7 Martha Editors Share Their Most-Loved Items From Their Wedding Registries
Take it from us: Stocking your kitchen with the right tools makes all the difference when it comes to whipping up delicious newlywed meals and entertaining. Here, Martha Stewart Wedding staffers share their favorite go-to picks.
Darcy Miller, Editorial Director
“I always like to entertain. When registering, I kept that in mind—although I did not entertain as much before I got married as I do now. When looking around, I thought of the types of things that I could foresee myself using and that are always versatile so they could be used every day, as well as when we are having friends over.” —Darcy Miller
Williams-Sonoma Marble Boards
“These are great to use in the kitchen—and for displaying everything from charcuterie to cupcakes when entertaining.”
Williams-Sonoma Marble Cheese Board, $79.95; williams-sonoma.com.
Chilewich Basketweave Placemats and Runners
“I really use these every day. I can dress them up or down. They are also great because they are easy to clean.”
Chilewich Basketweave Placemats and Runners, starting at $14; chilewich.com.
SodaStream Sparkling Beverage Maker
“I love the SodaStream!”
SodaStream, $100; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Eleni Gage, Executive Editor
“When Emilio and I got engaged, I was living in a 645-square-foot apartment with a kitchen the size of a closet. But I registered for the life I was planning, not the one I had. That meant thinking of the pots and pans and casserole dishes I use to make dinner every night and the mixer our daughter and I now use to make holiday cookies.” —Eleni Gage
Le Creuset Casserole Dish
“I use this casserole dish for virtually everything, from making one-pot shrimp and orzo to baking fish and roasting chicken.”
Le Creuset Heritage Casserole Dish, $40; lecreuset.com.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
“Little did I know how many cookies I’d be making with a toddler in my future! It makes baking so much easier.”
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, $430; kitchenaid.com.
“I thought this was the sweetest gift. My cousin gave me a madeleine pan with a round crystal tray from Tiffany’s and her son hand-wrote her madeleine recipe under the header, ‘My Mom’s Madeleines.’ My daughter loves the madeleines so it turned out to be the perfect gift.”
Lékué Madeleine Mold, $20; surlatable.com.
Kate Berry, Creative Director
“Our style is fanciful but very relaxed so we have a mix of high- and low-end products. When we started registering, we weren’t well-versed in all that is available now. We were excited to shop for anything we wanted to build our home so we mostly registered for kitchen and tabletop items. Think about what you love to do together—entertain, cook, travel, or lounge. It’s great to pull out a porcelain serving dish or look at something beautiful in your home and reflect on your wedding and the person that gave you the gift.” —Kate Berry
Crate & Barrel End Grain Cutting Board
“I do love a cutting board and it’s an essential for my marble counter top. I love making soup and it’s great to have a nice big board to chop on.”
Crate & Barrel End Grain Cutting Board, $140; crateandbarrel.com.
Elsa Peretti Thumbprint Dish
“I have this thumbprint design in several different materials: bowls for plants, silver cups as vases, and this gold-flecked one is perfect for a candy or nut dish or just as a beautiful object in my home.”
Elsa Peretti Thumbprint Dish, $295; tiffany.com.
“I love these candlesticks in all the materials they come in. They make a lovely centerpiece for any table.”
Biedermeier Candlesticks, price upon request; E. R. Butler & Co.
Anthony Luscia, Special Projects Editor
“We love to cook and entertain—whether hosting people for a holiday or a dinner party. I wanted to make sure we were set up to do so by registering for timeless pieces that would fit every occasion and last a lifetime.” —Anthony Luscia
“We love to make large batches of chili for friends. Our All-Clad stockpot fits enough for a feast!”
All-Clad Stock Pot, $200; surlatable.com.
Sur la Table Bistro Pasta Serving Bowls
“Being Italian and loving a white table, these were a must. The size and shape allow you to also serve bouillabaisse and tons other stuff.”
Sur la Table Bistro Pasta Serving Bowls, $15 each; surlatable.com.
Chicago Metallic Nonstick Half Sheet Pans and Cooling Grid Set
“This may seem obvious, but I cannot live without at least two of these. You can use them to roast vegetables, cook meats, or bake cookies. You can also put baking dishes on them to catch the drips.”
Chicago Metallic® Nonstick Half Sheet Pans and Cooling Grid Set, $28; amazon.com.
Jennifer Hirshlag, Executive Digital Editor
“We are a very casual couple, but we appreciate having things around us that are well made and that have been made for decades. When we got married, we began stocking up on better-quality cookware and dishes that could mix and match with antique china and silverware I inherited from my great aunt. Many of the things we asked for are in constant use by us—and now by our daughter, too, who seems to have inherited the cooking gene and is always in the kitchen with her dad.” —Jennifer Hirshlag
Anthropologie Opalescent Tumblers
“The china I inherited from my great aunt has a very vintage look. These glasses pair well with it, and they are so sturdy that it’s absolutely okay to pull them out for everyday use, as well.”
Anthropologie Opalescent Tumblers, $14 each; anthropologie.com.
Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle
“I like tea; my husband, pour-over coffee. So we both love this kettle, which quickly heats water for either drink—and is designed with such graceful lines that it doesn't bother us to have it out on the counter.”
Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle, from $105; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Jadeite Cake Stand
“A friend surprised us with this retro cake stand. We love it so much, we leave it out on the kitchen counter to hold everything from cookies to fruit, as well as use it to present baked goodies.”
Jadeite Cake Stand 12”, $100; fishseddy.com.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Food Processor
“We have a large food processor, but this mini one is the appliance that ends up getting used—to chop nuts, blend flours, mix herbs, and so on. Its small size makes it easy to get out of the cabinet and to clean up afterward.”
Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, $40; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Genevieve Panuska, Deputy Art Director
“We tried to be specific and thorough when we registered. Especially when you’re living in a studio apartment, you don’t have room for things you don’t need. We blended our rustic and elegant styles by sticking with white pieces. They go with anything and can be basic but beautiful.” —Genevieve Panuska
Bella Dots Collection Slow Cooker
“My husband and I both work and don’t have a lot of time in the evening to cook, although we like to! This is such a time saver.”
Bella Dots Collection 6 Qt Manual Slow Cooker, from $35; target.com.
Ferm Living Brass Salad Servers
“A nice set of servers dresses up any table. Plus, we use them to serve a lot more than just salad.”
Ferm Living Brass Salad Servers, $65; theline.com.
Lastra White Large Serving Bowl
“This is a beautiful white bowl that goes with our assortment of white dinnerware. It looks perfect with salad, fruit, pasta, or soup inside.”
Lastra White Large Serving Bowl, $129; vietri.com.
Melissa Goldstein, Beauty Director
“I was lucky to be inheriting crystal and silver from my family, so I focused most of my registry on fun items and gadgets. As bowls break, spoons get mistakenly thrown out (especially once you have kids), and some pans can get scratched, l truly believe in choosing things you love and need now, and not to worry about what seems timeless—at least as it relates to your everyday items like dishes and appliances.” —Melissa Goldstein
Cuisinart Hand Blender
“They no longer make the original one, but this Cuisinart hand blender comes close. I like it because it’s no frills, and gets the job done. I throw a ton of basil leaves in the plastic beaker with tons of oil, and get the perfect primer for pesto. That’s mostly what I use it for. Even now that we have several sized blenders, this is still the one I turn to most.”
Cuisinart “Smart Stick” Hand Blender, $35; bedbathandbeyond.com.
“These are a cut above for slicing, dicing, and chopping.”
Wüsthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife Block Set, $300; williams-sonoma.com.
KitchenAid Double Waffle Baker
“This makes two perfect rounds of Belgian waffles in fewer than five minutes, so you can both enjoy breakfast in bed.”
KitchenAid Double Waffle Baker, $200; amazon.com.