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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.

Dou­ble rope bor­der ham­mered frame in ster­ling sil­ver by Tizo, $85; Gearys FAST FACTS 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...

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

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

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

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