Nix the Registry – Try These Unique Wedding Gifts!

I’ll admit, y’all, I’m on a bit of a wedding kick these days. One of my dearest friends is getting ready to get married, and another one of my favorite people just got engaged! I do love that planning process – and you get to set up house and be all kinds of domestic and stuff! SO fun!

But in the midst of all the celebrations, I always remember to choose a special gift for the bride and groom. And everyone knows how much I LOVE to give unique gifts! So I wanted to share some of these ideas with all of you!

These days, wedding gifts aren’t as cut-and-dried as they used to be, and sometimes buying a gift from the registry is just plain boring. If you’re looking for a gift for the newlyweds that’s a bit out of the ordinary and sure to be adored, consider congratulating them with one of the sentimental ideas below.

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A Food Delivery Service

When all the hubbub from the wedding and honeymoon dies down, the last thing the newlyweds are going to want to do is head out to the grocery store. Make it easy on them with a subscription to an awesome service like HelloFresh. This company will send boxes of ingredients along with a recipe book each week—no more stressful grocery shopping trips. You can set them up for a few weeks or splurge on them for a year, either way, they’re sure to enjoy your thoughtful present and feel like master chefs in the meantime.

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On the Road in December

Welcome to January, folks! Are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?! (I had to ask, I’m sorry!)

Let’s take a post and look back on the top 5 posts from the month of December, why don’t we?

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Of course, you’ll see a little bit of Christmas, but that’s to be expected. You’ll see some non-Christmas, as well!

Here we go…

1. 10 Ways to Stuff Your Christmas Ornaments! – Now is actually a great time to look at this one, because you can get a jump start for next year! 

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How to Choose the Perfect Location for Your Wedding Reception

All right, all right, I know it’s one week until Christmas – what on earth am I posting about wedding reception locations for?!

Because one of my best friends in the world is getting married. And I am SO GOSH DARN EXCITED!!! I’ve been all about everything wedding the past several weeks, so it was bound to bleed over to the blog at some point. Oh, and never mind the fact that every December I turn down multiple requests to photograph weddings (because I just don’t have time to photograph weddings in December) and since it’s still December, then today is really perfect for this post!

Choosing the perfect location for your wedding reception is really the first step in the planning process. After all, what good does it do to plan other details if you don’t have a place where your wedding will be hosted?

Finding the right venue can definitely be a challenge, though, especially if you’re a couple who’s very particular about what you want for your big day. The more specific you are about your needs and overall wedding theme (for example, are you specifically looking for a mountain retreat or a beachside resort?), the harder it may be to find the right venue. Nevertheless, the tips below should help you make the process easier.

Consider the Size of Your Guest List

One of the things you need to consider when shopping for a wedding venue is how big your guest list will be. If your guest list will be small, you can’t book a large venue because they likely won’t want to waste the space unless they’re desperate to book the date. In the same way, you may fall in love with a venue only to realize that it’s too small. So when you contact venues to learn more about them and their offerings, give them an estimate of how many people you expect to have at your event so they can show you the proper rooms.

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Insider Tips on Saving Catering Costs – A Guest Post!

Ah, summer. Lots of extra things happen in the summer months, but events especially! Family reunions, barbecues and fish boils, weddings…the list goes on! And yes, here on the blog, you all know that I try to make most food myself for all of our celebrations…but sometimes, especially with weddings, you just need a little assistance, right?

So when professional blogger Suzan Hall contacted me and wanted to submit an article about saving on wedding catering costs, I jumped at it! If any of you have ever planned a wedding, you KNOW what it’s like to try and keep costs down! And if you’re planning a wedding or large event in the future and need a little help…you’ve come to the right place! Let’s see what Suzan had to say…

First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement! One of the happiest days of your life also happens to be one of the most expensive, and figuring out how much to spend to make your dream wedding a reality is no small feat. We understand how exciting yet challenging planning a wedding can be. Caterers can help you shave costs at your wedding reception without sacrificing the quality of your event, because food is a huge expense in most wedding budgets. Here are some easy ways to lower your wedding catering costs.

Plan a specific course
Are you looking to have alternate serves, i.e. two options for each course? How’s having one option for entrée, two for main meal and then dessert. This will reduce the cost of extra starters.

Keep your cool
Hot starters require more equipment in the kitchen, which means more cost. Stick to cold dishes to save money.

Serve on table
Hand pass appetizers rather than setting them out for guests to serve themselves. Caterers say guests consume 40 percent fewer pieces this way.

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Creative Wedding Ideas! (Part 2)

Most of you know that I work full-time in insurance, but I also have a photography business that I own/operate, as well. Here is post 2 about all the creativity I’ve seen at weddings over the years. There’s some really cute ideas I’ve had the privilege to photograph! All photos to follow taken by: ME! (And if you’d like to see Part 1, CLICK HERE!)

13. Have a spot set aside for the kids!

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(This was a fantastic area that the kids could gather tother and play in! Much less noise from them, for sure!)

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