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If you’re opting to go the traditional wedding registry route for your big day, you’re about to embark on the most fun part of wedding planning. Going to a store and pointing a scanner gun at items you want is not only satisfying, it’s a bonding experience. Setting up a wedding registry with your partner allows you both to start building an aesthetic together (as opposed to cobbling together the strange IKEA items you both had leftover from your first post-college apartment.) The best wedding registry items are things you’ve probably dreamed of, but maybe have never felt adult enough to buy. (Here’s lookin’ at you, KitchenAid!)

But beyond pointing a price scanner at shiny things, setting up a registry can be complicated. You and your partner might not agree on everything, you might start putting things on your registry you don’t really need, and you might not be sure what more expensive products are actually worth putting on your registry.

The best place to start is by thinking about what you and your partner really love. If you’re total winos, asking for quality wine glasses makes sense. But if you don’t drink wine together, there might be other items that are more worth your while. But when it comes to the staples, there are some items you just shouldn’t leave off your registry. Here are seven of the essential registry items for every couple.

1. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

So nice it deserves to be mentioned twice, the KitchenAid mixer is the ultimate wedding registry item. There’s simply nothing better on the market. And even if you’re not into baking, you’ll get use out of this during the holidays and for birthdays. Plus, it’s pretty much a piece of decor for your kitchen. (Choose your color wisely!)

2. Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Another item that serves as both a design piece and a very practical tool in the kitchen, a dutch oven allows to cook stews, chili, roasts, and pretty much anything that can serve your future family or friends.

3. A Vitamix

Yes, this is a big ticket item, but that’s what wedding registries are for — things you might not purchase on your own, but would love in your home. But owning a Vitamix will change your smoothie, juice, and food processing game forever.

4. Coyuchi Bath Towels

Chances are you’ve been using the same cheap towels for some time now. As you embark on your new life together, clean things up with some luxe towels. There’s nothing like a cozy towel.

5. A Pendleton Blanket

This is another item that most couples would love, but just might not be in the market to spend on post-wedding. Pendleton blankets are perfect for both indoor and outdoor (camping) use, and they’re a great item for guests who want to get you something a bit more personal.

6. Away Luggage

Going on a honeymoon and in the market for new luggage? Register for a suitcase from the trendy startup luggage company Away. Like the KitchenAid, they come is super sweet colors. As an added bonus, these suitcases can charge your phone.

7. A Set Of Kitchen Knives

Great knives are essential to cooking, and there’s no better time to upgrade your tools than when you’re registering for your wedding gifts. This is also a great item because it allows guests with smaller gift budgets to purchase single items to contribute to a whole set.

Written by: Kimmy Foskett

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