If you recently got engaged, congratulations! Now starts the process of wedding planning. For many soon-to-be brides, one of the most dreaded parts of planning is related to the lead-up events like your wedding shower. While traditionally, this is thrown by your mother or maid-of-honor and bridesmaids, that is now not always the case.
Whether you are doing the planning yourself or it is a surprise, you still need to get together with your finance and put together your bridal registry. There are so many excellent registry tools and retailers out there, so it’s easy to get started. To help you check off one more thing from your wedding planning to-do list, we’ve rounded up some of the best wedding shower gifts out there.
Some are more traditional while others are more modern and unique. We promise these are items that most brides-to-be would love to have on their registries. Feel free to find the ones that match your personality the best and scan away.
For the Table & Bar
Many couples add their preferred dishware to their registries, but they often forget about what goes underneath those dishes. Be sure to add some elegance to your table setting with some Juliska Jardins du Monde placemats, or an elegant tablecloth. Not only will this protect your table from messy spills and keep your plates secure to prevent broken dishes, it will add instant glamour to your home.
When thinking about tableware and barware, you’d be remiss not to add a quintessential set of luxury champagne flutes. Couples will often use these for toasting during celebrations, maybe even during your wedding day or anniversary. Make sure you add this cherished gift to your registry.
For a glass that is as functional as it is beautiful, check out Bormioli Rocco’s unique old-fashioned glasses. While their shape might be old-fashioned, their twisted style is anything but. If these aren’t your style, not to worry, there are many glasses sets out there. Find out that is as unique as you are, and add it to your registry.
If you are a bride-to-be with a good sense of humor, ask for some cocktail napkins that come with a cheeky saying for a good laugh. This also makes for a great side-gift for someone to give along with a set of glasses.
For the Kitchen
If you like to cook or want to seriously up your cooking skills, there are many wonderful kitchen items to add to your registry prior to your wedding shower. A good place to start is with the right kitchen equipment.
For those who love to bake, a Kitchenaid stand-up mixer is the ultimate wedding shower gift. Not only does it save counter space, and perform like a dream, it is also available in many shapes and colors to match your home.
Another great kitchen tool for a newlywed is an all-in-one cooker. These amazing machines were a best-seller this past holiday, and they can do it all from pressure cooking to rice cooking and slow cooking. This will be like having your own little sous chef in the kitchen. Simply set it up with the right ingredients and let it go to work. Who wouldn’t want to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying newlywed bliss?
Speaking of enjoying yourself. This next item promises to be a load of fun for couples of all ages. Consider adding a new ice cream and sorbet maker to your wish list. You’ll be able to experiment with all different flavors and toppings and can even create your own signature ice cream. If you or your soon-to-be husband is lactose intolerant, it is also a great way to easily make a sorbet that is dairy-free.
If you are into organic eating or the locavore movement, this is nothing better than growing your own herbs. For those living in a large city with limited space, check out UncommonGood’s garden-in-a-can. It’s an incredibly modern and easy way to add some fresh basil, mint, or cilantro to your homemade meals.
Another kitchen item that makes cooking a breeze is a set of Dutch ovens. This cast-iron cookware really helps cook in the flavor. Each piece can also be used both on a stovetop and inside your oven. They also usually last a lifetime, so it’s certainly a good choice for your wedding shower registry.
For a Beautiful & Relaxing Home
As a newlywed, you’re likely going to be spending some time rustling around in your bed sheets. Look for high-quality bed sheet sets made from luxury fabrics like 100% Egyptian cotton with a high thread-count. These are sure to stand up to the test of time. Look for bed sheets in patterns and colors that make you feel relaxed or happy. Consider getting these monogrammed for an even more personalized touch.
Along with bed sheets, monogrammed towels make an excellent wedding shower gift. Look for fluffy towels that match your home décor, or a white set that will go with anything. To add to a relaxing home environment, add a new bathrobe to your list. This can help relieve stress another a long day and is also great for a day by the pool.
Another great gift that is often overlooked is a jewelry box or a smaller ring dish. Your engagement ring and wedding band are two very important investments that are worth protecting. Add these items to your wedding shower wish list to ensure that they are protected in style.