From invitations to table linens, wedding planning—and the seemingly endless decisions that come with it—can be stressful. But creating your registry doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can be one of the most exciting tasks to mark off your list. If you’re feeling daunted about where to start or simply need a little help, look no further than the experts at Tipton & Hurst. Christina Day, its wedding and events manager, is here to share her foolproof tips: 


When in doubt, add it: As a general rule of thumb, we recommend couples take their guest list, multiple it by two and choose that number of items for their registries. It’s better to offer gift-givers a wide range of items at various price points than not enough.

Choose a style or scheme: Do you lean traditional, modern or eclectic? Determine your preferred style, and then use that to guide your choices. Some couples opt to stick with a dominant color whereas others prefer personalization or a recurring pattern, such as chinoiserie. 

Plan for the everyday: We love a fine china, but don’t underestimate the importance of selecting everyday dishes, glasses and flatware, especially ones you can put in the microwave, oven or dishwasher. 


Complement existing pieces: Have heirlooms in your collection? Bring them with you to register, so you can add pieces that coordinate. We also recommend including chargers, table runners and placemats—as well as a variety of serving dishes in different finishes—for your future tablescapes.

Don’t skimp on the holidays: Give yourself an excuse to celebrate with loved ones with must-have seasonal items for Valentine’s Day, Christmas and all the holidays in between. You never know when that Herend bunny might need to make an appearance! 

Think outside the box: Remember, registries are the perfect opportunity to request items you may not otherwise purchase. This could include vases, lamps, picture frames or even art. You never know what guests’ preferences or budgets are.

Enjoy the process: Lastly, and most importantly, have fun. If you need help, don’t hesitate to schedule an in-store appointment with our registry consultants or peruse their website.

Need help with all the decisions that come with wedding planning? Check out our vendors page.