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Wow! My schedule is nearly full for 2014. I'm really excited to work with some fun couples this year and terribly sorry to those of you I could not accommodate.
If you're saying "I do" in 2015, get in touch soon so you won't miss out on a one-of-a-kind KJ and Co. wedding.

Minted Spring Sale

How pretty is this Minted letterpress invitation?


Save 15% off Minted wedding items  now until April 28, 2014.

Use code: SPRINGWED15

Pinch Me

image via Hey Gorgeous Events, by Bradley James Photography
I'm bound for Grand Rapids, Michigan, next week to soak up everything I can at the Trouvaille Workshop hosted by the crazy talented Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events.

Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for plenty of sneak peeks. I'll be taking plenty of notes and return full of inspiration, ready to serve KJ and Co. clients with plenty of new insight.

Minted Anniversary Sale

Minted Anniversary Sale

Save 15% OFF the entire Minted site, April 1 though 7, 2014.

Use promo code "6YEARS" at check out.

More Awesome Groom Style

image via Style Me Pretty, by Esther Sun Photography
image via Wedding Chicks, by Sawyer Baird
image via Style Me Pretty, by Ryan Ray

Something as simple as a pair of Converse sneakers, denim, or a stand out suit can make for a neat groom look. While the rented tuxedo is a pretty popular option, consider something a little more unique for your guy.

Featured | Vineyard Bride

image by Elizabeth In Love Photography

Carolyn & Kevin's blush and grey Parisian-themed wedding was featured on Vineyard Bride yesterday!

Video | Sara & Tyler

If you loved Sara and Tyler's beautiful DIY wedding at the Dundas Golf and Curling Club, then I dare you not to watch their highlight video by Ball Of Yarn over and over.

 

I was always happy to chat wedding planning with Sara, as we got married only a few months apart. When I saw late one night on Instagram that her video had arrived, I think I jolted up out of bed and ran to see. Such a sweet film, I love absolutely love their vows, as well as Tyler's story of seeing her for the first time.

Wedding Registry Tips From A Wedding Planner

image by Tyler D. Johnston
Wedding registries can be a tricky subject nowadays, here are few tips from a wedding planner and newly-wed, aka me!

Time For An Upgrade
It's pretty common nowadays for couples to live together prior to marriage. If you fit in to this category, you might feel like you've already got a stocked kitchen and linen closet, registering for wedding gifts can seem pointless. Or is it? Chances are some of your household items were purchased on a tight budget, or they're lingering around from your college or single days. Have a look around the house, what items would you love to replace? How about a fancy new vacuum, fluffy matching towels or new every day cutlery to replace the set still hanging around from your fiancée's bachelor days? Upgrade!

Big Ticket Items
If you're still not convinced you need to register for the whole enchilada of housewares, consider adding larger items to your list like furniture (really helpful if you're moving in to your first place), large appliances, or websites that allow guests to contribute funds towards your honeymoon or purchasing a home. My husband and I registered for a dining table and matching bench and our family was happy to contribute knowing that we would enjoy it daily for many years to come.

Make It A Date
Whether you're shopaholics or retail-phobic, expect to spend at least a few hours at a store when registering. Typically, you need to book an appointment in advance. It's a marathon, not a sprint. There will be arguments over everything from picking a colour of towel to how many place settings you really need. When you're all finished, treat yourself to lunch or dinner out at a restaurant and make the whole outing a date night!

Seriously, Register!
Registering is important for both bridal shower and wedding gifts. If you prefer not to register at all, usually a signal to your friends and family that monetary gifts are preferred, your guests are not obligated to follow suit. Plenty of traditionalists like stubborn Aunt Ethel, or of any generation really, prefer to give a tangible gift rather than cash or cheque. That's their prerogative. Registering is important in order to help guide guests towards what you and your fiancée need or like. Aside from childhood lists to Santa, it's one of the few times you get to tell people what to buy you! If you don't register at all, then you run the risk of receiving 3 toasters or things you have no use for. (Not everyone has gotten the hang of modern day bridal registries, so it's not unheard of to still receive duplicates. That's why there are gift receipts and return policies.)

Update Regularly
While some people think it will spoil the surprise to check up on their registry and see what's been purchased already, you should check in every once in a while. Make sure you edit quantities, remove items you had a change of heart about, or add new gadgets and items you may have thought of after the fact. Most department stores have online registry systems that are easy to navigate.

Any more tips you'd like to add?