If I Were To Create A Wedding Registry Today…

After all of my friends and cousins got married 20-25 years ago, I went years without attending a wedding. Then recently, I’ve suddenly found myself back on the wedding circuit… but this time, I’m not friends with the bride and groom. I’m friends with their parents!

I’m having so much fun looking at registries and picking out gifts, and it makes me think back to when I was planning my own registry. I remember it like it was yesterday…

Visiting Paul here in Philly and going to Macy’s to browse all the different china patterns, crystal goblets, and silver flatware. They were the destination for all things registry and weddings back then, and they still are today!

I still love the Lenox china pattern I registered for way back then on Macy’s Wedding Registry, and it still looks like new.

But if I could create a wedding registry today, I’d forego the two sets of tableware, and go for one that is super versatile. I’m thinking something that’s both elegant enough for fancy dinner parties but also practical enough for everyday.

Well, guess what? I just got to do exactly that!

I had so much fun teaming up with Macy’s for this post, browsing the Kitchen department on their website to see what’s out there these days, and picking out new dishes, glasses, and flatware. (It’s hard to imagine not having a website to browse 25 years ago!)

One thing was for sure, I don’t want anything that can’t go in the dishwasher or microwave. I also need something durable that will hold up to a lot of use and abuse, because I have teenagers. #nuffsaid

As I perused the website, I was drawn to the Lenox patterns that have several different designs that work together to mix and match for more interest on your table. It’s like Garanimals for dishes!

I finally settled on this Textured Naturals dinnerware collection.

I love how calm and soothing the colors are, and they work in perfectly with the decor of my home. And after years of having only plain white dishes, these are so pretty and fun!

The tablecloth and napkins are also by Lenox. This natural color is perfect under my new dishes.

I think the serving pieces are my favorite part of this collection.

This low serve bowl is perfect for side dishes on the dinner table as well as putting out with chips or fruit when I’m hosting more casual gatherings.

And this water pitcher is the perfect size and shape to use as a vase for cut flowers, or of course, you can use it for water or juice.

I also picked out a new set of wine glasses, also by Lenox.

We usually buy the cheapest ones we can find, and they are always breaking. I hope to have better luck with these.

The quality is really impressive. I can definitely feel the difference, plus the shape is so pretty.

And finally, stainless flatware… I’m still using the set I got from my wedding registry 25 years ago, and it’s pretty beat up.

This Cantera pattern is fresh and modern and complements these dishes perfectly.

The best part is, all of my new tableware will look just as good in my kitchen as it does in my dining room, and everything is dishwasher safe. The dishes can even go in the microwave.

I love that Macy’s was the destination for all things registry and weddings 25 years ago when I got married, and they still are today. Are you getting married, or know someone who is getting married? It’s super easy to create a Macy’s Wedding Registry online! #timeshavechanged

If you were to register all over again, what would you choose?

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photos: Alison Cornell