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Photo: Kelli Durham | Tableware: Bering's

Apartment, townhouse, condo, cottage, or manse—no matter its size or scope, the place you’ll live together as a married  couple is, above all else, a home. Keep this in mind when you register for your wedding, by selecting items you’ll love, for all the spaces you’ll occupy in the home you share. You can start with these top essentials for each happy place!

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Photos: Kuhl-Linscomb, Bering’s

KITCHEN

For many couples, this space is the focus of the gift registry— and with good reason…actually lots of reasons. First off, the kitchen is where couples, and often their friends, family and guests, spend a whole bunch of time, especially in those first months and years of entertaining as a married couple. Sure, there’s the dining room and living room, but when there’s a party, and there’s cooking going on, everyone tends to gather in the kitchen. So it’s nice to have a well-stocked, good-looking one. Plus, there are just so many kitchen items to choose from, whether you’re a gourmet chef, an avid baker, or an “I-can-barely-boil-an-egg” amateur with a willingness to learn.

Cookware

  • High-quality pots and pans
  • Dutch oven
  • Fine kitchen knives

Baking

  • Stand mixer
  • Baking pans
  • Measuring tools
  • Pastry mat

Small Appliances

  • Food processor
  • Blender
  • Toaster oven
  • Slow-cooker
  • Coffee- or espresso- maker
Registry, Newlywed home, Bering's, Bedroom, Bathroom, Kuhl-Linscomb
Photos: Flou, Mike and Ally, Peacock Ally available at Kuhl-Linscomb

BEDROOM/BATHROOM

The most intimate spaces in the newlywed home often are the most overlooked on to-be-wed registries. Don’t stumble into this common registry pitfall! While you may need to replace textile items more frequently than, say, cast-iron cookware or fine bone china, you can still register for your bedroom and bathroom with an eye toward luxury and durability. Instead of gadgets and trendy pieces, focus your registry scanner on high-quality bedroom and bathroom staples (with, perhaps, a techie treat just for fun!), and make private time— each individually, or together—your favorite time of the day.

Bedroom

  • High-quality sheet set
  • Designer duvet cover
  • Down comforter
  • Luxury pillows
  • Decorative frames
  • Matching end tables or ottoman
  • Wall art

Bathroom

  • Plush cotton towels
  • Fluffy bath mat
  • Soap or lotion dispenser
  • Scale
  • Bluetooth shower speaker
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Photos: Bering’s

LAWN & GARDEN

Whether you’ve got acres of land, a small but well-tended garden, or simply a sweet town home patio, you’re likely to spend Houston’s fine-weather months (brief as they may be) enjoying the fresh air, and entertaining friends outdoors. Don’t forget to make al-fresco elements a part of your registry list! Get your guy on board, and turn your attention to grilling, chilling and savoring the sunshine, with gifts designed for outdoor fun.

Outdoor Entertaining

  • Tiki torches
  • Outdoor seating
  • Decorative pillows
  • Pool or hot tub towels
  • Hammock
  • Fire pit
  • Pet toys
  • Lawn games
  • Big Green Egg grill
  • Yeti cooler
  • Smoker
  • Grill tools / apron
  • Gardening tools
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Leaf blower
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Photos: Bering’s, Lexon Mini Speaker available at Kuhl-Linscomb

LIVING/DINING ROOM

Whether they’re connected in an open-floor-plan layout, or separate from one another, these two spaces generally constitute the heart of your home—the place where you relax, unwind, receive guests, entertain, eat, drink and celebrate. How you design and furnish your home’s living and dining spaces will depend on your taste and style preferences: Do you want to sink back and put your feet up without worrying about delicate doo-dads? Do you love the look of a formal dinner table, laid out with perfect place settings and flickering tapers all aglow? Do you crave a cool lounge space where people can flow from table to sofa to bar, nibbling and sipping while the hum of conversation never stops? Think about the atmosphere you want to create, then dress it up with these living and dining-room essentials, which make down-time a good time, no matter your personal style.

Living Room

  • Wireless speaker
  • Digital streaming system
  • Throw blankets
  • Vases, decor or art

Dining Room

  • Set of dishes
  • Set of flatware
  • Set of glassware
  • Table linens

Bar

  • Barware (highball glasses, martini
  • glasses & Champagne flutes)
  • Shaker
  • Ice bucket and tongs
  • Corkscrew

Bering’s “Bubbles & Bites” Event + GIVEAWAY

Houston Wedding Gift Registry Bering's Event Giveaway

Wondering why Bering’s is one of our absolute favorite Houston wedding gift registry retailers? Find out for yourself this coming Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon! That’s when Bering’s Bissonet store hosts “Bubbles & Bites,” a brunch-time in-store gift registry event, where you can browse, nibble, sip and create or expand your Bering’s wedding gift registry. Oh—and if that’s not awesome enough, we’ve got a $350 Bering’s giveaway we’ll be awarding to one lucky winner this Friday, March 16…scroll down all the way for contest entry deets! Click here to read the rest of this post »

5 Hot Cocktail Bar Gifts For Him

Does your hubby-to-be fancy himself a cocktail craftsman? Bolster his bartending arsenal by gifting him with one of these fine finds, or better yet: Invite him to add a a few bar essentials to your wedding gift registry, as you envision your newlywed nest…together!

1. Copper Moscow Mule Cocktail Box

Bespoke Post Copper Moscow Mule Box
Photo: Bespoke Post

He’ll find just about everything he needs (‘cept vodka–he can choose his fave) to make authentic, refreshing mules for 2, in this “cocktail box” from Bespoke Post. Click here to read the rest of this post »

5 Groom & Groomsmen Gifts For Stylish Guys

Whether it’s a gesture of appreciation for the man who’ll make you happy for the rest of your days, or a big-day token of thanks from your dude to his best man, best friend or groomsmen, a well-chosen gift is one a guy will smile big for at the moment of unwrapping, and get joy from for days, weeks and years to come. These five suave groom’s and groomsmen gifts, hand picked by our HWB gals, are sure to deliver on both counts.

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Fusion Chrome Collection: bloomingdales

The Art of Shaving’s Fusion Chrome Collection transforms basic grooming into, well…an art. We guarantee you’ll feel your heart go pitter-pat when you watch your boo do his morning manscaping with this polished chrome shaving set’s precision Power Razor and micro-textured-grip Shaving Brush. And the Fusion Collection’s self-draining shaving stand means neither of you will have to sponge off runoff or wipe down handles, leaving more time for newlywed fun!

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Portofino Chronograph: Zadok Jewelers

You’ll find the effortlessly elegant Portofino at renowned local jeweler Zadok Jewelers. The gentleman who wears this chic, sporty timepiece, will find himself fielding compliments on its striking push-buttons (an homage to the cockpit of 1960s Italian sports cars), and its convex sapphire glass and appliquéd Roman numerals.

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DJI Mavic Pro Drone: Apple

A must-have for the true gear guru, Apple’s DJI Mavic Pro Drone makes aerial filming an exercise in precision, beauty and efficiency. Just fold up this baby, drop it in your day pack, and go. Wherever you want. Flying it (up to 4.3 miles away!) and shooting 4k video is as easy as using the included controller or the simple drone app on your iPhone or iPad.

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Knox Backpack: bloomingdales

Tumi’s handsome, lightweight Knox Backpack is stylish enough to sub as a laptop case or briefcase, and rugged enough to accompany the guy-on-the-go on day trips and overnights. Store files, papers, laptop and tablet in the Knox’s well-organized compartments, and rest easy knowing the pack’s ballistic-nylon construction will protect what’s inside, while looking ruggedly sophisticated on the outside.

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Yeti Tundra: Bering’s

Y’all if your dude doesn’t yet have a Tundra, now’s the time to get to Bering’s and get him one. With its signature one-piece roto-molded UV polyethylene construction, two inches of YETI polyurethane foam insulation, and freezer-style sealing lid gasket, it’s basically the only cooler he’ll ever need. ‘Nuff said.

QUIZ: What’s Your Wedding Gift Registry Style?

Writer: Laura Mericas

To help you avoid “random registry” regrets, we’ve identified four types of to-be-weds and we’ve hand-picked wedding gift registry items for each that you probably didn’t know you could register for…or live without! Not sure what type you are? Take our handy quiz! And for tons more details on hot registry picks from the experts at iconic Houston registry retailers Bering’s and Kuhl-Linscomb, click here!

What’s your wedding style?

1. Rustic and romantic with tons of personal elements

2. Chic and trendy with food and drinks galore

3. Dreamy destination with our closest family and friends

4. Classic and formal in one of Houston’s signature wedding venues

What are your honeymoon goals?

1. Nothing too crazy, we just want to relax with each other

2. To explore a new city and hit up all of the coolest spots

3. Something a little extreme, like backpacking through Bali or whitewater rafting

4. Lounging and indulging at an elegant beach resort

Which of these sounds like your ideal Saturday morning?

1. Sipping coffee with my fiancé at my side and our dog at our feet

2. Brunching in style with bae

3. Exploring a new city or hiking trail

4. Perusing an antiques market or visiting with family

What’s your favorite type of Houston restaurant?

1. A mom-and-pop Houston classic

2. The chic new eatery with locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails

3. Authentic ethnic cuisine that only the neighborhood locals know about

4. Fine dining with romantic lighting and top-notch service

Which of these is a must-have item in your married home?

1. Cute and comfortable living room furniture

2. A modern kitchen and dining space

3. A place to rest our heads at night…that’s all we need

4. Family photos in beautiful frames

Answered Mostly 1: You’re a House Hunter! —  You and your partner love the staples in your life almost as much as you love each other. A new shared home tops your list of priorities, and you can’t wait to make it a warm, inviting environment.

House-Hunters

1. Quilted Velvet Lumbar Pillows: Pottery Barn 2. Halo Home Monogrammed Linens: Kuhl-Linscomb 3. Sierra Rug: The Citizenry 4. Large Mobile Chandelier: West Elm 5. Edmond Sofa: Z Gallerie 6. Palermo Chair: The Citizenry

Answered Mostly 2: You’re a Foodie! — Testing out the newest eateries and drinkeries in town is what you and your bae are all about. You two follow food blogs, are familiar with top local chefs and aren’t afraid to experiment. You and your wedding caterer are BFF’s and you can’t wait to dig in at your reception.

Foodie

1. All-Clad Brushed Stainless Sauce Pan: Bering’s 2. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker: Amazon 3. Sur La Table Copper Moscow Mule Mug Set: Sur La Table 4. “Cravings” by Chrissy Teigen: Amazon 5. Sertodo Copper Alicante Paella Pan: Kuhl-Linscomb 6. Big Green Egg Grill: Bering’s 7. Vitamix Ascent Series Blender: Kuhl-Linscomb

Answered Mostly 3: You’re an Adventurer! — The biggest challenge of planning your wedding was finding a date when you’re not traveling! Houston is home base, but you’re eager to explore every chance you get. You’ve either selected the perfect destination wedding spot, planned an exotic honeymoon, or both.

Adventurer

1. S’well Teakwood Water Bottle: Kuhl-Linscomb 2. Insulated Picnic Backpack: Mark & Graham 3. White Wing Duffle Bag: Bering’s 4. This is Ground Cordito Roll: Restoration Hardware 5. Audio Pro Portable Speaker: Kuhl-Linscomb 6. Yeti Tundra Cooler: Bering’s

Answered Mostly 4: You’re an Heirloom-er! — Family is everything to you. The keeping of traditions is paramount and you’ve already selected your future children’s names, which all pay homage to your closest relatives. You have a love for traditional, well-made goods, but you also know how to add in your own personal touch.

Heirloom

1. Juliska Country Estate Ginger Jar: Bering’s 2. Santorini Glass, Turks & Caicos Canape Plate: White Lilac Inc. 3. William Yeoward Corinne Cocktail Jug & Spoon: Kuhl-Linscomb 4. Vista Alegre Covered Dish: Alchemy Fine Home 5. Arte Italica Tuscan Oval Tray with Handles: Kuhl-Linscomb