wedding wishlist

by Kaylah Stroup

  1.  I mean, if there were ever an occasion to wear white satin jammies I think it’d be on your wedding trip!
  2. Bride vibes. I’m so anti-everything traditional wedding related but y’all, I’m a sucker for ‘bride’ related things. I can’t help it.
  3. A remote + mini tripod for my phone. This will probably be the only vacation we ever go on with all our favorite people. Obviously, I plan on taking one billion photos but sometimes setting up the big camera and tripod is too much of a pain. I think having a remote and tiny tripod for my phone would be so so so helpful and help ensure I capture a ton of photos of all of us.
  4. All night dance party! We’re not having a traditional reception so no DJ, dance floor or anything like that but I’m sure there will be more than a few happy dances happening. This shirt seems appropriate.
  5. No bad days. Yeah, a sweatshirt in the desert is definitely not a necessity but I really dig this one!
  6. Our wedding day reception involves a pool and while I know the hotel obviously has towels I can’t help but think how cute this giant heart-shaped towel would look in photos.
  7. Dang right I want a ‘bride’ robe!!
  8. Each year, when we go to the desert I drag along more cameras than I need and way too much film. This trip will be even worse. I’m basically planning to bring along all the film I own (a ton!) plus more. I still think this round frame film would make for some stunning wedding portraits. I just feel like film is for capturing special moments and what will be more special than this once in a lifetime trip?!
  9. Lacy white underthings? Yes, please!
  10. You guys, I want these shoes so bad that I had a dream about them. In my dream I had found them NIB at a thrift store for three bucks. Wish that would happen in real life!
  11. Cute, comfy shorts. I don’t feel like I’m alone in the ‘I hate shorts’ boat. It’s not that I don’t love my legs (quite the opposite, actually!) I just feel like shorts are normally super uncomfortable, and never fit the right way. At the end of the summer last year I discovered the joy of non-denim shorts and I’m looking forward to finding a few more specifically for this trip.

Our wedding is sneaking up fast. It went from feeling like it was just ages away to being “oh shoooot, we need to book hotels!” Luckily, everything seems to be going really smoothly. I’m honestly not too stressed about anything.* I was in a bit of a panic about making a registry though. It sounds so dumb (and it definitely is) but finally, once and for all, coming to the conclusion we weren’t going to make a registry felt amazing.

Honestly, what do you get a couple who already lives together? We both already had all the things we needed before moving in together, and after getting our apartment, we had two! Everyone says to ask for better versions of what we have but that just seems wasteful, and totally unnecessary. Jeff couldn’t think of a single thing to put on the list, and the only thing I really want is a fancy vacuum. I can think of all sorts of random odds and ends I’d like for our trip though, hence why I made this list…

*Hahaha! JK! Everything is stressful. More wedding talk soon, I promise! Check out the ‘wedding‘ tag if you want to read more right now.

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Shannon February 21, 2018 - 10:01 am

We felt the same way about a registry and instead did a honeymoon registry! As two people who love to travel that could be a fun route for you to take- have folks help fund a fun trip if they want to gift something!

Kaylah February 21, 2018 - 10:07 am

So, tell me about it! What did you put on it? Or do you mean you used one of those sites that allowed people to see where you’re going, what your goal was and chip in?

Jennifer February 21, 2018 - 3:13 pm

No registry!? Blasphemy! You could always do one of those honeymoon registries. But I feel you about the whole what do you get two people who live with each other sort of thing. We had stuff on our registry, but I think the main motivation was that while working in retail, I learned that people will still buy you stuff regardless. So I decided to make a list or else I would random fine china, or glass bowls (I still got one, and it is filled with menus XD)

Kaylah February 22, 2018 - 9:35 am

Hahah! Yeah, at first I was kind of pushing Jeff to make a registry because I didn’t want to get a bunch of stuff we didn’t need and figured that if we didn’t have a registry that’s what we’d be getting. Then I started to make one and I was like “uh….I can’t think of anything”. It’s so hard!

Linnea Thorén February 21, 2018 - 4:04 pm

I don’t know if you drink, but when my friend got married their only wish was to get really good, fancy wine with a letter attached to the bottle. Both of them are foodies and now they can enjoy nice wine and get all fuzzy inside reading all the letters, for years!

Kaylah February 22, 2018 - 9:31 am

Aw, that’s a super cute idea but neither of us drink.

Jordan February 23, 2018 - 1:57 pm

We also have a honeymoon registry! We’re using Zola and they let you just set up a fund so people can contribute whatever amount the wish and you can use it for flights, hotels, excursions – whatever! So far people have loved contributing to it, we’ve gotten comments that people love being able to help make our memories not just fill our home 🙂

ashley February 25, 2018 - 4:31 pm

We didn’t do a registry either and it was totally fine. We’re both in our 30s and had plenty after combining households, We did get questions about where we were registered, but it was a really small wedding of just close friends and family (30ish people total) so it was no big deal to explain our reasoning. We ended up mostly getting a check or gift card, which was obviously really nice, plus a few awesome handmade presents, but I would also have been fine with just a card or well wishes if people assumed no registry = no desire for gifts.

Kaylah February 27, 2018 - 10:55 am

Glad to hear from other no registry people! Our wedding will be super small as well, just closest friends and family who all understand why we don’t want to do a registry. (Plus they’re all traveling to our wedding across the US so that’s definitely a present enough!)