Registering for wedding gifts is supposed to be fun, but most couples find it overwhelming. What color do you want to use in your kitchen? Which towels will match the shower curtain? Why does my future husband want a superhero-themed waffle maker? Here, a few tips that make creating a wedding registry—and staying in love with your partner while doing so—a breeze.
Remember that you both have a say.
Start looking at home décor magazines together. Talk about styles and designs that you like and those that you're not crazy about. Then, before you even start browsing, make a list of non-negotiables. If he wants to add that expensive tool set to the list, let him. Then there's no guilt when you register for that teal blue mixer.
Take turns with the scanner.
Walking down the aisles of all your favorite department stores can easily make you go trigger-happy, scanning each and every item. You can mitigate some of this by registering online, but don't fill your digital cart with items you don't really want or need. Make sure that you both agree on the items you're selecting, and give each other opportunities to choose housewares in categories they care about.
Make a list and stick to it.
Start compiling a list of items that you know you'll need when you begin married life together. Don't just rush to register immediately after you get engaged. Instead, spend some time figuring out what you really want and need. Once you make your list, and check it twice, stick to it. You don't want to just end up registering for items that you don't need or don't have space for—one of you is bound to get frustrated with the constant returns or clutter in your new home.
This story originally appeared on Martha Stewart Weddings.