One of most fun things about planning a wedding is registering for your gifts. The wedding registry process is exciting and fun, because it brings up conversations about your future home and life together. However, with all of the excitement can come a lot of confusion.
Walk into any store to register, and it quickly becomes overwhelming. There are no shortage of things to add to your registry, and it often times brings up larger questions between you and your future spouse.
While it’s impossible to predict everything you will want and need once you start your married life together, here are eight often forgotten things to add to your registry. You might not think you need these, but our experience says they are essentials to add!
The crock pot is the single most used appliance in our household. Prior to getting married, this amazing tool is not often used, and thus not necessarily added to the list. Crock pots do well when cooking a lot of food, and when single this isn’t something you do often.
A crock pot works like this. In essence, you can put pretty much anything in at the start of the day, turn it on low and forget about it for 8 hours, and come back to an amazing meal. Frozen chicken? Throw it in. A cheap pork shoulder? It’ll be amazing after 8 hours of slow cooking.
Not only will a slow cooker work amazing for a busy lifestyle, but you’ll have a lot of leftovers. Crock pot recipes are simple, easy to make, and don’t cost much. A true win/win.
Getting dishware is typically a priority for newlyweds, but often times a serving platter is the first thing to get eliminated. It seems very unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Its easy to add it to the list of things “we’ll get later.”
Well, one of the first things most married couples love to do is host other couples. It might not be something you did as much when you were dating, but it is the thing to do when you’re married. And, having a nice serving platter is a go-to for every dinner party. Don’t leave this off the list – you’ll be wanting one within months of getting married if you do.
Getting one nice set of sheets is a no brainer, but multiple sets? Yes. It will make your life so much easier. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck pulling the sheets off the bed, getting the laundry done, and remaking the bed all in one day. While not impossible, it won’t be long before you miss the mark on that.
Two sets of sheets means you can change the bed and not have to stress about getting everything done same day. Chances are, your schedule is going to get busier with marriage, not slower. You’ll appreciate having the time to get that laundry done.
Inevitably, you’ll probably start cooking some recipes that are more advanced than ramen and macaroni and cheese. If you haven’t already started cooking together, it’s a wonderful way to connect with your spouse and enjoy each other’s company. And, there are a set of staple spices you’ll need for the majority of meals you make.
No need to go out and buy all of the exotic spices, like saffron and turmeric. A simple spice rack with the essentials will allow you to cook the majority of the recipes you find, without having to make an emergency store run.
When single, a salad spinner seemed like a bit of a luxury. Why doe one need dry lettuce leaves to have a decent salad?
Salads make the perfect compliment to so many meals, and a good salad spinner is worth its weight in gold. Doing the same actions by hand takes some time. And you’ll get a lot of mileage out of a salad spinner.
Big, upright vacuums with all of the bells and whistles are expensive, bulky, and heavy. Chances are, when you are first getting married, you’ll be living in an apartment, condo, or small home. You don’t need a huge vacuum, and instead could benefit from a stick vacuum.
A stick vacuum is lightweight and portable. Many are cordless, with batteries that last 20-40 minutes, more than enough time to cover your new living quarters. Today’s stick vacuum’s have plenty of suction power, and will do a great job on your carpet, hardwood floors, and upholstery. And, you’ll save a bunch of money by not going after the expensive upright vacuums.
Pyrex dishes range from glass cookware to food storage containers. Having a good assortment of these pyrex dishes will serve you really well.
You’ll be amazed at how valuable it will be to have several pyrex dish pans of several sizes. Some of the common and popular sizes are 9×13 and 10×15, for example. You can cook casserole’s and vegetables in the oven, or bake brownies or cake. Having several of these will serve you well.
You can also store food in pyrex storage containers. Yes, you can always buy some of the plastic versions instead, but having a set of glass storage containers is much better.
A food processor is a luxury, but it is a very functional luxury. A food process helps you blend, grind, chop, dice, or puree pretty much anything you want. Unlike having to chop all of it by hand, you can stick everything whole into the food processor, press a button, and stand back.
Food processor’s are a life saver when you’re throwing a dinner party, or making food in bulk. Dicing several onions is now only a matter of peeling the onions and throwing them in the processor, whereas prior that process could take 10-15 minutes.
There are some many things you can add to your wedding registry. You’ll learn more and more about eachother, and what you need, as the years go by. In the meantime, hopefully you’ll see the value in a few of these wedding registry essentials.