A Gift from Carolee at Bloomie’s!

If you aren’t already excited about the upcoming wedding season, you will be once you hear of this special offer! Carolee jewelry and Bloomingdale’s are offering brides an exclusive Carolee jewelry box.  All you have to do is open a Bloomingdale’s registry valued at least $6500 between May 1st and July 31st.

Additionally, if you purchase any Carolee’s stunning jewelry, you will receive a card redeemable at the Carolee counter for “Yours” and “Mine” luggage tags.  Those are so cute and would look perfect on your honeymoon luggage.

Visit Carolee to view the full collection. Here are three of our favorites below!

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Bloomie’s + Wedding Channel, I love thee

…for allowing me to buy some luxurious grown-up bedding for a major deal.

Here’s the story: A few months ago, I was really sad about still being in our tiny condo. I didn’t register for bedding because I thought we would move and get new bedding to go along with our new bed. When that didn’t happen — and still hasn’t happened 19 months later– I decided to find the perfect bedding that would work with our current home and bed.

Out shopping with a girlfriend, I spotted this pillow and loved it. I love the bold color. I love the geometric pattern.

It comes as part of this gorgeous Natori bedding. I loved everything about it but the price. Seriously, who buys $3,000+ worth of bedding? (Probably people that don’t understand why you should spend $10 on chivari chairs at their wedding… to each their own, kind of thing, right?)


Since I have a gift card to use, I decided to take the plunge and buy bedding. I meant to go to the Bloomie’s website but ended up at the Wedding Channel Bloomie’s page. What is the difference, you ask?


For some reason, Bloomie’s Wedding Channel has the bedding on sale for $700 cheaper. $700?!

When I headed to Bloomingdale’s Home, they couldn’t honor the prices. I broke my golden rule (“Do not shop online”) and purchased all of it. Now, I just have to wait for the packages to arrive in the mail. Pictures will be coming soon!

Registery: Bloomingdale’s

We registered at three stores: Crate and BarrelBloomingdales, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.   
Below is a our experiences at Bloomingdale’s.  Here is a link to our experience at Crate & Barrel.
This was the store that I was the MOST excited to register.  Hello, Bloomingdales?!  
My husband and I attended a morning registry event where they closed down the store for us. After listening to some demos, we were given some freebies as well as drinks and small brunch snacks.  Off with the gun we went.  

We spent a really long time here picking out our china and crystal to match the flatware I already owned.   We picked the china without a problem but we couldn’t agree on a crystal pattern to save our life.  The super wonderful sales associate helped set a table for us with various types of crystal to help us make up our minds.  I appreciated her help enough to write a thank you note to corporate headquarters.
Shortly after registering, our crystal was no longer available.  I was crushed but glad that their gift tracking system told me the news.  I was also thankful that the store told me when a gift had been purchased.  If I wanted to sneak a peak, I could find out who purchased what item before even getting the gift.  Technically, Bloomingdale’s gets an A+.
The bad news: Bloomingdale’s has a gift with registering program as well as a gift with registry completion program.  For example, if you register for $2,000 worth of china, the Manufacturer will send you a gift.  If the registry is completed, you can get a second gift.  Awesome, right?
Notsomuch.  I qualified for two gifts.  After 2 months, told that it takes time to get the gifts in the mail.  6 months after that, I was still gift-less.  When I called the second time, the sales associate told me that their hands were tied.  I told her that I would have to give the store a poor review (although I didn’t specify where).  She called me back two days later to say that the gifts were in the mail.
Vera Wang Thank You cards

Christofle Champagne Flutes

A few of my Favorite things from our registery:

Kate Spade Toasting Flutes
My husband hates glassware with a squared bottom.  Since I compromised with our every day china, I snuck these on the registry without him realizing it!  He noticed as we sat down for dinner.

Kate Spade Larabee Dot Cake Plate
The funny thing is that I hated Kate Spade for years.  But I am obsessed with polka dots!!

My goal is to move into a larger home so that I can one day put this frame out.

Bloomingdale’s Bridal Events

The “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party
March 6, 2008
6pm – 8pm

The (VERY) Social Registry and Brides Magazine invite you to The “Pre-Wedding” Wedding Party. Join us to meet a gathering of the most sought after wedding pros around. From invitations to photographers, china patterns and luggage, Bloomingdale’s is here to assist you with all your wedding details. To say I Do, please reply to 312.324.7651.

Sweet Spring Creations
March 8, 2008
2pm – 4pm

Meet the Executive Pastry Chef, Anthony Chavez, from Cafe des Architects at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, and see one of his stunning showpiece sugar creations. Learn from a master how to create your own French desserts and pastries. For more information, please 312.324.7678.

Event Review: Bloomingdales’s & InStyle Weddings

When I received my invitation to the Bloomingdale’s event hosted by InStyle Weddings, I was super excited. I love InStyle as much as I love Bloomingdale’s. Since it was a registry event, I brought along my fiancé.

Located on the second floor of the Medinah Temple flagship store, we were greeted with glassed of champagne and lovely music from a string quartet. As we walked around the floor, there were stations of vendors. The event was slightly underwhelming but I was pleased to be able to meet the vendors that were there:

Some highlights:

  • LeLe Designs— Gorgeous stationary designs for the modern and elegant bride. The designers work with each bride and groom for a unique look.
  • Love In Disguise— Finding a delicious chocolatier in Chicago is not difficult. What sets this company apart is that they will customize the favors and the wrapping to your specification. The website doesn’t do their work justice… but if you are interested, I’d contact them for more details!

  • Bobbi Brown—Knottie MrsSacco was on hand to give consultations to brides. If you’ve never tried Bobbi Brown, it’s a great line for bridal make up.

Since the event was intimate, we left a little over an hour later. We were given a gigantic goodie bag that included the book InStyle Weddings as well as a gorgeous crystal paperweight in the shape of a diamond.


Am I the only girl that has dreamed of picking out her china?? Thus far, it has been the most exciting completed task on my never ending Task Manager!

While it’s a little early to register, we chose to attend Bloomingdale’s Registry Brunch. While eating our delicious and complimentary brunch, we learned some entertaining tips. There were fun giveaways and demonstrations as well.

My favorite part of the gift registry was that the Registry Consultant set the table for us with our stemware, flatware, linens, and china so that we could get the full effect! I loved it! I forgot to bring my camera– but here are our selections.

Vera Wang Grosgrain

Kate Spade Belle Boulevard Accent Plate

Vera Wang Chime flatware

Sadly, our crystal has been discontinued. I’m really upset since I LOVED it! I’ve heard this happens very often. It is so frustrating!