile wedding photo package that a guest can gift directly from the registry. Select a handful of your favorite wedding photos, moments you’ll cherish forever, to become lightweight, re-stickable picture tiles.

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31. Personalized stationery set

A set of personalized wedding stationery is a sweet gift that makes the marriage feel even more official. Use the cards as thank-you notes, and revel in sending mail together for the first time as an officially married couple.

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32. Double hammock

It can be a bummer when the honeymoon ends. It’s back to work and responsibilities, but it doesn’t all have to end. Register for a double hammock and the two of you will have a piece of honeymoon bliss waiting for you at home.

33. Area rug

Do you have a room in your house that needs something to tie the whole thing together? Start a wedding gift registry with CB2, a modern home décor and furniture brand. Select a handwoven, hand-knitted, or hand-loomed design that fits your style.

34. Wind chimes

Add some sound and whimsy to your home with wind chimes. Whether you prefer a rustic, natural look or bright colors and beads, wind chimes come in all shapes and sizes. Every time you hear the chimes, you can reflect on the happy occasion and the cherished loved one who gave you the gift.

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35. Bird feeder

Pick a gorgeous bird feeder for your porch, yard, or garden. After the wedding buzz settles down, sit back with your partner, have a cup of coffee (or a cocktail), and get to know the flying feeders in your neighborhood.

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36. Ultralight camping gear

If you love backpacking or minimalist camping, fill your wedding registry with ultra-lightweight materials to start planning your first camping trip as a married couple. Add top-quality gear, like sleeping bags, camping pillows, cook stoves, dehydrated meal packs, and water filters. To help with unexpected outdoor excursion expenses, register for gift cards from your favorite outfitters.

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37. Hydration packs

Whether you’re a hiker, biker, climber, or flier, every adventure-lover can benefit from a durable, high-quality backpack. Register for weather-resistant packs with space for a water bag, storage straps, and rave customer reviews, like the Nano 18 H20 lightweight hydration pack from Gregory.

38. Ziplining adventure

Channel your inner Tarzan with one of the wildest wedding registry ideas on our list: ziplining. Research aerial adventure, outdoor, and public parks to find ziplining adventures near you. Add a session for two to your registry, and get ready to whip and zip through the treetops.

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39. Trekking poles

Durable, reliable trekking poles can significantly impact your comfort level on long hikes or while traversing steep terrain. If you’re a fan of steep climbs or lengthy thru-hikes, consider registering for two pairs of top-rated trekking poles from REI, Hiker Hunger, Backcountry, or another trusted outfitter.

Sustainable wedding registry ideas for eco-friendly weddings

40. SodaStream

Save on expensive sodas and reduce your carbon footprint with an easy-to-use soda maker. In a year, SodaStream users prevented more than 6 billion cans and plastic bottles from permeating the environment. Even if you’re not a fan of sugary soda, soda makers are helpful gadgets around the kitchen. In addition to promoting sustainable living efforts, they can also make sparkling water, flavored energy drinks, and other carbonated beverages.

41. VivaTerra décor

Couples who live in a green home or strive to live a green lifestyle will be amazed at the exceptional, recycled home décor VivaTerra offers. Their sustainably made furniture, recycled glass vases, tableware, fiber baskets, and much more. Even better, VivaTerra partnered with, making it easy for engaged couples to plan an eco-friendly wedding.  

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42. Green artisan goods

Pack your registry with ethically sourced décor, and furnish your home with items you can feel good about. Eco-conscious retailers like Ten Thousand Villages make connecting your wedding registry quick and painless. Their online market features handcrafted goods made by artists and artisans from all over the world. A fair-trade retailer, check out Ten Thousand Villages for one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly home accents with a bohemian flare. From pillows to planters, there are a variety of stylish, sustainable home goods to choose from.

43. Request donations

If you’re looking for zero-waste wedding registry ideas, skip the gifts entirely. Choose a charity organization close to your heart, and ask guests to donate instead.

44. Build a seed registry

Think about your dream garden. Imagine the flowers you’d plant there or the vegetables you’d grow, and then register for the seeds to make it happen! If you want to produce a flower garden that attracts whimsical pollinators, like hummingbirds and bumblebees, add lavender, coneflowers, zinnias, or sunflowers to your wedding registry.

Gather seeds to plant an herb garden, a grove of fruit trees, or rows of seasonal vegetables. Build a seed registry for your environmentally friendly wedding registry to save money and fill your home with fresh harvests year-round.

Helpful wedding registry tips & tricks

Follow the tips below to keep your wedding registry ideas organized and under control:

• Work with a free registry app or online service to keep everything organized and accessible in one place.
• Make a list of honeymoon donors before you depart. While you’re away, keep an eye out for small souvenirs, like postcards and trinkets, to send as thank-yous once you’re back home.
• Choose wedding registry items from a wide range of price points, so guests don’t feel pressured to purchase anything too expensive.
• Check the registry first before sending the link out to guests. This will help guarantee a smooth, painless process for friends and family.
• For easy access, link the registry to your personalized wedding website.

Pick your favorite wedding registry ideas and start building

With new wedding registry ideas fresh in your mind, meet with your partner and start building your dream registry. Use your wedding registry to decorate and stock your home, prepare for the trip of a lifetime, or raise money for a worthy cause—the choice is yours!

Now that we know what to get the stars of the ceremony, let’s switch gears and look at gift ideas for beloved wedding guests. Next, we explore budget-friendly wedding guest gift ideas that can help show your gratitude without breaking the bank.

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