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Con­sider great reg­istry ad­vice from one re­cently mar­ried cou­ple.

Five years after meet­ing, Ni­cole Koei­j­mans ac­cepted Tyler Dun­can’s mar­riage pro­posal. The cou­ple spent just over a year plan­ning their chic, mod­ern wed­ding in Dal­las, Texas, and also used that time to reg­is­ter for gifts in or­der to cre­ate a home to­gether. With over 300 guests plan­ning to at­tend the big day, there was a plethora of items to put on their wish list. No as­pect of house­wares was ex­cluded. “I reg­is­tered for china and gold flat­ware, as well as ev­ery­day cups, plates, sil­ver­ware, mix­ing bowls, skil­lets, pots, pans, and dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments,” re­veals Ni­cole. “Tyler reg­is­tered for a few out­door pieces and grilling com­po­nents.”

The sweet­hearts se­lected four stores for their reg­istry re­tail­ers: Bed Bath & Be­yond, Cop­per Lamp, Crate and Bar­rel, and Z Gal­lerie. Se­lect­ing their dream items be­came a way to en­joy qual­ity time to­gether, as they reg­is­tered for the ma­jor­ity of their pieces in-store in­stead of on­line. “I re­ally liked to see ex­actly what I was get­ting, as well as the color and ma­te­rial used for each item,” Ni­cole ex­plains. “Plus, it was just fun!” The groom ad­mits that he had his bride take the lead, but it was largely be­cause their styles were so in sync and he trusted her judg­ment. “I re­ally liked all the stores Ni­cole chose,” he con­firms.

For the tra­di­tional se­lec­tions, such as china, the pair went to their lo­cal fine house­wares store, Cop­per Lamp. Gold was the hue of choice, as they se­lected an in­tri­cately styled salad plate with a gilded de­sign of birds and roses. Clas­sic din­ner plates had a bul­lion rim, and gold flat­ware fea­tur­ing a del­i­cate pat­tern com­pleted the el­e­gant place set­ting – per­fect for hol­i­day gath­er­ings with fam­ily. To in­clude a touch of their fun per­son­al­i­ties with the china set, Ni­cole added a pop of color by choos­ing a dessert plate with a unique shape and in­digo bor­der. Though ide­ally she would have liked to re­ceive the full set of china, the bride was touched by the gen­eros­ity of their guests who gifted those pieces.

At Crate and Bar­rel, the fo­cus was on ev­ery­day dishes and ca­sual en­ter­tain­ing items. With prac­ti­cal prod­ucts such as stor­age, along with fun cook­books and com­fort­able bed­ding, this store was the bride’s fa­vorite place to reg­is­ter for wed­ding gifts. “They had a great se­lec­tion and lots of op­tions,” she af­firms. “The staff was also su­per help­ful and well-in­formed.” Some of her most­trea­sured gifts came from Crate and Bar­rel, par­tic­u­larly all of the pots and pans the cou­ple now uses in their kitchen, as well as their bed­ding.

How­ever, Bed Bath & Be­yond was the source for a gift es­pe­cially loved by both Ni­cole and Tyler: an out­door grill, so they can cook their very own Texas bar­be­cue. The pop­u­lar re­tailer was where they found many of their kitchen ba­sics, such as fry­ing pans, a toaster oven, and a slow cooker. The best ben­e­fit of Bed Bath & Be­yond was the con­ve­nience. “They have stores in Mid­land and Dal­las, so all of our guests had easy ac­cess if they wanted to go into the store to pick out the gifts,” ex­plains the bride.

To ex­press the same style that was ev­i­dent in their chic wed­ding, Ni­cole and Tyler added some unique dec­o­ra­tive items from Z Gal­lerie to their wish list. While the bride was a fan of the pieces, she found the web­site was not as user-friendly for her loved ones and she of­ten had to man­u­ally mark gifts as pur­chased after re­ceiv­ing them. While the tech­ni­cal side was not as easy as she hoped, the dé­cor items the new­ly­weds re­ceived helped to beau­ti­fully com­plete the look of their home.

For re­cently en­gaged cou­ples who are start­ing the reg­istry process, Ni­cole ad­vises them to have fun and try not to stress about it too much. “You can al­ways re­turn things if you re­al­ize you don’t need them,” she notes. As for Tyler, he jok­ingly sug­gests largely stay­ing out of the way as a groom, but to “be help­ful when asked.”

“Ele­phant” bowl/chiller, $250; Z Gal­lerie

“French Kitchen” mar­ble wine cooler, $25; Crate and Bar­rel “Scop­pio” nap­kin rings, $28 (set of 4); Z Gal­lerie

“Sechura” throw, $130; Z Gal­lerie

“Manta” square tray, $80; Z Gal­lerie

“Como Swirl” plat­ter, $90; Crate and Bar­rel

“Tilt” 11” bowl, $50; Crate and Bar­rel

“Marin” large cake stand, $35; Crate and Bar­rel

“Casablanca Ice Oro” 5-piece place set­ting by Mepra, $195; Cop­per Lamp “Anna’s Pal­ette” dessert plate by Anna Weatherly, $75; Cop­per Lamp

“Scop­pio” spheres on stands, $50-60/each; Z Gal­lerie

“Gwen­dolyn” din­ner plate by Herend, $110; Cop­per Lamp “Gold Aves” ac­cent salad plate by Royal Crown Derby, $235; Cop­per Lamp

“Ever­glades” place­mats, $13/each; Z Gal­lerie “Cheers” Cham­pagne flutes, $40 (set of 6); Z Gal­lerie

“Clarendon” brass wall mir­ror, $249; Crate and Bar­rel

Ni­cole Koei­j­mans & Tyler Dun­can

“Mar­ble Skull” serv­ing plat­ter, $50; Z Gal­lerie

Bam­boo 21-piece in­su­lated pic­nic bas­ket, $40; Bed Bath & Be­yond “Miguel” bot­tle, $20; Crate and Bar­rel

“Charleston” wine/Cham­pagne bucket, $50; Crate and Bar­rel

“French Kitchen” mar­ble cheese board with slicer, $20; Crate and Bar­rel

Rec­tan­gu­lar cut­ting board, $140; Crate and Bar­rel Breville® Com­pact Smart Oven® toaster oven, $180; Bed Bath & Be­yond

The New­ly­wed Cook­book, $35; Crate and Bar­rel

OXO Good Grips® box grater with stor­age, $18; Bed Bath & Be­yond

Re­fresh­ment dis­penser, $120; Crate and Bar­rel

OXO Good Grips® pizza slicer, $13; Bed Bath and Be­yond

“Acrop­o­lis” frame, $40; Z Gal­lerie

“Jay­den” 2-piece serv­ing set, $35; Crate and Bar­rel

Epi­curean® wooden pizza peel, $45; Crate and Bar­rel

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