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Tips for a stress-free and spectacular wedding day

After months of tireless planning, finally your big day has arrived. It might be tempting to want to schedule every aspect of the day and maintain close control of the running sheet and the to-do list. But that's not the way to spend your wedding day. Afterall, it's a celebration, not work!

Here are our top tips to help you have a stress-free and spectacular day.

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Five tips to make your baby shower registry a winner

Baby Shower online gift registries are relatively new in Australia, but are well-established in many other parts of the world such as the United States.  They make everyone’s life easier by giving your guests guidance about the items you do and don’t need and ensuring you don’t end up with mountains of jumpsuits in size 0000 which your baby will grow out of in no time.

When thinking about what gifts to add to a baby shower gift registry, keep these ideas in mind:

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Wedding Planning 101

Just gotten engaged? Congratulations!  Hopefully you have been basking in the euphoria of being a newly engaged couple, but now it is time to think about the main event.

Planning a wedding can be a daunting task.  There can be so many things on your task list, big and small, and everyone you speak to has different advice.  Suddenly, you feel like this may be a full time job!

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4 reasons why we love Winter Weddings

In Australia, most couples choose to get married in spring, summer or autumn, with fewer couples opting to say ‘I do’ in winter.  But at The Hint Registry, we love winter weddings!  Here are just a couple of reasons why:

When it is cold outside, we all want to cuddle up that little bit closer to our partner and what better day for this than your wedding.  Add to this, the possibility of creating an even more romantic mood with a gorgeous fire in your reception venue, candles as far as the eye can see and deep, jewel colour themes.  Your guests will be swooning.

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Five fabulous hens party ideas

Today we are thinking about hens days, kitchen teas and other treats to spoil that bride-to-be! If you've been entrusted with the task of organising one of these events, you'll know it's no piece of cake. You need to find something that suits the styles of the bride-to-be, had the right price point for her guests and will be memorable and fabulous for all those involved.

We all know the traditional option of a night out on the town, perhaps a bride-to-be sash or tacky veil. But for the stylish bride-to-be that probably won't cut it. So to save you some time and get you inspired, here are some of our favourite hens party ideas for your Gift Registry.

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Trends in baby showers

Baby showers are certainly not a new phenomenon. But a baby shower in 2018 is certainly not what it was a few years ago. To help you navigate the contemporary baby shower and make your event one to remember, here are some of the latest trends.

We have all heard about baby showers where the host melts a variety of different chocolate bars in nappies and the guests have to guess the flavour. Or games where guests guess how big the mama-to-be's belly is and measure this out in string.

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Creating a Honeymoon-themed wedding registry

Many couples love the idea of guests contributing to the costs of their honeymoon.

The simplest way to do this is to include a single gift on the online wedding registry, described as a ‘honeymoon fund’ and invite each guest to give their desired amount towards the couple’s special adventure.

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Demystifying bridal fabrics

The Hint Registry demystifies bridal fabrics Bridal fabrics on your mind? The Hint Registry knows that while you are putting together your perfect gift registry, you are also engaged in the search for the perfect wedding gown. Wedding gowns are constructed from luxurious couture-grade fabrics, not all of which may be familiar to modern misses. In days of yore, when most women were able amateur seamstresses, the swathe of bridal fabrics may not have presented quite the same, sometimes baffling or even intimidating, experience. So let The Hint Registry show you around the bridal fabric atelier. By the way, we can’t help but notice that many of the words are as beautiful and evocative as the fabrics themselves. The words trip off the tongue like the fabrics kiss the body. Seriously, what poet can be behind such linguistic aesthetics as “silk”, “organza”, “taffeta”, “chiffon”, “Georgette” and “damask”? Say them out loud and see what we mean.

Seduced? Well, then, let’s describe these luxurious and sensuous materials and how they are used in bridal fashions. chiffon: ultra-lightweight and often made from silk, delicate chiffon is similar to georgette but even more sheer and light, and gives beautifully flowing silhouettes crepe: one for the bold and the beautiful, this soft and thin fabric with a crinkled texture is a figure-hugging beauty that drapes and clings damask: often a silk, damask refers to floral or geometric patterns woven into the fabric in a raised texture, and is a lighter choice than the heavier brocade that it resembles duchess satin: this is a silk and rayon blend with a lightweight yet strong texture ideal for constructed shapes dupioni: with a similar sheen to shantung, this popular bridal choice is a silk blend with a slightly coarser texture faille: a more structured silk, it tailors more beautifully than most while having a glossy sheen and finely ribbed texture georgette: often made from silk, georgette is crepe-like in texture, sheer and superlight in weight and with a matte texture, and wonderfully suited to summer gowns moire: a silk that is heavy and crisp in feel, moire is ideal for colder weather organza: another silk, with a light weight and sheer, crisp translucency, it creates structure and volume peau de soie: a high-quality soft satin with a grainy lustre, peau de soie is perfect for draped constructions satin: many a bride’s choice for skirts due to its smoothness, density and weight, it has a lovely sheen that flatters constructed silhouettes shantung: a silk with texture similar to that of raw silk and a little smoother than dupioni, this is a time-honoured choice for wedding gowns silk: the definitive luxury choice for many a bride, this comes in innumerable permutations, some of which we describe here. Its famous shimmer is due to its fibres being shaped like little prisms that refract incoming light producing a spectrum taffeta: with a crisp, papery texture that makes a famous soft rustling sound, taffeta comes in a variety of weights tulle: a silk that is the fabric of choice for veils, tulle is similar to organza but a little stiffer, and is also especially fitting for creating volume in full skirts

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The Hint Registry’s top 10 tips for picking your ideal reception venue

You want the perfect venue for your perfect day, and take our word for it, you really can have it. Your big day is likely to be the biggest planning project of any kind that you have ever undertaken. And therein lies the key. You really only need to do three things: budget, research and plan. But, as always, the devil is in the detail. So, let us fill in some of that detail for you with our top tips for a perfect venue.


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The Hint Registry presents … our 5 favourite dinner sets

Dinner parties are not going out of style any time soon. They are and will remain your chance to not just bring conviviality into your home, but to impress with your taste and unique style. So: style it up, and set the perfect table with these superlative choices.

Japanese chinaware company Noritake established itself in Australia in 1958 and had a mid-century heyday downunder as the quintessential and, indeed, ubiquitous wedding gift. Now experiencing a second wind for their practical yet pretty and very fine quality tableware, Noritake offers a large range of dinner set that are a great pick for couples with contemporary or vintage tastes.

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