Start your day with the sweetest of satin delights—a ring bearer’s pillow topped with two trinkets that represent your promise to each other. Men’s platinum band designed by Tacori features a hand-engraved vine design, $3,730, from Bove Jewelers in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A ladies white gold and diamond band features 5.04 carats of diamonds, $8,705, from Bove Jewelers in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. White satin ring bearer pillow by Beverly Clark, $29, at Apropos in Greenville.
Making the Registry
Registering for china, dinnerware, crystal and household items can be fun, and it just about guarantees you won’t receive three toasters.
Determine what items you’re looking for and consider the pros and cons of different types of stores. Larger department stores may offer more variety, but smaller stores may specialize and offer more personal service. And ask any store you frequent if they offer a registry. They just might, no matter what their size.
Traditional stores like JCPenney at the Christiana and Dover malls offer china, crystal, and more. Target, which sells a variety of home items, offers the Club Wedd registry in its Dover and Brandywine Hundred stores and via the Internet. Pier 1, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and other stores offer online service, as does Amazon.com. Check your favorite store’s website to see if they offer a similar service.
Locally owned stores like Everything but the Kitchen Sink in Hockessin and The Enchanted Owl in Greenville and Rehoboth Beach often have online registry services where customers can see what china, crystal, silver and casual dinnerware the couple has registered for. However, these sites are often limited to browsing: guests have to visit or call the store to make a purchase.
You can also offer buyers the option of purchasing high-end gifts at discounted prices by registering at the outlets near Rehoboth Beach. Mikasa, which sells crystalware and other items at Tanger Seaside, offers a registry, as does Pfaltzgraff, which sells china and other dinnerware at Tanger Midway. Call your favorite outlet store to see if they offer one.
As you shop, aim for diversity. Louise Hoffman, owner and manager of Greenville’s Enchanted Owl, recommends couples include a range of costs to fit every guest’s budget, and find stores that offer flexibility, like the option to purchase setting pieces individually. And be sure to have enough items on your registry, says Amalia Duran-Wolff of Everything but the Kitchen Sink. “If it’s a huge wedding, there may be multiple showers and engagement parties,” she says. “You want to have enough for guests to select from.”
No matter where you register, remember to enjoy selecting items to furnish the home you’ll share as husband and wife, which is the best gift you could get.
. Tara Lynn Johnson
If having all of your college sorority sisters in your bridal party sounds more like work than pleasure, keep in mind that there are no rules that require a party of 10. In fact, you only really need a groom and a couple of witnesses to get hitched. And don’t worry, you probably won’t be treading on any toes by thinning the herd.
“Sometimes people are relieved when they aren’t [in the bridal party]. It can be very expensive,” says Joan Stokely, president of the Society of Diplomacy. And no matter what your mother or sister might say, there are no rules on who should be in your bridal party, if you decide to have one. “It’s truly up to the bride,” she says. “You might be much closer to a non-family member, but if you limit it to your sisters, you might leave out the best friend of your whole life.”
The details of the day are yours to choose. Invite your closest friends, your relatives or in-laws, or leave them all in the pews. Either way, it’s up to you.
Not sure if you should invite children to your reception or not? It’s a decision many brides struggle with. But the Newark-based company The Wedding Sitters has an alternative. Instead of releasing a heard of cute, but unruly, youngsters on the dance floor, let them have cake—and tea. The Wedding Sitters will set up a tea party complete with snacks and entertainment for your youngest guests. That way parents can relax and junior can have his own fun. The service typically costs $55 per child for five hours and covers all costs. Bookings can go quickly, so try to reserve the service at least four months in advance. Call 373-4884 for more information.