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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Marble Serving Board

Are you a couple of entertainers? Don’t forget to snag a sophisticated serving board (or two!) for the years ahead. If we were in your shoes, we’d add these wood and marble trays to the top of our wish list. The design is equal parts striking and timeless. Really, what more could you want for your gruyere and pepper jam? BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $60

Classic Cast-Iron Cookware

Cast-iron cookware is a must-must-must. Not only will cast-iron cookware last for years, but your signature dish will, truly, never taste better. Trust us, and prepare to impress the masses. BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $300

Half-Sheet Pans

Why scrub or soak more than you must? Ask for a set of 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, $60

Coffee-Espresso Maker

Trust us. You will be forever grateful for adding a quality coffee maker to the top of your wedding registry list. We’re crushing on this Nespresso machine because it makes a mean cup of coffee and a delish espresso, to boot. Double the java, double the yes. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $199


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 available for purchase to fit your needs and, most importantly, it’s a classic, comely countertop accessory to display between cookie batches. BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $430

Flatware Set

Okay, a 36-piece set may seem like a lot, but hear us out. When your S.O. leaves doing the dishes off 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, $119

Sleek 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, $13+

Beautiful Barware

Life is full of reasons to celebrate and pour a glass or two. Make sure your home is prepared for anything with plenty of pretty, posh barware. These make our must-add list because the gorgeous gold finish could up the ante of any barcart. BUY IT: west elm, $79

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. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $17

Laundry Room Storage

Add this to avoid a huge laundry pile-up... on the floor of your laundry room. This is a wall-mounted organization system, after all. BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $18+

6-Piece Knife Set

Even the most inexperienced chefs should be sure to 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 glam gold set will look divine on your counter. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $200

Entry Shoe Tray

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink, right? So, apparently the same goes for husbands and a shoe rack. Save your breath, and add this flat, stylish tray for your entryway. It requires even less energy than a traditional shoe rack. So, if you find a rogue, stinky shoe in the hallway, we grant you full permission to ask the hubs a series of rhetorical questions, dripping with sarcasm and angst. He has no excuse now. BUY IT: Target, $40

Silver-Plated Frames

What better way to display those highly-expensive wedding photos, right? Right. BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $29+

Cake Stand

Whip this one out for the top layer of your cake come 1st anniversary time. We have a feeling it won’t be your first-time use, though. Use it to style fruit, veggies or even seasonal decor throughout the years. BUY IT: Target, $35

Neutral Sheets + Shams

We see the appeal of those sophisticated, slinky 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 nice, neutral sheets and shams that will last you 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, $29+


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 thing makes a killer frozen cocktail. BUY IT: Target, $100

Fridge Organization Set

You’ll be surprised how refreshing it feels to open your fridge without being greeted by a mess of crazy-colored cardboard and squished side dishes. Ask for a cohesive organization set, and never struggle to reach for your afternoon soda fix, ever again. BUY IT: The Container Store, $2+

Decorative Storage

Fact: your marriage can only benefit from keeping a tidy closet. Keep bickering at bay, and be sure to ask for several cohesive storage baskets. 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, $25

Medicine Cabinet Storage

For once, why not give your mother-in-law something positive to talk about after she snoops in your medicine cabinet? This structured set is so sleek, it may even stop her before she pulls out her reading glasses to check out your prescription bottles. No promises, though. BUY IT: The Container Store, $6+

Bakers' Storage Set

Clear containers for the win, again! Ask for sets of clear canisters for a pretty and practical pantry. That’s a win-win in our book. BUY IT: The Container Store, $60

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