Registry basics.

  • There are no rules when choosing where you’d like to register. However, make sure you check with the store’s or site’s return and exchange policies. For example, can you return without a receipt? If so, will you get the full amount for the product as in-store credit or cash? Can your guests choose to have gift wrapping when shipping? If so, what are the fees?
  • Try to register for gifts that have a wide variety of price ranges.
  • Popular stores: Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohls, Bloomingdales, Target, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma.
  • Popular websites: Amazon, and Overstock.
  • Other ideas: travel agencies, the hotel where you’re honeymooning, or in lieu of gifts ask your guests to donate to your favorite charity.
  • Remember that it is a major faux-pas to include your registry information in the invitation. Let your family and wedding party spread the word about where you are registered.


Selecting your wedding party.

I love when I hear about the creative ways brides ask their favorite females to be in their wedding party. Even if it’s as simple as a card, it’s thoughtful to let the person know why you are asking them and how they’ve played an important part in your life.

When choosing your attendants, think about the people who will still be in your life 20 years from now. Your wedding photos will reflect your choice and your memories will be closely linked to those people in the photos.

Don’t forget to think about the costs involved in having a large wedding party—some considerations are attendant gifts, hair and make-up and transportation.


Quick tips for engagement party etiquette.

  • Anyone can choose to throw a newly engaged couple an engagement party (including the couple themselves).
  • The guest list should only include those who will be invited to the wedding*.
  • Engagement parties can be held at a local bar, someone’s house or a restaurant-it’s up to the host!
  • The formality of the party is the decision of the host, but if it’s an official engagement party it’s a good idea to sent out invitations

*If someone chooses to throw you an unofficial celebration, such as your work colleagues or someone at your church, it’s perfectly okay to accept the gesture without worrying that you have to invite the attending group to your wedding.

Will you be having an engagement party to celebrate the announcement?


Real Wedding: Kerrie and Craig

I had the pleasure of planning Kerrie and Craig's August wedding. From sipping cocktails at a local lounge for their signature cocktail inspiration to dress fittings and decor meetings, I always had a great time with the couple. They got married at Gallery 1261 in Denver. Kerrie was a somewhat untraditional bride and she wanted a whimsical, yet sophisticated event with a dash of sparkle thrown in.

Thank you Kerrie and Craig for allowing me to be part of your special day!

All photography courtesy of the fabulous Molly McGannon.

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