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15 Things You Need to Know Before Creating Your Wedding Registry

Real brides share their thoughts on registering.

By Caroline Cunningham Photographs by Kip Dawkins.

As you’re gearing up for your wedding, registering can be a daunting task. On top of planning your dream day, you’ve got to plan and pick out the items you want to use for the rest of your life. No pressure, right? That’s why we’ve reached out to 80 brides who have been there and done that to get their best advice on registering. Check out the 15 things these brides think you need to know before you go, then head to these stores to register with your future spouse a little more informed.

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Survey: What You Wish You'd Known About Registering

Complete our survey to win a $65 gift card to Varnish Lane.

By Caroline Cunningham Image courtesy Shutterstock.

There’s a lot of work that goes into concocting the perfect registry—researching products, reading reviews, deciding on bedding patterns and whether or not you need everyday dishes and fine china.

Here at Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we want to make it easier for the next generation of couples who are looking to put together their ideal wish lists.

And that’s where you come in. If you tied the knot within the last year in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, then we want to hear from you!

Please fill out our brief, ten-question survey to share what you love, wish you’d gotten, or regret about how you handled your registry. If you complete the survey, you may be featured in the next issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, as well as have the opportunity to win a $65 gift card to Varnish Lane, Friendship Height’s new waterless nail salon.

Find the survery here.


Wedding Survey Reveals 82 Percent of Newlyweds Sell Their Gifts Online

Don’t be surprised to find your gift on eBay.

By Irina Grechko Image via Shutterstock.

If you’ve been putting a lot of thought into what to get for a soon-to-be married couple, apparently you might not want to waste the time. Earlier this week, One4all, a British gift card company, conducted a survey that revealed a whopping 82 percent of newlyweds end up selling their gifts online.

According UK’s Daily Mail, the survey also found that more than one in ten wedding guests said they were often embarrassed by their gifts and one in five expect that their selected gifts will be left unused, returned, or sold.

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Ask the Experts: Registering for Dinnerware

Choosing pieces is a breeze with the help of Four Seasons “china specialist” John Flynn.

By Irina Grechko All photographs courtesy of Rosenthal Sambonet.

For a newly engaged couple, setting up a wedding registry for table settings may seem like a daunting experience. There’s the patterns, the styles, the number, the pieces—the list goes on and on. This is where John Flynn, director of stewarding at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, comes in. Flynn, dubbed the “china specialist” by the Four Seasons, holds a complimentary consultation with every couple planning a wedding at the hotel in order to help them register for china, silver, crystal, and glassware pieces.

“Whether it’s ornate and vibrant or simple and understated, our priority is helping busy couples find a pattern for life,” says Flynn. We caught up with the hotel’s resident china whisperer, who shares his top tips for bridal registries, the season’s hottest china patterns, and the best ways to care for your tableware in the years to come.

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Designer Jonathan Adler and the Art of the Bridal Registry

Before the home design guru opens his shop in DC, he gives us the exclusive on his tips for registry success.

By Kate Bennett A Jonathan Adler-designed living room. Photographs courtesy Jonathan Adler.
Jonathan Adler holds his "Banana" bud vase. 

Later this summer decorator, author and bon vivant Jonathan Adler will open one of his divinely delightful shops here in Washington--finally! Located in the former Gap Kids store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, Adler's new digs will carry furniture, home accessories, bedding, and the kind of kitschy-chic products for which he's become known the world over. His spin on mod classics should be in every household, which is why we think registering at Jonathan Adler is a fabulous option; who wouldn't want an orange lacquer side table or Mr. & Mrs. salt and pepper shakers? We had a chance to chat with Adler, who is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on plans for his store, about Washington, surviving as a new couple, and how he missed the wedding gift boat.

First of all, we're thrilled you're coming to DC. Welcome! Can you tell us what made you want to open here?

Washington is groovy. I've always loved Georgetown--the architecture, the vibe, all the glamorous politicos, students, and creative types. I've been looking for the perfect spot in Georgetown for years, and I finally found it.

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