Wedding Registry Ideas: What’s Really Worth the Money
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If you’re getting married soon, then lucky you. It seems like just a a few years ago we were still stuck in the stone ages: Headed to the brick and mortar chain department store, scanning items that literally thousands of other couples were simultaneously registering for. You could almost tell what year you got married in by what color mixing bowls are in your kitchen, because those were the only ones available that year in every department store. We wandered the aisle aimlessly; registering for items we knew weren’t perfect for us, but knowing that it had to be one of these 25 china patterns available, or nothing at all. Plus, what we really wanted was a full spa day on our honeymoon—but how the heck would we even go about registering for that?
Enter Zola. Now, couples aren’t restrained by what’s on the shelves at their local department store. Instead, register for anything you want—mix it up with your favorite household products, unique experiences, and funds. Register for the all-time gold standards, KitchenAid and Sonos, and throw in up and coming brands like Parachute, or experiences like cooking with BlueApron. Not only can you register for what you truly want, but the experience for your guests is no-nonsense, too, because it’s super easy for guests to head to Zola to see your complete wedding registry, all in one place. And if you already own all the tongs, towels, and trivets you could possibly ever want, but what you really need is a new couch, Zola makes it even easier for guests to go in on larger group gifts.
Even better, ditch the cumbersome trips to the stores. Download the Zola Wedding Registry iPhone app, and add items to your registry, Tinder style. Yup, the Zola Wedding Registry app includes the game Blender, that allows you to swipe right to add products instantly to your registry. When you have a few minutes to spare in the middle of the day, you can discover things to register for you hadn’t thought of yourself for by just swiping left and right.
Knowing what you need on your registry often feels like a no-brainer, but deciding on which particular brand or price point to hit for a particular item is often the hard part. We tapped Zola’s Newlywed-At-Large and registry expert Jennifer Spector, to help us wade through a few of the most heavily debated registry items featuring wildly different price points. She’s helped us make it easier to decide where the more expensive item is really worth it, and where we can save a few bucks for our guests but still get amazing quality items.
Vitamix is the holy grail of blenders, but they come at a steep price. There are some great lower priced options out there, like the Nutribullet that do a great job if you’re looking for smaller duty jobs like making smoothies. But ultimately, if you don’t have a blender already, the Vitamix is worth the splurge. Jennifer says, “A blender is not something I had before I got married, but we registered for a Vitamix as a group gift so multiple people could contribute. Now my husband is obsessed with making us smoothies every morning!”
Jennifer says, “You can find high quality knife sets at any price point, which is great since they are one of the most used items in the kitchen.” The verdict? Go for the set that aligns with your cooking ability and that feels great in your hands. Unless you’re a sushi chef, you might not need the most expensive set on the market.
Worth the splurge? In this case, absolutely. Jennifer says, “Investing in cookware pieces that you can have for a lifetime is really important—you want things that last and get the job done. I would recommend registering for a more splurge-worthy set if you are a frequent cook.”
On towels, Jennifer says, “Choosing towels is all about the texture and their durability. Both splurge- and save-worthy items should be soft and sturdy enough to last.” If you love changing the color schemes in your house, this might be a good place to save. After all, who knows if those rose quartz colored towels will fit into your master bathroom’s color scheme a couple years from now.
Crystal can get pricey. Jennifer argues to mix it up here by noting, “This is a great example of gorgeous crystal at any price point. Choose whichever fits your style, and you can even register for both so that guests have options.”
Want to learn more? Check out Zola’s “How It Works” page to find out how to get started on your Zola registry today.
This post was sponsored by Zola.