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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Weddings are occasions where the two people vow to be together in love for time marked forever. It is also a “beginning” where brick by brick, one nurtures dreams to build a home —with another individual—it is a going forward, a promise to carry on even when times are tough. And it is on this step towards hope, towards home, that wedding gifts can contribute in a big way.

Without debate, all kinds of presents are most welcome as part of a wedding gift registry. However, there are some wedding gifts that ought to be must-haves on it. In the list that follows, while many of the wedding gifts will seem traditional, a patient second of thought spent on them will reveal how useful these “must-haves” are in general, and therefore, why they are must-haves on your wedding registry.

Top Must-Haves On Your Wedding Registry

Here are 10 must-haves and (perhaps even) most-sought-after wedding gifts for your wedding registry:

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1. Prestige Iris 750-Watt 4-Jar Mixer Grinder:

Be it for a working couple or one that has either of the spouses at home, the Prestige Iris 750-Watt 4-Jar Mixer Grinder would certainly be an excellent wedding gift and addition to their new kitchen. This white and blue colored mixer-grinder set contains 3 stainless steel jars and a transparent juicer jar with efficient blades and a super-powerful 750-watt motor that grinds solid vegetables, fruits and blends anything you wish to a fine finish. The stainless steel allows little chance of rusting.

2. Techef 2.8 Quart Soup Pot with Glass Lid:

Another kitchen staple that might be a perfect fit for the wedding gift registry, is a soup pot. Elegant to look at, the Techef 2.8 quart soup pot has Teflon platinum coating, is induction-ready with a heavy base, has stainless steel handles, and is oven and dishwasher safe. One could safely say that soups are meant for all–a soup goes for the weary, the ill, the “no-I-can’t-cook-much” individuals, and those who seek something warm and homely on a winter’s day. Two hot bowls of creamy soup alongside a wonderful yesteryear-movie on television (perhaps in front of a crackling fireplace), could actually be the perfect bring-together ingredient for a newly wedded couple. And so, a soup pot is a must-have at home.

Egg cooker

3. Velveeta Egg Cooker:

While you might end up with quite a few pieces of kitchenware as part of your traditional wedding gift registry, one that is a unique must-have wedding gift is the Velveeta Eggs Device. This multifunctioning electric egg cooker, boiler, and steamer can cook up to seven eggs and to any form—poach or boil. With a transparent lid that will allow you to see what’s going on inside, the egg cooker comes with a measuring cup too. Moreover, the power goes off automatically once the water dries up.This may not be a traditional wedding gift, but we say, include it especially for couples who love eating eggs.

4. La Opala 35-piece Scarlet Duet Dinner Set:

Following any wedding, playing host is a common scene. A dinner set is, therefore, a must-have on your wedding gift registry. Made of special Opalware glass laminate which is thermal shock resistant, the La Opala 35-piece dinner set is microwave-, oven- and dishwasher-safe. It contains 6 dinner plates, 6 quarter plates, 6 veg bowls, 6 soup bowls, 2 serving bowls, a rice plate and 6 spoons. This must-have would not only add to your collection of useful kitchen staples but also be a source of compliments from your guests.

5. Dining Table Runners, Mats and Napkins:

In any home, a dining table is a coveted place for it is here, that at the end of any day—busy, frustrating, fun or boring—people, or couples, come together to settle over hearty conversation, sweet silences but surely sumptuous food and drinks. Table linen in the form of mats, napkins, and runners, therefore, should be compulsory on a wedding gift registry.

Two seat recliner

6. Two-Seater Recliner by Royal Oak:

While a television is a common fixture in any home, space, where the screen can be viewed by a couple in proximity, would be, i.e., ought to be, a much-desired wedding registry must have. The brown colored divine two-seater recliner by Royal Oak would be an ideal wedding gift suitable for cozy living rooms or even large, partitioned bedrooms almost synonymous to the promise of a life together, side by side, hand in hand.

7. Begonia Swing in Brown Frame:

A perfect wedding gift that is recommended for inclusion in the registry of must-haves is a relaxing swing that could be placed inside your room. The Begonia swing in brown frame that comes with a stand and an orange cushion from (Home Town) responds adequately to that need. Keep it in a well-spaced out living room corner or on the terrace or swimming pool area. Washable and light, the Begonia swing is made of antibacterial and antimicrobial material that not rot or become sticky if you sit on it for long. Quite amazing, we must say and again an apt wedding gift.

Lamps make marriage bright

8. Pendant Lamps:

When speaking of decor and furnishings, why leave out lamps and lighting? After all, a warmly lit house is the sign of a warm home and that is what one wishes for a soon-to-be-wedded couple. Hence we include in the list of wedding gifts, lamps: for those who like to heat up modern interiors, one could go for the tear-shaped, three-piece cascade pendant lamps, or the pendant lamp made of terracotta in an exquisite turquoise colour from Fabuliv; for those who like a touch of the old in the glow, the brown and white wood and metal Ester vintage pendant lamp again from Fabuliv might be most suitable as a gift.

Ceramic bath set

9. 4-piece Ceramic Bath Accessory Set:

When it comes to modern couples, gift-givers are aware that practicality rules the day. Thus, as part of the ten must-haves on the wedding gift registry, we add bathroom accessories like this 4-piece ceramic set from Home Basics (available on Amazon) that includes  a tumbler, a soap dish, a liquid soap dispenser, and a toothbrush holder. A delightful wedding gift, that is both useful and very affordable.

10. Personalized Wedding Gifts:

As we have established already, wedding gifts are important. They become reminiscent of the life that the couple living together will see through in the years to come. So having gone through the list above, you might be wondering what else could one want? How about the couple gift each other something they can personalize with photos and messages? The list of such customized or personalized gifts could include nameplates, wall clocks, rings, pendants, luminous photo frames, cushions, pillow covers, and several such keepsakes.

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Gifts From the Heart Start Out A Marriage Right

For some, weddings are moments when two people already in love vow to be together for the rest of their lives. For others, a wedding is a beginning to a journey that will bring them closer, together. Wedding gifts may be traditional or modern, but as long as they are from the heart, they are worth every penny and more importantly, worth the smile they will earn from the couple who gets them.

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Bio:Himani Kour, lover of wine, literature and long naps. Himani is working as a writer for Giftcart, an online gifting website. In her free time, she enjoys sipping on tea and eating exquisite cuisines.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Just when you thought that birthday and the holidays were the only time for gift giving and receiving, your wonderful and exciting engagement calls for a wedding registry that is equally inspired!

Many couples dread the thought of registering for gifts, or put it off ’til the last moment. Don’t!

Your friends and family are delighted by the news of your upcoming wedding, and want to gift you with something that you will cherish. Most likely, the gifts will begin to come shortly after you become engaged and continue through your engagement party, bridal shower, and even your bachelorette party! Some guests will even bring them to the wedding.

Creating Your Registry

This is the one time in your adult life when you can ask for virtually anything and everything that you want, and quite possibly, receive it! Think of it as your wish list to Santa, all grown up! Take the time to think through what you need now, and also what you might want in the future!

Think you don’t need anything, based on the fact that you’ve already made a home together?

Wrong! Use your registry as an opportunity to really elevate your surroundings and infuse your daily life with little luxuries and some beautiful pieces that you will cherish for years.

Prepare your Registry

10 Great Wedding Registry Tips

Here are my Top 10 Registry Tips:

Take Inventory – For an entire week, pay close attention to all of the things that you use, or wish you had, while living your day-to-day life. As you step out of the shower and reach for a towel, pay close attention to how it looks and feels. Getting a little worn? Add a new set to your registry. Same with bed sheets, table cloths, napkins, etc. Spend time in the kitchen, but already have a gorgeous set of cast iron pans? Expand upon your love of cooking with new bakeware, mixers, or exceptional cutlery. Use this as an opportunity to get that fresh pasta maker you always wanted, the bread maker, or the novelty molds.

Do Your Research – The internet is an invaluable tool and allows you to take a little look-see at various stores and items in advance. Still, there is nothing quite like the real thing, and so I recommend a short jaunt into the stores of your choice beforehand. Go incognito and browse without the pressure of an associate – or the excitement of a registry gun! Touch, feel, hold, and handle a few things before you start zapping.

Respect Your Guests – Yes, this is your wedding, your day, and your marriage. But you must never forget about the experience of guests, and that starts long before they arrive at your wedding. While it is perfectly permissible to registry for sumptuous, opulent items from your favorite boutiques and stores, you must be mindful of the fact that not all guests can afford to (or wish to) purchase items with a three, four, or even 5 plus digit price point! There is nothing worse than making guests feel insecure, embarrassed, or offended by your registry. Always be gracious and classy, and be sure to register for items that fall within a reasonable price point. And, for a gift you receive, be sure to sincerely gush over the it, regardless of the price tag, and show your true appreciation to the giver.

Consider Every Room in the House

Couple cooking in kitchen

Plan to Get Cooking in the Kitchen – Even if you don’t cook now, you undoubtedly will as your life, family, and social circle expand. Quality cookware that is as beautiful as it is functional, appliances, mixers, dishes and flatware are all vital items when planning and hosting everything from your holiday dinners to your weekend soirees.

The Bedroom Is Your Sanctuary – Whether you are truly newlyweds or a couple that has been together forever and just now making it official, there is something about a wedding that drives couples right back into the bedroom! Register for the highest quality sheets you can, and keep seasonality in mind! Light weight sheets and a soft throw in the summer, heavier bedding in the winter, and at least two duvets or blankets that you can rotate should make the list along with pillows, soft lighting for end tables, and high-end, lightly scented candles.

Make the Bathroom Special – Every time I go to a spa I find myself standing in the space thinking, “I wish my bathroom looked / felt / smelled like this!” From artisanal soups to quality vanity pieces, plush robes, thick towels and decorative holders, the bathroom is the place where you most likely start and end your day. Include items such as towel racks and warmers, magnifying mirrors, candle sticks, and more.

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Don’t Forget Decor – Inside and Out

Your Walls Tell a Story – The one thing that each and every room has in common is that they are surrounded by walls. These surfaces envelop you, setting the tone and conveying an energy that few other things in your home will. Many couples will undoubtedly register for frames, as they are the natural decor piece and a great way to showcase your wedding photos. Include these and more by registering for artwork, large-scale mirrors, canvas, sconces, and even shelving. Walk through your home and identify the feel each room or space should have. The standard rule is to keep art and conversational pieces in the “public” areas such as the formal living room and entry way.

The Great Outdoors – My favorite trend in decorating is to take the indoors out! Register for gorgeous, weather-resistant seating arrangements, fire pits, grill pieces, candle groups, hanging lights, garden decor, pottery, and more. Whether your home is on acres of land or your access to the outside is limited to a small entry point or mini-balcony, you can create a safe haven with little more than a small pot with something green and lively, a candle, chair, and throw.

Outdoor accessories

Honeymoon Planning – If you are here, you are already checking out Honeyfund to help pay for your first vacation as a married couple; but what about all the things you need to travel in style? A complete set of luggage, carry on pieces, stylist travel wear, and accessories such as passport holders, designer document holders, hiking gear, and activity sets can all be requested and added to your list.

And my favorite rule, as always, is that there really are no rules! Register for what you love, graciously accept what you are given, and use the things around you to design the life you deserve!

Bio: Andrea Eppolito Weddings & Events: For nearly 2 decades, Andrea Eppolito has joyfully served as a wedding planner based in Las Vegas, while operating worldwide. Renowned for designing weddings with soul, that tell a story of love, of family, of friendship and of life and called “vibrant, chic, and impeccably organized” by wedding planning website Junebug Weddings, Andrea prides herself on being an advocate for her clients. Her tireless dedication is a testament to her love of weddings, allowing her to bridge the gap between wedding planner and friend. You can see more of her work at http://www.andreaeppolitoevents.com/.

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