While getting engaged can be the happiest moment of your life, it's also somewhat overwhelming! In the upcoming months, when you're planning your wedding and making arrangements to marry the man you love, there's a lot of decisions to think over. One thing you won't have to worry about is your registry. We've created the ultimate wedding registry checklist! All you have to do is download it, print it, fold it up, and place it in your purse, then use it as a guide when you go shopping for your registry. What are you waiting for? Get it now!
When it comes to wedding gifts, it's standard to select something practical, like china, off of the registry. However, if the bride and groom are foodies, why not consider presenting them with an awesome culinary experience instead? I've got six scrumptious suggestions that would also make wonderful birthday, anniversary, or Father's Day gifts.
- Gift certificate to a restaurant. Select a fancy restaurant in the couples' home town. Place the gift certificate in a pretty card and write a note suggesting that they enjoy a meal together to celebrate their six-month anniversary. (For those couples who prefer to register for special dinners, you can do so at FoodieRegistry.)
- Cooking classes. There's tons of awesome culinary classes out there, select one that suits the cooking style of the happy couple. If the bride and groom are really into cheese, purchase tickets to a cheese-making class. Likewise, if they're adventurous, present them with passes to a butchery class.
Since I'm a huge fan of entertaining, and in particular hosting dinner parties, one of the things I'm looking forward to is selecting a beautiful set of china. Although I'm currently single, when I get married, I'm definitely registering for it! However, the tradition of china can spark debate. Many modern couples don't throw dinners, and others don't have the storage space for a second set of dining ware, so they simply won't register for china. How do you feel about it?
Each Spring, when wedding season begins to ramp up, I start storing not only cash but also creativity to help me navigate through the bridal registry process. Thankfully, I've got many years of wedding gift-giving behind me, and plenty of useful ideas for couples who are starting a kitchen anew. From an everyday coffee brewer to the perfect serving tools, here's my foolproof list of practical kitchen items that any bride and groom will make use of. Here, what you can't go wrong with.
I'm not married just yet, but since I attend plenty of weddings and buy my fair share of gifts, I've had time to dream about what will go on my registry in the event that I do get hitched. Naturally, being YumSugar and all, I mostly dream about stocking my kitchen with premium kitchen cookware and electrics.
Le Creuset earthenware, for example, costs hundreds of dollars, but seems like a guaranteed investment considering it will last a lifetime. What kinds of items have been (or would be) at the top of your registry wish list?
A friend of mine is getting married this Summer and is registered at several local and national stores. She nixed the idea of a wedding website (too cheesy) and felt it was tacky to advertise where she was registered with her invitation, so she's notifying guests of her registries only if they inquire. Her friends have also provided registry information for those who are attending her bridal shower.
I'm not married, but this situation got me thinking about the best way to spread the word about a wedding registry. How do you think guests should be notified?
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- The restaurant industry reacts to the news about Frank Bruni. — Eater
- Everything you need to know about the food and drink of Star Trek. — Serious Eats
I love finding ways to make my outdoor space seem as welcoming and comfortable as my living room. After all, it's hard to beat the views and ambiance of a great outdoor space. Whether you have a small patio or a couple acres to stretch out on, you'll want to consider your outdoor needs when registering for wedding gifts. Do you barbecue a lot? Do you entertain guests with cocktails on the porch? Do you have a pool? How about a garden? Think about how you use the space before you register for an unnecessary item. If you're not sure where to even start when it comes to registering for your wedding, take a look at my downloadable registry PDF. Check out all of the Sugar network’s wedding coverage here.
The intense amount of planning that goes into a wedding can be incredibly overwhelming. That's why we've got the perfect engagement gift for brides-to-be: our designer has created the ultimate wedding registry checklist! It's free, it's downloadble, and it's a no-brainer. Simply print and carry with you when making registry selections. Wondering where to register? Here's 10 shops with great wedding services that get the YumSugar stamp of approval.
As you continue contemplating your wedding registry, consider your bathroom. After all, the bathroom is the most public private room in your home: you can guarantee that every guest who steps into your home will use it, and they'll develop an impression of your style and habits through it. So, you want to keep your bathroom as organized, clean, stylish, and guest-friendly as possible. I've gathered a lot of different bath products and accessories that will dress up this space, many of which will add a lot of style at a small price point. Also, by registering for a number of smaller price-tag products, you're guaranteeing that your guests will be able to pick up a few gifts for you instead of just one. Take a look at my finds for some ideas. Check out all of the Sugar network’s wedding coverage here.