The wedding registry—one of the more fun, yet overwhelming wedding-planning activities (though don’t they all feel that way?). Purchasing wedding registry items is deep-rooted in tradition as a way to help a couple begin their life together.
In the past, many newlyweds waited to move in together or purchase a first home until their nuptials passed, but things are quite different in today’s day and age. More and more couples have passed the move-in phase earlier—even within the first few years of dating—so they’ve already purchased many of the basic necessities that once landed on the standard registry (i.e. silverware and a coffee maker). Still, the registry serves a purpose today. It allows you to unapologetically ask for the wedding gifts you do want.
Check out these wedding registry items that have totally stood the test of time.
If you’re living in a tiny apartment, you might turn your nose up to wedding registry items that are on the bulkier side, like a kitchen mixer, but you might want to think twice. Sure, if you’re not super into baking this thing might not come in handy just right now, but wait until you have kids and can bake 9 dozen cookies in a single batch! This machine whips, kneads, mixes and does it all—handling ingredients like nobody’s business so your hands don’t have to.
The new classic: KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Chopping and dicing can get boring, not to mention dangerous. Why not let a stainless steel appliance do the hard work for you? Even if you’re not an aspiring chef, you’ll be amazed by how this device comes in handy to make everything from soup to sauces and even smoothies!
The new classic: Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
Standard and immersion blenders
Akin to a food processor, there’s almost nothing you cannot make in a blender—and an immersion blender is just a hand-tool version that is more ideal for soups and sauces. Up your juice game by tossing in fresh fruits and vegetables and make the most delicious and crowd-pleasing dips for when you’re hosting parties.
The new classics: Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender with Tamper 1400-watt | Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
Basic cookware set
When it comes to bigger-ticket wedding registry items, this is should be the all-star. In fact, most newlyweds would agree that your wedding registry isn’t complete without a basic cookware set, which typically comes with a round Dutch oven, saucier, roaster and skillet grill to cover all your cooking needs (in an eye-catching design that matches, of course).
The new classic: Le Creuset Signature 6-Piece Starter Set
Basic bakeware set
In order to bake your new spouse a cake, a baking set is essential. Most come with everything you need to whip up delicious desserts with ease, including a muffin pan, baking sheet, cookie sheet, loaf pan, brownie pan, cake pan and cooling rack. You’ll be the favorite Thanksgiving host in no time.
The new classic: Calphalon® Nonstick 10-Piece Bakeware Set
Five-piece flatware set
Yes, you already own silverware, but, chances are, you don’t own the fancy kind that your in-laws will be impressed with when you host them at your place for dinner. A five-piece set comes with all of your dining utensil necessities—a dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dinner knife and a teaspoon.
The new classic: Arezzo Brushed 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting
Food storage set
Those Chinese food takeout containers are well-passed their expiration date (and most likely not dishwasher friendly)—time to toss ‘em in place of a real, adult set of food storage containers, one of our favorite wedding registry items. Add the value set to your registry so you’re never without the perfect, pint-sized air-tight storage to secure all of your leftovers.
The new classic: OXO Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage POP Container Value Set
Whether you cook rarely or meal-prep on Sundays, a quality knife block won’t fail to come in handy. You can expect this set of knives, which covers all of your cooking, slicing and dicing basics, to last for years—even decades. This brand is forged from high-carbon steel, and can easily be sharpened to act like new.
The new classic: Wüsthof Grand Prix II 7-Piece Knife Block Set
Spa-worthy bath towels
If you’re still draping yourself in the bath towels you donned freshman year of college, it’s time for an upgrade—and your registry is the perfect excuse for going big. Consider selecting quality towels that are significantly more absorbent than the thin and flimsy towels you might be used to. Fast-drying ones are a plus, too!
The new classic: Pottery Barn's Hydrocotton Bath Towels
If you don’t already have a slow cooker, prepare to be amazed. It’s essentially every lazy chef’s dream—you just pop in all the ingredients you need to whip up a delicious meal, leave it on while you’re at work or out for the day (some require up to 8 hours) and then return home to the smell of a home-cooked meal.
The new classic: Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart