Best part of wedding planning? The registry, bar none.
“Um, yes, I want one of these, maybe this would look nice in the living room, how about this for the kitchen it’s so much nicer than what we have…”
I ended up spending three hours setting up our registry. And I totally recommend Zola!!
First off, I did try Bed, Bath and Beyond but I didn’t actually like what they had. I think Pottery Barn is just overpriced and super expensive. But luckily my Pinterest board advertised Zola as a unique registry experience, so I figured why not look it up.
What’s so cool about it is that it is very easy to navigate and use. Their products are from all over, and they have items I couldn’t find at Target or Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Looking at the product, there’s a quote as to why it’s liked and what features it has. I also find the prices pretty reasonable.
Zola does a lot of wedding planning for you as well. ALL FREE. I already made a website with The Knot but you can do one on Zola too and just integrate your registry.
And the site is prettyyyyyyy.
I always check the website every now and then to see if there’s anything else I need to add. I just click “add to registry.” What a very dangerous link.
I feel like its such a cliche now, but I did indeed say yes to the dress. After finally getting our date settled, I wanted to dive right in and pick the dress. I’m tired of the wide eyes I get when I say I haven’t found it yet or the nightmare stories of dresses taking months for adjustments and alterations. So I made my appointment in Virginia Beach at Here and Now Bridal.
Timing was perfect, Mama was visiting from Italy and one of my bridesmaids was able to come. I was nervous on the way there, but felt a strong determination to find my dress then and there. I hate shopping around for something because then I just get tired and sick of disappointment.
Once there, we were immediately greeted by Jessica, who happened to be the manager. I explained to her what I had in mind (lace. lots of lace), and she and I picked out five dresses to try. The trick is to be open, I honestly added dresses in my pile that I didn’t think I’d buy but what the hell, its fun to try it on! But my heart had totally fallen for the very first dress Jessica pulled out (sorry, can’t describe it, it’s a secret!)-I mean it was breathtaking.
I tried the dress on twice, just to be sure. I really didn’t want to take it off-that’s how I knew it was “the one.”
Funny thing is, my dress is so not what I had in mind. I’ve heard it said that you really can’t go into a bridal store with a closed mindset. And I definitely recommend just trying dresses on, they may look different once it’s on you. I had this other dress that came in a close second which did fit the bill of what I was looking for, but once I had it on I just couldn’t picture it.
I just knew then and there. Plus, Here & Now switches up there inventory quickly, so if I had waited to come back that dress would have been snatched up the next day. I decided to follow my gut and my heart. I just wish it wasn’t over my budget….