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Think Creatively With Wedding Registries                                                                                                                     BUDGET -- cont. from pg. 4
       A marriage doesn't just bring         • Register three to six         are always recognized as her            Friends and family can make sure        wedding invitations and then
together two people in love, it         months before the wedding. If        designs. This individuality tran-       word gets out.                          embellish them by adding ribbon,
also serves as the catalyst for         you register earlier, some season-   scends to her home décor collec-             • Keep a running gift list.        lace or silk, or dried flowers, say
merging their worlds into one.          al patterns and promotional items    tion with cozy, and visually            Make a note of each item you            experts.
For couples who may have had            may be out of season by your         appealing fur pieces that can be        receive, who sent it and any                  Get gown savvy. Watch the
homes separately from one               wedding day.                         the focal point or conversation         thoughts that come to mind when         sales, and buy off the rack. Scout
another before getting married,              • Visit the store during off-   piece of a home. To learn more          you unwrap it on a master note          sample sales where you can nab
they may be bringing along              hours, so you can examine pat-       about Adrienne Landau and other         pad. This will make writing             dresses for 25 to 95 percent off
housewares, furniture and other         terns and consider your choices      ideas for furnishing your home          thank-you notes easier. Once            regular prices.
décor that's not necessarily of a       in a relaxed and tranquil environ-   together, visit www.adrien-             gifts start piling up cards are eas-          Flower power. Consider
cohesive style. This could mean         ment.                                                 ily misplaced, and your memory          using silk flowers, which often
it's time to rethink what should be          • Give yourselves plenty of          • Don't overlap. Register for      becomes unreliable.                     can be cheaper than real ones and
included in their home together.        time to select what you like.        each item in one store only.                 • Maintain your bridal reg-        can even be reused to decorate
It typically involves registering       These are important decisions,       Otherwise, you may get frazzled         istry. Many stores will keep a          your home. Mix in berries, fruit
for gifts from favorite stores as a     and you should think them over.      keeping track of gifts that have        registry active for a year or more.     or greenery fillers to create large
way to stock up on items that           Many brides-to-be intitially go      and haven't been purchased or           This way you can see what was-          centerpieces or bouquets at lower
reflect mutual taste as a couple.       into stores alone or browse online   end up with duplicates.                 n't purchased and fill in items you     costs, and use flowers that are in-
       Today registries are an          to narrow down their selections,          • Never announce your reg-         really desire. Additionally, some       season. Try a grocery store’s
invaluable part of the wedding          then return with their partners to   istration in wedding invitations -      guests will refer to the registry       flower department, which might
process, and one eagerly antici-        make final decisions.                this implies that gifts are as          for anniversary gift ideas.             offer better deals than regular
pated by couples. Registries                 • Take advantage of registry    important to you as guests.                                                     florists. Another way to spruce up
needn't be limited to just one          consultants. These experts are                                                                                       your locale: Borrow plants or
store or type of retail outlet. In      invaluable sources of advice                                                                                         trees from friends, or rent them
fact, a popular trend in wedding        about everything from wedding                                                                                        from a florist.
gifts is offering luxurious throws      etiquette to recommended place                                                                                             Affordable     photography.
and pillows as opposed to tradi-        setting amounts.                                                                                                     Find a photographer who will let
tional linens and housewares.                • Register in a variety of                                                                                      you keep your negatives. That
Brides- and grooms-to-be are            price ranges. Include high-priced                                                                                    way you can avoid paying high
also registering at places, such as     gifts for guests who can afford                                                                                      prices for reprints or enlarge-
Lowes and The Home Depot if             them and less expensive gifts for                                                                                    ments. Hire a capable photogra-
they desire miter saws as well as       shower guests and guests on lim-                                                                                     phy college student, but evaluate
platinum-rimmed china.                  ited budgets.                                                                                                        the quality of the student’s work
       The bridal registry will take         • Use your imagination.                                                                                         first.
the guesswork out of wedding            China, crystal, silver, linen and                                                                                          Fancying food. Instead of
gifts, but only if it's used correct-   housewares are classic wedding                                                                                       serving lobster and shrimp, make
ly by the couple and their guests.      gifts - and perennial favorites                                                                                      less expensive foods fancier. Ask
Here are some guidelines for            with brides and grooms - but con-                                                                                    the caterer what other affairs’
using registries successfully,          sider registering for other items                                                                                    menus they are preparing on the
                                                                               It has become the expected practice for couples to register for preferred
courtesy of fashion and home            as well. Adrienne Landau incor-        gifts for their wedding and life together. But you can think outside of the   same day and if you can serve the
décor designer Adrienne Landau.         porates unusual combinations of        box for unique or unconventional gifts.                                       same items. Caterers might be
                                        materials in striking ways which                                                                                     able to order and charge for the
                                                                                                                                                             food at discounted bulk rates.

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