Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Registry Etiquette
Getting married is exciting, and your loved ones want to help you celebrate by brining gifts to your bridal shower and wedding ceremony. Registering for gifts can be very fun. Finally a chance to get that mixer or drill you’ve been wanting. But how to you tactfully make a list and let your guests know? Below are some tips to help you and your fiancĂ©.


As much fun as it may be to add a giant screen TV and $200 mixer to your registry keep in mind your guests will have a wide variety in budget. They may all love you, but your old college roommate may be tight on cash and can’t spend more than $25 on your wedding.

Mix it up, you should have a mix of budget items around $20-$25 on your registry, some $50-80 items and only a few items over $100 for those close parents and loved ones that want to splurge on you.

Register at minimum 2 places. Not everyone can make it to Macy’s or Crate and Barrel. Diversify your choices to make it easier for guests to purchase your gifts. Make sure gifts can be purchased online too. Many of your guests work 9-5 jobs while juggling children, purchasing a pre-wrapped gift from Target.com makes their life easier.

Check your lists after your bridal shower and as the wedding approaches.  If all your lower end items have been purchased leaving only $75 and up, go back and add in some budget items for those last minute shoppers.


Maybe you’ve been living together for a while, you’ve set up a wonderful home and you don’t really need anything new. But the roof really needs replacing? Or you want everyone to pitch in for a wonderful honeymoon.

Asking for cash directly can appear rude to some of your guests. But there are some tactful ways to go about it.

The www.honeyfund.com website allows your guests to easily contribute to your Honeymoon fund. It’s fun for your guests and they feel like they’re contributing to something big for you two.

If you want just cash for home improvement or to pay off the car it gets a little tricky. Yes you need the cash, but people want to celebrate by getting you something fun. Car payments and roof repairs are not (but necessary in life- more than a new set of knives sometime). Don’t just ask “Instead of gifts we really need the cash to pay off the auto insurance this month” but set up an online account and on a small card state “We’re honored for your presence at your w
edding and that’s all we ask. If you wish to contribute to our future wishing well we’ve set up an account at: _________________” .
Two sites to check out registering for cash : www.myregistry.com ; www.ourwishingwell.com


“MAKE A WISH: Your presence at our wedding is present enough. But if you want to help add to our future we’ve set up a wishing well fund at  www.__________.com please write us a wish along with your gift. ”

“We’re honored for your presence at your wedding and that’s all we ask. If you wish to contribute to our future Wishing Well we’ve set up an account at: _________________”  .

“You’re love and support at our wedding is all we ask. We’re honored to have you in our lives.  If you wish to contribute to our future we’ve set up a Wishing Well at  www.______.com .”

“Our life together has already begun, we have almost everything under the sun.  We’re honored for your presence at your wedding day, but if you want to send a wish our way. We’ve set up a wishing well together at www.________.com . We’re excited to start our life-long adventure.”

Remember asking for cash contributions will seem rude to some guests, no matter how polite you are about wording it. But you can’t please everyone. You know your guests better than anyone. Maybe for those that would be offended leave out mentioning the cash.


You’ve made your registry, Great! Now to let everyone know. If you’re having a bridal shower it’s appropriate to include the registry info on the Bridal Shower invitation. Or you can add in a separate insert card with the shower invitations. Gifts at a bridal shower are expected so don’t be shy here.
If you’ve made a wedding website you’ll need to have a page dedicated to your registry information.  Here is also a great place to add info if you want everyone to pitch in for a honeymoon or future wishing well fund.

DO NOT put the registry info along with the wedding invitation. Even in 2016 it’s considered inappropriate by most people to suggest anything about gifts on the wedding invitation. It is definitely encourages to add on your wedding website at the bottom of your invitation, and guests can find their own way to your registry page there.  Simply add on your website at the very bottom “For more information please visit: www.ourwedding2016.com

If you’re wedding invitation package includes a map, information card, hotel info and 5 other insert cards you can sneak in the registry on one of the info cards, but DO NOT put it on the invitation itself.

 If you wedding envelope ONLY includes the invitation and RSVP skip the registry information.
REMEMBER: Even though you’ve got a website with your registry information, your mother telling everyone where you’re registered and it went out with the bridal shower invitations. People are still going to ask where you’ve registered.

How to word your registry:

For the bridal shower invitations keep it simple.

“BRIDES NAME is registered at Macy’s Home an Amazon.com”

For the insert card or website, keep it simple too:

“Your presence and support is all ask. However for those seeking gift suggestions, we have registered at Macy’s Home an Amazon.com . Your gift will help make our new house a home!”

“A registry has been set up at Macy’s Home an Amazon.com”

“BRIDE NAME and GROOM NAME have set up registries at Macy’s Home an Amazon.com”
“The Happy Couple is registered at Macy’s Home an Amazon.com”


At your bridal shower and post-wedding gift opening have a friend or relative write down the gifts and the name of gift-giver to help you remember later who gave you what so you can write your thank you notes.  Stay on top of your thank you notes, send them out no longer than 60 days after your wedding. Write them right away when you get back from your wedding or honeymoon.


No matter how clear you were about the registry or the real need for cash some guests will give you a gift they wanted to give you. And no amount of reasoning can stop them. Your loved ones want to celebrate your marriage, and sometimes they feel a painting of monkeys or a sterling silver wine bucket (even though you both don’t drink) is exactly what you two need.

Take the gifts smiling, a wedding isn’t about getting money or all your dream housewares. It’s about spending the rest of your lives together and celebrating with the people you love.


If you’ve gotten two of the same items simply return one to the store and purchase one of the items you didn’t get off your registry.  Don’t mention it to your guests, simple thank both of them for the item they originally gave you.

If you’re given a gift you didn’t want- say that awful monkey oil painting from Uncle Fred.  Keep it, while the painting may be hideous, it was given to you with love. If you try to return it to Uncle Fred he’ll be hurt. Simply tuck it away in the back closet and pull it out when he visits. The joys of family.

It happens rarely, but if your marriage turned out not to be what you thought and it dissolves in under 6 months, you should return the gifts to your guests. 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back in Business for the Holidays!!!

After a long time off, Cottontail Digital Press is back in Business!!! To celebrate all Save the Dates are 15% off this month!!

Enjoy 15% off all Save the Dates 
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Use coupon code HOLIDAY2014
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Impress your future in laws with these easy holiday recipes.

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes]

·         6 lbs yukon gold potatoes
·         8 ounces cream cheese
·         1 sour cream packet
·         1/2 cup milk

Boil Mashed Potatoes
In a separate bowl mix cream cheese and sour cream packet
Mix potatoes and cream cheese potatoes together
Bake covered with foil at 350 for 45 min's.

Baked Brie

  •          1/2 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  •          1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
  •          1/4 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
Slice the wheel of Brie in half, horizontally, so that the halves are two, flatter wheels of Brie. Lay the puff pastry in the pie pan. Place half of the Brie (rind-side down) onto the pastry dough. Sprinkle almonds evenly over the top. Place the other half of the Brie (rind-side up) over the almonds. Bundle the pastry dough around the Brie.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Pumpkin Brownies

  • 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • ½  cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1  egg
  • 3  tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1  box Betty Crocker® Premium Brownies Ultimate Fudge
  • ¼  cup vegetable oil
  • 2  tablespoons water
  • 1 egg


Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, beat all filling ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside.
Make brownie batter as directed on box, using 1/4 cup oil, 2 tablespoons water and the egg. Spread 3/4 of the batter in pan. Spoon filling by tablespoonfuls evenly over batter. Spoon remaining brownie batter over filling. Cut through batter several times with knife for marbled design.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1 inch from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Kona - CDP's mascot- is almost full grown!!

Kona is now about 1 year old. She's the official mascot for Cottontail Digital Press. She is a rescue puppy. Her are a few pictures of her from this year.  Because we all love puppy pics! Wedding planning is stressful, enjoy adorable animal pictures. 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Who's name to put first on the wedding invitation? The bride or groom?

Who's name goes first?

You've been working on the wedding invitations and your soon-to-be husband sees the bride's name first. He exclaims- "Wait! I want my name first".

Well, I'll start by saying it's 2013 and you can put the names in any order that suits the two of you. Every couple is different, and you should do what is comfortable for both of you.

Traditionally the bride's name goes first. A long time ago, in a pre-millennial age, the bride's family was the host and would word it "Mr. and Mrs. O'Connoly invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter Anne O'Connolly to ..... Michael Shannon.... son of...." so this started the tradition of the Bride's name first.

So if you find yourself to be more traditional and want to be classic, put the bride's name first. If your wedding invitations are more modern, you're a modern couple and it's really important to the groom that his name is first, go for it. The only wedding invitation etiquette police that will be at your wedding might be your grandparents.