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A wedding registry nowadays looks a whole lot different than one created years ago. According to the WeddingWire Global Wedding Report, 78 percent of couples live together before marriage, meaning they've probably already accumulated a lot of household items even before the wedding—meaning guests will need to search for wedding gift ideas for couples already living together. Fortunately, with an influx of tech-savvy products and other unique registry items, there is no shortage of wedding registry ideas for couples living together.
Here are some of the must-have wedding registry items for couples already living together that top the lists of the just-married folks we talked to—and ones that are less likely to be returned for cold-hard cash.
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What is it about engagements that make them prime real estate for social media? The smiling faces, the accomplishment of a life milestone, the bling? All of the above? Whatever the reason, most of us are probably counting the moments till we get plan out how to announce our engagement on social media (whether we’re the ones proposing, or the ones saying yes!).
But before you think about how to announce your engagement on social media, pump the brakes and read through these tips to make sure your posts are gracious, not grating.Tell VIPs before you post. You’d never call your high school track club before your mom to spill some big news, so why would you post about your engagement on social media before sharing the news one-on-one with friends and family first? A quick series of phone calls and a few texts will make the VIPs in your life feel loved (and excited!), and all that social media glory will still be waiting for you around the bend. You’ll be glad you made those select few feel special later on when you’re calling upon them to help you craft wedding favors at the 11th hour!
Think quality, not quantity.Trust me, people will love your proposal posts on social media. That’s a given. Old pals and random acquaintances will come out of the woodwork to throw you all the heart emojis, no matter what sort of content you use when it comes to how to announce your engagement. But aside from close friends and family (see above), the average social media follower doesn’t really need to see a frame-by-frame play-by-play of your entire proposal, after-proposal celebration and beyond. So keep your announcement limited to one or two really great photos, rather than a week-long spamfest. Strategically, people respond more positively to one carefully crafted photo over a photo album anyway, and socially, it’s more graceful to share the news humbly with one pic rather than blasting every follower’s news feeds with variations of the same pic. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have multiple photos of your big moment—just save ‘em for an email thread with your fam and besties. The same rule goes for your caption—keep it light and save the full story and intimate details for face-to-face conversations.
Don’t bling brag.
Ring selfies are a huge part of proposal Instagram and social media engagement announcements—and I’m willing to bet a lot of your friends and family members will be demanding pics of your (or your partner’s) new rock! But save those details for those who ask, and don’t use your engagement announcement on social media to boast about your ring or reveal info about its cost and quality. What your followers really care about is that you and your partner are celebrating this momentous life occasion together, not how many down payments your ring is worth. Between all of the wedding events to come, your sparkler will have plenty of opportunities to shine, I promise!
Take advantage of Instagram Stories.Even if you’re normally not a frequent poster, you’ll probably find you suddenly have the urge to post ten photos a day once you get engaged. The moment is just THAT big! But always keep the quality over quantity tip in mind and resist the urge to post engagement pics and statuses multiple times a day. If you simply can’t resist sharing that candid shot or pic of your ring with your new mani, do it on stories instead. You’ll enjoy the rush of sharing without clogging your people’s feeds or oversaturating your own with proposal content. And it’ll make it so those super-interested in your wedding journey will see all the content they’re interested in, but the casual well-wisher won’t become annoyed.
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If it’s not your first time tying the knot, there are probably a number of questions running through your head. What can you do again? What should you do differently? And what just totally doesn’t fly? We asked our wedding experts to walk us through eight of the biggest questions that couples ask when planning a second wedding.
Whether it’s your first wedding and your partner’s second, vice versa, or you’ve both been down the aisle before, if one of you has previously tied the knot, there are definitely a few details that aren’t as cut and dry as they are the first time around. Thankfully, wedding planner Amy Nichols, owner of Amy Nichols Special Events, has first-hand experience to help guide you. “I just got married for the first time, but it was my now-husband’s second marriage. These are the big things we took into consideration as we planned our wedding,” Nichols says.
Is it alright to have a big wedding? It depends! Says Nichols, “If you both previously had larger weddings, and they were less than five years ago, it might not really be appropriate to have a large wedding now. However, if it is one of your's first weddings, then it might be OK.” Ultimately, it is up to the two of you to choose how big or formal your second wedding might be. “One thing to be sensitive to is if there are children from the previous marriage,” Nichols adds. “If they're young or may be uncomfortable in a large wedding setting, this might be something to take into consideration. For my recent wedding, my husband had two tween/teenage sons from a previous marriage and we chose to have a smaller wedding. We both felt it would be ‘easier’ on the kids if it wasn’t a big, over-the-top affair.”
Can we have a religious ceremony? “This is something you ultimately should decide together as a couple and with your clergy person,” says Nichols. “Every religion is different in terms of what is considered respectful and acceptable when it comes to second marriages.” Know that some faiths may be opposed to having a religious ceremony for your second marriage—and may not allow you to hold the wedding in a house of worship.
Can the bride wear white?“Sure! It is her wedding day, and if a bride wants to wear white, she should be able to wear whatever she'd like,” Nichols states.
Can we have a wedding shower or bachelor/bachelorette parties? This is a trickier one. “In my opinion, if it is the bride's first wedding, yes, you can have a shower or a bachelorette party. If it is the bride's second wedding, in theory she would already have many of the things ‘needed’ for starting adult life in your own home, such as pots and pans, etc.—which are some of the most common shower gifts,” Nichols explains. Of course, many couples choose to get new housewares to reflect their new relationship and marriage. “Feel our friends and family out on this one,” says Nichols. “If someone is offering to host a celebration for you and everyone is enthusiastic about the idea, it’s okay to have a shower. I just would recommend keeping the guest list on the smaller side.”
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Now that you've picked out your stationary, it's time to take on wedding invitation wording -- whether you want to keep the wording classic and traditional or creative and whimsical is up to you, but whatever route you choose, there are still basic elements that should be included no matter what.
The good news is that wedding invitation etiquette rules aren't that complicated, after all. The rules are actually much simpler and straightforward than you think. And no matter the case, they're there to serve as a guidelines. The most important rule of all is that you create a beautiful wedding invitation that represents you, your love and the big day to come (and communicates the vital details of the wedding) – so feel absolutely free to riff off these wedding invitation wording rules to create your own.
To help guide you, we're breaking down what each line means and what it typically includes.
All wedding invitations should include the following elements:
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Wondering what to include in a wedding invitation suite? You're not alone. Designing, packaging, and sending wedding invitations is a major undertaking. If your head is swimming from stationery overload and you can't tell a reception card from a response card, we've compiled a helpful guide outlining exactly what to send with wedding invitations.
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Do you have to send a save-the-date? It's your wedding, you can do whatever you want to! However, if you're having a destination wedding during peak-season travel times, like a three-day weekend or summer in a resort town, then sending a save-the-date is an expected courtesy, since many of your guests will have to make travel and hotel arrangements. Of course, anyone can send a save-the-date, especially since they are a fun way to give your guests a heads up about the wedding. Plus, chances are that mailing them will increase guests' chances of attending your celebration.
The save-the-date should definitely include your and your fiance's names, wedding date (or dates, for a wedding weekend), location (a town or city is helpful, even if the venue isn't booked yet) and a notice for a formal invitation to follow.
So when should save the date cards be sent? And how does a destination wedding affect the timeline? In general, order, design, and send out save the date cards at least 6 to 12 months in advance of your wedding date. Why so much time? Giving your guests a year or more to plan will generate excitement and ensure a smooth guest experience, especially for out-of-towners. If you don't have that much time, then send them out as soon as you possibly can.
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