Post # 1
This is my first post, but I wasn’t really comfortable asking my friends these questions.
We are getting married in June 2013 and just received the first gifts off of our registry for the holidays and as a result of sending out our save the dates. My dad and his girlfriend bought us the 10 piece All-Clad D5 set from Williams Sonoma and a set of Shun knives and my main boss bought us a lovely tray from Hermes (I added such a ridiculous thing to my registry, because I know that is what he would want to buy me as opposed to pots and pans, etc.).
The issue is that those were essentially the three most expensive things on our registry and now I am nervous that we need to find a few more very expensive things to replace them as I have other bosses that will be purchasing gifts and some family friends that may also buy very expensive presents.
What I am looking for is ideas for what else to add to the registry? I am thinking in the $500+ range (probably not that much over $1k) and I am interested in selecting timeless, classic pieces/items that we can have for our entire life together (wherever we end up). I may also look up some artwork to see if anything catches my eye in that price range.
It sounds crazy, but I am asking for honest advice. We have all the regular expensive kitchen stuff on there – kitchenaid mixer, cuisnart chopper, smart oven, vacuum, etc.
I likely won’t always work in the environment I currently work in and I figure you might as well learn to play to your crowd and be smart about your selections.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
china, silver and crystal. timeless and pricey, (especially when you buy multiple place settings).
Post # 4
Do you have any china pieces or crystal stemware on your registry? Also, keep in mind that some people may prefer to gift you with cash – so if you end up not wanting those kinds of things, just keep your registry as is and let people figure out what to gift you.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
How about vases or furniture?
Post # 7
I would also suggest china and crystal. Silverware (real silver) is a great expensive registry item but it can run you $800+ per place setting
Post # 8
I worked in an upscale gift shop whose gift section rivals Neiman’s. They have a registry too.
Here are brands/lines I suggest:
– Waterford Lismore line – classic, timeless
– Couzan flatware (practical, beautiful every day but high end)
– Juliska plates, etc. Google them…so many things
– Annie Glass serve ware – I love this line. Its not super outrageous but she has lots of pieces
– Arte Italica plates/dinnerware
– Bernadaud, Herend, Anna Weatherly – all china lines
– Vietri dinnerware plates/bowls, etc
Real silver place settings start around $200. Average is $400-600. They are nice but it requires a lot of work and upkeep. Ask if that’s practical for your lifestyle. I would personally skip it or ask for only serving sets. It might be nice in theory but look into it to see if its good for you.
You can Google all of these to see the styles. You can register at Bloomingdales or do an Amazon list to cover the different vendors. Congrats on all the great gifts!! 😀
Post # 9
Our long shot gift was a pricey vacuum. I believe it was in the $500-$600 range.
Post # 10
Thank you! I am going to look into these things. I was originally avoiding crystal and the like as I figured it was not practical – but I am not in the world of practical at the moment, so I might as well get some great heirloom pieces.
Post # 11
Did you register for luggage? We got the entire set we asked for for Christmas (wedding was at the beginning of November) so we weren’t able to use it on our Honeymoon but we are looking forward to using it this coming year for a DW for my BIL in Cancun. And if course on any other upcoming trip.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@ManhattanBeachBride: Crystal is actually super practical! It doesn’t break as easily as cheap wine glasses.
Plus if you have fancy china and hermes serving trays… you NEED crystal to match it! 😛
Post # 13
If you choose fancy silverware/flatware you could also register for a chest to store it.
Post # 14
@Mrs. Eagle: great point!! And you are right about crystal being durable!