Planning the Registry
It is becoming more and more popular for grooms to have significant input in one of the most important aspects of a wedding – the registry. For years masculine products were left off of wedding registries but now men finally have an opportunity to request a few important items that can turn their future house/apartment into a home. When choosing the precious few items that will be mostly for you it is important to think carefully and critically. Always choose items that you will actually use, and don’t be afraid to pick a few expensive items that you might not normally buy for yourself.
The grill is the ideal place for a man on a summer day. Standing with a beer in one hand and a grilling spatula in the other, man rules the back patio with a meaty fist. Important grilling items to consider for your registry include a grill, grilling utensils, portable outdoor bar, grilling cookbooks, and a grill cover with your favorite team’s logo. Remember to keep in mind that you should have a variety of price ranges included in your registry, so don’t be afraid to include smaller items that are relatively cheap and a few larger items that your more generous relatives could contribute. Grandma might be willing to fork out $600 for the grill of your dreams, but your college buddy who is living in his parents’ basement might have to settle for the $30 grill cover.
A lot of guys will already be able to contribute a few good quality electronics to their marital home, but speakers that still smell like the college apartment that they sat in for four years might need to be replaced. Items to consider include a Blu-ray player, surround sound speakers, a smart TV, an iPad, or perhaps a new laptop or desktop computer to share with your new spouse.
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Camping and Sporting Equipment
Do you and your new bride plan to spend time camping, boating, skiing, snowboarding, or participating in any other exciting outdoor activities? It might be a good idea to register for a tent, sleeping bags (or a couple’s sleeping bag), kayaks or a canoe, boating gear, skiing gear, or snowboarding gear. You could even plan an adventurous honeymoon and use one of many available websites that allow guests to help you pay for your trip.
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The most masculine of the manly pursuits might be the process of using tools, bare hands, and a little elbow grease to create masterful wooden furniture, repair a leaky faucet, or build a white picket fence. Consider registering for a few tools that you don’t already have that you will put to good use. If you have never owned more than a hammer and a few screwdrivers then consider upgrading your collection with a battery-powered drill, a circular saw, a shovel, lawn mower, weed whacker, edger, wheelbarrow, or other tools that you don’t have but plan to use. As always with a registry, you will definitely want to ask for high quality items that will last for a long time.
A few final tips
If you’re not sure exactly what you will want or need in the future then don’t forget that you can request gift cards on your registry. A gift card to Lowe’s or Home Depot will serve you much better than a circular saw that you never use. Lastly, always remember to keep your wife involved in any registry decisions that she wants to be a part of. There are most certainly some items that she will really want and you don’t want to flood the registry with similarly priced items; that might cause the items she chose to go unpurchased.