There seem to be a ton of rules when it comes to registering for your wedding. From what price points to include, to how many items to select, to which items are "worth it" — it's easy for a fun task to turn into a head-spinning chore.
While we agree that there should be a variety of affordable items on your wedding registry, it is certainly okay to have a few big-ticket items as well, since some gift-givers love to give a communal gift, and friends or family close to you may be willing to splurge for your big day. Check out our favorite higher-end items to consider adding to your bridal registry.
Ah, China. The one item that can send brides-to-be over the edge while registering and asking themselves, "How can this be so expensive?" "Will I ever really use it?" while you SHOULD NOT register for fine china just because you're told to do so by your future mother-in-law, or "just in case," you SHOULD register for it if you truly believe you will be hosting holidays, dinner parties, and more — fairly frequently. Think of it this way: It's the only time in your life people may be willing to buy you a place setting that costs hundreds of dollars, so if you even think you might want or need fine china one day — go for it.
Once you decide to add the big-ticket item to your registry, the next challenge lies in picking a pattern. We recommend going for something timeless and classic, that will look great on any table, in any dining room — because who knows what your future may take you?
High Quality Bakeware & Cookware
Every budding chef needs some quality cooking items in their kitchens, so when adding cookware and bakeware to your registry, don't skimp. Go all out and add those items and brands you've always dreamed of owning, even if you would never spend that kind of money yourself. Not sure what brand to scan? You really can't go wrong with Le Creuset. The company's first colorful cast iron piece made it's debut in 1925 and it has been taking the culinary world by storm ever since. Not only are these pieces — ranging from lasagna pans to dutch ovens to cast iron skillets — vibrant (adding a pop of color to kitchens everywhere) they are also functional, durable, and versatile and have pretty great warranties.
A Knife Set Fit for Top Chefs
Even at the most basic level, anyone who cooks would agree that quality knives can make or break your cooking and kitchen prep experiences. Rather than stocking up on individual pieces, you really can't go wrong by selecting a superb knife set, with bonus points for a sturdy and eye catching block in which to hold it. Luxury brands like Wusthoff and Chicago Cutler offer a variety of set pieces, including steak knives, pairing knives, scissors, and bread knives, gathered together in exceptionally crafted counter-ready blocks. Select quality stainless steel sets with sharpeners to ensure your knives last through the years.
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A Top Caffeine Machine
At home coffee enthusiasts and on-the go sippers alike can attest to the fact that the machine really does make a difference between so-so coffee and a quality cup of joe. Aside from the fact that a quality coffee maker can help you save hundreds each year by skipping a daily visit to your local barista, there's nothing better than enjoying your drink of choice in the comfort of your own home. (Poured into some cute mugs also gifted from your registry, perhaps?) While registering, consider Nespresso and Delonghi, as trusted manufacturers in the art of espresso, as well as Keurig and Cuisinart for high rated coffee brewers.
Luxe Stemware and Glassware
Every home needs a little sparkle, that's a given. When it comes to adding a touch of elegance and luxury to your home, one of the best places to start is with your stemware and glassware. A classic go-to brand for high quality crystal is Waterford. First established centuries ago in Waterford, Ireland, this company has become the leader in luxury glassware as well as a staple on many bridal registries. As the brand has evolved, partnerships with designers like Monique Lhullier and Robert Mondavi have added a modern touch to classic designs. Perhaps the best part? Waterford has a more affordable branch, Marquis by Waterford, that offers sets at more modest price points so that everyone can experience the glamour of crystal stemware.