Registering for wedding gifts is a big moment for every engaged couple as they plan for marriage. Maria and I are both very busy and we seldom have time to shop, so naturally we took our time before finally venturing out to register for our wedding gifts. We started the day with a little liquid courage to steel ourselves for our registering journey.
When we were ready and appropriately jolly, we walked over to Crate & Barrel. Maria and I grabbed the scanner from the helpful ladies at the registry counter and were off to the races.
Registering for wedding gifts was a different experience for the two of us than it is for most couples about to tie the knot. Maria and I are both in our early thirties and have been living independently for the better part of a decade. Each of us already owns many of the things you usually find on a wedding registry, like crock pots, coffee makers, knives and so on. Between the two of us, we actually have to get rid of many duplicate items and small appliances.
Despite the overlap, there is still a fair amount we intend to upgrade. Especially pots and pans, which are something I care deeply about. Maria doesn’t mind cooking, but I really enjoy it and she leaves most of it to me. When it came to selecting which brand we should go with, Maria was pretty much lost in a sea of choices.
I knew exactly what I wanted and zoomed right in for some Calphalon stainless steel pans and this lovely cast iron frying pan. I can’t wait to cook in cast iron again.
Maria and I do a lot of cooking with fresh herbs, which means we do a plenty of chopping or cutting. While poking around in the cooking utensils, Maria found these herb scissors with four sets of blades. I thought they were the bees knees. Those were definitely added to our registry.
When cooking with herbs, we also find ourselves buying a bunch of one herb to use a small amount in one recipe, only for the rest of that bunch to go bad before we use it again. That’s why Maria was really excited to find this herb keeper that maintains the freshness of your herbs longer in the refrigerator. She couldn’t wait to scan the herb keeper and add it to our wedding registry.
After we finished with all of the kitchen utensils and appliances, we went to look at items that Maria felt much more comfortable with: dishes and eating utensils (Maria says everyone else calls them “flatware”; apparently, I’m the only one who says “eating utensils”). As long as the fork works and the plate can go in the dishwasher, it’s fine by me. But Maria just loves anything elegant. Much like how Maria was lost when looking at the pans, I was overwhelmed by so many collections of white dishes.
We are a practical couple and if we are going to own expensive dishes, we intend to use them often. With Maria’s guidance, we decided that the White Pearl dinnerware was perfect for our needs. It is simple, elegant and, since it is dishwasher and microwave safe, we intend to be extra fancy and use it every day.
Once our china was selected, we moved on to select our “flatware.” Look how happy Maria is with the spread of forks, knives and spoons before her.
Our search process was very detailed. Once we narrowed it down to a few sets of utensils, we compared each set to the White Pearl dinnerware.
So many options. The choices just might kill us. #bridalregistry A photo posted by Maria and Rob (@crazytogetherblog) on
In the end, we chose the Scoop place setting. We liked the simple lines and that it is ideal for casual or more formal dining.
We spent another half hour in Crate & Barrel looking at other items, but that was the bulk of our registering adventure at that store. Our registry is simple and rather small compared to most couples, but we are happy with what we chose. Here are a few additional items that we decided to register for.
Dual Citrus Squeezer
Cuisinart 12-Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker
Small and Large All-Purpose Scoops
Cuisinart ® 2-Speed Smart Stick Hand Blender
Maria’s bridal shower was yesterday and I know she can’t wait to fill you in on that experience. Life has been pretty busy for us this week (it looks like I might be moving into our new condo on Saturday) and we are both taking lots of deep breaths. We will be sure to keep you updated along the way.
So fun! I remember our registry day fondly. My husband wasn’t super excited about it initially, he felt it was weird to pick gifts for people to give, but by the end of the day he was adding fun items like a cherry pitter that we still use to this day (five year anniversary this weekend!).