By Cathy Shouse
Setting up a wedding registry can be so much fun for couples planning a wedding, especially when it comes to kitchen items. Creating this specialized wish list is the last chance to shop as a twosome before walking down the aisle to become a married couple. Given how important food is to our daily lives and our wellbeing, the kitchen registry may surpass the other registries in terms of its significance to the happily-ever-after.
Who hasn’t stood in the kitchen needing an essential tool or ingredient they don’t have? Fortunately, with proper planning, you’ll bypass the frustration of the last-minute dash out to the store. Also, with space at a premium in even the most lavish kitchens, getting organized will help you avoid having too many of any one thing, such as spatulas or candlesticks.
Three steps to the ideal registry:
Take inventory. With “I dos” happening later, you may already bring kitchen items into the marriage.
Have a conversation. How will the food prep and presentation be managed? Based on your philosophies, make decisions from there.
Set dream goals. An exported pizza oven on an elaborate patio may be in the future but you can list a pizza stone and a grill on the registry.
The following are some essentials and more:
salt and pepper shakers
kitchen towels and other linens, plus a decorative towel with a phrase or image
measuring cups for liquids and dry ingredients
a toaster and possibly a Crockpot, Instant Pot, and air fryer
a brownie pan
Standard paper plates and disposable cups and paper napkins for every day, and the designer variety for special but casual occasions
The list goes on . . .
We picked Lori Berndt’s brain for inspiration. For 10 years, she has been the president and owner of the gourmet grocery The Olive Twist.
“We have a lot of amazing little things that finish a kitchen: olive oils, vinegars, herbs, baking products, cruets,” Berndt said.
The most popular items are the Cash Mason mixing bowls used on The Great British Bake Off, and the spice cabinet, which isn’t a cabinet but a starter spice collection. Also, customers get olive oils and balsamic vinegars and salad bowls with wooden tongs.
“We have a cookbook that we put together ourselves,” she said. “We do sell other cookbooks, even though people get their recipes from the internet. I think a lot of people want something on hand to look at.”
In the past, people have gifted cooking classes held at the store, and she hopes to continue those in the future.
“I think the younger generation is finally in a spot where they’re wanting to learn to cook and they’re cooking to have an experience to be together,” Brendt said.
Have fun with your list. Don’t worry if you forget something; you can shop later as a married couple!
The Olive Twist, theolivetwist.com