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Affiliate Disclaimer NewShare Your Love Story with LovebookI’m a total sucker for those “just because” gestures — and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it’s a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in head first. Because nothing makes happier than seeing my husband get misty over a gift I give him.

And guys, he was stupid excited about it.

The small hardcover book featured a little story of our stick figure alter egos that detailed many (but far from all) of the reasons why I love him … and was aptly titled “Everything’s Better With You.” Though I found the customization options a tad limited, I was able to create our likenesses enough that they bore enough of a resemblance to us — down to his side-part hair. Luckily, with stick figures, there isn’t much you can do in the way of effing up someone’s features, so you def. can’t offend them with your rendition of them. (My super non-artsy self sees this as a maj. bonus.)

Lovebook reasons whyIf you’re lacking in overall creative juices, as I’ve been (apparently sleeplessness and infants go hand-in-hand), Lovebook has a huge variety of templates to choose from, which allows you to craft a cute story without having to wring your creativity dry. You can edit text and add images as you see fit or you can build the whole damn thing from scratch. I opted to add likenesses of our cats into a couple of the scenes, but otherwise went with prefabbed pages. Of course I toiled over what order to put them in, whether it was sweet enough or too cheesy, etc. I finally — realizing I’d have to just DO IT at some point — decided it was done and sent it off for printing. After a relatively quick turnaround — like a couple weeks, max! — it was in my mailbox and ready for my husband.

Lovebook cuddling with kittiesHe loved it, and I love that he did.

We tend not to do things like celebrate Valentine’s Day or get overly standardly romantical, instead opting for fun and meaningful gifts at unexpected times, and my Lovebook creation was perfect for exactly this.

Lovebook end pageAt around $40 for a 5.5″x8.5″ glossy hardcover, it’s a lasting gift that won’t break the bank and can be revisited often. I love this idea as a gift for your partner on your wedding day, for your anniversary or just because. I also think it would make for a fun present for a ring bearer or flower girl, and be something of a keepsake for those littlest wedding crew members.

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  • 9/2

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    So you’ve broken down and started a registry — or two — but now you’re not sure what to add. Maybe you’re all adult-like and already have the basics like bedding and cookware. Maybe you’ve never lived on your own and have no idea what you might want or need right now … and don’t really care. Or maybe your guests are trendy and prefer a nontraditional registry. (Lucky you!) Choosing your registry items shouldn’t be so tough, but the possibilities really are pretty much endless. How do you choose? 

    Here are the ultra basic “rules”: If you’re going to register (makes life easier for guests and it’s customary), you should register for about two items per guest. Register for items at different price points. And make sure to have at least a handful of traditional registry items for those guests who have their heart set on buying you bakeware and linens. I recommend erring on the traditional side and sprinkling your registry with nontraditional items if that’s what you want, but you can increase or decrease the ratio as it suits your situation. Other than that, you can pretty much add anything that you want and need to the registry — with the expectation that you probably won’t get everything on your list. Make sure the items are for shared use (sorry, ladies, you shouldn’t register for shoes), but hobby items are fair game if you and your partner enjoy the activity together. You might get the side-eye from guests if you add a surround-sound home theater system to your registry, but today’s couples are registering for experience items (think honeymoon registries and movie tickets), sports equipment (bikes, skis), and other out-of-the-box gifts. And plenty of guests are thrilled at the option to buy something other than a deviled egg tray or toaster oven for a close friend or family member, especially if they know you’ll love it.

    Whether you’ve decided to keep it traditional or to shake it up with some unusual or super-sweet registry items, here are a few that walk that fine middle line:

    The High-Powered Blender

    Vitamix Blender

    Vitamix Blender, $630 at Amazon

    Guys. This is a blender with horsepower. It makes ice cream. It makes soup. It makes nut butter. You have not blended until you have Vitamixed. And it’s a kitchen item, so it’s pretty darned traditional except for the supercharged motor action. Fun fact: They’re made in my home state of the O-H! (I-O!)

    The Taco Holder

    Taco Holder

    Taco Holder, $9.29 at Amazon

    While I’m not typically a fan of unitaskers, you can imagine how this small gadget is life changing. Tacos 4-Evah!

    Convertible Outdoor Furniture

    Covertible Picnic Table and Bench

    Convertible Picnic Table / Bench, $137 at Amazon

    Contrary to the unitasker above, this picnic table doubles as a bench! Guests will be impressed by your resourcefulness in finding affordable double-duty furniture pieces.

    High-Tech Linens

    Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel

    Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel, $35 at Amazon

    Got enough linens for a while? How about a pillow or sheets that keep you cool?

    The Swanky Bar Set

    9 Piece Barware Set, Copper

    9 Piece Barware Set, Copper, $106 at Amazon

    Around half of the items on a traditional registry are there so that you can entertain guests in the future. Flatware, china, napkins, extra fluffy towels, etc. The bar set fits into that category nicely. And bonus: If the set looks mod, your older guests will appreciate your sense of style!

    The Cord-Cutting Enabler

    Amazon FireTV Stick with Voice Remote

    Amazon FireTV Stick with Voice Remote, $50 at Amazon

    Still using cable? Ask for one of these and you might be able to cut it for good! Who doesn’t love a tech-forward, long-term, money-saving choice?

    Fur-Kid Items

    High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door

    High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door, $315 at Amazon

    New pet parents? Why not register for a doggie door or a cat climbing tree? It’s nontraditional to register for pet items, but this doubles as a house item. (And why don’t we have showers for new pet parents, anyway??) 

    The Non-Bread Maker

    Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker

    Cuisinart Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker, $71 at Amazon

    Move over bread makers, it’s time for the cooler cousin, the ice cream maker! Yeah, it’s another unitasker, but this one is 100% worth the counter (or cupboard) space. This one makes soft serve, but others make unfancy ice creams, sorbets, and gelatos just as well. Opt for a model with an ice pack that pops in the freezer, or check out the heftier versions with self-contained cooling units. Either way, fresh frozen treats FTW! Add an ice cream cookbook to your registry for a lower cost, totally useful item.

    – Party on!


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  • 6/7

    Aside from determining the guest list, registering was one of the most uncomfortable and awkward parts of the wedding process for Matt and I. When I was younger, I would write up page-long Christmas lists and distribute them to family members. I did this in part for the obvious reason, which was the fact that I was hoping to find the items off the list…

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    Gift Box available from Etsy seller BeforetheGown You may have seen a the story circulating in the media recently about a UK couple who contacted guests from their wedding because they weren't satisfied with their gift. According to the story, a couple wasn’t happy with the value of a gift they received from one of their wedding guests, and they sent them a note telling them so.…

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    Amidst all the hustle, bustle and must-dos on your list now that you're in the throes of wedding planning sits one single little nugget of awesome -- your registry! Now, of course it's not "proper etiquette" to discuss gifts, but you're "supposed" to inconspicuously set one of these bad boys up then let it be discovered by your guests through word of mouth. Everyone knows…

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  • 11/30

    While our Black Friday post was a hodge-podge in the truest sense, we try to focus our Cyber Monday efforts specifically on wedding-y deals, so you can get the most bang for your buck while planning your badass wedding. Being that we are The Broke-Ass Bride, we understand the too legit value of getting the v. best deal possible, and what better way to do so…

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    Confession: I suck at writing thank you notes. It wasn't something that was a thing, really, as I was growing up -- I suspect my mother wrote them for me. Though, admittedly, this is NO excuse for not extending appreciation for someone else's graciousness. I've recently been trying to change my stubborn ol' ways (30 does that to you, y'all) and I found that if…

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    So, here you are. Ready to dive deep into the world of wedding planning and frothy dresses and parties and cake tastings and registries! While so many other parts of the whole wedding planning process can be stressful and frustrating and aggravating, the registry is (almost universally) the superfun part. If you are just starting to nest, the registry is where you can delightfully request…

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  • 3/19

    Let's face it, finding gifts for newlyweds can get kind of ...ho hum. I mean, do they really need another glass vase or sheet set? Snooze. And stuff like that can really bust your already-precarious wedding guest budget. So what do you get 'em? How about something wildly unique, customizable and fun? LIKE A TREE SWING. For serious. Or how about some personalized wall art? Whether…

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