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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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Vintage Finds For Weddings

Written by Jennifer Hansen

“Vintage” is the buzz word in our industry right now, especially when it comes to decor!  We love when our clients decide to think outside the box and check out their local second hand stores to find inexpensive, meaningful items for their wedding or event. We have found amazing barn doors, vases (cheaper then Michael’s), frames, centerpieces, seating and so much more at these great local businesses.  So grab a cup of coffee, your friends (or your better half if you can convince them) and go have some fun.

And just to show you how easy it is to find great items, Erin our savvy and creative intern, went on a walking excursion through downtown Newburyport to see what she could find that could be creatively implemented into a wedding.  Her finds are incredible and as always she exceeds our expectations.

 

Metal Tin ($16.50) Used to hold beverages at reception Found at Flukes & Finds

Metal Tin ($16.50) used to hold beverages at reception. Found at Flukes & Finds

 

“Love” Sign ($24) used to be hung up at wedding reception found at Ivy Lane

“Love” Sign ($24) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Air Plants (No Price Listed) A very different type of decoration for a wedding, but these plants are extremely popular now and could be used in the middle of tables or on food tables if it’s buffet style. Found at Ivy Lane

Air Plants (No Price Listed) A very different type of decoration for a wedding, but these plants are extremely popular now and could be used in the middle of tables or on food tables if it’s buffet style. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Glass Sparkly Candle Holders ($10) Used to fill with candles on tables. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Glass Sparkly Candle Holders ($10) Used to fill with candles on tables. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Brown Circular Centerpieces ($19.99) These are less fancy but they could be used in big vases for a rustic wedding. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Brown Circular Centerpieces ($19.99) These are less fancy but they could be used in big vases for a rustic wedding. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Mr. & Mrs. Pillow Set ($95) these could be used on the chairs of the bride and groom. Found at Ivy Lane

Mr. & Mrs. Pillow Set – these could be used on the chairs of the bride and groom. Found at Ivy Lane

 

Mint Dessert Holder (No Price Listed) used to hold cupcakes, desserts at reception. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

Mint Dessert Holder (No Price Listed) used to hold cupcakes or desserts at your reception. Found at Vintage Chic Boutique

 

Decorative Clothespins & Twine ($9) used to hang up pictures of the bride & groom. Found at Ivy Lane

Decorative Clothespins & Twine ($9) used to hang up pictures of the bride & groom. Found at Ivy Lane

 

“Every Day I Love You” Sign ($29) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

“Every Day I Love You” Sign ($29) used to be hung up at wedding reception. Found at Ivy Lane

 

 

{INDUSTRY NEWS} The Billion Dollar Wedding

As wedding planners, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t at least acknowledge the billion dollar wedding that took place this past week in Russia.  The groom, Said Gutseriev, the son of a Russian oil tycoon, and the bride, Khadija Uzhakhova, a dental student, took extravagance to a whole new level with their wedding.  The bride and groom transformed Moscow’s opulent banquet venue, Safisa, with walls of floor to ceiling fresh flowers,  and stunning  lighting displays all for their 600 guests who were delivered to the venue by a fleet of Rolls Royces.  But the decor wasn’t the only show-stopper.  The bride wore a custom jewel encrusted Ellie Saab gown that weighed  more then 25 pounds!  And as only a billion dollar wedding can, the entertainment for the night consisted of live performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias.  We will all have to stay tuned for part 2 of these extravagant nuptials as there is rumored to be a second reception taking place in London very soon.

 

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{VENDOR SPOTLIGHT} Pretty Poppy

Written by Erin Budzyna, Intern

Have you ever wondered where you could purchase inexpensive bridal party gifts and accessories locally?  Pretty Poppy located on 43 Pleasant Street in Newburyport, MA is a perfect place to purchase bridesmaids gifts, bridal jewelry, and wedding decor.  Listed at low prices you can find beaded sashes to accent bridal dresses, or even sterling silver initial necklaces to hand out to your bridesmaids and maid of honor.  You will also find bride/bridesmaid tote bags, wooden frames to capture the day, and cake testing sets printed with MR. & MRS.  If you are planning to purchase a bigger, sophisticated gift there are beautiful dish options from Mariposa, elegant pieces made with recycled aluminum and handcrafted glass.  All of the wedding products at Pretty Poppy will help brighten your wedding day and accent the decor of your venue.

 

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Who Needs Kleinfeld’s When There’s The Mall?

Written by Tania Atkinson

There is  a new crop of wedding dress designers and you won’t find them at your local bridal shop.  In fact, you may find your perfect designer wedding dress at the mall! Modern brides are looking to their local “go to” fashion chains to find their wedding dresses.  For the past decade, there had been an increase in the number of wedding party dresses coming from stores like Ann Taylor, J.Crew and Talbots; stores that many women already shop at for their “every day” looks. Now, it’s the bride who is also shopping there for her special day!

When store and online retailers like J. Crew and Mod Cloth started designing lines just for the bride, the response was overwhelming. Women were thrilled to have their favorite designers creating wedding dresses in a similar style to what they already like.  Of course, this in nothing new in the high end fashion world, but in a generation where brides are often paying for their weddings themselves, a wedding gown with a price tag upwards of $5,000 and $10,000, is not something that is in the cards for them.  With chain retailers selling gowns under $1,000, this is a win-win situation for many.  Brides are even going a step further in showing their brand loyalty by choosing a dress for their wedding day that isn’t necessarily strictly a “wedding dress”!  After all, who says you need to wear a runway fashion or even a wedding gown on your special day?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dreaded “Bridesmaid Dress”

Written by Tania Atkinson

How exciting it is when your friend asks you to be a part of her special day by being a bridesmaid! Whether you know it’s coming or you’re utterly shocked when asked, it always elicits a nice feeling…at least for a short while.  After the screams and hugs and tears of emotion pass and the room quiets down, the realization that a bridesmaid dress will be needed.  And then the panic sets in…. “Will I get to choose the dress, or am I going to be assigned something?”  ‘How much is this thing of beauty going to set me back?” and of course “after I pay all this money for the dress, that I may not even like, what am I going to do with the thing after the wedding?”

Thank goodness for fashion trends!  And girls, the trends these days, are in your favor!

“You Buy it, You Pick it”

This is the best phrase a soon-t0-be bridesmaid can hear!  Whether it be that brides are giving up a little control or that they are finally listening to those horror stories of bridesmaids from time gone by (otherwise known as the 90’s).  Either way, we are seeing a lot more wedding parties displaying various style dresses and colors that the “wearer” has chosen, and therefore, could it be…likes?!

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“I pick the color, you pick the style”

Okay, this may not be ideal for all you bridesmaids-to-be, but it’s a step in the right direction, and actually looks better in pictures.  This is kind of a “win-win” for bride/bridesmaid decision making.  (Or lose-lose if your a glass half empty kind of girl….).  In this case, which we see a lot of, the bride chooses the color but the bridesmaid gets to pick a style that is flattering to her body type and in a style that she likes and feels comfortable wearing.

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“Here’s what you’re wearing, like it or not. But you can choose the color”

Another scenario that isn’t ideal for all body types, but getting to choose the shade means you can get close to what looks good on you. This scenario also looks beautiful in pictures and makes many brides very happy.

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“You’re all wearing the same dress, but don’t worry, you can wear it again”

The dreaded lie we were all fed in the 80’s and 90’s!  Let’s be honest ladies….the only time those bridesmaid dresses were ever worn again was by our daughters when they played dress up or to halloween parties!  (Neither of those scenarios offset what we spent on those monstrosities).  However, I can now honestly say, you absolutely can wear a bridesmaid dress again.  Color palates are more universally flattering and styles are taken from formal wear trends rather then from a “bridesmaid-only” style.  And now that bridesmaids are given some choice in the decision process, we are seeing more and more bridesmaid dresses making reappearance at wedding by guests, and at holiday parties, mitzvahs and even out on dates!

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So ladies, don’t despair! Brides and fashion designers are on your side!  For the most part, they want you to look as good as you can while making sure those pictures also look memorable (in a good way).  Embrace that bridesmaid dress and wear it with pride.  Walk down that aisle like its a runway at fashion week and show those guests that the bride has gorgeous friends, sisters, and sisters-in-law,  and rock that dress!

 

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