Great Places to Register!

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bbbBED BATH & BEYOND

Register here if… you value one-stop-shopping convenience above all else and are on the hunt for basic housewares, linens, and appliances at a range of price points.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount on items you registered for but didn’t receive. You’re also eligible for free gifts (e.g., a cheese-serving set from Delonghi) when guests purchase qualifying items.

Check out: Elizabeth Arden the Spa Collection bath towels, $16.99 each; B. Smith 7-piece multi server, $39.99; Mikasa Love Story 5-piece dinnerware set, $49.99

 


bloomiesBLOOMINGDALE’S

Register here if… the goods that catch your eye tend to involve the names Vera, Ralph, Kate, and Calvin.Cool feature: Our own popular Set the Table tool lets you mix and match china patterns on a virtual table with products from Bloomie’s, so if you see something you love, voilà!—you know where to find it.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount for up to six months after your wedding. Plus: free monogramming, invites to exclusive events, and honeymoon discounts from Leading Hotels of the World.

Check out: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Lawton sheets and accessories, $24–$320; Vera Wang for Wedgwood Duchesse stemware, $40–$75; Kate Spade New York Gardner Street rose bowl, $100

 

 

 

cnbCRATE & BARREL

Register here if… you’re drawn to modern housewares and furniture, and enjoy entertaining. This is also where you can register for glasses that cost $2 a pop (an option young relatives and poor friends will appreciate).

Cool feature: Get started by attending one of the store’s Wedding Party Events, during which you can start scoping out merchandise with the help of a registry expert and watch product demos.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount and bonus gifts (e.g., All-Clad measuring cups) when you register for select products

Check out: Petrie Apartment sofa (pictured), $1,499; Acacia Modern low bowl, $49.95; Verena 4-piece place setting, $49.95

 

kohlsKOHL’S

Register here if… you’re already a fan of the store’s shtick—quality and style at a great value—and your shopping experiences have been positive. If you love the Simply Vera Vera Wang clothing line (as many of our staffers do), you’ll love the Simply Vera bath items, too.

Perks: 15 percent completion discount for up to three months after your wedding. Guests who present a Kohl’s “registry announcement” card get a 15 percent discount when they make an in-store registry purchase of $50 or more.

Check out: Simply Vera Vera Wang Platinum Bedding, $44.99–$289.99; Bobby Flay 5-piece Griller’s Kit, $79.99; Food Network 4-in-1 Grill & Griddle, $139.99


macysMACY’S

Register here if… Macy’s is already your go-to department store, so you can rack up those rewards dollars! Locations on both coasts make in-store shopping easy for guests.

Perks: Macy’s credit card holders can enroll in the Registry Star Rewards program to earn 10 percent on Macy’s purchases made through your wedding day, and receive 5 percent rewards dollars on purchases made from your registry. After your wedding, enjoy a 10 percent completion discount on most items.

Check out: Charter Club damask stripe 500-thread-count sheet sets, $60–$185; Hotel Collection Wide Stripe Bronze bedding, $70–$340; Lenox Portola 65-piece 18/10 flatware set, $300

 

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POTTERY BARN

Register here if… the store’s catalogs depict exactly the kind of “relaxed summer home” vibe you aspire to create in your everyday digs.

Cool feature: On Tuesday evenings stores host registry workshops, which are good to attend because some of the home collection is available only in-store, not online.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount for up to six months after your wedding. If you register for Pottery Barn gift cards, you can redeem them not only at Pottery Barn but also at sister stores Williams-Sonoma and West Elm.

Check out: Tava round charger, $18; Emma dinnerware in white, $40$159; Schott Zwiesel stemware, set of 6, $64

 

targetTARGET

Register here if… you already make regular trips to this hip retail giant, are a huge fan of its big-name “designer goods for less” credo, and/or want to round out your registry with some household and electronic staples.

Cool feature: If you register in-store, you receive a welcome kit that includes a Target Club Wedd catalog, a coupon book, and various offers from different brands.

Perks: 10 percent completion discount

Check out: Home Thira teal 16-piece dinnerware set, $69.99; Simply Shabby Chic floral scroll comforter, $89.99; Giada De Laurentiis for Target 10-piece Professional Series Tri-Ply Clad cookware set, $199.99

 

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5 Wedding Tips with: David Tutera of My Fair Wedding

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David Tutera is wedding fairy godfather to many brides aspiring to make their dreams come true when planning their weddings.  With his hit show “My Fair Wedding” on WeTV he brings fantasies to life for many brides who have more imagination than their wallets can withstand.  David stopped by the WBLS studios to chat with Egypt a few weeks ago and before he left, he wanted to leave a few tips for those of you planning your weddings to keep in mind.

Check out his tips in the video below:

All That Glitters

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Everything glitters when you choose a dazzling gold wedding color theme. NO matter the season or location, gold is a classy way to add unforgettable elegance to your wedding day.

Gold represents richness and luxury, making it the perfect color to include on your wedding day. Regardless of the other colors you use for your wedding theme, gold is a great accompaniment! Whether it’s a shining gold or a matted gold, the result is perfect. Golden weddings give an unforgettable memory to your guests.

Here are just a few morsels of inspirations for you!

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Just My Size

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Planning my wedding included losing baby weight and running a household that was fully intact.  I had a 6 year old son who played baseball all year, an infant who was super clingy, a finace who worked two jobs and I was unemployed!  To top it off, I am a serious stress eater.  I stressed about being big(ger), I stressed about running the household by myself, I stressed about not having a job or money… I just stressed!  Then I would eat and eat and eat.  But when it came time to don the most fabulous gown that I have ever owned… I throw eating out of the window.

The battle of the bulge began in late May of 2008.  I walked into the bridal boutique to show off the dress that I had selected (and could afford) to my mom and my grandmom.  It was nice.  And ladies, if you know what I mean by nice, then you know that it was not my favorite but I could afford it on our budget.  I had just started working and knew that the price wouldn’t break my bank.  But the moment that I stepped out of the dressing room, I knew that it was a poor decision.  My mom just looked, my grandmother (being quite vocal) just told me like it was and I sat in the dress knowing that the search must go on.

We sat in there looking at each other wondering what to do next and before I knew it, a dressing room door flew open to reveal MY DRESS!  There it sat on a hanger next to tons of gowns for another bride.  It was calling my name.  My grandmom must have heard it too because she stood right up and asked the bride: “Can I see this for a minute”!  Gotta love gram!  I looked at knowing that I had finally found my dress, at last.

Next issue: NOT MY SIZE!  The DRESS was the only one in the store.  A lovely size 4 while all of my curves called for a MUCH larger size.  However, my angel, my assistant, my bridal gown specialist saw the passion in my eyes and took that size 4 and held it above my head.  She instructed me to pull one shoulder and arm out and then the other… had me shaking my money maker until that size 4 was wrapped around my childbearing hips.  Leaving the back opened but pinning it to my undergarments allowed the dress to (literally) sit in place so that I could catch a glimpse of what my husband would see the day we became one.

With all that being said, ladies DO NOT SETTLE!!!  Don’t walk into a boutique and head straight to your selection because of your size.  Dig through all the sizes.  Search for the styles, cuts and colors that you desire.

I had set my heart on a white dress.  I had set my heart on a form fitted dress.  I ended up with a ball gown with a fitted bodice that was two toned.  White pearls and lace delicately stitched on top of champange satin with 3 rolls of “puffiness”! All of it screamed ME!

I never would have considered the style if I hadn’t seen the dress.  I never would have seen the dress if it wasn’t in another dressing room simply because IT WAS NOT MY SIZE.

Look at the all… within your budget.  Ask for help.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  I was able to alter the neckline for a better fit, had some enhancements added and made the dress into something totally different from the original garment.  The finish result was a ONE OF A KIND IN JUST MY SIZE!

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When the Time is Right

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…Choosing the perfect time for your ceremony.

Our appointment had been planned almost three weeks in advance.  I was nervous and anxious, so my fiance picked me up from work early so that we could get there a few minutes before the time our meeting was actually scheduled for.  In my little tote, I carried my thick binder and all my ideas and checklists.  We were visiting the church to secure our date!

We sat down, began talking vaguely about what type of ceremony we wanted to have, and what size bridal party we had.  Then, I remember the church coordinator returning my beam while sliding her planning sheet across her desk to us.  My smile slowly dripped into my lap when I realized that the paper was a list of the available times for our ceremony.   There was an 9am, 11am, and a 4:00om slot. My fiance and I exchanged what I’m sure were very puzzled faces as we tried to shield our embarrassment for not having a clear idea about this in advance.  No one ever told me this was an important thing to think about.

If you and your intended are anything like me and my husband were, don’t panic!  It is okay, I promise.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the time that you start your future:

  • Food - What kind of food would you like to serve your guests at your reception?  A light brunch would be a perfect follow-up for a sunrise ceremony, and also a welcome cut in the cost of your catering!  Wedding receptions held after 5, traditionally serve a heavier meal.
  • Formality - A formal, black-tie affair, for instance, usually takes place after 5pm, but changing trends lend themselves easily to a 4:30 time slot if necessary.  Be aware, contrary to tradition, an after-five reception does NOT have to consist of a full-course meal, and can also be executed with heavy hors d’oeuvres.   However, be sure that if you go this route you release your guests at an hour that won’t cause them to have to run out of your reception looking for a 24 hour joint that will feed them!
  • Are you a morning person? – On a regular day, I can stand to keep collecting beauty sleep until nearly 1pm if I’m left undisturbed.  Knowing this about myself, and my family members, led me to select a 4pm time.  I did not want to leave it to chance that any of us overslept or that any appointments could run late, etc, which would cause my wedding to be delayed.  Be honest with yourself and select a time that is most appropriate for your personality and needs.
  • Distance – If your ceremony is taking place in a location that is pretty far from where most of your guests live or will be boarding, select a time that will give them the opportunity to make it to your venue.
  • Special Effects -  Having sparkler’s lead your way from your reception into your getaway car is a beautiful sentiment, but not at 2pm.  If you are planning for any special tweaks to wow your guests as you leave or arrive, be sure to make the time appropriate to showcase them!

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