Wedding Registry Must-Haves

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Eva Amurri Martino's wedding album

When I was getting married, I found our wedding registry oddly stressful.  I didn’t know anyone who had recently gotten married, and I felt overwhelmed with the options and didn’t know where to start! How could I know what we would need the most as newlyweds?! After our wedding, and now almost seven years later, I feel like I have a lot of perspective on what the ideal wedding registry should include.  And I’m sharing a few old chestnuts of knowledge here with you today! LOL.

Eva Amurri Martino shows off her favorite Le Creuset cookware

First of all, I ended up making a lot of mistakes when it comes to our registry.  I registered for a fondue kit (Kyle grew up doing fondue on special holidays) that is still in the box seven years later.  So much for tradition.  I also registered for a big, beautiful stand mixer that has been used maybe twice ever.  Those things are so expensive, and unless you’re a baker by profession, will you really use it? Also do you have the counter space for it? A bit impractical.  If somebody is willing to shell out that kind of dough for you for a wedding gift, I’d point them in the direction of a block of amazing chef knives.  Ya feel me?

Eva Amurri Martino shows off her favorite Le Creuset cookware

Eva Amurri Martino shows off her favorite Le Creuset cookware

There are also a few things that I CANNOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH.  I’ve put them all in a collage below, but I’ll highlight a few faves.  I already mentioned chef knives (you will use them every day to cook and they’re so worth it), but the slow cooker is another must! I also am out of control obsessed with Le Creuset crockery.  I use my set constantly, and the dutch oven is a really versatile pot that holds up so well.  A Vitamix is another must! A lot of people put bed sheets on their registry, but I find that sheets are kind of best looked at in person and your tastes (or home style) may change over time.  Register for beautiful towels instead! Get them in a bright white so you can bleach them if they start to look dingy over time. 

A closeup of Eva Amurri Martino's wedding china

I’ll let you in on a little pet peeve of mine:  PLEASE don’t put personal items on your registry.  It’s weird.  Don’t make anyone get you your toothbrush or water pik.  It’s not sexy for the buyer or for you.  Register for a nice bathroom organization set instead!

A closeup of Eva Amurri Martino's wedding china

And last but not least, I am a HUGE proponent of registering for china.  I know a lot of couples feel like it’s old fashioned, but it’s really not– and it will make you feel like a real grownup.  I use my china all the time, and purposefully chose a set that was dishwasher safe.  I really feel that owning a set of china not only elevates your entertaining style, but also creates a beautiful family heirloom you can pass down for generations.  I own some of my grandmother’s china, and it’s so special to me! Here are some of my favorite china patterns, and they’re all so gorgeous and versatile! Don’t forget you can totally mix up the look and feel of your china with charger plates if you want to change the style!

What is your number one wedding registry must-have? Please share in the comments below!

Eva Amurri Martino's wedding album


Photographs by Julia Dags.

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  1. KGH says:

    I use my stand mixer almost weekly – it’s my fave kitchen appliance! I am not a professional baker at all but bake a lot of muffins and squares for kid lunches – the stand mixer makes it so quick and easy! I agree with you about the rest though – great china, Le Creuset pieces are a must!

    06.18.18 Reply
    • Sam says:

      I agree about the stand mixer!! It ended up being one of my favorite things I got as a gift! It makes baking with kids easy and fun!

      06.18.18 Reply
    • Jenna says:

      I agree. I use my stand mixer all the time!!! I also use our rice cooker a lot, that is one of our favorite items we received.

      06.18.18 Reply
    • Raven says:

      Absolutely! I’ve always said that our mixer was my favorite wedding gift – we got married almost 18 years ago and it’s still going strong! I’m far from a professional baker but it’s so great for shredding chicken and SO many other things besides sweets. I use it almost daily.

      06.19.18 Reply
      • Shredding chicken?! PLease share how you do that!

        06.20.18 Reply
      • Jordan says:

        I just got one and am also curious about shredding chicken!? But we did get the meat grinder attachment so we can make our own burgers, meatballs, sausages, etc. And the pasta attachment to make our own pasta. Way more than just baking.

        06.20.18 Reply
  2. Shelley says:

    A big sturdy block cutting board and good knives (yep you are on the money). plus I use my stacking glass bowls daily when cooking. Oh and a HIGH QUALITY vegetable peeler. What else….a ton of kitchen towels. I still ask for them yearly for Christmas because they just break down with daily use!!!

    06.18.18 Reply
  3. Carrie says:

    Agree on everything except the stand mixer. I love mine and use it enough to justify the counter space. Granted-if you live in a small city apt it might be a diff story. I like the idea of registering for the practical as well. My husband INSISTED on registering for 8 tervis tumbers with lids and straws. Seven years later they are by far our most used item. Also-something like a soft sided yeti cooler is a fun idea. Expensive but ppl could go in on it together and it would def be used.

    06.18.18 Reply
  4. Tren Pesenti says:

    Hi Eva,

    I love reading your articles, they are inspiring and fun to read. Your registry must-haves are sure to be a favorite!

    I am a newlywed, I married my husband in April. I just received my wedding pictures, and will need to print pictures soon. Do you have any recommendations for a wedding photo album/company? Thank you!

    Tren Pesenti

    06.18.18 Reply
    • Congrats! Our wedding album was actually included in our photographer rate, and he made it for us. So not really sure who to recommend! If anyone else ha a good rec, please share!

      06.20.18 Reply
      • Tren Pesenti says:

        Thank you!

        06.28.18 Reply
    • jordan says:

      Adoramapix.com is great! Just got my wedding photos printed there!

      06.22.18 Reply
  5. megan says:

    30 years ago, I chose Wedgewood White China. I use it all the time, it mixes with everything, I put it in the dishwasher, and in all these years, I’ve only broken two coffee cups our of the entire set. Classic, timeless. It’s the best.

    06.18.18 Reply
  6. Anne says:

    I think our Wusthof knife set was the best wedding gift – we use them every day and they are well worth the money (especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen like my husband and I do). I don’t use our stand mixer every day but I do love that it’s there when I need to quickly mix up some cookie dough!

    We registered for the ice cream maker attachment for our stand mixer and I think we’ve used it once. I’m pretty sure it’s still in the box in our basement! I should pull it out – our girls would love to make some homemade ice cream! 🙂

    06.19.18 Reply
  7. JME says:

    I love my stand mixer! I don’t cook a ton and use it maybe a few times per year and then more during the holidays when I am cooking/baking more. I find it’s pretty kid friendly as my LO loves pushing the buttons and watching it mix (the little things, ami right??) A good set of knives is a MUST. A blender or similar appliance is a must- we have the ninja system and love it. Also something we only use a few times per year but LOVE, our double waffle iron. A good coffee maker. Even though I only use my fine china once per year, I love my pearl Lenox china! A hand steamer. A few fancy picture frames to put wedding photos in- I have a frame that matches my china and it’s on a table near the china cabinet and so pretty. A friend of mine had a replica of her wedding bouquet made with faux florals and has it in a fancy vase from her registry (and IMO I think it would look better laying on a table instead of in a vase), but I love that idea. For bedding, I recommend color coding sizing to make your imminently hectic life a little easier. For example, in our house master room king sheets are cream or gray, guest room queen sheets are white, full sheets are navy, my LO sheets are pink or pink patterns. As a working mom when I’m changing sheets (always at night because there are not enough hours in the day) when it’s taking all I have not to fall into the unmade bed, it’s helpful not to confuse what sheets go on what bed. Maybe I’m the only one who had that problem haha but ever since I made that switch it’s been easier on me.

    06.19.18 Reply
    • That frame sounds really pretty, and I like your trick for sheets! xo

      06.20.18 Reply
  8. Abby says:

    I feel the exact same way about my stand up mixer. It takes up space and it a pain to clean. Using a hand held mixer is SO much easier and you only have to clean the beaters! I finally took mine off the counter to give me more room.

    06.19.18 Reply
  9. Andrea says:

    I LOVE my Le Creuset and use it weekly. I’m sure it will be an heirloom!
    One of the most thoughtful, and useful, bridal gifts I received was a basket full of spices! Literally every spice on the supermarket shelf! I was moving into my husband’s bachelor pad and it made setting up a kitchen pantry much easier!

    06.27.18 Reply