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Majority of guests will be bringing a gift to your wedding, whether you like it or not, so why not make it something that fits your theme?! For extra security on those precious gifts, you can include a small lock and key.

Blackstone Caterers always suggest to designate someone from the wedding party or family to either relocate or pack these items away at the end of the night, so nothing gets damaged or lost!

Below are some suggestions depending on your wedding theme that will add a place for guests to leave their gifts securely:

  • Customized Wooden Box
    • It can have your names, initials, wedding date or even a phrase you both love that you can have as a keepsake forever!
  • Vintage Suitcase
    • This can be something to incorporate a family heirloom in your wedding and is great for a travel or destination themed wedding!
  • Mailbox
    • Is your theme romantic? This can be your “love letters” vessel you can also use as your first home’s real mailbox!
  • Lobster Trap
    • Decorating a lobster trap with floral can bring a soft touch to a nautical wedding and adds a cute detail to the day!
  • Lantern
    • A lantern can be universal, from a glamourous wedding to a rustic wedding, finding the right one will be the key to your theme! 

What’sUpNewp recently partnered with Blackstone Caterers to bring you inspiration, information, and insight into the wedding industry in and around Newport. Whether you’re planning a wedding now or are dreaming of the big day when the planning begins, we’ll be bringing you tips, tricks, and more on ways to make the biggest day of your life the very best.

Blackstone Caterers, Southern New England’s premier catering company, is consistently named one of the best caterers in Rhode Island, is locally owned, and is based in Middletown.

See all of our wedding tips and tricks here.

You’ll see my name tied to a lot of these stories as well, as I’m currently planning a June 2020 wedding in Newport! Have a wedding question or tip for Blackstone Caterers, What’sUpNewp, or me? Awesome! Email it to

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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