April 2012

Last Year on SuperNoVABride

by Melissa on April 30, 2012

Here are my favorite posts from April 2011!

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What our Wedding To-Do Lists Looked Like

by Melissa on April 30, 2012

For as much as I obsessed about our to-do list while planning the wedding, I posted about it here very infrequently. As nearly any bride can attest, planning a wedding is just one to-do after another up until the I Do’s!

Our General Wedding Action Plan

Way back, I outlined our wedding action plan, which was designed to spread out our big wedding tasks over the course of several months to make it manageable. Also, thanks to our unique wedding venue situation, we couldn’t book any of our vendors until just over five months until our wedding day. That meant we had several months to research the big ticket items so we’d be ready to pounce the moment our wedding was confirmed.

If you recall, the wedding action plan looked like this:

January:

  • Interview photographers
  • Compile addresses for invitations and save-the-dates
  • Identify top three photographers
  • Firm up wedding budget calculations

February:

  • Research hair and makeup artists
  • Interview videographers
  • Research marriage license requirements

March:

  • Submit application for venue
  • Design Save-the-dates, test-print
  • Interview officiants
  • Research local restaurants for catering accompaniments
  • Take some intro dance lessons
  • Develop content and design for wedding website

April:

  • Develop potential wedding songs and playlists
  • Start wedding dress shopping
  • Interview DJ’s
  • Have engagement photo shoot
  • Research cake bakeries

May:

  • Begin to obtain decor items
    — special table for bride and groom
    — layouts for ceremony and reception
    — lots of jars and candles
  • Purchase wedding dress
  • Identify items for registry
  • Interview wedding coordinators
  • Finalize website
  • Research calligraphers
  • Follow up with venue if date has not been confirmed

June:

  • Begin to design invitations
  • Finalize menu items
  • Finalize list for Out of Towner bags
  • Print and mail save-the-dates
  • Start shopping for wedding rings
  • Book photographer
  • Book DJ
  • Book Hair and Makeup
  • Book Officiant
  • Book Videographer
  • Book coordinator

July

  • Purchase wedding accessories and shoes
  • Take more dance lessons
  • Book lessons for choreographed first dance

For the most part, everything went to plan for this. Of course, there were some things we decided to eliminate (like a videographer, calligrapher, deejay, and makeup vendors) after our initial estimates and interviews. And other things got delayed a few months (I didn’t actually book a hair stylist until December, not June like the action plan had dictated), but 90% of the tasks were done in each month specified. Not too shabby!

Our Detailed Wedding To-Do List

Then it was time to get to the nitty gritty, so I developed and posted our detailed wedding to-do list after we were done with our big picture action plan. That detailed wedding to-do list consisted of 100-ish or so tasks, organized by “context” like Décor, Invitations, and Music.

That 100-ish tasks eventually morphed into a 248 task list that looked like this

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By the way, if you’re interested to see the full shebang, including the tasks in all their crossed out glory, you can check a copy of the actual to-do list on Google Docs. And read the notes about how some tasks, like the “family tree” project were eventually nixed.

List of Last Minute Wedding To-Do’s

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, the detailed wedding task list was getting a bit unwieldy, so I also created a “Last Minute Wedding To-Do’s List” of all the things that had to be done, for the most part, in the week or two leading up to the wedding.  It looked like this:

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There you have it. All our to-do lists in one place. Did yours look similar? Wasn’t it always so gratifying to cross something off the list?

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Remember last month when I did a distribution of our wedding expenses and noted that more than 23% of our wedding expenses were incurred during the actual wedding month? And heck, that 57% of our wedding expenses were incurred in the two full months leading up to our wedding?

I think that this is excellent news for those of you who think that paying for a wedding might be a huge struggle. Even though it’s not something I recommend, if you stretch out your engagement for 15 months or so, you would have plenty of time to save up money to pay for probably a $15,000 wedding!

There are lots of tips in the personal finance blogosphere on how to save money, and I’ll show you those in a few minutes, but here are some that I think are especially useful for engaged (in other words, soon to be married!) couples!

  • Move in with your fiancé (or vice versa). You’re getting married, right? If you aren’t already living together, that is a huge financial mistake. You’re paying probably twice the rent (or mortgage) than necessary. Forget your parents’ (or your) objections, and move in with each other to save some serious cash before the wedding.
  • Now that you’re moved in together, that means you can eliminate other things like extra cable bills, water bills, etc.
  • Sell your stuff. Whether you’re already living together or just moving in, start selling your stuff. Old furniture, old books, clothes that don’t fit … whatever. Clear out the house in anticipation of those nice shiny wedding gifts that will be filling it up soon.
  • Speaking of cable, cut back on all cable. You won’t have much time for tv-watching as the wedding approaches anyway
  • Combine all your insurances. Thanks to domestic partnership laws in a lot of states, you and your fiancé can likely combine insurances to save some money. So, consolidate your health insurances, auto insurance, etc.
  • On a similar note, if you have a decent enough emergency fund to cover it, consider increasing the deductibles on all your insurance policies. This will help you save money each month on your insurance policies!

Without further ado, here is a list of links that contain an insane amount of tips for how to save money. Implement them now, and be able to pay for your wedding in cash!

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What happened to our wedding cakes

by Melissa on April 26, 2012

Well, I’ve mentioned it about a million times here on SuperNoVAbride, but never actually dedicated an entire post to it. So, what happened to our wedding cakes and why were they all wrong?

We told our wedding cake bakery that we wanted plain and simple cakes as our wedding cake, plus cupcakes. We showed her pictures like this:

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Because we wanted to have a table of a bunch of round cakes, like this:

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We sent her a contract and deposit about four months before the wedding, and a final balance 30 days before the wedding. Our contract specified that we wanted no decoration on the wedding cake, just the frosting and fillings indicated and to look like what was in the picture.

Well, the DAY BEFORE THE WEDDING, she is calling our coordinator to ask us what we meant by “no decoration.” Mind you, she had had the contract for nearly FOUR MONTHS and never asked us for any clarification. It seems to me like we met with her for the tasting, showed her pictures of what we wanted, then we sent in the contract, and she never bothered to look at it or take note of our requests.  Mind you, this was a reputable wedding cake bakery who had excellent Yelp and WeddingWire reviews.

I had talked about this before in my post about my day-of-coordinator, but the wedding cake bakery is the only vendor I found through our day-of-coordinator. And I hated how that entire process worked. How I was never allowed to contact the bakery myself. Everything had to go through the DOC. When I had a question, it was like a big game of telephone communicating it to the vendor through the coordinator. I really questioned why anyone would ever want to use a coordinator to find all their vendors, because it seriously took me like twice as long to get an answer from the bakery compared to other vendors.

While Ken and I are getting ready for the rehearsal and still reeling from all the craziness earlier that day, telling the coordinator (while she was on the phone with the bakery) what we wanted was just about enough to push me over the edge. I was just like, “PLAIN FUCKING ROUND CAKES AND CUPCAKES. Using the frostings and fillings that we had listed on our contract.” (like white cake with chocolate ganache, white cake with strawberry filling, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, white cake with chocolate buttercream, etc.).  Unfortunately there was no internet access at the venue, so we couldn’t re-email the photos to her.

She still seemed confused, but the coordinator assured us everything would be okay.

Well, as soon as Ken and I arrived at the reception, we noticed that the cakes were wrong.

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They weren’t those simple, rustic-looking cakes we had been hoping for and had shown the bakery pictures of. Instead, they looked like non decorated wedding cakes. Too formal for a rustic wedding, and they looked stupid.

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Even though we wanted them undecorated, we wanted them looking like a the cakes in the pictures, not so smooth and stuff. I know, it’s hard to describe.  Plus, ALL the cakes had white icing! We expected the fillings to match the icing since we indicated that on our contract! But instead, they all just had the white icing.

At the wedding, we really weren’t that upset, just annoyed. As we thought about it in the days following the wedding, we wondered, “why on earth didn’t she call us in the FOUR MONTHS that she had the contract to clarify? Why did she wait until the night before the wedding?”  We were confused. She was reputable and does excellent work.

So, we requested a partial refund.  We weren’t requesting a full refund because the cupcakes were perfectly fine and correct, and the cakes tasted fine. It was just the completely incorrect decoration.

No response.  We e-mailed again (of course, through the coordinator), and again, no response.

I realized that she had never cashed our final balance check, even though we mailed it 30 days earlier since it was due one month prior to the wedding (or by that point it was probably like 40 days earlier). This struck me as odd for a business professional to do, so I decided I would stop payment on the check to get her attention. Well, the DAY I was going to call the bank to stop the payment, she cashed it.  BAH!! 

It took a lot of back and forth, but she finally agreed to an $80 refund.  We had originally requested a $150 refund, which was 30% of our total wedding cake cost.  After waiting for three weeks, still no refund. So, I e-mailed her again saying that we had not received the refund check. This was the exact text of my e-mail:

Hi [Bakery Owner’s Name], we have not received the reimbursement

She responded with a terribly unprofessional e-mail (this was about two weeks before Christmas)

HAppy holidays to you too!!!

The check is on its way.

Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was disgusted. She screwed up OUR wedding cakes and she has the nerve to give US a sarcastic attitude? We finally received our $80 refund check two days later.

Good riddance

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I’ve given some tips before on interviewing wedding vendors before and talked about what worked best for us, but here are some additional tips I learned along the way:

  • It is entirely your responsibility to be knowledgeable going into the interview. I realize that some things are complicated, like photography, deejaying, and videography, but you HAVE to know the right questions to ask. Otherwise the vendor you’re interviewing might start rattling off all sorts of information that SOUNDS impressive, but really might not mean a whole lot. Venture on to some industry forums and lurk around. Learn about why it’s crucial that your photographer shoot in RAW and not JPEG. Learn that there’s a difference between high definition and “high quality” video recording equipment.
  • Similarly, vendors know they can tell you all sorts of information that sounds impressive. So don’t be afraid to ask, “Why is that important.” For instance, the deejay you’re interviewing might tell you that they use a 1400 Watt Amplifier. Interrupt them. Ask “why is that important.” Ask them “is that an industry standard” and “is that considered “top of the line, mid-level, etc. equipment” and “what websites can I go to to learn more about your equipment? and “Do other deejays use similar equipment?”  Don’t just nod like a little sheep. Ask questions. It’s your money. Spend it on the right folks.
  • Ask them what the worst complaint is that they’ve ever received. Of course, you can always go and check their reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire, but I always like to hear it from them. If asking someone in a job interview what their greatest weakness is, then asking someone about their worst complaint is perfectly acceptable. Ask them if they thought the complaint was valid, how they handled it, and what they did in the future to avoid such complaints.
  • Give them some scenarios that you see likely (or at least possible) to happen at your wedding and ask them what they would do. Ask your deejay how they’ll handle it if your non-dancing family won’t get on the dance floor. Ask your caterer and bartender how they’d handle Uncle Joe who likes to drink too much, and ask your photographer how they’d handle a lot of wannabe amateur photographers at your wedding. 

What other wedding vendor interviewing tips do you have?

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How I finally got my wedding dresses!

by Melissa on April 21, 2012

Along with stories that I never told during the wedding planning process as they happened, like our wedding venue hunt, and the story of our engagement and my engagement ring, I never elaborated on how I finally found my wedding dresses.

I told you about the evolution of my wedding dress hunt, and then how my wedding dress got lost about seven weeks before the wedding. But how did I recover from the lost wedding dress?

Well, once I realized that Saja was being really elusive about where my wedding dress was and when I could expect it, I, rightly so, started to worry.

My second choice wedding dress all along had been the JCrew Cecilia, which I had tried on at the Georgetown boutique. So, I was ready to buy that dress as a backup. But first, I went on Ebay to see if anyone was selling any JCrew Cecilia’s. Lo and behold they were! A size 16, brand new with tags, and for $225 instead of JCrew’s price of $495!

I used one of Ebay’s tools called “Make an offer” (I had never seen this before … different than bidding), and offered the seller $175 for the dress, and assumed we would settle in the middle at $200. Well, they accepted the $175 offer! My JCrew wedding dress shipped the next day.

But, one of the things I really loved about my original Saja wedding dress was the short length and the chiffon flowy-ness of it. After a quick search, I found this dress on Macys.com. At $139.99, I was all like, well, what the hell … and ordered it.

Both dresses arrived four days later on the same day. I tried on both and loved them both! I would wear the JCrew one at the ceremony and the Macys one for the reception (although I ended up only changing into it right before the first dance). I walked downstairs while wearing the JCrew dress and showed Ken. He was impressed too. So I was sold!

I was officially over my lost Saja dress. Of course, they wouldn’t refund my deposit because “all sales are final,” but they couldn’t even tell me when my dress would be arriving. Since they were already nearly a month late on delivery at that point, I filed a dispute with my credit card company. It took a few months, but the credit card company ultimately sided with me and provided a full refund of my dress deposit. 

As I look at my wedding photos, I cannot possibly imagine having worn any other dress that day. They were both just so perfect. Simple and casual, but elegant for our fun campground wedding.

Sometimes accidents, like lost wedding dresses, are really blessings in disguise!

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Feeling stressed during wedding planning? I’ve provided some advice on that before, but here are some additional tips to make you feel like your head is above water again!

Don’t be afraid to offend people

Just say what you mean. Say what you want. Don’t apologize for what you want, and don’t feel like you owe folks some long winded discussion of why you want (or don’t want) X, Y, or Z at your wedding.

Along those same lines, quit writing such long winded e-mails or leaving uber explanatory voicemails.

Let’s illustrate with an example. Here’s how to send an e-mail to your florist:

Can I add peonies to my bouquet?

Here’s how NOT to send an e-mail to your florist:

I was thinking about it the other day, and I’m wondering if I can add peonies to my bouquet. I realize that it might not be season for them or that they might be hard for you to get, but can you let me know if that would be possible? I saw picture of one in a magazine and just loved it! I realize that we talked about this briefly during the consultation and everything, but what can I say, I just can’t make up my mind!” 

You’re busy and your wedding vendors are busy. Save yourself time by writing quick and succinct e-mails, and save them time so they don’t have to search through paragraphs to text to find the point of your e-mail.

Follow up on your e-mails as soon as you get them.

Don’t let them languish in your inbox. If you aren’t ready to make a decision that is related to that e-mail, just reply back, “Hi, thanks for your e-mail. I haven’t made a decision about this yet, but expect to do so in the next two weeks.” If you’ve ever read David Allen’s Getting Things Done, you know how important it is to clear your mental clutter. And all those unanswered e-mails and voicemails are mental clutter. And when the person calls you or e-mails you again in a week to follow up on their now un-replied to e-mail, that will add even more to your mental clutter and stress. 

Stay organized!

I know, this is easier said than done. Here are some tips. But don’t purchase anything for the wedding unless you already have a place for it at home. Make sure you’re tracking your next steps (my new obsession is OmniFocus on my iPad, which is great for keeping track of next tasks, but I still use Google Docs extensively), and what things you’re waiting on other folks for as well (has your bridesmaid given you her measurements yet? Has your caterer made that change to the contract that you requested? It doesn’t matter what system you use, but keep track!

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Our Wedding Seating Chart

by Melissa on April 19, 2012

I have a bit of a confession to make that I fear might make other brides hate me.

Our seating chart was not difficult. At all.

Remember back when I was pissed off when I realized that our original plan to have open seating was dashed? And how angry I was that I’d have to waste so much time in the weeks leading up to the wedding to figure out a seating chart?

Well, creating that seating chart took a total of about 30 minutes. 45 minutes, tops. How? I’m not sure. But here are some things I think that helped.

1) We didn’t even bother starting the seating chart until a week before the wedding. Our RSVP-by date was exactly three weeks before the wedding, but by that date, we had only received 47% of our RSVPs. By waiting until the last possible second to start the seating chart, I didn’t have to speculate who still might come and who still might need seats. We waited until we had received all the RSVPs we thought we’d receive and then started it.

2) We had rectangular tables instead of round. This, I think, was the biggest reason our seating chart was so easy. When we couldn’t figure out how best to “split up” folks that knew each other, we just put two rectangular tables together instead of having space between them. That way, everyone was still sitting at the same table (even if it was actually two tables). In fact, we ended up having not having an “single” rectangular tables.

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3) We made a floorplan of our venue, making it easy to visualize where our guests would be sitting. This was also extremely valuable as it allowed us to quickly rearrange tables (electronically) as necessary when we wanted to combine tables or separate them. This worked beautifully in conjunction with a spreadsheet that we created. Each column was a table number, and each cell under the table number had an individual’s name. When we wanted to move someone to a different table, we just dragged that cell to a different table number column.

 

What about other couples? Was your seating chart easier than you expected?

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Post-Wedding Days! [Wedding Recap Wednesday]

by Melissa on April 18, 2012

T-2 Days: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

T-1 Day: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4

Wedding Day: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Recap Intermission; Part 11; Part 12

I wish I could say that our first few days of marriage were spent in some blissful, post-wedding state, but they weren’t. Ken was a little hesitant that I was going to be writing about this. He didn’t want our final wedding recap to end on such a downer. But, as I see it, it was just like 36 hours of a downer after the wedding, and then things went right back to normal, so it’s all good!

I’ll spare a lot of the details, but here’s the short story. My grandmother was still in the hospital and we weren’t sure how long she’d have to stay there. Knowing my family couldn’t afford a hotel for several days, I offered to let them stay at our house. Big mistake. They overstayed their welcome.  Well, they only stayed for two nights, but, my parents are loud and argue a lot. Ken and I thought we’d be spending those days after the wedding just lounging around the house and relaxing, but that didn’t happen.

So, now let me back up a little bit. Our wedding was on a Friday, and strangely enough, Ken and I, like the night before the wedding, did not sleep well on our wedding night. I thought I would’ve slept like a baby all through the night, but we were both up and awake by about 4:45AM on Saturday morning. We talked and talked about how amazing the wedding was, but also did some Monday Morning Quarterbacking (er, Saturday morning?).

We had a lot to wrap up over at the wedding venue. We had to get everything cleaned up and packed by 1PM. Luckily our day-of-coordinator and her team packed up a lot of the things the night before, but we still had a bunch to do.

So, we had breakfast at the hotel, and that’s when I extended the invitation to my parents to stay at our house. Saturday actually was fine. After we got checked out of the hotel, we went to the venue and finished cleaning up and packing. We got out of there JUST IN TIME for our 1PM check out time. It was a lot easier getting everything to the venue with professional movers and a large moving truck. But this time we just had a moving van plus all our family vehicles, so it took quite a bit of creative packing to find space for everything.

Ken and I, plus our immediate families, all drove back to our house, about 20 miles north of the venue, and unloaded all our wedding stuff. Our house was a complete mess. But having my family there on Saturday actually wasn’t so bad. We went to visit my grandmother in the hospital in the evening, and then my family helped get all the catering and cake leftovers packaged up in plastic containers. So that was pretty helpful.

On Sunday morning, I took my sister, nephew, and cousin to the metro so they could go to the airport for their flights, but my parents stayed because my grandmother was still in the hospital.

Sunday is when things started to get annoying. My parents were just so loud and were fighting. I thought they could at least tone it down since they were staying with us AFTER OUR WEDDING, but it’s like they are incapable of doing that.

Ken was getting mad at me for not asking them to go to a hotel after they started to get annoying, but I was just so torn about what to do. After all, it was an extremely extenuating circumstance. No one could’ve predicted that my grandmother would have fallen ill the day before the wedding. And my parents really couldn’t afford to stay in a hotel for an undetermined amount of time. And I felt a little resentful of how Ken was treating the situation, because his dad has had to stay with family members at inopportune times too after illnesses (like with us for a week right after we moved into our house, and with Ken’s sister days after she had a baby. The timing wasn’t great, but we all did what we had to do).

Ken and I ran a few errands, and when we got back to the house around 6PM on Sunday, we laid in bed to take a nap. We didn’t wake up until about 8AM the following morning. I guess we were tired! that’s about 14 hours of sleep for those of you counting.

On Monday, my parents were still there and still arguing loudly.

No one handled the situation well. I should’ve been more forthright with my parents, or probably never even extended the invitation for them to stay with us. My parents should’ve known better than to actually accept the invitation, and since they had accepted, they could’ve at least been on better behavior. And Ken should’ve realized how terrible of a situation he was putting me in. Having my parents there was stressful enough. But that just added to the stress exponentially.

Our wedding was on a Friday, and Ken and I were going back to work on Tuesday (we weren’t leaving for our mini moon until the following Sunday).

My parents finally left on Monday and my grandmother was released from the hospital. Ken and I were finally able to enjoy silence in the house. We opened our wedding gifts and just lounged around the rest of the day.  Everything went back to normal as soon as my parents left.

We both went back to work on Tuesday. That entire day was spent in a complete fog. My sleep schedule was still all messed up. I was starving when I got to work, and went down to the cafeteria in our building for some breakfast. I ended up getting a turkey sandwich with roasted red peppers (or something like that). I’m a strictly breakfast food for breakfast kind of girl, and here I was starving for a sandwich at 9AM. I went back to my desk and savored that crappy little pre-made sandwich. And I just ate throughout the entire day. My appetite had been MIA for about two weeks leading up to the wedding, so any bit of food just tasted amazing now that I could actually stomach it.

We left for our Vegas minimoon the following Sunday, 9 days after the wedding. We had a fantastic time. We went to the Neon Museum (I highly recommend it!), Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (of History Channel’s Pawn Stars fame), Red Rock Canyon, and the Vintage Auto Collections.

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So, there you have it. The first few days of our marriage weren’t the most perfect in the world, but what can you do? The fact that we recovered from it so easily I think says a lot about our marriage!

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What was on our Wedding Registries

by Melissa on April 17, 2012

I must say, I was pretty proud of our wedding registries. I was always disgusted with those lists of what to register for on various wedding websites (ahem, The Knot) that included garbage like $75 picture frames and other junk.

But, you know, I’m a judgmental person, so maybe not everyone thinks those types of items are crap. Perhaps there are people out there that want that type of stuff. Initially, I just wanted cash, but I know you can’t ask people for cash outright. But, after a while, I started to really covet the items we registered for, so I whether we got a physical gift or just cash!

I, however, am not one of those people. Everything I registered for I had an intended purpose for and could generally be categorized as so:

Entertaining supplies

Every time we have a party, which is often, I always seem to run low on nice serving dishes and ways to keep items at the appropriate temperature. I also like our entertaining-ware to have an eclectic feel, so we didn’t register for anything matchy-matchy (of course, this is a personal preference). When I go on vacation, one of the things I like to buy are unique serving dishes. Therefore, none of our stuff actually matches.

Household DIY tools

Although Ken doesn’t like to admit it, he is quite handy and has a really creative mind. We would also like to tackle different DIY projects around the house, but sometimes DIY just seems so expensive if you have to pay $200 up front for an expensive tool. So, we registered for a lot of tools. If you notice that our registry is devoid of certain major tools (like a drill, table saw, ratchet set, etc., it’s because we already own those tools)

Kitchen Upgrades

Basically, I wanted to be able to throw away practically every pot and pan in our kitchen after the wedding and start out with new ones. Our pots and pans are a mishmash of college dorm-quality mac-and-cheese size pans, and items that have been left behind by college roommates or really cheap items that were purchased when we were completely broke starting our professional jobs post-college. As geeky as this sounds, I did a LOT of research on the different type of cookware materials, such as cast iron, stainless steel, anodized, etc. So, I didn’t register for any "set" of pots and pans. Rather, I made a list of the most frequently used sizes of pots and pans that we use, and I registered for cookware in different materials.

Cash?

I know that it’s impolite to ask wedding guests for cash. But on our wedding website registry page, we explained to our guests that we were planning on a number of household projects in the next several years, including a complete kitchen renovation and new siding and windows. We were hoping they would take this as a hint that cash was a welcome gift.

So, here’s what was actually on our registry. We registered at Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and Macy’s

Pots and Pans

  • 10 Inch Stainless Steel Skillet
  • 12 Inch Stainless Steel Skillet
  • 1 ½ Quart Stainless Steel saucepan
  • 3 ½ Quart Nonstick Hard Anodized Saucepan
  • 16 Inch Rectangular Roaster
  • 15 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
  • 6 Quart Dutch Oven
  • 13 Inch Stainless Steel Walk
  • 12 Quart Pasta and Steamer Set
  • Round Buffet Server
  • Saute Pan
  • 2 Quart Stainless Sauce Pan
  • 1 Quart Stainless Sauce Pan
  • 6 Quart Stainless Stockpot
  • 4 Quart Stainless Saucepan
  • 12 Inch Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Skillet
  • Ceiling Pot Rack

Cutlery

  • Flatware set for 16 (registered for two sets of 8)
  • “Nice” heavy servingware, like for Thanksgiving
  • Steak Knives
  • Kitchen servingware in stainless steel (like ladle, spaghetti server, slotted spoon, turner, etc.) to replace our old yucky plastic ones. We also registered for some silicone servingware too to use on nonstick survaces
  • Bamboo Utensil Set
  • Stainless Steel Utensil Holder
  • 7-inch Santoku Knife
  • Vegetable Knife
  • Bread Slicing Knife
  • Gourmet Spreader
  • John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board
  • Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Holder
  • Kai Pure Komanchi 2 8-Piece Knife Set

Kitchen Small Appliances

  • 11 Cup Food Processor
  • Mini Prep Processor
  • Hand Blender
  • Large and Medium Warming Trays – because I always try to figure out how to keep food warm at parties
  • 3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
  • Electric Fondue Set
  • Crockpot Travel Bag
  • 4 slice Toaster
  • 9 Cup Deep Fryer
  • KitchenAid 6 Quart Stand Mixer

China

  • Casual china set
  • Wine Glasses (red and white)
  • Champagne Glasses
  • Cocktail Glasses
  • Margarita Glasses
  • Small barware glasses
  • Small bowls – to use for parties and serving things like nuts, chips, etc.
  • Loads of colorful serving platters and serving bowls, which I always seem to run low on at parties
  • Wooden salad bar and server set

Other Kitchen-related stuff

  • 2-Cup Measuring cup: because I never seem to have a clean one available when I need it
  • Norpro Stainless Steel Pie Cake Server
  • Meat Pounder
  • Pastry Scraper/Chopper
  • Dough Blender
  • Ladle
  • Grill Brush
  • 24-cup mini muffin pan
  • 9-inch Springform Pan
  • Three Tier Cooling Rack
  • Rachael Ray 4 ½ Quart Covered Oval Casserole
  • Rachael Ray 3-Quart Large Oval Baker
  • 8 Quart Stainless Steel Chafer
  • Loads of mixing bowls in various sizes and colors. When I bake, it tends to be in bulk, so I hate running out of large bowls.
  • 2-Tier Fruit Basket

Small household appliances

  • Cordless Steam/Dry Iron. The iron I currently have is about 15 years old and never seems to iron very well. I also liked the idea of having a cordless one.
  • Dyson Animal-Ball Technology Upright Vacuum Cleaner. We don’t have animals, but I sure do have long hair that ruins practically every vacuum we ever get. My hairs always get caught in the brush part of the vacuum.

Electronics

  • SparkFun Inventor’s Kit
  • Handheld GPS Navigator
  • Laser Printer
  • Vehicle Diagnostic Tool

Blu Rays

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology
  • True Blood: The Complete First Season
  • Dexter: The First Season

Tools

  • Maglite flashlights (registered for 3)
  • Cordless Circular Saw
  • Clamp Kit
  • Multi-Cutter
  • Chalk Snap Line
  • 12-Inch Precision Marking T-Rule
  • Generation Green Bottle Cutter – Because all those pinterest tutorials involving string, acetone, and a lighter to cut bottles scares me
  • Forearm Forklift Lifting and Moving Straps
  • Jig Saw
  • Auto Laser Level
  • Black and Decker Work Bench
  • Staple Gun
  • Sander

Miscellaneous

  • Travel Steamer
  • Brother Serger
  • Electric Foot Warming Pad – to keep my feet toasty in my office during the winter months
  • Drying rack
  • Air Conditioner Cover
  • Weber Work Table (to go with our existing grill)
  • Akro Mils Plastic Drawers. We use these as small item storage in our laundry room and our current one was full.
  • Snow Thrower – for our small yard
  • Bed Sheets

Well, there you have it. What was on your registries? Do you have any registry regrets?

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