10 Wedding Registry Items you’ll still have in 20 Years
We’re all about adding fun, inexpensive, and trendy items to your wedding registry…but we also think it’s worth it to add a few items that will last through several years of marriage. Here are 10 wedding registry items that you’ll still be using on your 20th anniversary.
- China. People may tell you not to register for wedding china because you’ll never use it but…we beg to differ! Not only is it an instant heirloom, but how much you use it is something you can control. We suggest using a few pieces every month on the day you got married; it’s a simple way to remind ourselves to slow down and have a romantic date night. (Even if you’re just eating takeout on it!)
- A Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is an incredibly useful kitchen item and a good one will last you years. We recommend reading reviews and choosing the one you can use until your kids go off to college. (We’ve heard Le Creuset and Staub both fit the bill.)
- Knives. Like the Dutch oven, a well-reviewed set is your best option; treat them well and they’ll last for ages.
- A Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. If you enjoy baking, you’ll love having one of these iconic mixers in your kitchen. Not only are they pretty, but they really go to work. And the multiple attachments mean you’ll get more use out of them.
- Good pots and pans. As any college student using the most inexpensive cookware available will tell you, the cheap stuff only lasts you so long. Now is the time to upgrade to an amazing set that you won’t have to replace every two years.
- A beautiful decorative item. While couples traditionally registered for crystal, we suggest choosing something that fits your personal style but is still timeless. Whether you opt for candlesticks, a vase, or a serving bowl, you won’t regret registering for something lovely to display in your home.
- A Moroccan wedding blanket. Not all bedding is built to last, but if you treat one of these gorgeous blankets as a mostly decorative piece, it will stand the test of time.
- A heavy-duty rolling pin. Register for wood or marble rolling pin and you’ll be using it to make sugar cookies in the year 2030.
- Silver flatware. Like China, real silver has fallen out of fashion in recent years. It’s not for everyone, but if you do decide to get it, you’ll have it for years to come.
- Picture frames. While styles do change, you’ll keep classic picture frames (think: simple black, white, or wooden frames) for years. Even if you want to put something trendier in your living room in a decade, you’ll still be able to use these in other rooms of your house.
If you’re worried about these items being too expensive, keep in mind that these are the gifts that older relatives often love to purchase for newlyweds. As long as you balance them out with some less expensive options, you shouldn’t feel bad about adding them to your registry. And if you don’t get them, you can always put the cash and gift cards you receive toward purchasing them.
5 Oh-So-Unique Gifts That Will Seriously Step Up Your Registry
If you’ve already registered for all the stainless steel pots and pans you’ll probably ever need, it might be time to think outside the box and consider upping your kitchen ante. After all, when else will you have the chance to stock your cabinets with the coolest one-of-a-kind goodies and gadgets out there?
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You fancy, huh? It’s time to trade in that warped wooden board for this marble beauty! This Vermont-made piece is perfect for serving up your go-to cheese assortment, but can also be used for common kitchen tasks like rolling out dough. Plus, it stays about 7º F below room temperature, preventing melty butter and drooping bries and blues.
Step-up your morning routine with this solid walnut bread box that doubles as a cutting board (um, handy!). With a hole at either end for easy opening and just enough airflow to keep the bread within extra fresh, your avocado toast has never tasted so good. This is what your countertop was missing…
Nervous about how your meringues will turn out? Don’t sweat it. A nifty trick to achieving stable foam is to use copper egg white beating bowls like these French faves. The copper interacts with the proteins in the eggs, controlling the fluff and adding more volume. Plus, who says you can’t be stylish while separating whites? Now watch me whip!
This stand definitely takes the cake! Show off your best-baked goodies on this vintage-inspired beauty. Handmade in Ohio at a family-owned factory that’s been making glass for forty years, this cake stand comes in a gorgeous cool grey with subtle pale marbling throughout.
Millennial newlyweds have grown to appreciate good food, so a go-to cookbook is a must. This signed copy of Food52’s “Genius Recipes” will quickly become a favorite, featuring more than 100 foolproof recipes from Executive Editor Kristen Miglore’s popular column and food luminaries like Julia Child, Nigella Lawson, and Michael Ruhlman. So… when’s dinner?