6 Things Brides Always Regret Putting on Their Wedding Registries

People often complain about the stress of planning a wedding, but there's one incredibly fun part of the process that no bride will deny: creating her registry. Whether you’re in the market for a fancy food processor or some champagne glasses, picking out gifts is a total treat. That being said, it's a good idea to be strategic about what you put on your list. 

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“Since some couples are already living together, it’s best to register for items that you wouldn’t normally buy on your own,” says Elizabeth Brook of Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center. “Either way, it’s important to make these gifts timeless.”

As a professional bridesmaid who's worked with over 40 brides in the last year (and acted as their go-to gal pal when it came time to run amok with a scanner), I've learned a thing or two about registry mishaps. To get you started, here are six things I've learned brides shouldn't bother registering for. 

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Chances are you’ll get a few of these without even putting one on your registry. Be prepared to become a full-time juice and smoothie maker (or someone with a couple of Benjamins in gift receipts).

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A panini press and a popcorn maker may sound like the ultimate items you need for your new kitchen, but you’ll come to find that they're not worth the space they take up just so you can use them once every five years.

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This is a wedding registry tradition of years past that has now lost its shine. If you ever need fancy plates, you can borrow them from your grandma (or someone’s grandma). The sad truth is, you’ll probably find no use for a set of your own.

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If you really want a new blow-dryer or even a curling iron, register for a gift card so you can shop around in person. That way, you don't have to bother explaining to your guests the difference between an ionic or ceramic device.  

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Pro tip: It will be harder to return an item with your initials or last name engraved onto it, so save that detail for after your wedding when you’re sure the gift is a keeper.

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Girl, after the wedding, the last thing you’ll want to do is count your calories. Enjoy that post-wedding-diet lifestyle.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and her forthcoming book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released in 2017. 

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