Over the next few weeks, our very own WeddingWire editors will be providing answers to those tough etiquette questions that Facebook followers might not know how to address. Third up, Maureen asks: “How [do you] communicate where you are registered for gifts if you are not having a bridal shower?” Find out the answer here.
Often times, your registry becomes one long list for kitchen tools and appliances, but for the jet-setting couple, a Calphalon non-stick frying pan and Kitchen-Aid stand mixer might not be worth a scan. Thinking more about the destination rather than the journey? Check out our Travel Editor’s necessities like noise canceling headphones, neck pillow, fisheye lens, solar charger, and router with USB port to make sure you’re relaxed and ready-to-go when you arrive in paradise.
Photo: Corkcicle Wine Chiller, Target
In case you didn’t already know, Caitlin, one of our very own on WeddingWire’s editorial team, is engaged! Throughout her entire planning process, she’ll be giving you insight on her experiences until September 20, 2014. First, it was wedding dress shopping — and 9 things no one ever told her — and next up: 9 things you wouldn’t think to register for (but should!).
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Entertaining is easy when you have the right tools! Use this handy list from Williams-Sonoma to fill your wedding registry with all the elements necessary to pull off a great party, then get to mastering a signature drink recipe or two. You’ll have a house filled with happy guests in no time.
1. Ice Bottle Chiller Mold, $29.95
An artsy way to chill wine, and the mold can last up to six hours before melting. For an even more creative twist to the display, add flower petals or citrus slices to the mold before freezing.
2. Dorset Single Old-Fashioned Glasses, $71.95 for a Set of Four
Calling all Madmen fans! These hand-cut lead crystal glasses are exactly what you need to outfit that retro bar cart (and serve a delicious scotch).
3. Pantry Oval Serving Platter, $59.95
A timelessly versatile porcelain serving dish that will fit with any party theme (and hold a healthy portion of everything from crab canapes to whole lasagna slices).
4. Monogrammed Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set, $34.95
A strainer, jigger, bottle opener, and ice tongs, all conveniently organized in a handsome stainless steel holder for direct countertop access.
5. Insulated Cocktail Shaker, $44.95
Keep extra portions of drinks cool long after the first pour with the double wall insulation of this dishwasher safe cocktail shaker. The insulation also keeps slippery condensation from forming on the exterior.
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While it’s tempting to stock your wedding registry with big ticket items you might not be ready to purchase on your own, don’t forget that guests are often working with a budget as well! Make them feel good about the gifts they send you off into newlywed bliss with by stocking your registry with a few essential items that ring in under the $100 mark. Here’s 10 we guarantee you’ll be happy you selected, all from Williams-Sonoma.
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1. Cuisinart Hand Mixer with Storage Case, $89.95
Baking will be a breeze with a powerful hand-held tool like this, and the nine speeds are perfect for tackling everything from light meringues to heavy batters.
2. Cabernet Wine Glass (Set of 2), $39.95
Oh-so-necessary stemware for date nights and dinner in front of the TV.
3. Calphalon Elite Nonstick Fry Pan Set, $79.95
Perfect for new and seasoned cooks alike, the triple-layer nonstick surfaces on these pans make them excellent for searing foods — and make it hard for metal utensils to damage them. Added bonus: they’re dishwasher safe!
Not sure what items you need to begin your dessert-making adventures? This set has you covered with a 12-well muffin pan, a cookie sheet, a half-sheet pan, a cooling rack, and two 9″ cake pans.