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The most exciting moment of my engagement, even more thrilling than finding The Dress, was going through Crate & Barrel with the little scan gun, registering for dishes and platters and knives. Because of the advanced age at which I am getting married (31), I’ve acquired a ton of mismatched plates and Ikea flatware. Most are donations from married friends who needed to make room for their wedding china. My fiancé has also, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we somehow have more than 50 knives of every make and model. What we have works perfectly well, but the idea of having a matched set of silverware, cups and plates is enough to make me want to actually have a dinner party. The days of fine china have passed (although maybe your parents will hand theirs down if you’re lucky) and with couples marrying later in life traditional gifts have given way to shorter registries with more specific items. I already have a fancy blender, food processor and crockpot, but somehow do not have a drying rack or any matching towels. A study by theknot.com found that 91 percent of couples register for bake ware, while only 11 percent add a vacuum cleaner to their list. I don’t know about you, but I need to clean my floors more frequently than I need to make a pie. (If you are more the pie type I will happily lend you my new Hoover in exchange for a slice). Experts also recommend registering for more plate sets than you currently need, 8-12 sets or more if you have a large family. Plates get broken and patterns often are discontinued, so you want to have spares. While only 13 percent of couples give them a priority, a fine knife set also is recommended. More expensive, high quality knives will last forever, while cheaper sets fall apart. Registering for “fun” items, like DVDs or cameras, still is up for debate in the realm of etiquette. Most experts agree a few items like board games for entertaining are fine, just don’t go overboard. Another new and practical idea is registering for honeymoon items. There are a number of websites that allow couples to register for specific honeymoon items, like meals or accommodations. If you take a honeymoon cruise your guests can treat you to gifts like a spa treatment or wine basket. Of course, as with all gift giving and receiving, in the end it is the thought that counts.
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