The Latest in Wedding Registry Trends

The evolution of wedding registries has been ongoing for decades. We have found that the more things change, the more they stay the same. While couples used to spend hours selecting crystal and fine China, now they are focused on finding items that show off their personality and add meaning to the home.

Make a statement.
Adding household items to your registry will never go out of style, but couples are now elevating these selections to high-end pieces that spark conversation and stand out from the ordinary. Quality is customary when picking decorations or items to entertain guests, yet the statement is what matters most. Couples want their house to be reflection of their relationship. Items like furniture, art and décor all reflect the couple’s personality. As the saying goes, “a room is a reflection of the people who live there”.

Items for travel.
Following two years of isolation and social distancing, couples are now eager to travel and create memories abroad. Vacation plans are ramping up across the globe as people try to make up for lost time. Luggage accessories, items that create comfortable flights, and even cash donation pages are showing up on wedding registries everywhere as couples are excited to put travel plans into motion.

Creating memories.
One of the best ways to ensure a long and happy relationship is by regularly doing things together as a couple. Being gifted a cooking course, dance class, photography session, or couples massage can bond newlyweds in a way that material items never will accomplish. Therefore, experiences are now becoming popular gifts for the bride and groom. Many couples want to keep the romance alive by scheduling frequent date nights. The goal is to continue connecting even after the honeymoon stage has ended.

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The Best Time for Wedding Toasts

It is a time-honored wedding tradition for key people to take the floor and give a speech to honor the happy couple. Fathers, members of the wedding party, and old friends have brought tears and laughter to celebrate old times and the new union.  Here are some tips on how best to incorporate this custom into your own reception.

Wait until everyone is seated

While there are options when deciding on what time is best for your wedding toasts, waiting until everyone is seated is the best way to keep the room engaged.  As your guests make their way to the dining hall after the ceremony, allow some time for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and mingling. Once your guests are fed and settled with a drink in hand, it is appropriate to pull their attention to the stage and commence.  Here are a few prime opportunities to consider.

  1. During the meal: If you are not one for waiting and prefer to get the party started right away, now is a good time for toasts. Those speaking may even be grateful to eliminate any waiting, especially if they are nervous in front of a crowd. It also kicks off the party by drawing attention to the happy couple.
  2. Before the cake cutting: This is a good opportunity to grab the attention of full and happy guests. When the toasting is finished, you can direct their gaze to the wedding cake. Many times, guests can miss the cake cutting simply because they didn’t know it was taking place.
  3. Before the first dance: For some, dancing is the highlight of the party. Raising your glass and sharing stories about the happy couple is always a positive way to get the crowd cheering and ready to groove.

If your evening is set up to flow gracefully and you have someone to announce the special moments, there are plenty of opportunities to give a toast to the newlyweds. Make sure you have someone to videotaping so you can share the laughter and tears for many anniversaries to come!