Planning Tip Tuesday: The Perfect Gift Registry

On this Planning Tip Tuesday, we are talking all things registry. Registering for your wedding gifts can be stressful and confusing, but we are here to help! Here are a few tips for setting up your gift registry.

Pick Two to Three Retailers: This tip makes everyone's life easier. Picking a minimal amount of retailers to register with is not only convenient for your guests, but it helps makes picking up all your gifts a breeze while also giving variety. Not sure which retailer is right for you? Try to pick a store like Bed Bath & Beyond or Target that has everything you could possibly need.

Think About PriceRange:  As newlyweds, it can be easy to want to splurge on everything to fill your new home. But realistically, you probably don't need that $300 picture frame. So when you're picking out items for your registry, think about the items that are worth asking people to buy for you, like this Le Creuset Cookware!

Skip the Crystal: Crystal has been a staple in wedding gift registries for years, but in the twenty-first century it is now becoming outdated. Instead of having guests purchase those champagne flutes that are going to sit in your cabinet forever, opt for something a little more fun and modern like this glassware set!

Register Together: Not only is it fun to shop for gifts you will both enjoy, it will also help the two of you get the most use of out these gifts in the future! Picking them out together ensures that you agree on which items have a place in your home and which ones you might not use as much. 

Don't Forget the Thank You: Post wedding, sending a thank you note is a necessity for anyone who gave a gift. Being a gracious host is just as important as your guests picking out a great gift from your wonderful registry, so don't forget to show your appreciation!

Planning Tip Tuesday: Your Pre-Wedding Tasting

What's a wedding reception without dinner and drinks?! Selecting the cuisine that will be served at your wedding is a crucial step in the planning process. To make the most of your tasting appointments, we have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind...

1. Stay on Budget: Don't tease yourself by booking a tasting with a caterer who you know is way over your budget. Research caterers that you know you can afford, and move on from there. Also, trust your planner when they are recommending vendors to you; they have your best interest at heart, and know which caterers will fit with your taste and style. Delicious fare and excellent service is sure to follow!

2. Compromise: Opposites attract! You and your husband-to-be might not see eye to eye on just what provisions will be at your wedding, but fear not; your caterer will work with you to compromise and create flavors that the both of you will enjoy. If your groom is dead-set on a chicken biscuit appetizer, and you're sold on a mini tomato tart, get the best of both worlds and serve the chicken biscuit as a yummy late-night treat and have your mini tomato tart as a passed hors d'oeuvre. 

3. Speak Up: It's your tasting, so don't be afraid to speak up if you don't particularly enjoy certain ingredients, or if you want to make modifications to the dish! The chef will do their best to work with you to create a meal you'll remember forever. Also, keep your options open so that you can make an informed decision, and don't be afraid to ask your planner for their input as well!

4. Be adventurous: Don't be afraid to step out of the box! Tastings are the time to try new things and you might be pleasantly surprised by a new dish! Your guests will be expecting the standard carving station, so surprise them with a unique southern cuisine! Create a menu that represents you as a couple... put a spin on the region your from or a special meal from the night of your engagement! 

Grab your eating pants and get tasting - the options are endless!

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