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Before you start your registry check out these essential tips.
-- Consider getting two sets of flatware; one to match your china and one for everyday use.
-- Make sure to register for the entire set of flatware. You will want at least 12 place settings plus all of the serving pieces.
Pottery Barn, Classic Flatware, 5-piece place setting, $40, www.potterybarn.com
While your fiance may argue that you don't really need fine china, we highly recommend you register for it. You will never buy yourself a set, so your wedding is the perfect time to ask for it.
-- Register for 12 place settings. This will come in handy for big family event or if one set happens to break.
-- Put all the accents and serving pieces on your registry. It may take a few years to build your entire set but it will be worth it in the end.
-- Stick with a simple pattern that will last a lifetime.
Bed Bath and Beyond, Vera Wang Grosgrain Dinnerware by Wedgwood, 5-piece place setting, $128.99, www.bedbathandbeyond.com
Cutlery is another area where you don't want to skimp. If properly cared for, fine knives will last you a lifetime.
-- Make sure the places you register at carry quality knives like these Wusthof Knives from Crate and Barrel.
-- Register for one knife at a time rather than doing a whole block. The blocks are often very pricey and letting your guests build the set will get you what you need without one person spending big bucks.
Crate and Barrel, Wusthof Classic Black Chef's Knives, $49.95-$119.95, www.crateandbarrel.com
-- Choosing a set like this one from Target is an easy route to go when choosing your bakeware.
-- Consider adding other bakeware that may not come in the set, like a springform pan or pie plates.
Target, Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon, 5-piece nonstick metal bakeware set, $49.99, www.target.com
Your everyday dishes will get used the most out of all your kitchen supplies. Make sure you get something you love that will hold up through the wear and tear of everyday use.
-- Consider registering for simple set like solid white or red like these from Crate and Barrel. Then mix in fun accent pieces.
-- Register for extra plates. Reality is they will chip and break so it's nice to have a few extras in your collection.
-- Make sure they're dishwasher safe. Most casual dinnerware is but it's always good to double check.
Crate and Barrel, Carmen Dinnerware, 4-piece place setting, $42.80, www.crateandbarrel.com
Dress up your walls with your wedding pictures in matching frames.
-- Draw from inspiration. Find a picture like this one from the Crate and Barrel Web site and register for the items to make your own arrangement.
-- You can never register for too many picture frames; you will always be able to find a home for them.
Crate and Barrel, Tatami Gallery Wall Frames, $17.95-$29.95, www.crateandbarrel.com
You can't go wrong with a gift card. Make sure you have the "will accept gift cards" box checked on your wedding registry.
-- If you get gift cards for showers or before your wedding, save them to buy what's left on your registry after the wedding is over.
Target, Gift Card, www.target.com
Even though you still have your toaster from college, think bigger and better when it comes to your registry.
-- Go all out. Choose the toaster of your dreams like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond.
-- Keep in mind that these appliances are going to last for a long time and your guests will want to get you something nice. So get what you want!
Bed Bath and Beyond, Cuisinart, metal classic 4-slice toaster, $79.99, www.bedbathandbeyond.com
You can't go wrong by registering for extra serving dishes.
-- Choose white pieces like these from Pottery Barn. Their simplicity is sure to match your fine china and will work for everyday, too.
-- Don't over-register for serving pieces. Think about the times when you will need them the most -- the holidays. We recommend two additional platters and serving bowls, along with the matching pieces for your dinnerware and china.
Pottery Barn, Great White oval veggie bowl, $20-$25, www.potterybarn.com
Towels are an everyday essential so don't skimp on them.
-- Don't forget about the guest bedroom.
-- You can never have too many towels. The more towels you have the less often you'll have to do laundry.
-- Make sure to register for the hand towel and washcloths as well.
Bed Bath and Beyond, Forever Luxury towels, $9.99-49.99, www.bedbathandbeyond.com
You can't go wrong with classic glass accessories.
-- Don't be afraid to register for home accessories but be realistic about items you really need. You don't want to end up with 20 vases.
-- Glass goes with everything.
Crate and Barrel, Delfina covered jars, $49.95-$64.95, www.crateandbarrel.com
Though you might not think you can, go ahead and register for hobby equipment, especially big-ticket items like tents.
-- This is the perfect area to let your husband have his say. Let him pick out the camping gear or must-have workout gear.
Target, Swiss Gear Kandersteg II dome tent, $129.99, www.target.com
Don't forget about barware perfect for holiday parties.
-- Choose something that's durable and dishwasher safe.
-- Classic decanters like these from Pottery Barn hold your finest liquor and can be engraved with your monogram for a personal touch.
Pottery Barn, engravable decanters, $29-$34, www.potterybarn.com
That's right -- your fiance can set up his very own registry at Home Depot.
-- Even if your hubby-to-be isn't super handy, register for the essentials like this DeWalt Drill.
Home Depot, DeWalt 1/2-inch Compact 18 V Compact Drill Kit, $189, www.homedepot.com
Even though it seems ridicules to register for big items such as this couch from Pottery Barn, they make the perfect parent or grandparent gifts.
-- Remember, you can always put money and gift cards towards the big-ticket items if you don't get them.
-- Choose items that you will use for years. This solid couch from Pottery Barn is very versatile and will last many years to come.
Pottery Barn, Greenwich sofa, $1,279.99-$1,899.00, www.potterybarn.com