It’s been over two years since Nick and I got married, but we still get hit with wedding planning nostalgia (and a little PTSD, ha!) especially around now, when social media feeds are rife with engagement announcements. As some of you may know, once that adrenaline wears off, a long list of bridal to-dos starts settling in as reality. Part of that list is the wedding registry, so we’re partnering with Zola to share some tips and ideas (they were actually the only place we registered at for our own wedding!).
One of the challenges when choosing where to register was the fact that Nick and I were already living together in a small apartment, so we didn’t have space for a lot of traditional gifts like fancy China or crystal punch bowls that get used once every five years. We opted instead to do customized cash funds on Zola that our guests could contribute to, combined with a few select products, like this Smeg Toaster that Nick was lusting after.
Zola’s offering has expanded since then to a lot more products (with price matching and free shipping), as well as unique experiences to choose from. Plus, they have a group gifting feature so guests can chip in on more expensive items. Right now, couples registering with Zola will also get a $50 credit after they receive $500 in gifts from guests.
We put together some ideas below on how to create a more personalized-feeling registry. It’s loosely based on our own interests, but hopefully it can inspire a registry full of things that you will actually love and put to use!
For the couple who loves to travel
A honeymoon / future airfare fund – Monetary gifts are great but who wants to deal with rounding up all the cash and checks (or red envelopes) and taking them to the bank the morning after your wedding? Also, some couples might be uncomfortable asking for cash, so these personalized, themed funds make it feel more approachable. (Note: Zola charges a 2.5% credit card transaction fee for cash fund contributions. In our opinion it was worth it, even just to have an electronic record of all gifts in one place for thank yous, etc.)
Luggage set – I’ve been using my Bric’s Bellagio carry-on for years, and Nick has this sleek, lower-maintenance Capri spinner (note: inner capacity is a little smaller than the Bellagio) that I’ve been itching to borrow!
Airbnb gift card – We’ve had some good luck with Airbnbs in London and Hawaii, and are always on the lookout for unique rental spaces when we travel. This lets people give you a gift for lodging without locking you into a specific hotel.
For the couple who loves to cook
KitchenAid Stand Mixer and its amazing attachment options (fresh pasta, zoodles, or homemade ice cream, anyone?) – This is one gift we wish we had registered for, especially since it now comes in a mini size – perfect for smaller kitchens!
Kitchen remodel cash fund – A remodel fund for a current or future home is a way to make guests feel like they’re quite literally helping you build your new life together! Also, funds are customizable with your own titles and imagery so you can make it as personalized as you want (i.e. “Nick’s Mad Men-inspired Mancave Bar Fund”).
Monthly Wine Club – A subscription gift that’ll keep the wedding day bliss going for months to come.
Le Creuset Signature Dutch Oven – We received one at our wedding and use it so much we ended up getting another. We have both the 3.5 qt and the 5.5 qt – the latter is perfect for families or for making extra portions to enjoy later or freeze!
Congrats to all the newly-engaged couples reading, and good luck to everyone who is currently in the midst of wedding planning!
Thank you to Zola and Shopstyle for partnering on this post.