Packing & Stacking: Creating Your Wedding Registry

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The hub and I are in the thick of packing, (which by the way is one of a few things I can't stand doing) and again, it amazes me how much junk we accumulate in such a short amount of time. I mean, didn't we just go through this!? So here I am sorting out what to keep, toss and give away and I come across a couple things I wanted from our wedding registry that got little to no use: wall art, a rolling pin, the spice rack I had to have... I consider myself pretty open when it comes to trying out new recipes but I never got around to using marjoram, caraway or coriander- does anyone? Needless to say, that gorgeous stainless steel spice rack has been a dust magnet for the past couple years.

I thought i'd offer a few practical tips from my personal experience when setting up your registry. I hope this helps!

Take time to discuss each room & prioritize your list
We went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and just felt overwhelmed. We hadn't decided on the style/vibe "together" beforehand, so it was a little bit of what he wanted and a little bit of what I wanted without any real continuity of design for our space. Keep in mind the size of each room and consider functionality, versatility as well as longevity of products.

Forecast your entertaining needs
The one thing I wish I paid more attention to rather than buying the essentials was serving ware. Looking back, essentials are something you can buy at any given time, whereas the statement pieces, like a signature pasta bowl are staples in your collection that showcase personality in your home. You may or may not throw a ton of formal dinner parties but it would be nice to have a handful of heirloom worthy pieces on deck for special occasions.

Scanning is not the end all
Using the scanning gun can be thrilling but each store has a different variety of goods in stock. Be sure to take your time to also surf through the company's website for other "online only" items you may have missed in person and take into consideration what reviewers are saying to compare each product. 

Seasonal Shopping
If you're browsing during the fall or summer, you may run into a lot of seasonal items so if you aren't too pleased with the inventory, credit or gift cards are the way to go till you come across a 'must-have!'

Ask your friends what items have been top rank for their daily living
We all have different lifestyles but oftentimes it's helpful to get perspective on what has helped others get by. While an automatic espresso machine may be an everyday necessity for others, a juicer might be better suited for your needs. 

Now or later?
Your heart may be set on a portable fire pit for your future backyard, but that is always something you can purchase later, rather than taking up precious space in your tiny balcony or storage closet. If you can't use something in the next six months, maybe it's something you don't need to have right now... just sayin' :)

A la Mod

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Most weeks I know exactly what i'm going to write about. But there are those weeks that occasionally creep up on me and before I know it the end of the week is here without a single word written. This is one of those weeks.  (Shame on me, i know)! It's not like me to completely skip a week so while the baby is napping and with the movie "Hairspray" softly playing in the background, i'm getting my few minutes of semi-alone blog time in :)

A few weeks ago I featured my friend Irene's mod-inspired fall wedding. Before I even laid my eyes on her gorgeously detailed wedding, I'd already decided I was going to do something vibrant, funky, a spring-summery mod wedding so to speak, with my own lil' twist on it of course. Admist packing and spring cleaning, i've been pretty busy- hunting down the right dress, heels, accessories, grooms outfit, props and all the other countless details that go into planning a styled shoot. 

My ipad is full of images I saved and went back and forth on and although I won't show you the actual pieces that made the cut just yet, I'll leave you with a few photos that inspired me. If you're a bride who has a zillion ideas you love but not sure how it'll all flow together, I encourage you to use Pinterest and PicStitch to piece your photos together. It'll make a world of difference, I promise!

Wishing you a relaxing week end and hopefully next time we meet, I can share some actual photos of the shoot itself!

Detachable Trains: Two Dresses in One

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wedding dress trains- you either love them or you hate them. Many brides I know dislike the feeling of a heavy dress and yet trains are so wedding gown-esque! I mean, how many events can you rock a train to? Unless you're a red carpet regular, you'd be a tad out of place. I love the idea of a bold train for the ceremony and a short reception dress. Fun, youthful, elegant and classy all at the same time and you get to show off your killer heels or fabulous flats... A win all-around without putting a damper on your wallet!

Papilio by Marina Danilova

Demetrios Ilissa 518 

Demetrios Illisa 526

Demetrios Young Sophisticates 2856

Jasmine F421

Jasmine F479

Detachable Train Prom Dress by Shimmer

Etsy Says I Do!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Etsy, our favorite vintage and handmade site just announced they're offering a wedding registry! I really wish this was around when I was getting married, but I suppose one could also use the registry to start a wish list for a housewarming or something like that as well. I put together a few oddities I wouldn't mind having; abstract wall decor and imported trinkets for the home. Of course there are a ton of choices from custom jewelry to rare furniture pieces available and if you don't need another mixing bowl from Bed, Bath & Beyond, perhaps it's time to accessorize your home with an eclectic assortment of etsyptional treasures!

Mod 60s Glass Vases - OpheliaVintageHome
Original Painting Set "Cherry Blossom Tree" - JeanVadalSmith
Earrings Jewelry Holder Frame - OnTheWallUSA
Moroccan Tabletop Lantern - Decorsophy

In Our Home We Do Typography - OurHobbyToYourHome
Throw Pillows - WoodyLiana
Vintage Upholstered French Settee - EndOfBeige
Eco Mounted Return Address Stamp - ForYoo