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The 11 Types of Gifts You Should Have on Your Registry Right Now

Registering for china, gadgets and 500-thread-count sheets is one of the best perks of your engagement, but deciding what to put on your list isn't simple. Our advice? Start with the stuff you love the most, add some necessities, and then use this list of the hottest home and registry ideas to fill in the rest.

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Cocktail Party Essentials

Whether you consider yourselves master mixologists or plan to occasionally host a few friends for an impromptu drink, you'll want a well-stocked bar. Glasses should be on the top of your list, closely followed by a bar set that includes must-haves, like a shaker, jigger, bottle opener and tongs. Don't forget the accoutrements too, such as appetizer plates, linens for your table, cheese boards and platters—all aimed at hosting a crowd.

Tip for the Taking: When it comes to entertaining, you'll want to add a few bigger-ticket items to your list—bar carts, for example, are trés chic. Planning on starting a wine collection? Why not register for a fancy wine fridge to stow all those bottles. While you're at it, you can even register for wine!

Photo: Barware, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Macy's; Bar Cart, Threshold, Target; Glasses, Mark and Graham