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Wedding Registry Tips from Chicago Couple, Jenna and Jeremy

Get tips from the newlyweds on their registry experience at Bloomingdale's and Crate and Barrel.

In the midst of wedding planning and preparing to register for your wish list? Read this advice from a recently married couple who decided to register in-store at both Bloomingdale's and Crate and Barrel.

Wish List
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Photo: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Having purchased a condominium shortly before their wedding, Jenna (née Wallis) and Jeremy Bauer were ready to start fresh, desiring brand-new pieces for their first home together. “Jeremy lived on his own prior to us becoming engaged, and it was a complete bachelor pad, with a spoon in one pattern and two forks in another,” describes Jenna. Though the bride teased her groom about his former kitchen items, she was serious about creating a wish list that represented both of their tastes, similar to that of the modern-meets-timeless aesthetic of their wedding décor. 

They decided to register together in-store at their chosen retailers: Bloomingdale’s and Crate and Barrel. At Bloomingdale’s, Jenna and Jeremy searched for a variety of items – from cool kitchen tools to home-accent components. “Our recently married friends recommended we register there because they have a wonderful range to choose from,” explains the bride. They selected a gorgeous torched serving set by Michael Aram, an elegant glass pitcher by Nambé, and handy cooking equipment. 

Jenna and Jeremy Bauer
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Crate and Barrel was the perfect place to decide on products like tongs, spatulas, storage sets, and measuring cups. It was also where Jeremy was most excited because he planned to add bar items. He elected for a handsome decanter, sleek stainless-steel barware, and cocktail glassware. Meanwhile, Jenna settled on entertaining pieces, cookware and bakeware, as well as a stunning “Tate” centerpiece bowl. 

Jenna and Jeremy confirm they couldn’t be happier with all that they received from their registries. “The entire process was fun!” reminisces the groom. “It was so nice to help shape our new home with gifts from our favorite people.” Jenna encourages others to select pieces that work well for their own unique preferences. “Some of my favorite gifts are quirky ones from our list! Add what makes you happy, so you’ll receive items you truly love.”

“Some of my favorite gifts are quirky ones from our list! Add what makes you happy, so you’ll receive items you truly love.”

KitchenAid Pasta Roller Set
KitchenAid pasta roller set, $200; Bloomingdale’s

Acacia Wedge Server
Acacia wedge server, $25; 
Crate and Barrel

Tour Red Wine Glass
“Tour” red wine glass, $14; 
Crate and Barrel

Villeroy & Boch Bellisimo Dinnerware Collection
Villeroy & Boch “Bellisimo” dinnerware collection, $30-$50/piece; 

Tino Decanter
“Tino” decanter, $45; 
Crate and Barrel

Cambridge Baking Dish with Rack
Cambridge baking dish with rack, $30; 
Crate and Barrel

Michael Aram Torched Collection Medium Bowl
Michael Aram Torched Collection medium bowl, $325; 

Ricci Argentieri Bramasole Flatware Set
Ricci Argentieri “Bramasole” 45-piece flatware set, $525; 

Tondo 10.5" Bowl
“Tondo” 10.5” bowl, $40; 
Crate and Barrel

Michael Aram Torched Collection Serving Set
Michael Aram Torched Collection serving set, $110; 

Annieglass Edgey XL Baquette Tray
Annieglass “Edgey” XL baquette tray, $263; 

Ona Large Pitcher
“Ona” large pitcher, $25; 
Crate and Barrel

Tate Centerpiece Bowl
“Tate” centerpiece bowl, $149; 
Crate and Barrel

Michael Aram Calla Lily Cake Server
Michael Aram “Calla Lily” cake server, $65; 

Registry Tips from Jenna & Jeremy

Consider the future. “Though we sought out items for our present home, we also wanted long-lasting pieces we could use in a larger house in the future.”

Update often. “We were surprised with several wedding showers and were blessed to receive many registry gifts. We found it was best to monitor and add to the lists frequently, so guests had options in various price points.”

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