In My House

Some of My Most-Used Wedding Gifts

Since we are right in the midst of wedding season and my husband’s best friend recently got engaged to a super cool lady, I decided to feature a few of my most-used wedding gifts.

Maybe this will serve as inspiration if you are trying to select a gift for a wedding you are attending or if you are newly engaged and registering for your own bridal shower. Or, even if you have been married for 25 years but need a little update in the house. Shouldn’t wives who have made it to the 25-year mark be allowed to re-register and have another bridal shower? I think so. Let’s start that tradition.


1. Pretty everyday dinnerware is essential. I have Fiestaware in Scarlet and Ivory. We use it daily but it also looks nice dressed up for a holiday meal.

2. KitchenAid hand mixer. I don’t do a lot of baking so having the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, although beautiful, is a bit of a waste of money and counter space for me. This hand mixer is a fantastic alternative and quite powerful. I love it.


(I used the KitchenAid hand mixer to make my toasted almond biscotti with white chocolate.)

3. Riedel wine glasses. Even a $10 bottle tastes great out of these. Who am I kidding? The bottle actually cost $8.

4. Insulated picnic basket. We picnic a lot at nearby lakes and this adorable basket is great for a quick trip. It comes with plastic dinnerware, too, which is handy.


(Photo by Mist and Moonlight Photography)

5. Monogrammed stone coasters. As a new bride, I couldn’t get enough of my married monogram. These are extremely durable, too, as evidenced by their ability to withstand my one-year-old knocking them off the end table several times.

6. Good quality knives making kitchen prep so much easier. We love our KitchenAid set.

7. This charming bamboo salad set. This isn’t the exact set I have but similar and would make a fantastic gift.

8. A sturdy 9×13 ceramic or glass baking dish is versatile for everything from birthday cake to lasagna.The one I have is Fiesta in Scarlet but this Fiesta one in Sunflower would be fun on any table. I like that these are stylish enough to go straight from the oven to the table and they clean up so nicely compared to metal pans.

Everything seen here is available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

In My House

Money Can’t Buy the Perfect Wedding

Word is heiress Nicky Hilton got her wedding dress caught under a car tire and flashed people at her lavish Kensington Palace wedding this weekend. It made me chuckle to see that headline but it also made me realize that no amount of money can assure a bride the perfect wedding. I began to reflect on my own wedding day nearly two years ago.

I had to try really hard to think of anything that went wrong on my wedding day. My mom burned a hole in my veil the day before the wedding while she was ironing it per my request (don’t do that.) Guests at the rehearsal dinner knocked shelving off the wall of the venue. My husband slipped and fell getting into his vehicle before the ceremony. I got a tiny smudge of lipstick on my ivory satin gown while preparing to walk down the aisle. Guess what? None of these things matter to me now. They didn’t even matter to me right after the ceremony when an enormous weight is lifted and replaced by a massive flood of joy.


(No, nobody fell off the dock, so maybe it was a perfect day.)

(Photo by Mist and Moonlight Photography)

Every wedding will have a few moments of mayhem. My best friend started her wedding day with a scratched eye due playing too aggressively with her dog that morning. Another friend’s pillars to light the unity candle melted in the car while we were at the rehearsal dinner. Yet another friend’s ceremony was followed by tornado warnings and a torrential downpour as the wedding party made its way to the reception.

But at the end of the day, do we really remember those minor details as much as we remember how much fun we had celebrating the newly married couple? My point is, if you’re planning a wedding, don’t stress. If something can go wrong at Nicky Hilton’s top-dollar wedding, something can go wrong at yours. Accept it, and let it go, knowing those little glitches don’t matter as long as you end the big day married to the man of your dreams.

What went wrong on your big day? Did it really matter in the end?