Destination Wedding

Think dancing waves kissing the side of a gliding cruise ship, the sounds of singing birds, whispering waves, and island music serenading you and your guests in musical and nature filled bliss. Think of a distant country, and days filled with family, friends, and unique foods, beverages, and music. A destination wedding is not only fun, but it’s a once in a life time experience you can have with all of your closest friends and family members! For those of you wanting to get married on a cruise ship or in a different country, here are a few tips and important facts for you to keep in mind! Throughout the next few blog posts, we’ll be delving deeper into the topics we’ll be going over briefly in this blog post.

So, prepare yourself for one of the best vacations you’ll ever have!

Wedding on a Cruise Ship by Southern WI

Wedding on a Cruise Ship by Southern WI

Timing Is Everything: The one thing you really have to keep in mind is the weather and timing. Unlike the freedom of having a wedding here in your hometown, you have to plan ahead and schedule it for the perfect time of month and the right season. You can’t get married at just any time if you want to have a picture perfect destination wedding. Also keep in mind that the perfect time of year for a cruise is also the perfect time for tourists – you’ll be competing for space on a cruise ship, something you wouldn’t usually have to factor in.

Destination Expenses: If you’re on a budget, than a destination wedding probably isn’t a perfect choice. You have a lot of extra expenses, such as paying some people’s ways (like a photographer, beautician, musicians, and maybe even some family members) as well as other expenses. For a destination wedding, think small guest list.

Marriage Requirements: Destination weddings are a little tricky – you have to figure out what steps you have to take in order to get legally married. If you’re not getting married in the States, than you have to jump through extra hoops, such as residency requirements and such.

Early Save the Dates: With a destination wedding, you want to let all of your guests know way, way, way ahead of time. Your usual 2-3 month save the date send out timeline won’t work for a destination wedding. Also, be prepared for people to gracefully decline; it’s expensive to go on a trip, so be prepared for a lot of people to gracefully bow out.

Wedding Attire: Have fun with this part of the planning – dress the part! If you’re getting married on an island, than find the perfect dresses and men’s attire to fit the part. This could be a really fun shopping experience!

Preplan Everything: This is super important – you’ll want to preplan and have everything set up as soon as you get your attending guest list. Make sure everyone knows where to go, what time to get there, and so on. Shop for group rates for hotels, the cruise, and everything else you can think of.

Visit Your Destination: If you’re getting married on an island or in a different country, than this is super important. You can’t really plan if you don’t know exactly what everything looks like. Pictures only tell so much, so if you can, try to go at least once or twice.

Now that we’ve got a general idea of what some of the requirements look like, get ready to delve in deeper these next few days! And remember, enjoy every moment of every part of the planning process!

Vintage Makeup for the Vintage Bride

When it comes to your complete appearance for your wedding, having the perfect makeup really helps to bring everything together! If you really want to look the part of a vintage bride, try a few of these makeup tips to help you!

Makeup To-Do’s:

When it comes to makeup and looking your pristine best, you want to make sure that everything is done correctly; you want the look to match in order to make you look your absolute best. To do so, you need to make sure the little things, like your eyelashes, are just right. For that perfect vintage makeup look, here are a few tips for you to consider!

Vintage Makeup for the Modern Day Bride by

Vintage Makeup for the Modern Day Bride by

  • The Lips: Here’s where looking vintage comes into play; when you think of the jazzing 20’s and the roaring 30’s, you think bright red lips that are plump and bodacious. To really play up the look, apply a bright or deep red lipstick with a gloss over it. For fair skinned, dark haired maidens, the brighter the red, the more your skin looks pure and beautiful. You want to look dazzling, like that beacon of light cascading towards the love of your life. Red lips contrast perfectly with pale skin! So opt for a cherry red lipstick or plum colored lip with a nice gloss.
  • The Eyes: This comes in two parts – your eyeliner and mascara, and your eye shadow. This is probably my favorite part of the whole makeup application process! You can really play up your eyes and make them the focal point. First, let’s focus on:
    • Mascara and Eyeliner: If you have naturally thick and long eyelashes, apply several layers of mascara for that “fake lash” look. If you have regular eyelashes, opt for long, cat-like eyelashes that really stand out. For your eyeliner, a cat-eye is really attractive. Apply it heavy on your top lid, and then just a smudge, if any, on your bottom lid. This gives you an innocent doe-look, while making you look sexy, romantic, and vintage.
    • Eye Shadow: For your eye shadow, definitely go for a softer, more natural smokey eye. Depending on your eye color, you can choose a smokey gray eye shadow or a more neutral brown and gold. Either way, a smokey eye will definitely make you look fantastic!

Before I go any further, remember that you want to draw attention to one or the other – don’t go heavy and dazzling on both your eyes and lips. Choose which one you want to be your focal point and go with that one. If you want it to be your lips, choose a brighter, more audacious red and opt for a soft, if any, eye shadow. If you want it to be your eyes, apply a smokey eye and a soft, matte red lipstick.

  • Foundation and Blush: If you have naturally pale skin, don’t try to cover it up with tanning beds and tanning lotion. In fact, the paler the better for that perfect vintage look! Make your lustrous skin stand out even more with a soft pink or red blush to give you that innocent, sexy, luxurious appeal.

For those of you who are going for that flawless vintage look, remember to accent one or the other. Play up your eyes or your lips, and really accentuate your naturally pale skin. Plump red lips, thick black eyeliner or a sexy smokey eye will have your groom reeling and your guests gaping in envied admiration!

Wedding Colors for Your Wedding Theme

Although a new year has arrived and new color schemes have come to center stage, the same wedding themes are still as popular as ever. For example, you have a beach theme, vintage theme, rustic country, tea party elegant, and black tie affair, just to name a few. With each theme comes their own color scheme, so here is a list of a few colors that really tie into your wedding motif.

Wedding Themes and Color Schemes: We’ll go ahead and start off with my absolute favorite wedding theme: rustic country.

When you think rustic country, you think old wood basking amidst the glorious beauty of soft lace and petite baby’s breath flower arrangements. So, to follow that ideal picture of rustic country, here are a few ideas:

  • White, and lots of it. Variations of white are gorgeous – crème’s and brilliant whites are fantastic.
  • Variations of brown as well, such as a deep mahogany brown, a lighter brown (think old pallet board brown), soft beige and maybe even a burnt orange.
  • Green –think, earthy. You want as natural, earthy, and rustic as possible. For example, hunter green, a softer leaf green, and a paler green. You don’t want any pastel colors as those are more vintage. Remember – natural is key.

Beach theme is probably one of the most popular themes most people go for when planning a wedding, and for fabulous reasons. For the most part, it’s a little less expensive, it’s fun, and the backdrop is simply superb. Here are a few beach-y colors for you to consider.

  • Navy blue, especially if you’re going nautical.
  • Crisp white – think brilliantly pure, crisp and clean.
  • Lighter blue, like the ocean surrounding you
Vintage Bride by Tracie Howe

Vintage Bride by Tracie Howe

A vintage themed wedding is probably one of the most elegant, sophisticated and rustic themes that you’ll come across. It’s a fantastic mixture of posh elegance and raw beauty. Here are a few colors to add to your color palette:

  • Think Spring – all light colors, especially pastels. The wispier, the better. For example:
    • Blush pink
    • Crème and a little bit of true white
    • Soft greens (here’s where pastels come into play)
    • Soft grey, maybe even with a blue-ish tint.
    • Brown, but nothing too harsh or too deep.

When you think black tie affair, you automatically think ball gowns and bow ties, Prada and Dior, and of course Chanel and Gucci. Here is a color palette that matches well with the expensive appeal of a Black Tie wedding:

  • Rich black, of course. You want everything that’s black to have a sheen, making it more luxurious, rich, and elegant.
  • White, and only the purest of whites. White and black are the most complimentary colors on the palette, especially if paired with the right decorating accessories.
  • Red – think deep, romantic reds like Rosso Corsa, Crimson, Venetian Red, and Lust.

For each wedding theme, you want to have the appropriate color scheme. Match your colors with the right accessories and pieces to really pull off the look. Whether you’re going with rich sophistication or breezy and beachy, the colors you choose will really make the look complete.

2015 Celebrity Wedding Takeaway’s

2014 has taken a bow out at years end just a few weeks ago, but just because last year has come to a close, doesn’t mean celebrity wedding fads have. In fact, we’re going to take a look at some of the celebrity weddings and see what they did right for 2015. Between gorgeous gowns and fabulous décor, following our celebrities footsteps (in the wedding department, at least) we can see just what fashion tips we can glean from them!

2014 Celebrities Who Tied the Knot

Yep, most of the time when we hear about celebrity weddings, our first feeling is skepticism, if not a leering thought of they married that person? Ok, in all seriousness though, we can take some fabulous styling tips from these celebs. Here are a few of the many that we can take styling ideas from:

  • Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg
  • Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (finally…)

These celebrities have some great fashion tips! Here are just a few ideas to take away from their magical wedding!

Red Lips and Finger Waves by Florbela

Red Lips and Finger Waves by Florbela

Celebrity Wedding Fashion Tips:

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg: The First thing that comes to mind when looking at Jenny’s attire is her lipstick and hair. Oh my word, gorgeous! With her vibrant red lips and soft finger waves cascading downward, it takes all viewers back to the jazzing 20’s. Her makeup is incredibly done, with a dark eyeliner on the top lid; her makeup isn’t too overdone, it’s just right. Her hair is just as gorgeous – the soft finger waves really help to grab your initial attention and then bring focus to her gorgeous ball gown dress. Since her hair and makeup are simpler (nothing too extravagant, but just right) her dress is the centerpiece. Jenny’s two focal “pieces” are her dress and cherry red lips.

Tip to Take Away: Like Jenny, you don’t want everything to be the focal point – choose between your makeup, hair, dress, and accessories. Pick one (maybe two) things that you want to grab the attention of your guests and really play those up. Everything else, let subtlety speak though soft waves and elegant colors.

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade:

We’re going to focus on Dwayne Wade here; his attire is an ideal vision of 2015 gentry “swag”. His gold bow and gold boutonniere are the perfect accentuation pieces. His jacket is also fantastic – the design really captivates your attention, without it being too overdone. Usually, you don’t want too much going on, but his gold bowtie and black and white dress jacket make the perfect accents.

Tip to Take Away: There’s a lot going on with Dwayne’s attire, but not too much. There’s not a lot of color, the small gold bowtie and small boutonniere are perfect accents to his jacket (which in and of itself has a lot going on, in a good way). 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt:

We won’t talk about how it’s finally time they tie the knot, but instead we’ll go ahead and focus on Angelina’s veil. It’s definitely not something you see every day, but that’s the point. That veil encompasses personalization and familial sentimentality. Her veil is the accent piece – her hair, her dress, and everything else is simple so all the attention is drawn to her veil. It’s not something everyone could pull off, but it just shows how dedicated she is to her beautiful family.

Tip to Take Away: If you want to add sentimental value to your wedding attire, than do so in a personal way. Whatever that is, however you want, do it the way you want. Whether it’s your veil decorated in your kids drawings or a simple square piece of cloth from your mom’s wedding gown, do what means the most to you.

Top 2015 Wedding Trends

It’s officially 2015, and the New Year is filled with exciting new trends, colors, themes, and ideas. From stealing themes from British royalty to latching on to the old-time favorite flowers, 2015 is filled with new and exciting, old and reminiscent ideas and trends. Here’s a look at some of the new and improved (as well as old and favorable) ideas for you to consider!

Wedding by Eileen Rivard

Wedding by Eileen Rivard

Taking Ideas:

We’ve all been lavishly captivated by the extravagant beauty of the British style; heck, even our TV shows, clothes, and dining tastes have been virtually “affected” by the British. Well, that’s not such a bad thing considering the British Royalty and culture is absolutely fantastic! For 2015 brides, following the example of the British culture is a fantastic idea. If you want your wedding to feel posh, sophisticated, elegant, and unforgettable, than going British is a good way to go.

You can easily follow the British example by hosting an outdoor tea party, complete with British teas, peonies, biscuits (aka crackers or cookies) and soft colors. For example, you could lavish your tables with soft colored flowers placed in vases, delicate china as the dinnerware, and glass champagne cups. Your bridal party’s attire should follow suit with the style; try soft hues of pinks or blues, lace, and light materials. Posh and elegant are all the rage these days.

Accessorize with the Littles:

It’s the little things that make the biggest impact. Think about it, when you go to a wedding, your drawn to the ornate little pieces that captivate the eye. Think buttons and ribbons, for example. You could use buttons for just about anything; don’t go for one style of button either, find a smorgasbord of different sizes, shapes, types, and colors of buttons to really captivate each guest’s attention. Be creative with your buttons and ribbons! For example, decorate your wedding invitations with a button; each card has to be opened by unraveling a piece of ribbon wrapped around an attractive button. How romantic!

Picture Perfect:

Selfies are the newest and greatest thing today, so why not incorporate a popular picture preference into your wedding? Have a “selfie” booth set up, complete with theme-appropriate props. For example, if you’re sticking with the British theme, have paper mustache’s, paper top hats, and shawls. Make it fun! This picture booth could be used as your wedding guest book as well – each person will take a Polaroid picture and place it next to their names. It’s a fun and original idea.

Tasty Sips:

Instead of having a full out full-service bar (which can be expensive, to say the least) you could have a tasting bar. Set up a station where people can choose from a list of alcoholic beverages (and/or virgin) and give them a taste. This will give your guests the opportunity to taste a variety of unique drinks, without costing you an arm and a leg.

2015 is raging with hot new wedding trends, so if you’re looking to embrace the new year with new ideas, than try a few of these suggestions!

Your Wedding Registry: The Office

If you have an office, or extra room that you want to turn into an office, than registering for your office is another good idea! With your office, there are a few items that you could add, giving your guests more of an option to choose from. There aren’t a whole lot of items you can register for when it comes to the office, but there are a few things you could add! Here are just a couple ideas for you to consider!

Another area for you to consider for your registry is your porch; any outdoor patio furniture or items would be great to add to your registry! So along with your office items, here are a few great patio accessories you should add to your wedding registry.

The Office Items: From an office chair to a filing cabinet, there are a few great items you could definitely register for. Here are a few examples:

  • Office Chair: Find one that’s both comfortable but also the right size for the room. You don’t want a chair that’s too big and takes up a lot of space, so find a right sized chair that’s comfortable.
  • Filing Cabinet: Whether you want the old-school metal filing cabinet or a newer, updated version, you should find one that’s the proper size (enough drawers) and is the right style. There are tons of different ones, so go shopping and find your favorite that’s the most functional.
  • Office Accessories: If you want to register for a few things, you could register for a set of really nice pens, a calculator, and a paper weight. These are just three of many items you could register for, so decide what you want and need and go from there.
  • Decoration Items: Give your office space some TLC and add a few decorating pieces like pictures, paintings (don’t get too ritzy though!) and maybe a few little desk “statues”.
Patio Furniture by Wicker Paradise

Patio Furniture by Wicker Paradise

For The Patio: If you’re like me, than being outdoors makes you irrevocably happy. If you want to make relaxing outdoors your favorite time of day, than make sure to register for things like:

  • Patio Furniture: A table with 4 wicker or wire chairs is perfect for the ultimate comfort! If you want to add a few lounge chairs for even more relaxation, add those to the registry too!
  • Patio Chair Cushions: You want to be comfortable, so register for plush, outdoor, washable chair cushions.
  • An Umbrella: If your patio isn’t covered, adding a huge umbrella to the registry will keep you, your family, and your guests covered and comfortable.
  • A Grilling Set: If your fiance loves to grill, add this to your registry (if you didn’t already purchase this as a gift for him!). You’ll be able to enjoy delicious steaks and shish kabobs for days to come!

Now that we’ve taken a gander at all the rooms and items you could add to your registry, your wedding registry should be all set! Just a few things to remember: Add a smorgasbord of items to the registry so your guests can choose what they want to get you. Also make sure to have a large price range to ensure that each of your guests can comfortably purchase a gift for you within their financial means. Also, make sure all your items are practical, fun, enjoyable, and personal! So, now that you have your registry all together, enjoy the rest of your wedding to-do’s!

Your Wedding Registry: Things for your Room

Your wedding registry is starting to look complete now that you’ve started registering for living room, bathroom, and kitchen items. Now that we’ve gotten your registry well on its way, we’ll go ahead and look at some great items to add to your registry for your bedroom! From pillows to picture frames, you’ll have just about everything you need to make your bedroom feel like your safe haven!

Bedroom by Betta Living

Bedroom by Betta Living

Things for your Bedroom: Unlike the kitchen or maybe even the living room, you don’t need a whole lot of things. You and your spouse will be bringing in a lot of your own personal bedroom items, so you won’t need all the major things such as dressers and a bed (if you and your spouse are using one of your beds). But, if you want to give your bedroom a fresh appeal (if your pink, fluffy pillows and purple fuzzy bed set won’t work…) than here’s a list of some great items for you to add to your wedding registry!

One other thing you’ll want to keep in mind – your bedroom should have a similar, consistent theme. So make sure to pick a theme, whether it’s country chic, vintage, or modern, and make sure to register for similar items that match.

  • Rug: If you have hard wood or carpet and/or if you live in a place with a cooler climate, than a plush rug will be a fabulous addition to your room. This is a pricier item, but like I had mentioned before, you’ll want to put a range of items and prices on your registry.
  • Pillows: Throw pillows are great for giving your room a face lift, making it look classy, chic, and adult. Get a variety of sizes, colors, and textures to give the bedroom depth and pizazz.
  • Bed Set: Take it from me – you can never have too many sheets! Get a variety of colors and textures if you like.
  • Comforter: Register for two types of comforters – a thick, plush comforter for the winter season and a thinner quilt for the summer and spring.
  • Decorations: If you’re revamping your entire room and going for a different look, than you’ll want to add a few decoration pieces to your wedding registry. For example, you will want to add things like:
    • Picture frames
    • Inexpensive prints/paintings
    • Lamps & lamp shades
    • Two bedside tables/nightstands

Your bedroom, as we can see, doesn’t need as many items to make it homey, especially if you and your spouse are bringing your personal belongings from your old rooms. Making it personal, new, and cozy is a lot of fun though, so if you’re looking to totally revamp your style, you will definitely want to add a few of these items to your wedding registry.

Your Wedding Registry: Bathroom Needs

We’ve taken a look at what we need for both the living room and the kitchen, so now we will go ahead and take a look at what all you need for the bathroom. Your bathroom may be a relatively small space, but you’d be surprised at what all you need just to get started. From little things to big things, cleaning items to storage units, your bathroom will need a collection of different pieces. So, to help you out a little bit, here is a list of a few things you may want to add to your registry!

Bathroom by Owen Rudge

Bathroom by Owen Rudge

Things to Add: For the bathroom part of your registry, you’re looking at a lot of smaller items; unlike the kitchen which is chalk full of larger tools and gadgets, the bathroom is mostly comprised of your little ticket items. To get you started, here’s a list for you to consider:

  • Bathroom Set: This bathroom set includes your soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, soap bar dish, and sometimes even a garbage pail. Finding a matching set will be relatively easy – Bed Bath & Beyond is probably one of the best places to go for all of your bathroom needs.
  • Towels: You can never have too many towels. When it comes to towels, and if it’s just the two of you, register for 3-4 towels in 2-3 different colors – so basically, you’ll want to register for about 6-12 towels. When you have guests or family members stay the night, you want to make sure that you have enough to go around. Also, when you register for towels, register for the matching set of hand towels and was wash rags.
  • Shower Curtain: You’ll want to register not only for the outer curtain that everyone sees (the fancy, pretty one) but you’ll also want to register for the waterproof inside curtain as well. There are two types of water proof curtains – plastic and fabric.
  • Double Glide Shower Hooks (to keep your shower curtain on the rail)
  • Shower Caddy: My favorite shower caddies are the ones that hang from the shower head. You can put a lot in them without worrying about the suction coming undone and a torrential downpour of shampoo bottles, wash rags, and razors falling on top of you.
  • Mats: You can register for just a bath mat or bath, sink, and toilet mats as well. Depending on how big your bathroom is will determine how many mats you need. You don’t want too many mats because you don’t want to crowd the space.
  • Baskets: If you’re anything like me, than you love to have baskets for organization. Little baskets placed on shelves or racks will help keep all your toiletries where they belong without cluttering up your counter space or taking up room under the sink.
  • Towel Rack
  • Toilet Paper Holder: This isn’t something you necessarily have to register for, but it’s an option!

Now that we have a generalized list of what all you can put on your wedding registry, it should be getting a little easier determining what all you really need! From shower caddies to tons of towels, with this generalized list, your bathroom will be well stocked!

Your Wedding Registry: Living Room Essentials

This is the fun part of your registry; this is where most of your “wants” come into play as you personalize your house to make it your home. Your personality, your preferences, and your tastes all come together to make your house into the perfect little home for you and your new husband, so have fun with this part of the registry! Here are a few great basic essentials you can add!

Desk Lamp by TF28

Desk Lamp by TF28

Things to Add: Think comfy, cozy, decorative, fun, and necessary. When people walk into your living room, it’s testament to your decorating style and preferences, so have a theme in mind and go for items that match! Here are a few ideas:

  • Pillows: Have a few different sizes, colors, and shapes of pillows to really amp up your living room style and give your couch/couches or chairs a little pizazz. A few plush pillows placed on your furniture really gives it a cozy, homey feel.
  • Throws: Shags and big, comfy throws really give your living room that “come chill in here” feel. Add 2, maybe 3, throws onto your registry for variety. Honestly, there’s no such thing as too many blankets!
  • Rugs: This is a pricier item, but if you have all wood floors and you want to break up the monotony, this is a great way to do it.
  • Tables: Add 2 side tables to your registry as an option – it’s a pricier item as well, so it may be something you and your spouse have to purchase, but at least it gives your guests the option as a possible purchase.
  • Lamps: You need lamps in your home, so register for 1-2 tall lamps and 1-2 table lamps. Try to stick with the same exact style so there’s not too much going on in your living room style wise. If you have a desk, you could even throw a desk lamp onto your registry as well.
  • Decoration: This is a longer list of stuff you could add. Here are some ideas:
    • Picture frames (have a variety)
    • A couple of your favorite prints (be reasonable in the price department…)
    • Coasters
    • Wall mirrors
  • Cleaning Essentials: This one encompasses your whole home, but it goes well under your living room essentials. Here are a couple ideas:
    • Vacuum
    • Mopping system
  • TV: This is definitely a pricier item and one most likely you and your spouse or a family member will end up purchasing. But hey, it’s still a great item to throw onto your registry!
  • Window Treatments: This includes your curtains, blinds (if needed) and any other window treatments you may want or need.

Now that we have a few items on your registry for your living room, your registry is starting to bring your home together! Tips: register for items that you need, and make sure you have a few of the same items, such as lamps, pillows, and throws. Have fun with this portion of your registry! This is testament to your personal taste so go all out and enjoy the results! Your guests will have fun purchasing these items too!

Your Wedding Registry: Starting With the Kitchen

When I started my wedding registry, my favorite section was the kitchen. There were so many cool gadgets and trinkets that I felt like a kid in a candy store. I wanted it all – all the super cool KitchenAid handy dandy tools, all the measuring spoons, ice-cream scoopers… You name it, I wanted it. After filling the scan gun with pretty much every item in the kitchen section, I had to take a second and think, do I really need that $20 ice-cream scooper or that $600 knife set? Not really. I’m no gourmet chef or someone who spends countless hours in the kitchen, so I didn’t need all those super cool kitchen utensils. That’s where a practical registry guide came in handy. It showed me all the basic necessities that I needed that still allowed me to have a nifty kitchen with nifty gadgets. So, for starters, here’s a helpful list of kitchen items that you may (or may not) need or want! Everyone’s a little bit different, so pick and choose what’s best for you and add/take away what you don’t need!

KitchenAid by Nicola

KitchenAid by Nicola

The List: We’ll go ahead and start with the big stuff first and work our way down to the itty-bitties. Here are some larger, key kitchen items that you may want to add to your registry:

  • KitchenAid mixer (if you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge KitchenAid fanatic…)
  • Toaster Oven/toaster (toaster ovens are great for using as mini stoves as well – they’re kind of a dual-purpose item)
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Knife set: Here’s where research comes in handy. I have the KitchenAid knife set (surprise, surprise) but depending on your cooking skills and preference, there may be other knife sets that are better for you. Do your research and find out which one will best suit your needs.
  • Coffee Pot
  • Pots & Pans: They have many great brands – decide on how many pots and pans you need and what brand you may like best.
  • Spice rack: This is more of a “want” than a need, but it’s still a great item to add to your registry. Plus, if you love to cook, this really comes in handy.
  • Oven Mitts: 2 sets of oven mitts and 2 sets of pot holders is a good number to start with.
  • Dish Towels: Have a set of fancy ones and not so fancy.
  • Soap Dishes
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Spatulas, ladles, and spoons: Go for an array of different types of spoons and spatulas, including different sizes.
  • Spatula Holder: If you want to keep all of your spoons and spatulas out on the counter for easy access, than you’ll want to register for one of these. Trust me, this really comes in handy.
  • Bowls and plates: From dinnerware to mixing bowls, you want many and you want an assortment, especially for mixing bowls. There are many different types, from glass to plastic, so choose a set that best fits your preference.
  • Silverware: You don’t really want to skimp on this, so do your research and choose a higher quality set. You don’t need a huge set if it’s just the two of you, but get a basic, high quality silverware set to get you started.
  • Cutting Boards: I have both plastic and wood, and I love them both.
  • Cups and Coffee Mugs
  • Baking Items: This includes your cookie sheets, your muffin pans, and cake pans.
  • Garbage Pail
  • Ice Trays (if your fridge doesn’t have an automatic ice-maker).
  • Cleaning Utensils: Your dish scrubbers and the like; make sure to have an assortment, that way your guests will have options.

It’s a pretty extensive, yet generalized, list, but hopefully it helps! It’s important to remember that you need to get an assortment and a few of the same items such as your spatulas, spoons, and pots and pans. Don’t be afraid to ask a sales rep for help if you have any questions. Remember, register for items that you really need, and throw in a few items that you’d really like! Have fun and enjoy!

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