Gifts That Should Be On Your Wedding Registry

Dishes are a must for any registry -- but whether it's china or everyday plates is up to you.

Michael Blann/Photodisc/Getty Images

Your wedding registry is an expression of your needs and hopes for the future -- as far as presents go anyway. It's really a pretty romantic notion, like having a hope chest or wishing on a star. When it comes right down to it, though, the gifts you have in mind should be as practical as they are poetic. If you're that lucky bride who already has most of the basic stuff, you might sign up with a few unusual registries for trips, art or other exotic items. But if you're just getting started or starting again, the basics that fill your cupboards or stock your closets are still wonderful items to have on your list -- especially if they come courtesy of people you care about and who care about you.