Goin’ to the chapel

Jul 30 2012

by Emily Laborde Hines

As some of you may know, I’m “goin to the chapel” with my long time
honey this December. The clock is ticking to get the necessary things
done…save the dates, invitations, wedding website, registries, the
list goes on and on. On a recent visit home, my mother in her
infinite wisdom decided that we must get moving on our wedding
registry. Having been chained to my computer for the past month
(finishing my thesis), shopping for kitchen essentials and home
accessories for our future abode was the last thing on my mind, but my
sister Madeline reminded me; “It’s just shopping Emily, this should
come easy to you.” She was right!

After my first registry spree in my hometown of St. Simons Island,
Georgia, I realized that we had only gone to independent, locally
owned stores. I realize the ease of registering online and
availability with big chain stores draws a lot of brides this way, and
I’m sure I will be utilizing one or two of these retailers. However,
there is something to be said of registering with local shops too. I
had so much fun talking with shop owners about registry trends,
popular items, and their favorites. It was a more personal
experience; having the shop owners and staff sharing their thoughts
and stories about particular items and ideas…after all a lot of them
have been brides, husbands, MOB’s, maid/matron’s of honor.

Shopping locally is something I try and do as often as I can, and I thought there might be other brides out there that want to do the same. I know I’m a little Golden Isles heavy, but I have to give it up for my
hometown…we know how to shop 🙂 So here’s a list of some of my
Southern favorites for wedding registries and gifts!

The Golden Isles, Georgia

Market on Newcastle: Brunswick, GA
Great shop located in historic downtown Brunswick, Georgia with
fabulous antiques and a variety of gifts!

Cunningham Jewelers: Brunswick, GA
Over fifty years of bridal registry experience.Viola’s Market: St. Simons Island, GA

Locally owned and operated unique gift shop located in Redfern
Village. Viola’s specializes in antiques, home and garden accents, tableware, cookbooks, and more.

Petite Maison:St. Simons Island, GA
Home decor, gifts, and antiques. Locally owned and operated in
Redfern Village since 2009. Great selection of everday china and

Sea Island Kitchen and Home: St. Simons Island, GA
This ultra cool and modern shop is relatively new to SSI and located
in the Shops at Sea Island. Part gourmet cafe part retail store…Sea
Island Kitchen and Home has one of a kind antiques, furniture, and
contemporary kitchen ware for the modern bride.

Athens, Georgia

Heery’s Too
Located in the heart of historic downtown Athens, Heery’s Too carries an exceptional variety of home decor, and gifts including: Juliska,
Vietri, Pine Cone Hill, Rebecca Wood, Fire and Flavor and many more!

Atlanta, Georgia

Huff Harrington
Incredible furniture, art, antiques. They also have a fabulous
selection of tabletop accessories and linens.

Charles Willis

Charles Willis has been an Atlanta tradition since 1948. Locally owned and located in the heart of Buckhead, They have over 400 china patterns on display, locally made pottery, hand-cut crystal, excellent stationary selection, and other home accessories.


Boxwoods has an eclectic mix of merchandise including vintage and antique pieces hand-selected from Europe and throughout the U.S., current and modern home accessories, affordable furniture and lighting, fine gifts, and an award winning plant department.

Birmingham, Alabama

Brombergs has been an institution in Birmingham since 1836. This
family owned and operated store offers exquisite diamonds, fine
jewelry and gifts. As far as registries go, Brombergs has everything
a bride would want for her table–they have the largest selection of
formal china, crystal stemware, and sterling silver flatware in the
Southeast. They also feature the latest casual china, casual
glassware, and stainless flatware, french table linens, and handmade
artisan pottery.

Table Matters
Table Matters is a one of a kind gift shop nestled in the heart of
Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, Alabama. They specialize in
pottery from all over the world and unique table linens.

Jackson, Mississsippi

The Everyday Gourmet
About The Everyday Gourmet: We believe that it is our genuine
neighborhood hospitality that sets us apart from the big market
chains. When you walk into our store or browse online, we want you to feel at home. We have one of the largest bridal registries in the
south, and we pamper our brides and hope to make filling their
kitchens with the things they need fun and easy.

Charleston, South Carolina


Formerly Brittain’s of Charleston, a downtown establishment for over 29 years, Vieuxtemps’ plans to continue the tradition of offering the largest selection of china, crystal and silver in the Lowcountry.


Emily Laborde Hines View More Blog Posts from this Author

Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.

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2 responses on “Goin’ to the chapel

  1. leeannestone

    Hi Emily! I live on SSI and you definately coverwd some of my favorite shops. I happen to work at another fairly new shop in Redfern Village on SSI – Two Friends. It is a cute “unique boutique” with awesome variety. Check itmout when you are on St. Simons again. 🙂

  2. emilylabordehines Post author

    Hey Lee Anne! Thanks for your comment.. I love Two Friends! Next time I’m home I will definitely stop by!

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