Be Inspired to Add Color to Your Wedding Registry

When Carly and Nate registered for their wedding, they incorporated bold black-and-white prints and bright colors!

Learn more about the wedding-registry process at Bloomingdale's and Blueprint Registry. Get inspiration for your own wish list from this couple's chic black-and-white pieces, as well as some fun colorful items!

wedding registry tips and wish list ideas from real couple carly basner and nate causey
Photo: Natalie Watson Photography

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Before Carly (née Basner) and Nate Causey wed in a beautiful fall celebration in Baltimore, Maryland, they had already started a home together and thus, had compiled household staples. “For our wedding registry, we wanted modern and nice everyday items, but nothing too fancy,” Carly explains. “We were not interested in registering for pieces that wouldn’t be appropriate for our everyday use, such as fine china and crystal – which aren’t our vibe.”

Since the bride typically handles the interior design of their space, Nate was happy to have her take the lead on the registry process. However, the groom did have an important task to fulfill: “I was in charge of anything that had a battery or power cord. I absolutely rocked it, and we ended up with some great stuff,” Nate affirms. Though Carly primarily chose items online, she and Nate did visit a few retailers in person so he could influence their final choices on everyday plates, cups, and cutlery. “There was a small incident at the Crate and Barrel in SoHo over which fork we would choose, but she’d kill me if I mentioned any more details,” he laughs.

Black & White Wedding Portrait

Photo by Natalie Watson Photography; Bridal Salon: Wedding Atelier; Planning & Design by Evoke Design & Creative; From Real Wedding: Black-and-White Luxe Backyard Wedding with Modern Minimalism Style

“For our wedding registry, we wanted modern and nice everyday items, but nothing too fancy.”

“I registered at Bloomingdale’s because it’s a classic!” says Carly. “We were living in NYC at the time, which gave us access to their flagship  store.  The  entire  process  was  fun  and  easy.”  They  chose  plates,  glassware,  bedding,  and  home  accent  pieces.  The  couple’s  other  registry  choice  is  an  online  outlet  that  aggregates  items  across  hundreds  of  retailers.

“I  loved  the  flexibility  that  Blueprint  offers,” Carly explains. “Another great functionality is that the site allows  certain  gifts  to  be  given  by  multiple  people  through  cash  contributions,  which  can  go  to  the  honeymoon  getaway,  wine  tasting,  cooking  classes,  and  more.”  Here,  they  selected  an  array  of pieces from flatware and home organization items to matching luggage and exercise equipment.

The newlyweds are thrilled with the collection of gifts from loved ones and felt their choice of registry retailers really fit their needs. “We got more than we needed and ended up with amazing items,” says Carly, who happily shares they plan to buy furniture for their newly purchased home with some of their gift cards!

Registry Tips from Carly and Nate

Divide and Conquer.

“Don’t procrastinate – share the duties of writing thank-you notes as soon as possible.”

Best Address.

“If you live in a small apartment, consider sending gifts to your parents’ house. We had almost no space left!”

Pack Snacks.

“What may be described as a ‘short shopping trip’ will likely turn into hours and hours in the place-mat section. Plan accordingly.”