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Wedding Gift Registration has become much computerized and much easier to do. Couples can go to stores to register for gifts or use the Internet, which makes the availability of gift registries that much easier.
Brides and grooms are able to register online with several retailers including:
- Major department stores
- Building supply stores such as Home Base, Home Depot
- Hardware stores, either local hardware stores or specialty hardware stores like Renovation Hardware
- Sporting good stores like Sports Mart, Sports Chalet, Big Five, REI
- Upscale gardening stores like Smith and Hawken or local nurseries
- Mortgage lenders—registering for contributions to a down payment on a house is becoming ever more popular
- Travel agents—whether for the honeymoon or another recreational trip
- Home furnishing & accessory stores—Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pier One, IKEA, Strouds, Linens & Things
- Couples can even create wedding wish lists at sites like WhereBridesGo.com, so family members can contribute by purchasing wedding supplies the bride and groom have picked out for the wedding.
Most importantly, offer your friends and family the convenience of an online gift registry.
Things to Ask Before You Register
Do you need an appointment? What is the store's return policy? How do they keep track of your registry and gifts? A computer database is the preferred method as it is the most quickly updated. How often to you update the registry? The more often the better so as to avoid as much duplication as possible. Other important questions are:
- How long does it take to get your gift registry up and running?
- Does the store have a toll-free phone line?
- Do they accept phone purchases?
- Do they have a Web site?
- Do they ship gifts? Any additional charge for this service?
A year after the wedding date is the ideal since guests have up to one year to purchase
a gift for you.
What Can You Register For?
While many couples still stick with the tried and true china, silver, and crystal, many more are branching out and availing themselves of the huge number of choices out there, from honeymoon trips to charitable donations.
- House accessories and gadgets
- Kitchen appliances and items
- China, crystal and silver
- Sporting goods
- Home improvements
- Garden supplies
- Mortgage down payments
- House cleaning services
If you go with traditional items like china and silver, you'll probably need to spend some time deciding on which patterns and styles both of you like before you actually venture out to register for it. Go window-shopping, browse online, or look at magazine ads to get some great ideas of what is available before registering.
The Gift Arrives Broken
Occasionally, a gift will arrive broken or damaged. If the gift was sent directly by a department store, you can contact the store. Their customer service department will most likely see to the replacement of the gift.
Even with computer registry, duplicate gifts happen. It is not necessary to tell the gift giver that you returned their gift. Simply return the gift and select another item in exchange.
Try calling the store to see if you can track the gift that way. If it didn't come from a store, check the package for a hint as to where it came from, geographically speaking. Hopefully that can help you narrow it down. Also check with your parents and close friends, maybe they can help you determine the mystery giver.
When the Wedding is Called Off
When a wedding is called off or canceled, all of the gifts need to be returned to the givers, even the monogrammed and personalized ones. Include a brief note with each gift you're returning; thanking the person for their thoughtfulness and explaining that the wedding will not be taking place.
Registry Dos & Don’ts
DO complete the registration process by the time you send out your invitations. You may want to register earlier so bridal shower guests can select items from your registry.
DO realize that just because you've registered for it doesn't mean you'll get it.
DO register for enough gifts with respect to your wedding list. If you've invited 300 people, make sure and register for that many gifts.
DO register at a wide variety of locations that all your guests will have access to.
DO register for items with a variety of price ranges so that guests have a choice of gifts to select from.
DO keep track of every gift you receive and who gave it to you (you will need this later for writing your thank you notes).
DO plan for guests who bring their gifts to the reception instead of having it sent directly to you. Set aside a gift table where guests can leave their gifts. You'll want a special basket or box for envelopes that contain money. Assign someone to be in charge, making sure to tape the cards to the packages and guide people to where they can leave them.
DON'T select items that are so expensive that few people you know can afford them.
You Must Thank People for their Gifts
You must send a thank you note for every wedding (shower, engagement, etc.) gift you receive. The note must be written by the bride or the groom. Unlike other wedding tasks, this one cannot be delegated. The thank you notes must be sent out in a timely fashion. This means two weeks for gifts received before the wedding. For gifts received after the wedding, one month is recommended.
Tips on Thank You Notes
- Buy all your wedding thank you note stationery and supplies early on and keep it handy.
- Keep careful track of who gave you what.
- Write the note as soon as possible after receiving the gift.
- If you have several notes to get out at once, prioritize them according to which gift giver is most likely to be offended by a late note.
- For notes written before the wedding, you must use your maiden name.
- Make sure both of you do your part in writing those notes.
- Mention the gift in detail in the thank you note and add a line or two on how much you enjoy it or how you plan to use it.
- Add a conversational line or two to make the thank you note more personalized.
- If the gift was money, thank them for their generosity or generous gift and mention what you plan to use it for. Never mention the amount.
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Being a Bridesmaid Can Be a Pricey Proposition!
When you are asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding, you typically assume you'll have to pay for your bridesmaid dress, but there are several other expenses you'll incur along the way!
Here's what the average bridesmaid in 2009 spent leading up to the wedding:
|Bachelorette Party Expenses||$152|
|Bridal Shower Gift||$72|
|Bridesmaid Dress (All Purchases Over Time)||$431|
|Bridesmaid Dress Alterations||$56|
|Hotel (per night)||$140|
|Manicure (plus tips)||$32|
|Outfit for Rehearsal Dinner||$71|
|Rental Car (per day)||$88|
|Shoes for Bridesmaid||$49|
|Wedding Gift from Bridesmaid||$117|
Add these up to a whopping $1836! In tight economic times, it's good to know ahead of time all the costs you are likely to incur so you can budget and plan for them.
How much do you plan to spend? Do you have any money saving tips for other bridesmaids? Let us know!
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In lieu of the formal readings or traditional vows, why not take a few liberties to personalize your ceremony and make it uniquely you?
Some of our favorite ideas include:
- Write and read your own vows to one another. You can structure them by including all the things you fell in love with, why you are thankful for one another, and what promises you make to one another. There are several great books you purchase with creative ideas on writing meaningful and original vows.
- My sister has an incredible voice and she sang to her husband at the alter. It was beautiful and breathtaking. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
- Coordinate with your officiate to have all of the married couples in attendance stand. Have them sit in increments of those married less than 5 yrs, less than 10 yrs, 20 yrs, etc ... until you are left with one couple standing who has been married the longest. I was at a wedding where the couple had been married 63 years. Everyone applauded them and the officiate challenged the couple to reach that goal and to look as happy, healthy, and in love at that age. It was incredibly touching.
- Include the story of how you met in your ceremony. Your guests will appreciate sharing in your love story.
- At my own wedding, rather than decorating the chapel with flowers, each female guest was given the symbol of love, a single red rose. The ushers presented them from large vases at the entrance as they were seating each attendee.
- Greet guests with music as they arrive at the ceremony. A traditional string quartet is beautiful, or you can be original with an acoustic guitar or even mariachis!
- Place something in each seat for your guests. Rice or confetti to toss after the vows, is a great touch. Wedding bubbles are always popular too. You can really set a festive tone with party poppers filled with streamers for the guests to unleash after "I Do"! Check out WhereBridesGo.com for creative wedding boxes, pouches, and personalized gift tags for your guest goodies.
Do you have unique idea for your wedding? Share it with us! We would love to read and share what you are doing to make your wedding creative and original!
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Hundreds of beautiful palettes and patterns, color ideas and inspirations can be found at COLOURlovers!
Once you've found the perfect palette for your wedding, visit WhereBridesGo.com to find matching wedding accessories and wedding favors!
Create personalized wedding party gifts that double as decorative "place cards" at your head table.
Doubling as a wedding reception accessory and a super cute bridesmaid gift, these Flower Bouquet Reception Vases are a bride's best friend!
Both statuesque in form and stylish in appearance, these one of a kind floral vases provide a helpful service on your big day while remaining a treasured keepsakes for all your favorite girls all the days after!
Simply place these vases at the head table to give the bridesmaids a place to keep their bouquets safe as they dance the night away! At the end of the evening, they'll gladly take home the personalized vase filled with their beautiful, floral arrangement. Measures 3 1/2" x 7" tall.
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When planning your ceremony, it can be helpful to create a ceremony worksheet. This will help ensure you haven't overlooked anything important. The outline below can serve as your guide. Be sure to speak with your officiate for his/her input, as well. If you are marrying in church, temple, or other religious venue, there can be specific rules and requirements by which you must abide.
Ceremony Worksheet Outline
Ceremony site reserved:
Cost for site (some religious venues simply request a donation):
Date of ceremony (be sure to confirm!):
Ceremony time - From: To:
Name of officiate:
Officiate's telephone #:
Officiate's email address:
Officiate's fee (if any):
If you are incorporating music or performances in your ceremony, indicate your music selections and performances in the appropriate area of the checklist, as well.
Seating of Guests (who will your ushers be?)
Seating of Parents (who will escort each?)
Procession (names of participants and order of procession):
Giving Away (i.e. who gives this bride .... ideas to make it unique):
Reading and/or prayers (name of readings and verses):
Readers (who will be presenting each reading or verse):
Exchange of Rings:
Pronouncement of Marriage:
Benediction or Blessing:
Recessional (names and order):
Signing of the marriage license (In most cases, this actually happens after the ceremony, however you can actually incorporate this into the ceremony if your officiate will allow it!)
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Typically almonds are placed at each guest table setting as favors. They are presented in wedding favor boxes or tulle bags (called bomboniere) and are often personalized with the couple's names and wedding date.
You can also include a popular Jordan Almond poem to let your guests in on the tradition!
Jordan Almonds for Thee
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat,
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife:
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
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You don't have to spend a fortune to prepare this pampering gift. Load cosmetic bags or totes with scrubs, lotions, lip gloss, a compact, and a loofah for a perfect spa bag. You can even add a robe and slippers to larger totes for a more elaborate thank you! Don't forget to add a touch of personalization either by monogramming the bag or including a handwritten note. Leave these in the rooms of guests who have traveled a long distance to indulge in a little R 'n' R before the festivities begin.
A little less pricey, but equally appreciated, is the more traditional welcome basket! Include bottled water (add custom labels), munchies, teas, and coffees. You can include an itinerary of the wedding festivities, as well as maps to the venues and personalized thank you note to let your guests know how much you appreciate them making the trip.
Thank your wedding party with personalized picnic bags. A wine caddy filled with a bottle of wine and stuffed with a baguette and cheese is a guaranteed hit! You can include personalized bottle openers and wine toppers for an extra special touch. Top off the gift with a set of personalized wine glasses.
- 29% A-Line
- 15% Princess
- 14% Ball Gown
- 12% Mermaid/Sheath
- 6% Empire
The Perfect Hour-Glass Figure
Okay, so you've got a figure even Marylin Monroe would be envious of!
Do consider... A nice A-Line gown paired with a v-neck or scoop-neck to fully flatter your figure.
Short Waisted and Petite Figures
Do consider... an A-Line gown to elongate your waist and make you appear taller. Since the top of the dress gently blends into the flared skirt, it gives a long and lean look.
Think twice about... a ball gown. The ball gown may simply swallow you whole. You want everyone to see YOU walk down the aisle -- not a big gown with a person hidden in it!
Do consider... a ball gown. You will look like an absolute Princess walking down the aisle. Also consider a Sheath silhouette - there aren't too many of us who can get away with wearing them. If you've got it, we suggest you flaunt it!
Do consider... a gown that will draw attention to the upper half of your body. The Silhouette isn't quite as important as the neckline you select. The idea is to flatter your shoulders and chest while drawing focus away from your hips.
Full Figure and Plus Size
Do consider... a ball gown or A-Line gown. The ball gown is full and will hide many figure problems in the lower areas. An A-Line will flatter practically any figure.
Think twice about... mermaid silhouettes, thin straps, and sleeveless gowns. Instead, focus on drawing attention to your best features. Wear short or long sleeves to cover upper arm troubles and consider a scoop or v-neck to flatter your chest and neck.
- Smaller weddings with fewer guests
Brides and grooms are trimming the fat off their guest lists to help keep the costs down. Look for immediate family, close family friends, and close friends of the bride and groom to receive invitations. 2nd cousins, "work friends", and friends of relatives may not make the cut in 2009. If the bride or groom will be meeting the person for the first time at their wedding, it's unlikely they'll be on the invite list this year!
Tip: Save money on your invitations when you order online!
- Destination weddings
While it may intuitively seem like destination weddings are more expensive, in many cases they are much cheaper than a traditional wedding for several reasons:
1) the guest list is typically much smaller;
2) destination weddings are often held at all-inclusive resorts;
3) destination weddings often serve as the honeymoon, too!
Tip: Enjoy a beach-themed wedding at your favorite destination resort. Use beach themed invites, wedding favors, and wedding party gifts! Take 10% off at http://www.wherebridesgo.com with coupon code BLOG.
- Accent colors - everywhere!
Popular 2009 hues are greens and blues.
Forget the traditional all white wedding. 2009 brides are adding a punch of color to their wedding cakes to save money over elaborate fresh floral decor. Sure, bridesmaids have always had the funky colored dresses, but modern brides really know how to tie it all together when tightening the budget belt. 2009 Brides will look to save money on elaborate floral centerpieces by using color in their table linens and opting for simpler centerpieces. Look for color splashes in the wedding accessories, wedding gown, tuxedos, and reception chair covers, as well.
Tip: Choose wedding accessories with color to add personalization and visual impact! Visit http://www.wherebridesgo.com/ for a HUGE selection of custom color wedding accessories.
- Increased reliance on family and friends to help plan, pay for, and provide certain "professional" services
Modern brides and grooms tend to be in their late twenties and early thirties, independent, and professional. This has led to a trend of brides and grooms footing all or part of the bill for their own weddings. With a tightening economy, look for brides and grooms to lean on parents more, not just for the bill, but possibly in lieu of hiring certain professional services.
Tip: Be careful not to cut back on services you may regret later. There really is no substitute for the quality of a professional photographer and videographer. The professional services of an experience DJ or wedding band/MC are absolutely invaluable if you are planning are large formal reception.
- Increased use of green and echo friendly products and services
Brides Go Green (TM) in 2009! The trend will be toward earth friendly wedding favors, invitations, and everything green (where possible). Brides will even begin using online RSVP’s over the traditional mail-in RSVP for the wedding!
Tip: Look for green wedding favors and eco-friendly wedding favors!
- Simplified decorations, centerpieces and wedding invitations
With the trend toward pinching pennies, brides in 2009 will have one thing in common ... simple. Simple centerpieces, simple (yet elegant, of course) decor, and simple invitations. The complexity will be in the hues, but simple will rule the setting. Think reusable when it comes to centerpieces, think dual-use when it comes to placecards, and think practical when it comes to wedding favors!
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- Off-peak weddings
October will become the new June! Many venues offer substantial off-season and off-peak day/hour weddings to complete their bookings.
Tip: Check wedding venues for discounts on Mornings, Afternoons, Fridays, and Sundays. Be sure to ask ... you will be AMAZED at the HUGE savings available, even at the most expensive and exclusive venues.
- Buffet meals, Hors d’oeuvre, and cocktail receptions
Brides will be looking to save on the food and cocktails (one of the largest expenses related to the wedding!)
Tip: Don't assume a buffet is cheaper. It's usually not! Price out the buffet vs the plated dinner at your venue. Rather than an appetizer table, have servers hand-carry Hors d’oeuvres. Your guests will eat fewer (so you need to purchase less). For the cocktails, consider open beer and wine for a fixed period, then switch to cash bar. Have 100% cash bar for hard/premium liquors.
Do you have GREAT money saving ideas to share with brides? Post them here with Where Brides Go (TM)! We'd love to share your unique ideas with other brides.