For some couples, grabbing a scanner at one of their favorite stores and picking out all the stuff they need to start their lives together is one of the best parts of planning a wedding, but times they are a’ changing, and choosing the right place to register has gotten more complicated. Couples have often lived together for a while before getting hitched, so there’s more wiggle room to add coveted but nonessential items like a new espresso machine or a barbeque set to the list rather than traditional basics and flatware. Other couples are ready to start over, get rid of all the mismatched pots and pans from their single lives and get brand new shiny kitchenware to outfit their newly nuptial homes. In Union Square, our shops cover the gamut, offering everything from starter cookware sets to dazzling glassware and furniture to outfit your married life. Here are some suggestions based on your current housewares situation to get you started on the perfect registry.
If you have most of the essentials, but want to build your dream kitchen…
Williams-Sonoma has every culinary tool imaginable, plus a slew of gadgets and luxuries for those who already have the basics down. They offer personal appointments, 10% off all post-wedding purchases and a built in thank-you note manager. They even have a dedicated wedding Facebook Page with tips and giveaways. To add some flair to weeknight cooking we suggest their All-Clad stainless steel 7 piece cooking tool set with everything from a spatula to a roasting fork and a skimmer. It comes in a handsome stainless steel canister that can be monogrammed. Wine enthusiasts can go for the Riedel gift set with six of their excellent glasses and a decanter, all of which can also be monogrammed. You may even consider a fancy Nordic Ware ebelskiver pan to use for lavish brunches with your new partner (for those not of Danish descent they’re jelly filled breakfast pastries).
If you’ve been living as a bachelor or bachelorette and eating toast for dinner…
Perhaps the other side of the kitchen coin in Union Square is Sur la Table in the Westfield San Francisco Centre. A little more casual and a little less pricey on some items, it’s another wonderful option for those with culinary inclinations. Sur la Table has in-store registry events and custom advice for you and your partner as well as opportunities to test-drive products. If dinner usually means calling the local Indian restaurant for takeout that you eat out of the carton, the first thing you’ll need is a good set of pans. Sur la Table offers their own brand of good-quality mid-range stainless steel or hard anodized pans. After you’ve started sautéing and steaming, you’ll probably want to try your hand at baking and roasting. We suggest this Le Creuset set of two stoneware bakers that comes in a variety of colors. If you’re truly inspired to bake up a storm as a newly married couple, you’ll want a lovely Kitchenaid stand mixer, which is useful for all sorts of kitchen projects.
If most of your furnishings have an umlaut in their names…
Sure, particle board, home assembly furniture and $2 plates and cups are great when you’re in college and even post-college when you’re living with a bunch of roommates and your housewares take a beating, but if you’re ready to commit to a partner, you’re probably ready to commit to some higher-end home furnishings, which is where Crate & Barrel comes in. Crate offers registry customers one-on-one consultations, 10% completion savings, plus special wedding events and a chance to have the store all to yourself. They even offer online and mobile tools to manage your registry. Now that you’re a grown up, you’ll probably do some entertaining, and you’ll want to do it with a grown up set of dishes like this simple but elegant Kita Dinnerware set in celadon with delicate mat black rims. For those with more modern sensibilities, Crate’s younger sister store CB2 also offers registry services. For classy entertaining, we like their Champagne gift set with a chic ice bucket and four tall glasses. If you’re a traditionalist, you might want to check out our flagship Macy’s in Union Square as a registry option. They have a large basement kitchenware section, a tableware and china department, a bed and bath department and a furniture floor, so you can find pretty much anything you need to outfit your home. They also offer discounts, a registry guide and Sip and Scan events for registry customers. For a sophisticated bed set, you can’t go wrong with one of Calvin Klein’s duvet and sheet combos, like the sea foam green Marin collection. Macy’s also offers the Martha Steward collection with everything from cookware to furniture. You might try the Martha Stewart whiteware serving set for easy entertaining.
Your new in-laws are big spenders….
If your friends and family are accustomed to the finer things in life, then you may want to make them feel at home by registering at one of our luxury department stores. At Neiman Marcus you get access to in-store experts, online registry management and complimentary gift wrapping. Plus, they don’t want anyone to have buyer’s remorse, so they offer gift card exchanges within one year of your wedding date. We like these monogrammed towels by Marcus Collection. You can display one of your favorite wedding photos in this crystal and lead Forever frame. We also like this Grande Baroque silver serving set for entertaining in style. If you want a truly curated home collection San Francisco-based Gump’s department store offers two registry programs – a traditional fixed registry and an option that allows you to review all the gifts your friends and family chose for you and switch out anything that doesn’t fit your needs. Consider some beautiful French orchid accent pillows or a colorful hand woven bamboo throw for your sofa.
No matter where you register, remember to create a registry that fits your needs and personality. And if you don’t get everything you want, Union Square’s home stores will always be here to help you put together a household that’s perfect for you and your new mate!