By Jennifer Spector of Zola
Updated Aug 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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When it comes to registering for newlywed home basics, decisions regarding quality and quantity can be anything but, well, basic. Drinkware is one of those everyday essentials that can stump every couple. Questions like this can come up: How many glasses do I actually need to add, what’s the real difference between glass and crystal, and do I need specific styles, like champagne flutes or moscow mule mugs? No worries, because we don’t just have answers, we have some solid recommendations for you to add to your registry.

Let’s take on that first question: How many glasses do you really need? Drinkware experts at Zola recommend sets of eight to cover breakage—hey, it happens to the best of us—and sets of 12 for those party animal couples far and wide. Looking for wine glasses? It doesn’t get more sophisticated or timeless than the Riedel O Cabernet/Merlot Glass, Set of 8. For more versatile glasses, try the Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumbler, Set of 12. These sleek glasses are great for just about anything, from sweet lemonade to beer and cocktails.

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Now let’s talk about glass versus crystal. The difference between these materials is that crystal is glass with lead oxide in it, making it durable enough to shape into thin, gorgeous drinkware like the Rosenthal Divino Martini Glass, Set of 6. Glass makes for stunning shapes, too, like the Lenox Tuscany Classics Chardonnay Glass, Set of 4. You can register for either one material or both, but if you’re strapped for shelf space, try glasses that you can dress up or down.

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Couples frequently ask us about hand-blown glasses and what makes them so special. Hand-blown glasses are handcrafted, making them one of a kind. Machine-blown glasses like the Libbey Cancun Margarita 7-Piece Set are just as beautiful, but they are made in larger quantities.

Are you and your spouse-to-be classic beer/winos or neat on-the-rocks types? If you're the former, skip the specialty glasses. Because when it comes to these, we recommend adding only what you’ll use. But if you can’t resist an old fashioned? Register for the Dansk Kobenstyle Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 4.

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The Sobremesa by Greenheart Colorful Rim Collection are the perfect glasses for martini lovers. If you enjoy a Moscow Mule, look for a great set of mugs like the Old Dutch Moscow Mule Mug, Set of 2. And don’t forget about a sake set, like the modern yet traditional Miya Blue Ink 3-Piece Sake Set. All of these styles will only make happy hour even happier.