Couples will want to clear the air before they get married, and we don't mean going into that long story about what happened at Senor Frogs during senior year.
Items such as bathroom accessories, irons and vacuum cleaners don't exactly get couples fired up about filling out their registries, but they come in handier than that double boiler they registered for and will clearly use once, if at all. If they're living in a house with pets and their rugs and carpets are laden with enough fur to be declared another species of mammal, picking up a high-powered vacuum or air purifiers for each room will go a long way toward calming the post-honeymoon coughing spells and keeping guests from begging for Benadryl.
"An anti-allergen vacuum cleaner is a brilliant choice for a bridal registry, since today's new models are excellent at removing pollens, dust and other allergens from carpets, couches and curtains," Naylor says. "Breathing easily is a top priority for newlyweds, no matter how severe their own allergies are."
No, a garbage pail on tracks that slides out from beneath the sink isn't exactly a showstopper wedding item, but couples who get it should be grateful.
Why? Because they'll use it daily -- which is more than can be said for their milkshake maker -- and because it moves their home one step further from the Wall-E style landfill of miscellany it was before they got married. They day a couple gets together is the day the great merging of stuff begins. You have yours, they have theirs and it all suddenly has to fit into a place that until recently housed just one of you.
Once you get rid of all of the duplicates, the dollar-store items from your first place and the detritus of your old lives that now just looks like the stolen contents of an old man's liquor cabinet and a DVD retrospective of the past decade in romantic comedies, you're finally in a place that's a perfect balance of the merged pieces of a couple's existence. Then, just when everything's found its place, the wedding comes and dumps a completely different life's worth of stuff in their lap. Unless that couple has all the space they're going to need for the rest of their lives going into the wedding, they're going to need something to get them from now to the bigger place.
"Organizing is a hot topic for newlyweds, whether or not they've lived together before marriage," Naylor says. "We all drool over those great magazine features showing super-organized kitchens, so be sure to add those great metal racks for your pantry, an upgraded spice rack and fabric storage bins for the tops of closets, as well as lidded plastic storage containers for the basement. No more cardboard boxes holding lots of stuff ... everything is organized in matching bins, which gives a great sense of order for the home."