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5 Registry Items to Break Up with Before You Say “I Do”

5 Registry Items to Break Up with Before You Say “I Do”

So you’re engaged? Congratulations! You’ve got the ring and the date; now it’s time for the details. While much of your wedding planning revolves around creating lasting memories, registering for items that stand the test of time is a vital, often overlooked task.

Without a little guidance and — let’s face it — real talk, your registry can easily become bloated with unnecessary stuff just waiting to become clutter until the sentimentality subsides and you haul it off to the thrift store, along with your college Halloween costume collection.

Here are five registry items you can safely skip, plus the smart options you can use to replace them:

Trendy Kitchen Gadgets

Stand mixer on the counter

Image credit:The Knot

Do you bake regularly, from scratch? If the answer is no, you’re likely not going to need a stand mixer. Yes, it’s perennially at the top of all the registry lists and, yes, it comes in lots of cool colors and, yes, there’s even a pasta attachment! The bottom line is this is a big-ticket (read: expensive) registry item and, unless you’re an avid baker or cook (or seriously planning to become one), you just don’t need this. See also: quesadilla maker, pancake griddle, air fryer, restaurant-quality blender, bread maker, or any of the quirky (yet unnecessary) items on this list

May we suggest?Think about your current lifestyle and the appliance you can register for to suit it. Is caffeine your one true love (fiancé notwithstanding)? Upgrade your coffee maker to something top-of-the-line you’ll enjoy every day. Love a home-cooked meal but stuck with a long commute? Add a slow cooker and some easy weeknight recipe books to the list.

Fine China

Fine china place setting

Image credit: Southern Bride & Groom

Once upon a time, fine china was not only a registry staple; it was a treasured heirloom to pass down for generations to come. But in an age when formal dining rooms have become obsolete, spending upwards of $100 for a single plate that may see use once a year seems like folly. See also: crystal, tea sets, silver flatware, linen napkins, and napkin rings.

May we suggest?Find everyday dishes you absolutely love, and register for a few extra place settings to use when entertaining. It’s traditional to have 8-12 settings, but think about how many people you’re likely to have over at one time, and accommodate your request accordingly.

Monogrammed Anything

Monogrammed bath towel set

Image credit: Personalization Mall

Put the bridal magazine down, log off Pinterest, and ask yourself if you’re the kind of person who needs their name embroidered on the bathroom hand towels. Follow-up question: is your betrothed? Probably not, right? This is one of those registry items that’s adorable in theory but will feel a little goofy as the married months pass on. See also: “his and hers” (as well as “hers and hers” and “his and hi”s) coffee mugs, pillow cases, beer and wine glasses, and aprons.

May we suggest? Splurge on super plush, high-quality bath towels in a color or pattern that matches your current aesthetic, including a second set for guests or laundry day.

Sets on Sets on Sets

Set of pots and pans

Image credit: Upright & Caffeinated

Registry fatigue is real. It’s all fun and games the first hour (the scan gun is exhilarating, right?), but eventually hunger and boredom start to wear you down and that set of pots and pans looks like it will cover a lot of bases, quickly. FIGHT THE URGE. More often than not, you won’t find a use for many of the items in those seemingly helpful boxed sets. You’ll just cut into precious storage space and have to purchase pots and pans you’ll actually use down the line. See also: bar sets, cake decorating sets, tiered buffet sets, sushi sets, and knife sets.

May we suggest?Take your time and really think through your needs. Register for high-grade versions of the kitchen and bar essentials you’re already using regularly. One quality cast iron skillet will serve you better than a whole box of mediocre pans in varying sizes. If you’re not sure what to look for, take a page out of Anthony Bourdain’s literal book and start there.

Furniture

Home office drenched in sunlight

Image credit: Bridal Musings

Now, this one’s a little more situational. Furniture is another costly item that will eat into your overall registry, so unless you’re living in — or in the process of moving into — a home you plan to inhabit for the next five years or more, better to leave it off the list. The likelihood of the piece not fitting into your next space (or design) is high, so it’s smart to wait until you’re where you plan to stay a while to make furniture purchases. See also: curtains and other custom window treatments, wall art, and most other home décor.

May we suggest?If your dream home is a little further out, focus on the present and register for an exciting honeymoon excursion, cooking class, or other experiential gift you can enjoy immediately with your spouse. When the time comes, we’ve got a line on a great way to finance your furniture— and so much more.

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