Marshall Field’s in Chicago opened the first marriage registry in 1924 to allow the happy couple to show their friends and family their chosen crystal, porcelain and silver designs.
Since then, the registry has come a long way. Couples can register online for a number of things for their new household or even for their honeymoon. Here are some of the hottest freebies to sign up for according to The Knot.
Smart devicesCoffee makers, vacuum cleaners, and even the humble toaster today all have high-tech brains connecting them to the Internet of Things. The Revolution 2-Slice High-Speed Smart Toaster ($299) has 63 settings with technology that uses smart heating algorithms to sear rather than bake your baked goods for a crispy exterior and a soft, moist interior.
LuggageAs more places open up post-pandemic, more couples are hitting the road. A luggage set is a great traditional gift for the adventurous couple. Be sure to choose a set that matches your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time camping, you should choose duffel bags instead of those hard bags with built-in charger.
Household linenTowels, linens and other items are also pending on the wedding registry. What’s new is the popularity of high-tech fabrics that are more durable and last longer than traditional choices. Be sure to make choices in colors and patterns that are classic and will last you for years.
ElectronicHomes today are high-tech, as we’ve already seen with the toaster, so it’s not uncommon to add electronics to your wedding registry. Think things like soundbars, robotic vacuum cleaners, and air purifiers. Consider the Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven ($179), which puts the power of a convection oven right on your counter. It’s an economical way to get convection oven versatility without having to replace a major appliance.
kitchen appliancesBeyond smart devices, many couples are also signing up for certain devices that may not have been on your mother’s marriage records. These include things like air fryers, espresso machines, electronic pressure cookers, and immersion blenders. Another popular option is the On-The-Go Six-Quart Slow Cooker ($74). It looks like a lunch cooler, but it cooks on the go. It features a nonstick surface for easy cleaning and a cool-touch surface for safe handling.