Registry Remorse


Thank you all for the positive response to the 2016 Wedding Registry Recommendations provided by my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) colleagues. While I hope you enjoyed the recommendations and maybe have a few new items on your wish list, I’m sorry to say that not all registry items are going to be stars in your home. Like a promising college athlete recruited in the NFL draft and fizzles in the pros, there are a few registry items that just don’t make the All-Star Kitchen Team, causing us to have some registry remorse. 

For myself, that moment happened with the mandolin. It was the #1 item I hoped to receive off my registry, and I did unwrap one on my shower day. Given that I was already taking classes in school learning to use a regular chef knife, I found littleregistry remorse desire to haul out another piece of equipment to wash, dry, and put away. Plus, I found the thing a little intimidating. When I did eventually try out the mandolin, I was wasting a good part of the veggie trying to use that wacky hand-protecting holder. The next time I used it, I decided to bypass the holder because I didn’t want to lose part of an eggplant. And instead, I almost sliced off the tip of my finger (with the scar to remind me daily). Now I religiously use good ol’ chef knife. But all is not lost for mandolin- Mr E loves it, and if an onion needs to be sliced, that sucker comes out. Personally, I’m still working on forgiveness for the way it hurt me.

Registry Regrets

We may not regret marrying the person we did, BUT sometimes there is Registry Regret. Many registry items were exactly what we wanted. And other times we wish we had added that one item, but for one reason or another, did not. Maybe we thought it would be useless. Or didn’t want to be perceived as “greedy” for adding on that ultra-expensive item. But in hindsight, we should have put that one item on the registry. Because when else will someone be showering you with gifts???  

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TIP: Most retailers offer discounts on items purchased after your wedding date as incentive to complete your registry. Even if you think no one will ever purchase that $1000 couch, but it’s something you and your spouse really want for your home, put it on! You can put your gift money or gift certificates towards it along with the discount.

I wish I had registered for a restaurant-quality mandoline.*  I spent part of my [Dietetic Internship] food service rotation with a Michelin-starred restaurant, Rouge Tomate, where I realized the impact of finely-sliced veggies on a dish.  For now, I use the flat blade from my spiralizer and try not to slice my fingertips! – Nicole Rodriguez, RDN, NASM-CPT (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)

*After I told Nicole my tale of horror, she is reconsidering her answer.

A Vitamix.  We bought a Ninja on our own and although it is a wonderful blender/food processor, I now wish we would have gotten the Vitamix (or Nutribullet!). It really is better from my experience. – Kathy Brown, RD, LDN, RYT (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)

A Vitamix! We didn’t do it and those big-spending items are perfect for a registry. Let someone else buy it for you. Save the serving platters for a time when you feel like shopping or have a specific event/dinner in mind. – Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

I would still want money gifts so that it can help pay for the wedding or honeymoon or household items I want. I did wish I could have gotten a Vitamix or an Immersion Blender. – Christin Hebron, MBA, RD, LD (Follow on Twitter)

I’m also in full agreement with Vitamix! – Jennifer O’Donnell-Giles MS RDN CSSD (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

I wish I had registered for extra flatware.  I registered for a set of 12, but my family gathers so often, and we have grown so large that I would love to have a set of 16 or even 24.  I don’t have a total set anymore.  As the kids became more independent, I think spoons ended up in the trash. – Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)

A Vitamix and more serving bowls. I always serve things right out of the pot/pan – that’s not very fancy! – Steph Saullo, MS, RD, LDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram

If I Were Registering Today…

I’ll admit it- I’m totally smitten with Vitamix and wish I was more in the know about them at the time I was getting married. But as technology evolves, so does our Wish Lists. What do some dietitians wish they could go back in time and register for today?

The new crockpots/slow cookers that are connected to your phone so you can turn them on or off even if you are not at home. I would upgrade to that. – Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

I am dying for a Vitamix (don’t tell my immersion blender!), but I know better than to spend registry remorsemoney on a kitchen gadget that costs as much as two tickets to Florida!  If it existed when I was registering, I would have added to my list the Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System– basically a coffee AND tea maker.  I don’t drink coffee, but I love hot tea on a cold day.  With this gadget, my husband and I can each make our hot beverage at the same time.  I don’t know how I lived so long without it. – Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

 If I were registering today I’d register for a spiralizer! I’ve heard Paderno is best. – Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

 NutriBullet. Great for making smoothies and juices on the go. This did not exist when I was getting married. – Jennifer O’Donnell-Giles MS RDN CSSD (Follow on Twitter & Instagram)  

 It’s All in the Presentation

While an afternoon of ladies gathered around watching a bride-to-be unwrap gifts and making a bouquet from the wrapping paper is one way to shower the Future Mrs, Missy Underwood M.S., R.D., L.D shares the creative shower her and her husband were given almost 25 years ago:

We were given a Home and Garden Shower Potluck.  My husband received garage and garden tools/supplies, I received many home items.  However, the best part was the potluck and all of the guests brought a covered dish. Only the “covered dishes” (and the like) stayed with us – with the recipe, of course.

It was like receiving two gifts at a time from our friends and family.  To date, I still have many of those pieces including, but not limited to, casserole dishes, a cake plate and server, baking dishes, pie plates, and and ice cream maker!  It was the best!

What items do you have registry regrets over?  What would you register for if you could go back in time? Sound off in the Comments below.

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