Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

In collaboration with Le Creuset

I remember being pretty overwhelmed as a bride trying to figure out what to register for back in 2010.   I had never lived on my own before, and there were so many options within all the categories!  I knew how to cook at a basic level, but I had never relied on myself to cook daily while living with my parents.  I even called my sister-in-law, who was older and had been married for some years, and asked her to look over the wedding registry I made online to see if I had put anything flat-out unnecessary on it.  I wish it was still available online to share here!

So if you’re looking for must-have wedding registry items for the kitchen from a married woman who’s been using some of these products for 7+ years, you’ve come to the right place.

 

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What You Don’t Need

Let’s start with what I don’t think you need.  Skip out on the fancy china and crystal; opt for everyday white plates and bowls (like the ones I have from Crate & Barrel) that can be dressed up for occasions with tablescape accessories such as chargers, runners, napkins, centerpieces, etc.  White plates make food stand out and also allow you to match with other brands of dishes and servingware you may purchase down the line.  There’s just something aesthetically-pleasing and calming about it.

You also probably don’t need a knife block, because those things are bulky and take up precious counterspace.  Just the knife set (like my Wusthof one) will be more than sufficient.  I ended up putting my block away after a few years.

Although tempting, don’t get only non-stick pots and pans, which is what I originally did; make sure to register for stainless steel cookware (like this set by Le Creuset) so you can get that gorgeous sear on meats and sauté things to a “golden brown” like many recipes call for.

And if you or your fiancé are coffee drinkers, skip the Keurig – go for the Nespresso machine, hands down.  Nespresso capsules are a little harder to source than Keurig pods (I recommend ordering online if you don’t have a Nespresso store or a Bloomingdale’s with a Nespresso counter near you), but once you try it, there’s just no way going back to Keurig.  I had a Keurig for many years too.

 

 

Where To Register

I registered at Crate & Barrel for all my kitchen stuff and had a great experience.  I still love shopping there to this day, and I especially love that I can easily restock plates and cups that break.  My other favorite stores that do registries are Williams Sonoma, Pottery BarnWest Elm, Restoration Hardware and Bloomingdale’s.  If you’re a modern gal, you might also consider an online registry like Amazon or Zola.  Some brides opt for a combination of a few registries, but I tried to put most of what I thought we’d need in one registry to make it easier to manage (and not feel like I was being too extra, haha).  But you do you, boo!

 

 

Dishes, Glassware & Flatware

Nice To Have
  • Wine decanter
  • Margarita glasses, maritini glasses, shot glasses, etc.

 

For plates, I went with the Aspen Dinnerware Collection from Crate & Barrel.  My secondary choice would be their Mercer line.

For flatware, I went with the Couture Mirror flatware set as my main set.  Later on I purchased a set of gold flatware from CB2 for a trendier look.

 

Servingware

 

 

Pots & Pans

Nice To Have
  • Pasta insert for stockpot
  • Wok

 

I can’t stress enough how much I use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  This thing is a worker bee and will likely last me my whole life.  I make soups in it pretty much weekly.  I just got a Le Creuset Braiser too and love making one-pan meals in it.

Cookware sets are a good value, in my opinion; plus, they’re so giftable!  I’m using this 10-Piece Le Creuset Stainless Steel Set right now and am absolutely loving it.  Stainless steel takes a little getting used to (warm it up before putting any oil or food in it, don’t go higher than medium heat, cool it down before washing to avoid warping, soak it with water and don’t use anything scratchy to clean it), but the sear it gives can’t be beat.

That being said, nonstick is really useful in its own way; I recommend getting one or two nonstick frying pans for omelettes and anything else you don’t necessarily want a crispy finish to.  Be sure everyone in your household uses only silicone utensils on all nonstick cookware, though.  Once the cooking surface gets scratched, it’s no good.

 

 

Appliances

Nice To Have

 

 

Bakeware

 

Utensils

  • Knife set (or at least a chef’s knife, paring knife and bread knife)
  • Stainless steel kitchen utensils
    • Spatula
    • Slotted turner
    • Soup ladle
    • Tongs
    • Whisk
  • Silicone kitchen utensils if using non-stick pots & pans
  • Salad servers
  • Kitchen shears
  • Garlic press
  • Can opener
  • Pizza cutter
  • Potato peeler

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Haves | BondGirlGlam.com

 

Thank you for joining me in my kitchen!  I hope this makes figuring out what to register for a little easier on you.  What you bring into your home ultimately depends on your lifestyle, what kinds of meals you and your hubby like to cook, and your overall aesthetic.

Amidst all the wedding planning excitement, be sure to take a few moments to step away and breathe.  It can be very overwhelming.  Remember you’re marrying your best friend for life, and that’s all that truly matters.  Making yummy food with useful/beautiful/effective tools is just the cherry on top.  And you’re already so blessed that you have people surrounding you that want to send you off with special wedding gifts!

Also, this wedding registry thing is more of an American tradition, so try not to just “expect” gifts because you’re getting married.  You might get everything on your wishlist (or you might not), but it doesn’t hurt to give your guests options/gift ideas.  Note that I ended up using my 10 or 15% off registry completion coupon after the wedding and threw down a few grand a Crate & Barrel to finish up my kitchen.  No regrets though.  I still use pretty much 90% of what we were gifted as well as what I bought myself.

Please share with your engaged friends!

 

 

xoxoirinakiss

17 Comments

  • becky92contreras@hotmail.com'
    Reply November 16, 2017

    Rebeca contreras

    Where can I find those apple and pears things you have in front of the cutting board?

    • Reply November 16, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Those are from TPT Home (http://www.taipantrading.com/) from a few years back. If you have one of their stores near you, you will literally DIE at all their home decor year-round. It’s like a decorator’s dreamland. xo

      • becky92contreras@hotmail.com'
        Reply November 16, 2017

        Rebeca contreras

        Thanks so much, your kitchen is totally inspiration! Love it

  • inka_kartinka@hotmail.com'
    Reply November 16, 2017

    Inna

    Such a great post and not just for the new bride but for us who’ ve been married 10+ years and need new things for the kitchen. Love this. Your posts are always so helpful. Thank you.

    • Reply November 16, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Ahhhh, this just makes my day! All the hours putting posts together worth it. Thank you for reading and commenting, Inna. I still feel giddy about kitchen stuff 7 years later too. Whatever makes our lives easier, right? xo

  • azaliaortega@yahoo.com'
    Reply November 16, 2017

    Azalia

    Looove this post. Not just for newlyweds. I registered st Crate & Barrel and have a lot of the same stuff on your list including that wooden cutting board
    Ohhh that Le Creuset stuff is dreamy
    I love your kitchen. It’s beautiful

    • Reply November 16, 2017

      Irina Bond

      We are registry twins! Love Crate & Barrel. And yes, I’m obsessed with Le Creuset! Such quality pieces made to last. A pleasure to cook with. xo

  • yumyumlana07@yahoo.com'
    Reply November 16, 2017

    Svetlana

    You have really clean, beautiful, и утиная kitchen. Love your photos and it’s really helpful with all of your kitchens supplies

    • Reply November 16, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Wow, thank you so much! So glad it was helpful.

  • kis18@u.washington.edu'
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Inga

    Irina, thank you so much for a truly helpful blog post!!! I️ love how thorough, detailed, and organized you are with all of your descriptions and suggestions. Everything is layed out very clearly and it makes it easy to follow along. I️ too, got married in 2010 just like you, and I’ve found this post extremely beneficial! I️ like to cook healthy food for my family, but recently started my research regarding healthy, chemical-free cookware as well! I’ll definitely be putting Le Creuset on my Christmas wish list. Perfect timing!

    • Reply November 17, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and for the sweet words! I’m flattered and grateful. And yes, anything Le Creuset is a cook’s ultimate Christmas gift. Hope you get what you wish for this Christmas! xo

  • debbie@tothineownstylebetrue.com'
    Reply November 18, 2017

    Debbie Savage

    Loving everything about this post! I can’t wait to own a Le Creuset! This is helpful in me understanding what exactly I need!

    • Reply November 18, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Omg, yay! Shawna and I are always gushing on Le Creuset together, haha. xo

  • kristenprezbindowski@gmail.com'
    Reply November 18, 2017

    Kristen

    Great post! I have a few questions… Where did you get your utensil holder, your silverware holder, and how do you store your knives in the drawer? Thank you so much!!

    • Reply November 19, 2017

      Irina Bond

      Thanks, Kristen! My utensil holder is from Sur la Table (can’t find it online) and my silverware tray is from Crate & Barrel (http://bit.ly/2zH4qpB). I store my knives laying down in a drawer. Not ideal, but it works for us. I previously used a knife block and at one point had a magnet strip. xo

    • Reply November 19, 2017

      Irina Bond

      There’s these things called knife docks for drawers. I need to get one. http://bit.ly/2zOdRDr

      • kristenprezbindowski@gmail.com'
        Reply November 19, 2017

        Kristen

        Thank you so much for answering all of my questions!! You have no idea how many people don’t bother responding! You are A+ in my book 😉

        We are expecting are second little one in about a month, so I can’t wait to peruse through all of your baby finds! Thanks again!

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