8 Classic Items to Register for When You’re Engaged

A red stand mixer in a kitchen.

When you’re engaged and planning a wedding, one fun but somewhat tedious task is completing your wedding registry. With so many items to choose from and different brands and models to decipher between, it can be tough to figure out exactly what items are right for you. However, there are a range of classic items that every couple should consider adding to their registry as they’re tried and true pieces that will be used time and time again.

1. China Set

A set of china may seem a bit old fashioned, but it’s definitely something to consider registering for. It’s nice to have a china set around when you’re hosting dinners or holidays. These place settings can be a bit pricey, so it’s nice to receive them as gifts instead of having to buy them all yourself. Plus, you don’t have to go with a set that’s totally old fashioned, anyway. There are so many options out there for modern, simple, or even eccentric sets to fit every taste and personality.

2. Stand Mixer

Another classic, high-ticket item to add to your registry is a stand mixer. This will be used endlessly in your kitchen. Many people think that these are only suitable appliances for people who like to bake, but the truth is that stand mixers are very versatile. You can shred chicken in them or use add-on attachments to perform many other culinary tasks. This device makes cooking and baking quicker and easier in every kitchen, making it a classic must-have. Plus, the classic KitchenAid mixers come in many hues, making it fun to match your color choice to your kitchen.

3. Pots and Pans

A stack of copper pots and pans.

A pots and pans set is essential to any kitchen and wedding registry. A nice set will carry you through years of putting dinner on the table. There are a lot of options out there for these, mostly centering around material. Figure out what works best for you, your stove, and your cooking needs. Since these will be used practically daily, remember that durability is of the utmost importance.

4. Everyday Dinnerware

A set of blue and white plates and bowls with flatware.

While your china set will be used mostly for gatherings and special occasion meals, an everyday dinnerware set is another must-have registry item. This will be a more practical and durable set of dishes, bowls, mugs, and other coordinating pieces to use on the daily. You’ll want these to be dishwasher-safe to make cleanup a breeze and in a color or pattern that you won’t get sick of.

5. Towels

A stack of white towels on a rustic shelf.

Straying away from kitchen items, bath towels are another popular classic registry staple. Lush, fluffy towels are quite a luxury, so you’ll love this gift for a long time to come whenever you step out of the shower or bath. You’ll want to register for even more than you think you’ll need, as towels do wear out and it’s nice to have extras on hand.

6. Small Appliances

Perhaps one of the most popular registry items of all time is a range of small appliances to fill your kitchen with. Toaster ovens, regular toasters, blenders, food processors, and coffee machines are all kitchen counter staples to consider adding to your registry. There are both simple and more jazzed up versions of all of these appliances available, so take your pick as to what best suits your needs and tastes.

7. Flatware

A nice set of flatware is another dining and kitchen essential to consider adding to your wedding registry. These will get a lot of use on your table and it’s something you really can’t go without.

8. Bedding

A bedding set is another linen-related item to consider for your registry. Whether you are just adding a nice set of sheets or an entire set with a duvet and shams as well, this will be a frequently-used item that can add some serious comfort to your life. You may even want to register for an extra set of sheets, as it’s good to have more than one on hand or you may need one for an additional bedroom.

Picking items for your registry is a fun part of preparing for your life together as these items will be well-used in your home for years to come.

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