Wedding Registry

Kitchen equipment for your registry

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Before I owned my own wedding business, I was a manager and buyer for a kitchen store. One of my main responsibilities was helping couples register for their wedding gifts.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when registering for your kitchen. There are countless options. Everything seems to come in every shape, size, and color. The bride-to-be would often say to me, “I don’t even know where to start.”

That’s when I took the lead. I would walk through the store and show them items they needed. My belief then was the same as now:  It’s all about having a few quality items. I would almost always begin by saying to the couple, “When you register for your kitchen, you have two options: You can go for quality or you can go for quantity.”

I once had a lady come into the store and she bought an onion chopper, an avocado slicer, a garlic press, a tomato knife (only to be used on soft skin foods like tomatoes), and a lime juicer. Clearly she was preparing to make guacamole. I remember ringing her up at the cash register and thinking to myself, “for the money she’s spending on all these items, she could purchase one really good knife.”

I remember as she walked out of the store with her bag of gadgets thinking, “it sure would take a lot less time to clean, put away, and store one knife rather than all those gadgets.”

After I would share that story with the couple, they had a better sense of what their focus should be. I would continue by walking them through the store and showing them the quality items. The items that they actually need. I always made it a point to say to them, “Some of these items, if you take care of them, will last you a lifetime.”

I just celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary and the things I use in the kitchen everyday are the same items I registered for over 13 years ago. The key is to choose timeless, simple, high-quality products.Couple in the kitchen

Here’s my TOP TEN LIST for your kitchen registry:  

1. Cookware

A really high quality cookware set for everyday cooking. I personally use All-Clad cookware and I love it. It’s beautiful, it cleans up really well, and it lasts a lifetime. I used to tell couples, “Yes, it’s an investment, but would you rather buy one set one time or buy a new cookware set every seven years?”  I always suggested registering for both a set and each piece individually. Most of the time, the couple would at least receive one or two pieces. They could always add to the collection overtime. 

2. Dutch Oven

One high quality large dutch oven for preparing soups, chili, roasting meats, etc . I personally use a Le Creuset dutch oven and it just gets better with time. I personally recommend a neutral color so you don’t ever get tired of it. A Le Creuset dutch oven is an investment and you certainly don’t want to not use it because you no longer like the bright color you once chose. Mine is white. It may not be the most exciting color, but it goes with everything.

White dishes

3. Dishes and Glassware

Speaking of white, food is most appealing when served on a white background. This is why when you go to a nice restaurant, almost always, your meal is going to be served on a white plate. I suggest really simple, timeless, everyday white dishes and serving platters. (I believe the same with glassware, just keep it simple. You’ll find plain highball and old-fashioned glasses in my cabinets.)

4. Non-stick Pans

It’s also important to have one or two non-stick pans. If you enjoy eggs for breakfast, non-stick is the easiest clean up you’ll find. I have one large non-stick pan and one small one in my kitchen.

5. Bowls

I love when I can find something that serves more than one purpose. This saves so much space in the kitchen and for me, that’s a huge win! I use at least one item from this glass pyrex set (with lids!) every single day. From mixing bowls to casserole dishes to storing leftovers (who needs tupperware?), this really is so much value in one set.

6. Utensils

A utensil crock filled with a variety of utensils. I don’t like to have many items that live on my kitchen counter. I just can’t handle the clutter. There are, however, two items I make an exception for and allow to hold permanent residence on my countertop. One being my utensil crock (the other is #7 on this list). I’ve never understood why anyone stores their utensils in a drawer. When I need a utensil in the kitchen, the last thing I want to do is rummage through a drawer in an attempt to find it. I like to be able to cook at my stove and see all my available utensils right beside it. I’ve had this large white crock for over 13 years and it’s perfect. I really like that it’s larger than your standard crock allowing room so the utensils don’t get tangled together. Mine is filled with a variety of utensils I use often. I use olive wood spoons, stainless steel utensils (solid turner, slotted turner, solid spoon, slotted spoon), and I love oxo for my whisk, tongs, and non-stick turner.

7. Knives

One really good, high-quality, santoku knife. If you can only register or purchase one knife, this is the one. I’ve had the J.A. Henckels Pro Santoku knife since I first registered for it over a decade ago and I still use it today. I also strongly recommend a knife block (the one other thing I allow on my countertops.

Cutting board

8. Cutting Boards

Epicurean cutting boards. I use cutting boards all the time. I’ve had these for over 13 years and they are as good today as they were then. They are lightweight, stain resistant, and dishwasher safe. I recommend registering for two or three different sizes.

9. Dish Towels

Simple, white flour sack towels. I probably own 30 of these. They dry everything so quickly from dishes to a spill on the floor. They wash up beautifully and last forever. I can’t recommend them enough.

10. Sheet Pans

The most used item in my kitchen without a doubt is a sheet pan. I use sheet pans and half sheet pans all the time. They are great for roasting vegetables, baking bread, cookies, etc. I highly recommend this set because it includes another one of my all-time favorite kitchen items, the silicone liner. They make baking so easy! (If you love baking, they make a great 6-piece starter set and an entire bakeware set in this same line.)

Thirteen years later and I’m still using every item I registered for on this list. It can be tempting to want all the fun, colorful gadgets, but your future self will thank you if you select simple, neutral, high-quality products that will last you a lifetime.

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About Jessica Zimmerman

Voted Top Wedding Planner by Southern Living Magazine, Jessica Zimmerman has mastered the art of designing and producing unforgettable weddings. She’s worked with celebrity clients and her designs have been featured in major media publications including People magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Country Living, and more. Visit her site at https://www.zimmermanevents.com

In an industry full of beauty and flowers, Jessica has been described by both colleagues and students as the “missing component” with her business expertise. As she often says, “It’s one thing to make a pretty floral arrangement, it’s a whole other thing to make money doing it.”

In a field that is often tight-lipped, Jessica’s tell-all, tough-love approach has made her a sought-after speaker for the industry’s top events.

Born and raised in Arkansas, she’s a proud wife and mama to a 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old twin boys. Her greatest passion is designing a life she loves to live while encouraging other businesswomen to do the same.  

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Creating your wedding registry

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Creating your wedding registry is one of the more fun things to do when you’re planning your dream wedding. And with the massive collection of online shops on the internet these days, the possibilities are endless.

But, before you dive right in and add a million things to your wishlist, here are things you should know about wedding gift registries.

P[anning your wedding registry

Before you start your wedding registry search

Going on the quest of finding gifts to add to your list can become overwhelming. You might find yourself at a later point, where you just mindlessly add things to your wedding registry search list – even if you don’t really need it.

You will soon be flooded with questions like “how do I know which gifts I should add?” and “how many gifts should I add and in which price ranges?”

You will find the Wedding Registry Kit very useful because it will help you to decide which items to add, how many of them, and in which price range so that it suits all of your wedding guests’ pockets. It also comes with a checklist of over 30 items, and a wedding registry ideas list.

The difference between a bridal registry and a wedding registry

Another confusing thing about searching for wedding registry gift ideas is the difference between a bridal registry and a wedding registry.

The bridal registry is a gift list you set up for the bridal shower. In contrast, the wedding registry includes gifts your guests can buy for the wedding – and may include gifts for the groom, too.

The great thing about having both is that many guests will buy gifts for one or both occasions. So you can just add the gifts from your bridal registry which you haven’t received, to your wedding registry.

Finding stores for your registry

How to locate wedding registry stores

Another way to go hunting for wedding registry gift, is by finding wedding registry stores which provide a service.

You can find these stores by either going online to their websites, or by going to the mall and asking at each store’s help desk or customer services desk.

Most large homeware stores have them, and you can easily go to their website and add things you want on your wedding registry list.

You can create your gift registry online

The most convenient way to add gifts to your wedding list is by creating your gift registry online. We are all connected to the web nowadays, which makes it even easier to create your wedding registry from the comfort of your own couch.

There are many online wedding registries which will make it easy for you to add gifts from different stores to one place. You can then share the link to your wedding guests, either through your wedding website or by printing it on your wedding stationery and including it in the wedding invitation.

The best collective online registry where you can add items from multiple stores is the one provided by The Knot. The Knot also makes it super easy for you to add your Honeyfund account to your wedding registry – which you can share to your wedding guests and add to your wedding website!

Create your registry on line

Where to find wedding gift registry ideas

Save yourself all the trouble of searching for wedding gift registry ideas, by firstly creating your Honeyfund account. Your wedding guests will love the unique idea of contributing to your honeymoon in any way they choose to. When you’ve created a wedding website, you can simply add your Honeyfund account link to it, so that your wedding guests can start contributing.

Next, look on Pinterest for more unique wedding gift registry ideas, and be sure to look out for posts that tell you what NOT to add to your wedding registry!

Can you have more than one wedding registry?

Of course, you can!

If you like many things at different stores, you can simply add them to your wedding registry online, or you can have a registry at multiple stores.

However, don’t list the stores of the entire mall in your wedding registry info! If you want to add more than one store, limit yourself to 2 to 3 choices, at most.

Wedding registry selections

Can you have a wedding registry if you’re having a destination wedding?

The answer is yes!

I would suggest that you consider a registry fund, rather than listing homeware items, because it might seem rude to your guests if you have a destination wedding – which you know most guests won’t be able to attend – and then ask them to buy you expensive gifts…

That is why Honeyfund is so perfect! It will allow your wedding guests to contribute to your dream wedding, by adding a little something to your honeymoon. It is still a wedding gift, but it is a more subtle way to ask for it…

Gifts & destination weddings

BIO: Tanya Viljoen is a wedding expert who chose to help brides who plan their own wedding, as well as wedding planners who are new to the industry. She has completed her Advanced Wedding Planning & Styling Course at The SA School of Weddings in 2016 and now owns a very successful wedding blog: The Wedding Club.

 

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