Originally Published on August 4, 2022. Last Updated on May 22, 2023.
When considering gift ideas for wedding registries, many couples tend to focus on indoor essentials such as flatware, kitchen appliances, and linens. But if you have an outdoor space, adding backyard essentials to your registry will ensure it’s always ready for entertaining.
We’ve gathered 11 ideas for outdoor items that you simply must add to your wedding registry. They’re practical and stylish additions that will enhance your “happily ever after.”
1. 3-Piece Adirondack Set
If you want your backyard to be a spot where you can relax and recharge with your sweetheart, get close with an Adirondack set for two. Synonymous with leisure, these lounge seats combine style, durability, and comfort. Plus, the sturdy side table between you is just the right height to hold your drinks and cell phones (set to silent, of course, so you can enjoy some quiet quality time).
Add furniture to your registry that’s the right size for your space. Measuring your outdoor area first to see how much room you have will help you narrow your search and make more thoughtful selections. It’s no fun to fall in love with a piece and then find out it’s too big to fit.
2. Fire Pit Table
Fire pits are great for warmth, coziness, and ambiance all year long. From tabletop and portable options to user-friendly fire pit tables, the possibilities are endless. So have fun picking one that suits you and your spouse-to-be’s lifestyle and that will, in the words of Louis Armstrong, “Keep the lovelight burning.”
3. Outdoor Pillows and Cushions
Small accents easily add color and texture to your patio, deck, or balcony. With the right pillows and cushions, you can create a stylish layered look for your outdoor furniture, essentially making your backyard feel like a second living room. Beyond that, the extra support lets you two (and your guests) enjoy the outdoors longer.
4. Durable Decor
A few thoughtful decorations will help you create an inviting outdoor space where your parents or in-laws will feel at home whenever they visit. Just make sure you pick pieces that can handle the elements. Here are some outdoor decor ideas to add to your wedding registry:
- Outdoor water fountain
- Planters and hanging baskets
- Area rugs
- Bird houses and feeders
- Wind chimes
- Front door wreaths
- Flameless candles
- Wall art
- Patio umbrellas
5. Helpful Entertaining Items
These are the little details you don’t think about until the need arises. Practical, inexpensive, and incredibly useful, you’ll be happy you added any or all of the following items to your wedding registry:
- Bottle openers
- Acrylic wine glasses and drinkware
- Weather-resistant side tables
- Melamine serveware
- Outdoor-friendly silverware
- Wireless outdoor speakers
6. Organization and Cleaning Supplies
While cleaning and organizing may not sound very romantic, they’re necessary for maintaining an inviting environment. Brooms, scrub brushes, glass cleaner, buckets, and disinfectant spray are just some examples of cleaning supplies you’ll need to keep your patio pristine.
Organization-related items—think weatherproof totes, extra shelving, or furniture with built-in storage—are always handy. Adding things to your wedding registry that make backyard upkeep easy is smart for multiple reasons:
- Wedding planning can be expensive, so you’ll appreciate not having to spend money on these essentials once you start this new chapter.
- Individually, cleaning and organizational supplies doesn’t cost much—making them perfect gifts for wedding guests who are on a budget but still want to give you something on your big day.
- Outdoor storage items reduce clutter and protect your decor, cushions, and blankets when you aren’t using them, prolonging the life of your cherished pieces.
Add tools to your wedding registry. Trust us when we say they’re essential for seamless entertaining.
When you want to update your patio with this year’s trending paint shade, you’ll need brushes, painter’s tape, a tarp, and other tools. Want to hang outdoor lights, build a raised bed garden, or pop that loose fence picket back in place? Tape measures, hammers, nails, screwdrivers, and other basic tools will make these projects a piece of cake.
7. Folding Chairs
If you and your partner love hiking and traveling, fold-up lounge chairs are great options. Relax in them on your porch on Friday evening, then pack them away in your car for your long weekend adventure. It’s comfort and convenience in one attractive package.
8. Dining Set
Love to cook for family and friends? Add an all-weather dining set to your registry. Imagine having an inviting spot where loved ones can gather in any season for any reason.
9. Outdoor Grill
If you’re going to dine outside, you should cook outside too. Include a charcoal, propane, or pellet grill in your wedding registry so you can impress your future in-laws with your cooking skills. If you already have a grill, add its necessary accouterments to your list:
- Cleaning brush
- Basting brush
- Drip pans
10. Deep Seating
For the couple who loves a good night in, consider a deep seating set that invites you to snuggle up under the stars. Add a deep seating set to your registry to give guests the opportunity to go in on a group gift, or do individual pieces that you can build upon as your love story or family grows.
11. Gift Cards
Not sure what to add to your wedding registry? Or is there a big-ticket item you have your eye on that would become more affordable with help from loved ones? All of these problems can be solved with gift cards.
Maybe you’re one of those outdoorsy couples who doesn’t entertain much but loves hiking and sleeping under the stars (and you’re both particular about your camping gear). Put gift cards to REI Co-op on your registry. Or you might already have a fully stocked house and don’t need more stuff. Gear your wedding registry toward creating an incredible honeymoon with Southwest Airlines, Airbnb, or Uber gift cards.