Wedding Registry to Consider: Blueprint Registry

Mother of the Bride, have you or your daughter heard of Blueprint Registry yet? I just recently happened upon it so it may be new to you as well. And if so, this may be something your daughter and her beloved may be interested in.

Blueprint Registry is an online registry that allows a couple to add gifts from any retailer as well as import existing registries and also create a honeymoon fund/cash registry. It has a unique blueprint approach where couples shop/register by room and guests can then see how and where their gift might be used in the couple’s home.

I haven’t talked with anyone yet who has personally used it, but it’s getting rave reviews from industry leaders. And those endorsements are easily seen on the home page.

MOB, I encourage you to hop over to Blueprint Registry’s website and take a look. I’ll list some of the links to specific info so you can find what you need as easily as possible. Be sure to share this post with your daughter. Blueprint Registry could be just what she and her hubby-to-be are looking for!

Blueprint Registry homepage  

Info About Blueprint Registry

How the Registry Works 

Benefits of Using the Registry 

*You might also like to read Wedding Registry Roundup.

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Wedding-Themed Shower Gifts

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Mother of the Bride, since you will undoubtedly be attending more than one shower for your soon-to-be married daughter, you may be on the hunt for ideas. As ever—on the gift front or any other wedding-related front—I stand ready to help with ideas I’ve used myself or have seen others score a homerun with.

Since you may be shouldering most of the expense of the wedding, why not give yourself a break and give shower gifts that can be used at the wedding? Not only will your pocketbook thank you, but your daughter will too. She will love receiving elegant wedding-related items that may end up becoming keepsakes.

Some wedding-themed ideas that make lovely gifts include: Classic wedding photo frames that can be used on the cake tables or photo table (excellent places to display bridal portraits and engagement photos), an elegant cake server set, exquisite toasting flutes, pretty garters (one for keeping and one for tossing), a beautiful wedding photo album or scrapbook, or even a dated wedding-themed Christmas ornament.

Use one of these ideas, MOB, and you’ll make your daughter very happy with a beautiful keepsake gift—plus your shower gift will do double duty and help save on your overall wedding expenses. A win-win for everyone!

*You might also like to read Bridal Shower Gift Idea: A Wedding Towel Cake!

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*Since the readership of this blog is ever-changing, I hope this encore post from November 2013 helps you today!

*photo by Chris Humphrey

Bridal Shower Gift Idea: A Wedding Towel Cake!

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Mother of the Bride, are you looking for a cute bridal shower gift idea that will also be useful to the new Mr. and Mrs.-to-Be? Well look no further. A wedding towel cake might be just what you’re looking for!

A wedding towel cake as a shower gift has several things going for it. Not only is it a clever and cute idea, but the finished product holds all the visual appeal you need. No gift wrap needed! The towel cake can also be used as a centerpiece if you so desire, and you can go with a variety of colors. You could use the bride’s colors, the colors you’re using at the shower, or the colors the couple has chosen for rooms in their home.

The towel cake above has a bath and body theme, but towel cakes can also feature other themes. Among them might be kitchen, rustic, bride and groom, beach, coffee lovers, or a replica of an elegant wedding cake. You might think of another idea especially fitting for your sweet girl and the new home or region where she’ll be living.

What do you think, MOB? Is this something you could do to make your darling daughter’s shower more memorable? If so, have fun with it—and don’t forget to take photos!

 *You might also like to check out this Wedding Towel Cakes Pinterest board and this YouTube video how-to demonstration. You might also enjoy Bridal Shower Cake: A Cupcake Wedding Dress!

*Flickr photo by Corey Ann, Creative Commons License

Use Engagement Photo for Bridal Shower Invitation

3603572456_1c7fcaf33f_oMother of the Bride, are you helping plan a bridal shower for your daughter? Or do you know the girls planning the shower well enough to make a suggestion? If so, here’s an idea you might want to pass along—or incorporate into your own plans if you’re one of the hostesses.

Why not use one of the engagement photos on the invitation? The photo on the invitation above is fairly small, but I’ve seen a bridal shower invite done that uses the entire top half of the invite to feature the engagement photo. The details of the shower were then listed beneath it.  

I love this idea—how about you? Not only does it make the invitation gorgeous and meaningful, but it utilizes the expense for the engagement photos in one more way. Gotta love that, right, MOB?

*You might also like to read Bridal Shower Cake: A Cupcake Wedding Dress!, Bridal Shower Idea: A Cooking Class!, and Wedding-Themed Shower Gifts.

Bridal Shower Cake: A Cupcake Wedding Dress!

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Okay, Mothers of the Bride, here’s one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen for a bridal shower cake—a cupcake wedding dress! Isn’t it adorable?

I saw this idea and photo when one of my friends from high school posted some bridal shower photos on her Facebook page. I immediately knew I had to ask permission to share the idea and photo with all of you. Deb, thanks so much for saying yes!

Not only is this idea super cute, but just think of how yummy it will be—and easy to serve as well! No one will have to stress about cutting the cake, and so many different flavors of cake could be used. You’d even have a few options for frosting—white or shades of cream, ivory, or champagne, etc. Some wedding gowns are even available in blush and pale pink now.

So, MOB, pass this fun little idea on to your daughter’s bridesmaids or friends who might be hostessing a shower for her. Or use it yourself if you’re giving her one. She’ll always remember her cupcake wedding dress!

*You might also like to read about this fun idea for a bridal shower—a bridal shower cooking class

*Photo by Deborah Hurt Walker