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Con­sider great registry ad­vice from one re­cently mar­ried cou­ple.

Prior to Lind­sey (née Hornbuckle) and Sean Lanni’s nup­tials in Del Mar, Cal­i­for­nia (read their story on page 116), the cou­ple took a unique ap­proach to their wed­ding registry. Since they were for­tu­nate to have been liv­ing in a fully fur­nished home in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, the pair had a dif­fi­cult time deter­min­ing how to go about their wish list. “Our first choice was for guests to do­nate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South­ern Ne­vada in our honor,” says Lind­sey. “I have do­nated a lot of my time to the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and so has my mom, so that was my char­ity of choice!”

How­ever, since the cou­ple knew many of their guests would also want to give gifts, they chose to reg­is­ter at Gearys, Neiman Mar­cus, and Wil­liams-Sonoma. Sean ad­mits he had no opin­ion on the process as a whole, so he hap­pily handed the reins to Lind­sey, who “picked out pieces I never wanted to buy for my­self,” she de­clares. Thus, the bride-to-be fo­cused on select­ing hol­i­day plates, fine crys­tal, and en­ter­tain­ment pieces in or­der to up­grade their ex­ist­ing din­ner­ware. Tak­ing an on­line-only ap­proach to cre­at­ing their wish lists, she chose prod­ucts based on pho­tos and re­views. “Look­ing back, I may have reg­is­tered in-store since it’s eas­ier to see if items match,” notes Lind­sey.

Gearys, a high-end re­tailer in Bev­erly Hills, was se­lected for their “great hol­i­day dé­cor and fine-din­ing glasses,” re­veals Lind­sey. Jokes Sean, “It seemed like she reg­is­tered for 1,000 wine glasses and that’s what every­one bought us!” She also added sea­sonal items for fu­ture hol­i­day din­ners with fam­ily – in­clud­ing pieces from the Gre­nadiers col­lec­tion by Bernar­daud, which is in­flu­enced by Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and fea­tures nos­tal­gic mo­tifs of toy sol­diers, wooden horses, and Christ­mas trees. Every­day en­ter­tain­ing prod­ucts, many show­cas­ing wood ac­cents – in­clud­ing a Nambé salad bowl with servers – were se­lected as well as can­dle vo­tives and hur­ri­canes to ac­ces­sorize their din­ing ta­ble.

When look­ing for “higher-end every­day sets that would be great for din­ner par­ties,” Lind­sey grav­i­tated to Neiman Mar­cus. Among her se­lec­tions were flat­ware, crys­tal stemware, and gilt cake servers and nap­kin rings. Though Lind­sey ad­mits that the re­tailer’s registry web­site was dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate – “I couldn’t tell what I had picked!” she re­calls. She also warns brides of the chal­leng­ing re­turn pol­icy. “Some­times, they didn’t send a re­ceipt or gift tag, so it was hard to prove some prod­ucts were bought there,” she shares. “Also, thank-you notes were made dif­fi­cult when there wasn’t a card stat­ing who each pack­age was from.” Although this wish list was the most trou­ble­some of the trio, Lind­sey con­firms she was happy with the pieces and wouldn’t change a thing about her choice of re­tail­ers.

“We were ex­tremely blessed to live in a fur­nished house al­ready, so the gifts we reg­is­tered for were things we needed up­graded.”

For more prac­ti­cal items, such as bake­ware, out­door grilling ac­ces­sories, and kitchen tools like a man­dolin and pro­fes­sional chop­per, Lind­sey found Wil­liams-Sonoma to be the ideal store. “Wil­liams-Sonoma was great for things we needed, like a Ne­spresso ma­chine and a new knife set,” she pro­fesses. Ad­di­tional pieces in­cluded cups to go with their beloved espresso ma­chine, as well as fes­tive pump­kin-themed serve­ware and mugs ideal for the fall months. To com­ple­ment their wooden en­ter­tain­ing pieces from Gearys, olive wood cheese knives and a large mar­ble-and-wood cheese board were se­lected, along with bev­er­age dis­pensers and bins per­fect for host­ing loved ones. Small ap­pli­ances, such as a KITCHENAID stand mixer, four-slice toaster, and no-mess waf­fle maker – the groom’s fa­vorite! – were also added to the wish list to in­spire hours of cook­ing in their kitchen.

The cou­ple was pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive ev­ery item for which they reg­is­tered – in­clud­ing each piece of sil­ver­ware. When look­ing back on the process, Lind­sey rec­om­mends other cou­ples pick more items than may be nec­es­sary to avoid hav­ing to add to the registry. “By that point in the wed­ding-plan­ning process, up­dat­ing the wish list is the last thing on your mind,” she affirms. Lind­sey also shares that or­ga­ni­za­tion is key when keep­ing track of items. “Store your gifts and open them all at once,” she sug­gests in hind­sight. “I started open­ing gifts, throw­ing away boxes, and putting things away and was for­get­ting if I wrote a thank-you note or if I had used the gift al­ready,” she ex­plains, also ad­ding that cou­ples should com­pile a de­tailed spread­sheet.

The groom, though happy to take a back­seat dur­ing the process, does at times wish he had taken a look at the registry – “although it was fun be­ing sur­prised!” he adds. When asked what he would ad­vise fu­ture grooms go­ing through the same process, Sean pro­poses they let their brides take the lead, if that’s what they pre­fer. Af­ter all, “happy wife, happy life,” he smiles. Though they were grate­ful to re­ceive ev­ery­thing on their wish list, the cou­ple con­firms their fa­vorite part was in­clud­ing a char­ity op­tion. “We were ex­tremely blessed to live in a fur­nished house al­ready, so the gifts we reg­is­tered for were things we needed up­graded,” starts Lind­sey. “If you are lucky enough to al­ready have a home, con­sider do­ing some good!”

Lind­sey & Sean Lanni

Château Bac­carat red wine glass, $200 (set of 2);

Neiman Mar­cus Bac­carat “Mille

Nuits Flutis­simo,” $260; Neiman Mar­cus

An­tonini olive wood cheese knives, $60 (set of 5); Wil­liams-Sonoma

L’Ob­jet “Braid” 2-piece serv­ing set, $195; Neiman Mar­cus Bac­carat “Har­monie” square

de­canter, $1,315; Gearys

Gre­nadiers red ac­cent salad plate by Bernar­daud, $64; Gearys

Lalique “Mossi” vo­tive in Gold Lus­ter, $230/pair; Gearys

Kim Sey­bert “Amulet” nap­kin ring, $28/each; Neiman Mar­cus Waterford Crys­tal “Lis­more Essence” gob­let, $80; Neiman Mar­cus

L’Ob­jet “Bam­bou” red rec­tan­gle tray, $160; Gearys

BBQ tool set, $100; Wil­liams-Sonoma


Num­ber of work­ing reg­istries: 3

Es­ti­mated to­tal value of com­bined reg­istries: $29,260.51

To­tal num­ber of items: 244

Es­ti­mated per­cent­age of guests who gave reg­is­tered gifts: 90%

Fa­vorite reg­is­tered items: Gre­nadiers din­ner­ware by Bernar­daud, Gearys; Buc­cel­lati flat­ware, Neiman Mar­cus; Ne­spresso “Ci­tiz” espresso ma­chine, Wil­liams-Sonoma Most ex­pen­sive reg­is­tered item: Bac­carat “Har­monie” square de­canter, $1,315; Gearys

Least ex­pen­sive reg­is­tered item: Steel cool­ing rack, $10; Wil­liams-Sonoma



800.793.6670, gearys.com

NEIMAN MAR­CUS 800.727.4858, neiman­mar­cus.com

WIL­LIAMS-SONOMA 877.812.6235, wil­liams-sonoma.com

Fi­nal Touch stain­less-steel in­su­lated bev­er­age bin, $170; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Juliska “Berry & Thread” din­ner plate in

ruby, $40; Gearys

Ne­spresso “Ci­tiz” chrome espresso ma­chine and milk frother, $300; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Short footed glass bev­er­age dis­penser, $60; Wil­liamsSonoma

“Apilco Tra­di­tion” espresso cups, $32 (set of 2); Wil­liams-Sonoma

Nam­bé “Yaro” salad bowl with servers, $155; Gearys

Nito condi­ment caddy with ce­ramic in­serts, $60; Wil­liams-Sonoma

“Mar­ble & Wood” large cheese board, $50; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Wire cheese slicer by Rösle, $30; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Maple wood spoons, $43 (set of 4); Wil­liamsSonoma Le Creuset Sig­na­ture Cast-Iron Round Wide 3.5-qt. Dutch Oven in Matte Navy, $180; Wil­liams-Sonoma Tra­di­tional Non-stick Steel Grill Grid­dle, $50; Wil­liamsSonoma

Chef’n cit­rus juicers, $25/each;


OXO V-Blade Man­do­line, $40; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Clas­sic Ikon 9-piece knife block set by Wüsthof, $590; Wil­liams-Sonoma

Wal­nut large oval bowl by The Wooden Palate, $365; Gearys

Bre­ville “NoMess” clas­sic round waf­fle maker, $130; Wil­liamsSonoma

KitchenAid® Ar­ti­san stand mixer, $350; Wil­liams-Sonoma

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