Be the Best Wedding Guest

Wedding season is in full swing and my calendar is filled with weddings over the next six months… including our own! Wedding season is filled with events that fill the calendar, like engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners on top of the actual wedding itself! If you’re attending any of these events, chances are you’re in need of a present to bring the couple. Today I’m partnering with west elm to celebrate the re-launch of their wedding registry  and sharing tips to help you be the best wedding guest!


If you’re an engaged couple, it’s important to create a really great registry, filled with items you want and need. Your guests will use your registry as a guide when buying presents for your showers and wedding. Remember at the end of the day, the registry is filled with items you want/need, so cater it to your life as a couple. If you don’t like china, then don’t register for it! If you really want items to make your house feel like a home, register for those items! Nick and I have a set of this textured dinnerware and they’re our favorite for every day dining. You also can’t go wrong registering for pillows, throws, or decorative trays to really add to your home.


If you’re a guest, be sure to check out the couple’s registry so that you can make sure you are getting a gift that the couple will love and use… they registered for it for a reason! I know, sometimes buying from the registry isn’t super fun if you’re a wedding guest. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to put your own spin on a gift and make it a bit more exciting! Below I’m sharing a few ways that you can stick to the registry and still have fun buying (and giving) the couple a gift!

whats on the registry….

Picture frameGo one step further and add a photo you the frame for the couple! One of our friends gave us a picture frame for our engagement party and they added in our save the date, which was such a sweet gesture! Now we have our save the date framed so we can remember it forever!

Dinnerware: Let’s be honest, buying plates and bowls isn’t super exciting! A great way to gift dinnerware is to accompany it with a cookbook or your favorite recipe!

Bedding: If you plan on getting the couple bedding that they registered for, add in a set of “sleepy time tea” to your card so they feel very relaxed when they dive into their new bedding for the first time!

Small gifts: There’s nothing wrong with registering for smaller gifts (or gifting those items!) Anytime I see smaller gifts on a couples registry, I will create a gift basket of sorts and buy 5-6 of the smaller gifts that all fit into one category (i.e. kitchen gadgets, kitchen towels, etc.)

If you’re engaged & haven’t registered yet, I highly recommend registering at west elm. They not only have a wide range of items to register for, registering with them comes with a lot of perks! West elm has partnered with numerous brands to offer perks once creating a registry, like one week of free classes from pure barre (perfect way to get toned for the wedding!) But perhaps my favorite perk is the post-wedding completion discount. West elm offers 15% off off anything that’s left on your registry post-wedding so you can complete your registry & get started with newlywed life in style! You can read more about it here.

Thank you to west elm for partnering with this post. All thoughts, writing & styling are my own. 














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    Mallory | Bumps and Bottles

    I love West Elm! Anything from there would make a great wedding gift!


    This is a perfect wedding guest outfit! You’re looking adorable top to bottom!


    i can’t get over how cute your dress is! and i agree a registry is so important!


    This dress is just stunning!! I love it!


    Megan at Lush to Blush

    These are great tips! West Elm is the best. P.s. I’m LOVING that dress!


    That striped dress is gorgeous! I totally agree and those are great gift ideas!


    aw this is such a cute post! I love West Elm <3

    Carolina Hellal

    Great tips! West Elm is my obsession! I’m in love with your dress!!

    Morgan Klein

    I loved reading this post!! Thanks for sharing all of this! Your dress is too cute and perfect for a wedding guest!


    This dress is so fun!! Love the stripes

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    Great tips! and I love that dress on you!

    xo Lacey

    Nicole Leffew

    Great tips! I love West Elm!


    Great tips!! Your dress is so cute!! Perfect wedding guest attire!

    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary

    So many good tips! Love your outfit, too!

    Sarah Lindner

    such a great post! I seriously want everything from west elm! Super cute dress also 🙂

    Sarah Lindner

    Anna English

    Girl, that dress is fabulous!

    Ashley Zeal

    So many good tips!!! And I love your shoes!!!

    Jenna Colgrove

    your dress is just fab!!

    Ashley DTKAustin

    Such great tips!! I absolutely love your cute dress! So pretty!!


    I love that dress!! It’s so gorgeous!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

    Tristan Dennington

    West Elm has the BEST stuff! I need to encourage my engaged friends to register there!



    The one thing I struggled with was registering for small gifts and I love the idea of creating a basket around a theme!

    xo, Sara


    Oh my god I love your dress! And West Elm has amazing stuff

    Lindsay and Whitney

    Loved this post! Such great tips for sure. West Elm has such fun options for a perfect registry list.