Get ready, get set, register!

“Is [a wedding registry] a way to organize all the gifts you want and make it easy for people to shop for you?” asks Newsvine. “Or is it an annoyance?”

The registry (formerly known as a bridal registry, but these days it includes the groom’s tastes, too) allows the couple to make a list of items they’d most like to receive from a few stores where their wedding guests can shop—thus eliminating the guess work and the likelihood of receiving five toasters. While some wedding-goers don’t enjoy being told where to shop, many appreciate the up-front info. The couple should sign up for items in a range of prices to accommodate the varying budgets of their guests.

Here’s a list of local business with wedding registry services, culled from

• Chelsea’s Tea Room (6 Boston Way, Asheville, 274-4400)—teas, coffees, antiques, lunches and desserts.

• The Pampered Chef (119 Arnold Heights, Waynesville, 550-0586)—quality kitchen tools.

• Complements to the Chef (374 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 258-0558)—Bake-ware, china, cookbooks and cookware, small appliances, kitchen gadgets and more.

• Mast General Store (15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 232-1883)—Clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, collectibles.

• Porter & Prince (2 Hendersonville Road, Suite A1, Asheville, 236-2337)—Home furnishings

• The Potter’s Mark (122 Riverside Drive, Studio A, Asheville, 252-9122)—Custom-made pottery.

Other nationwide chains with local stores offering registries include:

• Bed, Bath & Beyond (83 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 299-8446)—Homeware superstore.

• Belk (5 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 298-4970; 800 Brevard Rd # 700, Asheville, 665-4480)—Mall department store.

• Dillard’s (3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, 298-2611; 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-5385)—Mall department store.

• Home Depot (795 Fairview Road, Asheville, 274-7838)—Home-improvement superstore.

• JC Penny (3 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 299-0040)—Mall department store.

• Lowe’s (95 Smokey Park Hwy., Asheville, 255-9113; 89 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 299-3788)—Home-improvement superstore.

• Pier 1 (100 River Hills Road, Asheville, 298-9779)—Decor store.

• Sears (1 S. Tunnel Road, Asheville, 299-2228)—Mall department store.

• Target (115 River Hills Road, Asheville, 298-1262)—Department store.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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