Aug 25 2016

2016 Back to College Gift Guide + Sweepstakes

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1. Tracey Tanner Backpack ($495, GiftInsider10 for 10% off)  2. Confetti Post Care Packages ($54) 3. Thimblepress Notepads ($18, thimblelove for 10% off) 4. Kiko Leather Cord Wrap ($27, TGI15 for 15% off) 5. Owen and Fred Pen ($7), 6. Owen and Fred Hey Handmade Dopp Kit ($68), 7. Tracey Tanner Pouch ($99, GiftInsider10 for 10% off), 8. Owen and Fred Duffle ($115) 9. Kiko Leather Macbook Case ($65, TGI15 for 15% off )

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– TGI15 for 15% off Kiko Leather

Be sure to enter our Sweepstakes below to win one of each products for the brands listed above!

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Watch us chat live about these gifts on ABC Detroit below!

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Jul 18 2016

Wedding Series: 1 Year Later, A Look Back at Our Wedding Day

It’s been 365 days since Jon and I tied the knot. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Throughout the year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding, What We Put In Our Welcome Bags, What We Registered For and plenty of other fun details about the wedding planning process. Today we are just sharing a few of our favorite professionally captured photos of the day as we reminisce on some of our happiest moments.

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Photo credit: Laurie Tennent Studios

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Jul 13 2016

Wedding Series: Gifts We Gave The Day of Our Wedding

It’s been almost a year since our wedding. WOW! This past year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our WeddingWhat We Put in Our Welcome BagsWhat We Gave Our Bridesmaids and How We Chose Our Wedding Invitations. This post is all about the other gifts we gave the day of our wedding — the gifts for my handsome groom, my wonderful in-laws and my I-Can’t-Thank-Them-Enough parents. Browse below for tips and links to #whatthegiftinsidergave.

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The quote I used for my Mom’s hankie was from one of our favorite books growing up (and I’m sure a lot of yours too!), I loved the idea of using that quote on a hankie. I found the custom floral hankie on Etsy, personalized it with our date and names and chose a style that complimented the robes we gave our bridesmaids and the floral liner of our invitation.

Hankie for Dad 

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This hankie I found on Etsy had the perfect, sweet sentiment for my Dad. My Dad tends to be a bit of a happy crier (he’s the sweetest.) So loved the hankie idea for him. All black and white and simple. Something he’ll hold onto forever.

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I wanted to give my future in-laws something little yet sentimental. It’s your wedding after all, so don’t go too big and pricey with the gifts for your parents/in-laws. I bought two nice bottles of vino, some gold polka dot wine bags, matching gift tags and pasted on this heartfelt, personalized note.

Cold Feet Socks, Cuff Links and Pocket Square for my Groom 

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I had one of my bridesmaids deliver my groom a pair of socks with a label that read “In Case You Get Cold Feet” to his door the day of the wedding. Another cute but little Etsy find.

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As my main gift, I gave him a pair of simple black cufflinks with our wedding date engraved on the back.

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I searched online everywhere for the perfect black and white polka dot pocket square that I had seen on Pinterest. I finally found it 2 days before our wedding at a little shop right down the street from our home! It was perfect.

What were some of the small, sweet and sentimental things you gave the special people the day of your wedding? Tell us below!

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Apr 12 2016

Perfect Wedding Presents for the Bride & Groom

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Wedding season is upon us, and there’s no better time to up your gifting game than with a heartfelt gift for the couple-to-be. We’ve rounded up a few unique picks for your favorite 2016 couples. Tune into ABC’s TV20 Detroit on 4/13 to see us chat about this gift guide live.

1. Vows as an Art Print 

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Turn the happy couple’s vows into a piece of art they can hang right on the wall. Minted will turn the couple’s vows (or any other text) into a piece of art that’s personal and beautiful. The print is available in letterpress or foil-pressed options as well and you can handpick the font. Starts at $36

Available at Minted.com 

2. Gold Initial Tray 

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An initial or monogram tray is the perfect personalized gift. This option from West Elm is perfect for serving drinks, organizing odds and ends or making breakfast in bed. $34 + monogramming

Available at westelm.com

3. Romantic Picnic Basket

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For the couple who loves romance and adventure, gift a picnic basket filled with outdoor dining essentials. This option comes with break-proof glasses, plates, napkins and enough room for a few bottles of rose and some delish sammies.

Available at Macys

4. Hydration Tracking Mugs

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For the fitness-focused couple or lover of the latest gadgets, gift the new Pryme Vessyl. It’s a genius smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated and at your best throughout the day. Perfect to use on the day of the wedding as well! $99

Available at prymevessyl.com and select apple stores

5. Bright + Compact Keurig 2.0 

 

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The brightly colored Keurig 2.0 is perfectly compact and practical for the newlyweds. Pair with a set of Mr and Mrs mugs and some K-Cups to help start them off on a peppy foot. Try K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. 7 refreshingly fun colors, we love the Turquoise, Orange or Violet.

Availabe at Keurig.com or other major retailers

6. Monthly Plonk Wine Club

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Gift a curated monthly Wine Club to the newlyweds. Plonk Wine Club sends recipe pairings & tasting notes to the newlyweds and specializes in artisanal, small batch & sustainably grown boutique wines from around the globe. 2, 4, or 12 bottles a month & choose your Club; Mixed, White, Cabernet, Pinot, Sauvignon. Starting at $49.99

Available at plonkwineclub.com

7. Create a Custom Love Song

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Our Song Online let’s customers create an original and totally unique singer-songwriter style song recorded on acoustic guitar and cello, all personalized to the specific recipient. The lead writer at oursong has been writing love songs for over 14 years to his high school sweetheart-now-wife-of-ten-years and is now using his experience to create gift songs for fellow romantics and creative gift givers. Prices vary from $206 to $318.

Available at OursongOnline.com

 

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Apr 7 2016

Registry Must-Haves for Entertaining: Macy’s Registry Series

In our final post in our Wedding Registry Series partnership with Macy’s, we rounded up our favorite picks for entertaining. Whether the newlyweds are more of the laid-back bbq type or the formal sit down dinner types, you can’t go wrong gifting something to help them host family and friends. If you are looking for other wedding gift inspiration, browse our Wedding Registry Trends piece.

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1. Vera Wang Wedgwood Dinner Set ($139) 2. Vera Wang Toasting Flutes ($85) 3. Villeroy & Boch 3-Tiered Server ($190) 4. Lenox Rose Desert Servers ($84) 5. Kate Spade Melamine Tray ($40) 6. Home Design Studio Diffuser ($50) 7. Marble Square Paddle Cheeseboard ($58), 8. Cellar Gold Stemless Wine Glasses ($43) 9. Waterford Rebel Blush Decanter ($195)

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Apr 6 2016

Wedding Series: What I Gave My Bridesmaids

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For our latest post in our Wedding Series, I’m talking about what I gave my bridesmaids. I couldn’t choose one gift so I chose a few and stacked them up in true Gift Insider fashion. In case you missed the start to our Bridesmaid gifting journey, be sure to check out our past post on How We Asked Our Bridesmaids. A special thank you to the wonderful 8 ladies who helped make our day so perfect.

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I stacked three different sized white boxes from Michaels and tied together with velvet blush ribbon from Minted and stuck on “Worlds Best Bridesmaid” ribbons from Anthropologie (no longer available.) I had a calligrapher from Etsy handwrite gift tags in gold.

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I wrote a little note inside each box that explained why I chose each gift. Gift #1 was a wrap that I found in Paris at my favorite boutique Merci. I chose different style floral for each wrap and it had a little tag that said merci (thank you!). I found them right after we got engaged and thought it was the perfect little token to show them how much I appreciated them.

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I know a lot of people gift jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding, but I wanted to give something they could wear beyond the wedding, so I gifted these thick script initial necklaces from Etsy. Another great line is HL Collection from Tel Aviv. (use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off)

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For the final gift, I went with the popular Sugar Plum robe. I loved that they matched the liner of our invitation and the blush vibe of the wedding. I also gave a sleeping mask in the same floral pattern.

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It isn’t always easy finding the perfect gift for your most inner squad. If you can’t find the perfect thing, gift a few smaller items. Feel free to browse our packed Pinterest Board or our Wedding Party gift section of the site for more inspo. We’d love to hear about what you gave or got as a Bridesmaid gift below.

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Mar 30 2016

Party Must-Haves for The Best Bachelorette Party Ever

Wedding season is right around the corner, which means bachelorette & bachelor parties are about to be in full swing. Whether you are heading out for a relaxing spa weekend in Napa or hitting the clubs in Vegas, TGI is here to give you party essentials to plan the perfect bachelorette party. If you need more inspo, check out last years post on my own Miami Bachelorette weekend.

The “Oh Shit Kit”

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Every smart party planner knows that the day after is never fun. These “Oh Shit” hangover kits are cute and key to a long weekend. Have a fun bag stuffed with your favorite hangover cures for each of the guests.

*TGI Suggestions: Advil, Tic Tacs, Wisps, Eye Drops, Mini water bottles, Hangover Joes Hangover Shots

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“To Have and To Hold- Your Hair Back” Hair Ties

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If the party is a success, majority of you will need to tie your hair up at some point (either due to dancing the night away or because the bride is praying to the porcelain god). Either way, these hair ties are a cute, functional, and customizable.

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“Mini Crown” For the Bride-To-Be

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It’s important for the bride to stand out but if she’s not so much the fake veil type, these mini crowns are perfect. Understated yet just sparkly enough to catch everyone’s eye.

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Personalized Quizzes

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No bachelorette party would be complete without a couple of games. Create a custom quiz that tests the guests’ knowledge of the special couple. Start the night off by handing each guest one of these and see who knows the bride best.

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Custom Tanks

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For a bachelorette weekend, matching tank tops are a great keepsake. Let the jokes on each top reflect each guest and reminisce on old memories while also creating new ones.

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Gift each guest one of these funky custom tattoos. They may actually end up being a lifesaver if one of the bridesmaids ends up being a tad over-served…

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“Kisses From Your Bitches”

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At the end of the weekend, have each girl kiss a canvas. Once you are home get it framed and then give it to the bride. We promise every bride will be thrilled to receive this personal and sentimental keepsake that commemorates her “last” wild weekend.

TGI Tip: Try to get each girl to wear a different shade of lipstick. The multiple shades will make for fun and colorful home décor.

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We love hearing about what you ladies did for your favorite Brides-to-Be. Tell us in the comments below and browse our Bachelorette Pinterest board for more fun ideas.

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Mar 24 2016

11 Major Wedding Registry Trends: Macy’s Registry Series

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For our third post in our Wedding Registry Series with Macy’s, we’re talking about our favorite wedding registry trends of 2016. Whether you are the happy couple-to-be or are gifting the happy couple-to-be, we’ll walk you through the trends you need to know.

1. Home Decor Elements

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Couples are adhering to less strict registry rules than decades of the past. Many already have the basic home essentials, but would prefer some fun items to express their new style as a couple like photo displays or wall decor.

2. Al Fresco Dining Options

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With the shift in more casual and outdoor entertaining, high end designers like Kate Spade and Michael Aram are creating chic lines of melamine plastic, eco-friendly and party approved tableware that is both design and budget-friendly. It’s perfect for the couple who loves to entertain.

3. Copper Everything

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Whether choosing new pots and pans, a french press or barware, copper is definitely the metallic hue of the moment. We love how it mixes well with a range of other metals for a fresh and eclectic look.

4. Kitchen Space Savers

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With all the gadgets, mixers and large serving pieces couples get for their wedding, it isn’t often there is *extra* space in a newlyweds kitchen. These Joseph and Joseph cutting boards and mixing bowl sets are a both stylish and space-saving kitchen solution.

5. Faceted Designs

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We’ve been seeing the faceted design trend everywhere, from vases to light fixtures and we can’t get enough. For the on-trend couple, a few home accents in this style is the perfect way to add fresh and functional elements to their happy home.

6. Cast Iron Cookware

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As far as cast iron cookware, Le Creuset is the gold standard. A french classic, you can braise, simmer or roast almost anything, they have a last-forever quality and the most beautiful range of colors. It’s the perfect way to add a cohesive pop of color that will stand the test of time.

7. Time-Saving Gadgets

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The tech world is exploding with ways to make it easy for couples to keep their home in top shape. Couples are adding time-saving gadgets like the iRobot to their registry to keep their newlywed homes clean as easily as possible.

8. Gold Flatware

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It’s all about gold flatware for the dining table these days. The modern couple is mixing and matching metals for a less formal but still cohesive look when entertaining.

9. Bar Cart Essentials

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The bar cart has made a serious comeback. Bar tools, decanters and assorted style glassware are at the top of many couple’s wish lists.

10. Experience Related Ideas

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Many couples are asking for more experience related gifts that they can enjoy together outside the home, like a fun picnic basket, blanket or hammock.

11. Marble Inspired Serveware 

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Marble inspired looks aren’t only for fancy countertops anymore. The style is newly trending for serving essentials like cheese boards, cake stands and cutting boards. It’s a less expensive way to add the same chic and clean feel to any budget home.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

 

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Mar 10 2016

The Few Things We Wish We Had Registered For: Macy’s Registry Series

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There are quite a few things to consider when registering for your wedding: what’s your style? how many people do you plan to host? where are you going to put it all? Let’s be real, no couple aces it without any help. Even gift experts, like myself, rely on the experiences of past brides and online checklists to help guide us. For our initial post in our wedding registry series with Macy’s, we walked you through what we registered for and what we loved. Now we are going to walk you through some of the the little things we totally forgot about, but wish we had registered for.

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1. Cellar Everyday Glass Pitcher ($40):

A few clear pitchers are perfect for brunches or casual parties where you are serving multiple drink options. We made the mistake of only choosing pitchers that are gorgeous on a formal table, but since guests can’t see what’s inside, we’ve been stuck with many untouched jugs of mimosa-ready juices.

2. Nambe 3-Piece Serving Set ($65): 

Get extra serving sets! No matter how many you think you need, register for a few extra. You will never have enough. Feel free to mix and match textures and styles that work with a variety of your serving pieces, we did a mix of golds and hammered silver. Try a few less expensive options that you can use everyday and some higher end styles that compliment your formal pieces like the Nambe of Michael Aram lines.

3. Chilewich Placemats ($15):

Multiple style placements are such a fun and easy way to spice up your table and your look. We registered for one style, but would have loved a few different options to switch up our look for different seasons. Chilewich is definitely the line to browse.

4. Godinger 3-Tiered Serving Piece ($100)

After hosting our first buffet-style brunch, I realized we needed some pieces that offered some varying heights on the table, both for aesthetic reasons and so I could get some more space out of our table. While traditionally for desserts, it’s perfect for displaying pretty much anything. 

5. Cellar Cake Stand ($29):

This was another thing I didn’t think we *needed*, but now, wish we had asked for. It seems every time we have a gathering it’s around someone’s birthday, so there is typically a cake involved (and my hubby just loves cake!). A clear stand is both a practical and pretty place to keep sweets.

6. Joseph Joseph Carousel Tool Set ($79):

Don’t forget to register for some new kitchen tools. While you may already have some current options, once you have new pots, pans and everything in between, you’ll wish you had upgraded that beat-up spatula too. We love the chic, happy and practical designs of the Joseph Joseph line.

7. Reed and Barton Flatware Chest ($150)

A flatware chest is another item a lot of couples don’t think to register for. It’s useful and timeless for any flatware you don’t want to keep out everyday. We purchased one post-wedding after we decided we wanted to keep our old everyday flatware in addition to our new set, just in case we needed a few extra sets for entertaining.

8. Tumi Travel Satchel ($445):

We waited a few months after our wedding to take our European honeymoon, so it wasn’t at the forefront of our minds when registering. Before we jetted off, we realized we desperately needed some key traveling essentials. We ended up last-minute shopping for the quality luggage we needed right away.

9. Dyson Heating/Cooling Fan ($749):

Space heaters, vacuums, humidifiers and the like are a common category that couples wish they had registered for. It’s totally okay to ask for a high-ticket item that you really need. My home office is always FREEZING, summer or winter – so this heating/cooling fan could have saved me lots of bundling up.

For those of you who have already went through this process, tell us the things you wish you had done differently if you could do it again!

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

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Feb 25 2016

What The Gift Insider Registered For: Macy’s Registry Series

As a newlywed and professional gift expert, I thought I’d offer a little guidance and insight into how we tackled the registry process and what we learned along the way. We partnered up with the folks at Macy’s and we’ll be sharing a series of posts focused on: gifts we chose, gifts we wish we had chosen, the latest registry trends and some essential registry must-haves.

First up — a peak at what the hubby and I registered for.

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We took a more casual approach to our registry and focused on mixing and matching patterns, textures, metallics and finding pieces that we loved that we could use for both entertaining and everyday. We made sure to add in some quirky and personalized items, a few pops of color and some keep-forever items that we knew we’d never splurge on for ourselves (e.g. a pistachio KitchenAid & crystal candlesticks.)

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1. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Ice Bucket ($79):

We loved this entire line of vintage-inspired barware. Bar cart essentials were some of the first things to fly off our registry and the under $100 price point will be appreciated by your guests.

2. Mirrored Tray (similar version $200):

You can never have enough trays. A mirrored style can instantly glam up a dull coffee table or cluttered counter. We have trays in every room of our home to keep everything neat, tidy and organized.

3. Simply Designz Bowls ($43):

The different textures combined with the unique metallic shade of these bowls will add a spark of interest to any neutral palate. The trio is perfect for nuts, dips and sauces or even outside the kitchen to keep trinkets or knick knacks organized.

4. Marchesa Caviar Gold Hostess Set ($105):

I loved the idea of having all gold flatware for our table settings, but since the hubby wasn’t sold on the trend, we comprised and went with classic Juliska silverware combined with a few sets of gold serving pieces.

5. Villeroy & Bosh Sushi Set ($170):

We are big fans of sushi carry out and having a set of washable chop sticks, soy sauce dishes and perfectly-sized plates makes sushi nights in much less of a mess.

6. Michael Aram Melamine Plates ($13):

They don’t look it, but these Michael Aram designed plates are melamine (plastic!) They are perfect for outdoor entertaining when you want to step it up from paper plates, but don’t want to have to worry about using anything breakable.

7. Pistachio KitchenAid ($499):

There is nothing like the beautiful rainbow of KitchenAid mixers to help you find your dream kitchen accent color AND help turn you into the Pinterest-perfect baker you always knew you could be. This is the prettiest thing in our kitchen.

8. Michael Aram Bowl ($179):

The brushed texture of the Michael Aram Frost Collection mixes perfectly with golds, coppers and silvers, so we chose a few different pieces from this line and use for both serving and decor.

9. Matching Storage Baskets ($229):

A set of coordinating storage baskets is something most couples forget to add to their registry. Choose a style that goes well with your home decor (we stuck with gray tones) and be grateful you have a solution to store those extra wedding gifts.

10. Lighting By Design Candlesticks ($58):

Some items are just a special treat, saved for a special occasion. These crystal candlesticks are just so, so pretty and one of those things that if we didn’t register for, we would never have bought for ourselves.

If you are looking for more registry inspiration check out our Pinterest Board with some more of what we registered for and some of this season’s must-haves.

This post is part of a new, exciting wedding collaboration with Macy’s.

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