When it came to registering for our wedding, I was weirdly reminded of packing for college in that I had no idea what I needed to get, and only a vague idea of lots of stupid things that I wanted and didn’t need. Weddings in themselves are stressful enough, and a lot of times I think when couples are registering, they do it as a means to scratch something off of the to-do list instead of accessing their actual needs – in our case Antonio and I were doing long distance at the time, so I just made the list and sent it to Antonio for approval, romantic I know. Plus, nowadays a ton of couples live together before getting married so a lot of the traditional items you would register for, you already own (toasters, bowls plates etc).
With that being said we truly received all of the most wonderful gifts and we are grateful for them all on a daily basis, there were too many to choose from in this post to be honest! On the other hand, there are some things we realllly wish we had registered for. So with that in mind, here is what we decided are the five most used gifts we did put on the list, and the five gifts we wish we had put on our registry!
Our Most Used Wedding Gifts
1. Fancy Pants Coffee Maker
Our Zojirushi Thermal Pot Coffee Maker has to be the number one gift we received. This thing has a timer (which is awesome) so we not only wake up to fresh brewed amazing coffee, the thermal pot actually stays warm for eight hours. That means that when I wake up at 6am and have coffee, it is still piping hot and ready when A wakes up at 9am. We use it everyday and it is so worth the investment.
2. Versatile Duvet Cover
This West Elm Pintuck Duvet Cover is another one of our favorites that we received. I am the kind of person who always changes my decorating style and I realized a while ago that I am not cut out for a specific printed or colored duvet since they are an expensive investment that I don’t want to get sick of in three months. This white, pintuck duvet is perfect because it is textural so it is still interesting, but the white goes with anything! All we do is toss a new blanket on the end of it every few months and it is a whole new vibe.
3. Dessert Tasting Set
This is kind of a random pick, but I got this dessert tasting glassware set as a bridal shower gift and since we entertain a lot, it is one of our most used items. The set comes with a ton of glassware that is great for everything from jams, to snacks, to salt and pepper cellars. The spoons are also great for using as coffee stirrers or jam spoon when we have brunch parties. It is just the most useful set of tiny containers and spoons that you will ever get…and all of it is really cute which helps.
4. Great Set of Knives
I already had a knife set that I had gotten from GoodWill so I hadn’t thought about getting new knives until Antonio twisted my arm. I am the wife so I am obviously right all the time *heavy sarcasm*, but I must admit Antonio was right on this one. This 18 Piece Wusthof knife set is the most amazing, diverse set of knives on the market in my humble opinion. I have never had to squish a tomato or slice of bread on accident, nor have I ever had to struggle in anyway to cut through something tough! These knives are my best friend…if I could sleep next to them I would…but that would be dangerous…so I won’t.
5. Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer
I bake a lot and before A and I got married, we didn’t even have an electric hand mixer to our name – no joke for A’s graduation I made him Tiramisu and I decided to hand whip the cream…it took my best friend Grace and I almost an hour taking turns. I am also a huge fan of multitasking so this standing kitchen aid mixer is my new best friend (sorry Grace…oh and sorry Antonio for registering for the pink mixer). I like to leave it mixing while I clean up the baking mess, wipe down the floors, or make frosting. Also this one came with a bread hook so I don’t have to waste my whole life kneading dough anymore! Win win win 🙂
And Now, What We Wished We Registered For
(that we purchased for ourselves since, out of necessity/desire)
1. Pasta Maker
This is something that I never would have thought would be up my alley (especially when we got married and “ain’t no wifey” was basically my life slogan). I am no domestic goddess, but my husband is Italian and his love of cooking is starting to rub off on me. That is why when our friends Rachel and Rupert got a pasta maker we were immediately jealous and decided we should get one as well. In all honesty, we just ordered this one
and it hasn’t arrived yet, but let me say that there is just nothing better than fresh pasta and we are eagerly waiting.
2. Quality Vacuum Cleaner
Confession time, our old vacuum cleaner was held together with duct tape and I am pretty sure that it put out more dust than it picked up. Since we have carpet, and a cat and my copious amounts of hair, we have noticed that our house needs to be vacuumed at least once a week. This vacuum cleaner
from Bissell has been a real life saver because it has a special setting for both carpet and hardwood and
it has a retractable cord, which terrifies the cat, but we love it!
3. Food Processor
Especially since we have gone vegan, this has been really high on our needs list. I am really embarrassed to admit this, but for years I thought that a food processor was the same thing as a blender and never saw the need for one. That was until we went vegan and tried to make chickpea “meatloaf” in our blender. It. Was. Terrible. Hence, our immediate purchase of this food processor
that night! It is truly perfect for all of our mousse, salsa, guacamole and spread needs.
4. Wine Of the Month Club
Don’t laugh at me I am serious here. I love wine, and especially when we very first got married, every day was really tiring – not because of who I married or anything like that, just because we had just moved across the country, started a new job and gotten a new house. I have found that there are few stresses that are not gone after a thirty minute run, a hot bubble bath, a good book and a glass of wine. Joining Wine Insider’s
is a great way to always have a few bottles on hand at all times is not only great for entertaining, it is also pretty cost affordable because you are buying in bulk.
Maybe it is just a health kick I started later in life, but since I bought this juicer
, it has been one of my greatest investments. I use it a few times a week, and I feel like it is sometimes the only way I get my daily green in.
What are the best things you registered for? Is there anything you wish you’d registered for?