Weddings: What to Register for if You Have Everything

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I LOVE this checklist, it's things I actually want to add to my wedding registry. Can't wait to sit down and go through it together.  SO many awesome wedding registry ideas. I would never have thought of a poker table or snorkeling gear. Plus there's a free printable checklist.

What to register for when you already have everything

It is a pretty common story these days to have a couple getting married that already has one or perhaps two households’ worth of stuff to combine.  They are left wondering to themselves, “what to register for if you have everything?”

Let’s take a stab at wedding registry ideas for couples who have everything already, shall we?

First off, in some places and cultures, not registering will result in cash gifts, which may be what you would like anyway.  However, for many, that won’t work, you’ll end up with six cut crystal picture frames and a collection of mismatched hand towels.

If you’re on the fence and don’t believe me, go read Why You Have to Register for Gifts if You’re Getting Married.

This guide is quite long, and even comes with a FREE Printable Registry Checklist for Grown Ups.  That’s what we’ve nicknamed this huge list of what to register for when you already have everything.

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What to Register for if You Have Everything

Now hang in there with me, I know that you will have some of the suggestions on this list already, but remember that not everyone else will, and one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to buying stuff!

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Make a huge list with all your consumer hopes and dreams on it as a starting point, if you are really struggling to come up with things.

You may also find yourself needing to add more things to your wedding gift registry, perhaps after a bridal shower.  If you are feeling guilty about putting a $500 Vitamix blender on the list, put it on for now, you may find that you only have two very expensive things on your list at the end of the day.  That, or you may find that Great Aunt Berta comes out of the woodwork and offers to buy you a $1000 wedding gift that you never saw coming; trust me, it happens!

Use this as an opportunity to sort through your junk treasures.  Yes, I know that you’re busy and wedding planning takes up a lot of time, but consider using this as a respite from all of that.

Tackle one little piece per day, or per week.  Many people say they feel better when their homes are decluttered, so use that as motivation.

Step one is to go through your things and decide which ones you want to upgrade, even if you don’t think there is anything, you can probably find some things.  Just because you have perfectly fine towels you bought at Walmart a few years ago, doesn’t mean you can’t register for delightful, new, high end towels.  Just make sure to donate, repurpose or recycle as much as possible that you are upgrading – your camping gear will be happy with your old stuff!

Look at all of your kitchen utensils, for example, and count the melted spatulas.  Add two heat-resistant spatulas to your list and keep going.

Do you worry about your potato masher breaking when you use it?  Add one to the list, or add a fancy potato masher doodad.  You can also use this as an opportunity to clean out your drawers and cupboards, just dump out the contents, wipe the drawer down, and evaluate the items as you put them back in.  Tomorrow evening, do another drawer or cupboard.

The kitchen is a pretty easy place to start, because each cupboard or drawer is a nice, contained, bite-sized chunk.  If you have mastered the kitchen, check out your front closet (shoe racks, nice hangers, cute storage bins, scarf racks), your linen closet, your sports or camping gear, your living room and if you’re feeling brave, under your bathroom sinks.

General Tips on What to Register for if You Have Everything

Keep your own Wants and Values in Mind – For example, do not bend to the pressure to register for formal china if you know that you will never use it.

Put Off Purchasing Things – If there are (non-wedding!) things that you want to buy between now and the wedding, if you can hold out, add them to your registry instead of purchasing them for yourself.

Ask for Small, High Value, Durable Items – If space is the reason you don’t want a three section croc-pot, stick to registering for smaller items that will last a lifetime, like silverware, watches, or a sterling silver menorah.

Ask for Lifestyle-fitting Gifts – Think about what you like to do with your time.  If you like going out to restaurants, ask for restaurant gift cards.  If you’re into artwork, pick out some pieces you would like to add to your collection.  You could ask for the moorage fees for your boat, wine of the month club membership, CSA food boxes, craft beer collections, bed and breakfast stays, you name it!

The Price Point Problem – You will still need a list that includes gift ideas at a variety of price points.  If you are really struggling, consider using a registry that lets people contribute toward certain items, so that you can get the new mattress set you truly need.

Shower Gifts – You can overcome this because other people are giving direction on gifts, not you.  Gift Card Showers, or date night kits are great gift themes to ask your host about.

Biggify – Ah, the fluidity of language which lets me write such things.  Does your George Foreman grill only work for one person, maybe two?  Biggify it and get another one.  Single-serve croc pot?  Biggify.  Small rice cooker?  Biggify.

Alternative Registries – There are now a boatload of alternative registries out there, where you can register for honeymoon activities and funds, house downpayments, local shops, portions of things, charities and more.

Wedding Stuff – There is a lot of etiquette information available on this online, and tread carefully, but if you have friends who would do you favours, offer their services or lend a hand for your wedding, ask if they would be willing to do so, in lieu of a gift; for example, lending you their big tent, doing the flower arranging, chauffeuring your elderly relatives around town, acting as DJ, decorating the cake, etc.  They do not necessarily have to be professional things that they do, but services you may end up paying someone else to perform.

What to Register for if You Have Everything

ListAt this point, you should be armed with a list of your consumer wants and dreams, what you discovered while doing a walk through of your house, and what you decided could be chucked while cleaning and sorting through your house.

What does the list look like? I hope you found more than ten things!  That’s your starting point.

Now, here is a big idea list, along with some commentary, of registry ideas.

Be creative, and remember that one size does not fit all!

Use these ideas as a springboard to more, and please share your ideas in the comments, they will help even more people out.  Please do read the whole list, as putting things into categories proved to be a bit tricky!

(Feel free to click on the links to see some ideas, virtually all of them are affiliate links to Amazon. That means that I get a smidgen of cash should you choose to buy anything, at absolutely no cost to you, aka a way to justify to myself spending hours upon hours coming up with this list!) 

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What to Register for - Household Goods & Appliances

Household Goods & Appliances

Garment Steamer

Good Iron

Deep Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Dryer, Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave

Wine Fridge

meat smoker

Greenhouse

Composter

Underground Sprinkler System

Garage Storage System

Gun Safe

Exercise Equipment – Weight Set, Treadmill, Shake Weight (obviously)

BBQ/Grill

Outdoor Garbage Cans, Indoor Garbage Cans, Recycling Centers

Air Conditioner

Wall Clock

Key Rack

Wooden Hangers, or those No Slip Hangers

Vacuum

Storage Stuff – think the Container Store, IKEA, under your bed, at the top of your closet, in your kitchen cupboards, in your garage, etc!

Kegerator

Safe – also consider fireproof-ness

Filing Cabinet

Laser Printer,Photo Printer, or a Large Format Printer

Area Rugs

Air Purifier

Air Conditioner

Humidifier

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What to Register for - Tools

Tools and Such

Cordless Drill – everyone should have one, seriously. My favourite are the yellow ones (Dewalt).

Shop Vacuum

Chainsaw

Table Saw, Miter Saw, Tile Saw

Power Tool Set

Air Tools

Tool Box or Tool Chest

Hand Tool Set – hammers and screwdrivers and whatnot

Window coverings – Drapes, Curtains, Blinds, Shutters

Sterling Silver Place Settings

Extension Cords – good ones are pricey, especially winter plug-in-the-car types

Rope, Winches, Bungee Cords

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What to Register for - house upgrades

Upgrade your House

New Door Handles – what about a Keypad Front Door Lock?

New Flooring

Kitchen Faucet

Paint store credit

Light Fixtures

Sinks and Vanities

Mirrors, Drawer Pulls

Doors

Gas Fireplace Insert

Bathtubs, you name it!

Nest Thermostat

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What to Register for - Linens

Linens and Whatnot

Bath Robes

New Duvet and Duvet Cover – what about your guest room?

New Pillows

New Sheets

New Towels

Beach Towels

Throw Blankets

Bath Mats

Lint Roller

Laundry Drying Rack

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What to Register for - Kitchen

Kitchen Appliances & Expensive Items

Vitamix Blender

Excalibur Dehydrator

New Dishes and Silverware

China

Servingware

Stand Mixer and Attachments (there`s so many)!

Pots and Pans

Pot Rack

Good Knives & a Knife Block

Knife Sharpener

Fondue Pot or Raclette

Food Processor

Enameled Cast Iron (Le Creuset, Staub and Lodge)

Kettle, Toaster,Toaster Oven, Coffee Maker

Espresso Maker – what about a Stovetop Espresso Maker?

Coffee Grinder – a good grinder can run several hundred dollars

Keurig, Tassimo, the racks to hold the pucks, etc.

Sodastream

Griddler – one, multi-purpose appliance

Crock Pot, Rice Cooker, Blender, Waffle Maker, Deep Fryer, Ice Cream Maker, Panini Press, George Foreman Grill, Creme Brulee Torch

Under Sink Slide Out Cabinet

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What to Register for - Small Kitchen

Kitchen Smaller Stuff

Cookbook Collection

Spice Collection – think harder to find or more interesting, like Saffron, or Pink Peppercorns

Things that save space – Collapsible Colanders, Storage Racks, Cupboard Organizers, Nesting Bowl Sets

Specialty cookware – Wok, Cast Iron Pans (there is a huge variety, including Bacon Presses, Muffin Tins, Loaf Pans and more), Stock Pot, Tagine, Clay Baker, Griddle, Pizza Stone

Mortar and Pestle

Mandolin

Individual Casserole Dishes

Tupperware, Pantry Storage, Chip Clips

Good Steak Knives

Specific region or purpose culinary gadgets – ie Bamboo Steamers, Sushi Mats, Indian Serving Dishes, Lobster and Crab Tools, Egg Cups, Cookie Cutters, Crumpet Rings, Tava Pan, Yogurt Maker, Pudding Basin, Potato Ricer, Halogen OvenCookie Press, Gnocchi Board, Crepe Pan, Sprouting Tower, Burger Press, Juicer, Spiralizer, Pasta Roller, Cake Pop Maker, Bento Molds, Ravioli Mold, Cheese Strainer, Cheese Mold, French Onion Soup Bowls, Pierogi Mold

Pressure Cooker, Pressure Canner

Good Chopsticks – upgrade from the leftover-from-takeout variety!

Tasting Set

Table Cloths, Napkins, Placemats, Napkin Holder, Napkin Rings, Table Runners

Candle Holders

Outdoor Serving Ware, Glasses, Dishes

PotteryServing Ware, Dishes, Display Pieces

Salt & Pepper Grinder Set

Canning EquipmentMason Jars, Canner, Starter Kit

Cupcake stuff – Trees, Tins, Silicone Liners, Festive Liners, Carrying Case

Reusable Produce Bags

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What to Register for - Furniture

Furniture

Patio Furniture

Mattress, Bed and Bedroom Set

Tables – Dining Room, End Tables, Coffee Tables

Couches or Recliners

Bar Stools

Book Cases

TV Stand

Entertainment Center

Shelving Units – Don’t forget big storage bins to go on the shelves, or storage bins for under your bed

Closet Organizers – premade, or the stuff to make what you need from the hardware store

Shoe Racks

Valet

Office Desk and Chair

Wine Rack

Lamps

Fan – what about a Dyson air blade?

Bar Cart

Tea Trolley

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What to Register for - sporting

Sporting and Outdoors

Bicycles! – Also bike trainers, bike repair stands, bike stands, panniers, bike car racks

Camping gear – tents, stoves, sleeping bags, mattress pads, water purifier, backpacks

Snowshoes

Cross Country Skis (or downhill)

Ski or Bike Lift Tickets or Seasons Passes

A canoe and paddles (or kayaks)

Stand-Up Paddleboard

Snorkeling Gear – especially if you could use it on your honeymoon!

Surfboard

Golf Clubs

Green Fees (games or seasons, buckets of balls)

Gardening stuff – seeds, tools, soil, fertilizer, pots, bulbs, watering cans

Thule bins or racks

Beach Umbrella and Chairs

Propane Tank

Hammock

Basically anything at REI or MEC

Garden Hose, Sprinkler Heads, Hose Reels

Croquet Set, Bocce

Bird Feeder

Outdoor Fountain

Clothesline

Shrubs and such – A yard of cedar mulch, mature trees, a gazebo, flowering bushes

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What to Register for- Hobbies

Hobbies

Sewing Machine

Serger

Scrapbooking/craft supplies – Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, Scrapbooks, printing credit, Cartridges

Chest Waders & Fishing Gear

Boating ToysTubes, Water Skis, Kneeboard, Wakeboard, Surfboard

Dock Cleats – Especially the ones that collapse flat

Brewing Equipment

Art Easel

Guitar– and/or Accessories

Range-finder – Golf or Hunting

Spotting Scope

Binoculars

Skeet Launcher

Note Card Set – blank note cards for a whole heap of occasions

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What to Register for- Pets

Pets

Dog Beds and Dog Crates

Underground Dog Fence

Cat Carrier

Fish Tanks

General pet-related durable goods

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What to Register for - Tickets

Consumables and Tickets

“_____ of the Month Clubs” – Wine, Steak, Cheese, Spice, Coffee, etc.

Start a wine cellar (and include some bubbly!)

Start a scotch collection

Start a cigar collection (and pick up a humidor)

Car wash gift certificates

Theatre tickets, attraction tickets, gym memberships – read this post for lots of ticket ideas!

Coffee, tea, k-cups, condiments, pantry restocking stuff

Gift Wrap Kit

Cleaning Supplies – how awesome would it be to not have to buy toilet bowl cleaner for a year?

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What to Register for - Lifestyle

Entertainment and Lifestyle

Board Games – do you own Cards Against Humanity yet?

Start a book library

Gaming systems

Surround Sound System

Outdoor Speakers, Waterproof Docking Station

Weather Station

Digital Picture Frame

Car Accessories – chair covers, DVD players and the like

Lessons – cooking, yoga, art, sword making, pottery, jewelry making, sailing, massage, etc!

Tours of your own town

Guidebook for your honeymoon destination

Photobook gift cards – for the wedding and for your honeymoon

Photo album – if you plan to make your wedding album yourself, put on the specific one you want.

Library membership

Date night kits or suggestions

LuggageMessenger Bags, Briefcases, Laptop Bags, Toiletry Bags

Camera(s) – DSLR, Waterproof Camera

Kindle book library

Winery membership

State/Provincial/National park pass

Cooler – you can get them with wheels, or ones that plug into walls/cars to stay cold!

Bar SetIce Bucket, Martini Set, Beer-specific Glasses, Decanter, Good Corkscrew

First Aid KitsCar Emergency Kit, House First Aid Kit, Hiking First Aid Kit, Travel

Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

Electric Toothbrushes – nice ones are pricey!

Houseplants

Tailgating GearPortable Grill, Chairs

Collector items – are you both Star Wars fanatics?  Do you have a collection that could rival the Big Bang Theory?  Add to it, if you will love it. Chances are your equally-obsessed friends will jump all over these items, while your Uncle remains extremely perplexed.

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What to Register for - Seasonal

Seasonal and/or Religious

Snow Blower

Snow Shovel

Lawn Mower

Hedge Trimmer, Leaf Blower, Pruners

Rake, Shovel, Broom

Christmas Tree, Lights, Decorations, Christmas Tree Stand, Christmas Tree Skirt, Angel

Menorah

Seder Plate

Car Tires, or one of those nifty car tire storage racks for your garage!

Fireplace Tools, Axe (no, not the body spray!)

Burial plot – totally weird suggestion, I know, but useful.

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What to Register for - Services

Services and Subscriptions

Lawn care

Pool care

Cleaning service

Car detailing

Snow Shoveling

Window Washing

Furnace Tune-up

Baby sitting

Will writing – you likely need a new one, now that you’re getting married.

Fee-for-service Financial Adviser

Income Tax accountant

Netflix or similar subscription

Amazon Prime membership

Car Share membership

Bixi Bike Membership, etc.

Magazine Subscriptions

Race and event entry fees

Photographer credit – for your photo album

Whew! That was a lot of ideas – Get the printable checklist

10 Printable Pages of Wedding Registry Ideas

It turns out that there are nine, yes NINE entire pages of ideas.  Three columns wide, even.

We threw in some places for you to add your own, too.  You can use this checklist to keep track of things that you want, how many, and when you have added it to a registry.

When Great Aunt Betty goes and buys every single piece of china, you’ll be ready with your B list gifts, and can tick off when you’ve added them.

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If you want to read more on this topic, Apartment Therapy has an article titled Creating a Wedding Registry- Tips for Couples Already Living Together and I have to give a big hat tip to the forum members at Ask MetaFilter for their insightful discussion as well.

Please, please add your suggestions into the comments!  Other lovely folks on the internet will love you and send you good karma for your ideas!

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Anne spends a lot of time writing about gifts for adults, for all occasions. She comes up with creative ways to add personality to registry gifts and to give gifts when your budget is tight.

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