Interested to hear from a real couple regarding their registry experience? Get advice from the newlyweds on their online and in-store registry experiences at three retailers!
When Stacy (née Lee) and John Niemiec wed in a romantic California setting, they were sharing an apartment that was fairly well-stocked. “However, we were sleeping on sheets I’d had since college and using glassware that had seen more than its fair share of parties in my early 20s,” admits the bride. “I really wanted to use the registry as a chance to upgrade all our basics.”
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Registering at Heath Ceramics was an obvious choice, as Stacy has loved the brand for ages. “Where to register for dishware was an easy decision!” she notes. Here, the couple decided on classic serving dishes, bowls, and plates in neutral hues.
Mix & Match dinnerware set, $88; Heath Ceramics
Orrefors Pulse collection tumblers, $50 (set of 4); Gearys
BergHOFF "Concavo" 8-piece knife block set, $200; Zola
Zola was a go-to simply for its easy-to-use online platform. They settled on luxurious Coyuchi linens, sturdy Staub cookware, and a sleek BergHOFF knife set. “We also knew we wanted to go on a pretty epic European honeymoon, so we used Zola to register for a honeymoon fund,” adds Stacy.
Cuisinart tri-ply copper 10-piece cookware set, $270; Bed Bath & Beyond
L'Objet Alchimie collection large black coupe bowl, $208; Gearys
Large covered serving dish, $158; Heath Ceramics
Coyuchi "Twilight" organic quilts, $297/each; Zola
At Gearys, the pair started their wish list online, and then later, Stacy went in person to make adjustments. “In general, I get less overwhelmed shopping online than in-store,” confides the bride, “but seeing things in-store certainly helps you avoid returns.” Stacy loved Gearys very well-curated selection and chose elegant vases, cool L’Objet dinnerware, and timeless crystal glassware pieces. “When I couldn’t decide on what color salad plates I wanted, my consultant even let me bring my Heath Ceramics items in to set the full table in store!” muses the bride of their excellent customer service.
"When I couldn't decide on what color salad plates I wanted, my [Gearys] consultant even let me bring my Heath Ceramics items in to set the full table in store!"
Danby 36-bottle wine fridge, $260; Zola
Georg Jensen "Alfredo" vase, $195; Gearys
Menu salt & pepper bottle grinder set, $80; Zola
Stacy reveals that she preferred all three retailers in part because each was credit based: “None of the gifts shipped until after the wedding, eliminating that unfortunate pileup, and I was able to make sure I got exactly what we needed, such as getting our silverware, instead of the fifth bowl.”
“Every time I go to a restaurant and like the plate, I check to see who makes it. I wish I had noticed and done that before I got married!"
“You want a registry that is right for you as a couple, but don’t neglect to register for ‘classics.’”
“You never know when you’ll decide that you do, in fact, want to host Thanksgiving, and you wish you had a platter that you could bring out and say you got it as a wedding gift.”