Post # 1
I thought that registering was going to be the most fun part of this entire process but so far it’s proving to be a lot more difficult than I expected! Although I am 30 and FH is 32 with a previous marriage under his belt, we need new almost everything. His ex took pretty much all the “goods” and he has lots of cheap stuff that his mom got him as filler and I never bought anything myself because I always lived at home or with friends who had everything. We also just bought a house in September so we have quite a lot of space to fill.
So far we have registered at Crate and Barrel (my fave one), Macys and Pottery Barn. However I only found a few things at PB that I wanted so I think we will drop that one and have added BB&B. So I need a little help from all you bees, already married AND engaged!
1) I could put basically everything from the Macys registry onto the bed Bath and Beyond registry plus some, but do I leave some of it on Macys so that we have 3 options? If you have more than one such as this, do you keep high ticket items like small appliances etc on both so that people can choose where to buy them or do you just assume they will buy what they want where they want even if it’s cheaper than off your registry etc…
2) we have a henckels knife set from FH’s previous marriage. However I pretty much only use the chefs knife. I’m not sure if I should supplement this set, or get a new block, or buy just a few open stock knives. I did do a demo at C&B on Whusthof and was quite impressed with their bread knife as well as their curved tip chefs knife, whatever that is called. We also got a free pair of scissors from them afterwards so we don’t need any more kitchen scissors 😉
3) Those of you that have registered for china, did you get it, why did you register for it, and have you ever actually used it? Or would you recommend just registering for a high number of your every day and choose a nice every day (which is my thought). Those of you who aren’t doing china, why is that?
I think that’s all for now. Hopefully this helps more ladies than just me! Thanks!
Post # 3
I think you’d be doing good by moving most of everything onto the BB&B registry. As far as options go, I registered at two places and I ended up receiving 90% of the items off my BB&B registry.. I think most people end up getting gifts there because they ALWAYS have coupons (and you can use expired ones) and the sales people are pretty helpful.
I recieved a henckel’s knife block set at my shower (though I had registered for individual knives), but I returned it because it had pretty horrible reviews online. I ended up going with a Calphalon knife (block) set.. it was $200 but it was purchased with a 20% off coupon, so it ended up being about 160. The knives are really sharp and seem like they’d work great. It was a better deal than buying the seperates I had originally planned on getting, since they were all in there anyways (chefs knife, steak knives, santoku knife, bread knife, etc).
I didn’t do China, because we’re going to be living in an apartment out of state where we don’t know anyone. So its not like I’m going to bust out the fine china for classmates. Instead I chose a really nice “every day” set, and registered for 4 boxes of them (they each come with 4 place settings).
Post # 4
To answer the second a third question, definitely buy open stock knives. Knife blocks are a terrible waste of money because you won’t use all the knives. You need a decent chef’s kinfe, a bread knife, a paring knife, and perhaps a boning knife if you eat a lot of meat (good for carving poultry, etc.). Not sure what you mean by a curved tip chef’s knife, but you really only need one chef’s knife. Western chef’s knives are pointy and eastern chef’s knives (santoku knives) are less pointy and I think this might be what you mean. I personally prefer a santoku over a Western chef’s knife, but you really only need one of the two. Wusthof knives are very nice and definitely register for them because they can be expensive!
We did not register for china because it seemed like a waste of money to us and we couldn’t ever imagine using the china. We’re not fancy people, and we don’t have a ton of space to store stuff. Plus, my tastes change a LOT and I get tired of patterns etc. a lot, so I like to replace dishes every few years. With china, I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Post # 5
I agree with the above poster about open stock knives. If you cook a lot, I would also try to handle the knife in the store. I have one knife that was given as gift that does not sit that well in my hand and makes it difficult to cut really large or heavy things (butternut squash for example).
We did register for formal china and received all of it (10 place settings and serving dishes). We also received all of our crystal. I grew up using china regularly and couldn’t imgaine not having it. I will be inheriting a least one set as well and, yes…storage can be a problem…especially if you’re not using the china. lol We have it out in a cabinet. We probably use it once or twice a month because we get it out for fun or for nicer than average dinners. We use it for birthdays, dinner parties and the occasional Sunday dinner. My husband didn’t get it at first (he did not grow up using china more than once or twice a year), but now is fully on board.
If you register for simple china, you can always add fun additonal pieces to it to keep it fresh for you. It’s also good to know that while formal china seems delicate, it’s made of bone china, which is actually extremely hard and durable. If you do get it, don’t be afraid to use it!
Post # 6
Knives: We bought a second chef’s knife with a Williams-Sonoma gift cert. It makes us happy. We have open stock wusthof knives and are quite happy with them. I also have used good henckels ones and think you’re good either way. That said, some of them will make cheaper blocks that aren’t as good. Good knives (in my opinion) are so totally worthwhile! I do get a little queasy when I realize how much money is sitting in that little block of wood, though! Thankfully virtually all of them have been gifts.
China – like a PP, we use ours a fair bit. I’d say 3-5 times a month. Also, my spouse loves to have cappaccinos from the china, which is basically daily when home. I would say that china is totally up to you and how you feel you will use it, or resent it for taking up space and $$s.