It’s normal for couples to put household items and consumer durables on a wedding registry, but there are no hard and fast rules. A wedding is a joyous occasion and a time for celebration. The general preference for putting practical items on a wedding list is simply because it takes a lot of money to create a beautiful and comfortable home. If you’re setting up a house together as a newly married couple you’ll possibly need everything from a new microwave, to bath towels, to a cutlery set. The countless basics like duvets and bed linen, crockery and garden furniture soon add up to serious money.
Religious couples often put ritual Judaica items like a menorah, silver Kiddush cup, or etrog box on their wedding registry. Silver candlesticks for Shabbat are usually a priority item and havdalah sets or netilat yadayim are also very popular. A basic Shabbat set also includes a challah board and challah knife, and perhaps a silver candle lighter and match cover, a liquor set or wine fountain and any combination of silver trays, plates, serving spoons, forks and napkin rings.
Often, a couple will see a beautiful work of art or home decor when they browse through the online Judaica collections. There are also a multitude of small gifts that are normal to put on a wedding registry. Mezuzah cases, tzedakah boxes, honey dishes for Rosh HaShanah, Pesach plates or Seder plates are great small additions to a Jewish wedding registry. They are beautiful items to own and are ideal ‘extras’ to complement a main gift. They are also ideal for guests who are giving on a tight budget.