top 10 items to put on your wedding registry

Monday, April 04, 2016

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It's hard to believe, but Tyler and I are quickly approaching our one year wedding anniversary. The next few Monday posts are going to be about wedding planning. Today's post is all about what to put on your wedding registry. I wrote a post about our process of registering last year. You can read it here. The focus of today's post is going to be all about the top 10 items to put on your wedding registry. My post is composed of the 5 items I am so glad we registered for and 5 items I wish we had registered for!

should i register for a kitchenaid mixer

The Top 5 Items I am Glad We Registered For:

1. Kitchen Aid Mixer: A staple for wedding registries, but honestly we use it all the time. I had a friend who asked if we ever used ours, since they are a pricey piece to include on your registry. The answer? Yes! We use it all the time for baking, shredding meat (my favorite use for it), mixing dips, etc. I would say we probably use it at least once a week. I would definitely make sure you register for this if you enjoy baking or cooking. If you use yours for something unique that I didn't list here, please leave a comment! I would love to learn more ways to use mine.

2. Luggage: Another item that I think is quite common for wedding registries is a nice set of luggage. Tyler and I registered for a matching carry-on bag and checked bag. It is nice to have new, good quality luggage. Between traveling for leisure, traveling for work, and just going home to visit family on the weekend, we get so much use out of our luggage! We only registered for one set, but if you don't have any nice luggage at all I would recommend adding one set for each of you on to your registry.

3. Fan Zone Goodies: As you all know by now, Tyler and I are huge Royals fans. Tyler added a few Royals items to our registry. This is such a fun item to put on your registry, as I personally believe your registry should reflect who you are as a couple. For our wedding we received a Royals blanket and a photograph of Kauffman Stadium during the World Series. Other fun options you could add to support your team are a clock, art work, or tailgating gear. Tyler wasn't as interested in registering as I was, so if your guy is the same way, letting them choose some items for their man cave may be a way to get them excited about the process!

4. Coffee Maker: One of the items off our registry that we use all the time is our coffee maker. Tyler and I registered for a traditional coffee maker, as we drink too much coffee for a Keurig. We would go through so many pods in a weekend! This is our first nice coffee maker and we love it. It has a timer so we can set it to automatically start in the morning and it brews quickly. Honestly, this is probably the most used item we registered for haha.

5. Knife Block: Before we were married, Tyler and I were using a hand-me-down knife block. It worked fine, but the knives were starting to show their age. Sometimes it's just nice to get an upgrade for an item you use constantly!

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The Top 5 Items I Wish We Registered For:

1. Holiday DécorThis doesn't really fit with the time of year we got married, but if you are getting married anytime around the holiday season, I think it would be so nice to register for holiday décor! Wouldn't it be so cute to have a bridal shower that is all Christmas themed and everyone brought a Christmas decoration or Christmas ornament? With how early stores put out items for the holidays, if you got married anytime after October 1st, I feel like you could take advantage of this. I personally always try to buy a "fun item" off the registry, so if I saw something like this included I would buy it. One of our favorite gifts we received was a nativity set. It was so fun to unpack it this year and use it for our first Christmas as a married couple. We also used some of our gift cards from our wedding to buy some holiday plates! (The above picture is from a holiday event I attended at Nebraska Furniture Mart.)

2. Air Mattress: An air mattress is something that would be SO useful to have. Since we are from Nebraska, but live in KC, we have quite a few friends and family who come to visit and stay with us. We currently only have one guest room, so it would be handy to have the air mattress for when more than 2 people are visiting! Honestly, I feel like Tyler and I talked about registering for one, so I'm not sure how we left it off the list. If you tend to have visitors, or go visit other people frequently, I imagine you'd get quite a bit of use out of this item!

3. Patio Furniture/Accessories: We didn't think to register for anything for our patio, but we did use some of our gift cards to purchase some after the wedding. Items like an umbrella stand, an umbrella, new chair cushions, or even some outdoor storage would all make a great wedding gift for anyone who enjoys spending time outside. If you enjoy grilling, don't forget a nice grill cover! One of Tyler's favorite gifts I bought him while we were dating was a tailgate grill. These are another nice thing to have as they are perfect for transporting to sporting events, camping, etc.

4. Home Décor: This is something we really couldn't register for, since we were in a rental at the time of our wedding. We didn't know what our future home would look like! However, if you have already bought your house or know the design you're going for, your wedding registry is a great place to register for some lamps, a mirror, wall décor, vases, etc. Those types of pieces can get quite pricey once you start decorating a room (let alone an entire house)! We did register for a few items that would fit no matter where we ended up, like table lights. If you're already in your home, pick out the lights you want on your night stands, or the artwork you want to hang above your fireplace. (If you're worried about items getting pricey, you can always use your gift cards or cash to purchase these items. However, most stores offer a discount off the items that don't get purchased on your registry. This is usually 10%, but it varies by store. For that reason, it's worth it to put some pricier items on your registry since you can get a discount on them after your wedding date!)

5. Vacuum: I imagine this is not a common item for a registry, but it would be so nice to have a fancy vacuum! The one we have now is fine, but it gets too hot and dies quickly. Then we have to wait for it to cool off before we can turn it back on. It is such a pain! I would love to have something nicer, and more reliable, like a Dyson or Shark. This is an item that I personally would not have expected to receive as a wedding gift, but it would have been great to use the store discount on the item after the wedding was over. (Some stores may have exclusions on brands you can use the post-wedding discount on, so make sure you read the policy so you aren't disappointed at check out!)

If I could add anything else to this list, it would definitely be storage or organization equipment. We registered for quite a few baskets, bins, tupperware, etc. and they are all so handy to have!

I think the key is to take a look at what you need and then also consider your interests. If you are looking for a good store to register at, definitely check out Nebraska Furniture Mart! You can select items from all of the above listings, and more, for your registry through them! They will have you covered as you are picking out what you need in your new life together.

If you don't need anything for the home, another great option is to register for things for your honeymoon. I have seen some people who's registry is all for their honeymoon and wedding guests can pay for excursions, spa treatment, etc. There are so many options so get creative!

Of course this is just a short list, so if you have some items that you recommend please leave them in the comments!

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  2. I really wish we had included the kitchenaid mixer...that's the one item I'm kicking myself for! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. GREAT idea for a post! Love the idea of Holiday and home decor. It takes awhile to build up a good Christmas decor selection so brilliant thought. happy Monday sweetness!!

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  4. I would say all your kitchen appliance- kettle, chopper, blender etc

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  5. The Kitchen Aid mixer is a must! We're going on 18 years of marriage and we use it all of the time. I'm so happy I had it on my registry. I have a gray one too ;)
    charity
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  6. Some of these I didn't even have on the horizon in my mind, and they definitely would have been wonderful gifts. Great list!

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  7. Great ideas - especially holiday decor! Nobody thinks of that until it's time to decorate in December!

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  8. I wish I would have had this when I was making my registry list! So many great things I never thought of! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. Hands down kitchenaid mixer is the best investment Kyle and I have ever made. Okay well someone bought it for us, but choosing to get one was the smartest decision.

    We got a shark vacuum for our wedding and it has been the best! I think the best items we got were the most expensive on our list but I'm really glad we got them because two years later we're still using them everyday.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  10. These are great tips! I would definitely want a good vacuum with all the dog hair I have.

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    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  11. Something we always get for wedding gifts that I think people forget - a fireproof safe. We did it one time & got such a big thank you - & have done it for every couple since & we always hear, "I never thought of it - but we needed it"... you have a marriage license after all you need to keep safe :)

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    1. I definitely agree! We actually got a fireproof safe as a wedding gift and I didn't even think to include it in this list! Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  12. Awesome list, all must have items! I use my Kitchen Aid mixer all the time too, and it's definitely my all time favorite item from our registry! That and of course our Keurig and trusty crock pot <3
    Green Fashionista

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  13. An air mattress that is so smart!!!! I wish we would have registered for luggage as well!

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  14. Wait a minute, I had never thought about how we should have registered for an air mattress! So smart----so YES. Definitely something people should register for!

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  15. I would love to own a Kitchenaid mixer (someday!). I was a bridesmaid in a wedding last year where we all chipped in for the Dyson vacuum on the bride's registry...she was thrilled!

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  16. I agree on the Kitchenaid!! It's a game changer!! Oh and the knife block is a definite must! =P

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  17. I seriously don't know what I'd do without my Kitchen Aide! It has so many wonderful attachments that you can use it all the time!

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  18. Love this!! We got two vacuums for our wedding and even though they aren't the most "glamorous" they are both nice and we definitely needed!!!!

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  19. I'll have to pass this to my friend whose engaged!! Great tips!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  20. I wouldn't have even thought of some of these! Great list!

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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  21. This is a fab post for future reference! Thanks for posting this because I'm sure its tough to come up with a list of registry items when there's so much else to decide around wedding planning time! I'm excited to read the rest of your wedding posts!

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  22. YES to the knife block. That, along with "nice" pots and pans and new dishes were much appreciated!

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    1. Yes, we upgraded the pots and pans to and it was SO nice! Loved your recipe with the orzo pasta!!

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  23. These are some great items! We got a Kitchen Aid mixer and I love it!
    xo,
    Jacqueline Stylin In St. Louis

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  24. Holiday decor is a good one which I defintiely didn't think of! I did love that I put luggage, a coffee maker and some home decor/furniture on there!

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  25. I think I need to pull out my Kitchen Aid more. I always just reach for my handheld mixer, so I've never really even experimented with it. And I wish we had thought of an air mattress, too!! We've wanted one so many times since getting married, for friends and for ourselves when we travel.
    Emily
    Darling, Dearest

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  26. I like my standing mixer a lot, I don't use it enough though. Yes, a good vacuum is very necessary.

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  27. Great tips! I always feel like it would be hard to decide what to register for... My mom has a Kitchen Aid Mixer that is amazing... I definitely want one of my own! :)

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  28. I never thought about registering for gifts at NFM! They have such cute home decor items though that would be nice to have on a registry. We registered for a vacuum even though I do agree that it's kind of a strange wedding gift-- but it's so necessary!

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  29. We should have put luggage on ours. We ended up buying some last Fall. We definitely had a knife block on ours. When I got married we straight up had nothing so we had to start even lower for items we needed. http://mymonochromaticlife.com

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  30. We got the Kitchen Aide mixer too :) It looks so great too just on the counter. They come in the best colors!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  31. I totally agree with all of these! I didn't put luggage on my registry and really regret it now!!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  32. It's been a while since I did my registry but I agree with all of these, they are all so practical and necessary to have!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  33. I LOVE my Kitchen Aid mixer- admittedly, I need to use it more. Right now it just acts as a lovely piece of counter decor. ;)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  34. Our mixer is still one of my favorite items we got. Good idea to add things like an air mattress!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  35. YES to the mixer..I never knew what I was missing until I had one. And I have never even thought to shred chicken with it, but I will now!!
    Registering for a vacuum is an awesome idea..we didn't, but did eventually buy a Shark and were fighting over who got to vacuum after the fact ;-) love it!

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  36. These are really great practical and long-lasting items. Ones that you'll really use forever!

    Hailey
    www.themiddlecloset.com

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  37. Wouldn't it be awesome to put a proper matres as well? I feel like it's so important x
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  38. I should've registered for luggage! All of ours is mismatched it's kind of crazy

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  39. We registered for a kitchenaid mixer and I love mine. I use it all the time. Luggage is another great item to register for.

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  40. Kitchen Aid Mixer for sure. I love mine!

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