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Must-Have Wedding Gift Registry Items

Silver tea sets? A crystal punch bowl? If you think that's got you covered, think again. Get the scoop from wedding experts on the items you won't think to register for, but should!

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What price points should couples stick to when creating a registry?

Joanna says: "Feel free to vary the price points, as your friend from college is likely going to have a different pricepoint in mind from your grandparents, or your bridesmaids might go on in a group gift. There is room on your registry for all of the things that you love, so don't worry, your guests will gravitate to the items that are appropriate for them."

Nancy says: "It is important to add items in every price point. People decide how much they are going to spend on a wedding gift based on two factors: their relationship to the couple and their personal financial status. Obviously, an old classmate will not spend the same amount that a family member will. So, it is very necessary to choose items that can fit into anyone's budget."

Cathleya says: "Have something for everyone. I tend to shy away from anything under 20 dollars — the reasoning being typically guests will bundle 2-5 super-low price point items together and the shipping ends up costing practically as much as the gift, depending on where you register. For the average couple, concentrating items in the 20 to 50 dollar range is nice, especially because brides will likely see items on the 'lower-priced' end of the registry come in heavy for their bridal showers. Rounding it out with some higher-end things that family and close friends will likely buy is good. And don't shy away from a couple big ticket items — friends might want to go in on a group gift!"

What are the latest registry trends?

Nancy says: "I think that more couples are looking for dual purpose dinnerware. With the wide variety of choices available these days it is much easier to do so. Many couples are registering for dish sets that are durable for everyday use, but also looks great on the table when entertaining company. This is especially ideal for urban dwellers that might not have a lot of storage options."

Joanna says: "Most couples will add some great casual pieces like Riedel wine glasses or Villeroy & Boch's French Garden dinnerware. However, they also want a great china pattern that makes their dinner parties spectacular. Many designers are introducing some transitional patterns, like Bernardaud's Jardin Indien. Designers like Marchesa by Lenox with their Empire Pearl [pictured], are also launching new lines and patterns so that you can have the elegance of fine china, but with a more modern twist."

Nancy says: "Year after year, we notice more involvement from the groom when it comes to making gift selections. Now that registries can be built online during any time of the day or night, it is much easier for couples to work on their registry together and for the groom to get some of his 'pet items' into the mix."

Is there anything that should be off-limits on a registry?

Joanna says: "Absolutely not! At Bloomingdale's you can register for all home products so that you can wardrobe every room in your home. Go ahead and accessorize with candles, crystal and silver...just the way you would accent your favorite little black dress!"

Nancy says: "Anything that people might be embarrassed to see..."

Cathleya says: "I'd recommend leaving off items that are geared specifically toward only one person. It's a couple's registry, after all. While BBQ utensils result in a meal that both can enjoy, something like, say, a handbag, is probably not something to add...even if it's really cute!"

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