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Real Bride Jess: Registries … aka Buy Us Presents

Wedding registries are hard. Everyone’s telling you “don’t forget anything!” “register for more than you need!” “don’t forget China!” “you can always return it!”

Why can’t I just register for the things I want? Neither Michael nor I drink coffee so we really don’t need a coffee maker. My parents have used their wedding China maybe one time, so I probably don’t need wedding China, can’t I just get regular cute dishware? I do see the use of those “things most brides forget to register for” lists, I like to look at those lists! But I don’t think I’m a bad bride for ignoring the item Espresso Machine or Fondue Pot.

What I love about this day and age is you can basically do all of your registering online. The one thing I did want to do in person was register for sheets. I wanted to feel them & make sure that I wasn’t going to receive some thin sheet sized cardboard, but rather cloud-like perfection.

Now I thought this was going to be easy: go in, say you have a registry & would like to add to it, they give you a scan gun, boom. False. You have to sit down, they have to give you paperwork, they discuss your registry & why you don’t have certain things. I felt like I was being interrogated by undercover cops. And THEN (this part was actually the most scarring) someone has to go with you and scan what you want! You’re not even trusted to handle a scanner. The reason for this, I’m sure, is to make suggestions as to what else you should register for and drive up the amount of money guests will hopefully spend. I did succeed in only shopping for bed-related things, but she did win and get me to register not just for sheets but also for fancy pillows,a comforter and a quilt.

Will I be glad to possibly have these items: yes. After I recover from my bitchy resentment will I be glad I went to the store to feel the sheets: yes.

Ok, whining over.

I do have a confession: I am a registery-o-holic. I have four registries. I just like options! I registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, Target and Anthropologie. You want to know something else? If four registries is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

 

Use Your Registry To Go BPA-Free In the Kitchen

Oh, the registry. Definitely one of the more fun aspects of wedding planning, because you get to think about your space and your life and how you want to live it. And with all the harmful, nasty-ass shizz out in the world, why not let your home be a sanctuary of sorts? Here are 15 fabulous BPA-free items that are perfect for any registry and kitchen!BPA-Free Kitchen Registry

1. Prepworks from Progressive GPC-3681 Dice and Slice Chopper
2. Lekue Lemon Press Set, Green, 2-Piece
3. S/3 Assorted Fluted Mixing Bowls
4. Glass Dharma Decorative Dots Multicolored 5 Piece Glass Straws and Brush Set
5. Ninja Professional Blender with Single Serve Blending Cups (BL660)
6. Lekue Silicone Kitchen Grip
7. Knife Sharpening Steel
8. New Snaplock Lid: Tempered Glasslock Storage Containers 18pc set
9. 5 Piece cmsHome Ultimate Kitchen Utensils Tools Gift Set
10. Chef’s Knife
11. S/4 Assorted Porcelain Spoons
12. Essential Bakeware Set
13. 3-Pc Nesting Bowl Set w/ Handle, White
14. Norpro Silicone Mini Pinch Bowls, 4 Piece Set
15. Soma Water Filter {eds. note: I have one and I love it. It makes stinky Florida water taste AMAZE.}

What items are you pumped to be able to add to your registry?

Get the Gifts (or Experiences) You Really Want with SimpleRegistry

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 all the fun kitchen and home gadgets you need. Or need. If you have your nest built and are looking more for experiences to share or nest eggs, the registry is where you can hint at that, too.

And so often you have to set up different registries — one (or more!) for the stuff, one for the dollaz, one for the experiences. That’s a lot of registries, yo!

BUT. SimpleRegistry takes all headache away and lets you keep it simple (schtoopid). Duh. You set up one site (fully customizable!), add images of things you want — or scan barcodes with the mobile app — and then you wait. Cackling is optional.

And it’s not just simple for you and your beloved: Your homies and family can split those big-ticket items (oh, hai awesome dinner experience). And if you’re more of a “I’m just going to ask for salt and pepper shakers” kinda gal because you don’t want anyone to go to any trouble, then your more assertive friends can pony up suggestions for your registry. SimpleRegistry also helps keep everything in check to make writing those “thank-you” notes uber easy, too, because trust me, after your wedding, you are going to have trouble remembering your name, much less who got you the tea set.

But the best part? It’s FREE to set up and there’s a teensy 5% fee at checkout that either you and yours pay (taken off the top of the gift) or your guest pays (added to their total).

So, ask yourself, what do you really want? Got it figured out? Now go ask for it!

*Brought to you by our friends at SimpleRegistry

Enough with the Toasters! Get the Gift of Stability with a Present Value Registry

Hey there, newbie BABs! Welcome to the party! Amid the piles of tulle and yummy cake tastings lies the golden nugget of fun that is your wedding registry. For some of you, this will be the chance for you and your honey to start your cohabitation off on a shiny new foot. For others, those of you who are already well-familiar with bodily functions, smelly socks, and morning cups of coffee in bed, building your bridal registry can be tough, since you are fairly stocked when it comes to household goodies.

Regardless of which camp you fall in, Present Value is a wedding registry you’ll definitely want to set up. Beyond standard cash registries that can go toward vacations or experiences, Present Value registries focus on your financial future. From house downpayments to debt reduction, college funds to investment portfolios, your wedding guests can give you a little peace of mind.

While scanning for new fine china or that killer KitchenAid stand mixer (in turquoise!) is always fun, Present Value knows the real value of planning for your new life together. The registry site has a clear and concise interface that you can personalize with a welcoming note and a photo of you and your other half and the whole experience is completely free – for both you and your guests. No fees are incurred and there is no charge to set up your Present Value registry.

While new goodies are great, a little financial freedom and stability go a long way. So whether you’re decking out your casa or planning a honeymoon of a lifetime, give your guests the opportunity to help you plan for your future. Because as any BAB knows: Every cent counts.

Note: This post was brought to you by our friends at Present Value.

Partner Love: Yes, You Can! Bliss Honeymoons Eases Your Woes Over Honeymoon Registries

Hiya, Broke-Asses! Our wonderful partner Bliss Honeymoons is back, and this time they’re easing your worries about how to pay for your honeymoon. If, like many couples, you and your love have shacked up together before your nuptials and just can’t fathom how another toaster or blender will fit into your living situation, then take a deep breath and check out how easy and awesome it is to register for that amazing post-wedding experience: your honeymoon! 

If there is one challenge that almost all engaged couples share, it’s where to come up with the funds to pay for their honeymoon. And while nine out of ten couples would love to ask for money for their honeymoon, finding a tactful way to ask for cash is hard! Fortunately this problem can now be a thing of the past, thanks to a honeymoon registry.

Let’s face it… weddings can drain your bank account faster than you can say “I do”. Many couples have considered postponing their honeymoon because they just can’t see how they can afford it. Your honeymoon registry offers tactful way for you to ask for money from your wedding guests, and its fun for the guests too!

Once you’ve nailed down the details of your dream honeymoon, your honeymoon planner can set up an account for the two of you. Your registry can be customized to your honeymoon destination with items like spa treatments, golf, zip lining, an upgraded room, etc. You’ll be provided with a link to your share with your family and friends, so they can easily jump online and make a contribution to your honeymoon registry.

Your guests will love it because they can purchase a wonderful gift with just a few clicks of the mouse with no boxes to ship and nothing to gift wrap. They can even leave you a message telling you what they’ve purchased and offering their best wishes for your fun in the sun.

The gifts in your registry are not physically purchased or set up. You’ll receive the gifts in the form of a check from the registry company. It’s secure, easy for you and your guests, and a sure-fire way to get you and your honey where you want to go.

Let’s face it-we’ve all given gifts that we suspected might end up being re-gifted. Great honeymoon memories are always a welcome gift. Your guests will be honored to be a part of the memories that you’ll have for a lifetime.

There are several ways to ensure your guest feel like a part of it all. Once you return post pictures of your trip and of the two of you enjoying some of the activities on you registry. Or, send postcard “Thank You notes” from your location. Unlike a gravy boat, a honeymoon gift creates memories you can share.

BAB Must-Haves For The Home!

Ohhhhh, friends. A few months ago, I moved in with Paul, and thanks to his good taste my new home came pre-stocked with some pretty rad shizz. Compound that with what I’ve brought in or suggested/demanded that we augment our supplies with, and I’ve forged some serious bonds with these homemaking house-savers. I’m pretty sure would make strong candidates for your wedding registry or new home of your own, and I’m such a nice lady that I’m gonna let you in on some of that right…… now!

 

Must-haves for the home

 

1. iRobot Roomba Vacuum

I’m not really sure there’s much more to say about why I love the Roomba other than this:

Seriously, what’s better than pushing a button, and walking away – knowing that when you come back into that room, it will be devoid of all schmutz on the ground, as if by wizardry? We have two, and like to run them together when a room is in dire need. Or we can run one in the bedroom and one in the living room for double duty at the same time. My favorite is when they come on by themselves and I’m just chillin’ somewhere else in the house. I hear those suckers start up and heave a deep sigh of gratitude for the inventors of something that provides so much satisfaction with so little effort. With two dogs that love to disembowel plushy toys and leave carnage in their wake, these little robots are a real lifesaver. And, I can’t help but appreciate their cute twitter banter. Gotta love that.

2. The Shark Sonic Duo Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaner

I met the fine folks from Shark at BlogHer and right away knew I had to have one of these! Lucky for me, they were kind enough to hook me up. This business is a magical mystery tour of easy cleaning. Just pop on the pads, insert the cleansing solution, and let ‘er rip. With 1,000 scrubs per minute, and “airglide” technology, it literally takes little more than the pressure of a fingertip to maneuver it across your hard wood floor or carpet, gliding as if it’s on ice, but powerfully demolishing dirt and grime as you go. It easily erased the dried, old puppy piddle stains on the carpet outside our front door, and was a savior on the area rug in our living room where one of the pups had puked. It swivels beautifully, and cleans our tile and hard wood floors without streaks or film. It has made cleaning almost too easy, and I love that you can just pop the pads in the wash for reuse. In fact, once we run through the official cleaning solution for hard wood, I’m gonna make one from scratch using a vinegar/water blend! I can’t imagine how great this would be for people with back issues for whom mopping is a literal pain. One machine to clean all the floors is too efficient and easy for me to ever give up!

3. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

I used to run a “paper-towel free home,” and am trying to get back there. The key is microfiber cloths. Reusable and super-absorbent, you can score a big bundle of them for practically nothing, and they’re great for everything. They clean windows and glass like it was their job, they mop up spills and accidents like champs, dust better than any swiffer cloth I’ve ever seen, and step in for napkins at a moment’s notice. I’ve seen people on etsy get super crafty and velcro them together on a roll for “tear-off” reuse as if they were paper towels, but I’m happy to just have an ample stack in my laundry closet – ready for whatever task they might be assigned that day.

4. Sodastream Home Soda Maker

I quit my 3 super-big-gulp-a-day Diet Coke habit in May of this year (sober 4 months, yo!), and there is no way in the world I could have done it without this incredible gadget. Just fill the bottle with water, put it in the machine, and watch it carbonate before your very eyes! If you’re a regular imbiber of the bubbly water, you know this baby pays for itself within about a month of use. The canisters can be turned in for a sweet discount on refilled ones, and (pro-tip alert:) if you do it at Bed, Bath & Beyond you can use your 20% coupon from the mail for an even deeper discount! The newer models allow you to customize how bubbly you like it… and if you’re like me and Paul, you like it so bubbly it burns. Oh it burns so good. Everyone needs a soda stream, if only to please guests of their home who live off the stuff, like me. Thanks in advance.

5. Half Gallon Mason Jars

Like my switch from paper towels to microfiber, I’m moving away from plastics and closer to glass. This size in particular is perfect for storing and organizing dry goods like rice, baking soda, salt, flours, and pasta and eliminating their baggage. Or I use them for storing leftover soups/stocks, sauces, or teas in the fridge and freezer. I love the way they look in our cabinets and on shelves and the high visibility factor of clear glass. They even make a great flower vase or candle holder in a pinch! They dishwash beautifully, and don’t absorb scents or stains like plastic tupperware does. And in the event that I need to preserve a large batch of something, I can use them for that, too. They’re real workhorses in the home, and I love them in all sizes. For the price, the value is extremely high. Paul’s starting to worry I have a mason jar hoarding habit. And he might just be right.

6. Keurig Single-Cup Home-Brewing System

Another life-saver in my Diet Coke detox, right here folks. In an instant, it brews up cups of coffee or tea in a variety of sizes. And every day it seems more companies are teaming up with the Keurig folks to come out with k-cups in innovative new flavors and styles, from Snapple to Starbucks to even Campbells Soup (coming 2014). But even if there’s a tea I want that doesn’t come in k-cups yet, like my favorite teas Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea (omg so delish) and PG Tips, I just drop the bag into the k-cup slot, brew, and drink it hot or pour it over ice. Or you can use the Refillable K-cup for the coffee grounds or loose tea of your choosing. So much smarter than a pot of coffee stewing in it’s own juice all day, drinks on demand is the way of the future.

AND, if you’re thinking to yourself: “gee, Dana, that all sounds great! But how do I register for stuff like that from…. all over hell?” Well, hie thee over to Thankful Registry, friends! In my experience, it’s the most easy-on-the-eyes and easy-to-use curated registry site around. With it’s handy bookmarklet, you can basically “pin” items you find across the interwebs to your registry, and allow your guests to buy directly from the merchant. Their interface is beautiful and customizable with various cover images and categories for every facet of your life. So, there. Now you have no excuse not to treat yo’selves to some super handy household shit! You’re welcome.

What are your favorite discoveries for the home? Fess up, people. I need to feed my ever-growing addiction!

{Real Bride: Mellzah} Macy’s VS. Sur La Table Wedding Registry DEATH MATCH

Proof of cooking enjoyment. Also visible: our wonderful new knives and handpainted sasquatch spoonrest.

Before we mailed out our Save the Dates (and thus, our website info), we decided to register so that we could include that information on the website as well. We took one Sunday and registered at two different places: Sur La Table and Macy’s, the former because we enjoy cooking, and the latter because there’s a location just about everywhere our extended families live.  (Granted, gifts are not something we’re entitled to, and *if* someone chooses to give us a gift, it’s a nice bonus on top of the main objective of the day, which is getting married. Disclaimer complete.) That being said, Jason has one solitary, butt ugly plate from his single days in the cupboard and I hate it with a loathing beyond what you’d believe any inanimate object could possibly inspire, and on the day we receive a set of all new matching plates, I will celebrate by destroying this plate with a hammer. Maybe I’ll even rent a sledgehammer.

We started at Sur La Table, and they helped make the experience top-notch by opening the store an hour early for us, making us breakfast, demoing their products, and answering our questions, all without other people crowding around or talking loudly on their cell phones or doing those other distracting things that people do when you’re trying to concentrate because you’re handling a knife that can cut through bone. Like many stores, they have registry incentives that you can earn if you register for X products or receive X value of specific products, but none of them really appealed/worked for us.  For example, if you register for a KitchenAid stand mixer, attachment, and blender, you’ll receive a small gift card…and if you receive them all, you’ll get a second, larger gift card–but we already have a KitchenAid stand mixer, so that one was out. They all seem to be most applicable to people starting a household completely from scratch, but we’ve already been co-habitating for almost two years, so we’ve been acquiring many of these things piecemeal for ourselves and no longer require an entire set of knives or $1,500 worth of pans. Still, we found plenty of things that we did love, and walked out of the store happy with our experience and loaded down with a bunch of Le Creuset cookware in “Caribbean” as I love the color, and they’re removing it from their store stockline – so it will be long gone by the time our wedding rolls around (which is the big disadvantage to registering as early as we did).

About a week after we registered, the woman who helped us called and told us that the knives we loved were also being discontinued, so we ended up going back and purchasing them ourselves, and we joked with her that this must be a ploy on the part of the store to get us to buy our entire registry item by item before the wedding.  Some time later, as we were browsing through our registry list, we noted that some items were missing, which is how we learned that Sur La Table doesn’t notify you if items are discontinued–they’re just unceremoniously deleted from your list. An email or a section of discontinued items or suggestions for replacement items would go a long way toward making it easier for the couple to refresh their registry with currently available items.

Our second registry experience at Macy’s wasn’t as positive. They also offer registry incentives, but again, they’re for things above and beyond what we’ll ever need, and I don’t feel compelled to ask for four additional china place settings just so I can get a free vegetable plate. The saleswoman was up our collective butts nearly the entire time we were there, freely offering commentary about all of the things she felt we were doing wrong–not registering for enough gifts, not registering for towels. “People look for towels on the registry, and what if someone wants to buy you towels but you haven’t registered for any?” I didn’t realize towels were such a hotly contested item, but if I need towels, I’m going to buy some damn towels, not put them on a wishlist and hope that I get some a year from now!. She was also pushing us to add those extra place settings even after we told her we didn’t want to.  While I’m deeply in love with the Kate Spade china we registered for, and I’m looking forward to having matching flatware instead of a mishmash of Ikea and my dad’s old wooden handled college cutlery, Macy’s overall may have been too fussy a place for us–all I see when I look at crystal goblets is “hand wash” which means either I have to resign to doing dishes by hand every day, or, more likely, they’ll get shoved in the back of a cabinet for something I can plunk in the dishwasher on the regular, in which case, what’s the point of having them?

They’re a bit better than Sur La Table when it comes to discontinued items as the item in question will remain on the registry list with a note reminding you that it will be gone soon, but their website is glitchy as all get-out, sometimes accepting my login credentials and sometimes not, sometimes immediately asking me to login again after logging in, sometimes popping up a mandatory “add a security question” prompt which leads to an error page if you fill it out, and all around being as difficult as possible. They also email me constantly, reminding me about discounts on items on my registry, as if I was going to purchase them for myself or call up my relatives and say “If you’ve been thinking about buying me ____,  you’re in luck, because it’s currently on sale!” Not likely.

In addition to products being discontinued, the other downside to registering so early with our relatively few needs is that one of our relatives has been buying items from our registries rapidfire, sending us nearly a third of the items we’ve indicated we’d like to own…and it’s incredibly generous and thoughtful, but we’re struggling finding anything else to add, and many of the lower priced items are already purchased, leaving things like the ostentatious serveware we added for fun and high priced electrics as the remaining options, which I fear will make us look like douchebags to our friends, who don’t necessarily want to buy us a $600 espresso machine. Or maybe it’s just another way for me to prove that there’s nothing I won’t complain about, including people being nice to me. Probably the latter!

Where did you register? What were your favorite items? Any upsides/downsides to registering where you did?

{Partner Love} SimpleRegistry Keeps Your Wedding Registry Easy & Personal

Oh, the registry. Whether you’re picking out the perfect crystal serveware or raising funds to take skydiving lessons, nowadays the options are endless – and so are the ways to add them to your wedding registry. So much so that it can get uber overwhelming, uber fast.

SimpleRegistry keeps it just, that … simple. Rather than juggle a traditional registry from a department store with your rockin’ registry at a less generic store you really love, drop them all in one basket and step in the cash-out line. With SimpleRegistry’s barcode-scanning mobile app, you still get to scan all the cool stuff you see out shopping without having to take notes. In fact, the plethora of rad-tastic tools SimpleRegistry offers for organization will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store as you load up on those purple appliances and huge wine glasses.

Because they get broke-asses, SimpleRegistry can break up the portions of those big-ticket items, like the flat-screen TV or tix to Opening Day, so all your friends can chip in and get you something you’ll be sure to never stop thanking them for.

Oh, but wait. Did a better model of that TV just come out? No worries. SimpleRegistry

redeems all gifts into cash, so you can go ahead and splurge on a slightly fancier television. (“Downton Abbey” looks so much better in 3-D.)

And when all’s said and done, you’ve said your “I do’s” and are checking out spa amenities for the couples’ massage you registered for, you’ll remember to send Cousin Lily a huge thank you … because SimpleRegistry helps keep track. They keep all the info about who gave what and their contact info super organized, so you won’t forget to send out the love.

But act fast, BABs! Between now and April 30, SimpleRegistry is gonna hit one lucky couple with a $5,000 credit toward their wedding registry! Get on it!

 

 

{Partner Love} Honeymoon Pixie Has The Low-down On How To Save Major Moolah On Your Honeymoon

You guys remember our rad-tastic partner Honeymoon Pixie, right? Well, if you don’t, it’s the end-all, be-all place for you to forever forego the classic wedding registry and instead focus all your wants on your honeymoon desires. YES. Got all the toasters, whisks and napkins you could possibly need? Head on over to Honeymoon Pixie and set up a registry for your post-nuptial getaway.

Still trying to figure out where to go and even more important, how to save some skrilla on getting there? Andrew, CEO of Honeymoon Pixie, has some tips and tricks to keep you from bustin’ your budget:

- Put Yourselves Out There

Yeah, you may be a little timid about announcing that you’re newlyweds to all of creation. Or maybe you’re just sooo blissed out that you forget mentioning it all together. Snap out of it! Sing your status to the world and relish the hook-ups that flow your way. And start this early, like when you’re booking your reservations. Whether you get a bump up to first class on your flight or get ushered into a honeymoon suite at the hotel, there are certainly benefits to boasting about your new title. And even if you don’t get physical perks, people tend to be noticeably nicer to newlyweds.

- Pit This vs. That

You comparison shop at the grocery store, hardware store, even at restaurants. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your honeymoon? The Internet is a great place for you to play eenie, meenie, miney, mo between your options. Don’t have specific dates nailed down? Consider being flexible and looking through a range of departure dates. You’d be amazed at the difference a week can make when it comes to prices.

- Coupon-Clip and Cash In on the Deals

Websites like Groupon and LivingSocial are climbing fast on the popularity ladder. These sites utilize large groups to buy uber-discounted deals to restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. Most major U.S. cities and many international countries are among the offerings that can be found on Groupon and LivingSocial. Sign up for their emails and score some serious bargains on anything ranging from spa treatments to ziplining to mini-golf.

- Go On … Set Up a Honeymoon Registry

You know this was coming. Traditional wedding registries have kind of fallen by the wayside as more couples end up merging belongings they previously owned rather than registering for all new household goods. Rather, duos are digging into the concept of online registries, like Honeymoon Pixie, for things like house down payments and honeymoons. Your loved ones can contribute to a couple’s massage, romantic dinner on the beach or even airfare. Honeymoon registries are also a great way to experience things you might not otherwise be able to stretch into your budget.

- Go Local!

Hotel restaurants often jack up their prices because of convenience. With the exception of all-inclusive properties, it is often considerably more pricey to dine in house rather than venture out. So don those cute new sandals and step away from the hotel for cheaper and more authentic eats. Don’t be afraid to ask locals where they dine, because if locals eat there, you know it’s gotta be good.

- Cash in Those Points and Miles.

You know that airline credit card you used on your last pair of chic shoes? Check what kind of miles that helped you rack up. Got enough for part or all of a plane ticket? Score! Don’t have a miles card? Check out what other benefits come with your card. You’ll be surprised at what kind of nifty bonuses you may get.

- Set a Budget and Don’t Back Down.

Just like with your wedding, firmly plant your foot on how much you can and are willing to spend on your honeymoon. Any vacation, but especially your post-wedding trip, makes it easy to overspend with your blissed-out brain. Make sure to keep in mind all the little expenses, including cab fare, gratuity, bottled water, souvenirs, etc. Carry cash, traveler’s checks or prepaid credit cards so there’s no way you can go beyond your limit.

Got it? Now you’re all set to go enjoy your first vacation as a married couple. Get going!