Consider great registry advice from one recently married couple.
Engaged couple Paige Nesbitt and Scot Anderson had plenty of preparation to do before their fall nuptials. Both coming from large families, the bride and groom were anticipating almost 300 guests to attend the celebration – as such, they wanted to provide friends and family with a plethora of gift options. “Dining at home is a big part of our life and relationship,” says Paige. “We decided to focus most of our registry on building new and matching collections of household items that we can use to cook and entertain such as china, flatware, cookware, and updated appliances.”
Upon compiling a list of their favorite items and researching prices and brands, the duo elected to register at Gearys, Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Both set aside a few Saturdays to visit the stores as a team. “I was excited to pick out items that Paige and I would be using. To me, the process was symbolic of building our life together,” shares Scot.
It was important to the engaged pair that they see the pieces in person, so they decided to register for most items in-store. Luckily, both bride and groom discovered they had similar styles and tastes during the process. “If one of us saw an item before the other, we quickly agreed on it,” muses Paige.
As natives of Los Angeles, registering at Gearys for their more formal pieces was essentially a given. “Many friends and family recommended it – in fact, one aunt confirmed, ‘Gearys is where you register for the good stuff that you keep forever,’” says the bride. Consultant Barbara Swaczy assisted in selecting idyllic pieces that matched the vision and pattern preferences of the duo. “She took extra care to cultivate a rapport with us, which we really appreciated,” notes Paige. Amongst other elegant items, ornate china plates with greenery detailing, stemware featuring raised embellishments, and even a sweet glass honey pot were added to the list. As many attendees chose to gift the new Mr. and Mrs. with Gearys items early on, their consultant advised they come in to register for a few more stand-alone products, allowing the pair to discover extra table linens and serving items they adore.
“We decided to focus most of our registry toward building new and matching collections of household items.”
Well-known retailer Bloomingdale’s offered a select few pieces that Paige was specifically seeking. Though they registered for very little, they found that the store helped to include specialized elements into their home and kitchen décor. “The Matouk Milagro towels we chose are made with the softest terrycloth,” the bride gushes. “Neither one of us can recall having felt a nicer towel – we were so pleased they were available at Bloomingdale’s.” Along with their fluffy new additions – which they had monogrammed at no extra cost – Paige and Scot also included a wicker serving tray and a 20-piece container set for food storage, which the bride credits as the perfect incentive to cook in higher volumes.
The couple agrees that Williams-Sonoma was the “obvious choice” for everyday china, drinking glasses, and cookware. The retailer boasts easy-to-clean pieces as well as “a variety of patterns that are elegant, yet unpretentious, and somewhat whimsical – perfect for our taste and lifestyle,” affirms the bride. Their new cooking items from Williams-Sonoma include a marble-and-wood cheese platter with a complementing knife set, a stainless-steel fry pan, and a covered casserole dish in a vibrant lapis hue. Of their four registries, the sweethearts found themselves most agreeable with one another over the items found in this store. “Our new cookware set sees more excitement and culinary experimentation than our old sets saw in the 18 or so years we each had them!” Paige exclaims.
When choosing practical day-to-day pieces, the couple looked to Bed Bath & Beyond. “We knew our sheets needed replacing and they have a huge selection,” explains the bride. Their picks for this retailer were few and far between, seeing as they were aware of the exact products they desired before setting foot in the store. “Our list there was pretty finite,” admits Paige, as they only selected to include two sets of lace bed sheets, two pairs of linen hand towels, and a monogrammed glass water pitcher. The lovebirds were able to create their curated checklist without the help of a registry contact, though “both the representatives we spoke to in-store and via the toll-free number were very helpful when we had questions,” the bride assures.
Fortunately, the majority of Paige and Scot’s guest list elected to purchase the newlyweds something listed on their registry. Though some couples find themselves in disagreements over the various items and potential styles of their marital home, the bride and groom took the whole experience as an opportunity to spend more time together. “It was a chance to explore our likes and dislikes. I now know that Paige really likes colanders, and I love her more for that!” jokes Scot. The bride agrees, making note that the process was quite easy. “Have fun with it!” she urges.
Raynaud Verdures dinner plate, $142; Gearys
William Yeoward Crystal “Elizabeth” goblet ($310), Champagne flute ($240), and large wine glass ($300), all by William Yeoward Crystal; Gearys
Raynaud Verdures bread & butter plate, $77; Gearys
SFERRA Festival “Kiwi” linen napkin, $12.50; Gearys
Raynaud Verdures salad plate “#3”, $87; Gearys
“Robin” condiment pot with liner & spoon by Mary Jurek Design, Inc., $100; Gearys William Yeoward Crystal “Buzzy” honey jar, $175; Gearys
Scot Anderson & Paige Nesbitt
Raynaud Verdures tea cup ($102) and tea saucer ($60); Gearys
Double rope border hammered frame in sterling silver by Tizo, $85; Gearys
Number of working registries: Four
Estimated total value of combined registries: $56,338.90
Total number of items: 270
Estimated percentage of guests who gave registered gifts: 90%
Favorite registered items: KitchenAid® Blade coffee grinder,
Bed Bath & Beyond; Matouk Milagro bath towels, Bloomingdale’s; Raynaud plateware, Gearys; William Yeoward “Buzzy” honey jar, Gearys
Most expensive registered item: Bead & Plain 4x6 Double Horizontal Frame, $425; Gearys
Least expensive registered item: SFERRA Festival linen napkins, $12.50/each; Gearys
BED BATH & BEYOND 800.462.3966, bedbathandbeyond.com
BLOOMINGDALE’S 800.777.0000, bloomingdales.com
WILLIAMS-SONOMA 877.812.6235, williams-sonoma.com
Susquehanna Glass monogrammed block letter pitcher, $49.99; Bed Bath & Beyond Easy Care lace California King sheet set, $89.99; Bed Bath & Beyond
Various Matouk Milagro towels, $18-62.50/each; Bloomingdale’s
William Yeoward Crystal “Catherine” bowl, $142; Gearys
SFERRA Festival “Ocean” linen napkin, $12.50; Gearys
The French Chefs “Maria” rattan rectangular tray, $56; Bloomingdale’s
KitchenAid® Artisan stand mixer, $349.95; Williams-Sonoma
Large All-Clad traditional roaster with rack, $179.95; Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel
Cuisinart® spice and nut grinder, $39.99; Bed Bath & Beyond and Crate and Barrel OXO LockTop 20-piece container set, $49.99; Bloomingdale’s
Cuisinart® Elite 2.0 12-cup food processor, $249.95; Williams-Sonoma “Classic Logo” towels in Sage, $19.95 (set of 4); Williams-Sonoma
“Marble & Wood” large cheese board, $49.95; Williams-Sonoma
KitchenAid® Blade coffee and spice grinder pack, $49.99; Bed Bath & Beyond
All-Clad d5 stainlesssteel 10” fry pan, $135; Williams-Sonoma
Marble cheese knives, $29.95 (set of 3); Williams-Sonoma