Scratch Weddings


Its hard to pin down what a critical part of a successful wedding is….some will say the food, some will say wedding dress, but some will definitely say the music, and its so true!  Obviously all that other stuff is important, but its the music that’s going to get people out of their seats and onto the dance floor to really celebrate!  The team at Scratch Weddings is a great start when looking for the perfect DJ…their DJs are all vetted and trained, and are suited for all different types of musical styles, so you know you’re going to get matched to the perfect person for you!  After doing over 30,000 weddings & events, you’d be hard pressed to find more qualified professionals…its any wonder they’re the go-to musical talent for event planners & venues all over the place!  Definitely check them out!

[image from We Love Pictures]

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Deck Out Your Digs with NewlyWish & BRIDES Magazine


NewlyWish & BRIDES have teamed up for the Ultimate Giveaway which includes a $1,000 shopping spree on wedding registry and gifting site NewlyWish. The winner will also have their photo featured in an upcoming issue of BRIDES Magazine, PLUS a design consultation with HGTV Design Star, Danielle Colding. And they didn’t stop there. Three runners up will also receive a $150 gift card to NewlyWish.  Excited yet!? We are!

First, for those of you who aren’t familiar, NewlyWish is an online registry and wedding-related gifting service, with the express purpose of helping couples create gift registries that truly reflect their personal styles. They’ve built a network of more than 50 shops in a single, easy-to-use website so that couples can create a registry that includes everything for their home, from kitchen equipment, to tabletop items, bed and bath linens and home décor, as well as a range of unique experiences and less-traditional items such as food and wine, and even tickets to the theater and sporting events.

So, in the spirit of discovering (or refining) your wedding-day and home style, NewlyWish has partnered with BRIDES Magazine and Danielle Colding, as well as joined forces with the finest judges (who have some serious style and are go to experts in the wedding and home space) to bring you a pretty cool giveaway!  I’m so excited to be amongst these ladies!
Here’s how to jump in…
The Rules:
  1. Follow NewlyWish and BRIDES Magazine on Pinterest.
  2. Create a Pinterest Board titled “Deck Out Your Digs With NewlyWish & BRIDES Magazine.”
  3. Pin images to your board that inspire your personal home and wedding-day style from NewlyWish, BRIDES and across the web. For each pin, include hashtag #dreamdigs and label it with the hashtag of your style (e.g. #modern, #classic, #vintage, etc)
  4. IMPORTANT: Once you’ve created your fabulous Pinterest board, visit NewlyWish’s blog post here and post a comment with a link to your board. Don’t forget this step! We won’t know you’ve entered unless you submit a link!

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out Danielle Colding’s board here — her style is Eclectic.  You can also check out the judges boards for more inspo: Harmony’s Pinterest Board, Vané’s Pinterest Board, and Xochitl’s Pinterest Board.  We’ve all got different styles, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

The most creative and comprehensive board, as determined by our three judges, wins!




The Goodies:

The grand prizewinner will receive a $1,000 NewlyWish gift card, a 4-hour interior design consultation with HGTV Design Star winner, Danielle Colding, and will have their photo showcased in an upcoming BRIDES Magazine issue. Three runners up will receive a $150 gift card to NewlyWish.

You will have until November 8, 2013 11:00 PM EST to enter. The winner will be announced November 15, 2013.

For more, see contest rules here.

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“Be yourself, together” photo contest

teddy bear engagement

Here’s a fun contest for you lovey dovey couples to enter!  The whole premise behind the idea of “Be Yourself, Together” is to highlight that as a couple comes together, not only are they joining in a union, but they’re also maintaining their individuality.  You may like one thing, your partner may like something totally opposite, but you’ll make them work because you love each other, and these differences in opinion and style only make your relationship better!  It’s the quirks that make the relationship interesting, right?

To enter, submit a photo of you and your love that embodies the “Be Yourself, Together” mindset here by October 15, so that gives you plenty of time to come up with a great idea for your picture. You can also post your photo via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest using the hashtag #TargetBYT.  Brit Morin of Brit + Co. will select 5 winners to be announced over at her Target Wedding Pinterest board. The grand prize being a $500 giftcard to Target and the winning image being featured on her Pintrest board for Target Wedding!  (The 4 other winners will receive $100 giftcards to Target.)

Good luck to everyone entering, can’t wait to see your pictures!


teddy bear engagement

teddy bear engagement

teddy bear engagement

[images from You Can’t Be Serious]

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Starting your registry with Target

target registry

Ever hear that phrase “opposite attract?”  Sometimes its never more true than when 2 people come together as a couple and start combining their tastes.  One could love traditional, the other a modernist at heart.  Or one loves technology while the other prefers to stay a purist.  Luckily Chad and I had similar aesthetics (yay modern!), but we’re still night and day when it comes to some things…like his obsession with coffee for example.  I happen to be more of a tea girl myself, but he absolutely cannot function without a couple of cups of coffee when he wakes up!

If this sounds familiar to you, then Target’s registry can help!   With practically everything under the sun to register for, you can get as practical or crazy as you want, and there’s definitely something for every taste.  The best thing about registering is that there really is no right or wrong gift to ask for…so if you want some cookware, but your fiancé is itching for a sleeping bag, just go for both!  By choosing gifts based on your interests, your guests will really get to know you as a couple that much better (and help you keep the peace at home!).  If Chad and I were registering today, he’d probably register for the Keurig coffee maker, while I’d be sure to add the Chef’s Choice electric glass kettle for my hot & iced tea obsession.

Need a few more reasons to register at Target?  How about the fact that your guests can shop easily at any Target store, online at, OR on the Target app!?  It doesn’t get easier than that!

[images from Target]

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How About We for Couples

how about we date

Chad and I are busy people.  He’s got work and school, and I’ve got work and the blog, so its hard for us to find time to do fun things together, let alone coming UP with fun things to do.  We tend to fall back on the old standbys….usual restaurants, movies, etc, and it can get old fast….so I was really excited to try a service called How About We.  Its a membership service where they come up with great dates that are already priced for 2, and it lets you try things you may never have thought of.  We did the I Melt With You, a fondue date at Heidi, which is a tiny Swiss restaurant in a really artsy alleyway behind the old CBGB’s.  You’d really never know it was there if you haven’t walked by before, so it felt like a hidden secret.  We indulged on a bottle of wine, charcuterie & a delicious cheese fondue for 2.  It was so refreshing to not have to make any decisions, and we could just enjoy each others company.

how about we date

How About We’s reservations assistants made all the plans, I just selected which date we wanted to do, sent over a couple of dates & times that would work for us, and they did the rest.  There are so many dates to choose from, like pottery classes, wine tastings, yoga, or even gourmet picnics in the park.  They’re all at member-only discounts, and with your membership, you’ll get a free date each month and unlimited rewards from their partners (2 for 1 movie tickets anyone??).  If you’re planning a special date for a birthday or anniversary, they’ll even help craft something especially for you, just tell them what the occasion is and set a budget!

If you’re not a member yet, definitely give it a try and get a $50 promo to put towards your first date!  Its so great for newlyweds, or even new parents who just need to get out of the house.  I know we’ll definitely be using them again!

[images by Vané Broussard for Brooklyn Bride]

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