Sponsored post: Traveler’s Joy

I was having a discussion with a couple of ladies about bridal registries the other day, and it dawned on me that there are so many new options these days for wedding registries that defy “tradition”.  As couples are waiting longer to get married and testing the waters by living together first, in most cases their houses are practically set up so there’s no need for additional plates, cups etc.  Rather, being able to register for experiences or your honeymoon is becoming increasingly popular, and thats where Traveler’s Joy can come in.   They’ve made it super easy to register for fun things like breakfast in bed, bungee jumping, island excursions, pretty much anything you can do on your honeymoon, you can register for!  How nice to not have to worry about expenses while you’re enjoying some alone time with your sweetie!  You can also add on items like maps, cameras, and luggage, and for higher priced items, the cost can be split up amongst guests so no one’s on the hook for the $1000 Louis Vuitton makeup case you’ve been eyeing.  If you’re stumped for ideas of what to register for, you can use their Instant Registry feature, or check out other Traveler’s Joy user registries to see what they’re getting.

Now you’ve got no excuse to not sign up!

[images from Google Earth]

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Sponsored post: $200 Jewelmint giveaway

If you’re the kind of girl that loves getting baubles by mail every month, Jewelmint just might be for you!  Its a fascinating concept really…you take a style profile to determine what look you are (tho you don’t have to stick with that, you can see the whole line too), and based on your results, the Jewelmint team (including Hollywood stylist Cher Coulter and actress Kate Bosworth) will recommend a new  jewelry for you every month and it can be yours for just $29.99 each!  If you dont like the pieces for that month, you can skip and not get charged a thing.  Its a win-win!

Sign up now and receive 50% off your first piece of jewelry for first time Jewelmint customers with code BKLYN50 through the end of the year!

As a great end of the year bonus, Jewelmint is giving away $200 worth of jewelry to one lucky winner!  Here’s what you have to do:

- Head over to Jewelmint and sign up for a free account

- Check out the site and leave a comment below with your favorite piece!

Simple as that!

Winner will be announced on Friday….good luck!

[images from Jewelmint]

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Sponsored post: SimpleRegistry

Registering for gifts can sometimes be a hassle…you usually can’t find everything you want at 1 store, and then have to deal with registering at multiple stores.  Or maybe your home is already set up in the kitchen and linen departments, but you’d love help with doing cool stuff on your honeymoon.  Well thats where the genius of SimpleRegistry comes in…you can register at any store or for anything you want!  Add stuff in person with the snap of your iPhone or get lost on the web collecting sites, its easy no matter what you do.  Best part is your guests can pitch in for all or part of gifts, and you get to redeem it all as cash to decide how to distribute or when you buy, cuz honestly, who wants an apartment filled with boxes when you’re trying to plan a wedding and have all your DIYing to do!  See what else SimpleRegistry can do to make registering for gifts easier here, and while you’re there, sign up for your own registry website!

[gift image ideas from A+R]

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Sponsored post: Gemvara

I’m excited to share with you today some gorgeousness from Gemvara, an online jewelry store where you can customize every piece to your liking  With 26 stones and 8 precious metals to play with, you can create the perfect engagement ring, wedding band, earrings, you name it, within seconds (and within budget)!  If you love the look of platinum but aren’t crazy about the price, switch to white gold or silver…instead of a diamond, try a white sapphire, or a colored stone for a unique look.  I was particularly drawn to the work of designer Ruzanna Davtian, whose jewelry is perfectly modern in every way.  Playing around with the customizing tool, I gave some of her pieces the “Brooklyn Bride” treatment in my signature green and white, which of course I would snap up in a second.

If you’re in the market for anything from an engagement ring to gifts for your bridesmaids (hello gorgeous earrings!), give Gemvara a try!

[images from Gemvara]




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Sponsored post: Minted DIY program challenge

Minted recently concluded their latest challenge, this time all about the wedding program…this in particular was an interesting challenge because they invited bloggers to take part and try their hand at customizing and DIYing the heck out of existing designs.  The only requirements were you had to figure out a way to bind the program, and whatever you wanted to do on the backside was fair game.  Best design wins $1000, not too shabby!

I thought the winners all did an excellent job [you can check out the winning entries here], but I thought I’d share with you some of my favs too…

Victoria from A Subtle Revelry used a cute button to tie the program together, I really loved the ombre stitched LOVE on the back of the program…maybe a little too labor intensive if you’re doing a couple hundred of these, but still an excellent idea!

Ruth from Not So Cookie Cutter played up the ampersand and stripes on this DIY wedding program, and it was a super simple but effective way of tying in a potential theme [easy to do with ampersands or stripes].

Lehan from Lehan Paper Design added some simple black grommets to this wedding program which was completely in tune with my modern tastes.  Im a big fan of grommets, and love that they come in a ton of colors…though I think the black really worked well with the black and white cover.

The little black/white twine tassel that Barnbride came up with was totally adorable and perfectly matched with the striped wedding program.  Maybe a little more time than you’re wiling to spend, but you could always buy ready-made tassels, or start an assembly line with some helpers for a similar look.

[all images credited to their bloggers]

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