Imagine a romantic, candlelit evening. A beautiful dinner is on the table, the wine is breathing and you and your love are sharing an intimate conversation. In Crate & Barrel’s January catalog, this idea becomes a beautiful reality; two (gorgeous) men sit in a chic, Manhattan apartment-esque apartment, radiating love. Showing LGBT love, Crate & Barrel, along with a few other retail and department stores, are perfect for your wedding registry. Check out our five favorites:
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Crate and Barrel’s unique dinnerware sets, wine glasses and furniture will be sure to create a registry for a perfect, stylish home. Between the new merchandise in stock (like their Bed and Bath items) and with 10 percent off all purchases during the six months after the wedding, how can we say no?
If it wasn’t clear before, Target made their message clear in July of 2012 that LGBT couples are more than welcome at their wedding registry. The mega retailer has released two registry ads, one of two brides and one with two grooms, that read, “Be yourself, together.” Besides Target having pretty much anything a newlywed couple could need or want, they also guarantee a 10 percent discount on items you didn’t receive but still want to purchase. Target also has a mobile registry app for easy access anywhere and a digital wedding catalog for registry ease at home.
The magic of Macy’s extends beyond its tagline. In the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index, Macy’s scored a 90/100, right behind Levi Strauss & Co. and Nike Inc. When you register at Macy’s and live in big metropolitan cities like New York City and Los Angeles, you can book an in-store appointment with a wedding registry consultant online, creating less hassle. Macy’s wedding registry also offers discounts and savings, as well as fun events like Sip & Scan to make the registration process an enjoyable event.
Do you want to new tools, a washing machine or sporting accessories? Look no farther than Sears’ wedding registry. They even provide a starter registry as an inspiration list of items you may forget to consider on the first go-round. Plus, Sears Holding Company, the corporation created when Sears and Kmart merged in 2005, scored a 100/100 in the Human Right’s Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index, so showing our mutual love is a good idea.
Rounding out our top five list is J.C. Penny. Not only is their registry easy, simple and LGBT-friendly, J.C. Penny will show their appreciation with a free one-year subscription to Brides magazine (hello, value!). JCP is also offering great deals on wedding portraits when you register, including free sitting fees and a free 8x10 image. With their affordable pricing, for both you and the guests, you’ll be sure to keep on budget.
So, you're getting married to the love of your life and you want to ask all your loved ones to witness this joyous occasion. But dozens of invitations, envelopes and inserts have you counting the number of trees that went into getting the word out. Never fear! Luckily, there are plenty of stationers out there who are using recycled paper and other sustainable methods to decrease the impact that your wedding invitations will have on the environment.
Deep blues and earthy browns—this invitation suite that uses upcycled materials is meant for the couple who might rock bowties and oxfords. The pocket design is also very convenient for including all of the information your guests may need. Available at Etsy Shop PaperNSort,; $1.25 each, minimum order of 100.
Anyone getting married at the beach will want the blues of the ocean and the color of the clouds reflected in the invitations, and this eco-friendly set is crisp and clean—not at all the cheesy beach theme you sometimes see. Available at Etsy Shop pennaink; email shop owner for pricing.
Produced on recycled paper, the organic feel and look of this invitation suite will tell your guests a lot about you, and about the wedding they’re planning to attend in a natural forest setting or on a farm. Available at Etsy Shop LoveNicoleDesigns; $5.95 each for 101-150 count.
With the option to print on 100 percent recycled paper, these simple yet impactful invitations will echo your modern, clean design aesthetic. If the classic black-and-white is a bit too sedated for you, you have the option to punch the print up with color. Available at Minted.com; $224 for 100.
Using tree-free or paper with high-recycled content, this invitation designer also uses environmentally friendly inks and recycles or composts most of their waste. This design, with its bright and cheery colors, is perfect for a springtime or summer wedding. Available at BellaFigura.com; $1,170 for 100.
You may recall last year’s Valentine’s Day contest-turned-celebration held at the Empire State Building, where four couples, which included Steph Figarelle and Lela McArthur from Anchorage, Alaska, and Phil Fung and Shawn Klein from New York City, exchanged vows atop one of the most iconic structures in the world. Couples submitted videos which were then voted upon and winners won a dream wedding custom designed by renowned event planner Colin Cowie.
This year, Preston Bailey, who's newly engaged himself to longtime partner Theo Bleckmann, will be the mastermind behind the wedding extravaganza. His dramatic designs have captivated crowds around the world and lifted him to designer superstar status. Meanwhile, noted cake designer Sylvia Weinstock will be creating the confections and celebrity wedding photography Robert Evans will be capturing the special moments.
And the fun doesn't stop there. Winning couples will be featured on WE TV as part of a wedding special, and they will receive free honeymoon to Anguilla. Airfare, ground and boat transportation, as well as hotel accommodations will all be provided.
To enter the contest, visit the Facebook page for the Love Is in the Air contest and complete the entry form. Submissions are being accepted through Monday, January 14. Complete submission details can be found on the Facebook page.
Pleasantly popping out of their shell last year, paper flowers stole the wedding flower show. In lieu of real blossoms, brides all over the nation have been using colorful paper flowers to decorate their wedding. And with all the different styles of flowers, we can say that paper chic has never looked so good.
Archways plus paper flowers equals brilliance. These killer arches make a statement and give the wedding venue an extra pop. Not only are these much cheaper than fresh flowers, the unique combination of different blooms will make that first kiss experience even sweeter.
The bouquet, arguably the most important flowers at the wedding, looks amazing with bursts of colorful paper blooms. You can hold a traditional bundle of flowers, or hold one or two giant flowers. Green Wedding Shoes has a great DIY tutorial for their oversized roses.
For other accents to spread around the wedding venue and bridal party, the list goes on and on. Streamers, floating balls, table markers, etc. This paper chic look will make your wedding totally gorgeous and unforgettable.
The lovely pastel shades of watercolors can be a perfect accent for your wedding. Sticking with one or two colors, or going with a rainbow theme for an extra dash of gay pride, the soft tones fit in beautifully. From table centerpieces to wall artwork, watercolors can fit in anywhere and are sure to add an unexpected element for guests.
There are endless ways to incorporate watercolors into the reception. Ombre is hot right now, so two-toned or white-to-colored linens, such as tablecloths or napkins, would be trendy and not too bold of a choice. For more of a splash of colors on the tables, watercolor dishes, such as bowls, may be the perfect option.
For something the guests can keep, try small framed watercolors (store-bought or DIY). If you already have favors in mind for your guests, why not add a watercolor tag with wedding words or expressions of your thanks for their attendance?
A more direct approach would be including some pale colors in the wedding attire, such as a classy bowtie or a pastel ribbon in the wedding dress. Or give a pop to the bridal party and dress them in watercolor-inspired dresses; there are a ton of stellar options on the market.
Jazz up the wedding or reception venue with watercolor on canvas. Give the artwork a personal touch and have it inspired from elements of your wedding, such as your floral arrangements. Jen Huang offers original watercolors, and they are incredible. A cute project could also be to give your guests supplies for watercolors, and have them create a wedding banner.