Wedding Registry Ideas for Morning, Noon, and Night
In the Morning: Nelson Ball Clock
The best kinds of wedding presents are items that can be used morning, noon, and night, and that's just what you'll find on these pages. Everything -- a genius toaster, comfy lounge chair, heavenly set of sheets -- was made for daily living.
The Nelson ball clock (highbrowfurniture.com via MyRegistry.com) has a cool shape and a funny history: At a party in the late 1940s, designers George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Irving Harper, and Buckminster Fuller were sketching when one of them came up with this concept. The next day, however, no one could remember who'd drawn it. Ultimately, Nelson got the credit.
In the Morning: Place Setting
Rise and shine with pieces you'll rely on as much as you do your trusty alarm clock.
Donna Karan Lenox's "Matte and Shine" dinnerware (neimanmarcus.com) has a fashionable finish that's shiny and smooth on the inside and flat along the rims.
In the Morning: French Press
The shape of Nick Munro's "Bistro Coffeetiere" French press (michaelcfina.com) was inspired by the designer's love of penguins.
In the Morning: Coffee Mugs
Crate & Barrel's "Dip" mugs (crateandbarrel.com) are oversize for serious sipping -- and they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
In the Morning: Tumblers
Hand-painted stripes bring a dash of color to these Lobmeyr tumblers (kneenandco.com).
In the Morning: Porcelain Juicer
The Sophie Conran porcelain juicer (conranusa.com) is all you need to squeeze, strain, and pour the perfect glass of OJ.
In the Morning: Flatware
Georg Jensen's "Mitra Matte" flatware (michaelcfina.com) was designed in 1941 to mimic the elongated shape of a bishop's headdress.
In the Morning: Bath Towels
Spun from impossibly plush Turkish cotton terry, the Pottery Barn "PB Classic" towels (potterybarn.com) are super absorbent.
In the Morning: Toaster
The clear sides of the Magimix by Robot-Coupe "Vision" toaster (williams-sonoma.com) ensure that you'll never be met by blackened bread again.
In the Morning: Bowls
When you fill Bernardaud's "Geraldine's" bowls (800-884-7775) with liquid, the outline of an animal, such as the cat shown at left, magically appears.
During the Day: Panini Press and Grill
While away an entire afternoon with a few of your new favorite things: a good book, great music, a chair to kick back in, and something soft to curl up with when nap time strikes.
To upgrade lunch, toast a sandwich or cook up some vegetables with Le Creuset's panini press and grill (bedbathandbeyond.com).
During the Day: Classic Novels
During the Day: Carafe
With Fferrone Design Revolution's carafe (kneenandco.com) at the ready, you can stay hydrated the Earth-friendly way.
During the Day: Throw Blanket
Drape Sferra's "Bristol" throw (sferra.com) over the back of your couch, and wrap up in its cozy alpaca and pima-cotton blend whenever you feel a chill.
During the Day: Lounge Chair
During the Day: iPod/iPhone Dock
Plug your iPod into Geneva Sound's "S" iPod/iPhone dock (conranusa.com) to play music or charge it up. The dock also features a clock radio.
During the Day: Vase
All fluid lines and angles, Frank Gehry's "Torque" vase (tiffany.com) fits in with any decor.
During the Day: Teacups and Saucers
Crate & Barrel's glass teacups and saucers (crateandbarrel.com) may look delicate, but they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
During the Day: Pillows
At Night: Dinnerware
No matter how you spend your evenings -- with takeout for two and a bottle of wine, or serving supper on fine china to a crowd -- these practical indulgences will make each one feel special.
The scalloped pattern on Kate Spade New York's "Trimble Place" dinnerware (macys.com) brings a little whimsy to bone china -- and your table.
At Night: Champagne Cups
In a sea of flute choices, Lobmeyr's "Polka" hand-blown crystal champagne cups (kneenandco.com) really stand out.
At Night: Wood-Grain Picture Frame
A faux-bois effect enhances the stainless steel finish of Michael Aram for Waterford's "Wood Grain" frame (bloomingdales.com).
At Night: Candleholders
Baccarat's "Intangible Collection" candleholders (baccarat.com) make one thing crystal clear: These are not your grandma's sticks.
At Night: Champagne Bucket
The Ercuis "Attraction" champagne bucket (Bergdorf Goodman, 888-774-2424) has a spare design that will never go out of style.
At Night: Linen Napkins
Vietri's "Greek Key" linen napkins (vietri.com) are pretty and reusable.
At Night: Sheets
Bedding should be crisp, wrinkle resistant, and comfortable. These Martha Stewart Collection 400-thread-count sheets (macys.com) are all of the above.
At Night: Flatware
Christofle's silver-plate "By" flatware (christofle.com) is the ideal fusion of classic and contemporary.
At Night: Carafe
Keep the Helle Damkjaer by Georg Jensen carafe (michaelcfina.com) on your bedside table for a midnight sip.
At Night: Bone-China Jug
This striking, goes-with-everything, bone-china jug by Jasper Conran at Wedgwood (macys.com) will never go out of style.
At Night: Crystal Glasses
Serve wine, water, or beer in these delicately patterned handblown crystal "Calypso" goblets by William Yeoward (bloomingdales.com).
At Night: Bell-Shaped Vases
Each of these handblown Bohemian glass pieces by Hoffmann (neuegalerie.org) is available in cobalt, crystal, emerald, or rose.
At Night: Dinner Plates
The subtle geometric design of the Royal Limoges "Diamonds" porcelain dinner plate and dessert plate (michaelcfina.com) is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
At Night: Sunburst Clock
At Night: Flatware
Silver not your thing? This set of DVF "Night" flatware (neimanmarcus.com) has a matte gold finish and a simple silhouette.
At Night: Tumblers
Dishwasher-safe and an incredible deal, these Luigi Bormioli "Top Class" tumblers (bloomingdales.com) have a sleek shape and are made for sipping wine or water.
At Night: Glass Set
This cheery "Simply Glass" set by Stelton (unicahome.com) brings a jolt of color to the table.
At Night: Throw Blanket
Spun from supersoft baby alpaca, this Jonathan Adler "Zig Zag" throw (jonathanadler.com) boasts a punchy pattern that complements nearly any decor.
At Night: Serving Bowls
Hand-applied dimples on the Bodo Sperlein white texture serving bowl and dented porcelain bowl (shophorne.com) ensure that each porcelain piece is unique.