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You guys! Our favorite event of the year is quickly approaching and we are insanely giddy. It is time for The Cream Event, which by the way, is THE perfect way to kick off wedding planning for all you newly engaged gals. Why? For starters, The Cream brings together the best of the best in the wedding industry (get it? CREAM of the crop?) to showcase their wares and skills in a way that feels a lot like a wedding–complete with cocktails, tiny bites, tons of fashion and style, oh, and a crazy fab dance party. Plus, to top it all off this year, in collaboration with Wanderable, The Cream is giving away a 7 day Paris honeymoon. This is reason enough to get your tickets and come party with us on March 15th! Ready for this year’s design theme? We love.

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Did your ears perk up when we mentioned Wanderable? They should have! Wanderable is a new kind of honeymoon registry that lets you register for experiences, over things.  Chartering a sailboat in Thailand? No problem.  Sunbathing in the Caribbean? You got it. But there is so much more to this honeymoon registry than just your dream trip.  With over 2,800 curated experiences in 180 different cities, they’re the perfect solution for the modern couple who doesn’t need anymore “stuff.”  The best part is that each one of their experience providers is vetted by their team— and with over 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

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Alright ladies. Listen up, I have a little story for you. About a month before our wedding, I finally realized it was time to figure out what I was going to do about a ring for Bryan. So off I went to the jeweler with the naive little idea that this shopping trip was no big deal. I quickly found a super simple band I liked, and then inquired about the price. Cue JAW ON FLOOR. Over $1,000 for a metal band? Major sticker shock you guys. We went back to the drawing board and discovered Tungsten. Because we were pressed for budget, we picked something we liked and figured we’d work it out later, but guess what? Bryan LOVES his ring. This thing, I promise you, is insanely durable! It honestly catches my eye all the time because it’s so shiny. I’m not kidding, that puppy looks brand new and Bryan has been banging his around for almost two years now. Which leads me to our new recent discovery: Tungsten World.

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This online store has a TON of options for alternative wedding bands like tungsten (yes!), cobalt, titanium, and black zirconium. Their design options range from classic to super unique and not only are these materials durable, but they are much more affordable than traditional metals. Not only that, but Tungsten World works closely with a US jewelry manufacturer allowing couples to create custom tungsten wedding bands using a variety of precious metal inlays, diamonds, gemstones and custom image engraving (like fingerprint engraving–cool, right?).


Tungsten World is running a really great contest and the winner will get a custom laser engraved Fingerprint Ring using your actual fingerprints. To enter, just like Tungsten World on Facebook, and be sure to leave a comment and let them know which Tungsten World ring is your fave! The winner will be picked at random!

If you haven’t already heard, we are so proud to have just launched our Spring Collection of The Mrs. Box–our little wedding heirloom ring boxes made from vintage French velvet. We received an early shipment of some of our favorite colors, which are now available for purchase, with the rest to follow in a few short weeks. We thought you’d love a little sneak peek of what we came up with this time, along with our stylist cohorts, Type A Society. Our dear friends, Jose Villa, along with Joel Serrato, were on hand to shoot these gorgeous images and they always make us look so good. And are you obsessed with those rings as much as we are? You can find them at Trumpet and Horn! And a very special thanks to artists Jenny Sanders of Graceline Art for her watercolor of our wreath and to Lisa Rae of The Dancing Pine for her water color of the lovely Pantone strips. We knew you’d love!

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You heard us right. Goddess. Today, we’re talking registries, and one thing we’ve learned is that the task of picking out goods for your new abode can be a tad overwhelming. But thanks to our friends over a Zola, we’re going to give you 4 tips for succeeding at this whole registry business. Are you ready? Get your notepad!

Step one: Make your registry personal.

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Not only does your registry reflect your personal sense of style, but it is also a reflection of the two of you! Love cooking? Can’t wait to host friends? Prefer to travel instead? Your registry is a great way to tell a part of your story, so be sure to add fun notes, unique collections, personal pictures and a custom URL. Is it no surprise to you that Zola makes all this easy? And cute?

Step two: Register for what you really want.


Don’t feel forced into the standard mixer routine–although no judgement–that’s a killer gift and we are obsessing over this copper one:


Feel the freedom to explore all the other fun options you can add in too. What about a mixology class or an outdoor hike? Do you have your eye on a super pricey couch or heirloom china? Consider group gifting to make those pricey options a possibility. Honeymoon and cash funds (for that down payment maybe?) are always super great additions that allow for plenty of freedom! PLUS, with Zola, those handmade unique one-of-a-kind items from local stores or niche sites can easily be added to your registry with the “Add to Zola” Button!


Step three: Get inspiration and help when you need it.

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We know you love all the pretty things, but what do you actually NEED for your new married life? It’s easy to get distracted by All. The. Cocktail. Glassware. Do you really need a glass set just for serving mojitos? Okay, maybe, but the point is that you might be forgetting some of the essentials. So, enter the Zola Buying Guide, which breaks down what you need from each category. They’ll help you even further with their Starter Collections which are there to help kick start your inspiration. We love that you can browse curated collections based on the essentials, your style, or interests. Plus, Zola’s Registry Concierge is always there to help you + your guests, and will even import your other registries–because we know that for those of you that have already registered, you’re feeling a little registry envy.

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Step four: Make it easy on yourself and let technology do the hard work and heavy-lifting.

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For most of us busy gals, technology is a huge help in keeping us organized and sane. Where would life be without our smart phones? Seriously. So of course, Zola has an easy to use iPhone App, so you can register for anything using on-the-go with features like a barcode scanner, mobile alerts, and Registry Planner. With the Gift Tracker you’ll know who gave you what, which is a HUGE a lifesaver when it’s time for thank you’s. With their Virtual Exchange it is easy to swap your gifts for ones you want before they are sent! And while we’re on the subject of shipping, if your living room is piled high with DIY projects for the wedding, or if you’re planning on moving right after the big day, you can opt for the Send It Later feature, which allows YOU to decide exactly when you want your gifts shipped.


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Le sigh. All so easy, right? We heart Zola! And guess what? Grey Likes Weddings readers will receive $25 to spend on Zola when they set up their wedding registry on Zola. New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between 2/24/15 – 5/24/15. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

*Zola is a sponsor of Grey Likes, but seriously, we love them! All opinions are bloggers’ own.

Pearl and Wyeth planned a wedding at The Fairwinds Estate in Lake Tahoe. What they didn’t plan for, however, was rain. But even when faced with a potential down pour on their outdoor wedding, the pair remained calm. The storm clouds eventually passed after some rain, but it made for the most gorgeous day–and photos! We know you are going to adore this wedding by Emily Scannell Photography.

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Pearl & Wyeth | Fairwinds Estate, Lake Tahoe from Reel Eyes on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photographer: Emily Scannell Photography // Catering: North Tahoe Catering  // Cake: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes // Rentals: Forever Vintage & EventMasters // Linen: LaTavola Linen // Flowers: Thran’s Flowers // Venue: The Fairwinds Estate // Event Coordination: Melissa Weir, Blue Sky Events // Cinematography: Reel Eyes