DIY Alternative Wedding/Bridal Registry Shower Gift Idea!

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The wedding registry has received a huge makeover in the last decade. Couples no longer have to even visit a store to create a registry. They can do it while hanging out on the couch with laptops in hand and do the whole thing online. Couples also have options such as one registry that includes multiple stores, online registries that provide endless product options (e.g. Amazon) and even sites where couples can collect money in lieu of actual gifts to help them with date nights and their honeymoon fund. The latter options have become popular among couples who live together prior to the wedding who feel like they have all the household items they need already.

There is some debate over cash gifts and registry funds. Some guests and brides love them and some guests prefer physically picking out and buying a gift. What do you do if you have everything your household needs already but still want the registry experience and gift options?

I may have an alternative to offer you.

Your bridal party (with your input) can create milestone/everyday/date night baskets. The idea is that guests can buy items and gift cards to create baskets that give the couple practical things they need or even great dates or time together. Guests could choose a basket to create themselves or go in on a group basket. I have ideas for baskets posted below.

So the tricky part now is how to do you have people choose baskets and not repeat or buy duplicates? There is a FREE site called SignUpGenius I used it to make an example sign up for a bridal shower using the baskets below. It took me less than 10 minutes to pick a theme, create the sign up sheet and publish it. It is FREE!!!! You can simply include a link to the registry with instructions in the invitation for the shower. Here are some screen shots of the process and product from SignUpGenius which also allows you to make customizations and control the settings!

Link to My Sample Registry Page from SignUpGenius

 

 

Here are some basket ideas. You don’t have to include all of these items in to the baskets. These are just some starter ideas! You may notice that a good bottle of wine can fit pretty much any theme!

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Spring Cleaning

  • Swiffer products
  • cleaning supplies
  • bandanna
  • laundry basket
  • feather duster
  • gift card to a housecleaning service

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Making Memories

  • scrapbooking materials
  • gift card to photo service or photo book site (The couple can make photo books with their honeymoon photos, shower photos etc…)
  • photo storage subscription
  • SD card
  • photo booth props (if having a photo booth at the wedding or just to have on hand for funny future photos)
  • usb drive
  • photo albums
  • photo Christmas ornament
  • picture frames
  • picture coasters

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Take Out Night

  • Redbox rental gift certificate
  • gift certificates to local restaurants and eateries that offer take out
  • fun paper plates and disposable cutlery
  • snuggly blanket
  • slippers
  • candelabra
  • tablecloth
  • bottle of wine

 

 

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Picnic in the Park

  • Frisbee
  • picnic basket
  • picnic blanket
  • ice bucket
  • cooler
  • drink coozies
  • plastic wine glasses
  • bottle of wine
  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • thermos
  • Citronella candle
  • portable music player speaker

 

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Movie Night

  • bottle of wine
  • popcorn popper
  • microwave popcorn
  • popcorn seasoning
  • Redbox gift certificate or Netflix membership
  • snuggly blanket
  • movie theater gift certificate
  • fun wedding movie (see my list here for another unique bridal shower gift and wedding movie ideas).
  • popcorn bowl

 

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Day at the Beach/Lake/Pool

  • Barnes and Noble gift card for beach reading
  • beach chairs
  • beach umbrella
  • beach towels
  • beach blanket
  • sunblock
  • bride/groom flip flops
  • cooler
  • sunglasses
  • frisbee
  • volleyball
  • sand shovel
  • portable music speaker
  • mister bottles
  • beer or wine coolers
  • bottle opener

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Sports Fan Basket

  • assortment of clothing, household, tailgating items that represent the couple’s favorite sports team
  • tickets to a game

 

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For the Pet Lover

  • gift card to a pet store
  • animal food
  • treats
  • “Just Married” animal outfit or groom/bride outfit
  • animal bowels
  • fancy pet treats
  • animal themed frame
  • Christmas ornament with the pet’s name or paw print

 

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Lucky in Love

  • frame holding scratch-offs and lottery tickets

 

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Honeymoon Basket

  • Dramamine
  • luggage tags
  • carry-on bag
  • toiletry bag
  • travel neck pillows
  • headsets
  • sunblock
  • photo book gift certificate
  • honeymoon frame
  • resort gift certificate
  • animal boarding gift certificate
  • pedicure gift certificate

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Let’s Cook!

  • cookbook
  • cooking utensils
  • recipe and ingredients
  • recipe box
  • recipe cards
  • family heirloom recipe book
  • fire extinguisher
  • spices
  • oven mitts
  • bottle of wine
  • menu chalkboard/dry erase board
  • shopping list pad
  • gift card to food delivery service such as Purple Carrot or gift card to a supermarket
  • aprons
  • chef hats
  • spoon rest
  • personalized kitchen sign

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First Christmas

  • Just Married ornament
  • personalized tree skirt
  • stockings
  • Christmas lights
  • holiday door mat
  • holiday yard flag
  • cookie tins
  • Christmas movie
  • Christmas music or Itunes gift card
  • holiday themed air freshener
  • holiday themed decorative towels and/or tablecloth
  • matching ugly Christmas sweaters

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Yard Work!

  • garden statue
  • personalized yard flag
  • packets of seeds
  • gardening tools
  • gardening gloves
  • watering can
  • plant markers
  • a plant

 

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Check out mine below! I made my guest book using a free promo code. My guests loved it and it is a great, sturdy keepsake that captures our life together up until our big day!

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Cake Cutting Song Playlist Ideas!

Here are some top picks for getting your guests psyched for the cake!

*Dessert by Dawin

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*Cake By the Ocean (clean version) by DNCE

Cake By The Ocean [Clean]
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*Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

Hit Me With Your Best Shot (2002 - Remaster)
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*How Sweet It Is by Michael Buble

How Sweet It Is
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*Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic

Eat It
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* Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leopard

Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
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*Sweetest Thing by U2

Sweetest Thing
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* Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

Sugar, Sugar
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* I’m Into Something Good by Herman’s Hermits

I'm Into Something Good
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* Candy Rain by Soul 4 Real

Candy Rain
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* Sugar Rush by AKB48 from Wreck It Ralph (the chorus)

Sugar Rush
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* When I’m 64 by The Beatles

When I'm Sixty Four
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* Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler from The Wedding Singer

Grow Old With You
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* Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast

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* Burning Love by Elvis

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Our Wedding Playlist- Ceremony and Reception Songs

My husband and I  both love music. My style is a mix of 50’s, 80’s, Disney and throw in some random club songs and 90’s rap. While he is consistent with classic rock…hard rock…screaming rock…angry rock…you get the idea. Planning the music for our big day was crucial. We wanted the songs to reflect us. We wanted a mixture of fun and goofy with touching and romantic. Ultimately my husband chose our first dance and we agreed on many more.  The end result was a soundtrack to our big day. I still listen to it constantly and I am transported back to that day. Whenever Clocks by Coldplay comes on the radio or 1,2,3,4 by the Plain White Tees, I get a little nostalgic!

My husband and I couldn’t afford a custom logo displayed in lights. We couldn’t pay for an ice sculpture. However for free…we could show our guests who we were through music. Below is a rundown of our song selections for inspiration. I follow up with some other tunes to consider for making your own soundtrack as a couple. I also have suggestions below on unique and special songs for your big day. For instance, The Vitamin String Quartet has beautiful instrumental versions of so many songs without that electronic karoake sound. You can listen to samples of all these songs either on the sidebar or at the end of this post! Enjoy!

Our Wedding Soundtrack circa 2009!

Family Entrance: God Only Knows What I Would Be Without You by the Beach Boys

Bridal Party Entrance: 1,2,3,4 by  The Plain White Tees

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Bride’s Entrance (ahem me): Clocks by Coldplay

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Unity Candle: There Is Love (The Wedding Song) by Peter, Paul and Mary…it’s traditional and it is soooooo good.

Procession Out: Beautiful Day by U2

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Reception:

Family Entrance: Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

Bridal Party Entrance: I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister (This was awesome!)

I Wanna Rock
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Bride and Groom Entrance: Hot for Teacher by Van Halen

 

Ceremony: My awesomely talented friend Katie Kraft played these songs live on guitar and piano while she sang. She is awesome. If you live in the Washington D.C. area…find her and Logan Kraft. They are awesome and you will love them!

Katie and Logan Kraft’s Web Site

 

First Dance: Echo by Trapt

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Mother/Son: Song for My Son by Donna Lee Honeywell (country version)

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Father/Daughter: Butterfly Fly Away by Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus (okay I saw the movie prior to the wedding and bawled at this part…I will own it…I love this song and I would do it again!)

Butterfly Fly Away
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Cake Cutting: Eat it by Weird Al Yankovic

Eat It
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Bouquet Toss: All the Single Ladies by Beyonce (not original but it had just come out…it had to be)

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
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Garter: Whatta Man by Salt and Peppa and En Vogue

Whatta Man [feat. En Vogue]
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So those were our choices! There was rock, oldies, humor and yes even 90’s rap! We even played the theme from A Summer’s Place because it was my Aunt Reggie and Uncle Terry’s wedding song and they were celebrating their anniversary. The soundtrack of the day reflected us as a couple. Remember if you don’t have money to spend on over the top customizations, you still can add your touch as a couple to the music for your special day.

 

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Affordable and Unique Vellum Table Number Idea!

I just found the seller Paperpixie on Etsy and I am obsessed! There are so many inexpensive wedding day customizations available at her Etsy Store. I was originally brought to the store because I saw the vellum table numbers. The table numbers sell for between$1.00- $2.25 each (some are a few cents more) and can be customized to your liking.

You can use the free tealights and tealight holders from your venue (many venues provide these for no extra charge) and then wrap the vellum around them for an inexpensive, EASY, time saving but high end customized look! Just be sure that the votive holder is higher than the tea light for safety reasons.You could easily frame one of these vellum wrappers after the big day or scrapbook it! There are a ton of options to go with any theme!

Here are some of my favorite vellum table number picks from The Paperpixie on Etsy!