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“Do You Really Need a Guest Book?” – Ask Emmaline

do you really need a guest book

It’s time for a new Ask Emmaline question! Bride-to-be, Stacy, asks us:

Dear Emmaline, I have been seeing many guest books and I am wondering, do we really need a guest book?


Great question, Stacy! When you’re planning a wedding, there are many details which you may be thinking of skipping to save some money. But should you skip the guest book? We’ll tell you…

7 Ways to Keep your Sanity while Planning your Wedding
(Free E-Book)

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Are you looking for tips on how to efficiently plan your wedding? Well, we’re bringing you some helpful tips from one of our preferred wedding planners, Esme Krahn from Bodamaestra. Esme specializes in working with couples from Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. She has created an e-book for all brides called “7 Smart Ways to Keep your Sanity while Planning your Wedding“. So what’s in this e-book that’s going to help you? Esme tells us, “As the title suggests, my goal in writing this e-book is to help couples maintain a sense of control, ownership, and yes, sanity, as they embark on what can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience.” Parts of planning your wedding are sure to be overwhelming, but what we like about this e-book is how Esme breaks down barriers, keeps you organized, and offers smart tips to help you. Get started with your free e-book!

How Boscov’s Does Registry Differently

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The Registry at Boscov’s is perfect for a wedding registry — but the benefits don’t stop there. Sure, you can add innovative kitchen products, utensils, gadgets, and more to the list, but they want to actually help you use the right products to create memorable meals and enjoyable appetizers for years to come. Boscov’s is a family owned business that truly makes its customers feel like a part of the family. And while you may already love what Boscov’s has to offer in-store, now they’ve added personal wedding registry consultants to every store to help make the process so much easier. Today we have the privilege of sharing some of Boscov’s family recipes along with expert recommendations on what kitchen items you’ll need to make these dishes. I can’t wait to try the stuffed French toast! It sounds delish. Check it out!

5 Reasons to Register with Right Now


Hi, loves! Emma here. The other day I was chatting with my adorable friend Kat about her upcoming wedding. She’s working on her registry, and it brought me back to when Andrew and I scanned our wedding registry list together. It wasn’t that long ago, and yet so much has changed with wedding registries since then. Picking out one store and choosing only their products is now a thing of the past. If you find a product you love, it can now be added to your universal registry thanks to the awesome folks of In fact, we’ve identified five key reasons why will save you time, eliminate frustration and stress, and make the registering fun and easy! Read on to see what we’ve discovered…

12 Useful Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged Couples

Did you get engaged over the holiday weekend? Do you know someone who did? ‘Tis the season for engagements, so we wanted to share this engagement gift round-up for you. These helpful items will help kick-start your wedding, provide a few laughs, and help you enjoy the upcoming months as you plan the biggest celebration of your life. Read on to see which gift ideas made the list…

Gift Ideas for Newly Engaged

1. Wedding Countdown

Who doesn’t love to countdown to the big day? This wooden countdown is easy to display, too.

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by the creative sideshow

5 Kitchen Essentials You’ll Wish You Registered For

You’re about to register for your wedding and you’ve decided to start with your kitchen. But what could you use? What do you actually need? One of the biggest mistakes couples make when registering is not knowing where to start and what to register for… and that’s where we come in. Today we’re sharing five kitchen essentials from Cuisinart you’ll absolutely need, use, and be glad you registered for. Plus, we’ll give you some ideas on how to use these products to create three delicious recipes for the holidays. Enjoy!

Kitchen Essentials for the Registry

1. Cuisinart® Cook Central

Why you’ll love it: now you can spend less time prepping dinner and more time enjoying it! You can slow cook, roast, brown/sauté, or steam — even combination cook — with the touch of a button. Prepare meals ahead of time so they’re ready when you are (and not the other way around).

cuisinart slow cooker

7 Ways a Crate and Barrel Registry Will Make You Happy

Have you decided where to register for your bridal shower and wedding yet? If you’re want to register in-store and online, make sure Crate and Barrel is at the top of your list. There are a handful of reasons why Crate and Barrel’s registry is unlike others — and we’re not just saying that because we happen to adore the store. Instead, there are some seriously awesome reasons why Crate and Barrel treats couples better and make them happy to register with them — and here’s why…


How to Make a Photo Album That is Beautiful for Weddings

Do you want to create a photo album yourself that will look absolutely amazing? Are you tired of waiting months for an expensive album when you want to show off your photos right now? We hear you — and our friends at Mixbook hear you, too! That’s why they’ve created the easiest wedding photo book maker with incredibly beautiful results. They use only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sources from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance. There are many photo album sizes and dimensions to choose from along with complete customization at your fingertips. Read on to find out more and reveal an exclusive discount just for our readers! Plus, you can enter for a chance to win $200 towards YOUR book (or anything else you love on their site). Enjoy!

Photo Album for Weddings

Here’s one of our favorite book examples from their gallery. The style is named Industrial Chic.

Photo Albums Weddings | by Mixbook |

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