Lace it Up!

Photo Credit: Prislovsky Photography

Photo Credit: Prislovsky Photography

What bride doesn’t want romantic tables at her wedding? Well, nothing says romance better than lace. Place long lace table cloths over your reception tables, while allowing the hem to drape the floor or ground, for an unforgettable vintage look.

Vintage Table Settings

Open your grandmother’s china cabinet or explore some estate sale bargains to find vintage china for charming wedding table settings.

Vintage china will add elegance, conversation and history to your wedding reception or outdoor garden party.

It’s not necessary that your china match perfectly, as many vintage china patterns can coordinate well together.

Wedding Registry Do’s and Don’ts

wedding-registryDo choose stores that are low, medium, and high-end. Also, register for many gifts in a wide range of prices, so guests have a variety to choose from.

Don’t tell your wedding guests where you are registered. Once you have registered, give the information to immediate family and the wedding party, and let them spread the word. If you are asked where you have registered, it is fine for you to tell, but it is not proper to include registry information in a wedding invitation. Registry information may be included on a wedding website, as long as the actual name of the store is not included on the same layer; organize your website so that guests must click down one level to find the details.

Do complete your registry four to six months before the wedding. This will give guests time to purchase gifts for the big day and also for your shower.

Don’t ask for money. However, while it’s inappropriate to ask for money directly, financial registries have made this less awkward by allowing couples to register for their honeymoon through a travel agency or an online service such as Some banks have programs that let brides and grooms establish a special account to which guests can give money earmarked for a down payment on a home.

Do display your gifts in a central location within your home, such as your dining room, to share with your intimate friends and visitors. Emily Post’s book states that wedding presents should be sent ahead of time so they can be unwrapped and displayed in the bride’s home “to show them off in a pleasing manner, not to brag but to show appreciation of people’s kindness”.

Do review your registry every few weeks, and more frequently as the wedding approaches. Use your updated registry to help you keep up with your thank you notes. Ideally, you should acknowledge every present immediately; writing a note the day you receive it is best, but sending it within two weeks is also acceptable. Of course, the period surrounding your wedding is a busy time; if you fall behind, just make every effort to send a thank you as soon as you can, but no later than two months after the event.

Rustic Wine Barrels

img_1941Vineyard weddings are a trend, however one need not tie the knot at a vineyard or winery to use rustic wine barrels as ceremony or reception decor. Wine barrels are charmingly beautiful and, also add interest to outdoor floral arrangements.

Elegant Branches

Photo Credit: Prislovsky Photography

Photo Credit: Prislovsky Photography

Branch out from traditional floral arrangements to save hundreds of dollars in your floral budget. These beautiful branches coordinate well with smaller table arrangements, while creating a rustic, natural ambiance suitable for a luxe winter wedding. Tabletop and hanging votives and crystals will add elegance and warmth to your venue.