Asking for gifts is tacky, isn’t it?

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You might think a gift registry is old school. Maybe you think it’s tacky. You don’t want to seem greedy “asking” for gifts.

Well guess what?!

People are going to buy you a gift for your wedding anyway. It may as well be something you would like and can use.

With that being said, you don’t have to go overboard. A gift registry can be as simple or as crazy as you want.

I was married at 27 and had been living on my own for a while. My husband was in the same boat (29) We had many of the common household items already. We used our Target gift registry as a way to upgrade and update some of the items we already were using. Once we received gift items, we were able to “donate” our starter items to younger siblings.

Maybe this is your circumstance, maybe not.

If you are new and just starting out, think of the little things. You and your future spouse might need a lot as you get settle into married life. Register for items such as towels, measuring cups and even serving spoons. All these things add up and when you are just getting started.

A traditional gift registry might not be your thing, that is okay. Contact your local travel agent and have them set up a “honeymoon registry” for you. This way, you can go on your dream honeymoon or do extra excursions while there if you already have one planned.

Tech savvy? Amazon has a gift registry as well. You don’t even need to leave your home- and neither do your guests. This is very convenient for those who might be traveling from afar (or celebrating from afar). Nothing beats 2 day prime shipping.

If you truly don’t need or want anything for your wedding, there are registry options for you too. Ask guests to donate to your favorite (or their favorite) charity in lieu of wedding gifts. There is a worthy cause out there that could use your support, trust me.

Now that we have established why you should register and gone over some options- consider these etiquette suggestions.

  • DO NOT – I repeat do not put your registry information on your wedding invites. This is tacky. Your registry information goes two places. (1) your wedding website (2) your shower invites. People will find out your registry information.
  • Register for different items at different price points. You want your guests to have options that fit the budget. Registering for only high end items is not the way to go.
  • Check on your registry often. If the selection for people to pick from is dwindling- add more items. This is really important in the two weeks leading up to a shower or your wedding day.
  • After every shower, after every party and after every gift is opened- Send a “Thank You”. A handwritten message is the way to go. There is nothing sweeter than a personalized “Thank You” expressing gratitude for a gift received. You might not dig the squirrel feeder your cousin gave you- but they thought it was neat. They thought you would like it. That is what matters.

Even though a gift registry might seem like a thing of the past, it’s not. There is a reason why they exist and most importantly- why you should have one.

You get married one time, embrace the motions. Just get registered.

 

 

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Asking for gifts is tacky, isn’t it?

Aside

You might think a gift registry is old school. Maybe you think it’s tacky. You don’t want to seem greedy “asking” for gifts.

Well guess what?!

People are going to buy you a gift for your wedding anyway. It may as well be something you would like and can use.

With that being said, you don’t have to go overboard. A gift registry can be as simple or as crazy as you want.

I was married at 27 and had been living on my own for a while. My husband was in the same boat (29) We had many of the common household items already. We used our Target gift registry as a way to upgrade and update some of the items we already were using. Once we received gift items, we were able to “donate” our starter items to younger siblings.

Maybe this is your circumstance, maybe not.

If you are new and just starting out, think of the little things. You and your future spouse might need a lot as you get settle into married life. Register for items such as towels, measuring cups and even serving spoons. All these things add up and when you are just getting started.

A traditional gift registry might not be your thing, that is okay. Contact your local travel agent and have them set up a “honeymoon registry” for you. This way, you can go on your dream honeymoon or do extra excursions while there if you already have one planned.

Tech savvy? Amazon has a gift registry as well. You don’t even need to leave your home- and neither do your guests. This is very convenient for those who might be traveling from afar (or celebrating from afar). Nothing beats 2 day prime shipping.

If you truly don’t need or want anything for your wedding, there are registry options for you too. Ask guests to donate to your favorite (or their favorite) charity in lieu of wedding gifts. There is a worthy cause out there that could use your support, trust me.

Now that we have established why you should register and gone over some options- consider these etiquette suggestions.

  • DO NOT – I repeat do not put your registry information on your wedding invites. This is tacky. Your registry information goes two places. (1) your wedding website (2) your shower invites. People will find out your registry information.
  • Register for different items at different price points. You want your guests to have options that fit the budget. Registering for only high end items is not the way to go.
  • Check on your registry often. If the selection for people to pick from is dwindling- add more items. This is really important in the two weeks leading up to a shower or your wedding day.
  • After every shower, after every party and after every gift is opened- Send a “Thank You”. A handwritten message is the way to go. There is nothing sweeter than a personalized “Thank You” expressing gratitude for a gift received. You might not dig the squirrel feeder your cousin gave you- but they thought it was neat. They thought you would like it. That is what matters.

Even though a gift registry might seem like a thing of the past, it’s not. There is a reason why they exist and most importantly- why you should have one.

You get married one time, embrace the motions. Go to the store or grab your laptop – and get registered. 

 

 

Do I really need my dress preserved? + New Hours

Does anyone else love the recent chill in the air? A reminder of what is to come. I’m not talking about the bitter sub-zero Winter (quite yet).

The Holiday’s of course! Halloween this weekend, then Thanksgiving and ultimately Christmas and New Year’s. (Can we give a giant “YES!!” to party dress season)

This does mean though, that busy wedding season has come to an end.

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That brings us to the topic of gown preservation. You spent weeks (or months) looking for the perfect dress to wear on your big day. Why not restore it to it’s original gorgeousness and externalize it for years to come?

Bring it in, no matter the condition and give us 6 or so weeks. You will love the results! After a thorough dry-cleaning process, your gown is boxed up for easy storage and viewing. It also ensures the fabric and color integrity will be maintained for generations to come.

On another note, with the change in season- comes a change in hours.

 

Starting now, we have a new set of hours:

Monday – Friday 10-6

Saturday 10-4

Sunday By Appointment Only

Stop by soon!

 

Thank you and Congrats + Closed for Bridal Fantasy

Isn’t it the perfect day for a Fall wedding? We are so excited for our couple this weekend! Fall can be tricky. Sometimes though, the stars align and the result provides jaw-dropping scenes for that perfect outdoor photo (and/or ceremony) 

 

To all our couples the past few weeks, Thank you! We are so happy and grateful to have played a special part in your wedding day. When you come through the mall next time, we LOVE to see your photos!

Kara + Chris

Holly + Scott

Kaci + Joe

Sam + Dusty

Bride Rachael 

Bride Roberta

Bride Emily

Cheers to lifetime of love and happiness! We all wish you nothing but the best in your new MARRIED life together ❤

Also, as you know we are going to be at Bridal Fantasy Show tomorrow. The store will be CLOSED. We will reopen at 10am Monday morning. If you are looking to return your rentals from this weekend, you can bring them back Tuesday instead.

If you will be at the show, stop by and say “Hi” we would love to see you. Also, don’t miss our style show at 1:30 pm. Find out the details of our Birthday Sale and Celebration!

Did we ever mention that we are giving away $100 CASH tomorrow night? Stop by our booth or visit our Facebook Page for details. ANYONE can win- bride or not 😉

Have a great night everyone!

Anniversary Gifts: Traditional v. Modern

Wedding season is upon us, this also means we are in the midst of anniversary season. Maybe you got married recently or you have a friend or family member that is celebrating. What kind of gift do you get that special couple or your better half?

No matter if you are traditional or modern, check out the below ideas before your start your shopping.

 

Year 1 – The first milestone anniversary! 

Traditional: Paper

Modern: Clock

Year 2- Still so much fun!

Traditional: Cotton

Modern: China

Year 3- The romance and newness might have faded, but 3 is a lucky number!

Traditional: Leather

Modern: Crystal/Glass

Year 4- Almost half a decade!

Traditional: Fruit/Flowers

Modern: Appliances

Year 5- Next year, you will have to use two hands!

Traditional:Wood

Modern:Silverware

Year 10- Second major milestone, a decade of memories!

Traditional: Tin/Aluminium

Modern:  Diamond Jewelry

Year 15- Onto three hands.. 

Traditional: Crystal

Modern: Watches

Year 20- Two complete decades of memories together!

Traditional: China

Modern: Platinum

Year 25- A quarter of a century as a couple!

Traditional: Silver

Modern: Silver

Year 50- Half a century of memories and special times!

Traditional: Gold

Modern: Gold

Destination Wedding Tips

Forget about an alter, your back drop is the ocean and a romantic sunset:

A destination wedding is the perfect blend of a vacation and honeymoon. Many couples choose to wed in a tropical paradise for many different reasons. A wedding and dream vacation all in one? Yes, please!

 

Below are some tips and tricks to help plan your perfect destination wedding

1.  Use on on-site planner: Most destination wedding venues provide the couple with someone to oversee planning. Since you are not able to be there and physically go over all the details in person, it is important that you have someone who is.

2. Be mindful of the weather: A satin ballgown with a cathedral length train is gorgeous, but not on a beach. Think of soft, flowing fabrics- maybe even a shorter style? You don’t want to be sweating more than necessary.

3. Research the law: Make sure to brush up on the marriage laws of the area you are visiting. Some places have stricter laws governing marriage than others.

4. Do something special for your guests: Most of your guests are spending around $1000 or more to attend your big day. Make sure to do something special for them. Hosting an extra party or excursion is a thoughtful way of saying “Thank You”

5. Check up on your vendors: Your on-site planner should help with this too, however, make sure you are using reputable vendors. Check up on their references and past clients. Always sign a contract.

6. Book in advance: You are sure to get the best rooms and best price if you plan out far enough. Many popular resort destinations sell out of their best views in the busy season. You want the honeymoon suite, don’t you?

 

 

7. Relax, your on vacation: Wedding planning can be stressful, but remember you are on vacation too! Enjoy your time in paradise.

Pinterest: Saving Brides Since 2009

You want to add that cool, personal touch to your big day but just can’t think of what to do?! One word: Pinterest.

Every newly engaged bride has a “wedding” or “someday” Pinterest board. The site is a wealth of information. There is a million exciting ideas that stray away from the boring traditional wedding we have seen way too many times.

Perusing the website, here are some ideas that really stand + they are super easy to re-create.

Shoes with a message.

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Super easy and makes for a cute photo opportunity. You can get as fancy as you want with stick-on crystals and all sorts of bling or keep it simple with a Sharpie.

 

The use-again guestbook.

 

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Gone are the days of the cheesy, generic guestbook. Introducing guestbook ideas for the modern bride– decorate your home with them and engage your guests.

Quirky Signage.

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Wedding outside? Give your guests some direction. Save a Google search: Post local cab numbers by the bar. You know their feet will be sore from the “pretty shoes” – let them kick the heels off and party in a pair of flip flops. An easy way to add a personal touch to your event.

 

Here comes the Bride.

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Something cute and unexpected. Have your bridesmaids or cute little ring-bear give a special message to your groom. It’s easy, creative and something he’ll surely love.