Best Wedding Gift Registry Websites

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A registry is a wonderful idea for anyone planning a wedding. It helps you get the items you really need and avoid the plague of ten toasters. Many stores, both brick and mortar and online venues, offer wedding registries or wish lists. Three of the best online registries include Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and Amazon.com.

Bed, Bath and Beyond online, located at www.bedbathandbeyond.com, offers many of the essential items perfect for any newlywed couples. Since many couples are setting up their home, or at least are in need of items for their home, this is a great website. You can get anything from bedding to bathroom accessories to kitchen items and more. They offer many items that would be practical for the home. Also, there are often coupon codes, which can give your gift givers a break on the budget. They are a very popular place for wedding registries, thus their website is very easy to navigate and it is easy to add and delete items, as well as check the status of items. They have a great selection, as well. The registry also works in conjunction with their stores, giving you and your gift givers added flexibility.

Target has set up a registry at www.target.com, aptly named Club Wedd. Target is a wonderful place to have a registry because of the sheer number of items and selection that they offer. Also, some people may be apprehensive about going to unknown websites to pick out gift, however Target is such a large and well-known nationwide corporation that it should make givers a little more comfortable about the security. They offer many good brands at reasonable prices. It is easy to create a registry there, and like with Bed Bath and Beyond, you can work with both the online portion and the actual stores for increased flexibility.

Amazon.com has a wonderful wish list feature that you can use as a wedding registry. There are some advantages to this. First, Amazon offers free shipping on many items, which can be of great value. Also, they offer an amazing selection of items. Not only do they have their own massive stock of items but they allow other sellers to go through their system. They even have something called the Universal wish list button, which allows you to add items from other websites to your amazon.com registry. In addition, they often offer the prices of several sellers so that you get the best price. They are very easy to use and are very well known.

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

The tennis mega star married beau Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit) in a Beauty and the Beast-themed ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans! Her dress, designed by none other than Alexander McQueen. I would say the wedding was a total grand slam!

Serena seems to be a big fan of the movie as the guests were welcomed to the tune of Our Guest from the Disney movie. Venus Williams, Ciara, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé, La La Anthony, Eva Longoria and her husband José Bastón were in attendance!

I loved the pictures from their wedding shoot, taken by their talented photographer.

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Swooning over the Royal Wedding!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry on May 19, 2018. The wedding is to take place at the Windsor Castle. While there is no confirmation on her designer of choice, in the past she was dressed by Ralph & Russo for her engagement photo session.

I personally hope she would turn to someone like Maison Margiela or Misha Nonoo (her close friend) for the wedding day!

As for her bridesmaids – Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo and Jessica Mulroney are all names that have been suggested i the media, but we can only wait and watch!

Here’s a compilation of gowns that I would love to see on the princess!

Source: Vogue UK

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Some Wedding Cost Saving Ideas

Most girls have this ideal picture of what their wedding is going to be like. As children, these ideas come from play and imagination. As teenagers, the ideas come from magazines, friends, internet and perhaps going to a wedding themselves. She sees flowers, a white dress, lace and a happily ever after.

The reality of the approaching day rarely resembles that fantasy as a child. A wedding is a lot of work. By the time the wedding day gets here, all of the work and planning and details come to fruition. The bride has been distracted and tense at making sure everything will be perfect.

The cost of the wedding is of utmost importance. There are not many people who have money to burn on a wedding. There are also no couples who want to start off their married life deep in debt just tying the knot. A good plan is what is needed to avoid large costs. Being choosy will help the bride and groom pull off a beautiful wedding without the stress of worrying about cost.

– Personalizing decorations add a personal touch to the wedding and reception. Childhood photos of the bride and groom and their families can fill a reception table nicely next to the guest book. The photos can also be used on the tables incorporated into the centerpieces. Also, consider using photos of the invitations and other keepsakes. Creating a design centered around photos can certainly let other creative juices flow to add to those photographs. Imagine having an entire theme based on just a couple hundred photos! Simple, beautiful and absolutely memorable.

– Renting decorations instead of buying them is something that can be considered. Many decorations will not be used again, why spend that kind of money? From something as big as an arc walkway to something as small as vases and flower arrangements, everything can be rented. Compare the cost of renting versus buying to see which is more cost-effective.

– If children are invited to your wedding and reception, consider creating a kids area where they have their own table and their own favors. How does this save money? The answer is simple. If kids are occupied with their own setup, they will not accidentally break anything that cannot be replaced. Plus it gives them their own purpose and their own party.

– Marriage is not only the union of two people but two entire families. Including them in the ceremony itself can save money if they can offer a talent such as playing an instrument as the other guests arrive. If anybody can sing, that would be a nice addition. It shows support if the family can help with these activities.

– For the food, you can ask your church ladies to help. Friends are another go-to group. If you can enlist the help of those kinds of people, the cost of the food itself will be all that is needed. Other options that can be cost-effective are catering companies just starting out with a discount or students from culinary schools. Another option is potluck. These are often successful because everybody will want to bring their very best dishes. If the expense is still too great, consider inviting fewer people to the wedding or having a very simple cocktail and hors-d’oeuvres reception instead.

– There are a lot of kids starting out who would love to doing a wedding for your music if you want a band or DJ. Live music via band or DJ has been the tradition for generations. However, downloaded music played over the speakers is also great. That way, the bride, and groom can tailor their tastes as well as incorporate it into the overall theme.

Having a nice wedding doesn’t have to be expensive with a good plan. It’s your wedding, being able to remember that it’s a union of two people, two families is what the celebration should be about, not about the decorations.

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Lysa and Ethan – Friends Getting Married!

Two of my close friends and beautiful people Lysa and Ethan just tied the knot and I could not be happier!

I had the pleasure of styling their wedding for them. Lysa and Ethan were a delight to work with. I have known of Lysa’s taste to be very refined and classy and she did not disappoint with her wedding!

As a personal present, I gifted Lysa with a handmade necklace and earrings set!

We chose pale gold and white as the theme for this beautiful wedding that was held in the Modesto Banquet Hall. Stay tuned for more picture from this beautiful wedding that I have been promised by their delightful photographer!

Update: I have received the first lot of pictures, sharing these and waiting for the rest!

 

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Wedding Invitations for Free?

There are many different ways to go about inviting people to a wedding. In the end, you always want to have a copy of it in the wedding scrapbook – to look back at over the years. Some companies charge the upwards of hundreds of dollars or even thousands, depending on how many guests you are inviting. However, these are often simply a fancy card stock with something printed on it with a normal printer.
So in terms of cost, I lied a little, it’s not free if you don’t have any card stock. Fancy textured stuff can cost as much as ten dollars… if you want it to be super fancy it can cost as little as two bucks. Either way, you simply have to use your open office (FREE software download office software) document maker and a little bit of imagination (priceless) in order to come up with the unique card which will make everyone flaunt and rave over.

What are some tips for making sure you have the most amazing wedding invitations? Make sure that you use a consistent theme for the front and the inside if you decide to make a folding invitation. Practice printing one to make sure you have it designed to fold right – that can get a little tricky.

GO GREEN! Not for your color scheme – instead email copies of invitations to guests who know how to open attachments. It saves the environment some trees and you some green $$$ in your wallet.

What else is important to remember when designing your wedding card? Make sure to change the font from the default to something new that fits the overall style of your card. However, even though you should be bold and exciting – make sure it can be read. Webdingalnigius or whatever other silly symbol fonts, or any CRAZY cursive script that is barely legible will not work for this. Wives, this means don’t let your husband behind the keyboard.

Import graphics from the internet and not clip art – although clip art is an excellent source of imagery for borders. The clip art selection is never going to fit your exact needs, but if you aren’t a graphic artist- the internet has many online sources of entirely free, royalty free artwork to use in any production commercial and or private.

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Celebrity Wedding: Hillary Duff

Ok, so we’ve all seen a lot of celebrity weddings and being in this business, I’ve seen a lot of weddings in general. But this wedding, of Hilary Duff, to me stands out above the rest.
Her dress was an original Vera Wang fit for a princess.
Ok, so out of all the celebrity weddings I’ve seen, by far, my favorite decor of any celeb wedding is this one. I love all of the antique hanging lamps, swagged fabric draping, and the garden-y feel of many of today’s weddings. It was over the top but not in a stuffy way, it was romantic, and warm & inviting.
The fabulous folks over at Fantasy Frostings did this wedding cake, and I love that it’s a unique spin on a traditional white cake. So unique.
Fun Fact: She was the same age I was when I got married.
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Celebrity Wedding: Niecy Nash

I love the show “Clean House” and was so excited to see it’s host tie the knot.
She used a very popular color for weddings which is lavender & had an outdoor wedding at a Church Estate Vineyards (same place Fergie got married) in Malibu, California.
Heidi Ryder took all the photos and did a fabulous job. This must have been a really fun wedding to be at. Wish I could have been there…

The cake was from the fabulous bakery in Santa Monica called Vanilla Bake Shop. Their stuff is really good.

And she followed the trend of the matching but mismatching bridesmaid dresses, allowing each girl to choose her own style & flair. Love that!!!
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Celebrity Weddings: Molly Sims

 
The photo I loved the most in this wedding is the photo of the bride with her bridesmaids, each in their own unique dress. I absolutely love this trend and if I got married all over again I would definitely let my girls pick their own dresses based on their own styles & budgets.
 
The bride’s Marchesa gown was simple, elegant & romantic.
 
And who doesn’t love nuptials in wine country?
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Celebrity Wedding: Tia of Tia & Tamera

 
A couple of days ago I featured the recent wedding of Tamera Mowry, the other 1/2 of the identical twin pairing of Tia & Tamera from their 90’s sitcom, Sister, Sister. I loved that show and watched it every week.
 
Tia and her now husband, Cory, got married at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara.
Kevan Hall designed her one-shouldered one of a kind wedding dress.
The photos were taken by Amy & Stuart and her fabulous wedding was pulled off by wedding planner Robyn Goldberg.
The bridesmaids wore styles by Tadashi, with Tamera as the maid of honor in her own style and color.
The fabulous cake was created by Cake Divas and is such a girly, girl cake. I love it.
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