You likely have a general idea of what you need to outfit your first home together, too. But the real question is: what do you want? Not everything on your registry has to be 100 percent functional, after all.
In fact, you might just want to use the registry as an opportunity to splurge on some must-have items that you wouldn’t otherwise buy for yourself. To pique your interest, we’ve found five of the trendiest registry items for you to consider and, perhaps, add to your own wish list.
1. Stand Mixer
You’re probably thinking that something like a stand mixer — especially the iconic KitchenAid variety — is on every registry, trendy or not. Your intuition is correct. However, you can spice things up by foregoing the classic white, stainless steel or black mixer in favor of a trendy hue. The Pantone color of the year, for example, is an earthy green. You could go with that, or have a look at all the colors that KitchenAid has to offer and ask for something a bit bolder.
2. Fancy Coffeemaker
That old-school drip coffee machine that steams and whistles every morning? No more. You can request a fancier model now that you have a wedding registry to fill.
Today’s coffeemakers do so much more than just drip hot water over grinds. You can have yours fill a travel mug with just enough coffee so you can breeze out of the door each morning. You can pick a speedy machine that brews a whole pot in less than four minutes. You can even find models that make you cold coffee drinks and hot coffee drinks all in the same place. Find the right model for you and add it to the list.
3. Ceramic Cookware
Those hand-me-down pots and pans you have work just fine, but your wedding registry presents the opportunity to pick up some brand new and high quality pieces. Set your sights on ceramic cookware and you won’t regret it.
The ceramic material used to make such must-haves as dutch ovens has an incredible ability to distribute heat, so your food will be thoroughly and evenly cooked. To that end, you can pop your ceramic dutch oven into your actual oven or use it to prep food on the stove. In other words, it’s durable and reliable — no newlywed burnt-dinner tales to be heard down the line.
4. Pasta-Making Kit
Oh, Instagram — how you’ve changed our diets for the better. Yes, everyone is a chef these days, and they love to post their creations on social media. Why not join in on the trend with the help of your registry? A kit full of all the accouterments necessary to make pasta will help you whip up some seriously enviable dishes. A pasta-making kit is probably not something you’d buy for yourself, so it’s the perfect trendy item to add to your list. Plus, imagine all the memories you and your new husband or wife will make as you attempt to roll out, shape and dry your fresh pasta. Oh, and if that’s not incentive enough, fresh pasta tastes good.
5. Wi-Fi Enabled Crockpot
Yes, you read that right. With the help of your wedding registry, you can make sure that your slow cooker is simmering or chilling no matter where you are, so long as you have an internet connection and an app that keeps you in touch with your appliance. You can re-adjust the temperature and turn the device on or off while you’re away, too. Again, a win for newlyweds who fear the inevitable failed dinner: your smart appliance won’t let you fail.
Clearly, this list isn’t the be-all, end-all of wedding registry ideas. But these five trendy items will add a bit of pizzazz and excitement to the roster of linens, cooking utensils and place settings you actually need. Go on, have a little fun, and enjoy the fact that everyone wants to shower you in gifts and love — you only get married once, so make sure you’re doing it right.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.