Luckily, a creative artist has given us an alternative: the Custom Ring Bowl. Have the bowl customized with words that are special to you and your fiancé (yes, anything you want!) and then later display it in your home. And, at just $22.50, you’re not going to break the bank. It’s a lovely reminder of a very key moment in your lives.
Because, really, were you going to put your ring bearer’s pillow on your bookshelf? Probably not.
Not everyone has the luxury of shopping for their wedding dress in an upscale boutique, flattered and pampered by friends and admiring salespeople. You think trying to find a parking place within a mile of that chic downtown salon is tough? Read what former bride Lisa Haines (now Mrs. Haines-Betteinger) wrote to me:
“Sheri at The Red Dress: Vintage Style Clothing was my internet savior! I am in the army, and at the time that I was trying to put my wedding together, I was stationed in North Pole, Alaska.“
Let’s all stop for a moment and imagine that, shall we? First thought: Would an army-issue parka make me look fat? Second thought: The North flippin’ Pole!! Third Thought: I hope Lisa honeymooned on a tropical island…and took plenty of sunscreen.
Now back to our story:
“Not only did Sheri give me prompt responses, she also went the extra mile (how far is it to the North Pole, anyway?) and got my dress dyed the specific color I needed. ( Something that coordinates with Santa’s elves?) “And she kept me informed of everything. This was the first time I have ever ordered anything over the internet, and Sheri was so helpful. She gave me a sense of true customer service. I would order from her again in a second.”
All kidding aside: Lisa, we are thrilled that Sheri at The Red Dress, believes in good, old-fashioned customer service, and that she was able to help you get exactly what you envisioned for your special day.
We’re also thankful to you and your colleagues in the armed services, who do the tough jobs and go to the challenging places so we don’t have to. Your personal sacrifice is much appreciated, and we wish you and your new husband all the best for a warm and bright future.
Brides often forget to add a few essential items with smaller price tags to their registry lists, but including these items is a courtesy to the guests who have already contributed a lot to your wedding (hello Maids of Honor and in-laws!), or younger family members who don’t want to add their names to their parents’ gifts. I was reminded of this when I made my semi-routine visit to Williams-Sonoma a few weeks ago.
When it’s time for me to get married, Williams-Sonoma will be a registry must. I love cooking, prettifying my home, and, frankly, I love the little luxuries that I may not need but almost always make my day brighter, like lady bugs and bees made of dark chocolate.
During my visit I discovered their new Pure and Green Collection: A batch of soaps, lotions and cleaners made with essential oils and natural cleansing ingredients that don’t hurt the environment. I fell for the Ruby Grapefruit Ylang Ylang scent, and opted for the room spray and self-foaming hand soap. After two weeks, I must say these products are as effective as they are gentle, and the fragrances are truly natural, as promised.
When you’re wrapped up in the pre-wedding planning frenzy, it might be hard to remember to include these simple indulgences for your new home. But trust me: as you use the products after a stressful day, you may find more joy out of them than that crock pot you still haven’t touched.