Special Choices for your Special Day:

Mar16 NC web banner-2Your first day being officially married. This special occasion deserves the best to help you celebrate your new life together. These following special choices will make your wedding a truly exquisite, charming and memorable moment:

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2016 NC Wedding Guide

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Gift Registry for Both Bride AND Groom

Nikki & Tommy Dee

Nikki & Tommy Dee

By Marianne Reid Anderson

If you and your spouse-to-be are not really into china and silverware patterns, not to worry. The Internet has completely opened the door to the world of possibilities so you can gear your gift registry into something that suits the both of you, your interests or your goals. Here are just a sample of the new types of gift registries available online:

REI.com – Are you an outdoorsy couple? Register with REI and you can both receive the latest in hiking attire, camping equipment, and much more including tents and even a 2-person kayak.

HomeDepot.com – Are you a Do-It-Yourself couple with plans to fix up your love nest? Through the gift registry with Home Depot you can register for everything you need from home décor to power tools and everything in-between for your DIY projects.

DownPaymentDreams.com – Need help getting started in purchasing a place of your own? Register with DownPaymentDreams.com and collect down payment funds to help you buy the home of your dreams.

HoneyFund.com – Want help affording your honeymoon? Register with the HoneyFund and guests can help give you the romantic trip of your dreams with funds for air miles, hotel rooms, romantic dinners or even a bottle of champagne.

IDoFoundation.org – Want to share your love with the world? Through the I Do Foundation, you can create a gift registry of your favorite charities that are close to your hearts and encourage your guests to donate in lieu of buying a traditional gift.

CardAvenue.com – Can’t pick the things you want or need for a gift registry in time for the wedding? You may want to consider registering for a variety of gift cards for your favorite stores through CardAvenue.com, then redeem the cards once you know what you want from each store.

KnotaRegistry.com – Are you more into sharing experiences than buying housewares? With Knot a Registry, you can register for a wide variety of experiences for you to share, from tandem skydiving to cooking lessons to white water rafting to a new sushi restaurant. Use Knot a Registry for your guests to give you unique experiences to enjoy your newlywed time together.

Etsy.com – Do you prefer to support independent artisans and small businesses? Then, you may want to register for unique, hand-made items from around the world through Etsy.com.

NewlyWish.com – Do you prefer shopping at boutiques rather than large department stores? Ideal for the “metro” couple, NewlyWish offers unique housewares, as well as, a huge selection of fine food and wine.

SevenHopesUnited.com – Are you are a socially-conscious couple? Then, you may want to register with Seven Hopes United. They ensure that products are from artisans who are paid a living wage, work in safe conditions, and that children aren’t being exploited.

This list is just sample of the bevy of online gift registries you have to choose from as a young couple starting out in life together.

Pittsburgh Wedding Traditions


“Benefits of getting married in the ‘Burgh”
By: Paula Green 

             Pittsburgh is some place special that is why many betrothed couples take advantage of its uniqueness and exchange vows here, because of its perks.

             As mentioned in my “Cookie Trivia” column, the cookie table is a given in Pittsburgh.  Different areas of the U.S. have their own distinctive traditions.  Lynn Aufman of Cranberry Twp. witnessed cultural differences when her daughter Elyse married William Everett of Morton, Miss. on Dec. 28.  The couple held their reception at the Camelot in Warrendale.

           “It was quite a culture shock for the southerners.  They had never heard of a cookie table, let alone the “money dance” with shots.  Their events are dry.  In fact, they don’t serve dinner at weddings either, only hors d’oeuvres,” said Lynn.  “And they didn’t have any special outdoor photos taken; anything below 60 degrees is freezing for southerners.”

             Another custom gaining popularity at Pittsburgh weddings is a “Memory Table.”  Sabrina Van Arsdale of Cranberry Twp. had one at her Nov. 9, nuptials to John Wilt.  Their reception was also held at the Camelot.  

           “John and I both lost our grandfathers in months prior to our wedding, so we wanted a special way to remember them.  We wanted in some way feel like they were with us.  We had their names, along with John’s aunt and my other grandfather placed on a candle and we had pictures of each of them,” Sabrina said.

           Speaking of photos, the latest trend is photo booths.  This custom has taken off according to Three Rivers Photo Booth owner Richard De Paolis.  “Photo booths are a fun activity for people of all ages.  They’re a great way to get your guests intermingling with one another.  Besides the entertainment aspect, photo booths can provide the couple with a photo guestbook.  A professional photographer’s album sometimes lacks pictures of the guests.  We can provide a photo booth guestbook with pictures of guests having fun next to their handwritten message. Three Rivers Photo Booth also offers photo strip frames and magnets.  We are happy to consult with brides and create an individualized wedding package.” 

           Pittsburgh offers some breath-taking scenery for taking wedding pictures. If you want pictures taken on the Roberto Clemente Bridge or Hot Metal Bridge or any other bridge in the city, then you’re in luck because Pittsburgh has 446 of them, more than any other city in the world!

           Other picturesque places to take wedding pictures include – Point State Park, Mount Washington, the Duquesne Incline, Station Square, the Waterfront, the North Shore, Kennywood Park, Frick Park, Mellon Park, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, the Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Cathedral of Learning, the Strip District, Downtown Pittsburgh, the West End Overlook, PNC Park, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center, Hartwood Acres or any other Pittsburgh locale that  has special meaning for the couple.

            “We took our wedding pictures at Pine Park.  John and I met in high school (Pine-Richland).  It was special for us because that’s where we took our prom pictures,” explained Sabrina.

             Bridal couples are also getting creative with favors, like – coasters, lip balms, cookie cutters, and bottle openers.  The selections are endless with hundreds of different options.

             Transportation is also exciting in the tri-state area.  In addition to limo service, newlyweds also can utilize a trolley service, vans, and chartered buses.

             Sports can play a part in Pittsburgh wedding traditions.  Groomsmen often enjoy playing a round of golf before the wedding.  Other “Burgh” sports themed customs include – waving the “The Terrible Towel®” when the bridal party is announced, or donning Pirates, Penguins or Steelers shirts. Proceeds from Myron Cope’s official “The Terrible Towel” benefit NHS Allegheny Valley School which provides life-long opportunities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

              No matter which “Pittsburgh” traditions you choose for your “big day” it will be special and filled with a lifetime full of beautiful memories.