When planning a wedding, you're faced with tons of decisions — both big and small. Compiling your registry takes a lot of decision-making as well. Yes, it can be fun to "go shopping," but sometimes all the choices can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we've asked the folks at Zola, an online registry site, to clue us in to the top 20 most popular registry items on their site right now.
It's truly a sign of the times that the most popular item (which we wrote about earlier this week) on Zola is a set of gold flatware. When it comes to the dinner table, glamour is back.
This classic casserole dish was made for registries. It comes in a ton of colors, and it's the perfect price point for many guests. Even with the ubiquity of the Dutch oven these days, it's no surprise that this Le Creuset piece wins out.
Proof that not everyone is game for gold, but that pretty much everyone wants to upgrade their flatware, this simple silver set is sleek, timeless, and can go in the dishwasher.
We bet there are few registries out there that don't include a stand mixer in some form or another, and the five-quart model in KitchenAid's Artisan series is by far the most accessible choice. The only real decision is which color to get.
Even if a stand mixer is on your list, don't overlook the hand mixer; it tackles small jobs — like making whipped cream — with ease. If you're short on storage space, you can also just opt for this over a stand mixer.
6. Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet, $30
This common kitchen staple is one that many people might be lacking, or one that some of us have ruined in our early years learning to cook for ourselves. The good news is that it's an affordable item that will get a lot of use in your kitchen.
Dare we say that waffle irons are the new toasters? It seems like everyone adds one to their registry, and we can understand why. Weekend mornings are just better with the crispiest waffles ever.
8. Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board, $29 – $46
From serving cheese to crostini to cookies, there are few things that don't look more appetizing on a slate board. Add to that the fact that you can actually write on it with the included soapstone chalk, and it's easy to see why so many people are smitten with it.
9. Olio 4-Piece Place Setting, $50
We were pleasantly surprised to see something other than a plain set of white dishes on this list. While this place setting retains the sleek feel, it adds some texture and warmth with the exposed stoneware foot.
What better time to add champagne flutes to your glassware collection than at your wedding? After all, there are plenty of things to celebrate.
11. Club W Monthly Wine Club, $50 to $300
One of our favorite things about Zola is the inclusion of subscription gifts like this Club W membership. You can choose how long you want to subscribe, and put those champagne flutes (and any other wine glasses you receive) to good use.
This is a classic item where it makes sense to upgrade what you already have. We're guessing that's probably a mismatched set of mixing and prep bowls handed down when someone else in your family got a new set from their registry.
13. Welspun Amaze 6-Piece Towel Set, $30
These are the sole non-kitchen gifts on this entire list. Just proof that when it comes to the registry, people are all about new kitchen gear. However, we bet if you go just past 20 you'll find plenty of other linens on the list.
14. Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker, $60
All hail the slow cooker. It's one of the most useful items in any kitchen year-round, and doesn't always get the credit it deserves. Of course, pressure cookers have been making a comeback lately. How long before we start to see them on this list?
If you already have a pretty well-stocked kitchen, serving pieces are the way to go. It's time to stop serving the salad course from a mixing bowl, and this acacia wood bowl will help you do just that.
Adding a few inexpensive items to your registry is always a good idea. Plus, we're sure everyone has a few kitchen towels that could stand to be replaced. These diamond-patterned ones are perfect for a shower gift or an add-on with an 0ff-registry item.
17. Cuisinart Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, $100
Once you get a food processor, you'll wonder how you lived without one for so long. It dramatically speeds up prep time on so many recipes, and just might encourage you to cook more. The best part? It's dishwasher-safe.
18. Pyrex 18-Piece Storage Set, $40
Goodbye, random assortment of takeout containers and tupperware "borrowed" from your parents! This set of Pyrex containers will have all of your bases covered.
19. Blue Apron 2-Person Plan, $120 to $360
Similar to the Club W subscription, a few weeks or months of Blue Apron meals (or another meal kit service) is a brilliant registry idea. You can schedule your first box to arrive in the week after your wedding and/or honeymoon so you won't have to worry about having no food in the house.
20. Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven, $130 – $530
Last but not least, the classic Le Creuset Dutch oven. If there's ever a time to ask for this kitchen staple as a gift, your wedding is it. Just be sure whoever gives it to you has a standing dinner invitation.