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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.
With the modern bride-to-be, the wedding registry is very important. For the guests, it takes the guesswork out of purchasing a wedding gift that you and your husband will treasure. For you, it's an easier way of organizing the things you need and keeps you from receiving duplicate gifts or gifts you just don't want. It's a wonderful addition to add to your wedding and once you have listed everything you need, perform a wedding registry check in.
If you've purchased anything since you created your bridal registry, it's important to remove those gifts so you won't receive a duplicate. Don't feel guilty, though, if you have purchased a more casual china set and your registry still contains a formal one. Many brides ask for two sets or two types of items - and chances are, they will be a useful addition to your home. Simply make sure that nothing is listed twice and that the list is updated.
There is a good possibility that you will need to add a few items when you do a wedding registry check in. It's easy to forget items the first time around and you've probably remembered them since then. A few of the items that many brides-to-be forget include:
- Area Rugs
- Casserole Dishes
- Bake Ware
- Decorative Items
As you remember things you didn't include, create a list. This way, when you perform your wedding registry check in, you can place those items on the registry.
When you do a wedding registry check in, you will likely see that some of your guests have purchased gifts. Do a check to ensure that there are still gifts in all different price ranges so your guests can have a selection of what to purchase. This will allow guests with a smaller budget to purchase items and guests with a larger budget to find something nice as well.
If you notice that many of the lower-price range items are being purchased and that there are few left, you may want to add more so that your guests can choose the gift that fits their budget. The same thing goes for higher priced items.
Your wedding registry will be a life saver as you and your soon-to-be groom start your marriage together. Be sure that your wedding registry check in covers the points above and you will be fine!
Wedding guests typically bring gifts as a way of blessing the bride and groom's marriage and helping to provide household items the couple will need. These days, many couples already have the basic necessities for the home, but the wedding registry is a great way to receive things you don't have. If you're not sure what to add to your list, here are some of the most useful registry items.
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Most Useful Kitchen Registry Items -A Durable and High Quality Knife Set Kitchen Appliances - Blender, Coffee Maker or Cappuccino Machine. Flatware High Quality Pots and Pans
The kitchen truly is the new living room - families spend time chatting about their day and enjoying each other's company around the table. Since so much time is spent there, consider the special things you will need to make life easier. Most brides-to-be will register for a china set - whether it's for special occasions or everyday use. A few other examples of the most useful registry items for the kitchen include:
Most Useful Bed and Bath Registry Items -Guest Towels Quilts or Duvet Sets Scented or Decorative Soaps for the Bath. Candles Sheet Sets Pillows
The great thing about a wedding registry is that you often receive items you wouldn't think of until you needed them. Many brides register for luxurious sheet sets, bathroom rugs, towels and décor. Below are a few other useful registry items for the bed and bath:
When registering, remember to include a wide range of gifts so each guest can pick something within their budget. If you will be registering for a luxurious Egyptian cotton sheet set, also register for small picture frames to grace the bedside tables. This way, your guests will not feel pressured to purchase something their budget doesn't allow.
Most Useful Household Registry Items -Throw Pillows Lamps Shelves Side Tables Pottery
There are some great registry items that you can list for the house, such as art or wall hangings, drapes and picture frames. Consider the things you really need to complete your home and add those items to your list. A few ideas include:
By including items you feel as though you really need, you can ensure that every gift you receive will hold a special place in your home.