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Stocking up on a proper set of silverware is a crucial part of the wedding registry process. Finally ready to graduate from the hodge-podge set you’ve pieced together since college? Here’s the low-down on what types of materials to consider, how many pieces to ask for, and how to properly take care of it when it’s in your kitchen.
Picking your Material
Sterling Silver: Flatware composed of sterling silver is higher in price and traditionally used in formal dining. Because of its high shine and high quality, sterling silver flatware is valuable and best saved for special occasions or a time you want to add elegant touches to your place settings. The quality is reflected in the price with this option as its best at resisting scratches and breaking.
Silver-Plated: A cost effective alternative to sterling silverware, this option is generally composed of brass or nickel and is then plated in fine silver for a high shine and luxurious look. The thickness of the plating depends upon the pattern used for the flatware. Keep in mind that the thicker the plating, the more expensive the set will be.
Stainless Steel: Stainless steel flatware is composed of varying iron alloys. To ensure your set is high in quality, look for one that has an 18/10 designation on it. This means it is made up of 18% chrome and 10% nickel and is considered the highest quality stainless steel.
The Pieces to Register for
When it comes to basic eating utensils, we recommend registering for four 5-piece place settings. A five piece place setting typically includes a tablespoon (the larger spoon), a teaspoon (the smaller spoon), a dinner knife, a dinner fork, and a salad fork. Even if you don’t plan on entertaining frequently, a set of basic serving utensils is also a must. Our list: 5 butter knives (one for each place setting), a soup ladle, a slotted spoon and/or a pasta spoon with slots, and a large fork and spoon set for serving salads and pasta salads.
Make your life easier by registering for a flatware set that you know is dishwasher safe. To prevent water spots, towel dry your flatware when removing it from the dishwasher.
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Most all couples will register for traditional items for the inside of their homes: bathroom towels, bedding, china, flatware, etc. But don't forget about the outside of your home! Here's everything you'll need to throw a stellar backyard BBQ:
1. Propane Gas Grill
2. Outdoor Dining Furniture
3. Outdoor Fire Pit
4. Patio Umbrella
6. Grill Tool Set (i.e. spatula, tongs, fork, basting brush)
7. Tiki Torches
8. Drink Dispensers
10. String Lights
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A wedding registry is supposed to be a guilt-free opportunity for you to register for whatever your heart desires--to a certain extent--but warning, don't let the scanner take control because with all that peer pressure, you're bound to forget an essential item or two.
Can you guess which ones are most overlooked? Here's what made it on our top 10 list:
1. Vacuum Cleaner
2. Extra Bath (or Beach) Towels
3. Picture Frames
4. Gift Cards
5. Digital Camera
8. Board Games
If you're looking for timeless dinnerware that can become a part of your formal or every day dining, we've chosen a few options that stand out.
1. Vintage floral archetypal pattern, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
2. Embossed whiteware with shark's tooth gold banding. Available at Bloomingdales.
3. Elegant lace pattern with platinum accent band. Available at Kohl's.
4. Simplicity is key with this bright white, crisp porcelain set. Available at Crate and Barrel.
5. A classic set that is popular in Parisian bistros. A white porcelain with a red fillet border. Available at Williams Sonoma.
1. Simple, Classic, Bedding
Bold, colorful borders lend a modern touch to this crisp 300-thread-count cotton percale Italian bedding. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
2. Patterned, Hotel Collection Bedding
Luxurious comfort meets sophistication in this refined bedding collection. It features an understated, elegant design and is a Macy's exclusive.
3. Table Lamps
Guests will jump at the chance to light up your life with chic lamps. What a perfect registry request! Available at Crate and Barrel.
4. Solid Colored Duvet
You'll be spending one-third of your lives here, so it makes sense to make it fabulous. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
5. Luxurious Linens
Cozy up next to luxurious Turkish cotton! These towels are loomed with dense loops for superior absorbency and incomparable softness. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
1. Mesh Colanders
Made of stainless steel that will never rust, these fine-mesh colanders are great for draining everything from greens to rice. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
2. Staub Mini Cocottes
Oven to table perfection! Enameled cast-iron cocottes are ideal for baking and serving individual portions of soups, sides and more. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
3. Block Knife Sets
Block sets include all the essential knives you'll need. Start with one and then add specialized knives to complement your cooking. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
4. SodaStream Fizz
The fun is in the fizz. Make your own soft drinks in reusable bottles. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
5. Five-Piece Parker Bowl Set
Of course, your kitchen collection won't be complete without stepped earthenware bowls in matching, tonal brights! Available at Crate & Barrel.
6. 10-Piece Punch Bowl Set
Be the hostess with the mostest; entertain in style with a schmancy punch bowl set. Available at Crate & Barrel.
7. A Mixer
KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer. Outfit the most important room in your new home—the kitchen!—with these essential registry items from Kohl's. Start with a sunny buttercup mixer to blend, mix, and whip dozens of family recipes
8. Calphalon Cookware
Cooking with Calphalon® 10-Piece Set. The hard-andonized, non-stick coating will ensure clean, even heat for years—and the clear lids will help you keep watch on your food. Available at Kohl's.
9. Barware Collection
Fun and unique patterns set a festive mood with a glass for every occasion. Cheers to you! Available at Macy's.
10. Keurig Coffee Maker
No need to compromise; have any beverage you'd like and keep your brew budget in check with a Keurig B70 Coffee Maker. Available at Macy's.