Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wedding Guest Blogger: Registry Must Haves with Sweet, Pink, and Preppy

Happy Thursday lovelies! As part of the wedding series, I have Katie from Sweet, Pink, and Preppy here as a guest blogger today. Katie is a newlywed herself, who I had the pleasure of guest blogging for during her honeymoon. She has prepared a post for you about registry must-haves. Brides to be, take note! xo - Elizabeth
Hey everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at Sweet, Pink and Preppy.  I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Elizabeth today, and I cannot wait to see pictures of her as a bride!

I’m a newlywed myself, and one of my favorite pre-wedding activities was putting together our registry. I absolutely love to cook, and it was so exciting to get new gadgets for my kitchen from our sweet families and friends!

I am always thrilled to get a bridal shower invite, and I love to check out a couple’s registry and pick out a perfect gift for them. While it may seem weird/gift-grabby to make a list full of things you want, your family and friends want to get you a gift, and a registry allows them to get you something that you actually will use. 
I think it’s very important to sit down before creating your registry and think about what kind of couple you are. If you’d rather attend a party than host one yourself, you probably don’t need a ton of entertaining pieces. If the thought of drinking a martini gives you and your fiance a headache, then you shouldn’t register for 12 martini glasses.

However, there are some items that are important for any couple. Even if you aren’t heading down the aisle anytime soon, these things in my opinion are helpful in any kitchen! Without further adieu, here is my registry top five:

1.  Cooking Tools
A decent set of tools are indispensable in the kitchen. This set, the Ici Silicon Tools from Williams-Sonoma, are my absolute favorite. They work incredibly well with my nonstick pans, and they are lightweight. I’d recommend playing around in the store with the different tools and see which ones feel the most comfortable to you. It’s also important to consider what type of pans you have/are registered for - some pans require that you use a certain type of tools.

2.  Pots and Pans
The quality of your pots and pans can really affect the way that your food cooks. One of my biggest regrets is not registering for new pots and pans. I have a nonstick set that isn’t that old, but I know that sooner rather than later the nonstick coating will begin to flake and it will be time for new ones. I would definitely recommend a stainless steel set. All-Clad pots and pans are my dream pans - but they are pricey! I’m planning on replacing my pans a little at a time.

3.  Bakeware

Whether you bake your cookies from scratch or are a break and bake kind of girl, it’s important to have a few nice baking pieces. I’ve had so many cheap cookie sheets that would warp in the oven once I put them in and produce burned cookies. For cookie sheets, I recommend AirBake pans - they are vented in the bottom, which promotes more evenly baked cookies. For any other bakeware, I registered for Calphalon products and so far I like them a lot! Like I said before, it’s important to take your individual situation into account. If you aren’t going to make a cheesecake anytime soon, you don’t need to worry about a springform pan. Extra kitchen things, especially bakeware, will just take up space.     

4.  Sheets
If you’re anything like me, you didn’t splurge on good sheets for yourself during and after college. I am so happy that we registered for a nice set of sheets. Bed, Bath and Beyond has several 500 thread count options that are priced very reasonably. Our sheets are one of my favorite gifts that we were lucky to receive!

5.  Home Decor
Right after we made our registry, I showed it to my cousin who is also a newlywed and asked for her opinion. She suggested that we add a few home decor pieces, and I was convinced that no one would get any of them for us. Surprisingly, we received all of them! It was really nice to move into our apartment after the wedding and already have some pretty frames and candlesticks to spruce the place up!

I hope this list helped out anyone who is getting ready to create a registry! Don’t be afraid to put things on your list - the worst that can happen is that you don’t get them, and you can always use giftcards or your completion discount towards them. Be respectful about your family member’s budgets - for example, a $300 margarita maker might not be the best choice for your registry (I’m looking at you, husband).

Thanks again to Elizabeth for letting me stop by! Feel free to stop by my blog for recipes and all things preppy!
xx,

KGD

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