Wedding registries are like the ultimate holiday wish list. It’s the only time in your life (unless you’re Liz Taylor, bless her soul) where you can make the longest list of lavish gifts and get at least 85 per cent of them. To avoid getting the usual plethora of serving bowls and food processors you have to use your imagination – or use ours with some of our favourite registry ideas.  

Art Interiors, 446 Spadina Rd, Suite 203 Toronto, 416-488-3157
Let’s face it, it’s tough to justify art as a major purchase when there are so many basic survival needs to tend to in your newlywed life. A painting can’t blend smoothies or fry omelets, after all. But register at Art Interiors and it’s a noble excuse to dress your naked walls. With pieces at various price points and a focus on young artists, they are sure to have something for even the finickiest philistines.

Ministry of the Interior, 80 Ossington Ave. Toronto, 416-533-6684
This Ossington design mainstay doesn’t follow the trends; it sets them. With cutting-edge pieces from around the world, they are known for their impeccably curated collection of interiors including everything from two-tone chairs to hot pink lamps to decorative golden cacti.

Urban Mode, 145 Tecumseth St. Toronto, 416-591-8834
This joint has got a little bit of this, and a little bit of that – all in the form of clean lines and geometric design. A minimalist’s dream. From furniture, to home accessories, to outdoor living, go beyond china and silverware and put your whole place together with these fresh, quirky finds.

Type Books, 883 Queen St.W. and 427 Spadina Rd. Toronto, 416-366-8973
Nerds, librarians, and book-lovers unite! Your wedding could be the best excuse to finally build that home library you have been drooling over in your sleep. Here, you can stock up with everything from classic novels to stunning coffee table books and live happily (and well-read) ever after…

Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W. Toronto, 416-504-0575
Got all the pots and pans you need? With a concentrated focus on international and historical photographs, you and your groom could live your new life together in a photographers’ dream world. Make your walls bearers of inspiration and have everyone chip in at the Bulger Gallery to outfit your matrimonial crib with inspiring images.