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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.


Friday Finds 2.17.12

February 17th, 2012

Well, it is no secret that I am in love with any and everything Kate Spade. This week, I am featuring the new home line. Love, love, love!

I actually have the flutes and servers, which we used on our wedding day. If you like them, just click on the pics to go directly to the site to purchase!

But I am a huge fan of the Florence Broadhurst Home Decor line too… If my dogs didn’t eat pillows, I would definitely have these!!

I definitely suggest adding this to your registries. You’ll thank me later.

XOXO,

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Must-Haves: Pottery Barn

January 5th, 2012

I started thinking about registries the other day. Many of you know that I did not need a lot of anything for my house. We already lived together for awhile before getting married and I have had my own apartment for almost 7 years before that. By now, I have accumulated most of what I need in my home. Along with a lot of things I don’t need. I have no idea how I fit all my things into my apartment. Anyway, it got me thinking how much fun it would have been to start from complete scratch. Since I have to live vicariously through you now, I figured I can at least share what I have found with you here! So I am going to feature different stores or online shops with a few posts.

First up, Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn has a very distinct style. They focus on time-honored designs, yet have a very hip and stylish vibe. They remind me of beach houses in Cape Cod. Calm. Rustic. Simple yet elegant. So here are a few of my favorite items from the Pottery Barn website. If you like it, just click on the photo and you can go directly to the site.

 

 

 

A little something for the hubby too…

 

 

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Friday Finds 4.8.11

April 9th, 2011

Oh boy. I did it again. Friday came and went without a find. But I have a good excuse. I was feeling under the weather. I have been so crazy lately, that I think feeling run down just took a toll on me. I hope you’ll forgive me :)

This find comes from an old co-worker of mine. She had found an article with numerous different options for wedding registries besides the usual Bed, Bath & Beyond and Macy’s. Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE BB&B. It’s one of my favorite stores. But Joey and I already live together. And I have been living on my own for 10 years now. We have most of the things we need. We ended up registering at BB&B and also Honeyfund.com. You can read more in the post I wrote about our registry experience here.

I wanted to share a few other options for registries. My friend sent me this article, which does not really give a high view of wedding registries, but gives lots of alternatives to the usual BB&B or Macy’s. To make it easy for you, I’ll list a few options.

These allow you to register from any store all on one site:
1. www.MyRegistry.com
2. www.giftregistry360.com
3. www.registrystop.com

Do you love food? Or maybe you just aren’t a good cook and want to make sure your FI eats in your first year of marriage? Here’s the perfect registry for you:
4. Foodie Registry

Or maybe you are like me and want to go somewhere fabulous for your honeymoon?
5. www.honeyfund.com
6. www.travelersjoy.com

Do your hopes of owning a home come before getting your Kitchen Aid Mixer (You’re crazy because that is the most important thing of my registry, but I guess I get it. LOL)?
7. www.downpaymentdreams.com

What are some other registry sites out there that you have/are using??

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Gimme, Gimme

December 29th, 2010

Yes, we are crazy. We went to finish our registry a week before Christmas. We dealt with all of the Christmas shoppers. Luckily, there weren’t that many people, well, at least an overwhelming amount of people there. If you are like us, and many other bride and grooms out there, you probably already live together. We bought our house a year and a half ago. I had been living in my own apartment for 5 years before we bought our house. So the need to register for any and everything in the store was not there. I already had really nice everyday dishes. Once we combined our utensil collection, we have way more than we really need. We actually have one set of Tupperware in the basement in a box waiting for the set we are using to kick the bucket.

With this in mind, we decided to register at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Honeyfund. Let me first start with BB&B as I so fondly refer to it. They were super easy to work with. I actually had started the registry online with a few items I knew I wanted without seeing them in person. These items are a Kitchen Aid Mixer and a Keurig coffee maker. To me, these are the only items I really, really want and “need.” The other items on there, I can live without. They would certainly be nice to have, obviously. But I can live without them. I am not a baker by any means, but would seriously consider converting if I had a Kitchen Aid mixer to play with. And the Keurig. Does my small coffee pot brew the same stuff? Sure does. But how nice would it be to have a cup of coffee in 32 seconds?! That’s how long the demonstration guy told me it takes.

So why did I choose BB&B over Macy’s or some place like that? Well, I love the 20% off coupons. I have a ton of them and love the fact that most of my guests probably have them too and can save money on gifts that they are going to buy regardless. They have lots of items and brands with incentives as well. For example, some brands offer free gifts with a registry of $200 in their products. You don’t actually have to buy anything, just register for it. I would not suggest registering for items for this sole purpose, but if a brand you were planning on buying anyway has an incentive, definitely take advantage of it! It might be something you’d want to go and pick up before you actually go in to register so you have time to review it.

Our other registry is with Honeyfund. Since we have most of the things we need for our home, we decided to register for our honeymoon. This way, guests can designate a certain amount of money toward your flight, hotel stay or a romantic dinner on the beach for you and your honey. We really liked the idea of allowing our guests to be a part of our honeymoon without them being there. After all, it is a honeymoon. We also really liked the fact that this service is free. Once we have chosen the breakdown of our trip, the guests can go on and choose the item they want to purchase and print out a certificate to include in a card with a check. No money actually goes to Honeyfund and no fees are charged to the guests or us. Now, why would people go through the trouble of printing out a certificate when they can just put the check in the account? Well, there are some people who really like the idea of giving a gift. An actual gift. So with this, they get to choose what they want you to spend the money on and it gives them the feeling that they are giving you a thoughtful gift rather than just money.

So there it is. We kept our registry easy and practical. We also do not need much to set up our house. What other unique registries have you seen or done? I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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