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The 12 Kitchen Essentials Every Wedding Registry Should Have

Other than monogrammed Champagne flutes, of course
Essential Kitchen Tools for Your Wedding Registry
Photo: Le Creuset

Congratulations, you're getting married! Amid the stress of picking out your venue (and avoiding the ever-possible mother-in-law meltdown), decking out your registry—especially with kitchen gadgets—remains the one bright spot of wedding planning.

Once you're done debating whether you should add those monogrammed Champagne flutes to the list, make room in your registry for these 12 indispensable cooking tools. They might only scratch the surface of your kitchen needs, but trust us when we say they're the essentials you don't want to compromise on. (You have the rest of your marriage to work on your compromising.)

  • Enameled Dutch Oven

    You know that cherished heirloom your mom's had since her own wedding? Get one of those bulletproof bad boys for yourself; it will be the star of every photo-worthy family dinner spread for years to come.

    Le Creuset 7¼-Quart Round Dutch Oven, $370

  • Slow Cooker

    No matter how hard we wish they would, responsibilities don't dwindle down as you get older. Thankfully, this weeknight dinner hero makes juggling everything a little bit easier.

    KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker, $150

  • Chef's Knife

    Ignore the knife block filled with useless blades and instead request a single, all-purpose chef's knife. From there, you can build out your collection with knives you'll actually use.

    Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro Chef's Knife, 8", $140

  • Wooden Cutting Board

    Toss out your warped, plastic cutting boards and spring for a surface that won't damage your new knife's edge. Though a high-quality wood slab may be bulky, it's stylish enough to stay put on your kitchen counter on a daily basis.

    John Boos Cutting Board, $115

  • Large Capacity Food Processor

    If you still haven't mastered making the perfect piecrust, a robust food processor is the always-reliable solution to your pastry problems—as well as seemingly every other kitchen task.

    Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor, $200

  • Immersion Blender

    When it comes to multitasking MVPs, it's hard to top an immersion blender's versatility. Not to mention the lack of parts you won't have to wash.

    All-Clad Immersion Blender, $100

  • Stainless Steel Cookware

    You might be tempted to scan every nonstick skillet in sight, but with proper care, stainless steel pots and pans will last a lifetime compared to their teflon counterparts. (Since sets can easily fly past the four-figure mark, registering for individual pans can be a considerate option.)

    All-Clad Stainless Steel 10-Inch Skillet, $160

  • Toaster

    Nothing says "I love you" more than waking up to toast in the morning—even if your partner always burns it.

    Wolf Gourmet 2-Slice Toaster, $300

  • Grown-Up Dinnerware

    When both sets of parents come for dinner, ditch the disposable plates and whip out this stylish Italian earthenware. (Classic white rimmed plates are also an option that never go out of style.)

    Glenna Dinnerware, starting at $22

  • Classy Cutlery and Flatware

    While we're not suggesting you sign up for fancy silverware you'll never polish, it's about time you retire the bendable forks and spoons you've had since college.

    Dubost Olivewood Flatware, $80 for a set of five

  • Nested Mixing Bowls

    Lightweight yet heavy duty, stainless steel mixing bowls will stand up to years of abuse and elementary school bake sales. (You talked about having kids, right?)

    3 Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set, $100

  • Stand Mixer

    OK, this is probably the first thing you'll scan when building out your registry, but we'd be remiss not to include it here, you know, just in case.

    KitchenAid Artisan Design Series Stand Mixer, 5 qt., $400

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