Wedding registries are such a great way to help newlyweds kickstart their new life together, and they make gift-giving a breeze! However, some couples get a little flustered when it comes to creating their wedding registry. Picking out the right items from the right stores can seem daunting, but I have some great tips to help you get started!

So what exactly should you include in your wedding registry? Let me help!

  • Include your needs AND wants

While you want to make sure you include plenty of necessities in your registry, don't be afraid to add some special things that you want but don't necessarily have to have! Think about including some things you would use for your favorite hobby!

  • The sooner the better

Get that registry done sooner rather than later! You don't want to be worrying about your registry when you are doing your wedding planning, and it gives people options when shopping for your pre-wedding celebrations.

  • Create your registry TOGETHER

You and your significant need to be making this together! These items will be both of yours, and you should be on the same page.

  • Find the sweet spot

Many people disagree on how many stores you should be registered at. I think that 2-3 stores are a great place to start, but make sure to find your own sweet spot!

  • Choose an array of price ranges

All of your wedding guests probably don't have the same budget for your gift. Make it easier on them by having a broad price range.

  • The more the merrier

While I only recommend registering at a few stores, I believe the more items the better! It gives people plenty of options to choose from, especially if someone buys you more than one gift.

  • Thank your guests!

This is a reminder to always thank your guests for the gifts they buy you. Genuine thank you letters are always recommended! ♥️

The wedding industry is back in full swing after 2020, and there are some FUN trends that we are absolutely loving! If you’re a 2021 bride, check out these trends and consider incorporating them into your big day!

1. Mixing metals

  • Can’t pick between silver and gold? Choose them BOTH! People are mixing these metals this season, and it is absolutely gorgeous! It also gives you one less decision to make!

2. Acrylic everything!!

  • Acrylic is EVERYWHERE, and I think it’s here to stay! Acrylic invitations, reserved signs, table numbers, welcome signs. One great thing about acrylic is you can DIY most of it!

3. Personalized welcome signs + Table Assignments

  • Large, personalized welcome signs and table assignments can make a statement the moment your guests arrive at your wedding.

4. Florals, florals, and more florals!

  • Florals are in and are definitely here to stay!! Many people are choosing mostly florals as their decor, and they are wanting it everywhere!

5. Color

  • While fall weddings brought us an abundance of neutral colors, summertime is bringing us lots of color, and I am loving it! Pinks, blues, and sage green are some of my current favorites!

6. Thank you notes on tables

  • Many people are ditching favors to leave a heartfelt thank you letter on the place settings at dinner. Not only does this save you some money and add more design to your table, but it also can be a really special way to thank your guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend your wedding!

7. Anything your heart desires!

  • No matter what the latest trends are or what is trending on Pinterest, your wedding is YOUR big day. You should take the time to decide what you really want!! Trends will come and go, so it is important that you are basing your wedding design based off of what you love!!

Making your wedding unique to you is an absolute must! There are countless ways to add personal touches to your wedding. Adding your name to your decor isn't the only way to do it (even though I love that too). Trust me when I say that your guests want to know everything about you and your future spouse... where you met, your quirks, who made the first move, who is the hopeless romantic, your plans after the wedding, etc. You can sprinkle in these details all throughout your wedding!

Here are some unique ways to add personal touches to your wedding:

1. Signature Drinks

Make your bar unique to you! You can serve your favorite cocktail as your signature drink, remake your favorite drink from your college bar, or the drink you had during your first date. The possibilities are endless!

2. Table Numbers

One trend I am LOVING is making your table number or table assignments personalized. You can add a fun fact to each one or put a picture of you and your significant other at that age. For example, at table three, you would have pictures of each of you when you were three years old. This is a super great way to add a subtle touch of personalization at every table without much work!

3. Personalized Napkins or Programs

Another great spot to add a personalized touch or fun facts about the two of you is your napkins or programs. Almost every guest will grab one of these, so you don't have to worry about them not being seen!

4. Appetizer or Late Night Snack

Are you a popcorn lover? Serve your favorite popcorn with your appetizers during cocktail hour! Can't live without your daily latte? Look into renting a cute coffee stand! Your food is a GREAT way to add a personal touch at your wedding, especially appetizers or a late night snack. Not only does it make your wedding more personal, but you also get to enjoy your favorite goodies!!

5. Favors

Let yourself think outside the box for favors! Your favors can be related to your favorite hobbies, your hometowns, your favorite travel location, your jobs, your favorite snacks, and so much more!! Etsy is a great place to get unique favors made for you.

Remember that your wedding is YOUR day!! Do what you want, and help your guests get to know you better 😊