This week we’re helping you get through the beast that is wedding season with the best dresses, shoes, gift ideas, and more. Now where’s the open bar?
Your friend (or colleague, or cousin, or boss, or person you never thought you were that close with) is getting married. Next week. And the only thing left on their registry is a $4,000 pink velvet couch and a $10 iPad Pro screen protector to go with the iPad Pro somebody else already bought them. Now what?
We’ve compiled a massive list, organized by price. Today’s is $0–$50 but check back tomorrow (and the next day) for bigger ticket items. Find everything from the lightweight carry-on suitcases they’ve always wanted, to the Scandinavian pepper mills they never knew they needed, to enough tableware to last through their golden anniversary — some of which has been picked by newlyweds with fantastic taste. And this isn’t just a resource for wedding guests. If you’re a bride- or groom-to-be looking for inspiration for your Zola or Amazon registry, you may just find everything you need to register for right here.
“We like to play games on our rooftop in the summer with friends, and Jenga is a classic! It’s a fun and affordable gift that will remind us of the person who gave it to us every time we play.” —Jacqui Johnstone, senior account executive at Small Girls PR, and Jake Wimberly, attorney at Seward & Kissel, Manhattan
“We love this hand-painted rolling pin, and along with it we got a cake-decorating kit and some beautiful measuring cups and baking accessories.” — Kristen Green, publicist, Josh Green, director of franchise consulting, Gainesville, Virginia
“We already owned a home and therefore had most of the ordinary items that couples register for. A contribution to your ‘Honeyfund’ is a way for guests to feel like they are giving you a gift rather than a check, and it gets you anything from a massage or dinner on your honeymoon to a night at your hotel.” — Mallory Williams, co-owner of the White Magnolia Bridal Collection, and Will Thorburn, corporate strategy, Atlanta, Georgia
“When we moved out of the city and suddenly had a big backyard, we were gifted a huge tiki bar by our friends and have since become the go-to house for summer parties. Now that we have a great selection of tiki mugs, our parties this summer can be more legit and delicious.” —Caitlin Sandberg, hospitality publicist, and Steve Brancale, director of sales, Oakland, California
“While you may not think that storage containers would be at the top of a wedding registry, this is by far the best gift that we got. My future husband is addicted to bulk food, and these keep our pantry nice and tidy.” — Garrick Malone and Claire Sirois, engineers, Houston, Texas
“We immediately loved these towels when we saw them. The subtle pattern and the muted color works perfectly for our bathroom. They are also great quality that you can feel right away. Since our wedding we have been adding to our collection with the bath mat, hand towels, etc. We’re obsessed!—Kelly Wolf Baldwin, executive director of public relations and social media at Neff Associates, and Gregory Baldwin, acquisitions and asset manager at Harvest Equities
John Cho Moore Leather Cast Iron Grip
Never burn your hand (or char something on the stove while you’re searching for a lost potholder) with this leather grip, which molds to a pan’s handle over time.
$18 at Heath Ceramics
“I like this trivet because it is utilitarian but decorative. My home decor is fairly minimal so when I do introduce new items I like them to have a design element. My dinnerware is the Emerald collection from Vista Alegre, which has a very graphic Art Deco pattern. My everyday dishware is stoneware from Heath ceramics. I think this trivet will work great with either set for entertaining.” —Alexis Brooks, photo editor at Yahoo Style, and Michael O’Connor, Youtube audience development for Driver Digital, Sunnyside, Queens
Artisanal Kitchen Supply Marble and Wood Pinch Bowl Set
Why choose one salt when you can put out all of your favorites — himalayan pink salt, sea salt, fleur de sel — in these stone pinch bowls.
$40 at Bed Bath & Beyond