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Sponsored by Williams-Sonoma
While it’s tempting to stock your wedding registry with big ticket items you might not be ready to purchase on your own, don’t forget that guests are often working with a budget as well! Make them feel good about the gifts they send you off into newlywed bliss with by stocking your registry with a few essential items that ring in under the $100 mark. Here’s 10 we guarantee you’ll be happy you selected, all from Williams-Sonoma.
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1. Cuisinart Hand Mixer with Storage Case, $89.95
Baking will be a breeze with a powerful hand-held tool like this, and the nine speeds are perfect for tackling everything from light meringues to heavy batters.
2. Cabernet Wine Glass (Set of 2), $39.95
Oh-so-necessary stemware for date nights and dinner in front of the TV.
3. Calphalon Elite Nonstick Fry Pan Set, $79.95
Perfect for new and seasoned cooks alike, the triple-layer nonstick surfaces on these pans make them excellent for searing foods — and make it hard for metal utensils to damage them. Added bonus: they’re dishwasher safe!
4. Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set, $99.95
Not sure what items you need to begin your dessert-making adventures? This set has you covered with a 12-well muffin pan, a cookie sheet, a half-sheet pan, a cooling rack, and two 9″ cake pans.
5. Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Rectangular Covered Casserole, $95
The perfect all-in-one baking, serving, and storage dish for hearty winter lasagnas and casseroles. It comes in six colors, but we’re partial to this rustic mustard yellow.
Post Sponsored by the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists
My wedding is in a location far from where I live, so I have to travel with my wedding gown. What is the best way to transport my gown while ensuring that it stays in prime condition for the big day?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: Whether you’re traveling near or far, it’s important to pack your wedding gown properly. Here are some of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ top tips for how to travel with your wedding gown.
How to Pack a Wedding Gown: Pack your wedding gown in a box or suitcase lined with tissue paper. Fold the gown neatly and buffer each fold with tissue paper to prevent creases. Make sure you use ample tissue paper to stuff the bodice of the gown and cushion any bows or sleeves. If your gown is beaded with prongs, put tissue over the prongs so that there are no snags. Once the suitcase or box is packed, the gown should not move when you shake the box.
Post sponsored by the Wedding Salon
Are you a recently engaged bride in New York or Los Angeles? Mark your calendars for the in-demand luxury bridal shows from the Wedding Salon – the Los Angeles show will be on March 10, 2014 at the Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, and the New York City show is on April 28, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
These shows are a one-stop shop for couples on the hunt for the best resources for their wedding. The interactive evening events feature cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, and more – and most importantly, you can meet with some of the area’s top vendors one-on-one! Past participants have included Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, Sofi Seck Photography, Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, DIOR, Hansen’s Cakes (Tori Spelling’s favorite), BHLDN, Sur La Table, TAO Group, Result of a Crush, St. Regis Deer Valley, Carlo’s Bakery, UGG Australia, Winnie Couture and lots more.
And if you’re planning a destination wedding and are based in New York, you’re in luck! The Wedding Salon is hosting its first-ever Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Salon on March 3, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.
For more information for all of the Wedding Salon’s upcoming bridal shows, check out their website. Happy planning!
Sponsored Post by: Association of Wedding Gown Specialists
I really want to wear my mother’s veil to my own wedding, but it’s looking a bit old and stained. Is there a way it can be restored so that it will look clean for my wedding day?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: If your mother’s or your grandmother’s wedding gown is just not for you, you can still honor a family member by wearing her vintage bridal veil. Even if the lace-trimmed veil worn by your mother or the Brussels lace veil worn by your grandmother is yellowed and stained, a vintage bridal veil can look like new after bridal veil restoration.
First, it’s important to talk to an expert to find out what the fabrication of the veil is – different materials require different procedures for cleaning and restoration. Worried that the veil is too old? Members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists have completed bridal veil restorations on veils made as long ago as 1835.
Many vintage veils are made from variations of Brussels lace such as Point de Gaze, Duchesse, and Princesse as well as combinations of the designs that give these laces their names. All are cotton and can be restored. However, the silk in Blonde lace makes it fragile, and Blonde lace veils may need to be lined with tulle.
Occasionally the tulle or net center panel of bridal veils from the 1920s and 1930s is too damaged to use, but the lace border can be restored and appliquéd onto a new center panel made from a sturdy nylon or polyester net.
Silk illusion, popular in the 1950s and 1960s, is simply too fragile to restore, and it is probably best to copy the original bridal veil in a modern tulle or net.
Luckily as early as the 1960s, designers began making bridal veils from synthetics such as nylon or polyester, and such veils, often trimmed with cotton lace, restore beautifully. Oddly, the cotton lace used to trim a vintage veil will often be more discolored than both silk and synthetic tulle or net, but when restored, the entire veil returns to a uniform color.
Although not every vintage bridal veil can be restored, an expert can tell by looking whether the project will be successful. Bring your vintage wedding accessories to a member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists or send an e-mail about your project to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post Sponsored by the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists
Wedding Dresses by Angel Rivera
I’m wearing a gown that I purchased at a sample sale and there are a few small, barely-visible makeup stains inside the bodice and the hem is a little dusty. Should I just spot-clean the gown or have the entire dress cleaned?
Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: If you want to look perfect on your wedding day, then the answer is yes, do have your entire gown cleaned. Spot cleaning is rarely good enough because sample dresses usually have a little wear and tear throughout. After all, they have been hanging for a while. When you remove a “spot” from such a dress, that area is often brighter than the rest of the gown.
It’s much better to have the entire gown professionally cleaned, and if your gown needs to be altered, be sure to have it cleaned before alterations. Then if there is a little shrinkage or a spot cannot be removed, the problem can be solved in the alterations process.
Some tips for finding the person you can trust to care for your gown:
1. Look for someone who specializes in wedding gowns and does the cleaning in his or her own facility – never someone who sends gowns away for cleaning.
2. Ask if the Specialist has had special training or belongs to a professional association.
3. Ask the Specialist how the beads and other fragile decorations will be protected during the cleaning process.
When your gown has been professionally cleaned and pressed, it will be stuffed with a bodice form as well as tissue to keep it wrinkle-free until the day of the wedding. It will look fresh and bright, perfect for your wedding day. For more tips on gown care, visit the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists.