Monday, July 18, 2016

3 years later; registry picks

Before we got married, I would seriously stay up until 2am stressing about our registry. Zeus help me when I have a kid. Remember when I got stressed about packing for Europe? Times it by a million and that was pre-wedding Kristen. It wasn't even the registry part but the choosing part that stressed me out. I need the best towels (for the best price) and what vacuum cleaner is best? What pots and pans should I get? Do I need fancy china???

Seriously. It's almost stressing me out all over again.

KC and I got engaged and then moved into our apartment a month later. He lived with his mom and I'd lived with mine, neither of us had a damn thing. So we were like the poster children for wedding registries because we literally needed all the things. If you lived with your significant other, or on your own (which I never got to do), you more than likely have stuff already so the registry can be more about the fun things or the things you can't afford on your own. We moved into a house a few months after we were married, and were very thankful that we had received the things we did.

But for those like me, I wanted to share, 3 years later, what turned out to be the best registry picks that we have used a million times, and the others that fell flat. Maybe it will help someone, maybe not. I know 3 years isn't a very long time but it's long enough to figure out what we like and dislike.

Wedding Registry Picks - 3 Years Later

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The best things:

1. Serving dishes.
We had a couple of people get us these off our registry and others I have picked up since then. I always thought we wouldn't need these, because KC and I do not 'entertain', like ever. Or so I thought. We've had a couple people over for dinner and a couple of parties and I've had to come up with some interesting serving dish substitutions because I'd run out. I don't think you can have too many of these.


The things we use most are plain and simple platters - I can load them up with burgers, hot dogs, breakfast foods - whatever we are having people over for. They are so versatile! I actually bought myself this huge turkey platter from bed bath and beyond, it was on crazy sale (like $5!) and though I doubt I will ever cook a turkey, I have used it for other things, no shame.

Of course, we also use the ones that you can put veggies or chips in. Also great are baking dishes that you can take straight from the oven and plop on the table. Easy as can be!



Also, I couldn't resist sharing these pig plates, how cute are they?! If we were registering right now I would totally get them.


2. This dutch oven.
Everyone is all about Le Creuset and that's great, but I am not - nor is anyone in my life - going to spend that much on a dutch oven. Sorry. This Lodge one from Target or BB&B is fabulous, much cheaper, and I have already used it a hundred times. It seriously gets a workout in the winter because it holds so much!


3. A hand vac.
We have 3 cats. This was the best gift ever. We have a black and decker and it works just fine.



4. Food processor.
I really didn't think we would use this, but it was on all the lists so I figured why not. Jokes on me because we use this thing all the time. It's so fabulous and easy to use, I was so scared of it the first time I used it but it really is exceptionally easy, not to mention dishwasher safe. We have a cuisinart 11 cup one and have never had an issue.



5. Tool set.
I can't find the exact one we got, but it was black and decker with the basics and a drill, I think. KC has added things over the years, and the bag is super handy, easy to keep everything organised/shoved out of sight. He has a few things that don't fit in the bag (like a saw of some sort) so hopefully one day we'll have a garage to set everything up, but something like this is really great to get started. It came in handy more than once in those first few months of home ownership!

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6. Pyrex.
I wanted pyrex, I knew I would like pyrex, I knew I would use pyrex. I did not know how much I would LOVE pyrex and that we would use them for everything, every day. We received so much pyrex that I ended up taking some back, but I wish I hadn't! I didn't know that KC would leave one of the lids on the stovetop (while the stove was on, of course) or that we would drop them and they would shatter everywhere. So yes. All the pyrex.


storing bowl set /  storage set with different shapes and sizes (we LOVE this one and have 2 sets) / large bowls with lids (love these, great for serving as well) / baking dishes

Of course, we have other things from the registry that we use and love (like my crock pot or sewing machine) but these are the things that I was unsure we would use or like, and I am glad we got them.

And now, for the worst thing:

White towels. I don't care what pinterest says, this was the absolute worst thing ever. I hate them. If they work for you, great. Not for us.

What we didn't end up getting:

Fancy china. We have fancy for us china (plain off white) and it works great on the rare times we have guests.

A fancy kitchenaid stand mixer. I am not a baker, but if and when I need a mixer, I use this hand mixer and it does the job just dandy.



Pressure cooker. I wanted one, didn't get one, have survived just fine without it.

Keurig or soda stream thingy. I don't drink coffee, and KC likes his pretty plain. Also, we just didn't think a keurig was very cost effective long term. KC had a plain old drip mr coffee thingy that he has since replaced with an espresso machine. We do drink lots of soda though, so I thought the soda stream would be a good thing for us, but in the end I decided against it and we've never missed it. Although, if we could go back, and KC had any input, he'd have asked for an espresso machine. We were gifted it a year or so ago after he got the taste for espresso in Australia, and it's his new best friend.


I also didn't register for things like napkin rings, barware, toaster oven, monogrammed anything, panini presses or waffle makers. They are just things I didn't think we would use. We've never missed them, so I guess I was right.

As with everything, every couple/wedding/house/whatever is different, so the things you will like and will use often will vary from the things I like and use. I just think it's funny, because I lost sleep and hair over something so trivial (but you couldn't tell 2013 Kristen it was trivial!). Honestly, I focused so much on what everyone else suggested, who I thought I should be with the things I should use. I felt like it was a test that I was already failing, which I know is ridiculous, you don't need to tell me. I am of course very thankful that we got anything at all, we were very fortunate.


Anyway, these are the things from our registry that turned out to be the best for us, it's not everything because there are a million and one lists on the internet for that.

Does anyone else get crazy stressed over silly things like registries? Or just me...?

60 comments:

  1. Absolutely agree on the Pyrex...you can never have enough ;).

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  2. What a great post! Registry posts are awesome, like what to register for. What you actually loved and used, is so much better! We love white towels haha. So crispy and clean. Glad you got use of the hand vacuum, and Tupperware, YES! Haha

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  3. This is helpful! JB and I are actually going to register this weekend so I really like hearing what you did and didn't really use/like after the fact!

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  4. I actually didn't do a registry at all! I guess I was in the opposite situation as you...Dan and I were living together for 3 years before we got married so we had everything we could want! And I agree..white towels are the WORST.

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  5. Such a great list! I stressed about our registry too, and now I'm doing the same thing with baby girl on the way - the struggle is real! I can not say enough amazing things about my crock pot, pyrex containers, and I do love my Kitchen Aid mixer - but I do a ton of baking especially around holidays. Cheers to a fabulous week gurlie <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. Six years in and I think we have gotten rid of like 90% of the things we got for our wedding. Granted, we have downsized a coupe times since then but we really got a lot of things that sounded like a good idea at the time but we just didn't need. I can't think of anything we got that we use like on a daily basis, but we do regularly use most of the gifts we still have like Pyrex and dishes and that sort of thing. Ben insisted on a rice cooker and actually that thing is pretty damn useful. We also have some less useful things, like a waffle maker. We use it once every few months but I love waffles and it doesn't take up too too much room so it stays. We registered for China and Ben's grandmother bought us the entire set - we have only used it once but I'm still glad we have it. It was definitely a rich grandmother kind of gift and not a necessity, but now that's she's passed it's a nice keepsake from her (even if it's all boxed up somewhere).
    We didn't register for a stand mixer or Keurig or anything either. And it wasn't a wedding gift but we have that same food processor and it terrifies me. I always have to make sure it's not plugged in when I'm putting stuff in it because I am very accident prone and just know I'm going to end up getting my fingers chopped off.

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  7. i think as a single person, i'd totally agree with these things as i've purchased most of them over the years! the dutch oven is so key. and pyrex! and platters. all deadly :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  8. Great idea for a post. I'm anti-white towel too! My mom buys me them every year and they go right to the guest closet, lol

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  9. we fought over the registry gun because it was a cool device and we pretended to shoot people/each other and just acting plain stupid instead of really focusing on our registry. we only wanted a few things - kitchen aid mixer, pots/pans, serving dishes etc. nothing fancy like china or gravy boats etc. actually, our registry took us all of 20 minutes and the rest of the time we were all "ok, my turn with the gun!" LOL

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  10. The BF & I have both lived on our own, so we each kind of have everything. Obviously when the time came we would pick the nicer of the stuffs. But we each have a lot of things that belonged to our grandma's, like dishware, silverware, etc. I don't love mine, I like it better than his, but it's not my style. I can already see my practical side fighting my whimsy, carefree side. Like, do we keep what we got, because seriously, they're plates. Or, do we register for things we like, because, it's our life. I do what I want.

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  11. I remember getting stressed over what was the best this or that for a wedding registry too. But let me tell you...the wedding registry has NOTHING on the kid registry...which Chris and I started this weekend. Good Lord there are so many options for everything. I spent three weeks researching car seats and watching videos and checking safety ratings. And reading articles on which diapers cause the least amount of problems, and which stroller isnt a pain in the ass in the long run. Then we get there and I realize I haven't even though to look up swings or bathtubs and some of this other shit. Ahhhh. Hahah!

    I am with you on not being huge in to white towels. Nope nope nope. We didn't get a kitchenaid but I want one. Mainly because they are pretty.

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  12. I have that hand vac and I don't really like it that much. I haven't used it in awhile, but I'm more likely to pull out the regular vacuum than I am to use the black and decker one. Maybe I'll give it another try.
    I have a Kitchen Aid mixer too, and I prefer my hand-mixer for many things because I have more control over the mixing. If that makes sense.

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  13. This is such a fun post idea! I always tell people the one mistake- or thing I would do different- is register for more "fun" things. I was trying to be practical and only register for things we NEEDED and would use, but now those are the things that we would obviously buy for ourselves if we need them & the more fun things are stuff I would never spend the money on.

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  14. To this day, I dont have a food processor. & i've been married 20 years. That's just sad.
    I dont get the white towel thing either. That'd last in my house for a week or two.

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  15. Ugh, the wedding registry! We spent so much time decided what to put on ours only to have people a) buy something that has already been purchased (and was marked as purchased on the registry) and b) buy things from the same store not on the registry. Sigh.

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  16. Hahahaha Fun post! I changed ours SO many times. And Target's system totally jacked and we had SO many duplicates it wasn't even funny. Overall I like most of the things we got. We use our stand mixer ALL. THE. TIME. It was a big gift from KC's mom's boss and we love it. We do use it for baking but also for shredding boiled chicken breasts. It's the best. We use our Dutch Oven (also not Le Creuset) constantly... and surprisingly our waffle iron quite a bit. I'm bummed that our dishes are crap quality because they're so pretty (we get compliments all of the time). We also had a horrible first blender and it broke within the first year. We bought a really nice one and it works like a charm. The food processor is also GREAT, though we don't use it a ton. We probably should have asked for a better vacuum, though ours is still working with a little maintenance. Bookcases would have been prudent. LOL XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  17. Those pig plates are the cutest thing, ever! I'm not married so I haven't had the pleasure/pain of dealing with a wedding registry. I agree with everything, although I really, really want a stand mixer. :) I have little counter and cupboard space, so it remains a dream at this point. And I agree 100% about the white towels; they look nice but you really can't use them. Otherwise, they look gross. And your advice on only registering for the things you will actually use is spot on. I've had friends get giddy and register for everything and wind-up getting nothing they really needed and ended up doing lots of exchanges or buying items themselves.

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  18. I think with registries it's always great to put on quality products you know you'll need but you don't really want to buy yourself (like serving dishes).

    I happen to be a big coffee drinker, but I don't like Keurig at all. It's expensive and wasteful. When I got one, I returned it and got a $10 coffee maker instead.

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  19. omg this is perfect! my fiancé and i registering within the month! I hadn't thought of pyrex but it's a total no-brainer now that you mention it!

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  20. My Dutch Oven is my favorite wedding gift too!!!! that and a set of mixing bowls. I'm a very exciting person. ha. This was fun to read! And good advice to anyone currently registering.. I wish I hadn't asked for cookbooks (I never use them, especially since Pinterest exists) and all the decor and picture frames... because your taste changes on decor and I've gotten rid of a lot of that.

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  21. I love my Pyrex! It is the absolute best! Also I am with you I prefer Th Lodge versus Le Creuset any day!

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  22. This is super interesting! My boyfriend and I live together so in the future I don't think we'll need a ton of stuff. I love the idea of having guests donate money to a honeymoon, down payment on a house, other fun/practical things. But I know sometimes that's a little odd to people since it's not very traditional.

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  23. I had to chuckle at your sentence, "Zeus help me when I have a kid..." Too funny!

    My wedding registry experience was more of an anomaly. My husband had been married previously and I had been living on my own with no roommates for 6 years, so between the two of us, we had plenty. In many instances, we has duplicate items (hand mixers, vacuum cleaners, washer and dryers, etc.) We registered for new towels, beige, b/c both the towels that he and I had were pretty worn out. We also registered for new sheets, some nicer pots and pans (his were junk and mine were hand-me-downs), and new glasses (again, his were junk and mine were cheap and mismatched). The best wedding gifts we received were a crockpot and an outside grill. Funny thing - we didn't register for either of them, but we're thankful to the folks who got them for us b/c they had great insight! Apparently they knew what we needed better than we did. LOL!

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  24. There are so many things I would go back and change from our registry - I would have added a kitchen aid mixer and forgotten the china - we've never used it! I also would have upgraded a few of our other appliances that we had already used since we were living together! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  25. Haha, that's hilarious that you got so stressed out about it! But, considering you did need almost everything, totally understandable! Plus, SO much pressure when making a registry! I didn't want to do a registry since we were having a destination wedding, but a few people started bugging me to make one so we did and then we got like two things off of it! We had already been living together for like 3 or 4 years before we got married so we didn't really "need" anything.

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  26. Neat post! It'll be 18 years for me next month but I remember the stress. We were both coming from our parents' homes too so starting out with nothing. Both came from large churches and everyone was invited so we were told to register for everything ... twice. Yep - once at stores in Indianapolis and again for almost the same stuff at Bacon's (a store that was apparently only down here because I'd never heard of it.) So we ended up with a lot of duplicate items -- no big deal. One neat thing was that Matt's friends threw him a Tool Shower and he got lots of Mr. Fix-it items that he still uses. Best part of the whole process was walking around Target with the scanner gun. :)

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  27. I didn't get the same things you didn't, and we've been just fine haha

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  28. The Dyson hand vac......the best present we received hands down. I think just living with a man, a hand vac is a huge requirement!

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  29. I seriously spent hours and hours pouring over my registry trying to make it perfect, so I think that this post is so awesome! The one thing that I never registered for was serving dishes, which is so odd because we like to have people over for dinner and stuff, even if it's not that often. I ended up finding our everyday-ware online and they were having a sale on all of their platters in my color so I stocked up. I'm so glad that I did because now my color is going out of style and they won't sell it anymore. I don't know what I was thinking not registering for it in the first place!

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  30. What a FUN post! It's so true. You think you need ALL of the things, but you really don't use them all! I agree on the serving dishes!!! We had NONE and didn't register for hardly any. Luckily I've found a few and we're much better off than we were 3 years ago. There is still a lot that we need, but I won't pay the money for just yet ;)

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  31. I definitely agree that registering is stressful! 3 years later, we've realized that we should have registered for more place settings than we did, so now we are slowly buying more of our dishes. I'm definitely intrigued by this Dutch oven now, though!

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  32. Never had a registry, but I imagine I would stress over it too! I wouldn't think I'd need serving platters for the same reason, but they do come in handy! I would definitely want alllll the Pyrex, but like a shatterproof version because I'm clumsy haha. And a Dutch oven in a bright pretty color; I'm not fussy about brands. I'm giggling at the food processor because I live alone and requested (and received) one just last Christmas and it makes my life so much easier!

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  33. I love this! I was thinking of writing a similar thing a while ago but never got round to it and I'm enjoying reading your answers so much more than I would have enjoyed writing my own! Totally agree with you on all of them. We have a fairly fancy china set which is plain white with a silver rim, it's beautiful and we use it every day but it's a bit annoying that you can't microwave it on account of the silver rim. I don't believe in saving things for best! Also, seeing as we might emigrate (!) we'll probably have to sell or store quite a few of our wedding gifts. I think I'll miss my magimix the most :(

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  34. Those Pyrex bowls are the best! On my registry I went with a cheaper version and they sucked. I ended up replacing them with the Pyrex ones like 2 Christmas' later! I definitely wish I would have registered for more!

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  35. I definitely put a set of pyrex containers on our registry and REALLY hope we get them! And yep, I totally avoided white towels--green for us!

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  36. Oh my goodness the handvac is a brilliant idea!!! I don't know why I didn't think of that since all of our clothes and furniture get a nice coating of cat hair daily haha

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  37. We got married right after college so we had nooooothing, haha! I actually LOVED registering for wedding gifts, though. I think it's the part of me that loves research and loves lists. But of course there was no such thing as Pinterest when we got married so there were no lists of "must have registry items" to stress me out. Plus our first apartment was a tiny 1 bedroom place that was 400 square feet. So it's not like we had much space to fill anyway. ;) I've actually voluntarily helped friends with wedding registries as well as baby ones. I just find them so much fun! If I'm ever in town when you need to do a baby registry, I'll totally go with you and help you pick stuff out. It can be fun! I promise! ;)

    Oh, and I have to say, my mother-in-law passed down her KitchenAid mixer to me a couple of years ago (no special occasion - she just didn't use it anymore). I had always thought they seemed great, but I knew I wasn't spending that much money on one kitchen item. Oh my goodness, I use that thing ALL.THE.TIME. Partially it's because we make homemade pizza every week so even if I use it for nothing else, I use it to make pizza dough every week (or sometimes every other week because I usually double the batch and freeze half). And there are just so many other neat ways that it can be used (not just for baking). I just LOVE it! Now, if this one were to die on me... I wouldn't go buy a brand new one. They are just too expensive for that. But I've found them on resell sites before for a quarter of the cost so I would probably buy a used one. It has definitely spoiled me, haha!

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  38. We skipped the fancy china and 3 years in, I still don't regret that. I so wish we would have done more serving platters though because I use those all the time and have had to slowly collect them from places like Home Goods or Marshall's. And so good to know about The Lodge - I'd been considering spluring on a Le Creuset, but it's sooo much money!

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  39. OK this is seriously such a fantastic post. My new husband and I got married last month and we had absolutely no idea what we really needed to put on our registry. I'll admit, we probably added one too many things that we didn't need. So far my favorite item is our kitchenaid mixer, I love to bake so it's made life so much easier!
    http://simplyjandk.com/

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  40. What an awesome post idea. I'm miles and years away from having to make a wedding registry of my own, but being a part of and guest at so many weddings, I'm aware of how crazy they could make a person. I actually am no longer friends with a bride who told me during her engagement that she didn't want anything on her registry but it was the only opportunity for other people to buy her all this stuff...and I was like, or you could have just not encouraged people to waste their money on stuff you don't need? But what do I know.
    Obviously I live on my own and plan to for a bit longer before I get married, so if I register for stuff like this it will likely either be upgrades to things I have now (that are mostly hand-me-downs from my mom or cheap stuff that doesn't have a terribly long life-span) and I have to admit, I am looking forward to that when the day comes ;)

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  41. We did something similar--- my lusts for the kitchen and nicer versions of things we had both had forever. We got white towels (which we didn't ask for) and I LOATHE THEM. I hate them so much I cannot properly express. I wish we had gotten more basic kitchen towels, we go through them sooooo quickly for some reason.

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  42. You can never have too many serving dishes or Pyrex :)

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  43. I agree white towels or sheets are a NO-NO especially sheets when you have pets. I didn't put China or any super fancy stuff on our registry just the basics even though we both had lived separetly with random dishes etc. It was nice to get some new kitchen ware

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  44. Clever & helpful post! I NEED A HAND VAC. Ok. Now, that I've got that off my chest...
    This is not Neil, nor my first marriage. We did not have a registry, and we asked guests to not give us gifts. But, some did... Best gift? My dad flew us to Texas at Christmas. Unfortunately, I had accumulated a lot of nice things from the ages of 22 - 35 (years of singledom and mostly, living on my own), but most of those things did not make the trek to Australia. So, nothing in our kitchen matches. Neither do our towels. It's quite terrible and would drive many a decoratin' lovers crazy.

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  45. I added a hand vac to my target cart. I should definitely have one of these. I use the attachment on my vacuum cleaner but I would carry this thing around daily. My cats hair is driving me crazy, lately. I also got a Dutch oven my mom gifted me and it is awesome! It may be the Lodge one, I'm not sure.

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  46. I didn't get stressed over it, but I definitely spent time on it!

    I used most things from the registry. I never ever used the salad spinner.

    It's about time for me to get some new bowls. I wish I could register again. LOL

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  47. I actually scoured the internets for registry posts right before our house warming party since everyone kept asking what we had registered for (nothing). I was able to find a few things, that only one person who wasn't able to attend purchased from. Mostly replacement items for things we already have.

    When the time does come to register, I know we'll be asking for new every day place settings, serving bowls, and bath sheets. I'm a snob and lurve my bath sheets over oversized towels. So much so that I used to beach towels as my shower towels for the longest time.

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  48. i totally agree with the serving platters! i wish i had a few more. and i use my hand mixer ALL the time... we got a kitchen-aid mixer for our wedding and im embarrassed to say that i've used it twice in the four years since we have been married -- it is SO heavy tho and a pain to clean. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  49. I seriously love this idea for a post. So creative! We got pyrex and I use it all the time. I also LOVE our vacuum cleaner (Shark). I could definitely use a hand vac, food processor, and those adorable pig plates, though!

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  50. Yes to all this! And why is it we can't just register again? Maybe a big anniversary? ;-) All our best stuff we got when we were married, so glad I still love my taste from back then.

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  51. I was literally stressed the fuck out about everything wedding related, so don't feel bad!

    We actually didn't register for anything. Not one single thing. I had no desire to register, we'd already been living together for about 2.5 years before we got married, and we'd both lived on our own before that ... So we had plenty of stuff.

    The stuff we did want was too expensive to feel comfortable registering for it (like a Dyson), but we wound up getting lots of cash and gift cards for our wedding and bought a few of those items. (We got the Dyson for free on Black Friday with gift cards, which was a HUGE win!)

    The funny thing is that our favorite skillet was actually a wedding gift from one of Eric's cousins. It was totally random and we were like, "We probably don't need this, right?" but now we use it almost every day. It's just the perfect size and so much bigger than any of our other skillets.

    I agree that food processors and Pyrex are awesome! We use our Keurig all the time, but it was actually a Christmas gift from Eric's younger brother before we were even married. I would love an espresso machine, though! :-) I do have a KitchenAid stand mixer (even though I don't really bake much either), but it was a Christmas gift from Eric (also before we were married). I bust it out like two or three times a year, and one of my good friends always gives me shit about it because she loves baking but doesn't have one. She's always threatening to steal it from me. Haha.

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  52. Omg what a cute idea! I wish I could do another registry! I need that hand vac! Cat people probs!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  53. This is great, and I agree with a lot of it! We got the Le Creuset dutch oven for our wedding and while I do LOVE it, I feel like the ones from Target work just as well!

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  54. This post is great! I spent so much time agonizing over my registry...literally hours. But I picked everything you mentioned as a must have here, so I should be good to go! ;)

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  55. I love this idea! I a food processor is definitely at the top of my "want" list, as well as more pyrex!

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  56. This is such a great post! We never had a registry as we were still living with my parents, however, whenever I go to weddings and scroll through registries I'm always thinking "are you REALLY going to use that peacock shaped tea pot with a matching chalk board?".. probably not :P

    There are so many things people think they *NEED* on there that they just won't use. Heck, we didn't even have a registry and the only thing I need is a good cutlery set :P I'm just too cheap to fork over $250 so I'm waiting til they come on sale :P

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  57. I have zero marriage prospects lol (I really shouldn't be laughing should I? haha oh well!) but it's good to know what is useful :)

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  58. Well at this rate, I am never getting married, so do they do registries for single people? I could totally use some of these things but I haven't bought because, well... Who knows?! This is a good list. And OMG, love those piggy plates. I would so register for them to. Damn it, do you know any nice, single guys?!?! HAHA

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  59. Ah yes wow I never thought that still happened but it's definitely a blessing for people just moving into a house together :) I love serving plates so much!

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  60. Ha - this was pretty funny actually and made me realize there's crap I haven't used in the 17 years I've been married - why do I still have it?!? I did just get a food processor - it's still in the box but I plan to make good use of it!!!

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