Young Happy Couple Living together.

You’re newly engaged and in the midst of wedding planning—now it’s time to start creating your wedding registry. If you’re like a lot of couples out there today, you already live together and therefore, might not need or want a lot of traditional registry items. After all, how many salt and pepper shakers or jam jars does one couple really need?

“People don’t like clutter anymore,” Nancy Lee, president of, tells Brides. “Because people don’t like clutter, they think about the types of things that they register for a little bit differently these days. And they definitely are looking at it with a much broader mind.”

Before you start registering, it’s important to consider your lifestyle (particularly your living space—where are all the gifts going to go once they arrive?) and what the two of you value as a couple. Don’t just put china on your registry because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do. If you are never going to use it and it’s just going to take up space in your home, it’s a complete waste.

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