For some reason, I always thought building a wedding registry would be one of the best parts of the wedding planning process, but as I plan for my wedding in September, the task of putting together a great list of gifts that are meant to last a lifetime is tougher than I thought.
Here are nine resources that have helped me through the process.
On The Kitchn:
• 1 Good Question: Stocking a New Kitchen: If you cook frequently, you likely already own many of the items on this list, but it's a good way to remind yourself what you're missing or hoping to upgrade.
• 2 Ten Most-Used: Faith's Favorite Kitchen Tools: Several members of The Kitchn team rounded up their ten most-used tools. Seeing what they consider essential is a helpful reminder of what will actually be used in the kitchen.
• 3 Ten Most-Used: Emma's Favorite Kitchen Tools
• 4 Ten Most-Used: Emily's Favorite Kitchen Tools
• 5 Ten Most-Used: Sara Kate's Favorite Kitchen Tools
Elsewhere on the web:
• 6 Build Your Own Smitten Kitchen: Deb of Smitten Kitchen has put together a utilitarian-yet-fun list of the tools she recommends.
• 7 The Essential Kitchen Registry List (Slate): A good overview of the types of items you should ask for and why.
• 8 A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks (The New York Times): If you're starting from scratch or only want to ask for what you really need, Mark Bittman compiled a list of the items you need to do almost anything in the kitchen.
• 9 Handmade Weddings: Registry Ideas by design*sponge (Etsy): On the other hand, frills can be nice. Grace Bonney's exhaustive guide to artwork, ceramics and home accessories is inspiring.
Do you have any tips or recommended links for creating a great registry?
Related: Wedding Registry: If You Could Do It All Over Again...
(Image: Emily Ho)