Gift Registry Inspiration – Unusual Wedding Gift Ideas

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Planning a wedding can be a whirlwind of fun, excitement, stress and everything in between. Because so much goes into planning the big day, why make it harder than it has to be? That’s where the gift list comes in handy. Today I have a guest post by Aimee to give you some great tips on sorting out your gift registry.

A bridal registry, also commonly referred to as a wedding list, is a simple method of suggesting to wedding guests what gifts the bride and groom might like to receive. Registering for wedding gifts is a great way to ensure that guests purchase items the couple really want; though there is no guarantee that guests will shop exclusively from the registry.

The way it works is simple, the couple make a list of potential gifts and when guests make a purchase the list is updated accordingly.

Yes, this might sound very straightforward, but today is not a world for the meek. The practice was actually popularised by Marshall Fields in 1924, though in the past social etiquette may have deemed the wedding list crass. Today, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Today, the range of what to include in the registry are almost endless.

Gift Registry – Some Key Tips to Registering

In order to make the most of a wedding list, there are a few tips to be kept in mind. The first rule is simple, set up the registry early. From the moment a couple announces their engagement, friends and family will want to send gifts, so the earlier the better.

It is also a good idea to register at two or three different places, making sure to include a range of items at various price points. Remember, people prefer choosing from a wide selection, so give them plenty of options.

Typical wedding lists feature home goods, such as linens, dishes and cookware, but it really comes down to what type of couple is making the list. Consider favorite pastimes and lifestyles and add to the registry list accordingly. Age and position in life will also play a role; for example, couples getting married in their thirties and older have often acquired most home essentials, whereas younger couples are just starting out, so may need even the most basic of items.

Getting Creative with the Gift Registry

If the couple already have plenty of household items, the wedding list might be a great way to update them, particularly in the linens and dining categories. However, starting an unconventional registry is also a great option. This will allow guests to purchase items that are not usually on a wedding list, such as a contemporary vase, a contribution to the honeymoon or even a down payment on a home.

There are very few limitations to what can be put on a modern wedding list. Many couples register for items and experiences that complement their lifestyle. For example, they may register for fine wines, outdoor equipment, theater tickets, spa treatments and even cash. Today, nothing is off limits, so be creative and let the wedding registry truly reflect the happy couple.

Boozy Wedding Cakes And Why They are the Best!

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Boozy wedding cakes! What’s not to like? For your delightful tastes today, I have found some excellent boozy wedding cakes for you to make yourself. Don’t get carried away though and start baking if your wedding’s not for a year….ah, go on then. If you think really hard, you’ll probably be able to think of somebody who would like a boozy wedding cake for their birthday!

Boozy wedding cakes with easy to follow recipes

I had to find easy-to-follow recipes for you, because I’m the first to confess that I am a hopeless cake-baker myself. I feel empathy towards all the other rubbish cake makers out there and I want you to know you’re not alone. It isn’t just that my cakes aren’t level, or that I’ve burnt them all a bit (although that does happen), it’s more that they always taste gross!

Having learnt the error of my ways, I now try to stay away from any baking of cakes that needs to be done, unless of course there is call for boozy wedding cakes. Booze covers up all misdemeanors and lack of actual baking skills, no?!

For amazing recipes, including those which turn absinthe and amaretto into cakes, check out these top 10 boozy cake recipes but if cupcakes are more your thing…they’re even easier to make!!

Katie Price Gets Married – Super Fast Wedding Planning

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Katie Price allegedly got engaged on Christmas day and married two weeks later. This is impressively fast wedding planning by anybody’s standards. You can see the photos here. She definitely looks the part, she’s wearing a veil etc, but what sort of intense organisation went on during those two weeks?

That’s a whole week less than on “Don’t tell the bride!” and we all know what an arduous struggle it is to get that task done. On the plus side, Katie Price is a woman, so she would at least have been able to multi-task the project 😉

It does probably help, that she’s been up the aisle before. I’m not being catty, just practical. For a start she would know exactly which wedding dress shape would suit her, could probably just relay her requirements to a designer over the phone and then have her driver pick it up.

That’s the hard bit done. Having a destination wedding (she got married in the Bahamas) meant that she could get over the hurdle of invitation etiquette and making sure the guests knew the when and where details six weeks before the event.

Katie Price Wedding in Conclusion

Florists must have been falling over themselves to provide the arrangements and bouquet for her. A bit of exposure in a national paper goes a long way. I understand that it is a lot easier to get married, looking fabulous, if you’re a celebrity and so in conclusion, why wait?!

Weddings are what we’re all about here over on Monty Manatee Weddings and her latest wedding is what Katie Price has presented to the masses. Can’t help thinking though, sometimes it’s good to take a little time to think about these things, make sure you’ve made the right decisions, got all the tiny wedding details you might want included on your special day…

Of course, the other way of looking at it: Katie Price is rich, beautiful and basking on the Bahamas. Perhaps it should be me speeding up my decisions? Carpe Dium and all that. Ah go on then, I will eat that piece of cake I’ve been deliberating over all morning!