(Closed) Pot/pan sets vs individual pieces on registry?

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: As a guest, which would you prefer the bride & groom do for pots/pans?
    Register for the $1100 sale set only : (0 votes)
    Register for the $600 sale set and any additional needed pots/pans : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Register for the $500 sale set and any additional needed pots/pans : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Register for the $100 sale set and any additional needed pots/pans : (4 votes)
    13 %
    Register for a few different sets & individual pieces (watch to see what sells & adjust) : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Register for individual pots/pans only : (15 votes)
    47 %
    Other described below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    5425 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think it really depends on your cooking styke.  We didnt have a registy, but bought 2 small sets rather than a large one since the large ones tend to have a lot of unnecessary things, unecesary for us.

    Post # 4
    2378 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I prefer individual pieces, but that’s because we both love cooking, and we’re very picky about what we like.  The other nice thing about pieces is that it can make it easier for your guests – it’s kind of a pain to coordinate a group gift, but it’s easy for an individual to purchase 1 or 2 pieces.

    Post # 5
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it really depends on your guests and what you think people can afford! I would stare SHOCKED at items over, say, $400. I mean, $300 means I could go in with some friends and split the gift. If you have some big baller friends and family members, register away for the high price items! Otherwise, you’ll likely be getting gifts from different guests.

    Post # 6
    3082 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Shkragoldfish:  what’s the difference between the sets? My set was $300 and I researched it and its a good quality set. So what brand is the 1100 set? That seems expensive. 

    Post # 7
    1495 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I did individual pieces, as that way my guests could easily choose one item to gift us.  Most guests cannot afford the $500+ sets. If you opt for the individual pieces you are probably more likely to actually get them.


    Post # 8
    4497 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We did individual pieces. The set was a better deal, but I don’t know who would be gifting us a $700+ set of cookware. It just seemed unrealistic so we went the other way.

    Post # 9
    3260 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  Are you in the states?  We registered at Macy’s, and they said to scan the set, then they would break it up into individual pieces on the registry, so people could buy just one thing. Then, if we got all or most of the pots, they advised us to return them, and use the gift card to buy the set, which means we would come out ahead, with some cashleft on the gc.

    Post # 11
    3260 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  We had a lot of fun doing it in the store, plus I like to be able to look at the items to determine quality, etc.  We’re registered for manhy things twice, as we have both Canadian and American guests, so we are trying to monitor and manually edit the registry – e.g. if you buy something at Hudson’s Bay, and we are also registered for it at Macy’s, we will manually remove it frm our Macy’s registry.

    Post # 12
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I registered for my set, if the whole gift is too expensive (in my experience) the guests will give you a gift card from that store (or cash). People tend to not want to bring something heavy to a wedding. You can add up all the gift cards to get the set you want.

    I registered for the $300+ mixer without worry because I anticipate I can combine lots of gift cards to get it. 

    Post # 13
    8761 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I strongly prefer using the right pan for the right dish.  My pots and pans are a combination of All Clad, Le Creuset, nonstick and cast iron. I am very fussy about size, too.  Most of the sets, with the exception of All Clad, do not come with 10 and 12 inch frying pans, 2 and 4 quart pots and an 8 quart dutch oven.

    Post # 14
    1796 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @weddingmaven:  Exactly.  I like using stainless steel for some things like browning and a stock pot, non-stick for sticky things like eggs, enameled cast iron for braising,  etc.  I don’t really want a whole set of anything, so choosing individual pieces for each function makes more sense for me. 

    Post # 15
    2926 posts
    Sugar bee

    We registered for a $300 set but got a $1100 set for the price of the $300 because DH’s friend got a great discount from Caphalon and went in with his parents. I love our set. We cook a lot too. We also registered for other pots and pans that we wanted too.

    Post # 16
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Shkragoldfish:  I cook a lot and I always find set missing pieces or giving you the ones that arent the ideal ones. I would recommend doing individual pieces or a very small set (5-7 pieces) that you can add additional pots and pans too.

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