Laura Farge-Lowe at Island Trading (a newlywed herself) spoke to us creating the perfect registry.

What trends are you seeing with couples setting up a registry?
We’re finding that a lot of couples are getting married in their late twenties and early thirties and many already own the basic household items found on the traditional wedding gift registry.  While everyday items like cutlery, glasses and other tableware are still popular, more couples are choosing to register for items like high quality outdoor furniture and beautiful decorative items for the home.

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What price of items should couples put on their list?
There’s really no right or wrong way to compile a list.  We’ve seen couples put everything from a $4 vintage fork to their dream set of outdoor furniture on the same list!  We have items which can suit any budget so for guests who have already contributed to the wedding in other ways but still want to buy a gift there are always nice options like a beautiful throw pillow for $45.  On the other end of the spectrum, guests can always make their preferred contribution towards your dream set of furniture.  Ultimately, your guests won’t mind what the item is as long as they know that you have chosen it and will love it.

There is so much to choose from at Island Trading, what if a couple are unsure of what to put on their registry and afraid of committing?
We get that a lot, especially with all the decisions a couple are making during their engagement.  We have a fantastic team at Island Trading who can guide you on what works for your life now and what you will continue to enjoy for years to come.   BUT, if you really don’t want to commit to specific things on a registry, that’s ok too.  We can set up an in-store wedding fund so that your guests can chose an amount and contribute. You can then spend it on whatever you want!

Favourite wedding registry story?
Oh that one’s easy!  We had an adorable bride and groom who registered for lots of little everyday items but added one “dream” item – an outdoor teak table to seat 12 …not expecting for anyone to actually buy the table.   We had 8 of their friends decide to pool together and buy the table as a joint gift, but on one condition…that they all had to be invited over for dinner!  The bride and groom were delighted!

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