Sneak peek – new retailer coming soon

Get a sneak peek at what you will soon find on poladora.



Featured product – inlaid cheese board

I love any excuse to have cheese parties.  And it is always more inviting when the cheese is laid out on great boards.  Our partner Sawbridge Studios has some fantastic wood boards, which make for great registry gifts

Election day products

Did you vote today?  Here are some election inspired products for your Chicago wedding registry!


Second Marriage Registry ideas

Have you ever wondered what is the proper etiquette for wedding gifts and creating a wedding registry when one — or both — of the intended has already been married at least once before?  One bride I know, about to embark on her first and her groom’s second marriage, really wanted to register for some fine china that she had always loved.  But she was concerned that guests would find it rather excessive of her to ask for china when her soon-to-be husband already has multiple sets from his first marriage.

At Poladora, we think that just sounds ridiculous!  First of all, although someone might have been married before, they haven’t been married to this person before and their lives together will be totally different. Secondly, anyone getting married for the first time, deserves to get what he or she might want, not the leftover shards of their intended’s first fine china….no matter how fine it might have been.
To create that new and unique coupling where the ghosts of prior relationships might linger, look to the consolidated wedding registries offered by Poladora and its network of local Chicago retailers.  You want your own fabulous cookware?  Look no further than the MacKenzie- Childs Picadilly Au Gratin Dish  offered by Crossell & Co for $74 at . Or better yet, perhaps you want the perfect roasting pan?  Then better check out the Chicago Metallic Large Roaster with Handles and Rack for $29.95 available at through Northwestern Cutlery.  Everyone should have their own cookware!
And if you have enough of the typical wedding registry stuff, why not think about something experiential.  At ask your wedding guests to help you start your own personal wine cellar.  You could register for multiple gift certificates to the Wine Discount Center so that the newlyweds could have libation with their gourmet meals; Or maybe think about giving two massages from Urban Oasis at $65 each so your favorite couple can enjoy his and hers massages some time before or after their wedding.  Or, for $150, purchase a one hour Couple Yoga Class from any of Yogaview’s three locations — who wouldn’t want to stretch and relax after going through the stress of getting married a second time?
Whatever your interests, don’t let a prior marriage keep you from enjoying the process of getting married and starting your lives together.  Register for what you want, when you want it at and enjoy your new life together.

Bridal Shower – Wedding accessories

Have you thought about having a wedding accessories shower? Instead of asking your friends to get you some kitchen gadgets or objects for the boudoir, why not invite them to help accessorize the bride for her big day. By registering for your wedding  and bridal shower gifts with Poladora’s consolidated network of local Chicago stores, you will have flexible wedding registry that will allow you to do just that!

Let’s start with Hair accessories and luckily, Poladora has a myriad of ones from which to choose.  Starting with hairpins that can range in price from $36 for a set of six Crystal Stud Hairpins at The Left Bank to a set of three Crystal Spray Hairpins for $98 at The Left Bank to a set of five Gold Flora Hairpins also at The Left Bank for $169 you will find a wide range of options in making your wedding day coiffure memorable.
Poladora has numerous veil options too.  Register at Poladora for a gift certificate to Smitten Boutique and apply it toward one of the unique Erin Lindsay Designs Custom Veils that can be ordered through Smitten.  A bride can also use her Poladora purchased Smitten gift certificate to protect her hair and makeup from the sun by applying it toward personalized parasols for the entire bridal party.  What fun to walk down the aisle, shaded by a parasol customized in any one of many designs.
And a gift certificate to Mignonette Bridal purchased through Poladora can also be used for an entirely different selection of hair accessories, veils, fascinators and hats.  Being a bride is so much fun:  register at Poladora and see how your girlfriends and loved ones can play a part in making your day even more special.

Visiting our partner Crosell & Co

Yesterday I had a fun time visiting our partner Crosell&Co to drop off our new brochures and see what was going on ins  store and see what new great things you can add to your wedding registry.

I thought I would post some nice pictures from the visit and encourage you to swing by their store at 900N Michigan and see what great items you could get for your home.


Also some of their items are only carried in store and not at so if you see something you get a gift card and have fun shopping…  Don’t forget to tell Dianne we say Hi!

Shower gifts your Man will enjoy too

Doesn’t it always seem like wedding shower gifts (and many wedding gifts themselves) are more geared to what the home-decorating and kitchen-oriented spouse will enjoy? How about speaking up for the member of the family who cares more about function over form? There just might be the perfect shower gift waiting for them at, the consolidated wedding registry of local Chicago stores.

Not to be cliche but let’s start off with the perfect gift for many a guy — a gift certificate from the Wine Discount Center. It can be used at any of their Chicago-area locations and also has the added benefit of getting your spouse (and maybe you too) out of the house for a few hours while they browse the aisles for some bottles to stock your cellar.

And what guy doesn’t enjoy a great yoga stretch or a therapeutic rubdown, both of which can be obtained through Poladora purchased gift certificates from Yogaview or Urban Oasis. You can even arrange a couples session for that Yoga Class or Massage — something you can both enjoy together! And when your man gets home, he can relax in a Adjustable Lounge Chair ($540) from Sawbridge Studios that offers comfort with a traditional Arts & Crafts feel.


If your guys likes to spend time with Man’s best friend, how about a Dog Bone Ornament Frame ($23.50 from Crosell & Co.) containing a photo of Fido to hang in his office? Or, register for the best gift of all — a Taste of Chicago from Provenance which will keep you out of the kitchen and able to spend more time together and how can there be a better wedding shower gift than that?