Planning your wedding registry is an exciting time but it can be tough knowing want to add to the list. Most couples today have already lived with each other for some time before getting married so the traditional old gifts of a toaster might not cut it anymore. Love them or hate them, a wedding registry can make life easier for the gift-giver as they know it’s something you want to receive. Or is it? Many couples don’t know what to ask for so put a bunch of random stuff. To give you a helping hand, here are some essential items to make married life even sweeter:
This might not be top of the list of things you’ll need for married life but it sure will make your honeymoon that little bit easier. Not many people think to buy themselves a good quality, durable luggage set but for a family starting out, an excellent set will last for years and take the hassle out of travel for you. Cheap or old bags have a nasty habit of turning up on the carousel with half the contents on display for all to see!
#2 Set Of Knives
Doing anything in the kitchen becomes a breeze when you’ve got a good solid set of knives to turn to. There is nothing worse than trying to shop, dice or slice with blunt old knives. One quality knife and a good pan make cooking such a more pleasurable experience. Don’t be tempted by registering for lots of flashy gadgets that will never see the light of day – a few essential high-quality kitchen items will see you through.
#3 Yard Gear
It’s easy to focus so much on the home that you forget what’s needed for the yard. If you don’t already own garden items then the very least you should have is a lawnmower, a leaf blower and a weed whacker. If you love tending to your outside space then why not register for some new gloves, plants or even outdoor furniture for your love nest.
#4 Slow Cooker
If you work long hours then you’ll want a machine that can help you put fantastic food on the table for minimal effort. A slow cooker that has a built-in brown/saute and steamer element is even more of a God-send as it saves the need for using additional pots and pans. With built-in timers, cool-touch handles and removable non-stick cooking pot, mealtimes will be a breeze.
#5 Luxury Toaster
Even though you’ll almost definitely have one of these, a wedding registry is the perfect opportunity to upgrade to a luxury version of existing items. Take a look at the top end toasters like a Smeg for example. These toasters make a décor statement as well as a mean slice of toast with excellent craftsmanship and a wide variety of colors and finishes.
Whether you opt to go luxury with fine china or choose a more moderate set for everyday use, at least 8 full place settings are a good number to go for. Try to avoid bright colors or patterns that might age or clash with any décor changes you might want to do in the future. Classic white is perfect and timeless. Ideally, you’ll want a set to include a dinner plate, side plate, cup, saucer and bowl.
If you’re combining two single homes into one married abode then have a clear out of old flatware and register for a couple new sets. Old silverware can be missing pieces or you end up with a drawer of mismatched items. There are loads of styles to choose from and it’s nice to start afresh with shiny new flatware.
#8 Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener And Chiller
Drinking wine without this wonderful contraption should be a crime. When you want to kick back and enjoy a glass of vino, you shouldn’t have to wrestle with opening the bottle. Cordless with a rechargeable base, it makes bottle opening a joyful experience. Pop the bottle into the chiller to keep it cool and crisp for hours.
#9 Non-Stick Sheets
Absolutely essential, no question about it. These sheets are everyday cookware that you’ll use for roasting potatoes, baking meat, cooking vegetables and of course, making cookies! Register for top-quality aluminum sheets that will not rust.
#10 Container Set
Whilst not exciting or sexy, a set of good plastic storage containers are a must. Register for a set with a variety of different sizes and you’ll have one for every possible need. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, store pasta, rice, cereal or whatever you want. They are stackable, airtight and easy to clean.