Truly Engaged: Registering Outside the Box

Categories Wedding Planning

I’m getting married! Now what? Truly Engaged is a new blog series written by Rachel, our *newly engaged* staff writer. As she wades her way through the wedding planning process, she’ll be sharing some of the emotions, inspiration, and insight she uncovers along the way.

Wedding Registry Gift ideas

With less than four months until our wedding day (gulp!), Tim and I have been immersed in one of the more fun tasks on the to-do list: creating a wedding registry!

While browsing registry checklists for inspiration, we ran across all the classics — from colanders and cutting boards to bed skirts and blankets. (Let’s not forget all the wedding “wares”: silverware, cookware, kitchenware…) I have to admit, it’s fun to meander down the aisles and go <beep> with the scanner—it’s like “pinning” for gifts!

However, as we began shopping and scanning, we realized that while the classic essentials are nice, we don’t necessarily need (or want) everything on those lists. We also felt that these lists no longer applied to our more modern relationship, lifestyle and habits.

We realized we wanted to expand our options and create a registry that not only reflects what we need, but also who we are and what we enjoy. Just like every other aspect of our wedding, we wanted the registry to feel personal, meaningful and relevant. In other words, we wanted it to feel like “us”.


Here are some ways we’ve been working to achieve that goal:

Creating an Online Registry

While we like Target, Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, etc., these stores don’t always carry the more hobby-specific items that Tim and I might enjoy. Therefore, we decided to sign up for MyRegistry—a website that allows you to add gifts from any site on the Internet. We even downloaded a button to add to our toolbar–that way you can quickly add to your registry from any website on the Internet. We really like having the freedom and flexibility to “register outside the box”. For example, I added a women’s hiking daypack from REI since Tim and I love to go hiking.

Other non-traditional registry websites allow you to register for your honeymoon (Honeyfund) or for enriching experiences (Cloud 9 Living).

Note: We’re still registering at two department/national stores, so that guests who prefer the traditional, in-person shop-and-buy experience can do that, too.


Adding Gifts that Reflect Our Current Lifestyle and Future Aspirations

Tim and I have been trying out different idea-generating methods to help brainstorm gifts that will be meaningful, relevant, and enriching to our lives as a married couple.

For example, we browsed pictures of us together and rummaged through my “boyfriend box” (yes, I can proudly admit to still having one) to jog our memory of fun dates and activities we’ve done in the past. We asked ourselves: What sort of gifts might help us create more happy, enriching memories like those?

We’re also exploring the idea of registering for cash gifts towards enriching experiences. For example, we’d love to go on a hot air balloon ride, so MyRegistry allows us to add a “cash gift” and label it “Hot Air Balloon” so that guests know what their money will go toward.


Thanking Guests for “Experience Gifts”

Although we might not cash in our “experience gifts” immediately, we will still send a thank-you note soon after receiving it (we practice good etiquette!). However, I’ve been thinking of a neat idea: sending an additional thank-you note after we have done the actual experience. For example, we could mail a postcard or photo card of us actually doing the experience (ex. hot air balloon ride), with a thank-you note attached or on back.


I’m curious about how other couples are personalizing their wedding registries. Have you recently registered for your wedding? What tips/ideas do you have for personalizing the registry?



Hey all–we’re kicking off summer with a June Giveaway on Facebook! MagnetStreet Weddings is giving away 300 Wedding Programs to one lucky Facebook fan. Enter here!

Have a great weekend everyone.


12 Popular Wedding Flowers +Tips

Categories Wedding Flowers + Wedding Planning

Ah, the language of flowers … and it seems that since time began, they’ve been rich in symbolism and of course, romance. I’ve always been intrigued with the women of the Victorian era and how they used to make and wear Tussie Mussies- small bouquets of flowers- with the intention of communicating a certain message to let’s say, a potential suitor … So mysterious and romantic.

Here are 12 pictures of wedding flowers, the meanings associated with them, their season and general pricing PLUS  tips on how to choose your wedding flowers.

5 Tips – How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers
1. Choose local & in season- if possible. By going with local and in-season flowers, you’ll probably save money {no shipping}. You’ll also be supporting your community and the flowers will be available when you want them.
2. Carry your look – coordinate your arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres by color, formality and style-  for a look that flows.
3. Consider your wedding budget – work with your florist to realize your dream while staying within your budget.
4. Reflect on the natural decor of your venues – a garden wedding will probably be “naturally” decorated and not require a lot of extra flowers. The same could be said for a very ornate indoor venue. Also, if your wedding is on or near a holiday {i.e. Christmas, New Years} your venue might already be decorated. Ask the venue’s event coordinator before ordering your accessory flowers.
5. Consider the meanings of the flowers- is there a certain message that has special significance that you’d like to set apart and communicate … hope, devotion, etc?

 How are you choosing your wedding flowers? 

images: real flowers via The Knot


Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Categories Reception + Resources + Wedding Planning

Ah~ The father/daughter dance … The dance that grabs at everybody’s heart strings and leaves them reaching for the tissues. How are you deciding on THE SONG? Will it be sweet? sentimental? funny? cute? a mix? a song that the two of you share?

Which from the 11 songs below is your favorite?

Here are 11 awesome father-daughter songs … some true great classics as well as a few surprises!

Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

My Girl by The Temptations

Hero by Mariah Carey

Drive by Alan Jackson

Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison

Turn Around by Harry Belafonte

You are the sunshine of my life by Stevie Wonder

Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant

Somewhere over the rainbow by Israel “IZ”  Kamakawiwo?ole

Here comes the sun by The Beatles

Daughter by Loudon Wainwright

Love love “Tupelo Honey” by Van and Mariah’s “Hero” always always makes me tear up. Oh, and “Kind and Generous” by Natalie couldn’t be more fabulous!

Got a favorite?

Updated with your recommendations

- The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

- Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

- My Wish by Rascall Flatss

- Daughters by John Mayer

- I loved her first by Heartland


Photo by Scarlett Lillian Photography {from Wendy & Jamal’s gorgeous wedding}.


Wedding Invitation Envelopes

Categories Budget + Resources + Wedding Stationery

*{Updated 5/1/14} MagnetStreet offers white and cream mailing wedding envelopes in four different papers. We no longer offer a double envelope option. 


So, why DID they use double envelopes WAY BACK WHEN?

The town crier, while effective for some time, eventually became the least favorite option for announcing a wedding event. Anyone in ear shot was invited- which I’m sure got rather expensive.

Fast forward to the stamping of a family crest or emblem during the middle ages to the 17th century and Ludwig Von Siegen’s invention of metal plate engraving … Those that could afford it, would have a courier hand deliver their wedding invitation or rely on the postal service to deliver it. Either way, the invitation was sure to arrive either dirty or damaged. And, however spotty, the postal service had regulations on addressing items. Aha- if they used two envelopes, it would serve a two-fold purpose: the outer envelope would protect the invitation from grubby hands and travel as well as display the address- so it could get where it was supposed to go. The inner envelope would ensure a pristine arrival.

So, why do they still use double envelopes TODAY?
Is it necessary? Not necessarily. But, there are good reasons for using them.

Double envelopes are still used with more formal weddings. But, the main reason to use two envelopes, is so you can be absolutely clear about who you are inviting to your wedding. This is especially pertinent if you are keeping a strict guest list for budgeting reasons or you’re hosting an “adults only” event. It’s entirely up to you and how traditional you want to be, but read this post if you want more help with wedding invitation etiquette and addressing envelopes.

In a traditional double envelope set: the inner envelope is embellished with the liner, holds the invitation suite, and is specifically addressed with first names. The outer envelope has the stamp and is simply addressed.

for example:
{outer envelope} Mr. and Mrs. Brady and family {if children are invited}
{inner envelope} Mike and Carol {with kids listed on line below} Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy

At MagnetStreet Weddings, we call the envelope that is included with each invitation- a Mailing Envelope. And, you can choose a mailing envelope liner to coordinate with your mailing envelope. Potentially, you can have up to three envelopes with your invitation suite. The outer {Double Envelope}, the inner {Mailing Envelope} and the RSVP Envelope. {Sometimes the RSVP envelope gets confused as an inner envelope- but it isn’t}

While you can choose an envelope for your RSVPs, did you know that they will mail by themselves? Read on how you can save postage costs by sending RSVP Postcards- without envelopes.

Decoded in a nutshell. Whether you choose 1-2-3 envelopes, be sure to take a fully assembled invitation to your post office for weighing and the postage cost for every invite you send out.

Fun Fact:

Sheer vellum overlays are still used with invitations today. Initially, it was to protect the invitation from getting smudged from the ink used in the printing. Even though there is no more smudging, we like it simply because it’s pretty.

Happy Friday!


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