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Posted: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

Once you’re engaged, you have a list a mile long of things to tackle, including registering. This is your opportunity to plan for things you want to have as a couple (and potentially in a new home). Your options for stores, or even online stores, for registering are endless, but you will probably want to limit it and not create registries all over the place. Your family and friends will start perusing your lists as soon as they are available and gifts will likely pop up in advance of your actual wedding. Being on top of registering will likely get you a few more gifts that you actually wanted instead of overflowing your wine rack!

Here are a few of my top items that all registries should include:

1. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer: my husband was a tad concerned about how much this would get used when we added it to our registry, but trust me, he has loved all of the deliciousness that it has helped prepare. This will be a staple in your kitchen for years to come.

2. Bakeware set: you can go with your standard set or a more colorful option, but having these items readily available will make life much easier when you’re ready to transform into a baking machine.

3. A good vacuum: Dyson is at the top of the list for vacuum cleaners, but I have to say we love our Shark Navigator. We use it for our downstairs and have no complaints. The best part? It’s rechargeable and cordless!

4. Knife block: We fell in love with a J.A. Henckels knife block, which has all the knives we currently need, as well as a sharpener. Knife blocks can vary in price based on the brand, quality and amount of knives included. Ours has a few extra slots so we can add knives in the future!

5. China: Unless you plan on using Grandma’s fine china that she passed down to you, register for your own. There will come a time that you want to host a meal and you’ll want to pull out your best dishes and not just your everyday dishes. Although, if you don’t have dishes that you love, you can always register for everyday ware too.

6. Pots & Pans: Having a good set of pots and pans will make you excited to cook! Seriously though, quality pots and pans will make your life easier in the kitchen and you’ll enjoy dirtying up those dishes. Tip: if you’re not a fan of hand washing dishes, make sure to get some that are dishwasher safe!

7. Silverware and Serving sets: Finding silverware that you’ll want to use day in and day out can be harder than you think. Shiny or matte? Rounded or square? Modern or traditional? The good news is, once you decide on one, you can register for all of the pieces that you need. I recommend getting enough for at least 6 people, in the event you plan on hosting meals at some point. A serving set will also be helpful for those meals.

8. Sheets: Register for those sheets that you haven’t splurged on but have been eyeing. Seriously, what a great gift! You’ll use them right away and often. Someone will jump all over that option. Go ahead and toss in some new pillows while you’re at it, or even a new comforter/quilt.

9. A chopping block: if you have room for this on your counter, it is totally worth it. We got a great one from Crate & Barrel and use it on a daily basis. If you don’t have room, register for a good cutting board (extra points if it’s monogrammed!).

10. Fun stuff! We had a Honeyfund on which we registered for honeymoon dinners, honeymoon excursions (we let the guest pick what we would do!), gift cards to Home Depot, money for a new bedroom set, etc. One of our most unexpected gifts was a GoPro Camera that you can attach to your head while you’re snorkeling/diving, biking, or horseback riding and video or take pictures of the adventure. I also loved seeing board games on friend’s registries or beach cruisers so they can ride around together.

While you definitely want to register for the things you need, you should also register for the things you want and might not otherwise buy. It’s better if you can go to the stores to do it than online, sometimes things look different in person. This is the one time in your life you get to do this, so have fun!

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