Spring is in the air and with that comes the beginning of wedding season. With wedding season comes wedding registries. Taking the time to find the items you love like the perfect bathroom towels or the ultimate bedding set is great, but have you put any thought into what you really need in your new kitchen?
So many gadgets to choose from and so little time! Setting up your kitchen via your wedding registry can be nerve racking so keep a few things in mind:
Determine how you are going to use the item you are requesting in your kitchen. That ice cream maker looks cool, and it will be awesome to have homemade ice cream, but how many times are you really going to use it? Start off by thinking practically and ask for items you know you will use on a regular basis.
Sometimes we feel the items we like are too expensive. If it is useful, pricey, and long-lasting, put it on there anyway. If it is something you love but generally can’t afford it, your friends and family may be able to pool together and purchase it for you.
Speaking of long-lasting, think about items that still will be useful 15 years down the road. Asking for things that you won’t use or your style may change may not be the best option.
Requesting pricey wedding china on your registry is fine if you are planning on entertaining on a regular basis, but if you are just starting out, this may not be the most practical item on your list.
It is OK to ask for a few indulgent items we may not use right away, but only a few. Otherwise, you will have a corner of your garage dedicated to old, dusty things that have never been used.
Some items we definitely suggest are things like a KitchenAid mixer, food processor, a Dutch oven, really good knives, a higher end blender, a set of high quality pots and pans, and a roasting pan with a rack. For less pricey items we suggest a stock pot, half sheet pans, a set of glass mixing bowls, measuring spoons and cups, silicone spatula, a rolling pin, wire racks, tea kettle, and an immersion stick blender.
Other things we suggest you get whether they are on your registry or not: kitchen shears, cast iron skillet, slotted spoons, ladle, and wooden spoons.