Las Vegas brides, there’s nothing more exciting than darting around a store with a laser gun in your hands. Okay, okay, maybe one or two other activities come to mind.

When you start your wedding registry, you’ll be armed with a scanner, likened to an extremely fun laser gun, and set free to scan whatever strikes your fancy. But in your groom’s and your frenzy to tag the ultimate mix-master blender, the nifty 20-pixel camera, or the something-somethings in the lingerie department, remember the basics. To make a house into a home, be sure that you include the following items on your gift registries for Las Vegas weddings.

Before you register, consider what style and colors you and your groom like best.

Register for Cookware

Balance the basics of pots, pans, cutlery, food prep pieces, and appliances with cooking items that appeal to you. Are you a gourmet chef who thrives on well-prepared meals? Then register for long-lasting pots and pans, and consider adding a fondue set, spice rack, or Panini press to your list. Not the type to make muffins in the morning? Then skip this registry staple in favor of another item you’ll use.

Register for Bedding

For bedding basics, consider your lifestyle. Do you like to sleep on luxurious satin or casual cotton? Will you make the bed every day, or leave the comforter to the floor for months? Be honest about your preferences and habits. Then let them influence your choices for a duvet or comforter’s style, sheets’ thread count, blanket fabrics, and the number of pillows (both decorative and nightly use).

Register for Bath

The bath basics include towels (hand towels, washcloths, bath towels, bath sheets), floor mats or rugs, a soap dispenser, and a shower curtain, liner, and rings. If you already like what you own, then don’t feel pressured to replace these items. Also, remember to consider additional decorative pieces, from wall sconces to Kleenex covers, to complete your bath set.

Register for Place Settings

Complement your kitchen cookware with dining room place settings that reflect your style. As you and your groom choose plates, flatware, platters, and glassware, discuss favorite designs and be prepared to compromise. Register for 8-12 place settings to accommodate guests or the occasional broken dish. Lastly, remember to consider functionality and lifestyle. If you won’t want to hand wash gold-rimmed china after a feast, then plan to select a dishwasher-safe option.

Register for furniture, rugs, and decorative accents to make your house a home.

Register for Home Décor and Maintenance

Complete your registry with items to beautify and care for your home. Based on your needs, include furniture, table linens, lamps, electronics, and decorative accent pieces. Then to maintain your home, register for items aimed at upkeep. This may include a vacuum, iron and ironing board, trashcans, tool set, and additional hardware or appliances. Remember it’s okay to think beyond typical lists. Choose what will best benefit your groom’s and your needs as husband and wife.

With a registry of wedding gift ideas, soon you’ll have a home filled with essential items and a few fun extras too! Enjoy your planning process, and don’t forget to check Bridal Spectacular’s website for Las Vegas wedding registry stores that offer scanning fun for your registries!

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Author: Allyson Siwajian © 2011

Photographs: Allyson Siwajian

Displays in photographs: Kohl’s Wedding Wishes Gift Registry, RC Willey (as seen at Bridal Spectacular’s bridal show)