Corey and I recently celebrated our 6-year wedding anniversary. Six years! Can you believe it?
One of the things I think about occasionally is our wedding registry – it’s one of those things you put so much thought into as you’re building it, but it’s (usually) something you only get one shot at, so it’s inevitable that you’ll make lots of mistakes.
We were pretty young when we got married so we have, of course, changed quite a bit in the years since we put together that little registry. Many of the things that we registered for are still things that we use and love on a regular basis in our home, but there were plenty of things that we ended up realizing were total mistakes. Back when we were getting married (now I’m making myself sound old…) Pinterest wasn’t really a thing yet – at least, not to the extent it is now! I didn’t have big beautiful checklists full of things we needed to include, or awesome recommendations for all of the products we wouldn’t be able to live without.
Nope, I pretty much did it on my own.
Woe is me. Life was so tough in the dark ages.
But thankfully, that’s not an issue anymore. Couples who are just now getting married, building a home, or even just trying to stock up on some basics now have tons of awesome resources to help them out (maybe even too many resources – talk about information overload!). I know most of my regular readers are already married, but I thought it might be fun to put together a short list of some of the things I wish we had put on our wedding registry. If you’re already married, think of it as a quick and dirty list of the things I love the most in my house. If you’re not, take note and don’t make the same mistakes I did!
If we were registering again, I’d make sure these things were on the list:
These mixing bowls. Possibly two sets because I love them that much. The sizes are great, and the lids make for incredible easy storing. I use these constantly (which is why I need two sets – mine are always dirty!) and I can’t say enough good things about them. We used to have a set of plastic nested mixing bowls but these are so much better.
And this one too. Basically, I’ve learned over the years you can’t have too many mixing bowls – especially ones with special features like lids, spouts for pouring, or ones that are pretty enough to double as a serving bowl. I snagged a giant red ceramic mixing bowl from my local grocery store recently and I adore it. This is definitely one of those things I firmly believe you can’t over-buy on!
A food processor. This is one of those things that we don’t use all that often so we never thought to buy one ourselves, but we wanted one for years before we finally just bought one. For so long, we just used a blender anytime we needed a food processor and it got the job done. Not well, mind you, but it was fine. I wish we would have just put one on our wedding registry all that time ago and been done with it. I think, actually, that’s one of my biggest tips for wedding registries – register for the basics, yes, but also be sure to add the things that you will need every once in a while but not often enough that you’ll be lost without it. Those are the things you’ll put off buying for yourself for forever and it will drive you crazy. Also in this category? One of these guys. We still haven’t bought one, though we complain loudly about that to each other a good 3-4 times a year. (Side note: it’s $30. What is wrong with us?!)
A Bluetooth speaker. I’m sure there are other great options out there, but we’ve had this one for a few years and I love it. It gets used almost daily in our house, and I don’t know what I’d do without it! My favorite thing about it is that it’s nice and pretty so I don’t get annoyed with it sitting out in plain sight all of the time.
Some fun flatware. I love the flatware we got for our wedding and we still use it as our everyday stuff, but it sure would be awesome to have something a little more unique for special occasions! My sister recently got this set from Target, and I am in love with it. The quality is great and I really love the shape of the handles – they just feel good in your hand! These are definitely on my wish list.
Stemless wine glasses. When we were getting married, we registered for some pretty, thin-stemmed wine glasses (in fact, we had Olivia Pope’s wine glasses on our registry, before she made them cool.) and I loved them with my whole heart. However, they’re not exactly made for a household with kids. Or dogs. Or clumsy people (a.k.a. me). We broke a ton of them before we finally gave up and bought some stemless ones – we haven’t broken one of these yet, and I think they’re pretty too. Plus, they’re way easier to store since they don’t take up as much room!
Nice cake pans. I very rarely bake cakes but when I do I always have to use my springform pans to bake them in because I don’t have actual cake pans! I realize that I could just go buy some for myself, but I always forget until I need one right that second, and I’m terrible about spending money on things I use so rarely. Like I said before – to me, the wedding registry is perfect those things that you need but don’t need daily because if you’re anything like me you’ll never buy them for yourself!
Baking dishes with handles that won’t break. I can’t even tell you how many different adorable baking dishes I’ve bought with these pretty little handles that just pop right off after a few uses. I don’t know if it’s just bad luck or what, but I finally asked for this Create & Barrel set for Christmas this year and it’s a winner. The dishes are so cute and they’re all perfect sizes, and I don’t have to worry about losing the handles. These are also a staple in my kitchen.
Bar tools. Your wedding is the perfect time to splurge on a nice set of bar tools so you don’t end up like us with a random collection of things that don’t work all that well and don’t really match. We finally upgraded a few of our tools when we built our bar cart, and I’m loving it so much. Don’t forget a few pretty bottle stoppers.
This bottle opener. Speaking of wine. We had this bottle opener for a while and then somehow lost it (pretty confident a jealous friend or family member stole it, but I can’t prove anything) and I miss it dearly. It’s one of those little splurges that we’ll never make on our own (we have a perfectly good bottle opener!) but it makes things so much easier. I miss it dearly!
Of course, our registry wasn’t all mistakes…
What did we do RIGHT?
White dishes. We registered for these white dishes from Crate & Barrel and we still love them dearly. We’ve added a few pretty, more colorful dishes to our collection over the years but these remain an absolute staple at our dining room table. I think white dishes are perfect for a wedding registry (or a couple just getting started in a new home) because they go with anything and they’re totally timeless. You’ll never get tired of them, and you can mix and match different serving pieces and other accessories as much as you want. There’s nothing more versatile than a good white plate!
A Kitchenaid mixer. This technically wasn’t on our wedding registry, but only because Corey bought one for himself while we were still in college! I know these things tend to be a bit “love ’em or hate ’em” but we’re firmly in the “love them” camp. We use ours all the time, and now that we have a toddler I love it even more because he’s able to help with cooking so easily! The one thing I kind of wish we had done differently is that I would love to have a brightly colored one (ours is “Imperial Gray”), though I’m sure the color I want now wouldn’t be the same as what I would have picked out six years ago!
A nice vacuum. We actually got a Dyson when we got married, but I unfortunately can’t recommend it because we had issues with it – it died on us after less than 5 years of use, which is ridiculous to me considering the cost. We’ve replaced it with a cheap-o vacuum that works just fine since we don’t have much carpet in our house, but eventually I’d like to pony up for something a little nicer. I’ve heard the Shark vacuums are great!
A tea kettle. Ours recently died due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, and we are missing it so bad. Our little tea kettle lived directly on our stovetop at all times, and it got used several times a week. At first I wasn’t sure if we’d use it all that much, but we used it to make both hot tea and iced tea all the dang time and we really need to replace ours! Definitely a good investment – and if you think you’ll use it, spend a little extra money on a nicer one. It’s worth it!
I’m dying to hear from you guys on this one – what are some things you wish you would have put on your wedding registry?!