If there is one word to describe the biggest trend in wedding planning today, it is “personalized.” Modern couples are personalizing just about everything in their weddings, from DIY decor to original vows and ceremony scripts. The traditional wedding registry has changed too—home-centered registries are in decline (thanks, cohabitation!), while honeymoon funds and “cash, please” pleas are on the rise. However, a good old wedding registry can be both unique and fun to create, especially if it’s curated at a cool L.A. shop. Here are ten independent local stores that offer gift registry services, plus way more options than your grandma’s Waterford crystal.
Broome Street Registry and Atelier
Broome Street Registry and Atelier is where couples take their relationship with Silver Lake favorite Broome Street General Store to the next level. Located just across the street on Rowena is a beautifully and impeccably curated haven for design lovers in love. Owner Sophie Esteban Graham stocks the space “with goods she and her husband own or would be happy to keep for themselves,” like unique ceramics, flatware, decor and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Build your wishlist in-person at the store by making an appointment over the phone or by email.
Even the most minimalism-loving couple will easily max out a list of desired items from A+R. The price points are guest-friendly too, from unique barware under $50 to furniture and lighting fixtures for big spenders. A+R stocks classic pieces that will stay fresh for years. Create your registry by browsing online or in-person at their store on La Brea between 1st and 2nd streets.
Geary’s Beverly Hills
If your inclination is to register at Bloomingdale’s, Geary’s in Beverly Hills is the shop-local equivalent—and then some. Geary’s has been selling top brands in homeware in Beverly Hills since the 1930s, and visiting the flagship store to create a registry is about as luxurious as the brands you’ll see on the shelves: Versace, Saint Louis, Kelly Wearstler, Waterford, just to name a few. Geary’s has a flexible registry that allows for changes of hearts and china patterns—as guests buy gifts, you can virtually “unwrap” them and finalize your selections after your big day.
OK The Store
The dream registries of artful clutter lovers are made at OK The Store. From super minimalist incense burners ($6) to over-the-top Danish toilet brush sets ($199, seriously), OK has products that range from useful to purely decorative at prices for every invited guest. It’s not a destination for 20 different options for flatware, but you will find tons of unique kitchen tools and tchotchkes that turn houses into homes.
Speaking of flatware choices, well, it’s all in the name. A registry at TableArt will turn the most casual entertainer into an expert host. It’s worth it to visit in-person to build your wish list; though the online inventory is impressive, there is even more to choose from in their Melrose store.
Matteo is the destination for seriously upgraded linens dyed and sewn right in L.A. This is the bedding that will make you donate every other set of sheets you own. Matteo has an online store with its full line of linens, decor, towels, and apparel, but it’s best to learn about and touch the fabrics with the help of a local expert. Appointments are available at the Arts District showroom.
Tortoise General Store
The couple that has everything (else) might want a knife shaped like a whale ($60). Tortoise General Store combines the best of quirky and practical homeware and decor on Abbott Kinney. It’s a destination for whimsical and useful tools and classic, high-quality pieces like Hasami Porcelain trays and dinnerware. The Web site categorizes items by material, making future anniversary gifts a cinch to select.
Owners Fitz and Su Sazama know modern design, and they also know what modern couples want and need. The online store is full of dinnerware and flatware with modern lines, chic decor and a certain vacuum cleaner almost too pretty to use ($199), among other things. The shop’s white glove service gives local couples the chance to test-drive products at home. In-person appointments at the studio can be made by phone or email. Besides a traditional registry, Fitzsu offers lets couples cash in credit to buy whatever they want after their registries close.
Heath Ceramics’ covetable goods have been made in the Bay Area since 1948, and many a memorable L.A. restaurant meal has been served on their signature matte plates. At the Los Angeles showroom on Beverly, you can pick out the perfect hue for your home and admire new pieces made specially in the on-site studio. Heath offers two types of registries: a traditional registry that can be fulfilled online or in the showroom, and a more flexible registry for online-only shopping that allows registrants to alter their list and quantities at any time (even after a gift has been purchased).
Gallery of Functional Art
A registry at Lois Lambert’s Gallery of Functional Art will not be typical. There may be traditional items on the list, like flatware, furniture, salad server sets and stemware, but they will be high design items produced by artists. Shoppers “don’t come for the mundane,” Lois Lambert said. Registries can be built in person at the Bergamot Station space and posted online for easy access and shopping.