ALEX & LILY’S TOP FIVE MUST HAVES FOR YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY
I have written before about the value of registering for your wedding (see Why is a registry important). So, as I have progressed along with my own wedding plans, I got to experience for myself the joy of registering. As a shopper, planner, designer and wedding enthusiast, I was so very excited for this stage and I would like to share with you my top five items to register for, that everyone should have on their list.
Firstly, everyone has different needs. The main factor that should guide your registry is your lifestyle. Do you love to cook? Are you a wine connoisseur? Do you love to eat out? All of these factors play into the types of things you should be registering for. If you hate to cook and love home décor, don’t stock your registry with solely kitchen items and zero accent pillows. For me, I love to cook and entertain and want to be prepared to host all sorts of gatherings. Seeing that I have already built up a fair amount of entertaining pieces- the focus for my registry was geared towards larger, more formal gatherings.
If the entertaining items I owned were old and needed replacing, then a wedding registry would be a good time to upgrade. There wouldn’t be much point to having more than two sets of perfectly functional cheese knives though, for example. Of course, the wedding registry is meant to start the newlyweds off on the right foot, but keep in mind that you should only register for items you need or will use in the future.
So, if you are going to register for your wedding (which I recommend you do), here are my top five items that should be on your list:
#1- Staub or Le Creuset
If you are to have only one kind of cookware in your kitchen- these French inspired pieces should be it. Not only do both of these brands carry an array of colours to suit your home and your taste- these cast iron stove to oven to tabletop pieces are an effective way to cook a meal and leaves you with much less dishes to clean! My personal favourite is the Basil coloured Staub cocotte.
#2- Wine glasses
A part of entertaining, wine glasses are an essential thing to have many of. Chose a brand you like and can get more of (for breakage in the future). You can either choose to register for a whole line of glassware for each varietal, or simply choose one size in the middle that works nicely across the board. I love the Riedel Boudreaux glass that works with all varietals.
Matching, cozy towels are a great way to unify your bathroom. Towels should be replaced every 5 to ten years or so anyways, so why not get a new set (or two) to fill your newlywed home?! They say that the rule for towels is as follows: one on the rack, one in the laundry and one on the shelf. My favourite amazingly cozy towels are from Pottery Barn. Classic white will last you a lifetime but you can also choose a colour to fit your bathroom scheme.
Having a good, sharp set of knives is important whether you use them daily or not. There isn’t anything more frustrating then trying to prepare vegetables with a dull knife. From experience, even if you don’t use your knives that often, your friends who come over and cook at your home will appreciate a sharp set of knives. Of course, with this item, there is a huge range of prices so choose a quality knife with a price point you are comfortable with. A great all around knife brand is J.A. Henckels.
#5- Food Processor or Heavy Duty Blender
It is very common to register for the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but the truth is, though it may look pretty on your counter, it’s not for everyone. This is why I suggest a smaller appliance like a food processor or a multi-functional blender. Whether your go to is a smoothie, homemade pesto or diced onions, a multi-tasking appliance is a versatile piece to add to your home. It’s usage will change overtime to suit your needs. For example, making homemade baby food for your future little ones 😊 I registered for the Kitchen Aid Food Processor.
I could go on and on about what would fill up an amazing registry, but these five building blocks will set you up on a good path to newlywed bliss!
So, if you need anymore tips on registering or how to select items to suit your home- let me know! Otherwise, happy shopping!
Alex & Lily Home