Guest Post: Save Yourself the Stress – Wedding Registries!

Enjoy the following Guest post from our friends at Wishpot!

When it comes to the wedding registry, there are a lot of different things you could ask for. One thing you do not want to do, however, is impulse register. Sister to the “impulse buy,” the impulse register will leave you and your husband with a pile of useless doorstoppers. It may also leave you lacking in key areas. For example, you may have three hampers (because you saw a couple cute ones and couldn’t help but ask for them all) but no spoons. And you’ve never realized how important spoons are until you don’t have any.

 The other trap you could fall into is asking for things you think you like but, once they’re in your home, hate. That funky rug could look really great in the store but make your living room look cluttered.

 Don’t end up without spoons and with clutter! Here are a few quick tips to avoid wedding registry disasters:

  1.  Get together with your hubby-to-be and figure out who has what. Get rid of duplicates, make note of things neither of you have.
  2. Don’t get trigger happy. If you see something cool, make sure it will fit in with your décor.
  3. Ask for advice. What are things people were glad they registered for? What are things they wish they hadn’t gotten?

 To help with that third step, here are a few ideas from our wise Wishpot experts!

Keep yourself organized and stylish with the Grandin Road – Hallway Organizer recommended by Cassandra.

Chic n Cheap Living recommends the Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher for a fun kitchen appliance.

Keep yourself organized and stylish with the Grandin Road – Hallway Organizer recommended by Cassandra.

Try something classy and cute: the European Starling Plate suggested by East Side Bride is both.

 Check out the experts for more items or our wedding blogs for other wedding registry tips!

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Guest Post: Making a Productive Wedding Registry

Here’s our montly blog post from Wishpot! Enjoy!

Wedding blogs can give you an abundance of ideas when it comes to your wedding registry. Want to register for your honeymoon? You can. Want to register for delicious dishes? You can! How about registering for a TV or camera? You definitely can. Your options are limitless, which means that it’s easy to get carried away. Before you jump in head first, sit down with your future hubby and decide what you could really use around the house. Okay, so it doesn’t seem quite as fun as registering for hair products, but it will be worth it when you’re putting your new home together.

Have a big back yard? Consider registering for plants. As you make your selection, keep in mind the color, smell, and potential size of the foliage. You will also want to think about what grows best in your geographical location and what would be best for your green-thumb (or lack-there-of). The Chanticleer Pear tree, for example, it a flowering tree, survives well in the Pacific Northwest, and will grow up rather than out. Great for planting next to your house!

Have a small apartment and a lot of stuff? Consider asking for some storage pieces. Getting storage means that you get to keep the stuff that there is no room for now, but there may be room for when you move into a larger home. To save on space, get storage boxes that can stand against a wall or slide underneath your bed.

Have a lot of wall space? Get some art! Check out local venders or, for a less expensive option, go online.

Go ahead and be creative, just toss in a couple items that are creative and productive for your future home. Happy registering!

Wishpot thanks Target.com, bigtreesupply.com, and homestoragewarehouse.com for pictures!

Guest Post: Wishpot Tells How to Make Your Wedding Stand Apart!

Here’s our monthly guest post from Wishpot! We hope you enjoy…

Spring is just around the corner, and so is wedding season!  We here at the Wishpot Wedding Blog are gearing up for a great 2010 season!  With ideas for decorations  from our Wishpot Experts, your wedding will stand out not only to your guests on the big day, but for a lifetime in memories and photos.  Paying attention to detail is important in making your event unique and special. Here are few suggestions for items that will make your wedding stand-apart this year:

Details are all about subtlety.  Small things make a big difference.  Try putting your favors in these small boxes picked out by Couture Events. Choose a color that reflects the palette of your wedding. They are small, and tidy. Putting them with the place settings will look elegant and simple, while still tying in other parts of your decorations.

Make the dance floor look custom-made, or the walls specifically designed for the event with these Decals. From our expert,Kate’s Wedding Blog, this item can really personalize a rented space. Guests will feel like this is a one-of-a-kind event.

Ribbon can be very versatile when decorating a wedding. From tying around favors, to using as sashes around chairs, the right ribbon can go along way. Try this decorative trim recommended by Wedding Savy. The ribbon does not have to be expensive, but the right placement will make your wedding look like a million bucks.

You can incorporate all of these small items in a variety of places to create hinting details of a distinctive event. Try scattering some of the small favor boxes on the table where guests can put gifts from the Wedding Registry, the juxtaposition of small and large will really bring the table from average to amazing. The decals can also go on doorways, welcoming guests in. Ribbon can be use to tie around vases of flowers, or in the hair of bridesmaids.

For more tricks and tips on decorating your wedding try  Southern Wedding‘s choice book, The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding.

We also want to thank The Wedding Lens for making Wishpot the partner of the month!

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Guest Post: Wishpot’s Wedding Trends for 2010

In addition to our wedding trends for 2010, our friends and partners at Wishpot have shared their thoughts with us! Hope you enjoy their monthly guest post!

This month Wishpot brings you our favorite wedding trends for 2010. From sashes to sleeves, these new trends are bound to leave you saying “I want that in my wedding!”

Sleeves are no longer seen as “old and boring” this year. Many brides are deciding to add sleeves onto their dresses to create a more elegant and distinctive feel that still leaves them feeling sexy and chic. Dresses like this gorgeous short sleeved dress are sleek and slimming to any bride’s figure!

 Birdcage veils are definitely a new hot trend for this year. They give you a graceful look without the hassle of the long traditional veil. Such a gorgeous new trend for any kind of wedding!

 Sashes, sashes, sashes! Everywhere you look these days plain white wedding dresses are getting spiced up by colorful sashes around the waist. From less expensive dresses to Vera Wang, this trend can be seen anywhere this year. Sashes accentuate a woman’s curves and can be a slimming tool as well.

 These days everyone is going green, even when it comes to your big day. Many brides are turning to eco-friendly wedding favors like these eco-friendly natural bamboo coasters from beau-coup! From wedding favors to recycled bridal gowns, green is the way to go this 2010!

 Gone are the days when brides only wear white. Brides are now turning to different colors for their gowns like this Vera Wang dress shown above. You will definitely stand out walking down the aisle in a non-traditional dress with some flash and color!

 For more ideas and tips for your wedding visit www.wishpot.com/weddings!

Guest Post: Tis’ The Season to Sparkle!

Here’s our monthly guest post from our friends at Wishpot! Happy holidays!

This holiday season many brides are looking for the right touch to their beautiful holiday wedding. And we at Wishpot believe that any holiday wedding needs some sparkle! This month Wishpot brings you some of our ideas on how to give your wedding a flashy makeover!

Still looking for that dress that dazzles? Wedding expert Monica Lewis suggests this beautiful sparkly Claire Pettibone wedding dress! It would no doubt leave a lasting impression on your big day! Want something modern and original? Fashion expert Colby Naranjo recommends this gorgeous Amsale wedding dress!

 Every bride needs her flashy accessories this holiday season. Wedding expert Monica Rae Gill suggests this gorgeous Applique cuff bracelet that will sparkle and shine while you walk down the aisle.  She also recommends these amazing art deco octagon diamond earrings. And lastly, to give that up-do a shimmering accessory, expert Couture Events suggests this dazzling hair comb.

For more ideas for holiday weddings go to Wishpot.com!

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Guest Post: Wedding Wall Decals!

This month’s guest blog post is all about wedding wall decals. Wall decals have taken the designing world by storm and for good reason. These pretty peel and stick designs can be used almost everywhere and are as easy to remove as to apply. Why not also use decals as part of your wedding décor? They make great backgrounds for playful pictures, just like photo booths, or prompts.   Plus no matter what style of wedding you are having there is a decal out there that will compliment the look you are going for.  And of course you can bring them home when the day is done.

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I found these decals in our wedding expert , Globetrotting Bride’s wish list. You should check it out she has tons more ideas. 

I love the whimsical tree with swirling branches from Dali Decals. (top left) Dali Decals has tons of custom made decals, in an assortment of colors that you can use for any occasion or room. You can even get your personal monograms made into a decal. How perfect is that for the wedding?

The dandelion decal (top right) is from Etsy designer Leen the Graphics Queen and she and I share a passion for dandelions. This decal is an original design so it is only available on Etsy. It is soft and playful and it would compliment a summer or fall wedding.

Another Etsy find is (bottom left) the fancy chandelier. Looking to add a touch of the romantic and elegant to your wedding? This Decal does the trick. And it is much less costly than an actual chandelier.

The love birds are from Velocity and they are wall candy for the eyes (the sunflowers are not part of the decal) the bright pink and blues are just fun. 

So consider decorating your wedding with wall decals it’s creative, less costly than almost any other type of decoration, and the best part you can use them again. 

~ gift girl

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