The wedding tradition of gift giving is nearly as old as the institution of marriage itself. However, in the 15th century, a decorative “marriage chest” was filled with all the things a bride would need as a wife. After a few hundred years, this tradition made its way to the American South as a “hope chest,” in which a young woman would store linens and other clothes she would need once she became wife.
The creation of the wedding registry occurred in more recent history. The emphasis on gift giving shifted from the couple’s families to the guests themselves. Most likely, smaller stores and boutiques had their own personal versions of wedding registries by the start of the 20th century. As with registries today, shop owners would assist brides-to-be in selecting china, crystal, and silver patterns for their new homes and then guide friends and family in purchasing those items that were selected.
However, in 1924, the wedding registry was formed when Chicago department store Marshall Field’s (now known as Macy’s) established their first bridal registry inspiring similar chains to do the same. In 1935, Marshall Field’s even created a “Bride’s House” on its eighth floor which was a showroom replete with items to guide the young bride-to-be as she made her registry selections.
Today, the wedding registry has become even more streamlined with nearly everything accessible to guests online through websites like Zola and The Knot.
With wedding season fully upon us, you may be interested in gifts for the bride from Lenox, a leader in the tabletop space for over 100 years.
Lenox is also a great resource for the engaged couple stressed about what to add to their registry as the brand offers modern registry must-haves that are sure to find a happy home with every newlywed couple!
From chic serving bowls , holiday plate & mug sets and gorgeous cake stands, to playful tea sets and stackable glasses, Lenox offers quality gifts that are sure to bring a smile to the face of every bride-to-be.
Lenox Wicker Creek Serving Bowl
Serve your favorite foods in this bowl that’s crafted to resemble the design of a wicker basket! This porcelain piece by Lenox features textured patterns and a timeless look in the brand’s stylish Wicker Creek pattern. Add a rustic and natural feel to any event with the Lenox Wicker Creek Serving Bowl!
MSRP: $89 // Available at Lenox
Lenox Holiday 12-Piece Plate & Mug Set
Help the bride to prepare to host holiday gatherings with the Lenox Holiday Plate & Mug Set! Crafted from beautiful porcelain with 24-karat gold accents, this 12-piece dinnerware set features a holly and berry motif on each piece. Included in this set are four dinner plates, four salad plates and four mugs.
MSRP: $244 // Available at Lenox
Opal Innocence Flourish Picture Frame
The happy couple can remember their special day with the Opal Innocence Flourish Picture Frame by Lenox! Featuring a delicate floral pattern of burnished gold, this romantic frame is sweet and feminine with a hint of understated retro glamour. Bring a fresh yet vintage vibe to your vanity with the 8×10 photo frame.
MSRP: $84 // Available at Lenox
Lenox French Perle ™ Pedestal Cake Plate
Serving sweets in style has never been easier with the Lenox French Perle Pedestal Cake Plate! Crafted of durable white ceramic stoneware, this cake plate features a delicate hand-applied tea stain along the rim, and gleams with a subtle texture of swirling beads and a soft scalloped edge.
MSRP: $69 // Available at Lenox
Lenox Tuscany Classics Stackable 4-Piece Tall Glasses
Featuring a timeless design with an opportunity to tap into the colored glassware trend, the Tuscany Classics Stackable Glasses by Lenox make organizing your cabinet easier than ever! Declutter your kitchen with reorganized function with this set of four tall glasses. Available in Amber, Smoke, or Green.
MSRP: $49 // Available on Lenox