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Sponsored by Crate and Barrel
Have you ever dreamed of having your favorite store to yourself? Well, now’s your chance! The Wedding Parties events at Crate and Barrel stores are just for engaged couples and allow you and your fiancé(e) to register for gifts easily, quickly, and, yes, privately – the whole store will be only open to engaged couples like you! You’ll also get helpful insider tips from C&B’s registry experts and enjoy food and drink, too. These events occur all over the country, and are a fun and stress-free way to get your wedding registry started! Want to join the party? Visit Crate and Barrel’s website to find an event near you and RSVP!
Need help starting your registry? Here are a few of our favorite new products from Crate and Barrel (featuring our favorite fall hue – grey!) that would make an inspiring starting point:
Martin Table Lamp, Crate and Barrel
Post Sponsored by Meet Me in Westchester County, NY
Photo courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown
We asked wedding experts from top Westchester County hotels to share their favorite planning tips. Check out our top favorites to help kick-start your wedding planning adventure!
“Hosting your wedding reception at a hotel allows you to book out-of-town guests’ rooms, plus your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and a post-nuptial breakfast all at the same place. You can receive a significant price reduction when booking multiple events at a hotel, as well.” –Linda Ferone, DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown
“Consider putting together an itinerary of events taking place over the course of the weekend and provide the front desk of the hotel where your guests are staying with a copy to reconfirm the details with inquiring guests.” – Ashley Ferguson, Sheraton Tarrytown
“Select house vendors. Almost every venue has a select group of florists, photographers, entertainers and other vendors that they recommend. Not only are these vendors usually of the best quality, but often times they will offer special pricing that you wouldn’t get by hiring someone else on your own.” –Linda Ferone, DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown
“Make sure that the hotel where your out-of-town guests are staying is not more than 20 minutes from the reception venue unless you are providing transportation.” – Lauren Fundler, Hyatt House White Plains
“Pay careful attention to your seating chart. Be thoughtful about seating single guests and make sure they are comfortable, especially if they don’t know anyone. And be sure to treat elderly guests with care – consider their seating for easy accessibility.” – Antoinette Graham, Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco
Getting married in Westchester County? For ceremony and venue options, click here.
Sponsored by Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa
We asked Angela Encarnación, Director of Sales at Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa to share her top tips for planning a destination bachelorette party!
What are some of the benefits of hosting a destination bachelorette party, as opposed to having one in your hometown?
Bachelorette parties are meant to be a final hurrah for the bride-to-be as a single lady with her best girlfriends. Making a trip out of it makes it a more memorable event – rather than just another night on the town.
How should a wedding party and bride select a destination? What are some factors to consider?
When choosing a destination, it’s important to pick a location that’s a convenient flight for the attendees. You don’t want to spend half the trip travelling. Then you want to be sure that the location has something for everyone. At Breathless Punta Cana for example, guests can enjoy gourmet dining, spa, watersports, relaxing by the pool or on the beach, nightlife, adventure etc.
How much should a bride be involved with the planning?
The planning is typically done by the bridesmaids, but usually the bride has a hand in choosing the location/destination as well as when the event will occur. That’s the beauty of choosing a resort for a bachelorette party – especially one where everything is included. There is little planning to do, just book your flight and stay and get ready for an amazing time.
Sponsored by Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance
Many couples move to a new home after their wedding. While it’s certainly an exciting time, it’s important to be careful about how you pack your jewelry. With all the stress and activity that comes with packing and unpacking, jewelry loss, damage and theft is common. Here are some top tips to keep your valuables safe from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, provider of Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance.
- Do not pack valuable jewelry in boxes or in storage. It can get lost with other items or stolen. If you’re moving locally, keep valuable items in a safety deposit box at a bank until you’re settled in and ready to retrieve them. If you’re moving a long distance, keep valuable jewelry with you.
- Don’t wear jewelry while you’re packing, unpacking, or doing heavy lifting. You may damage, bend, scratch, or chip valuable stones.
- Pack earrings, necklaces, and bracelets separately so they don’t get tangled together. We like individual small storage bags.
- Keep track of your items. Take a picture of each piece and created a list, tracking descriptions and serial numbers for each item. Make two copies of the list – take one with you when you move, and store the other one in a safety deposit box.
- Make sure your valuable items have been recently appraised to reflect their current values and replacement costs – and adjust your coverage accordingly. Make copies of appraisals and receipts – again, keep one copy with you, the other in a safety deposit box.
- Your jewelry should be properly insured. If your jewelry is insured under your homeowners’ or rental policy, it may only be insured up to $1,000 and may not cover mysterious disappearance.
For more information on protecting your jewelry, visit PerfectCircleInsurance.com to get a free, no-obligation quote.
Post sponsored by Marriott
SpringHill Suites photo courtesy of Marriott
While common knowledge dictates that your wedding is “your day,” your guests are a major part of the celebration and it’s essential that they feel well taken care of. One of the first steps to ensuring your guests’ happiness is making sure they have a place to stay if they’re traveling from out of town. Reserving a guest hotel room block is an important first step, and fortunately, Marriott has made that process super-easy with their new Guest Accommodations page. You’ll find a one-stop shop for booking room blocks and getting special group rates for your guests (they’ll totally love you for that!). Looking for a place to host a pre- or post-wedding event (a rehearsal dinner or goodbye brunch, perhaps)? They’ve got that taken care of, too. So get on over to WeddingWire and Marriott’s Guest Accommodations page to get started!