It’s officially fall and subsequently, it’s officially fall wedding season! Now that our refrigerator has begun to fill with Save The Dates and notices for “Formal Invitations To Follow,” I can’t help but ponder the art of the modern day wedding gift registry.

When John and I got hitched back in 2012, we asked our oh-so-generous guests for things like a toaster, set of Pyrex and a vacuum (here’s looking at you, Dyson Animal!). Yet my thought is that savvy couples these days are looking to use these pieces for more than just a means to an end—they want to build a home with love, using their creativity and 2 pairs of hands to get the look and feel they crave.


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Now, it’s certainly no surprise that Target in particular has my heart. So when the brand got in touch with a challenge to put their Wedding registry to the test just as these thoughts were running through my head, I was more than ready to give it my best gung ho shot. So I spent one Saturday afternoon in the store roaming the aisles, putting myself in the guise of “bride.” What would I want? What would I need in order to organize the life I wanted to live—both as an individual and as one half of a couple? Happily, as a seasoned wife, I knew just where to go.

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Ultimately, I decided to put together an entire scenario built around the idea of a fully tricked out entry way. When two homes (and lives!) combine, you’re bound to end up with a tiny bit of chaos. That’s 2 times the mail, 2 times the keys, 2 times the stuff—so, using things like The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles, a table lamp, rug and mail sorter, I had my basket filled to the brim in no time and ready to put my idea to the test.

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It took about 30 minutes to put together my newlywed entryway system, and this non-newlywed has been enjoying it herself ever since! The cork board tiles were hung within arms reach to hold engagement and wedding photos, invitations, Thank You notes and important numbers, while overflow Polaroids from our life as “hubby and wife” ended up on the cute photography wire below. I also added the mail sorter to keep bills in order, a lamp for flicking on as we pop in through the front door at night and a few other pretty odds and ends to make it truly feel like home.







SOURCES: The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles // Table Lamp // Mail Sorter // Art Print // Photo Wire (similar) // Frame (similar) // Face Planter // Ikea Expedit Shelving Unit + Boxes


Now of course, I’m thrilled to turn the tables over to you and put your creativity to the test! Target is offering DGD readers \$25 to put towards their own at-home organization system. Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. I’ve given you 3 chances to win and the contest ends next Friday, at which point the winner will be announced. Good luck!

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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

All images courtesy Mallory Benedict for Dream Green DIY. All rights reserved.

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