20 Wedding Registry Items You'll Actually Want to Keep

Let's be honest. We both know you'll only use that shiny waffle iron fives times, six tops.

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August 26, 2019

Marble Serving Board

Are you a couple of entertainers? Snag a sophisticated serving board (or two!) for the years ahead. If we were in your shoes, we’d put this wood and marble tray at the very top of our wish list. The design is equal parts striking and timeless, and comes with a beautiful glass dome to preserve cheeses. Really, what more could you want for your gruyere and pepper jam?

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $59.95

Cast-Iron Cookware

Cast-iron cookware is a registry must-must-must. Not only will cast iron last for years, but it will also ensure that your signature dish always cooks evenly and comes out so tender and flavorful. Trust us, and impress the masses with this durable Dutch oven.

Buy It: Williams Sonoma, $300

Half-Sheet Pans

Why scrub or soak more than you must? Ask for a set of aluminized steel half-sheet pans to cut your sink time in half. Plus, these puppies are the perfect size for just the two of you.

Buy It: Sur La Table, $49.95 (Originally $60)

Coffee-Espresso Maker

Your future self will be so grateful that you added a quality coffee maker to your registry. We’re crushing on this particular machine because it can make a mean cup of coffee and a delicious espresso to boot. Double the java, double the yes. Plus, it uses coffee capsules instead of filters, which means no mess!

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $229.95

Stand-Mixer

Ah, the stand mixer. It’s the quintessential registry item, and for good reason. This powerhouse tool lends itself to countless recipes, has several attachments to fit your needs and, most importantly, it’s a classic, comely countertop accessory to display between cookie batches.

Buy It: Williams Sonoma, $299.95 (Originally $379.95)

Flatware Set

Okay, a 36-piece set may seem like a lot, but hear us out. When your S.O. puts off doing the dishes all week, you’ll be thankful that you insisted on adding that 36-piece set to your registry. Another silly argument successfully avoided.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $149

Sophisticated Stemware

Add a set of stemware for red and white to be sure that guests are never without a sleek sip amidst entertaining and celebrations!

Buy It: Williams Sonoma, $10.36 and up

Cast-Iron Garlic Roaster

Roasted garlic, otherwise known as the secret to a long-lasting, over-the-moon happy and forever-fulfilled marriage. You heard it here first, friends. Grab this cast iron garlic roaster and gaurantee your union's success.

Buy It: Amazon, $19.99

6-Piece Gilded Knife Set

Even the most inexperienced chefs should equip their kitchen with a block set of knives. You may be 15 years into your marriage before you discover your hidden talent for cooking, but it’s best to be prepared. In the meantime, this glamorous gold set will look divine on your marble counters.

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $200

Instant Pressure Cooker

Make more time for each other while making dinner, and register for an Instant Pot Ultra Mini Pressure Cooker. Since it's equipped with smart technology and has the capabilities of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, browning pan and more, this device can do the "heavy lifting" while you two cuddle up on the couch.

Buy It: Crate & Barrel, $99.95 (Originally $200)

Glass Food Storage Containers

Pro Tip: Plan for those days when neither of you feels like making dinner, and register for a set of glass food storage containers. Instead of paying for takeout-for-two, you can just reach into the fridge and enjoy leftovers -- and put more money towards your next date night!

Buy It: Amazon, $33.59 (Originally $44.99)

Laundry Room Storage

Add this wall-mounted laundry storage set to your list and avoid a huge clothing pile-up…and an inevitable argument about it. Since each piece is sold separately, you can order as many drying racks or hampers as your new family needs.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $13 and up

Silver-Plated Frames

What better way to display those highly-expensive wedding photos than in timeless, beaded silver frames, right? Right.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $31.50 - $55

Double-Invitation Frame

Don't forget to grab a coordinating frame for your invitations! Since this silver stunner has two 5 x 7-inch openings, you can showcase one of your favorite wedding photos right next to the special stationery. It'll make a spectacular family heirloom someday.

Buy It: Bed Bath & Beyond, $109.99

Neutral Sheets + Shams

We see the appeal of those sophisticated silk sheets or even the fun flannel in fall-inspired colors. That said, we urge you to go the safe route on this one and ask for a nice, neutral set like this, which will last you well past the first five years of marriage. Rule of thumb: avoid trendy patterns or any ultra-delicate fabrics for a look that lasts.

Buy It: Pottery Barn, $97 - $139 (Originally $139)

Decorative Storage

Fact: Your marriage can only benefit from a tidy closet. Keep bickering at bay, and be sure to ask for several cohesive storage baskets, preferably with pretty copper handles. Oh, and if you think you only need five, ask for 10. You’ll be shocked at how much "valuable" stuff your partner brings to the table. You’re welcome.

Buy It: Target, $24.99

Blender

Ice, ice baby. Use a nice, new blender to whip-up smoothies and keep up with your pre-wedding health kick. If you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, no worries. We hear this stainless stunner makes a killer frozen cocktail.

Buy It: Target, $17

Fridge Organization Set

You’ll be surprised at how refreshing it is to open your fridge without being greeted by a mess of crazy-colored cardboard and squished side dishes. Ask for a cohesive organization set like this, and never struggle to reach for your afternoon soda fix, ever again.

Buy It: The Container Store, $149.88

Bakers' Storage Set

Clear containers for the win, again! Ask for sets of clear canisters for a pretty and practical pantry. They'll keep your sugar and flour fresh, and look so good doing it!

Buy It: The Container Store, $59.99 (Each)

Luggage Set

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or the ultimate anniversary trip, the two of you will get good use out of a luggage set. This duo from Samsonite consists of a 20-inch carry-on and a 24-inch spinner, so you can easily think of them as his-and-hers suitcases.

Buy It: Amazon, $168.00