You can tell Spring is here when one important item makes its first arrival of the season. No, we're not talking about baby animals, flowers, or Cadbury Eggs...we're talking about that first wedding invitation to hit your mailbox! We've got some definite opinions here at MoS as to the best approach to registries. After all, that little scanner gun at Williams Sonoma is every bit as intoxicating as three martinis. So it helps to have plan. We can't tell you what to register for, but we will offer some friendly advice!
A MoS wedding cake!
1) Go for china, silver, and/or crystal! And for goodness sake, just use it! If you use your silver every day, you never have to polish it. Why save it for a special occasion? For china, the MoS girls are partial to Herend, but it's all about what YOU like and what fits your lifestyle best. And once you get it, don't be afraid to make every day (or at least every weekend) a china-worthy occasion! We'll be posting later this week about all of our favorite china, silver, and crystal patterns, but in the meantime, here are a couple china patterns we love.
Herend Queen Victoria- this classic pattern is so fun and colorful and will certainly brighten up your dining room table!
Anna Weatherley Garden Party- we love the flowers and butterflies!
2) Tried and true: you can never, ever go wrong with the classic cooking tools, such as anything Le Creuset, a Kitchen Aid Mixer (in a neutral color), good knives (individually, not a set!) decent wine glasses, a luxurious throw blanket, or a nice serving tray. Conversely, we recommend skipping anything overly specialized that won't lend itself to regular use.
If you even remotely like to cook, then you'll wonder how you ever lived without a Le Creuset dutch oven!
From cookie dough to pizza dough to mashed potatoes,
a Kitchen Aid mixer is a true multi-tasker!
TV night just got a little bit cozier with a luxurious cashmere throw to hunker down with!
An automatic martini shaker? If you can't shake your own martini, it's probably time to put down the bottle!!!
3) To borrow from the bard...to thine own self be true. If the extent of your baking skills is opening a package of pre-made cookie dough and eating it with a spoon, then don't register for every bunt pan, cookie sheet, and cupcake contraption known to man. Use your registry to enhance your real passions and skills, not to try and fit the mold of what The Knot swears you can't live without. Your friends and family want to get something they know you will love and use. So don't be afraid to be honest about what those things really are! And I think it goes without saying, but PLEASE resist the temptation to register for a couples' massage or fancy dinner on your honeymoon. Some things are best left to handle yourself.