Post # 1
So our invitations to the shower have apparently gone out. I’ve pretty much come to accept that I’m not going to be able to stop registry stalking. It’s not in my nature. Oh, well.
I still haven’t added any cookware yet. Although I did add a 10 and 12 inch omelette pan nonstick Calphalon Contemporary set and a Calphalon Contemporary nonstick griddle. However, we still have to add our stainless steel cookware, as my mom keeps reminding me.
The sets we were looking at were the Calphalon Tri Ply 13 piece set and the Calphalon Contemporary stainless steel 13 piece set. I had mentioned this a bit early because Bed Bath and Beyond had recommended adding the whole set because it’s more cost effective (we had added individual pieces). I didn’t want to because they cost $450-$550 (depending on set) and I wasn’t sure someone would spend that much.
However, most of the stuff we are getting off the registry at this point is the more expensive stuff. We’ve had our Artisan mixer bought (first item!), the KitchenAid 5 speed blender, Cuisinart Griddler (so happy about this one) and some nice sheets among other things. I feel very fortunate to have such generous friends and family. My Fiance now things we should just go ahead and add the set for simplicity and because people aren’t shying away from expensive items, although it’s a far cry from $100 to a $450 kitchen set, although I know sometimes people go in together.
My other thing with the set is I feel like there might be a few pieces I might not use. I think the set includes stainless steel omelette pans, which, since I’m registering for the nonstick ones, I don’t think I’d use them.
Another thing is the Calphalon Tri Ply set has a 6 quart stockpot, but I can only find the 8 quart stockpot available to register for individually on the Internet. I’m sure I’d probably be able to more easily register for the individual pieces in the store. But I’m wondering, is it worth it to have an 8 quart stockpot over a 6 quart stockpot? We’re not real big cooks.
Post # 3
@Cem0930: I would think you would only use the larger stockpot if you’re cooking for a lot of people. Fiance and I have a large stock pot thats so big its annoying, because when we make pasta we only fill it up a little bit so its just larger than it needs to be. I suspect you would only use the larger one if you were cooking for a large group of people. This is coming from someone who loves pasta, hates to cook, and often cooks for one or two people.
ETA: I would also probably leave things registered separately just because it is more likely to be purchased. If there are a few things missing after the wedding you can use your cash gifts to fill in the holes.
Post # 4
I think it depends on the logistics of your wedding. How many people are you inviting? How many higher priced items are left on your registry? I think it’s always a good idea to include a bunch of items. If you’re having a bigger wedding, I would certainly go ahead and put it on…you never know!
If you’re worried about the cost, is there a smaller set you could register for, and then register for pieces you’re missing? That’s what I would look into. We ended up getting ours for Christmas, which worked out really well.
I also completely understand about the registry stalking…I am very guilty of that, too! We have our first showers in three weeks, and things have begun to disappear off the registries…woohoo! It’s fun to think about using those things in your home with your future husband :-).
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I would register for both the set and the individual pieces. You can always exchange things around if you get both. As for the stockpot, if you aren’t making soup a lot, you don’t need the extra size. I’d personally nto disregard the omlette pans because the simple fact is no matter how expensive your nonstick stuff is, the coating only lasts 2-5 years before it becomes unsafe to cook with. Alton Brown–master of what you need in your kitchen–recommends not investing in nonstick because the extra expense to make a long-lasting pan is lost on the fact that the coating is unsafe after a few years, so just buy the TFal at Target and replace it every 2 or 3 years if you insist on having nonstick. Or, go the longterm nonstick way and season a cast iron pan. So, my point is that in 3 or 4 years, you might be using those stainless steel omlette pans.
Post # 6
@keepsmiling19: I was just concerned that no one would would to spend what would be $360 with the 20% off discount (before taxes) for the cookware set and I’d be more likely to get the pieces separately. Although I would rather have the 6 qt stockpot that comes with the set and doesn’t seem to be available separately. It seems like Calphalon may be going away from the 6 qt because the Calphalon Contemporary set comes with an 8 qt.
We do have a few more expensive items on there. Like I said we have received the KitchenAid mixer ($300) as well as a few $100 items and we do have a $180 coffee maker on there.
Post # 7
I would stick with doing it individually – then you can choose the pieces you’re interested in and you’re more likely to get them 🙂
Post # 8
I would register for the individual pans. You might get enough pans to enchange it for the entire set. If you get all the individual pans you can still exchange it for the set and also get something else. As for the big pot, I say get it. I have one and I use it for soups and boiling big things like lasagna noodles and corn.
Post # 9
I would register for both. I have both the full set and individual pieces of the oxo pop top storage on my registry, so people have price choices. And as a PP said, you can always return extras, and use the credit towards something else.
Post # 10
I registered for individual pieces of Calphalon (contemporary) cookware. The pots/pans that came in the set were too small! I just registered for the sizes I’ll be using and then a couple of stainless steel ones as well. Also, I think its easier for people when buying off the registery…although Calphalon offers a $50 gift card after $300 is spent.