Before Brooke (née Santana) and Wyatt Driscoll wed, they lived together for about a year. “We already had a majority of the typical wedding registry items,” illustrates the bride. “We were mainly looking for new pieces to replace the cheap existing ones we purchased right when we moved into our house. In addition, we were looking for higher-end décor to complete the look of our home.”
The couple planned to register as a team, with each concentrating on the aspects most important to them. For Brooke, it was dining and entertaining products, while Wyatt chose to focus on bar and wine accessories. “We originally planned on registering at Christofle,” remembers the groom. “We left Christofle wanting a broader selection of brands and items, so we visited Gearys in Beverly Hills and loved their variety and the ease of their registry platform. It was an easy choice.”
“We chose to register at Gearys because we knew they carried more higher-end items, which is exactly what we desired.”
Brooke echoes her groom’s sentiments. “We chose to register at Gearys because we knew they carried more higher-end items, which is exactly what we desired,” explains the bride of their plan to hone in on brands they love and add to those collections. “Originally, we registered in-store where we completed about 70% of the registry, and once we were home, we quickly realized that we did not have enough items on our list, so I was able to easily add more online.”
Still, during pre-wedding festivities, the couple began to receive messages from loved ones asking them to add more gift choices. “It’s important to have items at different price points!” learned Brooke, noting she was grateful for the specialists at the luxury retailer who continually provided guidance. “We worked with Gabrielle, and she was great, always quickly answering any questions we asked.”
“Viceroy” triple winder with storage and travel case, $1,719 by Wolf (available at Gearys)
Brooke and Wyatt were surprised that they didn’t receive a lot of the smaller pieces on their wish list, but they were grateful that in some cases, people gravitated towards the more expensive items that were really impactful to the overall style of their home. The newlyweds agree that registering at a single retailer was the right choice for them, especially because it seemed to streamline the process for their guests, making it an easy and happy experience for everyone.
“Definitely have some fun with the registry process. It will make receiving the gifts that much more special!” emphasizes the bride. Wyatt says he enjoyed their wish-list adventure and admits that he was excited to select favorites alongside his bride. “I thought of it as a great opportunity to add some amazing pieces to our home,” he shares.
“Limit your selections to items that you truly want.”
“Keep the wish-list process simple, so it’s well-laid-out for your guests.”
“Find a retailer with a good registry platform, as it’s essential to the experience.”
This story was originally published as a Wish List feature in the Fall 2021 issue of Inside Weddings magazine. To order a copy of the Fall 2021 issue, visit our library of Inside Weddings back issues available for purchase.