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    Wedding Registry Checklist:
    Your Go-To Guide

    Creating your wedding registry is an exciting step toward building your new life together. It’s your chance to fill your home with everything you need for the future, plus some extra things you add for fun. It’s also the best way to get the wedding gifts you want and to help your guests find something you’ll both love. To help you make the most of the experience, we’ve put together the ultimate wedding registry checklist.

    GETTING STARTED

    GETTING STARTED

    Your friends and family will want to start showering you with love at the engagement party and bridal shower, so it’s never too early to register. We recommend adding a link to your registry on your wedding website so your guests can easily find it.

    If you’re wondering what to register for, think about who you are as a couple. Do you love to entertain? Have a case of wanderlust? A flair for cooking? Kick off your registry with things you can’t wait to use, whether it’s a platinum-trimmed cake plate or a streamlined suitcase with all the bells and whistles. Once you’ve laid your wish list foundation, fill it in with essential items for the everyday, special occasions, and the future.

    Pro tip: Creating a shoppable registry for your wedding guests is all about numbers. A good rule of thumb is 1.5 gifts for every person on your guest list in a wide range of price points—this gives them gifting options (and perks for you, since couples who register at Bloomingdale’s get 20% off items remaining on their registry for six months after their wedding day).

    For even more inspiration, you can also print this checklist, connect with one of our registry consultants, or reference our convenient home guides.

    Special Occasion Dining

    DINING

    From Sunday brunches for two to hosting the entire family for the holidays, you’ve got a lifetime of delicious meals ahead. Generally, service for eight is a good start, and 12 settings should cover you for most entertaining occasions. To flex what you have and add visual intrigue to the table, choose an everyday set and a special occasion set that complement each other so you can mix and match. For more info and inspiration, check out our DINNERWARE GUIDE.

    What You’ll Need for the everyday

    • Dinner plates
    • Salad plates & bowls
    • Pasta bowls
    • Soup & cereal bowls
    • Mugs

    What You’ll Need for special occasions

    • Dinner plates
    • Salad plates & bowls
    • Chargers
    • Soup bowls
    • Dessert plates
    • Cups & saucers
    • Bread & butter plates
    • Napkins
    • Napkin rings
    • Placemats
    • Table runner
    Serveware

    SERVEWARE

    Serveware—aka platters, large bowls, trays—is your opportunity to bring some serious good taste to the table. Not only will the perfect pieces keep you prepared for hosting and the holidays, they’ll also serve as the backdrop to the entire meal. We like to think of it this way: Cheese on a plate is a snack. Cheese laid out on a platter with all the accoutrements is an event.

    What You’ll Need

    • Varying-sized serving platters
    • Varying-sized serving bowls
    • Cake stand & knife
    • Cheese board & knives
    • Chip & dip bowl
    • Dip & nut bowls
    • Salad bowl & tongs
    • Serving forks & spoons
    • Serving tray
    Bar & Wine

    BAR & WINE

    Happy hour’s at your place! Stocking your bar cart goes beyond spirits and bitters. The proper glassware is essential for maximum cocktail enjoyment. A wide-mouthed martini glass…a champagne-enhancing flute—the right vessels make sure drinks hit your taste buds in exactly the right spot (not to mention they look pretty great, too!). Just like when registering for dinnerware, make sure you have enough for all your revelers—plus a couple extra in the event of unexpected guests and potential breakage. And, if you don’t know your highballs from your old ashioneds yet, not to worry! Our guide makes it a schnapps: Explore different types of glassware and stemware.

    What You’ll Need

    • Cocktail shaker
    • Double old fashioned glasses
    • Tumblers
    • Red wine glasses
    • White wine glasses
    • Champagne flutes or coupes
    • Highball glasses
    • Wine & spirits decanters
    • Electric wine opener
    • Ice bucket
    • Coasters
    Cookware & Bakeware

    COOKWARE & BAKEWARE

    Now is the time to get those pie-in-the-sky kitchen must-haves: a gorgeous cookware set…a colorful Dutch oven…plus all the tools and accessories you’ll need to make any recipe a reality. For more info and inspiration, check out our cookware guide.

    What You’ll Need

    • Cookware set
    • Cast iron skillet
    • Dutch oven
    • Grill pans & griddle
    • Roasting pan with rack
    • Ramekins
    • Stockpot
    • Baking sheets
    • Cake pans
    • Mixing bowls
    • Muffin tins
    • Oven mitts
    Kitchen Electrics

    KITCHEN ELECTRICS

    That stand mixer and espresso machine you’ve always wanted? They’re perfect registry items! Not only are electrics the ultimate time-savers, their versatility lets you get creative with your menu.

    What You’ll Need

    • Blender
    • Coffee & espresso maker
    • Food processor
    • Multi cooker
    • Smart oven
    • Stand mixer + attachments
    Cutlery & Gadgets

    CUTLERY & GADGETS

    A great set of knives and ingenious gadgets are the unsung heroes of the kitchen, making prep work a breeze and plating effortless. Smaller registry items like fun kitchen tools also serve as the perfect shower gift or add-on to a cash gift. For more information, check out our CUTLERY GUIDE.

    What You’ll Need

    • Knife block set
    • Steak knife set
    • Cheese grater
    • Cutting boards
    • Utensil set
    • Instant-read thermometer
    • Organization canisters
    • Salt & pepper mills
    • Wooden spoons
    Bath

    BATH

    It’s time to stock your linen closet! Whether you like your towels thick and plush or lightweight and absorbent (aka “thirsty”), we recommend enough for you, guests, and laundry day. For a sumptuous treat, add matching robes to your registry and bring indulgent spa vibes to your home. Plus, as a married-life bonus, you can get most of our towels monogrammed with your initials!

    What You’ll Need

    • Bath sheets or towels
    • Hand towels
    • Bathrobes
    • Bath mat or rug
    • Bathroom décor
    Bedding

    BEDDING

    Just like your bath essentials, make sure you have enough bedding for you, laundry day, and guests. As for the types of linens, choose your bedding by what you consider dream slumber—for example, percale sheets are best for keeping cool, while sateen keeps you cozy. For more info and inspiration, check out our BEDDING GUIDE.

    What You’ll Need

    • Sheet sets
    • Shams & pillowcases
    • Comforters
    • Duvet covers
    • Pillows
    • Decorative pillows
    Décor

    DÉCOR

    These are the items that make your house a home. A picture frame displaying your wedding photo, a vase showcasing a bouquet of “just because” flowers—the perfect décor shows off your personality while giving guests fun registry items to choose from.

    What You’ll Need

    • Candles & candlesticks
    • Decorative bowls
    • Throw pillows
    • Catchall trays
    • Picture frames
    • Ring dishes
    • Throw blankets
    • Vases
    Travel

    TRAVEL

    Your honeymoon is just the beginning! Be prepared for getaways both near and far by adding luggage and travel essentials to your registry.

    What You’ll Need

    • Carry-ons
    • Checked luggage
    • Computer travel bag
    • Garment bags
    • Travel accessories
    • Weekender bags

    PS: If you register with Bloomingdale’s, we offer complimentary honeymoon planning through our partners, The Travel Siblings.

    WHAT’S NEXT?

    Get inspired! Our home guides and lookbooks can help you shop, decorate, and care for your new home together. To stock your Bloomingdale’s wedding registry, our downloadable registry checklist is a great starting point. You should also consider supplementary items such as cleaning materials, furniture, mattresses, rugs, and more. For even more personalized help, book an appointment with a Bloomingdale’s registry consultant.

    Above all else, have fun during this exciting time in your lives!