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By Anna Sachse - CTW Features | posted on January 07, 2013 at 10:35am

6 former brides offer been-there-done-that insight into the items they picked that have stood the test of married time

Allison Howard, senior director of corporate partnerships for the Los Angeles Lakers; married Aug. 14, 2004

Mantle clock: “I love our clock, and it reminds me of our wedding. The longer I’ve been married the more I am attached to the things that remind me of happy times because life isn’t always filled with puppies and rainbows.”

Everyday dishes: “We chose a timeless style from Pottery Barn.”

Entertaining items: “We registered for wood cocktail plates that can also hold your wine glass so you have a free hand to eat while standing. It’s stuff you would probably never buy yourself, but it’s so fun to receive on such a special occasion.”

Jaimie Fender, Portland, Ore.-based attorney; married Aug. 27, 2011

Salad bowl with serving utensils: “I don’t use it very often, but when I have company coming over for dinner, I feel very grown up using my beautiful wooden salad bowl. That said, we have used our chips-and-salsa bowl more often than we ever imagined! ”

Coffee mugs: “I recommend registering for a couple extra of your ceramic/glass pieces in case of breakage.”

Vases: “It feels great to no longer use a pint glass for my bouquets.”

Yael Natori, New York-based teacher, tutor and blogger; married June 16, 2007

Picture frames: “You can never have too many nice, expensive sterling silver frames – and they’re something that I would not spend the money on myself.”

High-quality blender: “A Vitamix is honestly the best kitchen investment ever!!!”

Nespresso machine: “I have used this every day since we got married – even more since having children.”

Abby Reid, Tulsa-based accountant; married April 17, 2010

All-Clad stainless steel non-stick fry pan: “We use it almost every day for cooking meat, veggies, eggs, anything, and it is so easy to wash by hand.”

Nice everyday glassware: “People love giving items that they think you will use. We use this practical glassware every day, but it’s also nice enough for when we have guests over.”

Bath towels: “This is a great time to upgrade.”

Lesley Olson, Chicago-based account manager; married Oct. 15, 2005

Everyday & fine china: “We chose tough, all-white, traditional everyday china so we can easily incorporate other pieces. For our fine china, we chose a simple, classic design so that, again, we can easily incorporate other pieces like our everyday white if we don’t have enough for a large party.”

Bed & bath linens: “Go for the best here – big, fluffy towels and luxurious, high thread-count sheets – and I say pick white so they go with anything and are easy to clean.”

Good knives: “A must.”

Anne Chertoff, New York City-based wedding editor; married June 22, 2003

All-Clad cookware: “I would never buy the whole set for myself, and we use it every day!”

Wine glasses: “We registered for simple, classic glasses and use them for casual dinners as well as during the holidays.”

KitchenAid Mixer: “This was given to be my colleagues at Martha Stewart Weddings in lavender – my wedding color. I don’t bake that much, but when I do, I love having it and always remember the team I worked with at the magazine.”

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