Friday 14th June 2024

Wedding registry list essentials

Wedding Registry

With my wedding fast approaching (less than a month to go now), I’ve been working on my wedding registry. For those of you who don’t know, this is a list of gifts that you publish in the hopes that people will respond; very generously purchasing them for you. In the old days, you used to have to register with one store – usually a department store for which John Lewis seems to be a firm British favourite – as the wide variety of products would be enough to provide you with the gifts that you need to start your marriage off on the right foot. Nowadays, with the internet being so widely used, a lot of people register with a website instead. I chose MyRegistry.com for this – it allows you to collect items that you like from all over the web, and store the links in one handy place. All you have to do after that is provide the URL.

So, what handy household items should you make sure to include in this list?


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Link your PayPal account up to your chosen gift registry site. This will enable the more indecisive relatives to cut out the middle-man, and just give you a cash sum as a gift. Some people may also feel more comfortable doing this, as money is a present that will always be useful (until it’s gone!).


Gone are the days of the cheap crockery and cutlery that you used to use at university. Ask for some decent quality tableware while you have the chance; as long as it doesn’t get broken, it’ll be with you for decades to come (much like your spouse!).

Pots and pans

Hardly the most exciting of present requests, but good quality cookware is indispensable, and can be quite pricey! Searching off-market stores like Home Sense with the gifter might also be a good option, as (in my experience) their good quality pots and pans tend to also be quite affordable!


Start your marriage off with some fresh bed sheets and towels, and make sure you ask for good quality brands from shops like John Lewis, Toast, and Cologne & Cotton.


Few things make a house a home more than the art hanging on the wall. It might not be something that you usually spend money on, but as long as someone else is getting you a gift, it’s worth sticking at least a couple of prints that you like the look of on your list. For my list I chose this classic Moomin print by Tove Jansson – colourful and vibrant!

Remember to add a variety of price points to your wedding wish list – this way, if someone is a bit tight on money then they can get you something cheaper, and if someone is feeling generous they can also find a gift that they know you’ll like.

Maddy Sutherland

Maddy is a freelance illustrator who lives in Glasgow. She's recently graduated and is working hard to make ends meet. Self-employed? Read Maddy's experiences here.

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