Unique New Registry Item: Food!

by Azure

I'm a big fan of wedding registries. I think people want to get you a gift, and they want to get you a gift that you'll like. If you're in Chicago, you've got a new way to register! Thanks to Foodie Registry if you're in Chicago you can register for gift certificates for local restaurants! One of my favorite things about this registry is that unlike other cash-based registries, Foodie Registry does not take fees out of the amount you give or get. With most cash-based registries, if...

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Bubbly Bride: More Than Just A Rehearsal Dinner

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Food has always surrounded wedding festivities. You begin with the rehearsal dinner, jump into the 5 course wedding meal and end with the morning after brunch. By the end of the marathon weekend, it is easy to feel as if you are in a food coma. Try planning other activities for each event with food, instead of planning events with the main purpose to gather together to eat. An example of this is to plan your rehearsal celebration at a bowling alley and have...

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Sustainable Wedding Menu? There’s an App for That!

by Azure

As I mentioned before, I’m on a mission to justify the fact that I bought an iphone by using it to help you with your wedding. I have a new justification! If you’re interested in eating in a way that’s not just healthy for you, but also healthy for the planet then you’ve probably already seen the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s guide for eating sustainable seafood. For a while now, they’ve had great pocket guides that you can download for free. There are guides for different...

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Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: Dinnerware

by Azure

Get ready for some fine dining with this week’s Amazon Wedding Registry Tip, it’s all about dinnerware. Whether your dining style is mac and cheese or parmesan soufflé, you'll find occasions in your wedded life to dish up everything from basic to brilliant. And while thrift-store plates may have suited your budget as a single, as a couple you'll find that having a cupboard full of dinnerware you love will turn those everyday meals into special occasions and will make hosting the...

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Amazon Wedding Registry Tip: Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

by Azure

It may be that all you really need is love, but life is a little more fun with the right tools and gadgets! That’s where this week’s Amazon.com Wedding Gift Registry tip comes in. Cook's Tools & Gadgets In the kitchen, as in all things, nothing beats the right tool for the job. Using an ice-cream scoop as a ladle may have suited the single life just fine, but now that you have the occasion, why not create a well-oiled kitchen with a collection of helpful tools? Tools of the...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Coffee and Dessert Bridal Shower

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’re planning a bridal shower, or other get together, one way to save money without looking like your skimping is to invite people for coffee and dessert. With dessert, you need less food per person than you do with appetizers. Coffee and dessert don’t have to wait until night time, with the right decorations you can have a mid-day sweets fest. To make the cheerful decorations above, just take 4 glass cylinder vases, line them with your...

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Inspiration for Your Wedding Menu

by Azure

Happy Monday! Last month the New York Times did an interesting article on how a lot of people, especially in California, are trying to make their weddings look less expensive than they actually are. I had to laugh about people spending money to make it look like they weren’t spending money, because looking like you have money is out of fashion. To me it's sort of like spending extra money for distressed furniture or jeans. But, my favorite part of the article was an interactive...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Potluck Wedding Reception, Can it Be Done?

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven looks for a way to combine: a tight budget, a desire to feed people, and good manners. Do you have a question about wedding related traditions, etiquette, or relationships? Why not write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com

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Pre-Wedding Party Idea: A Wine Tasting

by Azure

Are you looking for a way to make some of your wedding planning decisions a little more fun? Why not involve your friends? When my friends Michael and Matthew were getting married they were lucky enough to have a venue (Chicago’s Newberry Library) that allowed them to provide their own bar. We’ve written about this idea before, because it’s a great way to save money. Michael and Matthew both like a nice glass of wine, but neither of them are exactly Alpana Singh. So, to...

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A Gift Registry Anyone Will Love

by Azure

Are you (or your guy) tired of walking around department stores looking at china patterns? Here’s a gift registry idea that anyone can appreciate, WINE! Lux Wines lets you register for wine. You don’t have to be an oenophile (bonus points if you can define the word), the site is so easy to navigate and understand you’ll be choosing wines like an expert in no time. Hmmm, can I start a registry even if I’m already married?

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