Must-Have Ideas for the 2022 Wedding Registry

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Planning a wedding can take a lot of hardships, but creating your wedding registry shouldn’t be one of them. Very often, however, couples are caught up in making the perfect register—and we get it! It’s hard to know exactly what you’ll need to start your new life together. There are so many new products that stores say you need, but honestly, you’ve gone your whole life without a garlic press, so how necessary can that be? Don’t forget to take into consideration the budgets of your guests. Nobody wants their friends and family to feel pressured into buying an expensive gift. We suggest mitigating any potential embarrassment or guilt by letting your guests know that freebies aren’t necessary — their presence is your freebie. If they feel so inclined, however, the registry may provide some ideas.

You usually want your registry to be finalized about 3 months before your first bridal shower or party. This gives guests plenty of time to find what they want to buy, purchase it, and have it shipped or packaged and brought to the wedding. When considering where to register, consider your needs. Do you need all the kitchen essentials, including pots and pans, plates, and other cooking utensils? Big retailers are your best friend. Or, if you’re looking for more specific items, like fine china or certain dinnerware, look for smaller retailers. Most couples sign up at 2-4 stores, including 1-2 large retailers as well as 1-2 smaller stores for more specific items.

So, that brings us to the big question: what exactly should you include in your registry? First, you will want to assess your needs. What products is your home missing? Next, think of everything you own that could be improved – think of the necessities you bought on the cheap. Next, start thinking about items you’ve always wanted but never bought for yourself, like an air fryer, stand mixer, etc. This list should provide a good starting point for your own situation.

Here are some things I would encourage jump on your register:

  • Cheese/charcuterie platters – chances are you’ll get more than one anyway. They tend to be go-to giveaways when people don’t rely on your registry and/or want to get something personalized. Not to mention, the next time you move, you can probably expect to have one.
  • Garlic press – file this one under one of the most useless kitchen appliances. Mincing garlic isn’t a difficult task, but cleaning a garlic press certainly is.
  • Everything you will inherit, no, it’s not a faux pas to talk to your parents and in-laws about what you will inherit one day! For example, if you inherit a fine china set that you love, consider saving that money and spending it on something else.
  • Bulky and rarely used appliances – I’m looking at you, panini presses and waffle makers. If you are someone who cooks brunch regularly, then of course you will benefit greatly from a waffle maker. But if you don’t, it just takes up space in your kitchen to be removed a few times a year. When looking for the hottest new device, think about how often you actually plan to use it. Is it really worth giving up the space of a cabinet shelf?

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    Pre-seasoned pan-fried lodge

    I firmly believe that a household with a well-used kitchen needs a cast iron skillet. They go far beyond most other types of cookware: from the refrigerator to the stove to the oven. They give meats incredibly crispy cooking. Plus, they’re designed to last forever. People tend to shy away from cast iron because they think it’s too high maintenance, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Your cleaning method is a little different, but you’ll never have to buy another cast iron skillet. When it comes to sticking to a budget while still getting a high quality piece, Lodge is the way to go.

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    Smart Stick Hand Blender

    I never thought I would poeticize an immersion blender, but this gadget has truly changed my life. It is one of the workhorses of my kitchen, used morning, noon and evening. The Smart Stick comes with three attachments: a regular blender with two sharp blades, a whisk, and a mini food processor. If you’re unfamiliar with immersion blenders, they make creating silky smooth soups and morning smoothies an absolute breeze. My favorite part of this product, however, is the mini food processor. We use it to chop fruit, mix pesto, make guacamole and more. I have yet to find another immersion blender with this attachment, and that’s why the Smart Stick will always be my first choice.

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    Rubbermaid Brilliance Storage

    Whether you cook often or not, I would advise everyone to add these containers to your registry. They are a significant improvement over the cheap containers you probably have in your closet right now. They are dishwasher safe with thick plastic that won’t break easily. You can also use them for more than just storing leftovers. Do you like these awesome refrigerator organization videos? That’s how you get it. You can use them to store trinkets anywhere in the house.

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    Set of 10 POP containers

    I admit it: I originally added this set of containers to my registry for aesthetic reasons. I had no idea how much money they would end up saving me. The vacuum lids on these containers really work. I can leave chips and cereal in there and they will stay good for weeks. In fact, they work so well that I’ve bought myself more since receiving them as a gift.

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    Rotating spice rack

    I’m not saying this exact spice rack is a must-have, but something to collect all of your spices. I spent years living with nothing to organize my various containers and never really knew how crazy it drove me until I had one. No more bottles falling out of the cupboard when I opened it, what a life!

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    Amazon Echo

    I imagine most people reading this probably already have an Amazon Alexa or some other type of smart speaker, but if not, take that as a sign of getting one. They really make life so much easier.

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    Drill and Homemade Tool Kit

    Whether you own or rent, a drill and tool set is a necessity. Even if you never use tools, there will come a time when you need them (i.e. for assembling furniture), and you’ll regret having this if you haven’t already. Trust me: an electric drill will save your marriage when it comes to assembling furniture.

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    Linen napkin set

    After years of using cheap towels, getting nice towels was one of my favorite registry gifts. Did I necessarily need it? No, but it made every shower so much better when I could wrap myself in a warm, fluffy towel afterwards. If you have an old set like me, consider donating them to your local animal shelter when you get new ones!

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    Wet and dry vacuum cleaner

    When they say small changes make big differences, I’m pretty sure they were talking about corded or cordless vacuums. You might be thinking “Does a cord really bother you that much?” And the answer is yes, it definitely is, but I didn’t know that until I invested in one. The best part about this model? It doubles as a vacuum and mop, so you can eliminate two household appliances for one.

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    Stoneware Ceramic Dinnerware Set

    A cute dinnerware set may be something you don’t think you need, but it’s something that will instantly elevate your meals and make everyday moments special. Even if you live for takeout, it’s so much nicer to eat from a nice plate than from a takeout box. These plates are heavy enough to feel substantial and high quality without weighing you down from counter to table.

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    Everyday cutlery

    Similar to beautiful tableware, using high quality cutlery is just a different dining experience. Have you ever felt the difference in weight between a cheap cutlery set and a high quality cutlery set? It’s drastic, to say the least. Donate your old set and upgrade it.

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    Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

    If you cook even the smallest amount, you need some kind of dutch oven or stockpot. You’ll use them endlessly for soups, stews, pastas and more. When it comes to quality, nothing will last as long as an enameled cast iron Dutch oven, and Le Creuset is the gold standard. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, go with Lodge’s.

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    Set of 3 non-stick frying pans

    American cookware

    Although you get more than enough use from your cast iron skillet, it’s a good idea to have at least one nonstick option in your kitchen. These have a non-stick interior coating so food slides right off while the exterior is stainless steel, which heats more evenly and is much more durable than the non-stick coating.

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    Rigid luggage

    Luggage is something I don’t see many couples signing up for, and it’s something I regret the most. Consider it: Most young adults don’t have nice lightweight yet durable luggage, but you’re probably about to embark on a honeymoon that will include some form of travel. Don’t start your marriage struggling with bad baggage.

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    Non-stick plate set

    Among some more expensive cookware options, a set of nonstick plates should be an economical gift option for your guests. This set outshines so many others when it comes to being truly non-stick. Don’t let the price fool you, the quality of these is supreme.

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    Kitchen knife set with block

    A good set of knives is something you don’t want to skimp on. Dull knives are actually more dangerous than sharp knives, so having a set that includes a sharpener is paramount. If you’re looking for something a little more economical, we like this set too.

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    Luxury linens

    Is there anything more refreshing and relaxing than climbing into bed with clean sheets? Bring that feeling into your new marriage with a set of lovely new sheets. You might splurge, but buyer beware: the highest price doesn’t always equal the highest quality in this category. We also suggest stocking up on new pillows, insert and duvet cover and a blanket or quilt for the warmer months.

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