WHATCOM WEDDINGS

Nuptial niceties: A wish list for you and your guests

January 30, 2006 

— Here are six items to consider for living happily ever after.

FRIENDS FOREVER

They stood up for you at the ceremony (and wore a bow tie for six hours straight). So here's a token of affection or two for your attendants.

Pearl drop necklace, $330. Watch rotator, $399.

Town and Country, 8 Bellwether Way, 650-0575.

TOAST OF THE TOWN

Those couples who swear they can't even make toast now have no excuse. With LED indicators, chrome accents and extra-wide slots, this Cadillac of toasters will defrost, reheat and brown bagels, English muffins and bread with brushed stainless-steel efficency.

Pass the marmalade, darling.

Cuisinart Metal Classic 2-slice toaster, $59.99. (4-slice model available, too, $79.99.)

Greenhouse, 1235 Cornwall Ave., 676-1161.

SIGNATURE PIECE

Cherish memories of the friends and family at your wedding in this handbound guest book.

Featuring handmade paper inlaid with bougainvillea petals and an inbound satin bookmark, each is adorned with one-of-a-kind cover artwork.

Plum Moonrock cover (by a folding fool) with bougainvillea petal pages (imported by Shizen Design). $24.

Paper Dreams, 1206 11th St. 676-8676.

IT'S A TOSS-UP

Brides can have keepsake garters handmade from materials from a wedding gown, veil or other favorite fabric.

With about 60 percent of brides still opting for garters, many pick out an inexpensive toss-away version for the festivities.

Garter pictured is $45. Price depends on material and design.

Alicia's Bridal Shoppe, 1400 N. State St., 733-2563.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

This special keepsake edition of the "Big Red" cookbook includes a newlywed section with advice on everything from organizing your kitchen to hosting parties, plus all the cooking basics covered in the original cookbook.

"The Betty Crocker Cookbook Bridal Edition," $29.95.

Village Books, 1200 11th St., 671-2626.

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