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Originally published June 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Page modified June 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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They don't call it a wedding party for nothing

The Domestic Goddess has some goodies that you might consider giving as guests, or getting for your own guests, at this summer's weddings.

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HERE COMES the you know who, here comes the you know who . . .

What to do, what to do. One does so wish for one's wedding to be an event to remember, and not just via the monthly hi-howdy from your friendly credit-card company for the next 10 years. Oui?

We here at Goddess Central are always on the lookout for science to support our shopping ways. So here are the juicy bits from a recent study by theWeddingReport.com: Weddings, in general, are smaller. Brides and grooms are paying more of the bill themselves ($10,000 to $20,000), but they're having more fun with it; one part formal and tradition, lots of parts simple and casual. Trend-worthy themes? Rustic and vintage. And, as such, events are quite DIY.

Let's get the ball rolling with . . .

The lowly canning jar. Rustic and vintage (The Ball jar was first made in 1885). Screw off top, fill with possibility. The canning jar is here to serve: Flower vase, candle holder, goldfish bowl, mint dish; in centerpieces, on the buffet table. Heavens to Betsy, you could even put up some jam as your gift to guests. Fun and reusable.

Available wherever fine canning goods are sold. Like Ace Hardware, for one: Ball 32-ounce Wide Mouth Mason jars cost $13 a dozen. Kerr's 8-ounce Wide Mouth Mason jars, $11 for a 12-pack.

Or you could say "I do" to . . .

A number of bride-minded doodads from our favorite Renton purveyor of inexpensive Swedish design, Ikea.

Briefly? Regolit rice paper shade, $5 a pop; Blomster glass candle holder, set of three in varying heights, $15; Pomp lantern, $13; Envis cake knife and server (two pieces) $6; Svalka Champagne flutes, $5 for six; Cylinder vase/bowl $15 for a set of three, varying heights; Ikea 365+ three-tier stand, $15; and last but not least, Glimma tealights, $4 for 100. And don't forget to pick up a couple thousand cocktail napkins while you're there. Find Ikealand at 601 S.W. 41st St., Renton.

A good guest gives . . .

A gift that is classic, timeless and useful. For this we need not stray from the traditional one tiny bit and hurt our brains athinkin', because the answer is towels. Buy towels. Everybody could use more and better towels. Why, the Goddess wishes somebody would buy her a set of towels to celebrate, say, Wednesday! Every Wednesday.

This set of natural Native Organic Pima Cotton Towels from all-things-sustainable Nube Green includes one towel each for face, hands and bath. Towels are absorbent, preshrunk and colorfast. $45 per set.

Retail at 921 E. Pine St., Seattle. Etail at nubegreen.com.

After the party's over . . .

It's time for the honeymoon (woo hoo!) and a rejuvenating plop on the nearest warm beach. Here's a chair for all your lounging needs: the Ultimate All-Purpose Beach Chair from Tommy Bahama (HQ Seattle!). This bugger ratchets into five positions (including flat), holds up to 300 pounds, has an insulated cooler pouch for drinks and snacks, storage pouch, cup holder, folding towel bar, adjustable pillow and padded backpack straps for easy transport. Comes in sunny beach-ready colors.

And a few years from now? When two become three and three become four? Chair goes from beach to ballfield to curbside for the town parade. Sells for $58. www.tommybahama.com.

Reach out to The Goddess at bteagarden@seattletimes.com. The Goddess is also very Pinteresting. Find her there at http://pinterest.com/rtea/.

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