Wedding planning

Unsure about exactly which items to put on your wedding registry? I mean, there are just so many OPTIONS! Whether you’re just starting the list or putting the finishing touches on your perfect registry, the key is to focus on the essentials that fit your lifestyle.

To make it easier to find just the right pieces, we’ve highlighted some top picks from our friends at Macy’s. (With exciting perks and thousands of items, Macy’s “I Do” Wedding & Gift Registry is one of Honeyfund couples’ favorite registries!)

When you find your faves and add them to your Macy’s Registry, you can link the whole list right your Honeyfund!

Hotel Collection Bath TowelsHotel Collection Ultimate MicroCotton Bath Towel Collection, 100% Cotton

Ahhh, feel blissful — it’s the Hotel Collection Ultimate MicroCotton® bath towel collection in 21 colors of soft and absorbent luxury!

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Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Bakeware Set

Calphalon Nonstick 10 Piece Bakeware Set

Everything you need to get your bake! Heats up fast, distributes heat evenly, and releases food easily for picture-perfect treats.

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Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11Pc Cookware SetCalphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11-Pc. Cookware Set

Looking for a gourmet finish? Three layers of hand crafted superior nonstick coating gives durability & easy release. Plus, this 11-piece cookware set is dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.

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French White 10Pc Bakeware SetFrench White 10-Pc. Bakeware Set

Ooh la-la! Everything for a perfect meal. Serve your guests effortlessly with this fluted stoneware 10-piece set. Plastic and glass lids let you take food on the go or store in the fridge or freezer.

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KitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan 5Qt Stand MixerKitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan 5 Qt. Stand Mixer

Prepare up to four loaves of bread, nine dozen cookies or seven pounds of mashed potatoes! This retro style and easy to use KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer comes in dozens of unique colors! Everyone needs a classic mixer! 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

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Pyrex 19 Piece Bake Storeand Prep Set with Matching LidsPyrex 19 Piece Bake, Store and Prep Set with Colored Lids

This versatile glass bake ware is perfect for mixing, serving and storing. Use just one dish for prep, presentation and keeping leftovers fresh! Colorful lids make it easy to organize. The key to a spic and span space!

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Chicago Cutlery Insignia Cafe 18Pc Cutlery SetChicago Cutlery Insignia Cafe 18-Pc. Cutlery Set

Every chef needs the right tools. Use a range of professional cutlery to create gourmet meals. Features stainless steel blades & long-lasting sharpness. Quality tools to stay confident and precise.

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The Cellar Acacia Wood Collection Serveware Bowls WoodenThe Cellar Acacia Wood Collection

Love the natural look? Bring wood to your dinner table. The Cellar’s Acacia Wood collection of serving dishes features beautifully carved shapes and textures to give a touch of the outdoors to every meal.

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Marth aStewart Collection Collectors EnameledCastIron 6Qt Round CasseroleMartha Stewart Collection Collector’s Enameled Cast Iron 6 Qt. Round Casserole

Perfect for baking casseroles, browning meats and much, much more. Heats evenly, locking moisture in to slow-cooked stews and braised roasts. Generous sized handles for a secure, confident grip and easy serving.

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Fiesta 4-Piece Place SettingFiesta 4-Piece Place Setting

Casual quality dinnerware at the right price! Durable for everyday use; versatile for entertaining at home. Add flair of color to your kitchen. Comes in a bunch of fun colors!

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katespadenewyork Dinnerware Wickfordkate spade new york Dinnerware, Wickford Dinnerware Collection

Timeless and contemporary. Embossed with a twisting rope design. Mix and match with Sandpiper and Sea Cliffs dinnerware for a dinnerware collection to last for years to come.

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Nina NJ600 Professional BlenderNinja NJ600 Professional Blender

It’s quick. It’s sleek. It’s the Ninja Blender! High powered to get the day started right. Make your nutrient-packed smoothies, delicious beverages and a variety of meals easily. 1 year warranty. A cornerstone of many people’s kitchen — get yours today!

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Don’t forget these awesome Macy’s Perks:

  • You’ll receive 10% off remaining registry items for 90 days post-wedding.
  • Two years after the wedding date your registry will stay active.
  • Register a Macy’s credit card, and you’ll be eligible for the Registry Star Rewards program. For everything you buy with your card, you’ll receive 10% of the purchase price in rewards dollars to spend on anything at Macy’s; for everything your guests buy off the registry, you’ll receive 5% of the purchase price in rewards dollars. It’s a win-win!

Sign up for your Macy’s “I Do” Wedding & Gift Registry and link to your Honeyfund account today.

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How to personalize your weddiing day

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Ramona from Simple Country Weddings offers advice to couples who want to personalize their wedding day.

How do you recommend a couple personalize their wedding day?

A wedding day should reflect the couple’s personality. We will typically meet in person, review Pinterest boards, and then offer creative ways to decorate and personalize their wedding to truly make it theirs.

Favorite wedding trends

Favorite wedding trends?

I love blush, champagnes, gold, and fresh greenery. An Urban Chic with elegant vibes. Mixing touches of vintage décor with over the top elegant pieces. I love the fresh garland as well as the open, airy floral centerpieces. I adore the fresh green hanging floral centerpieces, adorned with soft florals. I don’t think I will ever tire of the mismatched mercury pieces mixed with vintage wood.

Any trends you would like to see end?

I really do not like the fabric hanging from the tree branch as the ceremony backdrop. Unless you have the perfect space, with the perfect tree and the perfect climate, the fabric tends to blow in the wind and looks awful in images. It’s too hard to control the outcome of this look.

Becoming a wedding planner

How did you find your career path in event design?

I have always thrown my own personal events/parties. It wasn’t until after my own wedding that I really started planning events for others. I felt I could be useful in helping others stay within a budget while keeping their vision.

Advantages of hiring a wedding planner/rental company?

I really feel that it was stated very well in the 2004 edition of Martha Stewart Magazine “ As any couple knows, planning a wedding can be a huge amount of work. There are countless decisions to make, and they’re all the more daunting for brides and grooms who are inexperienced with putting together such a big event. Sometimes one of the best steps a couple can take is to hire a wedding planner.”

Today, even couples with more limited resources are hiring wedding planners as soon as they get engaged. Wedding planners handle all the details, an asset especially to couples with demanding jobs who have little time to manages all the details that need attention with a wedding – especially if you are getting married in a city other than the one where you live or it you are overwhelmed by the details.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely. Besides keeping your schedule on track, a planner will also create a wedding-day timeline and make sure that it gets carried out — down to the smallest detail. As Martha Stewart Magazine continues, “A good planner will analyze what you are looking to do, help you find the resources to get it done, and take you every step of the way.”

Advice to brides & grooms

Advice for bride and groom planning a wedding?

Set a budget and stick to it. PLEASE do not go into a new marriage with a huge debt over your head. Choose the things that are important to you and let the rest go. Your family and friends are here to celebrate your special day with you. You do not have to compete with others. Your wedding should reflect your love for each other. It should be a day filled with fun and excitement.

What sets you apart or makes you unique in the industry?

I think when you walk into my office you get the feeling that you are home. My two Boston terriers stand guard at the entrance waiting to greet each client as they come in. If I don’t charm you, they will for sure!!! I am down to earth, very relaxed, and I feel that I send out welcoming vibes. I am very upfront, and allow you to be very open and honest with the goal that you are wanting to achieve. I am extremely budget conscious, and every aspect of our design, whether rustic or glam, has a feel of elegance and romance to it. Don’t be fooled… Just because my business name has the word COUNTRY in it, does not mean we are not capable of designing an elegant, over the top affair. Country to me is a feeling rather than a look. It’s LOVE. It’s FAMILY. It’s WELCOME. We love the opportunity to welcome your guests to the wedding you have dreamed about.

Typical day for the wedding planner

What does a typical day at the office look like?

Dogs snoring while I answer emails, Dogs playing ball with my clients while we choose rental items, and lots of music and laughter. We are pretty relaxed while we work. And the dogs sure keep things interesting for us around the office.

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Ramona from Simply Country Weddings

Bio: Simply Country Weddings is dedicated to helping you achieve your vision while working within your budget. We also rent vintage and country decor for weddings and events. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/simplecountryweddings/.

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