So perhaps I’ve bitten off more than I can chew by promising an inspiration board each week!!!  This week started full-time student teaching for me and I have been more than way busy with that – not to mention we had several meetings this week, which led to decreased time for lesson planning and ultimately, no inspiration searching!!!

Now don’t be discouraged.  A promise is a promise, and even if it’s not everything and more you’ve expected, it’s something!  And hey!, you can’t complain…at least I’m trying!!

As you may remember, Neil and I began our wedding registry about a month ago.  I was so excited to finally get this going – and fortunately, so was the Mr.!!  We stuck pretty firmly to the “suggested items” list, but of course we added a few and subtracted a few – I mean, really, who needs a Quiche pan?!  Can’t one of the other 52 pans they suggest you register for substitute as a Quiche pan for the 1 time a century you make a Quiche….or in our case, the never time a century we make a quiche?!  There were things on the suggested registry that we did in fact register for, although it’s unknown if we’ll use it immediately – but they are just those things that are nice to have on hand.  For instance, we registered for entertainment-ware.  Sure, we don’t entertain often, but it’s something we’re hoping to do more often in the future.

With that said…

…I’ve designed a Registry Inspiration Board, and I hope this helps other brides to be inspired to register for entertainment-ware.  Sure – it’s not the typical pots, pans, flatware, and shower caddies – but it’s so incredibly handy!  For instance, a few weekends ago we had a housewarming party and I sincerely ran out of large bowls that didn’t look like mixing bowls…it was difficult and it really helped us to design our registry around what we needed.  Granted, we may not use it every weekend, but it’ll definitely come in handy when we least expect it!

Inspiration 3

  • Wine Cooler: While entirely unnecessary, it is fun and if you have the money…why not?!  It holds several bottles and keeps it out of sunlight and perfectly cooled to the correct temperature!
  • Dip Dishes: These fun and stylish dip dishes from Hampton Forge will keep your dips separated and together…all at once.  They are great for any occasion and can provide your guests with several different choices at your great little gathering.  This is definitely one thing we needed a few weekends ago!!  Let me tell you, pink cereal bowls just weren’t cutting it!!
  • Napkin Rings: For your viewing pleasure, I have provided you will three different choices for napkin rings.  The rings Neil and I have are similar to the brown ones.  They way functional and perfect for a casual dinner or a more upscale occasion.  The great thing about napkin rings is that they are customizable for different holidays!!  So instead of keeping the same-ol’ rings for every dinner, spice things up a bit for a fall-themed party or the Halloween bash of the century!!  The perfect thing about the Halloween ones…you can make them yourselves!!!  And there are several other DIY napkin rings online – the possibilities are endless!
  • Storage Boxes: The perfect thing about these?!  They are fun and stylish…and they can store odds-n-ends that just don’t have a home as your guests are quickly approaching the front door.  These particular boxes are from Nordstrom and will just cost you $14 each for a luxurious silk box!!
  • Drinkware: I’m fairly confident that every bride out there has registered for drinkware…but is it really a party if you’re using your everyday drinkware?!  Pick up these super fun drinkware collections from Neiman Marcus for $27 for a pack of four!!  Talk about a steal!!!
  • Pitcher: This is from our own personal registry!  I love love love this collection of crystal and had to include it in the board!!  It’s a simple pitcher, but the see-thru crystal will allow any fun concoction sparkle through.  Even if we don’t get it from a guest…I’ll be sure to pick it up myself!! 🙂
  • Candle Holders: What a great conversation piece!!  These spectacular Vera Wang Candleholders can easily be incorporated into any wedding decor and will add a touch of class to your home.  Pair them with a stylish candle and you’re sure to have several compliments!  Not to mention…who doesn’t love Vera Wang?!
  • Linen Coaster: Along the same lines as the drinkware…what fun is it to use everyday coasters when you can pick up these perfectly stylish coasters for $55 from Bloomingdales!?  Don’t get me wrong, I love the coasters I picked up several years ago – but when I can have these fun coasters for a casual get-together, why not?!

To wrap things up, I have to reiterate that we loved registering for our gifts!!  And while I know we way over-registered, it was still fun and it provides a nice little shopping list for Neil and I everytime we stop into our chosen stores!!

So in the famous words of…someone, I’m sure…

Eat Drink & Be Marriedsource