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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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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.

Hey ladies!! For those of you getting married in the next 2-12 months, we know you are elbows deep in wedding planning! Once you’ve picked your venue and date, but before you send out that save-the-date or invitation, we always think it is a great idea to get a wedding website up. There are a multitude of reasons for you to do so: online RSVPs, collecting mailing addresses, details about the wedding day, registry info, etc… BUT there’s also a multitude of reasons that makes this task super annoying and overwhelming: ugly templates, lack of features, and difficulty of use. So, we wanted to chat with you a little about Squarespace websites, which we actually discovered AFTER Bryan and I were married, which is a bummer, because they had everything we were looking for!

(Spoiler alert: Squarespace is offering our readers 10% off using the code GREY15), so read on!!!!

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(Images above by Nostalgic Photography, displayed at Jill and Ryan’s website!)

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(Image above by Reaux Photo, displayed at Brian and Twila’s website!)

Squarespace is an online platform that utilizes well designed, easy to use templates in order to allow you to create your own custom website! Right out of the gate, the first thing we love about Squarespace websites are the design options. You can utilize your own photos (did someone say creative engagement photo sessions???) in order to express your personality and make a super fun site. They’ve even created six new templates just for weddings, and have also teamed up with Getty images, so if you need a few filler photos, a simple flat $10 fee will get your site looking gorg, even if you aren’t a pro stylist/photography team!

I personally love that Squarespace design is so clean and simple. I desperately searched for a wedding template that used great fonts with plenty of clean white space and it just didn’t exist when I was on the hunt, so we built our site from scratch which was a total pain!

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(Images above by Chris Simons, displayed at Yeonhee-Lee’s website!)

We also love that you can personalize what you share with guests in an easy way! Galleries are a great way to share photos of your wedding planning, bridal party, and even your honeymoon! One of the other things that is always super important to have on your wedding website is your registry! I’m going to be real with you girls–it is bad form to include registry information in your invitations–it’s like ASKING for gifts. So instead, include a link to your wedding website on your invitation, where guests can go to only find out where you are registered. What’s great is how easy it is to connect your online registries through Squarespace, and you can even create a customize cash gift registry as well!

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Squarespace is super easy to figure out you guys! They have quick tutorial videos to get you started, 24/7 support via live chat or email, and a free personalized domain if you buy their service for a year at only $8 per month. What a fun way for your friends to keep up with your cuteness throughout the wedding planning, honeymoon, and first year of crazy newlywed fun!

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(Images above by Chris Simons, displayed at Yeonhee-Lee’s website!)

If you use the code GREY15, you’ll even get 10% off your Squarespace site!!!!

So let’s have at it ladies! Tell us about your website woes and experiences! Have you tried out Squarespace?

Today, we are super excited to introduce you to Blueflash Photography! Their team of creatives based in the New England area of Providence, RI area focus on providing simple, romantic and modern photography and cinematography for couples that have a stylish eye and want to have fun! What we love is that not only does Blueflash offer photography, and cinematography (a must in our opinion) but they also have the Bluecube, their signature spotlight stealing wedding photobooth! To top it all off they offer uplighting as well as full event planning, design, and coordination. There’s a whole lot going on under one roof–and they use this killer team to ensure an awesome and cohesive wedding experience all while simplifying your wedding planning journey.

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Our friends over at Blueflash Photography are getting the itch to pack up their things and bring their creative eye to your wedding. And guess what? As luck would have it, they are offering our readers an exclusive deal!!!

The typical combo package of photography and cinematography for your wedding day is $5300 but for a VERY limited time, Blueflash is offering that same package to Grey readers for only $995! What’s the catch? The wedding has to be at least 400 miles away from Rhode Island and fall between December 1, through April 30. With a total investment of $995 (plus travel expenses) you’ll get the Blueflash team to your wedding and you’ll end up with photos and videos that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives!

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To prove their skills, we thought we’d share with you Jessica and Christian’s wedding–one of our favorites from their blog that they’ve recently shot. Le sigh.

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Oh, you wanted to see one of their videos too? We ADORE this one of Cori and Tim’s wedding: