Wedding Registry Tips For When You Don’t Need Another Toaster

June 6, 2015

This post was sponsored by Best Buy, however all opinions are entirely my own.

When Jeremy and I started moving into the house I said to him, “What on earth will we put on our wedding registry? We don’t need the typical wedding registry items.” We could probably replace a few towels and use a handful of extra dish cloths, but between the two of us we had lots of stuff. We are both in our 30’s and maintained households before we were engaged. The average age at which a woman got married in the US in 2014 was almost 27 and for men it was nearly 30. When most people reach that age, they have already started to collect housewares. Many other couples are facing the same dilemma that Jeremy and I are: what do do you put on your wedding registry when you don’t need another toaster? The answer came from a friend of ours who stated that she gave a custom spotify glass plaque to one of her friends who was having the same issue that we were having, and it really got me thinking about the type of gifts we would be receiving. Fortunately, we have friends who are creative thinkers and can come up with great ideas if they wanted to give personalized gifts.

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Jeremy and I do need (or want) some big ticket items, that I would feel guilty putting on a wedding registry. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated to buy an expensive gift. Items such as a Nest Learning Thermostat would help us manage our heating and cooling bill, but it isn’t in our budget for immediate purchase. I certainly wouldn’t want or expect a guest to pay $249.99 for one, but what if several guests could “pitch-in”? I discovered that Best Buy Wedding Registry offers “group gifting”. Items that are priced over $200 are eligible for group gifting, and guests can contribute as much (or as little) as they like toward larger items with gift cards earmarked for a specific purchase.

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If you aren’t sure what you might want or need, Best Buy has lists available online that suggest items that you might want to register for; these curated lists include suggestions for a Starter Registry, Explorer, Entertainer, Adventurer, Kitchen, etc. They make it easy for you to figure out what you want to add. They also have a Wedding Registry Checklist to help make sure you don’t miss anything important. You might also want to check out Susabella for some inspiration of wedding gift ideas you may want to request. It’s also a great site to go to if you’re attending someone else’s wedding and are in need of some ideas for what to get the bride and groom. Alternatively, if you aren’t sure about what to offer at a wedding, you might want to look at jewelry for the bride. Bridal gifts from a jeweler similar to could be the perfect keepsake and would help to make an already special day, marvelous.

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The options for personalizing your Best Buy Wedding Registry are nearly endless. You can add fun things like a great camera lens for your DSLR to help take beautiful honeymoon photos or capture family memories. The Best Buy Wedding Registry will let you leave notes for your guests, so that they understand why a certain gift is important to you.

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Consider fun ideas like registering for movies so that you can have date night or games that you can play together.

Two other great features of the Best Buy Wedding Registry are that you can favorite items on your list, and you can also share your registry on social media.

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Weddings can be stressful, but creating a wedding gift registry shouldn’t be. Best Buy has made it easy to add gifts that you want or need from brands that you love.

Are you getting married soon? Have you registered for wedding gifts anywhere? Feel free check out my own wedding registry for a few more ideas to add to your list.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Wedding Day Beauty Tips

March 5, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Colgate-Palmolive. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias.

Weddings are stressful. It doesn’t matter if you have an intimate wedding or hire a wedding coordinator, every bride wants her big day to be as perfect as possible and it’s easy to become stressed. It can be hard to look and feel your best when you’re stressed. I can’t personally help you out with your stress levels, but I can provide some advice and some tips to help you look your best. Even if you aren’t getting married, it’s great every day beauty advice.

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Wedding Photography Contracts: Wedding Wednesday

February 18, 2015

One of the largest allotted expenses in my wedding budget is on the Charlottesville wedding photography. I don’t care how beautiful your day is, you’ll regret not having beautiful pictures to help remember it (and show your children). You have to ensure that you’ve done enough research into the wedding photographers you’re considering and be certain that the gorgeous pictures they take, like Matthieu Lenz‘s, match your style. I have spoken with at least a dozen wedding photographers and I had a standard set of questions that I asked them. I created a printable list of what your photography contract should include. It is very important that all details are included before any contract is signed.
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Pinspiration with Pinterest: Wedding Wednesday

January 28, 2015

Are you planning a wedding? Have you been working hard finding the best wedding photographer Lynchburg has to offer? Or the perfect venue? Or the most spectacular dress you can? If this is the case then where do you go for wedding inspiration?
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Wedding magazines are fun, but the volume of information in a magazine is limited.
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The internet contains a wealth of knowledge and information on wedding planning (like my Wedding Wednesday series). Do you know what style your going for? Do you want your wedding to be formal, elegant, rustic, or casual? Do you have specific flower in mind for arrangements and bouquets? Pinterest boards make it easy to find ideas and plan for your wedding. When wedding planning using Pinterest you can find the perfect cake to show your baker, inspiration for floral arrangements, DIY projects, and so much more. Places like Pinterest allows users to find or at least get an idea of what they want for their events. Wedding planning is no different, even finding a good example of your wedding dress might lead to somewhere like Winnie Couture bridal gowns where you might be able to find your perfect gown or other Pinterest pages might give you a good idea for your bridal color scheme.

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Wedding Planning 101:Wedding Wednesday

January 20, 2015

Congrats on your engagement! I’m assuming that is why you’re visiting. If you’re helping someone plan a wedding. give yourself a high five for being a cool friend/relative. Planning a wedding can be a huge undertaking, and often one of the most stressful events of a woman’s life. Once the initial “high” of getting engaged wears off, you’re left with a beautiful new piece of jewellery (white gold engagement rings are my personal favourite if your other half has asked for inspiration and you’re not sure what to suggest) but you’re also left with the realities of wedding planning. Today I’m going to chat a little bit about wedding planning. I’m in the midst of planning my own wedding, and I want to share my journey and advice. I’ve included a few free printables to help you get started. In the weeks and months ahead there will be more printables, advice from industry professionals, money saving tips, and a few surprise giveaways to help make your wedding planning as smooth as possible.

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Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Proposals

January 6, 2015

Occasionally readers and friends ask me how he “popped the question”. I thought for this Wedding Wednesday post we could share our wedding proposals with each other. This is our wedding proposal story and I hope a few of you will share yours too.
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“Deerly” Beloved DIY Cake Topper with Cricut Explore

September 22, 2014
This post is sponsored by Cricut and is part of Design Space Star
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Unique cake toppers can be hard to find, and they can also be expensive. I am currently planning my own wedding and bridal shower, and it has been challenging to find pieces that I fall in love with. My teammates for Cricut’s Design Space Star chose a “woodlands” party theme. I decided that would be a great opportunity to design a few potential pieces for my own wedding and bridal parties. I created a cake topper suitable for several occasions. It was inexpensive, quick, and different.  This isn’t your typical “cookie cutter” cake topper.
Image files needed:
  • Stag
  • Doe
  • Heart
  • Banner
  • Laurel
  • Assorted heavy cardstock dependent on theme and color scheme
  • Wooden dowels
  • Glue
  • Cricut Explore
  • Cricut Design Space installed on your computer


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Load the image files onto Cricut Design Space and cut them out on desired cardstock.
The length of your support dowel rods will be dependent on the thickness of your cake. I cut the dowel rods for my project 5 1/2 inches long. I began by gluing the stag and doe on the banner, taking care to center them as much as possible. I glued the laurel to the back of the banner, doe, and stag. I cut a small rectangular backing strip to fit across the back of the topper to cover the dowels. I glued the dowel to the back of the cake topper, and glued the rectangular backing over the dowels. I centered the heart and glued it to the front of the banner. I used a small book as a weight while the project dried.
Here are a few extra ideas and tips:
  • You could use a single stag or doe silhouette for a baby shower.
  • Metallic cardstock is beautiful in person but does not photograph well.
I have also created matching cupcake wrappers and thank you bags, and I will show you those in a later post.
Do you have any great DIY wedding or party ideas? I would love to know what you’re making.