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A gallery of lucious ideas at Lola Grace....

Rachael Gross is the CEO of lolagraceEVENTS, and we love her insoucient style. She even states on her site that she does Anti-Bride weddings, fashion and special events. We couldn’t agree more! We welcome Rachel as our guest blogger!

It isn’t about the décor, although, it makes for fabulous photos. It isn’t about the shoes… that in the most perfect shade of purple, scream “BRIDE REBEL”! It goes beyond the barbecued ribs, the pulled pork, and the delicious homemade cornbread. And it certainly isn’t about the fusion of the venue’s urban architecture with the rustic-country table-top design.

Cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony? Opting out of the bouquet toss? No cake cutting ceremony? Insert “GASP” here! These are just a few of the many non-traditional details of  “Living the Life of Riley” a recent lolagraceEVENTS wedding, celebrating the love between Courtney & Josh!

At lolagraceEVENTS, we love individuality, creativity, and stress-free engagements. When you are doing what YOU want, you are less likely to find yourself in the planning pitfalls that many engaged couples experience when they try to plan a wedding within the lines that society has drawn for us over the years. Contact our event planners to plan your Anti-Bride wedding today!


Rachael Gross is the founder/owner of lolagraceEVENTS , a Boston based event planning boutique that specializes in ANTIBRIDE weddings, fashion, and special events. Over the years, Rachael has planned numerous weddings, parties, fashion shows, and special events. Through the sweat & tears, she has developed a love for working with the non-traditional bride, committing herself to the creative process, stepping outside of the box and taking risks that shock clients (in a sophisticated way) and their guests.



Hey Anti-Brides, tired of returning that vase you’ll never use, or the gravy boat that will wallow in obscurity? Want to make sure that those wedding presents actually go to work for you? Here is a fantastic wedding registry that gets you closer to what you really want, a house (not just stuff to put in it. Read on!
From Erin-Marie MacEwen, Founder

Beep. Click. Beep. Click. Click. Scannnnn. Beep. Click. Click. Scannnnnn. Beep. Click. Oh, the sounds of a traditional retail wedding registry. I remember it like yesterday. Walking into Macy’s in downtown San Francisco, it felt like we were embarking on a shopping spree. Who can argue with the fun that comes with that? I can tell you, it was fun. But, was it practical? Was it fun for the moment and frustrating to deal with afterward? Was it confusing and completly overwhelming? Absolutely.

My now-husband and I registered at a few places for our wedding. Being part of a large, traditional family it was important that we registered in the traditional way – at a retail store. Some guests simply prefer to give a physical gift, so for the few things we really needed – a duvet cover – it was great. For the things we didn’t necessarily need, well … it was confusing. Do we register for china and crystal  because we’re ‘supposed’ to? Do we register for things just for fun, for things that we don’t need? Can we return gifts later if we decide they don’t work in our home?

Luckily, out of this confusion came a bit of clarity. When we really thought about it, what would be helpful for us was money towards down payment on a home. It’s been a lifelong dream of ours to have a home of our own, so any help towards that dream was a dream in and of itself. The problem was that it wasn’t very fun to tell guests we wanted cash towards a home. In fact, it was a little awkward and felt a little rude. To help alleviate this problem, we asked ourselves, how could we make this fun? After brainstorming a bit, we came up with Hatch My House– an online, interactive registry to help us – and other couples – save towards a home.

Map out your future dream home.

Map out your future dream home.

Hatch My House enables couples to create a visual representation – a picture – of their future home. Using this picture, wedding guests donate towards the couples’ house fund by purchasing a part of that house, such as a window, the front door or even a set of wineglasses. Guests get to have fun while donating and couples get to design, visualize – and hopefully realize – their ‘dream’ home.

Hatch My House ended up being the perfect solution to our wedding registry dilemma. By using it as our wedding registry, we were able to save a few thousand dollars towards our future home. We’re hopeful that you’ll be able to save as we did, so please check out the details – How It Works and Benefits – as outlined below.

•To set up a registry on Hatch My House, couples first write a welcome note to their guests describing the goal of the house fund in Step 1.
•In step 2, they customize their ‘dream’ house, selecting their desired setting, style – craftsman or brownstone (with more on the way) – and color.
•Couples finalize their registry in step 3 by linking their new or existing PayPal account to HMH. By completing a simple form verifying their PayPal email, they’re ready for step 4 – to publish their registry.
•In step 4 couples pay a one-time sign up fee of $24.95 to publish their registry and get directed to their personalized URL link.
•By copying this link, in step 5, they direct family members and friends to their registry – and start saving towards a home immediately!

By using Hatch My House, couples take advantage of PayPal, reaping the benefits of being aligned with a 10-year money transfer service business and a built-in security infrastructure, which includes data encryption and fraud prevention tools.

They also benefit from lower transaction fees in comparison to other online gift and down payment registries. Hatch My House is one of the few online registries that offers a 0% to 3% transaction fee.

Not only that, but by using Hatch My House, couples get to benefit from an easy-to-use, convenient online registry without any hassles!

•    No shipping charges!
•    No sales tax!
•    No parking fees!
•    No long hours spent scanning items at the store!
•    No returns!
•    No hassles!

As a special thanks to Antibride, we’re offering anyone who signs up this week a 20% discount. Sign up HERE and use the coupon code:  ANTIBRIDE.

About Hatch My House

Erin-Marie recently discovered She wished she had known about Carolyn’s awesome site and books when she was a bride as it would have helped her navigate through the confusion of the ‘traditional registry’. Luckily, she and her now-husband got clarity when they developed Hatch My House, an online wedding registry where anyone can save towards a home in a fun and interactive way. Using Hatch My House for their wedding registry, they were able to save a few thousand dollars towards their future home. Now, they hope to give others the same opportunity by launching Hatch My House for public use (as of Dec. 2010).


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