Engaged 101: What to Scan for Your Registry
March 19, 2015
Registering for a bridal registry can be really fun for some couples, but stressful for others. Recently I had a precious bride ask me to write an article on wedding registries--and I'm always happy to help! I could only cook two things when we got married and was a pro at burning food. When we registered, I had an idea of the things we would need, but it was overwhelming since I did not really cook--luckily I had friends that gave me advice! We still remember who gave us different items, and we think of our friends and family when items we received from them are used!
When you register, you are picking out items that you hope will last you for a long time to come, so here are some helpful tips on what to scan and what to skip from happily married couples! I actually had tons of tips and ideas from everyone, which ended up becoming a three (maybe four) part series! So stay tuned for the rest of the series on wedding registries!
Part One: Must Have Kitchen Necessities
Pots & Pans:
High Quality Pots and Pans
You want yourpots and pans to last you for a long time. People will tell you to register for the stainless steel pots and pans because they will last you for a lifetime.
Maybe it’s the good ol’ Southern girl in me, but I do love my cast-iron skillet! It gets a nice sear on meat, and you can use it for anything from cobbler, to bread, to roast chicken. Cast iron requires a little bit of maintenance, but if you take good care of it, it will last forever! Make sure you seasonit first before you use it!
This was everyone's favorite item in their kitchen! I did not register for a dutch oven because I had no idea that I needed it! Every week I would watch Ree and Rachael cook with their pretty, fun colored dutch ovens. Soon, I was sure that I needed one to test out my culinary skills! I got a pretty tealdutch oven for Christmas from the hubby! I cook more than ever with it now! It’s perfect for everything I’ve tried so far. I use it for soups, stews, one pot meals, and to slow cook meat. It can go on the stove top or into the oven. It requires a little maintenance--but it will last forever! Did I mention it was pretty? It’s a must--you need one. Seriously.
The knife block is the wooden thing with the holes that store your knives. The block sits on my kitchen countertop, and gets used every single day. I like the variety of knives in the block and the kitchen scissors. I use the kitchen scissors all of the time when I cook. You need the block--not just a set that will sit in the drawer.
This is a slow cooker, the Crock Pot is a brand name. I love my Crock Pot and use it at least once a week! It’s great to have a meal cooking in the Crock Pot all day when you come home from work. Your house will smell amazing, and you will be so glad you didn’t have to cook a big meal in the kitchen after work. It cooks your food slow, and the meat will be very tender. I suggest registering for a Crock Pot that has a timer, this way when the food is done cooking it will automatically switch to “warm”. These Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwichesare my favorite meal from the Crock Pot--and so easy to throw together.
Several of my friends suggested a toaster oven. I don’t have one, but they say it’s a lifesaver when you are cooking for several people and only have one oven.
I’m the kind of person that drinks coffee everyday. This was a necessity for me as I drink coffee throughout the day. The Keurig is a beloved item of many of the people that helped with this post! Now they have come out with the Keurig 2.0 which is way cool because it can make a single cup of coffee or a whole pot of coffee. If you love coffee, register for the Keurig 2.0 for sure!
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
This was the item that pretty much everyone I talked to said was a must have if you liked to bake. Oh they come in so many happy, gorgeous colors! How could you not love to own one? I love myKitchen Aid Mixer--and it really has made baking so much more fun! I feel like it was a right of passage for me when I got my stand mixer. If you love to bake then this is an item you will love--it will transform baking for you too!
Register for a really prettywooden cutting boardthat can sit on your kitchen countertop to use. Then register for a couple of plastic cutting boards that are dishwasher safe to use for raw meat (you don’t want to get salmonella from that gorgeous wood cutting board!)
These are the little bowls that can go in the microwave or oven. I use these all the time when I prep my food. Everything is prepped-chopped and measured-before I start cooking. The ramekins will help you to get everything cooked faster.
Rubber Spatulas & Wooden Spoon
Arubber spatulawill scrape up all of the delicious yumminess from the bottom of the pan without scratching your pots and pans. I use these all of the time, and never seem to have enough of them! Get a wooden spoon--nothing can beat it!
Mixing Bowls & Measuring Cups & Spoons
Register for a glassmixing bowl-hot liquid and plastic is not a good thing together--and yes, I'm speaking from experience on that one!
You will be glad when you haveleftovers you have these because they have a lid--easy for cleanup and you can bring leftovers for your lunch the next day. I really like the ones for casseroles if you need to transport it to a dinner party or family gathering.
Stoneware Baking Dishes
This just makes for a pretty presentation for casseroles or baked goods. In fact, many of my friends said that they wish they had pretty oven-to-table bakeware to bring to a dinner party or pot-luck!
These are also known as Jelly Roll Pans. These make for easy cleanup, and I use mine all the time. Acookie sheet will help your cookies from burning.
You are going to eat off of your plates for many years to come, so pick plates that you really love. Many people choosewhite dinnerware as they have a timeless look. Pay attention to how many dinner plates, desert plates, mugs, and bowls come in a box. It depends on the set--some may be a 16 piece set (so you get 4 dinner plates, 4 desert plates, 4 mugs, 4 bowls), while other sets may come in a box with only 1 of each item. You will want to get at least an 8 piece setting, this will come in handy if you have a dinner party with your family or friends.
Again this is something you will use everyday, so pick a classic look. Picksilverware that would be pretty for a dinner party or just the two of you! Pick a set that has the serving utensils to go with the silverware.
Register for a nice set of glasses that look timeless. This is another item you will use daily.
Writing this, brought back fun memories of registering at the stores with my husband! True story, I had to take the scanner away from him because he was registering for a whole bunch of things we did not need--candy, food, items that didn’t match--you name it, he scanned it! Was it mean of me to delete items off of the registry that he scanned that did not go with the other items we registered for? We laugh about it now, and that’s just the kind of funny guy he is. Happy registering!