The Perfect Registry Guidelines

Creating a registry can be difficult, here are some different ways to register for gifts:

The Traditional Registry:

Traditionally people register for basic household needs at one or two different stores, here are some of those items to help you make your wedding registry.

  • Dinnerware and Drinkware
    • dishes (8 sets of each: dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, cups and saucers)
    • Silverware
    • Steak Knives
    • Gravy Boat
    • Pitcher and Ice Bucket
    • Serving Bowls
    • Serving Utensils
    • Wine Glasses
    • Tumblers
    • Water Glasses
    • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Cookware and Bakeware
    • Pots and Pans
    • Cake Pans
    • Measuring Spoons
    • Oven Mits
    • Muffin Pans
    • Kitchen Towels
    • Strainer
    • Mixing Bowl
    • Mixer
    • Spatula
    • Heat Pads
    • Baking Sheets
  • Bed and Bath Items
    • Sheets
    • Comforter
    • Pillows
    • Throw Pillows
    • Curtains
    • Shower Curtain
    • Bath Towels
    • Bath Rugs
    • Hand Towels
  • Housekeeping
    • Vacuum
    • Iron
    • Ironing Board
  • Travel Items
    • Luggage

Non-Traditional Registry:

You might already have most of these items, so here is another way to get those non-traditional registry items.

  • Register at site such as MyRegistry
    • Here you can register at any store for items that you may need for home improvements, travel, decor, etc.
    • The traditional stores to register at may not have everything you want and need and this is a good way to register at multiple stores to get those items.

Honeymoon Registry

Sometimes you just want help paying for that dream honeymoon that you’ve always wanted. There are sites that will help you ask for the money to go on that romantic honeymoon.

  • Register at sites such as HoneyFund
    • This site will help you fund the honeymoon of your dreams and also help you pick out the perfect destination.

After all it is your wedding day and you deserve to be a little spoiled! Make sure to ask for what you need and want as a newly wed couple!

The Wedding Planning Timeline



  • Discuss your budget with your finace and make sure you are both on the same page
  • Draw up your guest list
  • If hiring a wedding planner, now is the time
  • Decide on a wedding date
  • Start looking at venues for the ceremony and reception and book as soon as possible
  • Send out Save the Dates


  • Create a Pinterest board to come up with what you want for your wedding
  • Book a day to go try on wedding dresses
  • Meet with several photographers and book your favorite
  • Research and reserve hotel accommodations for your guests
  • Register your gift list


  • Consider entertainment options: DJ, band and ceremony musician
  • Select your hair and makeup artist and schedule a trial 2 months before your wedding
  • Meet with your florist and go over everything you want
  • Order bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits
  • Start Planning your honeymoon


  • Discuss furniture options with your venue
  • Consider what rental items you need to rent in
  • Commission the creation of your wedding rings
  • Discuss your ceremony order with your officiant
  • Begin shopping for shoes and accessories


  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Schedule a tasting
  • Confirm all rental items
  • Confirm wedding day transportation


  • Write your vows
  • Go to your hair and make up trials


  • Follow up with any one who has not RSVP yet
  • Prepare a list for your photographer that has all the shots and who you want in them
  • Send a list to the DJ or band with songs you want played and which songs to avoid
  • Draw up a seating plan
  • Give the venue a list of vendors and number along with a timeline


  • Have a rehearsal so everyone knows when to walk and where to stand
  • Confirm final guest count with the venue and catering


  • Provide the caterer with a table plan, meal orders and place cards
  • Have final phone calls with vendors and rental companies to confirm
  • Organize place cards for the venue to put out for you
  • Relax

Courtney and Amy’s Wedding – September 2015


Last June we got the honor of meeting two of the most amazing people, Courtney and Amy.  They both came in for their tour and soon after they decided to book with us at the Boulder Country Club.  Soon after they booked we met Courtney’s mother and father, Donna and Rick.  They came in to see the space and immediately we were inspired by Donna’s vision for the wedding and all the beautiful ideas she came up with.

Both of us spent time talking to Donna on the phone and meeting with Courtney and Amy to plan and coordinate their wedding.  Everything they wanted to do was so simple to fit Courtney and Amy’s laid back personalities, but yet elegant and formal to make their day memorable to them and all their guests.




They ordered wooden cross back chairs for both the ceremony and then we later moved them into the reception during the cocktail hour.  The wooden chairs brought together the ceremony with the decor and arch that they had come in from Boulder Blooms.  They also had the chairs in a half moon instead of the typical straight across set-up.


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Their ceremony was absolutely gorgeous!  They had a close family friend marry them which made everything so much more personable for them as a couple.  They looked so happy together as they said “I do” as did every single guest sitting there listening to their wedding vows.



Before the wedding started, Donna had an entire team come in to set up all the decor, favors and place cards.  We have never seen someone with such organization while coordinating an entire team.  She gave each person a specific job task and they did it beautifully.  We both were so lucky to have such amazing help from someone with a stunning vision.

They used greenery, rocks and branches for all their decor mixed in with flowers from Donna’s garden that she brought all the way from Michigan! Donna put together all the center pieces the week of the wedding after having boxes shipped to Colorado for the past several months. Everything she put together lit up the venue and it had a magical look to it that we fell in love with.

They used rocks and painted on the table numbers and each place card was a small rock with their name on it, meal order and table number.  The time that everyone put into this wedding was all truly worth it after seeing everything come so beautifully together.


After the ceremony they took a fun group photo taken by their photographer, Julie Afflerbaugh and then the party began.  During cocktail hour they had a band playing outside on the patio while drinks and hors d’oeuvres were being served by the Boulder Country Club staff. Once cocktail hour was over we introduced Courtney and Amy for the first time as bride and bride.DSC_0045-6SN1fVlpE6PJ09ZnZrZqUkWi44f0JuZ9AW4wnyB_FQ,HaMqkfLFjsIC3C2W7LygzBLdaRhMOXCc24UaE-JVovU,z-ATAoJhbbk_hWzei0qoSE63F9xs3zxg-f76KzFDm48

For dinner we did synchronized dinner service and served each table salad, entrees and dessert.  Then both fathers and family/friends gave inspiring speeches about these two very special women.  And after that the dancing began with a live band.


Congratulations to these beautiful brides! We were so lucky to get to know both Courtney and Amy along with both their amazing families!

And another special thanks to all the vendors who helped make this wedding so special: Julie Afflerbaugh Photography, Boulder Blooms, RC Special Events and All Event Rentals.

Tiahna and Trevor – October 3rd, 2016


This past weekend Tiahna and Trevor said “I do” here at the Boulder Country Club.  They were so amazing to work with and get to know this past year.  The entire wedding group was a blast to work with and never let there be a dull moment!

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Instead of doing the normal sit down plated dinner, they choose to do a cocktail reception and have different food stations including a carving station, pasta action station and a salad bar.  And later in the night they had a sundae bar open up followed by late night apps for their guest to snack on.  It was such a fun and simple way for them to have a fun stress free wedding reception.


Tiahna’s sister Arielle made the cake which was absolutely stunning! She also baked all the wedding favors which were cookies each individually wrapped.  It was such a nice touch to have something so personal for them to share with their wedding guest.


(Mother/Son Dance)

This was such an amazing group to work with and wish them the best of luck!


Congratulations Tiahna and Trevor!

A special thanks to Eight Weddings Photography for sharing these photos on Facebook!!

All The Bridesmaid Questions Your Too Scared to Ask


Choosing who is going to be in your wedding can be difficult and sometimes a sensitive topic.  Here are answers to some of your bridesmaid questions you’ve been too scared to ask anyone else.

  • How do I pick whose going to be in my wedding?
    • Pick people who have played an important role in your life, don’t just pick people to have a large wedding party.  You want this group to be special since they are a part of your big day.
  • Can I demote a bridesmaid?
    • Hopefully this is never an issue, but sometimes things don’t work out.  Before you choose to demote someone make sure that you are not the problem and asking too much of them.  Try to work through any issues before taking someone who has been a big part of your life out of your big day.
  • What if I have more bridesmaids than my fiance has groomsmen?
    • Your wedding party is full of people closest to you, it shouldn’t matter if there are more people on one side or the other.  Don’t feel the need to add someone random to even sides out.
  • Should I pick a cheaper dress for my bridesmaids?
    • Absolutely not, this is your big day and if you want your bridesmaids in a specific dress they should understand that and be willing to spend the money on it.  Just don’t go overboard with what you want them to purchase.  Remember being in a wedding is expensive too.
  • I was in a friends wedding years ago and we aren’t close anymore, do I ask her to be in my wedding?
    • No, pick who is close to you at the time.  People understand that friendships grow apart.

Tips on Picking Out Your Wedding Venue From a Planner

Josendale_Welander_RyanDearthPhotography_078BoulderCountryClubDearth_0_lowPicking out your venue can be one of the hardest things to do and the first stressful decision you and your fiance are going to make together after saying yes to his proposal.  Opinions will vary on what is right for the two of you, but trust me you will find the perfect venue for you to say “I do” and to celebrate with your closest family and friends.  Here are some tips to help you get through all those site tours you have lined up.

  • How many hours are included in the rental?

Make sure to know what you are going to be paying for, does the “5 hour room rental” block include set up and tear down? If set up and tear down is not included in this time, how much time do you have to set up and does a planner at the venue do it for you or do you have to do it yourself? Does it include the ceremony? Can you add on extra time to the room block?  Make sure to know all the details on the time because this can make or break your ceremony and reception.

  • When can you bring in decor and rental items?

Some venues only let you bring in decor the day of and some let you bring it in the day before. Make sure you know when you can bring in these items, especially if you have a lot of decor/rental items. If you store your items there is there an extra cost and when do you have to pick them up? Also, finding out where to load in and out with these items is essential to making your day a little easier.

  • What items do you have to rent in?

Does the venue provide tables, chairs, linens, table settings, glassware, etc.? What vendors do you have to bring in?  Some venues provide catering and set up and some do not, make sure you know what you are getting into before you book.  The price may look low, but once you start adding in vendors and rentals the price can go up drastically.  

  • What vendors can you can bring in and do you have to use theirs?

Ask if you can bring in your own vendors, some venues require you use their preferred vendors and some venues let you bring in anyone.  This includes asking about DJ, bands, catering, staffing, photographer, officiant and dessert.

  • Where are the restrooms?

Make sure to know where all the restrooms are for your guest and if they are easily accessible. This may not seem like a big deal, but it might be to your guests.

  • Do you have to provide your own alcohol or does it come from the venue?

This can be one of the biggest expenses of your wedding, be sure to plan it right.  Does the venue provide the alcohol or does it come through you?  This is important for both you and your venue, you don’t want to jeopardize a venues liquor license. 

  • Does the venue do more than one event per day?

This is a very important question to ask and I always find that it can be the selling point for most venues.  Some venues will host multiple weddings per day and depending on the space you might see another bride on your big day.  Ask about times that other events may be going on.  You don’t want to share your big day.

  • Ask about lighting and electricity that the venue can provide.

Some venues have really good or poor lighting, ask to see the different lighting and options while on your site tour.  Also, make sure that they can provide electricity to your vendors and that there will be enough outlets so there are no problems.

  • Make sure to know their payment options and cancellation policy.

You never know what might happen, make sure you know everything in case of an emergency.  Also, make sure to know how they accept payments; whether it is all at once, before the event or in payments.  You want to make your day as least stressful as possible.

Remember you can never ask enough questions at a site tour and make sure you know all the details before signing a contract.