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As Kelcy (née Christy) and Nicholas James Kordiak prepared for their alfresco nuptials in Montana, the college sweethearts made sure to carve out some time together to create their ideal wedding registry. “When we got married in June 2022, we had lived together for almost 10 years,” Kelcy explains. “We had already accumulated a lot of items by combining homes, receiving gifts from loved ones, and purchasing random pieces ourselves.”
With this in mind, the affianced pair developed a simple strategy: to use their wish list to upgrade their most utilized pieces, from small appliances to dinnerware and glassware. “The main goal was for everything to have a cohesive look that we could use every day, now and in the future when we have a larger home,” details the bride.
Photo by Troy Meikle Photo
Kelcy took the lead on registry duties using the retailers’ online platforms, adding a variety of items and then asking Nick to cull down the list. “There were a few key items that I wanted to make sure we included, such as our espresso machine that has been a life-changing item,” says Nick.
The couple started with their favorite store to peruse: Crate and Barrel. “This was a great opportunity to add pieces that we had been eyeing over the years!” confides Kelcy. “We love how their neutral, modern style extends from kitchen items to home-décor accents and entertaining pieces.”
Williams Sonoma was their go-to for incorporating baking sets and kitchen tools. “The store just feels so homey,” Kelcy expresses. “Finally, we chose Zola because it was great for adding items that we wanted, yet weren’t available at Crate and Barrel or Williams Sonoma, such as a cooler by YETI.” The couple appreciated that Zola alerted them when guests purchased gifts, providing the option to ship when they were ready and avoid being surprised with a delivery while on their honeymoon, for example.
Kelcy and Nick had a pleasant wish-list experience and advise others to enjoy the process. “I would say that putting together a list of all the fun little things that you want isn’t very stressful!” smiles Nick. The bride agrees: “So many people say they dread putting together their wedding registry, but we had a great time dreaming of all the items that we would love to have in our home. We had never thoughtfully selected pieces that we wanted to keep for the rest of our lives. Our registry offered that opportunity!”
“Consider registry suggestions from esteemed wedding sources, as well as favorite food bloggers. You don’t have to add every single item on their lists, but it will give you a great base.”
“Compile a list of the pieces that will help create your vision. Even if you don’t get the items you add, it shows what components are important to you.”
Opening photo by Troy Meikle Photo; Bridal Salon: The White Dress; From Real Wedding: An Elegant Wedding Near Yellowstone in Big Sky, Montana