Con­sider great reg­istry ad­vice from one re­cently mar­ried cou­ple.

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Keep it sim­ple. “Don’t reg­is­ter at too many places; it’s much eas­ier to stream­line the process.” En­joy it. “There’s no other time in your life that you are go­ing to be able to pick out beau­ti­ful things for oth­ers to buy for you to help build out your home. It’s a very unique op­por­tu­nity you will feel so grate­ful to have ex­pe­ri­enced.”

“Don’t overdo it with too much stuff just be­cause it may be on a ‘list of what you need’ – stay true to

your style and taste!”

Marissa (née Freeman) and Brandon Nadel were ex­cited to fur­ther cu­rate their home to­gether. “We both had var­i­ous house­hold ba­sics from over the years, but I saw reg­is­ter­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to de­fine our style as a cou­ple,” the bride shares, adding that they wanted to avoid fol­low­ing the mod­ern trend of in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, out­door equip­ment, or hon­ey­moon ac­tiv­i­ties.

The pair ven­tured into their cho­sen re­tail­ers as a united front. Their first stop: Bloom­ing­dale’s. “They have such a wide va­ri­ety of prod­ucts in so many cat­e­gories that it was easy to do a first pass. They also made it sim­ple for guests to pur­chase items and for us to ex­change things if needed,” Marissa de­scribes. They set­tled on prod­ucts such as a stylish salt/pep­per set and an el­e­gant vase. Next was Bed Bath & Be­yond, where the groom was happy to scan fa­vorites of his own. “I love to cook, so I se­lected some kitchen items and small ap­pli­ances,” he shares. While at Crate and Bar­rel,

Marissa and Brandon opted for mod­ern pieces, such as a strik­ing dark-colored plat­ter.

Gearys is where Marissa found items she knew would be spe­cial. “We fo­cused on de­sign and dé­cor for this wish list,” Marissa il­lus­trates. They chose sleek state­ment bowls and clas­sic crys­tal gob­lets. “I was given good ad­vice from my wed­ding plan­ner, Linda Howard, to not only reg­is­ter for what you may want right now, but for your fu­ture home and en­ter­tain­ing needs. That was re­ally help­ful to think about when round­ing out our reg­istry,” notes the bride.

Brandon en­cour­ages other grooms to get in­volved. “It made Marissa re­ally happy to have me be a part of it, so def­i­nitely try to rally and get into at least some el­e­ment of the process,” he says. Marissa em­pha­sizes: “Don’t overdo it with too much stuff just be­cause it may be on a ‘list of what you need’ – stay true to your style and taste!”


Num­ber of reg­istries: Four Es­ti­mated per­cent­age of guests who gave reg­is­tered gifts: 70% Fa­vorite reg­is­tered items: Si­mon Pearce “Wood­bury” bowl, Bloom­ing­dale’s; Mary Jurek De­sign “Mesa” square tray, Gearys; Bernar­daud Orig­ine col­lec­tion din­ner­ware, Bloom­ing­dales; Or­refors “Ex­plicit” small stripes vase, Bloom­ing­dales; Bo­dum cold brew ice-cof­fee maker, Bloom­ing­dale’s; Cuisinart Grind & Brew Ther­mal™ 10-cup au­to­matic cof­fee maker, Bloom­ing­dales; Cuisinart Elite 14-cup food pro­ces­sor, Bed Bath & Be­yond Most ex­pen­sive reg­is­tered item: Bac­carat Ev­ery­day tum­blers, $470 (set of 6); Gearys Least ex­pen­sive reg­is­tered item: Olivier gar­lic herb mus­tard, $5; Bed Bath & Be­yond


BED BATH & BE­YOND 800.462.3966, bed­bathand­be­yond.com BLOOM­ING­DALE’S 800.777.0000, bloom­ing­dales.com CRATE AND BAR­REL 800.967.6696, crate­and­bar­rel.com GEARYS 800.793.6670, gearys.com

So­daStream® SOURCE™ sparkling wa­ter maker starter kit, $100; Bed Bath & Be­yond Wil­liam Ye­oward Crys­tal “Ed­wina Tazza” cake plate, $210; Gearys Stoneware 4-quart cov­ered rec­tan­gu­lar casse­role dish by Le Creuset®, $110; Bloom­ing­dale’s Nambé “Hug” salt-and-pep­per set, $125; Bloom­ing­dale’s LPWK - Emma Sil­vestris for Alessi “Mediter­ra­neo” bowl, $140; Gearys Her­ing Ber­lin Blue Si­lent col­lec­tion coupe plate, $284; Gearys Kate Spade New York “Char­lotte Street” cen­ter­piece bowl, $75; Bloom­ing­dale’s Bernar­daud “Sol Lazuli” salad plate, $41; Gearys Marin Dark Blue col­lec­tion 20-inch oval plat­ter, $40; Crate and Bar­rel Wil­liam Ye­oward Coun­try “Fanny” wine gob­let, $71; Gearys

Marissa and Brandon Nadel

Ev­ery­day Bac­carat tum­blers, $470 (set of 6); Gearys

Vin­turi® es­sen­tial red wine aer­a­tor with stand and clean­ing kit, $30; Bed Bath & Be­yond

Nambé “Bella” 18-inch plat­ter, $195; Gearys

Ro­gaska “Adria” vase, $250; Bloom­ing­dale’s

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