Feel-Good Bridal Registry: Give to Charity

Charitable wedding registries are a good way to share the love you feel by helping others less fortunate and making our world a better place. Instead of collecting more household items or fat checks, this idea appeals particularly to couples who have just about everything they need already. Plus, your guests will appreciate doing a good deed that benefits others and makes the bride and groom happy. Everyone wins! Here's another good idea, while you're at it: The guys at GroomGroove.com … [Read more...]

9 Easy Homemade Valentines

Valentine's Day is just a week away! Make this year's celebration of love truly memorable with a new twist on old traditions! The Valentine's Day tradition started in the early 1700s, and for centuries it was celebrated with an exchange of handwritten notes and handmade tokens of affection.  (You can thank the Victorians for today's Valentine's Day style—they liked their paper goodies dolled up with lavish images of lovebirds, cupids, and flowers!)   When printing technology began to improve, … [Read more...]

Bags for the Bridesmaids!

Your bridesmaids have been by your side through thick and thin, and you want to give them the perfect gift as a token of your love and appreciation! After all, she's been running around on errands, carrying your shopping bags, pulling her weight in the wedding planning process, and possibly even traveling to participate in all the fun. If there's one thing you can do for her, it's help her do all that shlepping around in style!! Because what girl doesn't need just one more bag?! Big bags, … [Read more...]

Do-it-Yourself Hand-painted Wedding Gifts

Everyone loves getting a personalized gift, especially one that's hand-made... with love. I just recently discovered the joy of hand-painting my own gifts for people, which is a fun, relaxing hobby, a chance to get the creative juices flowing, and, of course, a way to show your friends how much they mean to you! A hand-made gift shows that you put extra thought into their gift, not to mention the time and attention you devoted to putting it together. In particular, I've been loving these … [Read more...]

Branch: A wedding registry for Sustainable Living

Planet Pink n Green called my attention to an amazing site called Branch, that specializes in sustainable living and has a wedding registry! Branch believes that products should be made in the most environmentally-responsible way possible, and that the best way to promote this practice is to do it in the marketplace. Just as the willingness of a once-small number of consumers to seek out (and occasionally pay a premium for) organic produce is now changing the face of food production and … [Read more...]

Wedding Day: The Gift of a Kiss

A first kiss... do you remember yours? For Claudaniel and Melody, it was everything a first kiss should be: "magical... surreal... and a real gift." But this was not just any old first kiss. Claudaniel, 30, and Melody, 28, had pledged to be abstinent before marriage -- but went a little further by agreeing not to kiss each other on the lips before their union was official. Why so strict? They didn't even want to get close to temptation, instead waiting until the minister said the magic words: … [Read more...]

Wedding Registries, Charities, and Goats

People often have mixed feelings about wedding registries. On the one hand, no one wants to risk buying you a gift you hate or already own, and a registry saves your guests hassle on that account. But it's a bit awkward asking for gifts. And I clearly remember being overwhelmed by all the choices, as I stood there with the registry gun at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, trying to figure out what to include on my list.  Sheets. Towels. Flatware. Useful but incredibly boring. My mother ended up doing a … [Read more...]