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Photo: Corkcicle Wine Chiller, Target 

In case you didn’t already know, Caitlin, one of our very own on WeddingWire’s editorial team, is engaged! Throughout her entire planning process, she’ll be giving you insight on her experiences until September 20, 2014. First, it was wedding dress shopping — and 9 things no one ever told her — and next up: 9 things you wouldn’t think to register for (but should!).

Sponsored by Williams-Sonoma

Entertaining is easy when you have the right tools! Use this handy list from Williams-Sonoma to fill your wedding registry with all the elements necessary to pull off a great party, then get to mastering a signature drink recipe or two. You’ll have a house filled with happy guests in no time.

PS — Want $5000 to spend at Williams-Sonoma yourself? Create your registry and you’ll be entered to win! Details can be found at williams-sonoma.com/dreamsweeps.

1. Ice Bottle Chiller Mold, $29.95

williams-sonoma ice bottle chiller mold

An artsy way to chill wine, and the mold can last up to six hours before melting. For an even more creative twist to the display, add flower petals or citrus slices to the mold before freezing.

 2. Dorset Single Old-Fashioned Glasses, $71.95 for a Set of Four

dorset single old-fashioned glass

Calling all Madmen fans! These hand-cut lead crystal glasses are exactly what you need to outfit that retro bar cart (and serve a delicious scotch).

3. Pantry Oval Serving Platter, $59.95

porcelain serving tray

A timelessly versatile porcelain serving dish that will fit with any party theme (and hold a healthy portion of everything from crab canapes to whole lasagna slices).

4. Monogrammed Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set, $34.95

bar tools

A strainer, jigger, bottle opener, and ice tongs, all conveniently organized in a handsome stainless steel holder for direct countertop access.

5. Insulated Cocktail Shaker, $44.95

cocktail shaker

Keep extra portions of drinks cool long after the first pour with the double wall insulation of this dishwasher safe cocktail shaker. The insulation also keeps slippery condensation from forming on the exterior.

Sponsored by Williams-Sonoma

While it’s tempting to stock your wedding registry with big ticket items you might not be ready to purchase on your own, don’t forget that guests are often working with a budget as well! Make them feel good about the gifts they send you off into newlywed bliss with by stocking your registry with a few essential items that ring in under the $100 mark. Here’s 10 we guarantee you’ll be happy you selected, all from Williams-Sonoma.

PS — Want $5000 to spend at Williams-Sonoma yourself? Create your registry and you’ll be entered to win! Details can be found at williams-sonoma.com/dreamsweeps.

1. Cuisinart Hand Mixer with Storage Case, $89.95

cuisinart hand mixer

Baking will be a breeze with a powerful hand-held tool like this, and the nine speeds are perfect for tackling everything from light meringues to heavy batters.

2. Cabernet Wine Glass (Set of 2), $39.95

cabernet wine glasses

Oh-so-necessary stemware for date nights and dinner in front of the TV.

3. Calphalon Elite Nonstick Fry Pan Set, $79.95

calphalon elite nonstick fry pan set

Perfect for new and seasoned cooks alike, the triple-layer nonstick surfaces on these pans make them excellent for searing foods — and make it hard for metal utensils to damage them. Added bonus: they’re dishwasher safe!

 4. Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set, $99.95

williams sonoma bakeware

Not sure what items you need to begin your dessert-making adventures? This set has you covered with a 12-well muffin pan, a cookie sheet, a half-sheet pan, a cooling rack, and two 9″ cake pans.

5. Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole, $95 

le creuset heritage stoneware rectangular covered casserole

The perfect all-in-one baking, serving, and storage dish for hearty winter lasagnas and casseroles. It comes in six colors, but we’re partial to this rustic mustard yellow.

Bridal Shower Gifts: There is More than Kitchenware!

Posted by csancho on Nov 04, 2013

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

The nice thing about a bridal shower is that it is 100% about the bride. This means that your gift for the bride can be items to help build the soon to be newlywed’s new home, be sentimental, or can be a gift meant to just dote on the bride.

Gifts for the Home 

Gifts for the home, like kitchenware, linens, towels, lamps, etc., are always great. These gifts are more function oriented and are perfect if you don’t necessarily know the bride as well as some of the other guests. A great mixing bowl set, super soft sheets, or a toaster, won’t look like you don’t know the bride, but instead imply that you are excited for the new home and adventure she is about to embark on. These types of gifts are usually what you will find on the gift registry.

Sentimental Gifts

A girl’s wedding is going to be one of the more emotional and joyous day of her life. For the bridal shower, something sentimental could be a great way of encouraging the bride to enjoy every minute of it and show her how much you care. These gifts come more appropriately from the mother of the bride or soon to be mother in law, the best friend, grandma, or someone who feels extremely close to the bride. Some suggestions for gifts:

  • The bride handkerchief (this can also be given on the wedding day)
  •  A photo album for the big day that perhaps include wedding day photos of her parents, grandparents, and in-laws.
  •  A locket to tell the bride to never forget the love in her heart  (Origami Owl has some great and completely personalized lockets!)

Doting on the Bride

These are the pampering gifts. You want to tell your bride to relax, enjoy the ride, and to remember to always take care of herself. This type of gift can come from anyone and will be much appreciated. Also, these are perfect for the bridal shower because they can be used on the wedding day and for pre-wedding primping. Some examples of this type of gift:

  • A just-for-the-bride robe or sweats
  • Slippers
  • A gift certificate for a massage
  • A gift certificate for a mani pedi
  • Bath salts, lotions, tanning oils
  • A gift card for something she is specifically interested in, such as Barnes and Nobles, Sephora, or a hobby shop.

And Maybe a Little Naughty

A gift that is always fun when it turns up is some longerai. If you don’t know the bride very well, this may not be the best idea, but it is great coming from a sister, the BFF, or a spunky aunt. Longerai can be found at places like wal-mart and target, but better quality longerai really does come from shops like Victoria Secret.

Sponsored by Crate and Barrel

Have you ever dreamed of having your favorite store to yourself? Well, now’s your chance! The Wedding Parties events at Crate and Barrel stores are just for engaged couples and allow you and your fiancé(e) to register for gifts easily, quickly, and, yes, privately – the whole store will be only open to engaged couples like you! You’ll also get helpful insider tips from C&B’s registry experts and enjoy food and drink, too. These events occur all over the country, and are a fun and stress-free way to get your wedding registry started! Want to join the party? Visit Crate and Barrel’s website to find an event near you and RSVP!

Need help starting your registry? Here are a few of our favorite new products from Crate and Barrel (featuring our favorite fall hue – grey!) that would make an inspiring starting point:

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Martin Table Lamp, Crate and Barrel