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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.

It may be pretty clear by now, but if you hadn’t already figured it out, we love mixing and matching bridesmaid styles. Not only does this add a sense of fashion, style, and dimension to your bridal party, but it makes it easier on everyone to find a dress they love and look great it. Absolute win! Today, we are pairing up with Nordstrom Weddings to “style” a bridesmaid look! So to start, here’s a gorgeous bridal party with a look that we are obsessed with.

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We love Nordstrom Weddings because their customer service is so incredibly on point and speedy, with in-store and online stylists to help you and your gals through the selection process. With so many complimentary styles, silhouettes and colors, it makes your planning that much easier.

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We decided to pick the ‘Annabelle’ nude organza gown by Jenny Yoo, and here’s how we’d style it up for the big day:

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Want to see more styling ideas? Head to Style Me Pretty for a fun round up!

1. Imperial Necklace 2. Imperial Earrings 3. Kurt Geiger London “Britton” Pump 4. Too Faced Le Creme Lipstick 5. Madison Beaded Clutch

Compensation for this post was provided by Nordstrom via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom or AOL.

 

 

We’re pretty sure brides and grooms these days are prioritizing photo booths for their wedding–it’s a way to give guests a tangible memory of your big day, and the major bonus is that you get to see all the photos that are shot in the booth! Well, if you happen to fall in the aforementioned category (and how could you not?) then we would love to introduce you to Magbooth

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Not only does Magbooth offer the chance to have a super high quality photo booth wherever you want with crazy good customer service, but their rentals also include props, unlimited photo prints, a custom designed logo strip, an online gallery, AND photo booth attendant. PLUS, and this is a major bonus–wedding rentals include a custom photo book of all your booth images combined into one! Say whaaa?? And if that wasn’t enough, they also offer a gif booth:

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You can find out more about Magbooth rentals here, but for now, here are some super fun videos that give you a better ideas as to what Magbooth does…and why they are so awesome!

Peter and Emily from Magbooth on Vimeo.

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3UP vs. 4UP from Magbooth on Vimeo

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Meet Your Event Worker – Jeremy from Magbooth on Vimeo.

*This post was sponsored by Magbooth. All opinions are blogger’s own.

As couples become more and more aware of the impact their choices have on a global scale, we’ve begun to see a trend toward hand selecting jewelry designers based on their ethical standards for harvesting and manufacturing. Today, we wanted to highlight three designers that we think are answering that call in a profound way–each with a unique approach to making a difference in their industry.

First up, is Uneek, who produces incredibly…you guessed it…unique rings. But in addition to that, each piece is produced in the United States at a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles, which bolsters the locally economy by producing jobs and generating tax revenue. By manufacturing rings locally Uneek chooses to invest in a sustainable future for the local economy rather than outsourcing their labor to a developing country in order to cut production cost. We love this just about as much as we love their rings and especially the new Silhouette Collection, with gorgeous curvy designs.

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Natalie K is a jewelry designer focused on the global impact of harvesting their diamonds. The Natalie K’s Forevermark Collection carries a promise that each diamond has been harvested in a responsible and sustainable fashion from the earth and the proceeds from the sale of the diamonds end up helping the community where the diamond mine is located and not funding any para-military rebel groups.

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Danhov is an award winning designer of handmade engagement rings with a focus on the nature of their production process. Each piece is assembled completely by hand while avoiding many of the harsh chemicals and large machinery commonly employed in jewelry manufacturing today. This eco-friendly approach to sustainable jewelry manufacturing is becoming an increasingly popular trend as many potential engagement ring buyers are gaining an increased awareness of their own ecological impact. You can read more about Danhov’s story here and check out some of our favorites from their collection below

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