Wedding Registry Gift List: Do’s and Don’ts

Creating a wedding registry list is certainly a good idea. I’d rather end up with items that I really wanted, rather than gifts that I’d never use or don’t particulary fancy. Giving your guests a guide into what you and your partner want makes their lives a whole lot easier. If you are in the middle of drawing up your gift list or are just thinking about it I have put together a few do’s and don’ts for you to consider…..

Do plan
I can’t stress this enough! In anything you do having a plan is always a great place to start. Now we all know that things don’t always go the way we planned them to, however having one in the first place gives you a sense of direction and helps you to focus. So, when it comes to creating your wedding registry this should be the first thing you and your partner do. Ask yourselves what do we need? If you end up with pages and pages of unnecessary items then I’d suggest you start the process of elimination, as it may be unlikely you’ll end up with everything listed. Put the items in order of importance and that way you’ll probably end up with that snazzy toaster you wanted rather than the polka dot cushion that you just thought was cute.

Don’t forget your guests
Remember when you were the guest? Having a look at your cousin’s gift list only to find out that the remaining items were way out of your budget! Keep your guests happy by making sure you have a wide range of prices within your list.  If you’re second guessing the rather expensive coffee maker, chances are that your guests will too. However, saying that, do register for a few high end items as well as the basics.

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Do register online as well as in store
There aren’t many that don’t know how to navigate through the internet nowadays, however don’t forget guests like great uncle Joseph who would rather pop into a store rather than spend hours figuring out how to work the mouse from the keyboard.

Don’t register too late
Give your guests plenty of time then keep your fingers crossed and you’re more likely to get that luxurious item on the wedding registry gift list.

wedding registry gifts do's and don'ts

Do consider non-traditional items 
When it comes to creating their list most people automatically think of blenders, toasters, coffee makers etc., which is fine but don’t be afraid to think out of the box. Is there a particular hobby you and your partner enjoy? What about theatre show tickets? Or even a tool kit. Your partner may be a DIY bug and has planned to add some personal touches to your new home, so a brand new tool kit could be just the thing. Another reason for going down the non-traditional route is that you may already be living together and have enough household items. Therefore, registering for the conventional items will be no good to you.

Do check return policies
There is a chance that you could change your mind or end up with two of the same item. A retailer with a good return policy is something to take into consideration. On the other hand, think about keeping that second wine glass set in case of any breakages.

Do say “thank you”
Keep a note of who each gift has come from so when it comes to writing your thank you notes you know exactly who bought what for you. Writing thoughtful personalised notes to each guest rather than something general will make them feel appreciated.

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Chalkboard Wedding Theme – They’re not just for school!

Table numbers, favours, place cards, table games, the possibilities are endless…just use your imagination and get creative!

Incorporating chalkboards into your wedding day can be a good idea, especially if you are on a small budget. There is a notion that they can look informal, but whoever believes that should think again. Take a look at my Pinterest board and you’ll find inspiration on both ends of the spectrum….

So, whether your wedding theme is formal or informal, you can still have elements of the chalkboard in your wedding. I’ve put together some images and ideas on how you can do this.

Guest Book
Set up a large chalkboard for guests to leave their signatures and messages. Another idea would be to have your guests write their message on a chalkboard and then take a Polaroid with it, just like this. All of the images can then be kept in a photo album.

chalkboard guest book

Let your guests leave short messages on your first name initials

Seating Chart
We’ve all walked past a pub and seen the famous chalkboard sign telling us the menu or entertainment for the day. Well who says you can’t do the same with your seating plan. All you need is your guest’s names and table numbers.

chalkboard seating chart

Save-the-Date Signs
If you have an engagement photo shoot incorporate a chalkboard into this and use these particular images to act as save the date cards.

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Ceremony Program
Write out your order of service and bridal party participants names on a chalkboard. This is one of my favourites as it saves a couple having to print out hundreds of programs that will probably be thrown away after the wedding. This is definitely a money saver!

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Tip: Get the help of a calligrapher to write on your boards if you want a clean and professional look

Considering using a few chalkboards for your wedding? Not on the High Street and Porter & Woodman, have some fantastic pieces to start you off!

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Rosa Clara 2013 bridal collection – Delving into colour!

It looks like the pastel trend may be continuing into 2013. Today we present to you the beautiful collection from Rosa Clara featuring candy like colours,  tulle, chiffon, satin and lace.

Rosa Clara opened in 1994 to provide quality fabrics and modern designs. The plan was to get distinguished designers to design wedding gowns, and so far these have included the likes of Jesús del Pozo, Lorenzo Caprile, Domo Adami and Christian Lacroix. The designers produce the dress and the pattern, while Rosa Clara owns the licence to produce and distribute the collections.

Take a look at the 2013 Bridal collection……

Rosa Clara 2013 bridal collection

This is the first collection of Rosa Clara’s that has incorporated colour into the dresses, and we think she’s made a good choice with the colour palette….soft, pretty and romantic!

Rosa Clara 2013 bridal collection

The dresses below could even be worn by bridesmaids. What do you think?

Rosa Clara 2013 bridal collection

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Wedding Idea of the week: Popsicle Cocktail Hour

Good morning my lovelies! Hope the sun’s out and shining wherever you are

When it comes to weddings I believe in the phrase “It’s your wedding, do what you want to do”.  So, going by this why not try a cocktail hour that is a little different from the norm….We like the idea of cocktail ice lollies!

If your wedding is taking place in the summer, these will serve as a great idea and with a vast array of cocktails available you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which one you want to serve on your special day.

Below I have provided you with a recipe to some delicious margarita ice lollies. And if your wedding will have children in attendance, I’ve also included a child friendly pineapple and mango smoothie recipe, so they don’t miss out!

Margarita ice lollies
Ingredients for 12

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (8-12 small limes, usually)
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 12 3 oz. disposable paper cups
  • 12 wooden ice lolly sticks or spoons

Instructions

  • Heat water and sugar in a small sauce pan until completely dissolved and the water is clear. Leave to cool.
  • Pour into a pitcher with lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur
  • Pour 2 1/2 ounces (5 Tbsp.) of margarita into each cup
  • Place cups into a baking dish and put the dish in the freezer
  • After about 2 hours, start checking the ice lollies. Once they’re frozen enough to support the wooden stick, insert a stick into each ice lolly, pushing 3/4 of the way into it.
  • Let freeze several more hours or until completely frozen
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Pineapple and mango smoothie ice lollies
Ingredients for 8

  • 200g Carnation Condensed Milk Light
  • 275g mango and pineapple pieces
  • 100ml orange juice

Instructions

  • Whiz the smoothie ingredients in a blender until completely smooth
  • Pour into ice lolly moulds and tap the ice lolly tray down gently to remove any bubbles
  • Freeze until solid
  • Serve immediately or keep in the freezer for about 1 week

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