The BRIDES 2016 Registry Awards

Upgrade your home (and new life together!) with our top picks for your wedding registry

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You're engaged! Congrats! Now it's time to begin looking for wedding venues, shopping for your wedding dress and start... SHOPPING. Whether you have been living together for ages or are just getting ready to merge homes, your wedding registry is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your worn-out gear (goodbye, old college dorm room toaster and busted blender). But where to even start?

The whole process can be way overwhelming — especially when your future mother-in-law is weighing in with her fave (and totally not your style) china patterns. Like the super-personalized wedding playlist you and your fiancé are currently poring over, your registry should be inspired by your unique style and life together, both before and after your wedding day. Are you pining for a great chef's knife or a vacuum that actually makes you want to clean, but are all set on gravy boats? Are you planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon to Tahiti and would kill for a new set of spinning suitcases to get you through airport security?

Luckily, the BRIDES team has tried out hundreds of products so you don't have to — and added in their own personal, time-tested favorites to the mix. We highlight our all-time beloved classic pieces (there's a reason why your mom's Le Creuset dutch oven and KitchenAid mixer are still going strong after all these years) in addition to plenty of fun alternatives to the traditional wedding registry list (think cool tech gear and round-the-world, personalized experiences). A variety of options and price points ensure that you — and your guests —will be happy shoppers.

Love the outdoors? Register for a high tech tent, a rugged waterproof speaker, or paddle boarding trip for two. Cocktail parties and fancy dinners more your thing? Pull out a perfectly chilled bottle of Sav Blanc from your new temperature-controlled wine fridge or craft a specialty drink using a set of chic bar tools and a personalized martini shaker.

From top-of-the-line stainless-steel cookware to super luxe bedding, these go-to wedding registry products will make your new house together feel like a home. Whether you're setting a table for 10 with matching china and gold flatware or roasting marshmallows in your backyard fire pit, we have your registrygoals covered.

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These can't-live-without products will complete your kitchen.

Photo: Emily Gilbert; Designer: Jenny Wolf

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Food Processor

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Never grate carrots again with this state-of-the-art chopping machine. Interchangeable blades and a heavy-duty stainless-steel base make it possible to dice, mix and puree like a Top Chef. The roomy 9-cup mixing bowl is dishwasher safe and is just the right size to prep veggies for soup or puree super smooth dips and spreads. Nine-cup food processor, $149, Cuisinart available at Crate & Barrel

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Toaster Oven (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Breville

The convention setting on this countertop oven allows for even cooking and helps reduce baking time by up to 30 percent. It's large enough to prep a meal for two and is a super helpful tool for when your big oven is tied up during holiday bake-offs. "My family makes something everyday in this oven, whether it's little pizzas and nachos or small batches of cookies," says BRIDES creative director, Jen Walter. "Smart Oven Pro" $270, Breville

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Tea Kettle

Courtesy of Smeg

This new electric kettle is the ideal gift for tea lovers and brightens up the countertop with its retro-style design. Seven temperature settings allows user to fully customize the warmth of their tea and the 'keep warm' function ensures that hot water is always at the ready. Variable-temperature electric kettle, $190, Smeg

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Ceramic Bakeware

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Perfect for making everything from lasagna to fruit crisp, these sturdy baking dishes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. In addition, the enameled porcelain glaze is scratch-resistant and helps ensure uniform distribution of heat. Rectangular bakers, $85-$100, Pillivuyt available at Williams-Sonoma

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Courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Make your bathroom feel like a spa with these super-soft bath towels, made of highly absorbent Turkish cotton. Available in six colors, the plush, double-sided design also comes in an extra-large body sheet in addition to the standard sizes. "Bedford" towels, $30-$90, Ralph Lauren

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Dutch Oven (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Make everything from crispy roast chicken to savory soups and stews with this iconic cast iron pot. A range of sizes are available, but our top choice is the versatile 3.5 quart size. "Le Creuset is a brand I grew up with in England," says BRIDES fashion director, Eleanor Strauss. "When I got married, I couldn't wait to start my own collection!" Round 3.5-quart cast-iron Dutch oven, $180, Le Creuset available at Williams-Sonoma

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Stand Mixer

Courtesy of JCPenney

Multiple speeds and a powerful motor make this sturdy stand mixer a must for the home baker. Add an attachment (sold separately) and transform the machine into anything from a food processor to a vegetable spiralizer to a fresh pasta maker. Five-quart copper metallic-series stand mixer, $650, KitchenAid available at JCPenney

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These are the best brewing tools for two!

Brewing Happiness

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French Press

Courtesy of Macy's

Crafted of chrome-plated steel and heat-resistant glass for extra durability, this coffee press is as glam as it is sturdy. The classic design is chic enough to bring to the brunch table yet is dishwasher-safe for easy care. "Chambord" French press, $75, Bodum available at Macy's

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Espresso Maker

Courtesy of Kohls

Channel your inner Italian with this old-school stovetop espresso maker, which comes in a range of sizes (many Italian homes have all the sizes on hand, just in case). The 3-cup version is just the right size for newlyweds — pair with the Aerolatte Milk Frother (number 30 on our list) to make the perfect foam-filled cappuccino at home. "Moka Express" espresso maker, $35, Bialetti available at Kohls

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Electric Coffee Maker (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Amazon

Perfect for a crowd (or die-hard caffeine fans), this machine creates the perfect cup of coffee by heating water to an optimal 200 degrees. The removable water tank is easy to fill and a 24-hour programmable timer makes sure your mug is full as soon as you roll out of bed. "Not only does this machine make delicious coffee, but the thermal carafe also keeps that freshly brewed taste for hours," raves BRIDES executive editor, Molly Janik Gulati. "Fresh Brew Plus" 10-cup coffee maker, $175, Zojirushi available on Amazon

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Looking for a few group gifts? These pricey products are great for splitting.

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Courtesy of Parachute

This cotton percale bedding is woven of extra-soft Egyptian fibers and includes a fitted sheet, pillowcase and duvet cover. And it's a gift that gives back — for every set that is purchased the company will donate a mosquito net to Nothing But Nets, an organization that helps prevent the spread of malaria in Africa. "Venice" bedding set, from $219, Parachute

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Vacuum (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Miele

This handy tool is the Cadillac of vacuums: lightweight, powerful, and quiet. A built-in air filter picks up all the tough-to-clean dust particles that other vacuums miss. "I love that this vacuum has loads of attachments yet is so compact that it fits in my tiny NYC apartment," says Nic Williams, BRIDES photo editor. "Classuc C1 Olympus" vacuum, $329, Miele

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Toaster (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Hand-assembled in England, this classic toaster has been upgraded to include new settings for defrosting bread and toasting buns and bagels. It even boasts a mechanical timer to make sure you never start the day with a burnt breakfast. "Our Dualit toaster was passed down to us from my mother-in-law and is still going strong!" says BRIDES senior designer, Mary Fama. "A decade's worth of perfectly toasted bread makes it worth every penny." Four-slot toaster, $320, Dualit available at Williams-Sonoma

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Courtesy of Best Buy

Give you honeymoon pics a major upgrade with this easy-to-use DSLR camera. The 18 mm lens allows for a full range of use (including super sharp portraits and killer landscapes), and the built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to upload while you're on the go. "EOS Rebel T6" DSLR camera, $550, Canon available at Best Buy

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Courtesy of Sur La Table

Compact enough to tote to the beach or a picnic, this charcoal-burning grill features a battery-operated interior fan to help regulate the heat and speed up cooking time. The double-walled design means that the exterior surface stays cool while grilling. Travel-size charcoal grill, $200, LotusGrills available at Sur La Table

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Cozy up on your couch with this thick, oversized throw. The hand-knit design and diamond pattern also adds texture (and an extra warm layer for winter nights) to the end of a bed. Chunky knit throw, $129, Pottery Barn

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Wine Fridge

Courtesy of Brookstone

Always have a perfectly chilled bottle of vino on hand for guests (or save special vintages for a romantic evening at home). This fridge features two separate, side-by-side compartments with a control panel that allows you to adjust to the proper temperature for both red and white wines. Pullout wooden shelves makes it easy to identify each bottle. Stainless-steel dual-zone thermoelectric 32-bottle wine cooler, $500, NewAir available at Brookstone

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Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

With silicone handles for an easy grip, these stainless-steel knives come with a magnetic block for storage. This set includes a small paring knife, a Partuko knife (a Japanese-style tool that's ideal for slicing fish and veggies), a serrated bread knife and a chef's knife. Five-piece magnetic block set, $350, Prime by Chicago Cutlery available at Williams-Sonoma

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Blender (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Vitamix

The heavy-duty steel base of this classic chef's favorite is wrapped in burnished copper plating for a chic new look. Five pre-set settings create everything from soups to frozen desserts, and the low profile of the container is perfect for fitting under countertops. "A Vitamix is an investment, but it's so worth it." says Kate Donovan, BRIDES senior wedding style editor. "The turbo-charged engine is super powerful, and it makes the best smoothies." "Professional Series 750" blender, $659, Vitamix

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Registering for sets of these high-end products allows more bang for the gift giver's buck.

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Courtesy of Amazon

These spinners have wheels for easy airport navigation, and the soft sides help them fit easily into crowded overhead bins. This set consists of a 21" rolling case, a 25" roiling case, and a zip up boarding bag that's perfect for stashing your headphones and an eye pillow. Three-piece luggage set, $290, Sampsonite available on Amazon

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Courtesy of Bed Bath and Beyond

Inspired by the rolling hills of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, this elegant bone-china collection is both microwave and dishwasher safe. The four-piece setting includes everything you need — a dinner plate, salad plate, shallow bowl and coffee mug — and the neutral palette makes it a cinch to mix and match with other patterns you already have in your cupboard. "Skye" four-piece place setting, $70, Nambe available at Bed Bath and Beyond

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Serving Pieces

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Awesome for entertaining (especially over the holidays) this gold-plated trio includes a large spoon for sauces and side dishes, a slotted spoon for serving meat and fish, and serving fork for easy carving. "Emory" three-piece serving set, $70, Crate & Barrel

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Courtesy of Garnet Hill

These sheets are easy to care for yet feel super luxe, with 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton construction and an embroidered hem. Wrinkle-resistant sateen makes it possible to throw the sheets in the dryer and have them come out looking like new. Signature wrinkle-resistant embroidered sateen sheets, from $58, Garnet Hill

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Courtesy of West Elm

With a slim, modern design, this flatware will steal the show at your next dinner party. A stainless-steel base makes the pieces especially durable, and the electroplated 24-carat gold surface is sure to impress. "Gold" five-piece place setting, $39, West Elm

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Wine Glasses

Courtesy of Macy's

This all-in-one-box assortment includes four stemless crystal glasses for white wine and four versions with stems for red. The generous size and shape of both styles are ideal for everything from oaky chardonnays to a fruity cabernet. "Vinum" cabernet and "O" chardonnay eight-piece set, $100, Reidel available at Macy's

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Stainless-Steel Cookware (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Calphalon

The ultimate gift for the at-home chef, this set contains three frying pans, two saucepans, a sauté pan, a casserole, and a stockpot. The aluminum core ensures even heating and a brushed stainless-steel exterior makes the cookware extra tough (and long-lasting). "This cookware is indestructible and cleans up so easily. I once set one of the pans on fire, but you wouldn't be able to tell. It looks good as new!" raves BRIDES art director, Anastasia Casaliggi. "Contemporary" stainless cookware, $500 for a 13-piece set, Calphalon

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These kitchen tools won't break the bank.

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Mixing Bowls

Courtesy of MOMA

Tiny kitchen? No problem. In this bright set, two mixing bowls, a colander, a sieve, and measuring cups hide inside one another for easy storage. The polypropylene material is super durable and non-slip bottoms make the bowls easy to use without spilling. "Nest 9" food-prep set, $50, Bill Holding and Ben Cox available at MOMA Store

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Salad Spinner

Courtesy of Macy's

Dry greens in a flash with this one-touch spinner and use the built-in brake to easily halt the drying process in a second. Toss your salad in the stainless steel bowl — the modern design makes it chic enough to bring to the table. "Steel" salad spinner, $50, OXO available at Macy's

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Baking Sheets

Courtesy of King Arthur Flour

For the serious baker, heavy-duty aluminized steel allows for even heat distribution, and the nonstick silicone mat fits is perfectly sized to the pan, making cleanup a snap. For optimal baking, the mat is marked with dots to show where each cookie should be placed. Half-sheet-pan-and-mat set, $35, King Arthur Flour

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Milk Frother

Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Make the perfect homemade cappuccino or café au lait with this petite battery-operated whisk. It works with all kinds of milk — including soy — so you can customize your morning coffee to your specific tastes and dietary needs. Handheld milk frother, $20, Aerolatte available at Williams-Sonoma

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Because it's 5 o'clock somewhere...right?


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Cocktail Shaker

Courtesy of Mark and Graham

Just the thing for whipping up a signature cocktail for a crowd, this shaker holds over 20 ounces of liquid. Go for a laser-engraved monogrammed top (it's free!) for an extra-personalized touch. Copper cocktail shaker, $89, Mark and Graham

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Ice Bucket

Courtesy of Emily McCarthy

Keep ice cold and at the ready for guests in this festive striped bucket. A double-walled construction ensures that drinks stays chilled throughout the party (and did we mention that it looks super chic with the rest of your metallic barware?). Ice bucket, $50, Emily McCarthy

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Bar Tools (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of CB2

This five-piece set includes all the necessary gear for the dream bar cart (minus the booze) — two jiggers for measuring, a bottle opener, stirring spoon, strainer, tongs and a citrus knife. "It's great to have a set of bar tools handy — and this one is chic enough to keep out on display!" says Hannah Baker, associate wedding style editor at BRIDES. "Top shelf" set with stand, $50, CB2

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Here are our favorite dishwasher-safe picks, because honestly, who has time for hand-washing?!

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Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

Courtesy of Wedgwood

Perfect for a summer soiree, this pattern features flowers, greenery and birds highlighted against a crisp white background. "Chinoiserie White" dinner plate, $54, Jasper Conran for Wedgwood

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Marchesa by Lenox

Courtesy of Lenox

Echoing old world charm in a modern design, peacock feathers and scrolling vines are set within shiny platinum borders. "Sapphire Plume" dinner plate, $54, Marchesa by Lenox

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B By Brandie

Courtesy of B By Brandie

This graphic fish scale motif can be easily mixed and matched with whites and other turquoise patterns for an updated look. "Maxwell" turquoise and gold bone-china dinner plate, $38, B By Brandie

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Royal Limoges

Courtesy of Gracious Style

Scalloped edges and an all-over, olive leaf decoration make this porcelain dinnerware feel both whimsical and elegant. "Olivier" dinner plate, $105, Royal Limoges available at Gracious Style

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Vista Alegre

Courtesy of Gracious Style

Made in Portugal, this hand painted collection first came out in the 1950's, but feels modern when paired with simple white plates and streamlined glassware. "Maria" dinner plate, $98, Vista Alegre available at Gracious Style

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Kate Spade New York

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

A sleek and contemporary design makes this dinnerware ideal for a chic dinner party. "Mercer Drive" dinner plate, $38, Kate Spade New York available at Bloomingdale's

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Bernardaud (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Bernardaud

This delicate pattern features acorns, trailing laurel and oak leaves hand painted in soft shades of green and finished with 24-karat gold. "I love this pattern because it's so versatile," raves BRIDES editor-in-chief, Keija Minor. "It's perfect for a fancy dinner party, but it can also be dressed down for brunch." "Constance" dinner plate, $143, Bernardaud

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Whether you're looking to entertain friends and family, make over your home in the latest tech-savvy steals, or take an adventure with your new spouse, these gifts are sure to please.

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Wine Subscription (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Club W

The perfect gift for the wine lover, this site highlights a range of handpicked options, along with videos and pairing notes to help you find the perfect accompaniment to everything from cheeses and charcuterie to fresh fish. "Club W is like my own personal sommelier. I love that it tailors my wine selection based on a short quiz about my tastes," says Alexandra Leshner, BRIDES assistant wedding style editor. Wine subscription, $54 per month, Club W

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Soda Maker

Courtesy of SodaStream

Make carbonated water and flavored drinks in less than 30 seconds. The slim design slides in easily to a crowded countertop and the refillable carbonating cartridge means that no electricity is needed to make your fizzy refreshments. "Source" soda maker, $99, SodaStream

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Courtesy of Ultimate Ears

Powerful sound and a waterproof casing make this the only speaker you'll need for an outdoor party — and it's small enough to fit in your bag! Pair with your smartphone or tablet to wirelessly connect from afar and control the acoustics based on your environment with the UE Boom app. "Boom 2" portable Bluetooth speaker, $200, Ultimate Ears

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Media Player

Courtesy of Target

Stream your favorite shows, play music, and view photos directly from your phone to your television. Use voice commands to search for content and organize all your apps with one easy sign-in process. "Apple TV" $150 for 32 GB, Apple available at Target

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Projector (Staff Pick!)

Courtesy of Amazon

This compact machine connects to any streaming device or cable box and projects up to 300 inches of crystal-clear images on a wall or screen. "A projector would be such an added bonus," said BRIDES associate editor, Katie James. "You and your husband can chill out on the couch during winter or screen old movies on the lawn during summer." "PowerLite" home cinema 740HD, $499, Epson available on Amazon

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Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

This super-cute cooler is great to tote to the park for a picnic and the completely removable lid makes it easy to showcase drinks at a party. The retro-style steel design boasts a powder-coated red finish and built-in bottle opener. Picnic cooler, $70, Crate & Barrel

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Courtesy of Big Agnes

Roomy, lightweight, and easy to set up, this three-season tent will keep you warm and dry on your next camping trip. 18 interior mesh pockets make it easy to stay organized (and don't lose your flashlight!) while you're taking in the big outdoors. "Big House 4" tent, $330, Big Agnes

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Fire Pit

Courtesy of Home Depot

A sleek design and hand-hammered copper bowl make this fire pit a chic addition to your patio. The sturdy wrought iron base and extra large capacity means that you'll be able to enjoy longer lasting (and bigger) backyard fires.

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For the couple who wants to start investing and saving for the future but doesn't know where to start, friends and family can buy small securities, stocks, or shares as online gift cards. The couple can then exchange, track, buy, and sell on the user-friendly platform.

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