Registry 101: Miss Clover’s Favorite Picks

So I’ve already talked about my experience with registries, including my angst over plates (of all things), and given some tips.

We already have plenty of the things we need, but we did register for some upgrades and nice-to-haves. I have a few things I’m extra excited to get, random though they might be:

  • A waffle maker.*
  • Glass plates. At least 20—these will be so great for parties and go with anything. BM Mathlete and Designer B have them, and so did my pledge daughter’s mom (at least 60; she hosted big company parties). They’re like 99 cents each at Ikea.
  • Water goblets. I would have made fun of this one until I hosted Thanksgiving with pint glasses. Brought the whole table setting down.
  • A slow cooker. Like a real grownup! This one (via Bed Bath & Beyond) is rated best by Cooks Illustrated.

crockpot

  • An ice bucket. (Beats sending guests to rummage through the freezer.)
  • A dutch oven. I want the 5 quart oval, in green—it would be great for making soups and stocks.

LC

Image via Chef’s Catalog

  • Steak knives. (This one’s all Shamrock, but it’s his #1.)

We set up our registries with these items (and those darn dishes), but Dad Clover’s wife has already told me we need to add more. It’s really tricky to know what to look for. How many stores? How many items? At what price points? I’ve heard to register for half as many gifts as guests (assuming one gift per couple) + number of shower invites + half as many gifts as engagement party guests. I’ve also heard of registering for as many gifts as guests. I think the bigger deal is thinking about YOUR guests to YOUR wedding, and making sure you have an assortment you think offers options for your guests. (Although the math teacher in me quite enjoyed Macy’s breakdown by number, price point, and more when we registered.)

I feel a little uncomfortable asking for things, but I also hope to get things we would use if our guests do want to get us something. At the end of the day, guests usually are buying you a gift because it’s a clear way of celebrating with you and for you, and supporting both of you as you start your life together.

What were your registry favorites? Did you already have your household started before registering?

*In my head, you can’t get a waffle maker until you get married, so I’ve been waiting for YEARS. I am now going to get six waffle makers because too many people** know that.

**Some of the “people” is my lunch bunch group of girls that eat in my classroom, and if they get me a waffle maker that’s the one I’m keeping.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Clover

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
June 2014
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    coral99 2101 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:45 am

    I felt the same way about silverware…I can’t get “real” silverware until I was married.

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    SarahCF 510 posts, Busy bee @ 11:21 am

    If you ever bake, and you don’t already have one, you must ask for a Kitchenaid stand mixer. It does everything and it is amazing.

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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:23 pm

    @Coral99: So odd the things we latch on to!
    @SarahCF: I actually got one for college graduation (I really love to bake!), but I toyed with adding another. And I love the glass bowl one–so pretty!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 2:58 pm

    Fingers crossed you get the crock pot – I swear by mine! If you’re looking for a good cookbook to go with it, I really like Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker.

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    mrscam24 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:06 pm

    I also did not need a lot since we have lived together a while and own a home. Besides upgrades to pots & pans and some other kitchen luxuries we’ve longed for (but have gone without in the mean time), I felt as though we didn’t have enough on our lists for our large wedding of 200+. We decided to have a Crate & Barrel registry for the upgrades, an Amazon registry where we registered for power tools & other random items that we couldn’t typically get elsewhere (and don’t own yet, but will need in the future), and then a honeymoon registry to help provide more options for people. Consider some out of the box things like tools you may need (and the mister will probably like!) It’s atypical but I’ve gotten great feedback on it.

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    ms_purple 2635 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:13 am

    I already know I’m getting that same dutch oven in green! My Mom told me to please remove it from my registry for her. LOL.
    A good friend of mine did end up with five waffle irons for her wedding! I have one! She got so sick of returning them she started giving them to friends.

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    airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 1:04 pm

    We have that slow-cooker and it is da bomb!

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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:06 pm

    @Miss Filly: @Mrs. Airplane: Hoping I get it for my first shower while it might still be cold enough to use it!

    @Ms_Purple: Yay! I cannot wait. And that is totally going to be me with all the waffle irons. That and the glass plates.

    @MrsCam24: We thought about a honeymoon registry but I don’t think our honeymoon will really lend itself to it–I think its a great option for older couples who are already more established.

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    pyramid 98 posts, Worker bee @ 6:57 am

    I had a lot of trouble putting things on the registry at first, but that exact crockpot was always my absolute must have! I only have a tiny one now, and I have high hopes of the meals I can make in a fancy new one!

    And I love my dutch oven too – I want a bigger one but they’re so expensive, I might just wait and buy it with some gift cards after!

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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:35 pm

    @Miss Pyramid: I’ll cross my fingers for both of us–in the past week I’ve been wishing hard for both when I planned my meals!

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    kirabee 1234 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:45 pm

    These are great suggestions! We’ll have been living together for 4.5 years by the time we get married, but it will be nice to upgrade some things, like our 1980s crockpot that MY parents got for THEIR wedding!!

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