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Wedding Registry Ideas

Where and what to choose

Tips and advice on how to choose the perfect brands for your wedding registry

by Flavia Arditi

According to traditional wedding etiquette, you shouldn’t provide your guests with a Wedding Registry – it’s not the happy couple who should write up a list of preferred items. Rather, it’s guests who should carefully select the gift they consider to be most appropriate.

Historically, the purpose of a wedding registry was to help the newly married couple set up a home, while also helping guests with what to choose. These days, the etiquette surrounding wedding gift lists has shifted, with many couples asking for donations for their honeymoon or raising proceeds for their charity of choice.

The options are varied, and it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want versus what you really need. Perhaps you’ve been living together for a while already, so you won’t need much for your main residence. You could perhaps choose some furnishings or homeware for your new vacation house gifted by generous family members. Or maybe even for your boat.

There are a number of unwritten rules and expectations when putting together a wedding registry. First and foremost, don’t make your guests feel uncomfortable. Whatever you choose, guests should be able to spend as much or as little as they like, depending on their budget and relationship with you and your partner.

For more formal and traditionally minded couples, we’ve rounded up some of the best brands for a sophisticated and timeless wedding registry. While it’s perfectly acceptable to have more than one registry, it’s a good idea to have registries at no more than two different stores. Traditional wedding etiquette rules dictate that spouses not living together should select homeware items for their new home. Couples already living together can let their imagination run wild and pick and choose a variety of items for their wish list.

Silverware, porcelain, crockery, glassware, objects, textiles, and table, bathroom or garden accessories – the sky’s the limit!

TABLEWARE

Richard Ginori

A timeless icon of Italian style, Richard Ginori has for over two centuries been a leading manufacturer of fine china tableware and artistic porcelain. Acquired by Gucci in 2013, the brand is overseen by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, who has brought Ginori to the present, constantly looking into the future while drawing on the brand’s heritage and centuries-old craftsmanship.

www.ginori1735.com

Rosenthal

From porcelain pioneer to worldwide leading company, Rosenthal creates highly innovative, functional design products that meet the highest standards of quality perfect for wedding registry. Offering high-end avant-garde dinner table collections, this German brand also produces exclusive homeware accessories.

www.rosenthalusa-shop.com

Christofle Paris

One of the world’s leading brands for elegant and timeless cutlery, Christofle has continued to set the standards for exceptional silverware since its inception in 1830. This French brand offers a variety of high-quality silverware, glassware and home accessories alongside high jewelry creations.

www.christofle.com

Baccarat

With over 250 years of craftsmanship and creativity in the production of crystal creations, Baccarat is the undisputed number one producer of these timeless objects of desire. Baccarat creations grace the world’s most prestigious dinner tables and light up the decor of the world’s most beautiful private residences and high-end restaurants.

www.baccarat.com

Bernardaud

A leading company in the production of Limoges porcelain, French brand Bernardaud has been a symbol of excellence since 1863, forging new technologies in porcelain manufacturing. Combining tradition and modernity, the brand’s collections include its celebrated lithophanes (votive lights).

www.bernardaud.com

Luisa Beccaria

With inspirations drawn from the fashion house’s signature patterns, Luisa Beccaria’s elegant home collection features delicate and harmonious designs. In her homeware collection, motifs are carefully combined and superimposed with meaningful designs to exude a dreamy and romantic lifestyle.

www.luisabeccaria.it

Laboratorio Paravicini

Undertaking bespoke, made-to-measure commissions, Laboratorio Paravicini has crafted beautiful hand painted ceramic tableware for over twenty years. These exquisite Italian creations reflect Milanese craftsmanship and elegance, featuring a variety of whimsical designs to brighten up the table. The classic and the contemporary converge, giving life to creative one-of-a-kind pieces.

www.paravicini.it

Duparquet

Duparquet is the best copper cookware brand on the market. Whether an amateur cook or chef at one of the world’s best restaurants, you will not be able to resist the vintage charm the pots and pans lend to any interior, whether you have a classic, country or contemporary kitchen. Designed to enhance the art of cooking, Duparquet’s copper cookware is both beautiful and extremely functional.

www.duparquet.com

Lagostina

For over 100 years, this Italian brand has shared its love for food, sharing and conviviality through its innovative cookware. Crafted from high-quality materials and designed for high performance, Lagostina is a leader in cookware design, creating kitchen essentials including pots, pans, utensils and cutlery.

www.lagostina.it

HOME DECOR

Hermès Paris

Every item of this French label’s home collection is the epitome of luxury design. Items reflect true craftsmanship, with creations designed with functionality and practicality in mind for everyday use. Whether furnishings or objects, the pieces adorn any interior, seamlessly blending in with their surroundings.

www.hermes.com

Buccellati

Exuding Italian style since its inception over a century ago, Buccellati is a world leader in high jewelry, specializing also in silverware. The brand offers a wide range of home accessories that make for charming gifts, including artisanal centerpieces, picture frames, candlesticks, plates and vases – to name a few.

www.buccellati.com

Ralph Lauren

It’s about living the best life you can and enjoying the fullness of the life around you—from what you wear, to the way you live, to the way you love.” – Ralph Lauren. This American brand is iconic, distinctive and simply inimitable. Having a Ralph Lauren registry says a lot about your personal style and taste. Choose from home accessories, textiles and other objects – tartan reigns supreme in all its forms – for a stylish end result.

www.ralphlauren.com

Giobagnara

Giobagnara is a manufacturer of leather goods that is recognized for its high-quality production methods combining traditional know-how and advanced technology. Made using quality leather, the brand’s home accessories, decorative items and furnishings are veritable timeless works of art.

www.giobagnara.com

Venini

For over a century, Venini has charmed the world with its exquisite blown glass objects. Standing for Italian innovation and excellence, the brand has revolutionized the art of glassmaking. Its handcrafted blown glass creations include vases, glass sculptures, lamps and table accessories.

www.venini.com

Assouline

As well as producing wonderful books, Assouline promotes culture. With its pioneering style and vision, Assouline has actively contributed to the growth of the illustrated books market, becoming a leading luxury publishing house specializing in fashion, design, travel and lifestyle. A must for your new home library.

www.assouline.com

Fornasetti

One of Italy’s most sought-after brands that has continued to enchant the world since the 1950s, Fornasetti creates home furnishings and decorative items that evoke a dreamy, whimsical world that stimulates the imagination with elegant extravagance. The brand blurs the lines between art and design.

www.fornasetti.com

Soho Home

Whether coffee cups or beds, Soho House furnishings and accessories exude unmistakable style. Designed with the everyday in mind, the brand blends elegance and urban sophistication, offering furniture, textiles, lighting and accessories – all of which can be tailor-made – for mesmerizing, enviable interiors.

www.sohohome.com

TESSILE

Loro Piana Home

Loro Piana’s homeware collection and interior fabrics are known for their excellent quality and exquisite design. With hundreds of fabrics in a variety of colors, sizes and finishings to choose from, you can personalize furnishings with your preferred upholstery, create tailor-made curtains and customize decorative items. The brand also specializes in plaid throws, cashmere dressing gowns, blankets and rugs.

www.loropiana.com

Bellora

Available from some of the world’s most luxurious stores, Bellora has produced household linen for some of the country’s most elegant homes for over 130 years. The brand’s mission is to dress homes and interiors by fulfilling people’s needs, desires and dreams with an elegant, discreet style featuring a contemporary touch.

www.bellora1883.com

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES & HIGH TECH

SMEG

Smeg is an Italian manufacturer creating both small and large stylish household appliances that transcend their function, becoming veritable pieces of furniture. The brand offers a wide range of products for all types of interiors, with a wide selection of designs and finishes to choose from.

www.smeg.com

Berkel

Synonymous with perfection, reliability, innovation and durability, Berkel invented the world’s first meat-slicing machine. The brand has become a design icon, renowned for its cutting-edge technology and performance. The unmistakable Berkel Red suits a variety of interiors, providing a vintage touch to contemporary homes and also marrying well with warm traditional décor.

www.theberkelworld.com

Bang & Olufsen

Renowned for its high-end audio and video products, Bang & Olufsen combines sleek design with superior technology. Over the years, the brand has evolved to provide consumers with a more complete multimedia experience, with home automation, lighting, climate control, telecommunication and security systems.

www.bang-olufsen.com

LIFESTYLE

Lorenzi Milano

Meticulously crafted with the finest materials and the utmost attention to detail, Lorenzi’s elegant lifestyle goods draw on skilled artisan craftsmanship. Designed for men, the brand’s home accessories and personal grooming products are characterized by an inimitable design. The brand of choice for the modern gentleman.

www.lorenzi-milano.com

Zanchi 1952

Since 1952, Zanchi has designed and manufactured gifts of all shapes and sizes made with natural horn. Its luxury items include cutlery, table decorations, wine and desk accessories, lighting, and art and design pieces created to enhance the value and inimitable beauty of the material they’re made with.

www.zanchi1952.com

Rimowa

German brand Rimowa has created high-quality luggage for over 120 years. Renowned for their unique performance and design, Rimowa suitcases have accompanied travelers around the world since 1898. With its innovative and iconic aesthetic, the brand is designed for those seeking functionality and style.

www.rimowa.com

Coravin

Offering an innovative way of siphoning wine out of bottles, Coravin allows you to taste a glass of your favorite wine without opening the bottle, while preserving the rest. Designed to extract wine without removing the cork, the system ensures that the wine remains as fresh as the day it was bottled, so that it tastes the same, even years later. Perfect for oenophiles.

www.coravin.com

Amalgam Collection

Creating the world’s most beautiful model cars since 1985, Amalgam Collection occupies a unique place in the world of fine car models, creating architectural and engineering masterpieces that can be said to easily rival their full-scale counterparts. In photographs, they’re virtually impossible to distinguish from real cars. They make for perfect decorative items not only for collectors but for all car lovers.

www.amalgamcollection.com