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Do I need a 12 or 10-inch frying pan?

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of columns by Lifestyles Editor Abbie Sossamon on her wedding planning experience.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not good with making decisions. The more options I have, the longer it takes me to choose.


To take a break from the stressful wedding dress shopping (update on this below), I decided to begin registering for the wedding, (because who doesn’t like gifts?) and according to my Southern Weddings planner, I should create the registry 6-9 months out from the wedding.

I googled “wedding registries” and up came thousands of results, from the different sites offering registries to blogs and websites telling brides what to put on their registry. (Googling almost never turns out to be a good idea, and I should know this from the many times I’ve searched my symptoms of a headache or stomach pain that points me to articles saying it’s an incurable cancer, but I couldn’t resist answers from the great search engine.)

An article on Martha Stewart Weddings led me to a registry site I had never heard of, Blueprintregistry.com. Blueprint offers users the ability to add gifts from virtually any site on the world wide web. With the simple click of a button, I can add mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel, bedding from Pottery Barn and cookware from Amazon. It’s a great idea for couples who want pieces from several stores without having too many registries open. I’ve heard several people say “register for the life you will have one day, not the one you have now.” So that’s what I did. I began scrolling through the pages and pages on Blueprint’s website, clicking “add to registry” to every wine glass, casserole dish and picture frame that caught my eye. Then I went to other sites, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Anthropologie, Belk and Target and that’s when I realized Blueprint might not have been the best option for indecisive me.

“Ohhh I like those pots and pans from Bed, Bath and Beyond,” I thought. “But wait, I wonder what kind Amazon has.” “Do I need a 12-inch frying pan or 10-inch?” “Is this Keurig cheaper on another site?” “What brand of towels are the best?”

There were more thoughts in my head than there were options for bed sheets. I thought about delegating the entire task of registering to Drake, but when he asked if we could register at Home Depot and Lowes, I decided it would be best to conquer it as a team.

Now for an update on the most difficult task of wedding planning so far, finding the dress. A couple of weeks ago I went dress shopping (again) in Greenville with my mom and future mother-in-law, Karen. It was the day after my 25th birthday and I was hopeful I would receive the best birthday present I could ask for — my wedding dress!

Well, long story short, I did not get the present I wanted. Even though mom and Karen “oohed” and “ahhed” at every dress I stepped on the pedestal in, I didn’t feel like a bride in any of them. I left the bridal salon feeling a little defeated and a lot stressed.

I began looking at every gown I could find online, searching designers I had never heard of in hopes I would see something that caught my eye. And I did. The perfect dress that completely fits the style I had been looking for – classic with a “wow” factor. But there was a problem, every store that carried the designer did not have the dress in stock. I emailed the company and asked where I could find it, and it turns out it is a brand new gown from the spring 2018 line not currently in any salons. Luckily, it is traveling to different salons for trunk shows and they could ship it to one in Charlotte in between shows for me to try. I was so happy, I wanted to reach through the computer and hug the customer service lady.

My appointment to try it on isn’t until September 20, but I’m hopeful this dress is the one. If not, I might be walking down the aisle in Glad’s newest line of white trash bags. I could even afford to splurge and get one scented with Febreze!

“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.” – Carolina Herrera

Abbie’s wedding planning columns:

Part One: The best day ever!

Part Two: Wedding planning is hard

Part Three: Naps in the Costco parking lot and Chick-fil-A dates

Part Four: I (didn’t) say ‘yes to the dress’

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