As you and your fiancé hit the stores with that barcode scanner in hand (or settle into the sofa with your laptops for some online shopping), take time to savor what this all means: putting together a home for the two of you. Of course, with a slew of amazing options out there, registering can also get a bit overwhelming—especially if you're worried about where to store everything in that tiny apartment you're now sharing.
Have no fear! With these 50 must-have items, you'll have the ultimate registry base, and all the tools you need to start a beautiful future with your spouse-to-be.
Vitamix Ascent A2300 Blender
Even if you and your fiancé aren't the smoothie-making couple, a blender is still a must for your registry. With new technology and powerful, high-speed motors, today's blenders can make everything from puréed soups to frozen desserts and homemade nut butters.
All-Clad Brushed Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set
Whether you're a novice chef or queen of the kitchen, a set of sturdy pots and pans is a given for your registry. A 10-piece collection will give you everything you need to whip up a killer meal. Look for pans that conduct heat well (we love stainless steel for even cooking and durability); have stay-cool, good-grip handles; and tight-fitting lids.
Nespresso "VertuoLine Evoluo"
You could go with the classic single cup brewer, but what about those days you're craving a latte and can't make it to Starbucks? Register for a pod-capable coffee maker that also takes on espresso at the touch of a button. Just imagine all the money you'll save making cappuccino at home!
In addition to a coffee maker, make sure to register for an electric kettle for the tea lovers. This retro-chic model from Smeg blends a 1950s sensibility with modern technology for a perfect cup of tea every time.
Crate and Barrel, $149.95
Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Don't mistake a cast-iron Dutch oven for just single-use pot. Depending on which size you choose, this vessel can handle soups and stews, roasted vegetables, homemade bread, and even a whole chicken.This heritage piece is a must-have for a kitchen (and looks pretty enough to serve at the table).
Zola, $149.99 - $559.99
KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer
We probably don't have to tell you about this registry staple, but it really is a must-have kitchen essential for anyone who loves to bake (or who wants to learn!). A stand mixer tackles everything from your basic chocolate chip cookie to the toughest pizza dough—all without any elbow grease. You can also register for attachments like pasta rollers, ice cream makers, and meat grinders to really get miles out of this gadget.
Bed Bath and Beyond, $379
All-Clad 7 Qt. Slow Cooker
Sometimes it's nice to have dinner just waiting for you when you come home from work. Register for one that performs multiple functions, like this beauty that steams, braises, and even cooks rice.
Williams-Sonoma Professional Nonstick Wok
Along with your pots and pans, a non-stick wok belongs on your registry. You'll be surprised how much you use this sear-friendly pan. It will tackle everything from a quick stir-fry to steaming, frying, and stewing. It's perfect for all those one-pot meals you have in your arsenal.
Williams-Sonoma, $135 - $150
Breville Convection Toaster Oven
There's so much that can be made in your toaster oven—hot open-faced sandwiches, a small batch of cookies, perfect personal pizzas, and even meats—that this countertop gadget is a need-to-have item on your registry. Look for one with smart technology that adjusts heating and has multiple functions, including convection settings.
Bed Bath and Beyond, $299.99
Cake Stand by Heirloom
After slicing into your wedding cake, you might just set your sweet tooth in motion. Register for a cake stand that serves two functions (making cakes easier to frost and serving as a beautiful display).
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Enameled Cast Iron Frying pan
Add a cast-iron skillet to the list of pots and pans you need on your registry. This heat-retaining wonder goes from your stove to your oven and tackles everything from fried chicken and perfectly seared steaks to corn bread and clafoutis. Trust us, you want this.
Wusthof 8-Piece Knife Block Set
No kitchen is complete without a good set of knives. When shopping for yours, look for ones that have stainless steel blades, including an eight-inch chef's knife, a six-inch utility knife, and a paring knife. Keep a sturdy block and strong handles in mind too.
Le Creuset Rectangular Covered Casserole Dish
A ceramic casserole dish will help you make everything from roasted vegetables to lasagna and one-pan dishes. Not only are these dishes pretty enough to go from oven to table, but they're also excellent for potluck dinners and leftover nights.
Crate and Barrel, $110
Lodge Cast Iron 10.69-inch Grill Pan
Even if you're lucky to enough space for an outdoor grill, you'll want a grill pan for those days and nights when the weather is too chilly to stand outside over burgers and dogs. A grill pan can tackle everything right inside your kitchen.
Oxo Good Grips Salt & Pepper Shaker
Easy access to salt and pepper—the cook's essentials—is of the upmost importance in the kitchen. Choose a set that like this one that offers adjustable grind settings for the perfect texture and amount every time.
Acacia Herringbone Cutting and Serving Board
A gorgeous cutting board not only adds to your kitchen decor, but also can be used for kitchen prep and serving appetizers, and functions as an impromptu trivet for a hot cast iron pan.
All-Clad Stainless Steel Tool Set + Caddy
Get all your kitchen tools—ladles, spatulas, and more—in one easy-to-store place. A full display of cooking accessories on your counter makes sure you have everything you need at your fingertips.
French Kitchen Marble Rolling Pin with Stand
A rolling pin is easy to overlook but shouldn't be forgotten when you're registering. Not only will it be a baker's best friend for rolling out doughs of all sorts, but you'll also be able to use it to tenderize meat and crush everything from breadcrumbs to peanuts.
Crate and Barrel, $24.95
"Goldtouch" Nonstick 15-piece Bakeware Set
If you love to bake, don't hesitate to register for a full bakeware set with all the gear you need to turn out cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread. This comprehensive set is a baker's dream, and includes cookie sheets, round and square cake pans, a loaf pan, pie plate, and muffin tins.
Copper Measuring Cups
Don't forget small kitchen items that make a big difference, like measuring cups and spoons. Upgrade your plastic set from that first college apartment with this bright and cheery copper quartet.
World Market, $9.99
Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Sheet
Stop spending money on aluminum foil and parchment paper to line your baking sheets. Instead, register for an oven-proof silicone mat—a non-stick surface that makes cookie baking a cinch. The mat helps everything cook evenly and is also easy to clean.
Marble and Brass Round Cheese Board
A hostess's gold is in her cheese plate—and free-flowing vino. Register for a chic appetizer tray, and you'll be sure that every party you throw will be off to a good start.
West Elm, $49
LSA Basis Jug
It doesn't matter if you're a fan of sangria or sweet tea. Either way, registering for a pitcher to serve your favorite drink in is a must. You'll use this vessel to keep party cocktails, iced teas, and flavored waters on hand for guests.
Kate Spade New York Parker Place Dinnerware
With patterns and quality that function for both casual dinners and formal holidays, there's no need to register for super-formal china that only gets used once in a blue moon. Choose a dinnerware set that meets your day-to-day needs, but can be dressed up for a fancy occasion when needed.
Bloomingdales, $165 for a five-piece set
Cutipol Brushed Gold Cutlery
Along with your new dinnerware, don't forget a gorgeous utensil set. Your flatware can make a statement at a dinner party, or just brighten your day during a post-work dinner. Either way, a good set will last you as long as your new marriage—a lifetime.
Shop Horne, $485 for 24 piece setting
Match Pewter Antique Oval Platter
Planning a wedding will probably give you the entertaining bug, so make sure you're well prepared for dinner parties and guests. Add a few special serving platters to your registry that can hold everything from appetizers to desserts.
Deco Bar Tools with Stand
Fit your bar with all the proper tools and watch your friends be wowed the next time they come over for cocktails. Choose a complete set that comes with ice tongs, a jigger, fruit knife, and bottle opener, as well as a system for storage.
West Elm, $79
Houdini Decanter with Wine Shower
Use your registry as an opportunity to take your love for vino up a notch. A wine decanter helps aerate reds, making them smoother and tastier to drink. Plus, they make for easy and beautiful pouring.
Hawkins New York "Mara" Marble Trivet
You probably have your fair share of coasters, but have you and the fiancé thought about trivets? These safeguards are a must for keeping your tabletop protected against the heat from your new casserole dishes. And with beautiful, decorative options, these trivets are a step-up from your mom's old-school wood versions.
Selamat Designs "Selva" Tray
Serving trays will serve you two-fold: first as a makeshift bar cart or appetizer tray when you have company. And second, it's the perfect subtle hint to your fiancé that you'd appreciate breakfast in bed from time to time.
B + W #1 by Jill Sykes
Don't forget decorative accessories while registering—they are, after all, what will make your newlywed house a home. Adding a few pieces of wall art that represent the two of you and your love is a great registry addition for guests who want to give you something a little outside the traditional box.
Artfully Walls, from $19.50
Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle
It's easy to get caught up in the kitchen and entertaining when picking out registry gear, but turning your bedroom into a beautiful space is just as important. Register for two or three high-quality sheet sets that make your bed the cozy spot you crave.
Brooklinen, from $219
Linen Duvet Cover
Linen duvets make an excellent bed cover—lightweight, easy to clean, and changeable by season. Choose a neutral tone that provides a blank canvas for colorful accent pillows and and a cozy throw.
Parachute Home, from from $210
Kassatex "Kyoto" Six-piece Towel Set
Even if you and your spouse-to-be already live together, chances are all of your bathroom towels are a mix of various well-worn shapes and sizes from previous apartments you've lived in. Say goodbye to mismatched linens and register for a set of super-plush bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths that actually go together. Your bathroom will thank you.
Sympatico CX Medium Expandable Spinner
Your life together will be full of travel and adventure—starting with your honeymoon! What better way to prepare for your romantic getaway than by registering for this streamlined, expandable luggage that will keep your belongings safe and make traveling just a little easier.
Briggs & Riley, $649