Want to get really Asheville, long after the actual ceremony? Many local artists offer registries for couples, who might then end up with a set of dishes both hand-crafted and unique. Forget department stores and work with independent local retailers who stock all manner of wares. And if you're curious what the process is like setting up a registry with an artist, rest assured, they've made it virtually stress-free.
Here's a sample step-by-step primer from ceramic artist Dawn Dalto:
"Normally I meet with the couple in person so that they can see the work and make selections. They tell me which pieces they want and how many. I then set up a special section on my Web site for them. It has each of the items that they selected and the quantity that is being requested.
Then their guests can visit the site and make purchases. I give them a link to their particular section that they can send to their guests, and if they wish I will put a link on my front page with a link to their page. Some couples don't want a link as they want it to be more private.
I give the purchaser the option of having the item shipped to them or I can hold it in my studio for them to pick up or even deliver it myself to the couple prior to the wedding if they are local and can ship too. I offer free gift wrapping also for wedding registries. I try to make is super easy for both the couple and their guests."
What are the advantages? Along with the convenience of registry, Dalto lists "getting a hand-made dinner service, tiles, wedding-day accessories that meet their theme and style, ease for their guests to purchase something the couple wants without hassle, free gift wrap, free local delivery."