18 Feb

Tendr cash registry

Accepting a cash gift may be the best (and sometimes only) way to make the wedding or honeymoon happen, but no lie… it’s often a bit awkward. How to get past any feelings of inauthenticity to ask and receive cash in a way that’s meaningful for both parties? After a little perusing through Tendr, we discovered that it’s actually quite easy. And pretty, so very pretty. Faster and safer than checks and bills, Tendr is the simple and elegant way for your wedding guests to give cash. Friends + fam can create warm, personal gifts in three steps: personalize a card, fill it with money, and send it right to your inbox.

Tendr cash registry

All the gorg digital cards are designed by Tendr Co-Founder, award-winning Creative Director Spencer Paul Bagley. (Who clearly gets wedding style… Gold foil? Florals? Check check.) If it’s design you’re into, Tendr is definitely the cash registry of choice.

Tendr cash registry

Tendr cash registry

Customize your Tendr page by welcoming guests. And if you want, let them know what you’ll do with the $. Worth noting: You don’t actually have to specify like other sites require, avoiding any awkward post-wedding convos. “How was that bungee jumping excursion I bought you?” “Yeah, about that…”

Tendr cash registry

Once everything’s set up, guests can give for free using their bank account, and the funds go directly to yours. Since most couples report wanting cash the most of all gifts, might as well give your loved ones convenience, style, and a way of personalizing to their liking, right?

PS: Don’t think they forgot one of the most important things about receiving gifts: thank yous. They have instant, free digital thank you notes to help couples express their gratitude.

Head over to Tendr now to get started.

 
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18 Feb

Costal destination wedding inTurkey | Photo by Yeliz Atici Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Destination-wedding-in-Turkey-1.jpg

Goodness guys, this one is so full of wonderfully fun, sentimental details. The story: Volkan + Damla were born in Istanbul, but actually met while living in NY. Since they don’t get to see their families often, it was important to choose a location where they could say I Do in front of those people, in their native language. Damla grew up spending summers at Sarigerme Beach, so with so many cherished memories there, it was kind of no brainer. Pair that with the white sand and total paradise vibes, and you’ve got yourself a dream destination!

Thanks, Yeliz Atici Photography for sharing D + V’s big day with us!

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Custom guest totes and hotel goodies: room keys with the wedding logo, hangover kits, daily pillow chocolates, vintage hankies, starfish flip flops by Damla’s mom, and pashminas in case guests got cold during the ceremony.

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Damla tells it, This was a truly DIY wedding, everything was hand picked, selected and made with the help of our family. My husband and I planned every little detail together, and my mother executed the wedding, took our ideas beyond our imagination and made our dream wedding possible. It took us over 5 months to come up with every detail and many Facetime calls since Volkan and I live in NY. It was my complete trust in my mother and her patience that made the wedding planning smooth and fun even though our wedding destination was in another country.

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Their wedding schedule:

The night before the wedding: Welcome BBQ + cocktail party, with Turkish cuisine
Wedding day: Guests relaxed on the beach (surf, kayak, beach volleyball), bride got ready in the early afternoon with bridesmaids, mother, and aunts, while the groom prepped on the terrace with his guys. Damla walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over The Rainbow at sunset.
Reception: Dinner and dancing at the tents and on the beach until the early morning
The next day: A goodbye brunch, where they also found out their honeymoon destination…

That afternoon, we found out about our surprise honeymoon location that my brother had generously arranged for us as a wedding gift. We figured out the location from the hints that my brother left for us in our guest book, which was a quilt that we are hoping to use as a blanket for our kids in the future. And then we were off to the Maldives! 

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The bride’s mom sent her the YolanCris website and she immediately knew she wouldn’t have a gown by any other designer. Lucky her, she was able to go to Barcelona and meet sisters Yolan and Cristina in person, and get her dream dress handmade for her.

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Isn’t this scene amaze? Damla had her heart set on a certain shade of turquoise, and when they couldn’t find it, they decided to buy clear vases from Ikea and dye them.

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Damla says, After walking down the aisle on the beach, we faced towards to our family and friends, I had my husband’s hand in my hand, and I was never that sure about my love and my future, as I was at that moment.

That’s the sweetest. Congratulations to you both!

Photographer: Yeliz Atici Photography / Videographer: Dugme Film / Location: Sarigerme, Turkey / Hotel: TT Hotels / Flowers: Lisan-I Ezhar / All Signage + Invitations: Bride & Groom / Wedding Cake: Le Firin / Mini Cakes: Five O’Clock / Vases: Clear Ikea vases dyed turquoise / Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris

 
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18 Feb

Chinese New Year party ideas | Photo by Mango Studios | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Chinese-new-year-party-ideas-1.jpg

Morning everyone! If you didn’t know, Chinese New Year is tomorrow, a celebration all about good luck, fortune, and happiness. It’s believed that when you give, you will receive too. And what better way to welcome a new year than with a bash that packs a traditional 15-day long celebration into a single night? Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events spilled her secrets for crafting the perfect CNY party, take a peek in these photos by Mango Studios:

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Rebecca says, This shoot is about creating a chic dinner party inspired by the celebration, plus some fun DIY ideas you can use for your next celebration. When taking inspiration from any annual holiday, you can incorporate both literal and symbolic details into your decor. For a modern take on the decorating, I used clusters of pomegranates and clementines for their texture and sweet smell. They are also auspicious for their colour and shape. I accented these with fresh red floral in gold vases.

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Handwritten names + custom stationery so guests can find their Chinese zodiac horoscope.

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Aren’t Rebecca + her pup Casey too cute?

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A few tips:

• Red + gold are universal symbols of wealth and good fortune in Chinese culture.
• Clementines are given away and eaten as they represent abundant happiness and wealth.
• Gifts of oranges or apples are appropriate gifts if you’ve been invited to a party
CNY celebrations always involve a big feast with auspicious foods to kick off a lucky year

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Take a quick trip to Chinatown the month before the celebration and you will find no shortage of themed decoration. Scour the markets for dragons symbolizing luck, firecrackers to ward off evil spirits, and red chopsticks for your feast.

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Yum!

Thanks to RebeccaMango Studios for sharing these unique party ideas!

Photographer: Mango Studios / Production, Styling, Model: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events / Hair: Puzzle Creations / Makeup: Velsie Mak / Calligraphy: Sarah Kim / Cake, Cupcakes, & Chocolates: The Wedding Cake Shoppe / Candy: LOL Candy / Chairs, Linen, & Floral: FOS Decor Center / Lanterns, Straws & Fortune Cookie Name Card Holders: Weddingstar / Dog: Casey

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