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The 10 Best Bedding Registry Items for Your Newlywed Nest

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Nov 112016
 
Best Bedding Registry Items

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When it comes to registering for your wedding, there are certain categories you should probably be covering, across the board. The bathroom (towels), the kitchen (pots and pans, dishes), and of course the bedroom — namely focusing on your bed. And to help narrow down your search, we've collected 10 of our favorite bed linens and accessories to streamline your registering process!

1. Thread Experiment Sheets
Even though these sheets are marketed as being designed for men, all of their patterns are gender-neutral, and they have plenty of solid colored options. We especially love the washed solids — they're like the linen equivalent of that perfect pair of worn-in jeans.

2. Savvy Sleeper pillowcases
Wrinkles — who needs 'em? Not you. We love these pillowcases because they not only prevent facial creases and protect your blowout, they're also a matte finish —not overly shiny like low-quality satin.

3. Brentwood Pillows
These all-natural pillows are a unique combo of being both firm (the keep their shape and don't do that sad, flat pillow thing) and soft. The latex ribbons in the pillows help them mold to your head and neck, too — like memory foam, but better!

4. Eskayel Throw Pillow
Sure, throw pillows can seem a dime a dozen, but this Eskayel pillow is special, in our opinion. The pattern is modern, but subtle enough of that you can mix it in with lots of different colors and styles.

5. Constellation Quilt
Speaking of special, this is one of our all time favorite quilts, ever. We're admittedly still all into this celestial trend that still seems to be going strong, but aside from that, this quilt is just so darn well made and beautiful! We'd love to curl up with it at the end of a long day.

See More: 4 Things You HAVE to Remember When Registering for Bedding

6. Linen Duvet
When you're shopping for a duvet, it's best to look for something that will stand the test of time, quality and style-wise since it's usually an investment. Linen feels not only of-the-moment but also checks the classic box, and Coyuchi makes this duvet in the most delicious muted shades of gray!

7. Faribault Woolen Mill Co Throw
This throw is the equivalent of your grandmother's cherished copper pots that you'll inherit, according to Food52. It's a true heritage piece, and something worth investing in (and maybe even passing down to your kids one day!).

8. Sferra Duvet Insert
Sferra has some of the most lux and cozy down comforters on the market — we love their Buxton Duvet, it comes in three different weights and is super plush. You'll thank us come winter!

9. Frette Hotel Classic Shams
For proper shams, there's no better place than Frette, the time-honored Italian linen company. These classics come in colors that are amenable to any palette, and wont clash with your throw pillows!

10. Hedgehouse Throwbed
This isn't FOR your bed, per se, but this is one of our favorite bed-related products. It's a the chicest little stowaway bed roll for when you have unexpected guests, or maybe just for lounging around with your girlfriends and drinking wine. Much cooler than that ragged blow-up mattress that never seems to stay inflated all the way through the night.

6 Wedding Registry Gadgets Perfect for the Tech-Obsessed Couple

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Nov 092016
 
Tech Wedding Registry Products

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Welcome to the modern wedding registry, where couples are encouraged to get creative with their gift lists by choosing the items (and experiences) that make the most sense for their personalities and lifestyle. For those of you who are tech-savvy, that's good news: It's no longer taboo to stock your registry with the latest gadgets and coolest electronics. Ready to start shopping? Find six of our favorite tech picks below.

Amazon Echo

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Voice-Controlled Bluetooth Speaker
Consider this hands-free device your own personal assistant: It'll play your favorite tunes, read off the latest headlines, update you with weather and traffic reports, order a pizza for dinner, and even request an Uber — all you have to do is ask. Plus, if you're looking to transform your digs into a smart home, you can use Echo to control your lights, thermostats, and TVs, too. ("Amazon Echo" $179.99, Amazon)

Behmor Connected Coffee Maker

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Connected Coffee Maker
Too tired to get out of bed to turn on the coffee machine? No problem. The Behmor Connected 8-cup coffee maker is smartphone compatible, so you can adjust the brew temperature, coffee-to-water ratio, and brewing time with the brand's easy-to-use app. You'll get a text to let you know that your coffee is brewed and ready to go. ("Behmor Connected" 8-Cup Coffee Maker, $299.95, Williams-Sonoma)

Samsung Blue-Ray Player

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A Streaming Blu-ray Player
Sure, streaming may be today's most popular way to watch your favorite movies and shows, but that doesn't mean your impressive DVD collection has to fall by the wayside. A Blu-ray player — like this one from Samsung, which has built-in Wi-Fi and 3D technology — offers the best of both worlds by allowing you to stream videos from Netflix and Youtube and play your Blu-ray disks and DVDs. Movie night never looked so good. ("BD-J6300" Blue-ray player, $149.99, Samsung available at Best Buy)

Range Smart Food Thermometer

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Digital Food Thermometer
Thanks to this handy little kitchen gadget, you'll never have to question whether or not that roast you made for dinner is completely cooked through. Just hook the silicone cable to your iPhone or iPad to get a temperature read on whatever dish you're cooking. The best part: You can set digital alerts on your device that'll notify you when your food is ready, without you having to hover in the kitchen all night. ("Range Smart" iPhone/iPad thermometer, $60-$80, Supermechanical available at Food52)

See More: The 5 Best Apps for Newlyweds

Dyson Fan Heater

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Hot and Cold Fan Heater
Dyson's popular AM09 fan heater is totally worth the investment: Not only does it pull double duty by providing heat in the winter and cool air in the summer, but it projects a powerful stream of airflow that can be focused in one direction or diffused to fill the entire room. Bonus: It's super quiet, too. ("AM09" fan heater, $449.99, Dyson)

Drop Kitchen Connected Scale

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Electronic Kitchen Scale
When a recipe requires precise measurements (think cake, cookies, and other baked goods), a quality kitchen scale is a must-have. Techie couples will love the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale, which syncs to your iPad to make measuring ingredients easier than ever. Just download the free Drop Kitchen app and you'll have access to tons of recipes and cooking tips; step-by-step instructions show up on the screen and you can weigh all of your ingredients in the same bowl for quick cleanup. ("Drop Kitchen" app-connected scale, $79.95, Sur La Table)

The Top Wedding Registry Etiquette Questions, Asked and Answered

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Nov 022016
 
top wedding registry etiquette questions

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Wedding registries are incredibly useful — not to mention fun to set up (hello, scanner gun and visions of your tricked-out home!) — but can also be a source of confusion. Do you have to have one? What can you put on it? How do you tell your guests about it? So we've rounded up the top five wedding registry etiquette questions, and turned to the experts for the answers.

Do We Need to Have a Wedding Registry?
While you might think you can skip a registry (especially if you've been living together for a while and already have the bases covered), putting one together is actually a useful tool for your guests. By taking the time to pick out items you'd love to have, from an upgraded set of dishes to the kitchen appliance of your dreams, you're making it easier for your guests to pick out a gift. Sure, there's always cash, but giving them some guidance will help them give you a gift that's more personal. And remember, there's always a honeymoon registry if you'd rather they help pay for the trip of a lifetime!

When Do We Need to Set Up Our Registry?
It sounds early, but you should start thinking about your wedding registry as soon as you've got an engagement party on your calendar. Sure, most guests will bring a card or a bottle of wine and gifts aren't required, but some guests (particularly older relatives) will want to get you a gift to celebrate your engagement, as well as one for your wedding. If that's too tight of a timeline, make sure your registry is nearly complete by the time you've sent out any information regarding your wedding website, so early shoppers know where to look. The hard-and-fast deadline is your bridal shower, as that's traditionally the first time guests will be giving you gifts purchased directly from your registry.

Can We Register for Our Honeymoon?
Yes! Honeymoon registries (as well as cash funds and those designed for things like down payment or home improvement funds) are incredibly popular, and the websites make it easy for guests to give you gifts that really feel like a contribution to something you'll enjoy. It also makes gifting cash much more seamless — no more worrying about envelopes with checks inside "walking away" during your reception! Of course, you should also consider a traditional registry, even if it's a very pared-down selection, for guests that might prefer to purchase a physical gift.

See More: The Best Wedding Registry Rewards and Perks

How Much Should Our Wedding Gifts Cost?
When you're putting together your registry, aim to select items in a variety of price points that will appeal to all of your guests, no matter their age or employment status. But that doesn't mean you need to opt for the cheaper versions of every item: Instead, look to smaller gifts (say, magnetic measuring spoons that will stick together in your drawer or a set of sturdy silicone spatulas) that are under $25 a piece. Guests can opt to purchase a few gifts to reach a total price they're comfortable with, add them to a more expensive gift, or pick up a single item and still feel like they're getting you something of quality.

How Do We Tell Guests About Our Registry?
First things first: your wedding registry information should not be printed on your wedding invitation. Instead, include the information on your wedding website, then either print the URL on your invitation or include it on an invitation insert. (Bonus: You can also use this card to direct your guests to your room block information, as well!) If you've registered at national brands, let your parents and wedding party know where, so they can answer any questions they might get from your family members or other guests. The one exception to printing registry information on an invitation? The invitation to your bridal shower. Since this event is traditionally an opportunity for guests to help you set up your home, it's perfectly acceptable for your bridal shower invite to read "Susan is registered at...".

Oct 282016
 
Overnight Bags to Register For

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When it comes to your wedding registry, one of the most useful things to register for is luggage, hands-down. But aside from the usual hard / soft case carry-on's and larger suitcases, we think overnight bags are just as (if not more) useful to register for. Just think about all the short trips you'll be making as a married couple — a quick jaunt to the beach, visiting friends out of town for the weekend, Thanksgiving — the list goes on and on! So here's a round up of the chicest, sturdiest, and all around best overnight bags to add to your wedding registry.

Ectula Hudson Weekend Bag

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Not only is this bag's design modern and streamlined, you can tell just by a quick glance that it's going to wear like a dream (uh, Italian calkskin leather YES PLEASE). Better yet, get a pair of them since they're easily interchangeable as his or hers. ("Hudson" calfskin leather bag, $750, Ectula)

Cuyana Weekender Bag

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It's hard to find anyone who DOESN'T have something from Guyana — that's how good quality all of their pieces are. This weekender is a fan favorite in the BRIDES offices — it's classic, sturdy and easily monogrammed! (Canvas and leather weekender bag, $175, Cuyana)

Mark and Graham Monogrammed Overnight Bag

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At a great price for being full leather (+ free monogramming!) this beautiful weekender is the stuff luggage dreams are made of. We especially love the stone and blush colors! (Daily leather overnighter, $375, Mark and Graham)

Fleabags Rummage Duffle Bag

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Fleabags is another favorite around here, and this overnight bag is no exception — we love how worn in it feels, and the signature waxed cotton canvas (it's water repellant!) means getting caught in a downpour in transit it's NBD. ("Rummage" duffle bag, $270, Fleabags)

See More: How to Make Registering for Wedding Gifts Fun

Forestbound Escape Traveler Bag

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For those who want something a little more playful, this canvas and leather bag with ESCAPE printed on it is perfect. Better yet, it's made in the USA and of course is available for monogramming. ("Escape" traveler bag, $299, Forestbound)

Etsy Awl Snap Overnight Bag

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Last but not least, we love the unexpected shape of this denim and leather bag and how you can roll it up depending on how much you pack in it. Plus, it can be worn as a backpack or carried by it's top handle, making it versatile and easy to transport — as long as you aren't too heavy of a packer! (Leather and waxed denim backpack, $420, Awl Snap)

Oct 282016
 
Overnight Bags to Register For

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When it comes to your wedding registry, one of the most useful things to register for is luggage, hands-down. But aside from the usual hard / soft case carry-on's and larger suitcases, we think overnight bags are just as (if not more) useful to register for. Just think about all the short trips you'll be making as a married couple — a quick jaunt to the beach, visiting friends out of town for the weekend, Thanksgiving — the list goes on and on! So here's a round up of the chicest, sturdiest, and all around best overnight bags to add to your wedding registry.

Ectula Hudson Weekend Bag

Photo: Courtesy of Ectula

Not only is this bag's design modern and streamlined, you can tell just by a quick glance that it's going to wear like a dream (uh, Italian calkskin leather YES PLEASE). Better yet, get a pair of them since they're easily interchangeable as his or hers. ("Hudson" calfskin leather bag, $750, Ectula)

Cuyana Weekender Bag

Photo: Courtesy of Cuyana

It's hard to find anyone who DOESN'T have something from Guyana — that's how good quality all of their pieces are. This weekender is a fan favorite in the BRIDES offices — it's classic, sturdy and easily monogrammed! (Canvas and leather weekender bag, $175, Cuyana)

Mark and Graham Monogrammed Overnight Bag

Photo: Courtesy of Mark and Graham

At a great price for being full leather (+ free monogramming!) this beautiful weekender is the stuff luggage dreams are made of. We especially love the stone and blush colors! (Daily leather overnighter, $375, Mark and Graham)

Fleabags Rummage Duffle Bag

Photo: Courtesy of Fleabags

Fleabags is another favorite around here, and this overnight bag is no exception — we love how worn in it feels, and the signature waxed cotton canvas (it's water repellant!) means getting caught in a downpour in transit it's NBD. ("Rummage" duffle bag, $270, Fleabags)

See More: How to Make Registering for Wedding Gifts Fun

Forestbound Escape Traveler Bag

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For those who want something a little more playful, this canvas and leather bag with ESCAPE printed on it is perfect. Better yet, it's made in the USA and of course is available for monogramming. ("Escape" traveler bag, $299, Forestbound)

Etsy Awl Snap Overnight Bag

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Last but not least, we love the unexpected shape of this denim and leather bag and how you can roll it up depending on how much you pack in it. Plus, it can be worn as a backpack or carried by it's top handle, making it versatile and easy to transport — as long as you aren't too heavy of a packer! (Leather and waxed denim backpack, $420, Awl Snap)

The Wedding Registry Splurges That Are Totally Worth It

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Oct 262016
 
Wedding Registry Splurges and Group Gifts

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If you're starting the wedding registry process you know it can be overwhelming — how many sets of flatware do you need? What kind of wine glasses? Should you pick a classic china pattern or something more modern and tailored to your personality, or forgo china altogether? Ah, decisions, decisions!

Here's an easy rule of thumb to follow: If you're the kind of couple that would rather get a few larger gifts than a slew of smaller ones, consider the beauty of the group present! Most wedding registries will now allow guests to easily donate any amount they want toward larger gifts, so consider one or two larger gifts and maybe some smaller ones for those people who still want to bring a physical present. Need a little guidance? We've picked out some of our favorite splurge-worthy registry items to help you get started!

Casper Mattress Wedding Registry Idea

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A Mattress
A mattress is one of those things that no one ever really wants to buy, but when you get one you love you can't believe it's taken you as long as it has to replace that dingy one you've had since college! Our favorite these days is the Casper — great price point, super comfy, convenient to deliver and set up, and they let you test it for 100 days so you can return it if it's not what you're looking for. (King-sized mattress, $950, Casper)

Bicycle Wedding Registry Idea

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Bikes
If you're the kind of couple that likes to go on outdoor adventures together (or even just the occasional ride around the city), think about registering for bicycles. We love Huffy for an excellent price point (and we especially love the retro-inspired beach cruisers!), and for a higher price point, we also love Papillionaire bikes. ("Sommer" bike, starting at $499, Papillionaire)

Nespresso Espresso Machine Wedding Registry Idea

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A Super Fancy Espresso Machine
If you and your partner are caffeine snobs — ahem — aficionados, you know how important (but how pricey) a quality espresso machine is. For a lower price point, we love the Nespresso DeLonghi Pro Espresso maker and for something a little more unique and a bit higher price point, this La Pavoni Professional Espresso Machine will definitely add a little oomph to your morning caffeine routine. ("DeLonghi Lattissima Pro" espresso maker, $599.95, Nespresso available at Williams-Sonoma)

See More: The Best Ways to Let Guests Know About Your Wedding Registry

Miele Vacuum Wedding Registry Idea

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A Quality Vacuum Cleaner
Not among the sexiest of things you can register for, but definitely something you'll use for years and years, a really great quality vacuum can really change your — dare we say — life? We loveee Miele vacuums, and this upright one is both powerful and easy to use — no re-vacuuming needed with this miracle worker! ("Dynamic U1 Twist" vacuum, $449, Miele available at Williams-Sonoma)

Art and Paintings Wedding Registry Ideas

Photo: Courtesy of Hélène Delmaire; Brenna Giessen; Lulie Wallace

A Piece of Art You Love
We've already told you how easy it is register for art, so why not get something for your new home that's an original as opposed to a print/replica? Obviously it'll be pricier, but if it really speaks to you, you'll be happy everyday when you see it. You can set up a fund on your registry specifically for that art piece so that many people will be able contribute. Above are a couple of originals we love at different price-points. ("8 Dec" $326, Hélène Delmaire; "Coastal Moon" $280, Brenna Giessen; "Flowers for Ellen" $1,300, Lulie Wallace)

Why You Really Should Register for Wedding Gifts, According to a Wedding Planner

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Oct 172016
 
Argument For Wedding Registry

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Now more than ever, my clients keep telling me that they're not sure they want to register for wedding gifts. They feel like so many guests are spending money, and taking time, to be there for them on their big day, that it's too much to expect an expensive wedding gift, too. "Your presence is present enough," is a common theme. As a wedding planner, this makes me cringe for two reasons.

Guests Are Going to Ask Somebody About It
First, I know that some wedding guests will reach out to me to ask where the couple is registered if they can't easily find the information on the wedding website or in other materials sent to them. When I tell them the couple hasn't registered, they ask me what to get them — as if I've got the slightest idea what my clients need to complete their marital home. For the record, I usually suggest a gift card. I never suggest a check, because if the guest had wanted to give a cash gift, they wouldn't have contacted me for registry information.

You're Still Going to Get Gifts, Just Not the Ones You Want
The second reason I hate it when couples skip the registry is based on my own experience as a bride. I actually registered a few places, but even with that effort, I received a lot of ugly vases and other home décor items that I couldn't use or didn't want, but that I also couldn't exchange or return. Some things were too hideous to re-gift. I cannot even imagine how big the pile of "what the heck do I do with that?" gifts would have been if I hadn't given them any direction whatsoever.

Your older relatives and your parents' friends will call your mom or dad for direction. They will insist on getting you a gift, and many older folks do not believe in giving cash. That's a Jewish and Italian tradition that has become more mainstream with the younger generations, but anybody who isn't comfortable giving money will be unhappy.

See More: 5 Nontraditional Wedding Registry Options We Love

Guests Who Can't Come Will Definitely Want To Give You Something
Don't forget that invited guests who cannot attend your wedding will most certainly want to send a gift to acknowledge your happy day. They're not overspending after paying for a trip to the wedding — in fact, many feel badly they cannot attend and want to send a gift to show they will be thinking of you, and regret not being there. It's up to you whether you want to point them in the right direction, or try to figure out to whom you should re-gift the plastic party platters to later on.

If You Really Don't Want One, Go Nontraditional
If you are absolutely, positively dead-set against registering for gifts, consider an alternative option for your guests — it will let those who really want to give you a gift invest in something you'd actually like. Whether you register for a honeymoon fund, or sign up for a charitable-giving site that lets your guests donate to the cause of your choice, it's always good to have something to direct guests to when they ask. And trust me, they will ask.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

These Are the Cookware Products You NEED to Add to Your Wedding Registry Pronto

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Oct 142016
 
Wedding Registry Cookware Ideas

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Sure, setting up your wedding registry is just another thing taking up space on your wedding to-do list, but don't stress out — stock up! Half the battle is simply knowing what to register for —nd we've got you covered on that front.

We've rounded up some seriously stellar cookware that you'll actually want to unwrap and get using post-"I do." And not only are these chef-worthy products useful — they'll be sitting pretty on your countertop too, thanks to their modern shades and copper finishes. Why copper, you ask? First, it's an excellent heat conductor, which is why it's a favorite among chefs (the most famous being the grand dame herself, Julia Child). Copper bowls are also the ideal vessel for whipping egg whites, thanks to a reaction with the metal that makes them extra fluffy. And, if maintained well, copper kitchenware will last forever. (Just polish frequently with a cleaner like Mauviel's Copperbrill.)

So what are you waiting for? Invest in your new life together with quality kitchen gear that makes cooking amazing meals together a totally achievable #relationshipgoal.

1. Copper Tea Kettle
Copper kettles like this one, handcrafted in England, boil faster and retain heat longer than others. (Tea kettle, $295, Simplex available at Sur La Table)

2. Round Dutch Oven
Not sure you need a large cast-iron pot? If you ever plan to cook for/impress a crowd, you do. (7.25 quart dutch oven, $360, Le Creuset)

3. Glass Jar
This classic canning jar, whose carved wooden top is lined with a rubber seal, is insanely useful and pretty. (One-liter tulip jar, $14 for two, and wooden lid, $7, Weck available at Shop Terrain)

4. Copper Colander
As a budget-friendly option, go for stainless steel with copper plating. (Colander, $49, Rejuvenation)

5. Rectangular Baker
A kitchen essential, this enamel-coated steel pan can be used for everything from brownies to lasagna. (Three quart baking dish, $172, Dansk Kobenstyle available at Lenox)

6. Casserole Pot
This lightweight piece in enameled steel is great for side dishes or a casserole built for two. (Two quart casserole pot, $115, Dansk Kobenstyle available at Lenox)

See More: This Is the Most Pinned Wedding Food on Pinterest

7. Cast-Iron French Oven
A cross between a sauté pan and a Dutch oven, this pot is perfect for making long-simmering dishes like risotto or polenta. (French oven, $150, Staub available at Zwilling J.A. Henckels)

8. Copper Sauce and Sauté Pans
These multiuse beauties will last a lifetime and are excellent for making sauces, vegetables, grains, and soups. (Copper pans, $250 to $685, Mauviel)

Additional items above: Copper measuring cups, $28, Anthropologie; Matte navy 3.5-quart round Dutch oven, $180, Le Creuset available at Williams Sonoma; "Kinley" copper sugar bowl, $25, Crate & Barrel; White 3.25-quart saucepan with lid, $265, Le Creuset; Sapphire cast-iron oven, $150, Staub available at Williams Sonoma; Large striped mixing bowl, $20, Crate & Barrel; "Color Lab" teacups, $16 each, Revol; Marble canister, $65, Vagabond Vintage available at Mothology

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6 Kitchen Tools Your Wedding Registry Doesn’t Need

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Oct 052016
 
wedding registry what not to get

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Getting married this year? Congratulations! Now know this: You've been going about your gift registry all wrong. Trust us, the last thing your future needs is a home cluttered with items that you thiiiiiink you'll get around to using at some point. Like a juicer. You'll use it once and then — never again. We've enlisted the help of the wedding experts at the registry site Zola to zone in on the items you really don't need (unless you already use a monogrammed Belgian waffle maker regularly) and suggest a few purchases that you could use instead.

wedding registry what not to get vitamix

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What Your Yoga Teacher Thinks You Need: A Juicer
What You Actually Need: A Vitamix

Guess what? You can make juice in a high-powered blender like this one. Boom. Plus, it's dishwasher safe.

wedding registry what not to get hand mixer

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What Your Great Aunt Edith Thinks You Need: KitchenAid Stand Mixer
What You Actually Need: KitchenAid Hand Mixer

To be clear, we fully encourage going for it and registering for the super pricey (but unquestionably covetable) stand mixer if you have the countertop space to display it in all its glory. But if your kitchen can't spare an inch of space, go for the hand mixer instead. "If you know a stand mixer is just going to gather dust, register for a hand mixer — it's as sufficient for most baking tasks," Jennifer Spector, Zola's Newlywed-At-Large.

wedding registry what not to get griddle pan

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What Your College Roommate Thinks You Need: A Panini Press
What You Actually Need: Lodge Logic Cast-Iron Grill Pan + Lodge Cast-Iron Mini Skillet

Pros: A panini press creates warm, crispy, gooey sandwiches on demand. Cons: It's huge. Instead, satisfy all of your grilled cheese cravings by DIY-ing your own with two cast-iron pans (grill + mini) you can use for countless other recipes, too.

See More: 6 Kitchen Tools Your Wedding Registry Doesn't Need

wedding registry what not to get toaster

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What Your Out-of-Town Cousins Think You Need: A Waffle Maker
What You Actually Need: A Toaster Over

Your dorm days are over — so are your unlimited waffle breakfasts. Instead, buy frozen waffles and chill. "Toaster ovens these days are smart [ovens]," says Spector, who notes that the Breville toaster one she chose for her own wedding registry has a convection feature, a backlit screen, and automatic smart heating function that enables food to cook more evenly.

wedding registry what not to get all-clad

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What Your Bitter Friend Thinks You Need: A Meat Tenderizer
What You Actually Need: A Decent Stainless Steel Pan Set

Just use a heavy pan, instead, ok? All-Clad and Cuisinart make durable sets that you'll use all the time.

See More: 9 Wines That Get Better with Age and Make the Perfect Wedding Gift

wedding registry what not to get ice bucket

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What Your Frat Brothers Think You Need: Specialty Ice Molds
What You Actually Need: An Elegant Ice Bucket

Unless your motto is "Always Be Mixing," leave the spherical ice to the pros and register for a sturdy, stylish ice bucket. This shatter-resistant resin design by Tina Frey is so sophisticated you'll forget you that you used to use a garbage can for the same purpose.

See More: Wedding Desserts That'll Make You Leave the Dance Floor

Can Our Registry Include Stuff for Our Pet?

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Sep 242016
 
dog as ring bearer

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The best way to start creating your wedding registry is to sit down and think about what you use in your day-to-day life — this way you'll end up with gifts you'll both love and use often. Do you cook every evening? Spend the weekends camping? Or maybe a lot of your schedule revolves around your pet, from daily walks with the dog to cuddle sessions with your kitten. If the latter applies to you and your fiancé, you may be wondering if your pet can get in on the registry action. Our experts have a few tips for adding items for your pet to your wedding registry — take a peek!

Whether you've already got a home full of things you love, or just adore your furry friend, adding items for your pet to your wedding registry is a great way to give guests more options when they're shopping for gifts, as well as include things you really want. It's also a great idea if your pet will be playing a role in your wedding: If he's important enough to make a trip down the aisle, he can definitely get a gift or two, too. So if you're registering somewhere that also offers pet goodies, go ahead and break out the scanner gun! There are, of course, a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Avoid registering for things that are your pet's basic necessities (we're talking food and cat litter). There's a good chance that 50-lb. bag of dog food will not be showing up with a note from your aunt! You should also avoid registering for a whole bunch of toys, as while your pet might love them, it's a less personal gift that guests probably won't want to give.

Instead, focus on items that will benefit you, too. Has your dog outgrown his crate? Does your cat need a cool new climbing structure? Or would a cozy pet bed fit in great with your new living room furniture? Maybe your four-legged friends could use a pretty set of matching bowls? Items like these that will be visible in your home fall somewhere between pet supplies and décor. Heading on a far-flung honeymoon? You could totally stick an item into your honeymoon fund for a dog walker or a week of boarding at a kennel.

Just don't forget to include your pet's name when you send out the thank you notes!

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