Registry Selections With a Modern Edge

Discover contemporary gift ideas for your wedding registry.


Registering is an important step in wedding planning. Though it can seem overwhelming, taking the time to think through your needs and research products beforehand will help make the process go smoothly. From decorative home goods to useful kitchen appliances, we have gathered a few of the hottest registry items that offer a unique twist on the traditional. Take a look and consider including these products on your own wedding wish list. Picture frames have long been a decor staple of wedding registries. This gilded option by Michael Aram has a unique, artistic quality that distinguishes it from typical frames and adds instant sophistication to photos. Michael Aram "Gooseberry" picture frame (4"X6"), $79 gearys.com.


This set of essential kitchen tools looks sleek and stylish for a modern kitchen. And because they are gathered into one collection, you won't have to register for each tiny item individually. OXO "Everyday Kitchen" 15-piece tool set, $99.99; myregistry.com.


Cocktail trays are a typical registry favorite, but this colorful option influenced by the works of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and is sure to be a conversation piece at your future parties. Pacific Connection "Mondrian Bright" tray (12"X15"), $150; gearys.com.


Go beyond the blender when considering drink options for entertaining. This carbonation system is a fun way for you and your future spouse to make more than 100 different flavored beverages at home, a crowd-pleaser with special appeal for the teetotalers in your life. As an alternative to purchasing pre-packed bottles or cans, it's good for the environment as well. Sodastream Jet starter kit, $99.95; crateandbarrel.com.


Traditional champagne flutes may seem like a must, but a vivid set that adds a festive splash of color can be an elegant choice as well. Baccarat "Mille Nuits Flutissimo" flute in amethyst, $175; gearys.com.


The traditional coffee maker seems positively primitive compared to today's high-tech options, and you'll love waking up every morning to the perfect cup of joe, tea, or espresso at the touch of a button. This top-of-the-line beverage maker is available in three colors (black, red, and silver) so you’ll be able to register for the shade that matches or accents your kitchen perfectly. The CBTL Americano in admiral red, $149.99; bedbathandbeyond.com.


The ubiquitous serving tray is synonymous with the term "wedding gift," so you may as well register for one (or more) you really love. Monique Lhuillier’s name is already synonymous with weddings thanks to her gorgeous gowns, and her line of timeless glassware items, such as this contemporary gem, are products you will forever cherish as you build your new home together. Monique Lhuillier for Waterford "Atelier" low bowl, $225; gearys.com.


To commemorate the 10th anniversary of one of its most popular patterns of fine china, Lenox created a special-edition accent plate with precious platinum details and a unique backstamp that will be available throughout 2012. We think this upgraded classic would make a special addition to any wedding registry. Lenox fine china "Opal Innocence Pattern" 5-piece place setting, $186.00 macys.com.

Opening photograph by Darin Fong Photographer