Sharing a Space

 Newly engaged couples have a long list of tasks ahead of them before they say I do, from booking a venue, to finding a florist and DJ, to outfitting the bride, groom, and bridal party. On top of all wedding-related responsibilities, it is some couples’ first time moving in together. You have your stuff, and they have theirs - how will you combine?!

For couples who are looking for a new apartment or home while they are planning their weddings, this can cause additional stress, but it can also be a huge budget saver. You will now only have to pay rent to one landlord and you can also use your engagement party, bridal shower or wedding registry to register for furnishings and appliances for your new home.

Every couple dreams of a gourmet kitchen in their first home together, and these are the appliances we think will get you the closest to your dream kitchen before your big day.

1. Slow Cookers for Quick Dinners

Crock pots are a lifesaver for working couples. When both of you work away from home, it can be hard to spend quality time together over a meal. A slow cooker takes the time out of making dinner after work because you just place the ingredients in the cooker, turn it on for 8 hours and walk out the door. We suggest this copper slow cooker because it is as easy to clean as stainless steel and a unique color that you will love for years to come.

2. Island Stools You'll Actually Use

Most kitchens that were designed or updated after 1990 have an island or peninsula, but they often go under utilized. A way to make sure you get the most out of your island, especially if your new kitchen is not large, is by turning it into a breakfast bar. To make sure you actually want to sit at your new breakfast bar, opt for a stool design with a back and a padded seat, to keep you comfortable for lazy weekend mornings and midnight snacks alike.

3. Statement Tables for Years of Mealtime Conversations

While not every home has a formal dining room, a way to add elegance in a kitchen or breakfast nook is to use your table as the focal point. Not only does this encourage you and your fiance to sit down together for meals, but it will also serve as a conversation piece every time you host parties and a timeless piece that can easily be brought with you if you move. We suggest trying a table trend in a muted color, such as copper or live edge tables.

4. Bring Your Barista Home

Taking trips to Starbucks or your local coffee shop will add up quickly and can easily become an expense that can break the bank. When you love a cold brew but your spouse only drinks lattes, an appliance that will quickly become indispensable for your morning routines is a coffee and espresso combo machine. To figure out what type of coffee maker best suits both of your caffeine needs, you can read reviews and specs for dozens here.

5. Chef's Knives for the Backbone of Every Meal

The most important tools to any chef are his or her knives - they are such a coveted and personal item that most chefs bring their own knives with them to work every day. When you and your spouse move in together, it is important to find a knife set that you both feel comfortable with, in terms of blade length, hilt and teeth. You can find an affordable set with enough knives to satisfy every cut here.

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