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Wedding Registry Trends

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I can’t believe how much the wedding registry industry has changed since the early 2000’s.  It use to be that a couple would register at a major department store or a kitchen store for the basics like flatware, china, pots & pans, and linens.  Fast forward to the present and you’ll find limitless options for couples to choose from.  Everything is now online and there are even downloadable apps so couples can be notified when something is purchased or have it held to ship at a later date (I am not sure I like that one, seems rude).  So the options are as follows; traditional store registry like Macy’s, William Sonoma and Pottery Barn, where couples can find all of their “household” items.  There are also online registries like Newlywish.com and Zola to help couples curate a registry that aligns with their lifestyle.  Then for the couple that is high-tech you can register at Best Buy or for the trendy couple there is now Anthropologie.  If none of these appeal to you, there are even options like registering for your honeymoon at Honeyfund.com, or how about help with the downpayment on a home you want to buy via Hatchmyhouse.com. I’m by far not a very traditional person and consider myself someone that is open to new things and with every new generation comes change.  I will refrain from making the statement “when I got married…”, but some of these “new options” just feel a bit impolite and presumptuous.

In my research for this blog post I came across some really fun items that I think all couples would find useful…they’re modern, trendy yet somewhat traditional.

 

I will start with the Kitchen Aide Mixer which was actually popular in 1998 when I got married…I registered for the cobalt blue one (not sure what I was thinking on that color, but I do love it).

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I’ve always been a fan of  Kate Spade who started with just bags…of course she now has a full line of items for the home.  I love her overall esthetic which is clean, modern and somewhat whimsical.

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Another beautiful item is this clear glass pot available at the MoMA Store which of course has an option for couples to register!

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In case you missed it Juicing is HUGE…therefore why not register for one of these via William Sonoma.

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Every home should have WINE and a WINE CART, did you know there is a registry for wine…(I have no issues with this of course) check out Bottlenotes.com

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Can’t go wrong with a blender and a toaster, I fell in LOVE with the entire line of SMEG products…all of which have a sleek streamline design that would remind you of the 50’s.  As an added bonus they come in quite a few beautiful color palettes.

 

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The growing use of Succulents

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I personally fell in love with Succulents forever ago, but lately you will find them throughout many weddings and events. Couples are using them in their centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets and as favors for their guests.  Succulents come in various shades of green, soft pinks, grey and purple.  

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Perfect for any season, but are ideal for summer because they are very durable and hold up in the heat due to the fact that they naturally store water.  An added bonus for the couple that is trying to have a sustainable wedding…succulents can be replanted!  If you don’t want all your florals to be succulents ask your floral designer how they can coordinate them with other blooms you may love.

 

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