Leslyn's Lovely Life: Registry Tips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Registry Tips

Wedding season is here! It's always an exciting time- all the showers, brunches, the wedding itself- I love it (remember how I was somehow involved in 14 weddings last year? Haha)! 

Now that I've been married for a few years, I've had the opportunity to think about things that I wish I would have done differently. As far as our wedding goes, I wouldn't change a darn thing. To me, it was the most special day, and it was exactly what I hoped it would be.

But I would change a few things about our registry choices- and I figured I would share them with you. 

Let's compare the following two pictures... The same meal, two different bowls. 

Now, I know that there are some Fiestaware-lovin' gals out there- and I totally respect that! But this is my personal opinion.... I think that food looks much more appetizing when it's served on a white dish. I wish I would have known that little tidbit of information when we were registering three years ago (Whoa! Has it really been that long?!). Also, I've read several studies about how people eat more when their food is served on colorful plates. Hmmm.... Maybe this explains why the hubby and I gained weight after the wedding? Or maybe it was the fact that I cooked some of the most delicious and fattening meals known to mankind on my Pinterest board... We'll never know. ;)

While I'm singing the praises of white dishes, I need to talk about white towels and how they're the best. No really.

We made the silly decision to register for white, brown, khaki and blue towels at several stores. Somehow, we ended with four different shades of blue towels. Y'all, we should have gone with all white. We can bleach them to get the nasty moldy towel smell out, and we obviously can't do that with the colored towels. We do the hot water/vinegar/baking soda trick with all of our towels (again, thanks Pinterest), but the moldy smell comes back pretty quickly with the colored towels. So I'm telling you- register for all white towels. You won't regret it.

Also- let me just say that there's no shame in registering for some decor. We didn't register for anything of that nature. We ended up with 8 lamps- all of which we have spray painted or thrown away because they didn't match our decor in our home. Also, we received more than 20 picture frames. Same scenario- we had to revamp them so they would work with the rest of the stuff in our house. So you know what? Go ahead and register for some home decor items at Target (my personal favorite)- it will save you time (seriously, who has time to spray paint lamps and picture frames?!), and it will help your friends out who don't feel like buying kitchen tongs as a wedding gift.

Speaking of kitchen utensils... Aren't my little segues fabulous?

Don't register for every kitchen item under the sun. We made that mistake. Y'all- we have never used our kitchen blow torch. But we have one. My dream of making creme brûlée hasn't come true, and let's keep it real- it probably won't. Ain't nobody got time for that. We don't need 30 casserole dishes- but we have them. I don't know why I thought I would feed an army. That immersion blender I knew I would use a million times? I can count on one hand how many times I've pulled that thing out of the cabinet. "But Giada uses one all the time on the Food Network- so surely I will, too!" That would be a negative. I used my bundt cake pan for the first time a couple of weeks ago. See where I'm going with this? Register for things that you KNOW you will use on a regular basis. We love our Ninja blender. We are OBSESSED with our KitchenAid. Baking sheets? Buy at least 3. I'm not kidding. Invest in some awesome kitchen knives. Think practically when you and your fiancé are walking through the store with that little handy dandy registry gun.

A couple of last thoughts:
1. Register for things that cover a variety of price ranges- while it's tempting to register for the most expensive thing in the store, think of those friends/family members who might be in a financial situation where they can't afford a huge gift. Be considerate!
2. Try to register for the same items at different stores. We received 4 crock pots, 3 Keurig machines, and over 100 (yes, you read that correctly) drinking glasses. This gave us the freedom to return our duplicates and purchase gift cards for date nights, Christmas gifts, and other items that we might not have received at wedding showers.

Have any other questions that I didn't cover? Feel free to shoot me an email at leslynslovelylife(at)gmail(dot)com!

Happy Registering!

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Brittney said...

We have never used our electric knife. And we didn't register for a food processor- and I wished we had! I have to disagree with the dishes though...while I love the chic look of white dishes...I LOVE all my Fiestaware! Wouldn't trade it for anything!

Kara Humble said...

If you registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond, they have an amazing return policy. You can take almost anything back EVER... even years later or even if you don't have the box or receipt. If you bought it there, you can take it back for store credit. It's a manufacturer warranty type of thing. Trust me.... I picked out stuff we didn't need too, and I took it all back. I had a friend take back a leaking coffee pot, two years after her wedding without a receipt or box, and she got full store credit. It's insane.