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pintopinterestWhat’s The Deal With Wedding Registries?

by Wendy Dessler

Unless you have spent the last decade in a cave, you have probably had a friend or family member invite you to a wedding. Chances are good that the words “wedding registry” came up. Wedding registries are a hot trend in the industry.

What are wedding registries and why are they so popular?

Today’s couple is getting married in their late 20s. They graduate high-school and go off to college. When they have their degree, they secure a job using their skills. If they have fallen in love, they usually move in together. They may even have a child together. When this modern couple decides to get married, they already have everything they need. This couple may even be concerned that wedding gifts will take up precious household space. Few couples feel it is appropriate to ask for money designated for the honeymoon. The modern wedding registry was created to give the couple and their guests an alternative way to gift the bride and groom.

Honeyfund is the number 1 wedding/honeymoon registry in the world. Honeyfund allows the couple to register online. They then list things or activities they want as a wedding gift. Their guests can access the registry from their computer or phone. There is no charge for the guests to use the site. Depending on the type of account they set up, there is little or no charge to the couple. The ease of being able to give a gift that the couple wants without making a trip to one or more stores makes this a very popular option.


What can you list on your Honeyfund?

You can use your Honeyfund for anything you want. What are “hot items” depends on the age and activities they are interested in.  Your Honeyfund can be used for physical items, like small appliances or they can be used to request a once in a lifetime experience. Here are some examples of things couples have added to their Honeyfund:

  • Stargazing in Hawaii
  • Hot air balloon rides in Colorado
  • Private jet tickets to Mexico
  • A night stay in a 5-star hotel
  • Shopping in New York City
  • Whale watching tour
  • Train tickets to travel across Europe


They can also list traditional gifts like:

  • Gourmet Coffee Station
  • Towels and linens
  • Dishes
  • Small appliances
  • Cash

If you need a store…

Sometimes a guest just likes things the old fashion way. They want to go to an actual store and buy a traditional gift. Lucky for you, you can set-up a traditional registry at the store of your choice online. Your guest can visit that store and make the purchase. If you have listed the same gift on your Honeyfund and the department store, be sure you remove it from your Honeyfund once it has been purchased.

Other alternatives

  • Amazon

There are few things you cannot get on Amazon. If it can go in a box, they can send it to you. This is an alternative for specialty items and things that are unique and hard to find.

  • Gift Card

Honeyfund understands that some people hesitate paying toward something. If the event you have listed costs $500.00 and they are gifting you with $100.00, they don’t like the idea that someone else will have to contribute to the activity if you are to go. This gifter can purchase a Honeyfund Gift Card. The couple can then apply the dollars to the event or item of their choice.

There are many ways to fund the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams. Honeyfund makes it easy. Set up your Honeyfund as early as you can and watch as your event is transformed from dreaming about it to doing it.

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pintopinterestWe’ve all seen them…the nightmare wedding movies where the overzealous bride-to-be takes her passion for a single (often neon) color way too far. It seems like a can of paint exploded inside the wedding tent. Everything is glow-in-the-dark pink, from the flowers to the cake to the groomsmen’s tuxes and bridesmaids dresses. It’s not a good look. Not at all.

Yellow is another example of a tricky color to work with, easily taking over a palette and drowning out less bold colors. However, incorporated in its pastel form as summery yellow bridesmaid dresses, or even in a brighter version as chunky vintage jewelry against a grey dress, it is the perfect warming color in a palette.

Many, many couples have erred on the side of too much of one color when just an accent would due. You don’t have to resign yourself to their fate, though! There are warning signs and great tips to help you add color to your wedding without dominating the décor.

Choose Your Palette

Lots of considerations go into choosing your color palette for your wedding. There are your venues and the influence of the décor at each site. Your personal favorite shades clearly go on the list, but so do your impressions of which colors look good with your skin tone, your hair, and even your body type. You might think about your favorite flowers and what colors are available, and you’ll probably spend some time searching for inspiration on wedding boards and on trusted websites.

While you can choose a single color as your official “wedding color”, a palette of two or three complementary but different hues is highly recommended. Having more than one focal color gives you options down the road when you have to choose personal flowers and arrangements. It also helps you balance out your hues so no one color takes over.

Making Fashion Choices for Your Bridal Party

You have a lot of options for applying your color palette. Some brides pull one accent color out and ask their bridesmaids to find a dress of any style in that color. You might have 4 or 5 different styles of pink bridesmaid dresses, for example, but all in the same shade. The flexibility is usually appreciated by your bridal party and with a little guidance, you don’t usually end up with styles that are grossly unflattering next to each other.

Other brides will search for gowns and choose a style or two, but in more than one complementary color. You could have some of your wedding party dressed in yellow bridesmaid dresses and others in grey ones. If you’re hosting a fall wedding, you might even have each of your bridesmaids dressed in a different color of fall leaf. Planned carefully, multicolored bridesmaid dresses can work out very well.

Address Your Décor

Another way to prevent one color from dominating your entire color palette is to choose a neutral color as the base for your guest tablecloths. The color should be different from the bridesmaid dresses so the ladies don’t fade into the background of your professional photos. Confer with your florist to decide how you can incorporate your other colors in your centerpieces and display arrangements and offer a pleasant contrast to the simple tablecloths.

These are just a few tips to help you keep your color choices reasonable and harmonious. If you have any questions about your personal color palette, talk to your floral designer and collaborate to find ways to address your concerns.

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Author Bio
Wendy Dessler
Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

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Photo cred:  Melanie Gabrielle Photography//Cake:  Earth and Sugar

By Libby MacCarthy
If you want to celebrate your first anniversary with another bite of your pretty cake, here’s how to preserve it for the tastiest result.

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If you’re a bride or groom who abides by tradition, you’re probably already looking forward to enjoying another bite of your wedding cake on your first anniversary. But you’re going to need an airtight strategy (literally) to make that cake last in the freezer. Here’s exactly what to do after your caterer hands you the top tier at the end of the night.

First, know your cake — and set your expectations.
Freezing your cake for a whole year, then expecting it to taste the same as it did on your wedding day is a tall order. A frost-free freezer (which has a defrosting mechanism to prevent icy buildup) can dry the cake out.

But some cakes will fare worse than others: A delicate cake (like angel food cake) is more likely to become stale during freezing, and certain fillings (like custards or fresh fruit) might not maintain their original texture indefinitely. Heartier cakes (like chocolate, carrot, hazelnut and almond) will stand up better to a year in the chill.

Pre-freeze it.
Before you wrap it in anything, immediately place your cake in the freezer until the icing hardens. And if it’s decorated with sugar flowers or any other adornments, it’s best to remove them now, lest they get in the way of the freezing process.

Wrap it up.
Next, remove your cake from the freezer and loosely wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap (now that the icing is frozen, it won’t stick to the plastic). Don’t use aluminum foil — it could lead to freezer burn.

Seal it.
If you’re storing your cake in a box, wrap the box in several layers of plastic wrap for the best chance of preserving the cake’s taste and texture. Or better yet, place the cake in an airtight container. Pop it back into the freezer — and maybe mark it with a ribbon or label so you don’t accidentally throw it out over the course of the year!

Eat up!
When your first anniversary draws near, take the cake out of the freezer, remove the wrapping, then allow the cake to thaw for 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator. Before serving, give the cake time (2 to 3 hours) to come to room temperature.

Or, just forget freezing and order a replica.
Concerned your wedding cake won’t hack it in the freezer? Have your bakery create a copycat cake for your anniversary — the dessert will be fresh and sweet, and it will still bring back fond memories of your big day.

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Here at SCW we love a good brunch. I mean who doesn’t love an ice-cold glass of champagne with a splash of freshly squeezed oj & a side of crispy bacon? We are all about the #champagnecampaign over here and one of the newest trends we’ve seen this year is an increase in brunch weddings, and we LOVE it. Living in beautiful, sunny South Florida its nearly always brunch weather and an upside to brunch weddings is that serving brunch instead of dinner to your guests can cut costs tremendously. And did we mention how creative you can get? Envision a waffle bar, you can go with a classic Belgium waffle or our personal favorite chicken & waffles. You can even double it as a desert bar with ice cream & sprinkles. Or you can get equally creative with the always classic eggs benedict. Your cake can be an assortment of stacked donuts and your dance floor lined with bistro lights. We love the playfulness and intimacy of a brunch wedding. So go ahead and gather your favorite people, bring out your favorite outdoor games and brunch it up for your special day. Don’t forget to drink a mimosa or a few. Cheers!






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by Evan Brown

Hashtagging a wedding is awesome and we are completely in love with the idea of Instagramming a wedding (preps and ceremony). There are some downsides to being a social networking bride, but there are also various rewards to make you want to go down that road, such as, having your guest record every moment of the wedding and being able to see it all with only one click on either Facebook or Instagram, thanks to wedding planning apps that make life so convenient.

The craze of hashtag weddings started soon after Twitter was introduced. It has now gone viral on other social networks and couples will do anything to include this in their wedding prep lists. Some are so smitten that they don’t even consider that the guests they are inviting are completely non-tech savvy. Some, on the other hand, spend hours to consider each and every aspect of using social media. This also raises question on wedding etiquettes for them because social media is the new wedding crasher. You could, for example, have issues with random guests snapping your photos and posting them right away. A new social and tech wedding survey conducted by Mashable and The reveals that couples don’t have much control over what is being shared of their weddings on social media. For that reason, thirty-one percent couples are now limiting their guests from sharing on social media. Thirty-five percent still have mixed feelings about it. Surprisingly, a large number of people, 68% to be more precise, want to see their wedding photos posted in real time.

The survey also brings to light how much brides rely on social media for their wedding inspiration and ideas. As soon as the wedding bells ring, they frequently start visiting sites like Facebook, Pinterest, and other online wedding tools to initiate the wedding mania officially. Those tools help them along every step of the aisle way, such as, from creating unique and cost-effective wedding monograms to DIY hairstyles for the big day. Eventually, when the preps are done and the bride and groom are, it’s time to snap photos of the actual ceremony. Every ounce of effort that they put in making the wedding a success can be captured on moment to moment basis for the couple and guests alike. All the amazing wedding planning resources that they used would pay off with their friends and family appreciating every detail of the wedding for days to come.

Here is a selection of trending hashtags that can make your wedding sound just as gorgeous as you deserve. The best hashtag rules include using something that is unique and memorable and using proper signage to guide your guests. If you can achieve that, your wedding extravaganza is going to be a super success. Try using the following hashtags along with your unique ones to make it viral overall and let us know how the experience goes.

• Wedding Hashtag 1: #WeddingHour

This is one hilarious hashtag that became famous thanks to a couple in Detroit. The phrase turned into a viral hashtag once the bride accidentally texted an invitation to a stranger and upon his acceptance tried to backtrack. The uninvited guest promises her, “We still coming.”  This hashtag is perfect when you want to tell the world about your wedding preparations and finding insight and creative inspiration for your wedding. Several wedding blogs and useful wedding DIY directories use it so don’t forget to check this one out.

• Wedding Hashtag 2: #WeStillComing

• Wedding Hashtag 3: #WeddingFail

You can’t appreciate the value of a good thing till you experience a few bad ones. That is just how life is. Where this hashtag reveals some slightly painful moments, it also gives them a touch of humor. One can only pray that they never have to use this for their own wedding!

• Wedding Hashtag 4: #WeddingWednesday

This is another useful hashtag that can help you find interesting stuff over the social media. It can provide you tons of creative input for the preps and photography trends. It can also provide you resource pages to attain valuable information on the right time.

• Wedding Hashtag 5: #DressesAfterDark

If you want to check out the most beautiful wedding gowns and drop-dead elegance of groom’s dresses, don’t forget to use this hashtag on your favorite social networks. This is your one perfect chance to find out what is en vogue in the wedding fashion industry.

• Wedding Hashtag 6: #BridesMaidsGoneWild

Ha ha, that is one thing we all wish to happen at our weddings, i.e. our besties cum brides maids going wild and having fun to the maximum. These are the posts that we are going recall most and so would our guests. Where you may be hesitant in showing the world your wildest moments with friends, those may be the most memorable ones remembered by them all.

• Wedding Hashtag 7: #BrideToBe

Oh, so much can be expressed and shared with this hashtag! From your catwalk practice in heels to final touches from your beautician, this hashtag is to disclose it all. You can babble all you want about the bachelorette party or about the wedding shopping experience. Nothing goes wrong with this hashtag.

• Wedding Hashtag 8: #FlowerGirl

Where you may get carried away with the selfies and bridesmaid mania, you should most definitely never forget about the little angels who become your flower girls. Most couples get special gowns or dresses for their flower girls and matching flower tiaras. You can capture it all on social media with an appropriate hashtag.

• Wedding Hashtag 9: #Bridezilla

Monster Bride? Nah, not so cool! But it could be, if you are posing for your friends on Instagram! Bridezilla hastag can be your way out when you want to vent your frustration on plan delays or any other thing going wrong during the preparation period. On the wedding day, you can simply stick out your tongue and be the wild queen the whole world failed to tame, except for your Mr. Right, right?

• Wedding Hashtag 10: #WeddingDay

Aww, so now that the wedding hour is near and it is your wedding day, do get ready to use this hashtag with couple selfies and lovey dovey poses with your spouse. Wedding day is, after all, your big day and you would want to capture it all – even on the social media.

Bonus: #WeddingTrends

If you want to explore about the wedding trends of 2016 then you need to focus on particular hashtags to fetch you interesting details and updates regarding them. Similarly, #WeddingTrends will help you gather all the information you need to know about different trends related to wedding.


You can also customize your VERY OWN wedding hashtag here:  Check it out!

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