Scratch Weddings


The holidays are always a big engagement time for couples, so now that things have settled down and we’re getting back into the swing of things, its time to start locking down those vendors.  If you decide on a DJ vs a band, then your first stop should be at Scratch Weddings.  They are THE place to check out for most talented DJ’s around.  And its no wonder, all their talent go through extensive training, making them the recommended place to go by multitudes of planners & venues.  With a DJ for any musical style, you’ll be sure to find the right one for your wedding or event, whether you want a chill atmosphere, or dance your face off all night long.  After 30,000+ events, they’ve got you covered.

[image from Our Labor of Love]

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Better Ever After

Brewery Tours - Urban Oyster

With so many couples living together before marriage,  its obvious that most have already set up their home with the usual registry items, like plates, glasses, serveware, etc.  So rather than clogging up your already tight space (because in NYC, who has a ton of space anyway??), you can register for fun experiences through Better Ever After.  The difference with Better Ever After is that you’re not registering for cash, you’re getting gift certificates for actual experiences….like learning how to brew your own beer, taking a neighborhood food tour, or getting an interior design consultation!  There are lots of activities to choose from, and its a great way to keep that wedding bliss going long after the day is done.

So far Better Ever After is only in NYC, but they’re expanding, so vote for where their next city will be here!

Painting Classes - Painting Lounge copy
Cheese of the Month - Murray's Cheese copy

[images from Better Ever After]
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Registry upgrade with Target

side table

When Chad moved to Brooklyn, he came with pretty much a couple of suitcases and an X-box (thankfully we got rid of the xbox pretty quick!).  I had already been living in our studio apartment for a couple of months so I was established in the furniture department, but we needed to pick up some stuff for him pretty quick, like a wardrobe, desk, etc.  We managed to hit a sample sale in our neighborhood and scored a side table with a little ding in it that he just HAD to have by the sofa for $25.  We still have it 7 years later, and I’m definitely due for an upgrade.

This little gold side table is totally up my alley, but this white & espresso number or walnut table is probably more Chad.  The great thing is, if we were getting married all over again, we could register for any of them at Target.  And while we’re at it, might as well throw in some goodies when we entertain, like some new barware & bartools.  That’s the great thing about registering, even though you may already have something, like plates, wine glasses or even pillows, its the perfect time to upgrade them to something new!

So tell me, is there anything in your house that you’d like to upgrade when you set up your registry?

[images from Target]

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Scratch Weddings


Its hard to pin down what a critical part of a successful wedding is….some will say the food, some will say wedding dress, but some will definitely say the music, and its so true!  Obviously all that other stuff is important, but its the music that’s going to get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor to really celebrate!  The team at Scratch Weddings is a great start when looking for the perfect DJ…their DJs are all vetted and trained, and are suited for all different types of musical styles, so you know you’re going to get matched to the perfect person for you!  After doing over 30,000 weddings & events, you’d be hard pressed to find more qualified professionals…its any wonder they’re the go-to musical talent for event planners & venues all over the place!  Definitely check them out!

[image from We Love Pictures]

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Deck Out Your Digs with NewlyWish & BRIDES Magazine


NewlyWish & BRIDES have teamed up for the Ultimate Giveaway which includes a $1,000 shopping spree on wedding registry and gifting site NewlyWish. The winner will also have their photo featured in an upcoming issue of BRIDES Magazine, PLUS a design consultation with HGTV Design Star, Danielle Colding. And they didn’t stop there. Three runners up will also receive a $150 gift card to NewlyWish.  Excited yet!? We are!

First, for those of you who aren’t familiar, NewlyWish is an online registry and wedding-related gifting service, with the express purpose of helping couples create gift registries that truly reflect their personal styles. They’ve built a network of more than 50 shops in a single, easy-to-use website so that couples can create a registry that includes everything for their home, from kitchen equipment, to tabletop items, bed and bath linens and home décor, as well as a range of unique experiences and less-traditional items such as food and wine, and even tickets to the theater and sporting events.

So, in the spirit of discovering (or refining) your wedding-day and home style, NewlyWish has partnered with BRIDES Magazine and Danielle Colding, as well as joined forces with the finest judges (who have some serious style and are go to experts in the wedding and home space) to bring you a pretty cool giveaway!  I’m so excited to be amongst these ladies!
Here’s how to jump in…
The Rules:
  1. Follow NewlyWish and BRIDES Magazine on Pinterest.
  2. Create a Pinterest Board titled “Deck Out Your Digs With NewlyWish & BRIDES Magazine.”
  3. Pin images to your board that inspire your personal home and wedding-day style from NewlyWish, BRIDES and across the web. For each pin, include hashtag #dreamdigs and label it with the hashtag of your style (e.g. #modern, #classic, #vintage, etc)
  4. IMPORTANT: Once you’ve created your fabulous Pinterest board, visit NewlyWish’s blog post here and post a comment with a link to your board. Don’t forget this step! We won’t know you’ve entered unless you submit a link!

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out Danielle Colding’s board here – her style is Eclectic.  You can also check out the judges boards for more inspo: Harmony’s Pinterest Board, Vané’s Pinterest Board, and Xochitl’s Pinterest Board.  We’ve all got different styles, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

The most creative and comprehensive board, as determined by our three judges, wins!




The Goodies:

The grand prizewinner will receive a $1,000 NewlyWish gift card, a 4-hour interior design consultation with HGTV Design Star winner, Danielle Colding, and will have their photo showcased in an upcoming BRIDES Magazine issue. Three runners up will receive a $150 gift card to NewlyWish.

You will have until November 8, 2013 11:00 PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced November 15, 2013.

For more, see contest rules here.

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