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The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options – Ask Emmaline

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Emma Arendoski

CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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Holy smokes, you guys: keep the wedding advice questions coming! We’re loving ‘em! Today we’re sharing a question we received from Leah. She is getting married this spring but has a question on what to do about wedding meal options. Here’s her question:

The Easy Trick for Wedding Meal Options - Ask Emmaline

Wedding Meal Options

“I’m getting married in May and I’m worried about our reception dinner. Some of our guests have dietary restrictions and we’re having a family style dinner instead of a buffet. Our wedding meal options are chicken, fish, beef, or vegetarian. I don’t want anything to get mixed up with the meals, but I’m not sure how to go about labeling the place settings. Any ideas?”

Great question, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! We were just speaking with Tiffany of TiffZippy and she told us about her meal choice place cards. When you have a meal option place card at each place setting, you’ll eliminate confusion and ensure guests are given the proper meal. Plus, staff are really busy getting all the meals prepared and delivered to guests; an easy-to-see place card really saves them time.

Here are the meal choice place cards we talked about:

Go + Get ‘Em!

You can get these meal choice place cards here. After you receive guest RSVPs back with their wedding meal options, just write out the place cards with the appropriate meal choice. See? It’s easy! And now you have one less thing to worry about!

Happy Planning!


-E.

P.S. Have a question? Submit it to us! We’d love to hear from you + help eliminate any wedding planning stress!

Wedding Registry Online or In Store? – Ask Emmaline

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CEO/Editor at Emmaline Bride
Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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We’ve received an Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Ashlee about her wedding registry. She asks,

“I’ve heard a lot about online wedding registries. A friend of mine is using a certain online retailer as her exclusive wedding shower registry, but I’m not sure if my friends and family would be comfortable with online-only purchases. Do you have any advice on whether a wedding registry online or in store is better?”

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Wedding Registry Online or In Store?

Great question! When Andrew & I got married a few years back, Amazon was just starting to perfect its wedding registry service, and, to be honest, we weren’t really sure how it worked. Or comfortable completing a wedding registry online. However, online wedding registries have become a popular solution for some couples, particularly for off-the-cuff items like power tools to furniture to hobby or special interest items. But should you register for your wedding online?

Well, not exclusively.

If you want the freedom of registering for anything online and you like the ease and popularity of in store registries, we recommend the following: do a wedding registry online AND in store. Who says it has to be one OR the other? And here’s why.

Why Registering Online AND In Store Makes Perfect Sense

1. Gift givers tend to prefer seeing the purchase in person.

Have you ever ordered an item online only to be disappointed in person? You see, your Aunt or Grandmother doesn’t want to send you something before they can see it for themselves.

2. Not everyone is tech-savvy.

People are most comfortable with what they know. Since a traditional in store wedding registry has been the trend for so many years, it is going to be a tough sell to get everyone to figure out how to order online, and some people just aren’t comfortable shopping online.

3. People like options.

Some people won’t mind buying a gift online; others will love that they can go to a store and pick out something they know you’ll love. Give the people what they want–options! Plus, I’ve heard that it’s best to register for your wedding in at least two places, for variety (and convenience’s sake, depending on how close a store is located to a shopper).

4. Most stores do both anyway!

Most in-store registries are now available online, too, so you have the flexibility of registering online in your pajamas and guests can still either shop online for an item OR go in store to see it in person. Ah, the internet: it’s wonderful, isn’t it?

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Where should you register in store?

Even though many purchases occur online today, brick and mortar stores are — and will continue to be! — a popular choice for shoppers. For instance, places like Bed Bath & Beyond (+ those 20% off coupons! Love them), Target (who doesn’t love Target?), Crate & Barrel, and Macys are a few places that seem to be popular among engaged couples. Another favorite? Kohls (where if you’re not shopping using a Kohls charge and getting Kohls cash and flashing a 30% off coupon, you’re just doing it wrong).

These all offer many benefits of registry, along with ease of registering online or in person.

Where should you register online?

If you’re going to have one in-store registry and one online registry, you may not know where to begin for the online wedding registry. We have seen so many registries popping up in the last decade, but we’ve tried a bunch and Amazon is still our favorite. Here’s why:

Amazon Wedding Registry

Amazon‘s wedding registry is awesome! You get a 10% completion gift off most products on Amazon for a savings of up to $100. Plus, it’s universal: you can add items from OTHER WEBSITES with the universal button (so, shop your heart out– anywhere!) Plus, many people now utilize Amazon Prime, which means even last-minute shoppers can get your gift in time in only two days, guaranteed, for FREE.

It’s free and easy to get started, just click here or on the image below:

We’re affiliates of Amazon, but this in no way effects our recommendation. We just love ‘em anyway — we even shop Amazon ourselves!

I hope it helps and be sure to see these common wedding registry mistakes for more details. You should also check out how to register for your wedding for helpful tips & tricks.

So, tell us:

Are you registering online or in store and why?

Share your thoughts / questions / comments below!

Invitation Tip #101: Song Request on RSVP

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Blogger, author, wife + mother. I love coffee, DIY, handmade + all things wedding. Check out my books: "The Handcrafted Wedding" (2012) and "The Inspired Wedding" (2014). You can also find me blogging at Emmaline Baby.
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It’s a brand new year at Emmaline Bride and that means fresh posts + planning tips! We are offering new category-posts Monday through Friday to ensure you have (real, practical) planning tips for any aspect of your wedding, every single week. Mondays are for Invitations and Stationery, so today we’re sharing one of our favorite wedding invitation tips! Read on to find out more and see an illustrated beach wedding invitation from B is for Brown via The Marketplace.

Song Request on RSVP

One of our favorite wedding invitation tips is to include a song request on RSVP cards. When Andrew & I tied the knot, we did not include a song request on the RSVP cards, but that’s because WE DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD! I mean, we had never seen it done before and hadn’t really even considered it, but we thought the invitations had to be oh-so-formal.

Remember: it’s your wedding. There are no rules!

Your big day is all about the two of you, so adding little details like these in unexpected places will really show off your fun, creative side. A song request on RSVP cards will encourage guests to submit a song for your playlist (and you have final say, of course), which then means they’ll be eager to hear the songs you select for the big day. They’re also more likely to dance when their jam comes on, so keep that in mind, too!

We spotted this adorable illustrated wedding invitation from B is for Brown that includes a song request on RSVP:

song request on rsvp - beach wedding invitation

When guests return the RSVP card, they can include a song request on the line provided.

Here’s the full invite:

song request on rsvp - beach wedding invitation

You can find out more about this invitation here.

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xo
-E.

Newly Engaged? 7 Things You Absolutely Need to Do

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Are you newly engaged? If so, you won’t want to miss this post! A friend of mine got engaged over the weekend and their engagement story is so cute. Stephanie and Chris have an Advent calendar (like this) where you open a new box every day to reveal a note or small gift. On Day 21, lo and behold there was an engagement ring inside! (How cute is that?) Congrats, you two!

So, since this is the most popular season for engagements, you’ll want to see this list of things to do and pass it along to someone who is newly engaged. It can make a world of a difference when you know where to begin. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Newly Engaged Things to Do

1. Buy a simple notebook.

You never know when inspiration will strike, so be prepared with a simple notebook and a pen. Here’s a small one that’s perfectly portable spotted via Barn Door Events.

simple white wedding pad notebook

2. Pull together a budget.

Unless you’re blessed with a never-ending amount of cash, you’ll need a budget. It will keep you on track and sane when you eye that eight thousand dollar dress and matching two thousand dollar shoes.

3. Pick a date.

When you find the perfect venue for your ceremony and reception, lock down that date and secure it. Having a specific wedding date makes planning so much easier: it will all start to fall into place.

wedding-date-banner

wedding banner love

4. Pick a theme.

Along with a date, picking a wedding theme makes your wedding planning so much easier. Every wedding has a theme; what will yours be?

5. Pick an awesome posse.

Now’s the time to pick your wedding party, and you better make it awesome: pick people who are supportive of your union and most of all won’t add to your stress level.

pick your bridesmaids via 7 newly engaged things to do via emmalinebride.com

photo: bg productions | see the real wedding

6. Subscribe to favorite wedding blogs.

Subscribe to your favorite wedding blogs so you can take them to-go. When you subscribe (via RSS, usually), new posts are emailed to your inbox. This means you’ll save time on clicking around to every wedding website and you’ll get inspiration right at your fingertips. (Subscribe to Emmaline Bride here!)

7. Grab a wedding planning book.

It always helps to have a wedding planning book at your fingertips to flip through while you sip on a hot cup of coffee. Stop by Barnes & Noble and check out their wedding section. There are so many amazing titles!

the inspired wedding book (2)the inspired wedding book

the inspired wedding | photos: carolyn scott

xo
-E.

P.S. Be sure to read this if you’re a bride-to-be!