On The Early Show Thursday, Modern Bride magazine Editor in Chief Antonia van der Meer offered insight into the latest registry trends.
Not only that, but the five finalists in the magazine's Modern Bride of the Year contest learned who'd done best in a six-minute run through Macy's.
They had three minutes at Macy's cellar and three minutes on the store's bridal registry floor, using scanners to register for everything from stand mixers and picture frames to crystal glasses and flatware. The idea was to keep a running tally in their heads, trying to come closest to $2,000 worth of registry items, without going over.
It turned out, the race winner was Quiana Sloan, whose total came to $1, 962.97, just $37.02 short of the $2,000 mark. She gets $2,000 worth of items pre-registered for at Macy's.
You, too, can win a $2,000 Macy's gift card from Modern Bride, by clicking here.
As for the latest trends in registries:
CHINA: A staple on all registries
Casual Dinnerware: Everyday dinnerware such as stoneware is more durable, easy to care for and inexpensive compared to fine china. A variety of colors have always been available in this category, but the new surprising element in everyday casual is the color black!
Example: Denby "Jet Stripes" or Denby "Jet Dots" Dinnerware Collection; Individual Pieces - Dinner Plate $38, Dessert/Salad Plate $33.50, Bowl $33.50, Cup $29.
Everyday Formal: The distinction between casual and formal china has become blurred these days. Many people use fine china for casual entertaining and visa versa. On the fine china end (bone or porcelain), patterns continue to be introduced in bolder, more relaxed looks. Some bone china can now be found dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe. Mixing and matching your favorite patterns with timeless white dishes also creates a variety of casual and formal table settings.
Example: Lenox Simply Fine "Chirp" Dinnerware Collection; PRICE: $143/4-piece place setting (includes dinner plate, salad plate, bowl and a tea/coffee cup).
GLASSWARE: Although crystal is still a popular choice, other glassware trends are making inroads
Stemless Glasses: More popular than ever, stemless wine glasses can be used for any beverage for any occasion. Whether in clear or tinted, these versatile glasses work well for any table setting -- allowing you to mix them with other style and height stemware.
Example: Lenox Tuscany Classic Collection/Simply White or Red Tumblers; PRICE $54/set of 4.
Break-Resistant Glasses: Innovative break-resistant technology in glassware now allows you to enjoy the traditional stemmed style glasses but without the worries.
Example: Lenox Oxygen Break-Resistant Glass Drinkware; PRICE: $58/set of 4
OVEN-TO-TABLE: Oven-to-Table collections are in high demand due to the ease of storing food in the same container in which it was cooked. Plus the convenience of taking food from oven to table to fridge to microwave, all without cleaning dishes, is a real time-saver. Not only only cookware/serveware practical, but more attractive than ever -- now available in all sorts of fun colors and designs. Even Spode, known for their traditional patterns and styles, no longer looks like your grandmothers dinnerware/china.
Example: Spode Baking Days Collection in black, red, blue or green with classic dot pattern. All pieces oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. PRICES: Ramekins $11, Oval Baking Dish $29, Square Baking Dish $58, Round Salad Bowl $72 , Round Covered Dish $72.
KITCHEN GADGETS: Function meets form and style with all sorts of fun and inspiring kitchen gadgets. Fun cool enticing gadgets make cooking more interesting and inspiring with an assortment of colors and designs, many incorporating melt-proof and scratch-proof silicone applications.
Example: Ar+Cook Kitchen Gadgets with silicone handles in hot pink and bold green. Masher, Pizza Wheelie, Cage Whisk, Citrus Zester, Cheese Plane, Basting Brush, & Yolker; PRICE: $11.98-$19.98.
COOKWARE: Stainless Steel Cookware has become a perennial favorite for the home cook. Now the premium brand cookware, All-Clad, is offering monogram-able cookware. As monogramming makes a comeback, it's the latest trend to personalize, but in all sorts of unexpected places, including pots and pans!
Example: All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware offers a free monogrammed stainless steel 9" French skillet (valued at $120) with $1000 of any All-Clad cookware purchases from their bridal registry. It also includes engraving of the wedding date.
THE WINNER FO THE OVERALL BRIDE OF THE YEAR CONTEST WILL BE REVEALED ON THE EARLY SHOW FRIDAY.