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I’ve been married for 15 years and these are the wedding gifts we still use

What you'll really use 'til death do you part

A bride and groom stand on a grassy hill overlooking the ocean Credit: Reviewed / Robie Price

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One of the most exciting things about getting engaged—other than the ring, of course—is having the opportunity to put together a wedding registry. It’s kind of like shopping for everything you’ve ever wanted, except that you don’t have to pay for any of it!

While it can be tempting to add pretty much everything in the housewares department to your registry—especially considering how fun it is to use the nifty little hand scanner—the reality is that many of the registry “necessities” don’t get used much in real, everyday life.

After 15 years of marriage, there are still a number of wedding gifts that we use almost every day—and even more of them that turned out to be superfluous. Here are my tips for putting together a winning registry, as well as 10 of our wedding gifts that we still use regularly.

How to create a great wedding registry

When you’re putting together your wedding registry, it’s important to be realistic about how you and your partner actually live. Register for items that you know you’ll use rather than things that you think you’ll use.

Stick to the classics

Styles and tastes change quickly, and it’s easy to get carried away registering for trendy items that won’t stand the test of time. We registered for a lot of “interesting” platters that ended up not being very practical and looking really dated really quickly. For ultimate longevity, opt for simple, classic pieces that can easily be mixed and matched with other dishes.

Skip the glassware

Glasses break easily, and in the grand scheme of things, regular, everyday glasses are pretty inexpensive. Refrain from adding a bunch of juice glasses to your registry and save the space for truly unique and special glassware that you definitely wouldn’t splurge on for yourself.

Think about towels

I have yet to find a bath or hand towel—no matter how expensive—that lasts longer than a year when used for more than just the odd guest. Plus, you can usually score great deals on towels (even fancy ones) during various sales throughout the year. Thinking of registering for fancy embroidered guest towels instead? Just remember that those have to be ironed—and no one likes to use those IRL anyway.

Be realistic about china and silverware

Let’s be real: Are you actually going to host fancy dinner parties that require a full china and silver service? Chances are that unless you’re marrying into some sort of Downton Abbey situation, most of your dinner parties will be casual potlucks. Still not swayed that you don’t need fancy china? It all has to be hand washed, and once you have kids you do not have time for that.

Wedding registry gifts we still use

So, what should you register for instead? Here are the 10 registry items that have stood the test of time—and that we still use on a regular basis.

1. A great set of cookware

Copper Pots.
Credit: Williams Sonoma

Thermo-Clad Copper Cookware cooks evenly and looks beautiful.

Since my husband is a chef, I realize that we (okay, he) may use our kitchen more than the average couple, but if you do any sort of cooking, you can’t go wrong with a fantastic set of pots and pans.

We love this 10-piece set of hammered copper cookware by Thermo-Clad because they cook like professional restaurant pans, but they look beautiful when hanging in a kitchen (if you polish them, which I do not). Yes, the price is substantial, but this is a great gift for a group of friends to go in on together and split the cost multiple ways.

Get the Thermo-Clad Copper Cookware, Set of 10 at Williams Sonoma for $1,299.95

2. Classic enameled cast iron

Le Creuset
Credit: Le Creuset

Le Creuset cast iron Dutch ovens last a lifetime and cook beautifully.

There’s a reason Le Creuset items are on almost every wedding registry: they last forever, cook beautifully, and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes for every type of dish.

We’re partial to the Dutch ovens for stocks, soups, and sauces, but the baking dishes are also practical.

3. A hard-working citrus press

Breville
Credit: Williams Sonoma

The Breville citrus press has held up to lots of hard use.

Despite living in Los Angeles, I am not a green juice person (blech), but I do love fresh citrus juice—especially when mixed with vodka.

Our Breville juicer has made countless batches of grapefruit and orange juice over the years and lately it’s been put into service by our 7- and 8-year-olds for their weekly lemonade stand enterprise. If a 15-year-old appliance can withstand less-than-gentle handling from two kids under 10, it’s decidedly a worthwhile investment.

Get the Breville Die-Cast Citrus Press at Williams Sonoma for $199.95

4. A stunning serving piece

Simon Pearce
Credit: Simon Pearce

Chic serving dishes will be useful for years to come.

While crystal glassware may not be a fit for normal life, I think it is worthwhile to register for a couple beautiful serving pieces that can be used for special occasions.

I like Simon Pearce bowls because they’re the perfect combination of modern and classic, and they look equally chic holding mashed potatoes or fresh lemons.

Get the Celebration Bowl at Simon Pearce for $75

5. A set of really good knives

Shun knives
Credit: Shun

Sharp knives last forever if taken care of properly.

If you or your beloved are avid cooks—or have plans to become one—the most important thing you can register for are really great knives. There’s a reason why professional chefs guard their knives closely: Truly exceptional knives make meal prep easier and can be the difference between a mediocre dish and a marvelous one.

My chef husband swears by Japanese steel knives because they tend to be lighter and more precise than their German counterparts. If you take good care of your knives—don’t put them in the dishwasher, and have them sharpened professionally—they’ll last a lifetime.

We love our Shun knives and suggest that you register for a few different sizes so that you’ll always have just the right knife for whatever you’re preparing. Pro tip: These knives are razor sharp, so take a few minutes to learn proper cutting techniques so you don’t lose a fingertip before you walk down the aisle.

Get Shun Classic Chef Knives at Amazon from$144.95

6. A cozy comforter

Comforter
Credit: The Company Store

A great quality down comforter will last for many years.

Pretty much all of the linens we got as wedding gifts have long since disintegrated, but the one thing that’s still in great shape is our down comforter.

If you love a soft and fluffy bed—or you’re perpetually cold like I am—you’ll definitely want to register for a cozy comforter. The Alberta Down Comforter from the Company Store is a classic, fluffy European down comforter that doesn’t leak feathers and can be machine washed so it will keep you warm for years to come.

Get the Legends Hotel Alberta Down Comforter at The Company Store for $277

7. An attractive stand mixer

KitchenAid
Credit: Williams Sonoma

A classic stand mixer is a workhorse that makes baking easier.

The KitchenAid stand mixer is another classic wedding registry item, and ours has seen a lot of use over the years, especially during my COVID challah making kick.

I love that it’s practically indestructible, comes in loads of different colors, and has a variety of attachments that can be purchased separately to turn it into a truly multifunctional appliance. We’ve added the pasta cutter set as well as the ice cream maker over the years.

Get the Classic Series 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer for $299.99 at KitchenAid

8. A powerful vacuum cleaner

Eureka vaccum
Credit: Eureka

An unassuming vacuum that never breaks and works beautifully on hardwood floors.

While I admit that there is nothing romantic or sexy about a vacuum (other than a man who uses one without being asked), you simply can’t go wrong with this practical gift.

When we got married 15 years ago, robot vacuums didn’t exist, but if they had I’m sure I would’ve registered for one. Instead, we opted for the Eureka Canister vacuum and it has been going strong for all these years. If you have hardwood floors and are looking for a reasonably priced vacuum that does an excellent job, this is just the item for your registry.

Get the Eureka 3670M Canister Cleaner on Amazon for $82.99

9. Hardworking roasting pans

Mauviel roasting pan
Credit: Mauviel

You won't regret registering for a gorgeous roasting pan when the holidays roll around.

Chances are that you’ll be hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Rosh Hashanah dinner at least a few times once you’re married, and it definitely helps to have a roasting pan on hand that can handle a large turkey or a brisket.

My husband swears by this Mauviel pan for making moist, delicious turkey—well, this and starting it breast side down at 500 degrees Fahrenheit—and it’s beautiful enough to be used as a serving dish as well.

Get the Mauviel Copper Tri-Ply Roasting Pan at Williams Sonoma for $269.95

10. A chic set of luggage

Away suitcase
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

An Away suitcase is the perfect gift for a jet setting couple.

Suitcases are a super practical gift that lasts for a long time and will literally go with you anywhere. In fact, I just retired the Tumi suitcase I got as a wedding gift because I wanted an Away suitcase with a built-in charger for (future) business trips.

If you and your future spouse are world travelers—or even just weekend road warriors—you definitely won’t regret registering for a set of chic suitcases to take with you on your next adventures.

Get the Large Away suitcase for $295

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