Bridal Club Magazine
Gift Registry Guide
Next to planning the actual wedding, most brides-to-be will tell
you the next hardest thing is figuring out what to put on their
gift registries. And one of the big mistakes brides make is not
registering for enough.
"It's definitely a lesson in compromise," says Taryn
Abbott-Wilson, Visual Merchandising Director for Pier 1 Imports.
"When my husband and I got married, he had traditional, upholstered
furniture and several wooden pieces in the same light finish, while
I had a lot of dark antiques. We ended up utilizing almost all of
our furniture by combining what worked together and then purchasing
a few items to finish out the look."
"Couples need to think 'complete' and register for the smallest
accessories to the biggest items. They are doing their guests and
themselves a big favor by giving everyone a good range of gifts to
choose from and assuring themselves that they'll be ready for their
new family life together," says Roseanna Robinson, bridal director
for The Pfaltzgraff Co., America's oldest continuously operating
According to Robinson, the average age for couples getting
married, today, is in the late 20's. "Most brides and grooms-to-be
have lived on their own for a while and accumulated several
household items," says Robinson. "So they need to be strategic
about planning their registries."
Robinson says that means taking inventory of what each person
already has, picking out their favorite pieces, and discarding the
rest. "Couples should also ask themselves three questions - what
are your favorite foods, what does it take to prepare them and what
is the best way to serve them? This is a good starting point," says
Robinson, who has been advising brides-to-be on how to complete
their gift registries for more than two decades.
She says choosing an everyday dinnerware pattern is usually the
main decision that helps structure the registry. "Traditionally
formal china was a "must-have" and most often was very expensive,
making it feel like another big commitment. Today the overwhelming
trend is towards casual dinnerware at affordable prices, which
gives registering couples many different options to suit their
lifestyle. I encourage brides to have fun, choose pieces that
complement the things they already have, and if they want, register
for several different patterns," says Robinson
One pattern Robinson says is gaining in popularity is
Pfaltzgraff's new Pistoulet collection, based on illustrations from
the Jana Kolpen book, "The Secrets of Pistoulet."
"From the moment we discovered the book, we envisioned a beautiful
and romantic casual dinnerware collection that would bring to the
table Jana Kolpen's central theme and message - the powerful role
that food and meals play to nourish our souls and unite us with
friends and family," says Marsha Everton, president and chief
executive officer at Pfaltzgraff.
Each piece in the collection is brightly decorated with freely
rendered flowers, vines and vegetables drawn from or influenced by
the book's illustrations, also by Kolpen. Bright, colorful drawings
are set against wide watercolor washes that evoke the light and
colors of southern France.
"The design is sophisticated in a warm and inviting way, allowing
for great mix-and-match possibilities," says Robinson. "It appeals
to both brides and grooms, who are increasingly more vocal in the
bridal registry process. The chip-resistant, highly durable
Pistoulet collection stands up to everyday use and is safe in the
dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave."
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