Wanna know what’s stressful? Weddings. Between the unsolicited advice, desire for everything to go off without a hitch and the sheer amount of planning involved, there’s a reason many sane people have turned into bride- and groom-zillas over the years.
One thing that shouldn’t overwhelm you–but always totally does–is the wedding registry. Sure, figuring out all of the gifts you’d like to receive sounds like a grand old time, but making sure you register for a well-rounded list of items (both big-ticket and small) that you will actually need and use can be a bit of a chore.
That waffle iron may be a great idea at the time (because… waffles), but how often will you actually use it? Having been through a wedding or two ourselves, we cobbled together some of the wedding registry essentials you’ll definitely want to remember if you’ve got a big day coming up. Trust us, your married old self will be thankful to have them five-to-10 years from now.
18 essentials couples always forget to register for
Actual ArtWhen it comes to things that never lose their value, art is a safe bet. Plus it's a nice way to add some grown up style to your new abode. Thinkstock
Presentable BakewareThere's something invaluable about a dish that you can pop in the oven, but also take to a potluck. Thinkstock
Extra Bath TowelsBath towels -- especially nice bath towels -- can be expensive. Register for more than you think you need. That way you'll have some for the future, or for guests who happen to pop by. Thinkstock
A Good BlenderIf space is an issue we'd amend this to read an immersion blender. But between smoothies, soups, dips, spreads and everything in between, nothing beats a good blender. Thinkstock
A Digital CameraHey, if you're going to make a lot of new memories together, you might as well have something of high quality to capture them with. Thinkstock
A Dutch OvenBecause you'll use it often, but it's something you'd never, ever buy for yourself. Thinkstock
A GrillWhether indoors or out, it's an item most couples forget to register for, but definitely use more than that aforementioned waffle iron. Thinkstock
HobbiesLike camping? Add some camping gear on there. Or snowshoes, snorkling gear, or anything else that will allow you to spend time together as a couple. Thinkstock
A Good Pair of Kitchen ShearsThis is a rather inexpensive item that makes a great registry addition, and one that you'll be thankful for for years to come. Thinkstock
Good KnivesWe're not talking about a generic block set here either. All you need is a really good chef's knife, a bread knife, and one or two paring knives to round it all off. You'll be super thankful you asked for them, we promise. Thinkstock
A Luggage SetIf you plan on travelling -- on a honeymoon or otherwise -- sturdy luggage is always in demand. Unfortunately, it's also expensive as heck. Thinkstock
Organizational ToolsAnother small-ticket item that rounds off any registry, you'll be thankful for that sliding garbage bin or spice jars when you're organizing your haphazard kitchen. Thinkstock
Commemorative OrnamentsThink about it: if you put up a tree, you're going to need ornaments. And having a few nice ones (which happen to be ridiculously expensive) is the perfect sentimental topper to any topiary. Thinkstock
Outdoor FurnitureIf you have a deck or patio, you want to enjoy it, right? Let your registry get you there sooner. Thinkstock
Neutral Place SettingsSure, it's tempting to ask for fine china or the latest modern design. But neutral plates will always remain in style, especially when paired with fancy place mats and napkins.Thinkstock
Nice bedding...And then another set of nice bedding. In fact, why not go for three -- one for you, one for the guest room, and one for the times your original set is in the laundry. Thinkstock
ToolsSpecifically, a cordless drill, and anything else you're going to need for home improvement. Because there's always home improvement. Thinkstock
A Vacuum CleanerAnother expensive item you're going to use all of the time, the fancy ones suck up all the dirt and can last for years with the proper care. Thinkstock