Tuesday Ten | 10 “Must Haves” for Your Wedding Registry

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Happy Tuesday!

My husband and I had a few friends over for a dinner party on Sunday night, which was so much fun. My friend Lindsey, who is getting married in May, asked me some suggestions for the “must haves” on a wedding registry since we just got married last May. I thought this was a great idea for a blog post– so this one is for you, Lindsey, and for all of you brides-to-be out there scratching your heads over what you really, really should register for– and why!

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Some people (like your future husband, perhaps?) may try to dissuade you from registering for this heavy-duty kitchen accessory. While they do run a bit on the pricier side, I absolutely love using mine as often as I can. One accessory that can make cookies, cakes, pasta, ice cream, and freshly-squeezed juice? So. Worth. It. Our pick: KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Aqua Sky, $499.99 at Macy’s

2. Beautiful, Dishwasher Safe Dinnerware — NOT Fine China!

I loved the idea of registering for fine china at first. It seemed so whimsical and nostalgic, something we could pass on to our children one day. But my mom advised against fine china, as she never uses hers. And, most people I know don’t either. Instead, we chose the beautiful VIETRI Incanto for our formal dinnerware. It’s durable, dishwasher-safe, and exudes gorgeous Italian charm. I chose aqua for the dinner plates and white for the salad plates to give the presentation a bit of depth. Our pick: VIETRI Incanto in Aqua, from $29.99 at VIETRI.

3. Quality Coffee Maker

We make a lot of coffee in our house — I mean a LOT. Having a great coffee maker will make your married mornings so much happier! Our pick: Krups Combination Coffee-Espresso Maker. Similar: Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Maker, $139 from Macy’s.

4. Unique Flatware

Your flatware is a place you can have a little fun! Add personality to your dinner plates with textured flatware. Crate & Barrel has a lot of great, unique options. Our pick: Boulder 5-Piece Place Setting, $39.95 from Crate & Barrel.

5. Steak Knives That Compliment Your Flatware

You’ll want to choose steak knives that compliment your flatware so that each place setting looks consistent and beautiful! If your flatware doesn’t come with steak knives, do a little research to find some that closely resemble what you picked out. Our pick: Hammered Antique Steak Knives, Set of Four, $40.00 from Reed & Barton.

6. Nesting Mixing Bowls

I’ve always had a couple of mix-and-match mixing bowls in my kitchen. I really liked the idea of these mixing bowls when I registered for them, but I didn’t realize how much I would love them. We use them all the time! They’re great for saving space, prepping ingredients, marinating meat, and even as a popcorn bowl. Our pick: Martha Stewart Set of 6 Melamine Mixing Bowls, $29.99 from Macy’s.

7. Matching Casual Dinnerware

When you’re doing casual entertaining, it’s nice to have your plates, bowls, and coffee mugs that match, especially for breakfast! I recommend simple, solid stoneware that is dishwasher-friendly. Our pick: Marin White 16-piece Dinner Set, $116.95 from Crate & Barrel.

8. Barware with Personality

This is another opportunity to let your personality shine through! Choose fun, funky wine glasses and high ball glasses with sass. Our pick: Edge Wine and Champagne Glasses, from $12.95 at Crate & Barrel; Mingle Bar Glasses, $9.95 from Crate & Barrel.

9. Good Knives

Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Set, Natural Block

Having good, sharp knives is essential in every kitchen. Seriously. These are a must! Our pick: Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Set, $299.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

10. OXO Smooth Edge Can Opener

OXO Smooth-Edge Can Opener

This is the most incredible can opener, ever. Who knew I would ever be writing a sentence about can openers? This can opener is super easy to use, the lids come off with smooth edges, and you can pop them back on to save the contents of the can if you don’t use it all. It’s sheer genius. $21.99 from Macy’s.

What are some of your wedding registry “must-haves?” Leave them in the comments section below!

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  1. So glad that you love your Incanto Aqua collection! It’s beautiful. We’d love to see it in use– share some pictures on Instagram with the #myVIETRIstyle hashtag!

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