Maintaining the Top 5 Registry Items: How to Preserve Those Expensive Gifts for Years to Come

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Nov 212015
 
How to Maintain Wedding Registry Items

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You spent days crafting the perfect registry, hours ooh-ing and aah-ing as you unwrapped each gift, now is the time to preserve these expensive pieces for years to come. Here's how to handle the top 5 most registered for items with care now so that they'll be in perfect condition on your first, fifth, tenth, and later wedding anniversary!

Knives
Chef Mike Lim, of Roka Akor sushi restaurants, specially orders his knives from Japan so knows the importance of proper care, which begins with storage. "Knives should be kept separated from your other kitchen utensils. Avoid banging the edges against hard surfaces or dropping them accidentally. In order to maintain good working condition, clean off excess residue as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible so that it would not build up on your knives' surface." And once your beloved eight-inch chef's knife starts to get dull? Sharpen it immediately — at least twice a year — to avoid cut fingers and smooshed tomatoes. "You should sharpen your knives at least twice a year, if not more with frequent use," says Lim. "When it comes to more expensive knives, your money is well spent with a professional sharpening service as it is guaranteed that they would come back correctly sharpened with minimal metal removed, which will allow you to use them longer."

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The standout in any kitchen, this multihued mixer is a registry staple. To keep the appliance gleaming stick to just a damp rag, avoiding all chemical cleaners (after unplugging, of course). Although maintenance of the mixer is important, the accessories also play a role in longevity, and most are dishwasher safe! Just keep the whisk and burnished accessories out.

See More: Don't Need Extra Presents? Here Are 3 Registry Alternatives

Pizza Stone
As it makes sense for any product that you'll cook on, wash your ceramic stone when it comes out of the box. Avoid any harsh cleaners and stick with warm water only. (The porous surface will absorb any chemicals and flavors.) If it does get stained, apply a paste of baking soda and water to rub off.

As for storage? Leave it in the oven. You'll never forget to let it preheat with the oven and the repeated heating and cooling will harden the ceramic and make your crusts extra crispy.

Butcher Block cutting board
There's a reason hefty butcher block cutting boards are in demand. The beautiful wood grain of a butcher block is more gentle on your knives than plastic. Protect this kitchen workhorse with monthly wood oil applications. Keeping the wood hydrated will prevent the board from splitting along any seams. Avoid cutting poultry or fish on the block and keep it clear of liquids, the block's porous surface is absorbent—also why you should stick to a gentle dish soap when cleaning.

Silverware
There's a reason fine silver flatware is handed down through generation, so whether you've inherited a set or starting a new tradition, keep it pristine for the next users. Clean the spoons, forks, and knives with a gentle dish soap immediately after use. Even if you use the dishwasher, hand-dry the utensils to prevent water spots from forming.

Don't be afraid of overuse: Daily use can keep the utensils shiny! If used infrequently, store the flatware in soft flannel storage bags. But even if rarely used, the silverware requires an annual polishing (perfect for a Netflix binge!).

Wedding Registry Items for the Neat Freak

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Nov 092015
 
Household Organization Wedding Registry Items

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You know who you are — you can't leave dirty dishes in the sink, your entire closet is color-coded and you find it relaxing to vacuum. Even if that's a bit of an exaggeration and you aren't a self-proclaimed "neat freak," the truth is that two people living together make more of a mess than one. So to help you out, we've compiled our favorite products for one of the most important categories to consider for your registry — cleaning and organization!

Shark 2-in-1 Blast & Scrub Steam Pocket Mop
This is a brand new product that we absolutely love. This lightweight mop uses a high-powered steam broiler to clean and sanitize sealed hard wood floors without the use of any additional products or chemicals. You can also use the handheld steamer option for countertops, walls and general dusting. Eco-minded brides, rejoice! ($150, Bed Bath & Beyond)

The Roomba 980
This is the newest and most powerful model from the Roomba vacuum family. It uses state-of-the-art navigation and location technology to keep track of where it has already been, stay clear of stairs and take note of objects in the house so every area is thoroughly cleaned. It will clean an entire floor of your house by automatically recharging itself and adjusting its suction strength based on floor type and dirt level. Having company over last minute? Just hit the "clean" button, which is one of the many cool features on the iRobot HOME App, and your Roomba will start vacuuming before you even get home. The price point for this registry item is high so we suggest using a website such as Zola so guests can contribute toward the cost. Trust us, it's totally worth it! ($899.99, iRobot Corporation)

See More: Wedding Registry Etiquette 101: Your Biggest Wedding Gift Questions, Answered!

Custom Elfa Shelving and Drawer System
The ultimate storage solution! Design experts from The Container Store will map out a complimentary design for the area that needs to be organized, whether it is a closet, garage, pantry or office. From there you can add it to your registry and guests can contribute any amount towards the cost of your new custom space. (Prices vary, The Container Store)

Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Gift Set
We've been longtime fans of the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. Not only are they earth friendly and beautifully fragranced with essential oils, they also work really well. This cute set contains everything you need to get your home squeaky clean and smelling amazing; our favorite scent is the lavender. (From $22, Mrs. Meyers)

Dyson AM10 Humidifier
It's good for your health and for your skin to have a humidifier, but the water that it collects can breed harmful bacteria. The newest model of the Dyson Humidifier, features Ultraviolet Cleanse Technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water so that only clean air is being projected. Intelligent Cleanse Control technology measures temperature and moisture, creating a comfortable and hygienic climate. ($500, Dyson)

Wedding Registry Items for the Neat Freak

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Nov 092015
 
Household Organization Wedding Registry Items

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You know who you are — you can't leave dirty dishes in the sink, your entire closet is color-coded and you find it relaxing to vacuum. Even if that's a bit of an exaggeration and you aren't a self-proclaimed "neat freak," the truth is that two people living together make more of a mess than one. So to help you out, we've compiled our favorite products for one of the most important categories to consider for your registry — cleaning and organization!

Shark 2-in-1 Blast & Scrub Steam Pocket Mop
This is a brand new product that we absolutely love. This lightweight mop uses a high-powered steam broiler to clean and sanitize sealed hard wood floors without the use of any additional products or chemicals. You can also use the handheld steamer option for countertops, walls and general dusting. Eco-minded brides, rejoice! ($150, Bed Bath & Beyond)

The Roomba 980
This is the newest and most powerful model from the Roomba vacuum family. It uses state-of-the-art navigation and location technology to keep track of where it has already been, stay clear of stairs and take note of objects in the house so every area is thoroughly cleaned. It will clean an entire floor of your house by automatically recharging itself and adjusting its suction strength based on floor type and dirt level. Having company over last minute? Just hit the "clean" button, which is one of the many cool features on the iRobot HOME App, and your Roomba will start vacuuming before you even get home. The price point for this registry item is high so we suggest using a website such as Zola so guests can contribute toward the cost. Trust us, it's totally worth it! ($899.99, iRobot Corporation)

See More: Wedding Registry Etiquette 101: Your Biggest Wedding Gift Questions, Answered!

Custom Elfa Shelving and Drawer System
The ultimate storage solution! Design experts from The Container Store will map out a complimentary design for the area that needs to be organized, whether it is a closet, garage, pantry or office. From there you can add it to your registry and guests can contribute any amount towards the cost of your new custom space. (Prices vary, The Container Store)

Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Gift Set
We've been longtime fans of the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. Not only are they earth friendly and beautifully fragranced with essential oils, they also work really well. This cute set contains everything you need to get your home squeaky clean and smelling amazing; our favorite scent is the lavender. (From $22, Mrs. Meyers)

The Perfect Wedding Registry Items for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Nov 032015
 
Sleep Wedding Registry Items

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Rest is important for your health and for your marriage. A recent survey conducted by Serta reported that 69% of Americans' fatigue negatively impacts their relationship with their significant other. To start your marriage off on the right foot, register for some of our favorite items to help you get a good night's sleep!

Plush Pillows
The Sleep With Us pillow is a new product that goes above and beyond your typical memory foam pillow. Patent-pending "Adaptive Comfort" inserts adjust to your sleeping position in order to give your head and neck the proper amount of support. ($80, Amazon — Enter BRIDES30 when purchasing on Amazon for a 30% discount!)

A Cloud-Like Mattress
Serta iComfort mattresses feature Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam that makes for a comfortable and supportive sleep while reducing heat build-up. We also love the Serta Adjustable Foundation, which is perfect for watching movies together in bed. If you do decide to register for a mattress, we highly recommend going to a store to try out options in person and using a website like Zola which will enable your guests to make contributions toward the overall cost. (Prices vary, Serta)

Luxe Sheets
Nile Threads sheets are made from super combed long staple Egyptian cotton that is woven into a sateen pattern for maximum comfort. Normally Egyptian bedding is very expensive, but Nile Threads has streamlined the production process by going directly to the source to bring you high quality sheets at an affordable price. As an added bonus, the company donates 10% of their profits to the UN Refugee Agency. (From $164, Nile Threads)

See More: Should You Sleep in Separate Beds? (1 in 4 Couples Do!)

Dreamy Duvets
Its no secret that linen bedding is all the rage right now and these custom dyed duvet covers from Bella Notte are an absolute must have! Made from a 100% linen weave, this high quality cover will soften over time. Need a comforter to put inside? We love this one from The Westin Hotel bedding collection. ($350, Layla Grayce and from $110, The Westin Store)

A Chic Throw
These super cozy throws are woven in Peru from the finest alpaca fibers. They come in a variety of soft colors and are perfect to use as a decorative accent at the foot of your bed or for extra warmth in the winter months. ($298, Coyuchi)

Cozy Candles
This luxury candle is scented using natural essential oils and made of a clean-burning soy blend. The fragrance is aptly named "Master Bedroom," since the soothing aroma of chamomile and lavender is ideal for nighttime relaxation. ($60, LAFCO New York)

And a Humidifier for a Restful Night!
Having a humidifier in your bedroom benefits your skin and your sinuses, it can even alleviate snoring! This chic design features an aromatherapy option, a timer mode and a matching remote control. ($169, Gracious Home)

6 Features Every His and Her Closet Needs

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Oct 302015
 
Features Every His and Her Closet Needs

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The old adage "sharing is caring" might be a tad overplayed, but it rings very true when it comes to merging your closet with your man's. A well-thought-out his and her closet design will save couples serious time (and sleep) — not to mention make married life blissfully clutter free. Ah, isn't that the dream? Whether you've been living together for years or you just bought your first house, consider upgrading your space and restoring order in the closet with these 5 must-have features. Or heck, just add 'em to the registry.

1. Adjustable shelves and rods
Because who knows how many shoes you'll own in a few years, right? According to Vice President of Closet Factory Paris Bernhardt, an adjustable closet system gives couples the freedom to switch up their space as their needs and habits change, which they inevitably will over time. You can modify shelf height to accommodate those new kicks or do away with them altogether if more hanging space is what you really need.

2. Strategically placed LED light strips
Perfect for couples with different work schedules, LED light strips can be placed on the underside of shelves to light up closet sections without brightening the entire room just to find a shirt, says Bernhardt. "Plus, they look great and lend any closet a modern look."

3. Valet rods
Another good idea for couples that don't rise and shine at the same time! As Bernhardt points out, valet rods provide you with a place to set up outfits for the following day, saving you both time and from waking your sleeping partner. "They also make packing and putting dry cleaning away easier too."

See More: Real Brides Share Their Best Advice for Sharing Closet Space

4. A pullout shelf or small built-in counter top
Can't stand clutter? Us either! A pullout shelf that acts as a temporary countertop is a great way to reduce it in other areas of the room, informs Bernhardt. "Pull it out when you need a place to lay your clothing or jewelry in lieu of the bed or floor, and simply push it back into place and out of the way once you're done."

5. Clip-on shelf dividers
So you can stay organized while making the most of the space you do have. "Dividers help couples section off areas of their closet into smaller, more manageable sections, notes Bernhardt. "They come in various materials, including Lucite and metal, and are fantastic for storing handbags, caps and folded items."

6. False bottom drawers
Shh, don't tell! "Found in 10-12 inch tall drawers, a false bottom hides the lower four inches of the inside of the drawer, giving you the ability to store private documents or valuable possessions, like watches and jewelry, secretly beneath your clothing," explains Bernhardt. The perfect hiding place for your engagement and wedding rings at night, no?

Save vs. Splurge: All the Registry Picks You Need for Your First Newlywed Dinner Party

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Oct 182015
 
Copper Cookware Kitchen Wedding Registry Items

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Not sure your kitchen is stocked for your first dinner party as newlyweds? We've got you covered! In our BRIDES October/November issue, we've put together a top-notch wedding registry that'll make any Top Chef jealous. Whether your guests plan to save or splurge — or even if you're just treating yourself (and after all that wedding planning, you deserve it!) — these culinary picks are the perfect side dish to any budget. It doesn't matter if your filet mignon could rival those on the Food Network or if you and your hubby are just starting to branch out from your boxed pasta standby, these kitchen necessities are just the ingredient for all of the post-nuptial dinner parties ahead!

Above: Chefs love copper cookware for its ability to conduct heat evenly. You'll love it for it's ultra-luxe and on-trend hue.

(Top Three) Splurge: M'150s Copper and Stainless Steel Cookware Set, $1,300, Mauviel; (Bottom Two) Save: Tri-Ply Copper Cookware Set, $700, KitchenAid

Cocktail Shaker Kitchen Wedding Registry Items

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A cocktail shaker is a without-a-doubt bar staple. We know you can't get enough of your brand new last name, so add an etched monogram to make it truly yours.

(Left) Splurge: "Kingsburgh" $250, Ralph Lauren Home; (Right) Save: "Harrison" $35, Pottery Barn

Flatware Kitchen Wedding Registry Items

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Why shouldn't your dinner party be just as pleasing to the eyes as it is for the tastebuds? Brighten up the table with sleek flatware in a surprising metallic hue.

Splurge: "Moon" gold flatware, $89 for a five-piece place setting, Cutipol, available at A+R; Save: "Harper" rose gold flatware, $60 for a five-piece place setting, Crate & Barrel

Multi-Cooker Kitchen Wedding Registry Items

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Impress your guests with one of these new 10-in-one multi-cookers that can make everything from risotto to yogurt.

(Left) Splurge: Philips Multi-Cooker, $250, Philips; (Right) Save: 10-in-1 Rice & Multi-Cooker, $100, T-Fal

See More: Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding-Registry Regret

Serving Trays Kitchen Wedding Registry Items

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Add color (and texture!) to your meal with a high-gloss-lacquer or faux-shagreen tray. Who knew a simple dinner could be so gorgeous?

(Top) Splurge: "Elle" serving tray, $120, Swing Design; (Bottom) Save: "Manta" $50, Z Gallerie

Small kitchen? These knife sets are tiny in size, but not in style. The slim profiles of their storage blocks save some serious counter space.

(Right) Splurge: "Compendio" $840 for seven pieces, Berti, available at Didriks; (Left) Save: "Forte" $150 for 13 pieces, Skandia; available at Hampton Forge

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES October/November 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

Shop the Store: Furbish Studio

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Sep 222015
 
Shop the Store Wedding Registry Furbish Studio

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For a mix of home goods fit for an eclectic but beautiful registry, we love Furbish Studio. Everything they carry has a unique flair, with textiles, artwork and serving ware that is perfect for a colorful home. Here are some of our current favorites.

1. Mixing trendy (monstera leaves) with classic (a ginger jar), this print is perfect for an entryway or gallery wall; $45

2. Preppy and perfect for storing your champagne or white wine classily when you have guests over, this ice bucket has us seriously swooning; $45

3. Pink crocodile print, gold edging and an elegant silhouette make for a lamp that is part trendy, and all sophisticated; $375

See More: Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding-Registry Regret

4. Perfect as catchalls or serving cocktails at your next dinner party, these python trays will stand the test of time with their timeless print; $52

5. You can never go wrong with indigo, and you'll be right on trend with this shibori throw!; $110

6. A bit of a splurge, but with a textile that is beautifully boho, this ikat chair would look be so cozy with a chunky cashmere throw and your favorite book!; $1,500

7. Bright pinks and blue-grays make this beautiful suzani lumbar pillow ideal for a cozy and stylish bed; $145

So, for brides-to-be who are busy putting together your registries, head over to the store's website furbishstudio.com to add our favorite finds to your list!

5 Home Items Every Newlywed Couple Should Invest In

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Sep 142015
 

If anything signals "I need an adult apartment," it's a wedding. But swapping a futon for an Eames can put a dent in the nest egg before it even hatches.

Adding a few key pieces to your home, however, can instantly exude interior design mojo. Lee Cavanaugh, design partner at New York-based design firm Cullman & Kravis, shares her thoughts on the five home items newlyweds won't regret purchasing. And many times, it doesn't take a lot of cash to look luxe.

Dining Table
A dining table is one of the most functional items in any home, but it can serve as a design showpiece too. Look for tables crafted from long-lasting materials, such as mahogany or walnut, and avoid veneers that ruin quickly with wear. Mix and match the dining room chairs to give it a modern aesthetic or choose a colored glass top for a trendy look. These simple additions can be changed over time as you move homes or redecorate, but you'll never need to buy another table. If you're big on entertaining, look for a table with a leaf to expand your dinner party real estate.

Sofa
Like a dining table, a couch is essential to any home. Cavanaugh recommends purchasing a standard seven-foot, two-inch sofa with a solid wood frame. Think comfortable and usable, with classic lines. With this base, she says, you can re-upholster or refill the cushions, but the skeleton will last for years. As for fabrics, decide what feels good to you, but always check samples in your space first. Lighting makes a big difference for colors and the effect on the room.

See More: Major Registry Faux Pas to Avoid, Plus Other Wedding Gift Tips

Linens
From place mats to bedding, quality linens quickly upgrade any home. A table runner and napkin rings dress up a dining table before a friendly meal, and nothing beats hotel-ready sheets at turndown every evening. For the bedroom, look for crisp, white linens with custom embroidery and a pop of color for a youthful, modern look. As for that thread count? Cavanaugh says higher is not necessarily better: "It's all about what feels good to you."

China
Choosing china is really quite simple. There is not much difference between brands in terms of quality, according to Cavanaugh, so it's more about what pattern speaks to you as a couple. Go to a department store and see what jumps out. Even if you have an heirloom set from grandma, you can choose a more casual pattern to call your own. For a modern look, mix in bright colors or contrasting patterns. For a more formal look, add a charger plate to a gold- or silver-rimmed classic white.

Art
An art collection does not need to consist of Picassos and Pollocks. For the average person, art is less about investment and more about what you want to look at every day. Make a hallway gallery of family photos set in matching frames or peruse flea markets or galleries for original pieces by local artists. One of Cavanaugh's favorite projects is a collection of animal photographs from a couple's safari honeymoon scattered around their living room. "It's so much more personal than walking into a place with blank walls."

Real Brides Share Their Best Advice for Sharing Closet Space

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Aug 242015
 
Sharing Closet Space

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There are so many things you're excited to share when you finally move in with your man, but closet space definitely isn't one of them. Where are all your shoes supposed to go? Will you have enough room to store your handbags? And what about your massive vintage T-shirt collection? Figuring out the best ways to free up space and do it fairly can be a big struggle. Luckily, we chatted up a bunch of real brides, who kept it real on how they make it work in their house.

"Our master bedroom closet and dresser space is really limited, so we split everything evenly and only have the current season's clothes in there. We move whatever we're not wearing at the time (our winter clothes) into the guest bedroom closet and switch things out when the season's change." — Jessica

"I have the closet in our room, and he has the one down the hall. It actually works out perfect since they're both the same size. He also wakes up earlier than I do so he doesn't have to worry about tip toeing around or trying to get dressed in the dark." — Randi

"We used to have super tiny closets, but we finally bit the bullet and decided to do a complete closet remodel/renovation. It was totally worth it! Now we have one huge closet, which he takes up about 40% of." — Alexandra

"We don't really share. My hubby has way more in the closet because almost all of his clothes need to be hung up, whereas the majority of mine can be folded and put in the dresser." — Cassie

See More: Real Brides Reveal Their Biggest Wedding-Registry Regret

"He gets the big closet in our bedroom, and I now use the spare room that we had converted into a walk-in closet. It's kind of amazing." — Bianca

"Ah, this a bone of contention in our house right now. My husband has to wear a suit to work every day so he takes up almost 3/4 of the hanging space in our closet. I get 2/3 of the shelf space, and we both have things hanging in the hall closet. We rent, otherwise I would have bought a new closet organization system, like yesterday." — Amanda

"The only closet we share is the coat closet and shoe closet, which I take up 90% of. We each have our own closets for everything else." — Libby

"We don't have kids yet, so we decided to turn this really tiny room in our house into a dressing room for me. We put a vanity table in there, a dresser and closet rods. He gets the tiny closet in our bedroom and a dresser." — Christine

"Luckily, we have a huge closet in our master bedroom, which we split 50/50. I have way more stuff than he does, but I use my space wisely, and he has room to store random stuff on his side." — Diondra

"He gets one side of the closet and I get the other. We also installed several shelves above our hanging clothes to give us more room to store my purses and both of our pants and t-shirts. A hanging shoe rack is another must." — Kim

"Thank goodness we finally have his and hers walk-in closets!" — Loren

See More: 6 Topics Every Bride-to-Be Vents About

"I have the master bedroom closet, and he just uses the closet in our home office. He was actually the one who suggested the arrangement when we moved in together, which I'm all for." — Nina

"Poor thing. He gets this teeny little section with some hangers while I get everything else. He does have a dresser though and I don't." — Elizabeth

"We have never shared a closet. The hubby uses the hall closets upstairs and downstairs as his closets." — Becca

From Wedding to Home: Awesome Décor That Does Double Duty

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Aug 162015
 
Wedding to Home Decor

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Get more bang for your buck (or justify your purchase in the first place!) by repurposing your wedding décor and styling your home with the items that once graced your reception and ceremony. These clever pieces have a shelf life long after you both say "I do."

1. Vintage Typewriter
A clever way to display a note to your guests on the welcome table, this would also be an on-trend look for your home.

2. Faux Suitcases
These can be used as part of a display (cake table, guest table, etc), as an escort card holder, and more. Then when you use them at home, they can store items while acting as decoration above cupboards, in corners of rooms, or as a touch of charm to a guest bedroom.

3. Table Linens
Whether you scoop up runners for the head table or full-size tablecloths, these will add serious glam to your holiday parties for many years to come.

See more: What to Do with Decorations Post-Wedding

4. Bird Cage
Use one for wedding cards or decorations during your reception; at home, put pillar candles in them and place on a patio or elsewhere in your home. (Be careful of flammable paint, though.)

5. A Classy Mailbox
Instead of having guests stick their wishes or advice into a jar or box, have them put their notes into a classic gold mailbox. Use it later as — what else?! — your house's real mailbox.

6. Mr. & Mrs. Signage
A natural wedding decoration in front of the sweetheart table, behind the bride and groom's chairs or elsewhere at your wedding, a well-done pair of Mr. and Mrs. signs would make for a clever and artistic display above your bed.

7. Lanterns
After using them during your wedding's outdoor cocktail hour or reception, group them together on your home patio, on the doorstep, or even in a spacious bathroom. Take note: It's best to get varying sizes if you want to then use these in a natural way at home.

Any suggestions we missed? Share them on Facebook.com/Brides!

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