Creating your wedding registry can make you feel like a kid on your birthday. This is your chance to literally make a list of gifts you need and want. We’re sure there are some registry essentials you’ll think to add right away: that pretty stand mixer, a fancy vacuum, fresh cozy bedding, etc. However, as you’re focused on common registry staples, you may skip over (or not think about) less obvious items that you may really need down the line.
Because you likely have a million other wedding things on your mind, we’ll make this easy. Here’s a list of unexpected items to add to your wedding registry that we know you’ll use all the time.
A solid pair of shears may not be top of your registry list, but no kitchen is complete without them. High-quality and durable shears come in hand for everything from cutting open packaging to snipping fresh herbs. We love this stainless steel pair that come apart for cleaning. Plus, these shears have a symmetrical design that makes them accessible for both right- and left-handed people.
A baking lovers must-have, a chop-and-lift slicer is an invaluable tool in the kitchen. They’re used to measure, cut and scrape pastry dough, helping every baking project turn out that much better. Try this Amco Multi-Purpose Chop and Lift Slicer. It has an 18/8 stainless steel blade, ruler markings to help guide measuring, and a soft-handle grip that won’t slip.
Air fryers make cooking your favorite foods effortless—and delicious. A healthier option than deep frying, air fryers give foods that crispy, fried texture without the fat. Plus, they can cook nearly anything: meat, vegetables, pasta, and even desserts. One of our favorites is the Dash Compact Air Fryer. Not only does it come in a variety of colors, but it also fits neatly on countertops.
You’ll never regret investing in a high-quality knife set. Adding a chef and paring knife set to your registry will elevate your cooking experience, and make chopping, slicing, and dicing so much easier. This all-purpose set is not only practical but eye-catching. Oliva Elite knives are handcrafted with Italian Olive Wood handles and have steel alloy blades.
With so many colors and styles, kettles are like practical kitchen accessories. Plus, stovetop kettles can boil water to higher temperatures than electric ones. We adore this DuraCopper kettle because it won’t tarnish and easily wipes clean. Its narrow gooseneck spout is designed to control water flow, making it the ideal kettle for pour-over coffee and tea devices. If you and your spouse are coffee or tea lovers, add this to your registry pronto.
Sure, you can chop garlic with a knife, but why would you when garlic choppers exist? A garlic chopper, especially one that actually chops much more than just garlic, is a kitchen essential. This one from OXO, cuts fruits and vegetables (and, of course, garlic) in a single motion with a stainless steel blade. The best part? The chopped goods go directly into a plastic container under the blade for easy sorting.
A bar cart is not only a trendy piece of decor, but it’s also a storage solution for glassware. Bar carts work in kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. They’re the perfect spot to display your favorite alcohol and trinkets. This Art Deco-inspired bar cart has two spacious glass shelves and is crafted in a timeless gold.
One of the best parts of marriage is entertaining guests as a couple. You may have dishware you use day-to-day, but it’s fun to add a playful dinnerware set to your registry. We love the Emma Matte Dinnerware Collection because its mix-and-match color range, including soft pink and matte black, works for any occasion. Another set we have our eyes on is the Colorwave Coupe Collection. This set is perfect for casual entertaining or everyday use with its different shapes (coupe, rim, and square) and two-toned pieces.
Pasta bowls can be used for more than just noodles. They’re perfect for salads, stir fry, soups, and grain bowls. These multi-purpose, shallow bowls complete dishware sets and come in extra handy when entertaining guests. Some of our favorites include this modern low-lip set, these porcelain glazed pieces, and this casually-rimmed coupe collection.
Moving in with your spouse is a chance to get rid of all those mix-matched mugs collected over the years. Invest in a proper set once and for all. If you’re a latte lover, try these two-toned pantry mugs that have a wide opening—perfect for foam. This Le Creuset set is timeless and comes in a variety of colors that match their other top-rated products. If your style is more casual, each mug in this ceramic hand-painted set is slightly different in shape. These fine stoneware pieces are sophisticated and make a great addition to any dishware collection.
Pitchers are an entertaining staple. Welcome friends and family over for dinner and serve them drinks in a practical (and elegant) pitcher. We love this classic “farm to table” piece that works as well for water as it does cocktails. This small pitcher doubles as a vase, and this glass one is perfect for ready-to-serve mixed drinks.
Wine racks are a must for wine enthusiasts and even casual wine drinkers. Without proper storage, wine bottles can crowd countertops and take up precious kitchen space. Adding a rack to your registry not only offers a storage solution but doubles as a nice decor accent, too. This Curvo Wine Rack is an effortlessly stylish way to display your favorite bottles and while this geometric design is perfect for smaller spaces.
When adding dishware to your registry, don’t forget about placemats. Placemats are great to have on hand for entertaining or to set the table just because. Decorative designs, like these round petal placements and these circular mats made from dried leaves instantly dress-up tables. Looking for something better for everyday use? We recommend this linen set.
Coasters are one of the most under-appreciated kitchen items. Not only do they protect your tables and countertops from stains, but they also add easy pizzazz to any surface. We love coasters that complement dish sets, like these classic marble ones and this two-toned marble set. If wood is more your thing, try these rustic square ones. Keep it chic with these black agate coasters that make an impression.
Once you start wearing a bathrobe you’ll wonder how you went years without one. You may not think to include a super cozy robe to your registry, but you and your spouse will be happy you did. We love this super plush design that comes in three colors (white, smoke, and graphite) and made with the softest Turkish cotton. It’s perfect for stepping out of the shower and those lazy Sunday mornings.
Towel sets are a registry staple, but you’ll want bath sheets in your household, too. Bath sheets are oversized bath towels that can be used daily and double as beach towels. These Ralph Lauren ones are incredibly soft and made with odor-resistant fabric. They come in a variety of colors, too. Once you go bath sheet, you don’t go back.
Quilts are an often-forgotten bedroom accessory. Bed quilts offer year-round benefits: In the warmer summer months, use a lighter quilt instead of a duvet. In the winter, throw a quilt on top of your comforter for extra warmth. This striped linen quilt is perfect for all-season use as it’s made with super soft linen. Its laidback aesthetic goes with a variety of bedding styles, too.
Doesn’t a hammock sound relaxing? Whether you set up the item in your backyard for lazy weekends or take with you on cottage getaways, a sleek, portable hammock helps all couples unwind. This two-person nylon hammock is perfect for newlyweds and folds easily into a travel bag.
All couples need to get away sometimes so make sure to add practical travel pieces to your registry. We always recommend adding a luggage set to your registry if you don’t have one. And don’t forget about smaller travel items, too. Tumi’s Voyageur Just In Case Travel Backpack is perfect as a carry-on item and folds flat to be completely packable. It easily attaches to the handles of a suitcase or can be worn on your back. Its versatility makes it the go-to item for short and long trips alike.
Every household needs a smart speaker. Whether you like to listen to podcasts while cooking or play music when entertaining, portable speakers make a house feel like a home. This sleek Sonos One GEN 2 has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control built-in and promises room-filling sound. Plus, its compact design works in any space—big or small.
A tool kit may not be the most exciting item on your registry, but it’s one of the most practical. A toolset comes in handy for minor projects like hanging pictures and more significant household repairs. Our go-to set is this 120-piece tool kit. It includes pliers, wrenches, a claw hammer, a level, and measuring tape so you can tackle a variety of projects.
Make the most of your registry by mixing these necessary items with those beloved home staples. Your new home will thank you.