by: Lauren

I remember when I first got engaged, and my mom kept asking me if my husband (then fiance of course) had registered yet. I didn’t really see much of a point to it at the time, but now I most definitely see the benefits! The beauty of having a wedding registry is that you can register for items that you might not buy for yourself. Or, if you’ve been living together already, you can use your wedding registry as a way to upgrade some of the items that you currently have- especially if you’re still crossing your fingers every time you turn on your blender, hoping it’ll work just one more time!

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But I know what you’re thinking- how do you choose what to even register for? Well friends, after almost 8 years of marriage, I can most definitely tell you that we *did* end up using some from our registry, and we also ended up just not using items too. So today, I want to share a few tips for how to decide on what to register for- because after all, don’t we all want to avoid having to make returns and having useless things fill up our cabinets?

Use an example checklist.

It always helps to have some idea of where to start, so I recommend using a checklist as an example. Usually wherever you’re registering will have one available for you. I personally love the checklist that Bloomingdales has for their registry!

Register to accommodate your lifestyle.

Not everyone has the same lifestyle, so make sure that the items you register for fit into YOUR life. If you’re not big on cooking, maybe register for some home goods instead. For my husband and I, we love cooking, so the kitchen gadgets were our go-to registry items. We’re pretty big foodies, and really into fruits and veggies, so if we could do it all over again, we would have registered for something like this awesome Braun PureMix Countertop Blender. 

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Truth be told, we didn’t even register for a blender, but we most definitely wish we had now!

Don’t be afraid to go outside of the kitchen department!

If cooking isn’t your thing, you can absolutely register for items that are outside of the “typical” registry items! Home goods like sheets and towels are always a good idea. Even electronics- so if you need a new DVD player or maybe speakers, register for them! Oh, and I *highly* recommend registering for a good set of luggage- after all, you’ll be going on a honeymoon, right?! And if you don’t receive the “extras” as gifts? The awesome thing is that you *typically* do receive some kind of discount on unpurchased registry items, so you can get them for yourself!

Keep your space in mind.

Do not forget to keep in mind *where* you would be storing items you register for if you receive them. The worst thing is having to choose between gifts because you don’t have anywhere to put them. So as you’re registering for items, also think about where you would put them.

Upgrade what you already have.

Registering for your wedding is a great excuse to upgrade what you already have- providing that you don’t already have the best of the best! Go for that matching set of china and flatware, or that high tech coffee maker! A few other things you could upgrade: knives, barware, and luggage!

 

So friends- have you started your wedding registry yet? What did you end up registering for that you didn’t think of right away? Comment below to let us know!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De’Longhi Group. The opinions and text are all mine.



by: Lauren

Alli and Michael’s Pensacola wedding was nothing short of simple elegance. The neutral color palette of whites, grays, and blush provided a perfect backdrop to the lush greenery and driftwood pieces that accented the design of the day. They celebrated under twinkle lights and stars, with the sounds of the ocean setting a calming ambiance.

We absolutely love the beautiful watercolor map that immediately gave guests a feel for what to expect from the day upon receiving their invitations, and it was a perfect representation of their style. We love seeing the fun details that Aislinn Kate Photography captured from Alli and Michael’s day, and we hope you enjoy!

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We love that they chose to end their night with a spirited pom pom send-off with their guests. We always love seeing different ideas couples have for their exits!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer:  Aislinn Kate Photography // Floral Designer: Fiore of Pensacola // Event Designer: PS Weddings // Reception Location: Palafox Wharf Waterfront  // Hair Stylist: Arrow Salon & Spa // Dress Designer: Augusta Jones // Transportation: Beach Bum Trolleys // Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaids // Cake Designer: Betty Weber Cakes // Dress Store: Carriage House // Bridesmaid Dresses: Ceremony By Joanna August // Ceremony Location: Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church // Venue: Margaritaville Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mr. Burch’s // Caterer: Nancys Haute Affairs // Makeup Artist: Sheryl Shwartz // Band: Teenage Daddy // Cinema and Video: Tower Drones

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Leah and Chris have a timeless style, and they carried it over into their classic Florida wedding in many aspects, including the black tuxes with bowties and Leah’s lace dress. The soft pinks and blues and large loose blooms added to the garden feel that they incorporated in not only their florals, but also the stationery and signs. This was a beautiful complement to the reception’s outdoor secret garden style space.

These two chose to get married in Leah’s hometown of Pensacola, and invited her childhood paster to perform their ceremony, which added an additional sentimental touch to their nuptials. Kaitlin Poirier Photo & Video captured all of the love and celebration from this beautiful day and we can’t wait for you to see!

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VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Kaitlin Poirier Photo & Video // Planning: Great Southern Weddings // Flowers: Fiore of Pensacola  // Catering: Nancy’s Catering and Events  // Band: Sweetwater Junction // Cake: Betty Weber Cakes // Rentals: Hemstitch Vintage Rentals // Beauty: Dawn of Beauty // Transportation: Go Retro Transportation // Ceremony Location: Old Christ Church // Reception Location: 5 eleven Palafox



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After a surprise engagement at their favorite Napa Valley vineyard, it was only fitting for Ali and Chris to tie the knot with vineyard inspired flair. Their Texas celebration included personalized mirrored pieces throughout with quotes such as: “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine.”

The bride chose a deep palette of purple and blue floral. She and Chris were married in an outdoor ceremony, under a lush floral arbor with natural wood touches. Wine barrels complimented the scene with flowing bouquets, soft acoustic guitar strums, and beautiful weather. We absolutely love that they carried their inspiration into cocktail hour with several specialty wines to reflect their love for Napa Valley. Fairy Tale Photography did a perfect job capturing the beauty of the day, and we can’t wait for you to see all of the fun details that Ali and Chris incorporated!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Molly Rasmussen and Pop Parties played a huge roll in the planning process. I originally was the girl who was against paying money for a planner (I thought I was super woman and could do it alone) and oh my gosh was I wrong. I wouldn’t change a thing and glad to have spent every penny on our wedding planner, Pop Parties. Junior at Garden gate also made a HUGE impact on the planning (and execution). 

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?  

I really just went with what I liked and people who were easy to work with. This is the most happiest time of your life, of course stress will come, but working with people who truly enjoy what they do makes the world of a difference. I didn’t spend too much time reading reviews because everyone’s expectations and taste are different. All of my vendors also worked so well together (and knew each other from previous parties) and that was so helpful and carefree day of!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?  

Napa/Sonoma! My husband and I travel there every year and drink lots and lots of wine. I wanted a destination wedding at first, until I realized we could bring “wine country” to Dallas! I wanted a casual atmosphere, outdoors, with wine and cheese- just like our nights in Napa and Sonoma. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The party. The dance floor opened up at 7 and didn’t die down once. There was never a moment that the dance floor was empty. Everyone just had the time of their lives. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Everyone says it goes by so fast, and it does….  Enjoy yourself. Do what you want- it’s your night!! Don’t worry about saying hi to every single guest (especially when you have over 250) and if you want to drink- drink! 

Thank you Ali and Chris for sharing your special day with us!

We love that this couple chose to closed out the evening with a private last dance to soak in their special day one last time before heading outside to a sparkler and fireworks send off. Now that is a way to exit for sure!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer:  Fairy Tale Photography // Lighting: Absolute Lighting // Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linen // Floral Designer: Garden Gate Floral // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Officiant: Love Notes // Event Planner: Pop Parties // Band: Project Band // Cinema and Video: Soul Box Productions // Dress Store: StarDust Celebrations // Cake Designer: Sugar Bee Sweets // Caterer: Tastefully Yours Catering // Reception Venue:  The Laurel // Dress Store: Warren Barron Bridal // Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas