A Wedding Planning Checklist to prepare for your wedding day

A Wedding Planning Checklist to prepare for your wedding day

Wedding Planning Checklist | Wedding Portrait | Mishkalo


Wedding Planning Checklist for Day of Wedding


Here is a day of wedding planning checklist that every bride should have. Although wedding stress starts on the day you get engaged, wedding stress peaks on the day of the wedding.

The wedding day can be very stressful and full of surprises for the bride. You have spent months planning and finding all the different vendors and venues. Finally the big day is looming near and sometimes in spite of all the effort that goes into planning, things may not go as planned.  Sometimes couples throw up their hand and say “I give up.”

Day of Wedding Checklist.


Crystal Lake Two | Different wedding registry | Wedding Registry for Art

  • Pack all your clothes and accessories that you will need for that day. You will most likely have 2-3 change of outfits. Assemble them in the order that they will be worn so that you are not scrambling to find your shoes or a pair of earrings that go with that outfit.
  • Put all your makeup essentials in one box or a bag. Mark your lipsticks with the name of your outfit so that it is easy to pick out. Also make sure you have picked out your special perfume for that day. Select a perfume that you are going to use on your wedding day, the scent of which will be a reminder of that special moment for you. Also pack some safety pins, hair clips, deodorant and tissues in case you fell emotional.
  • Make sure you have packed a pair of flat sandals to dance the night away.
  • Lastly pack a few small snacks for you to munch on while you are getting ready for the day. Keep your energy levels up for the exciting day ahead.


Personally, I have noticed many brides schedule a stress-relieving activity such as a visit to an art museum or aquarium the day before the wedding as a reliever of wedding stress. Some of Mishkalo artists such as Ira Ivanova and Karina Llergo illustrate how art is such a great stress reliever.

Make sure you print this wedding planning checklist and carry along so that your wedding day is relaxed and enjoyable.

Check out Mishkalo’s extensive art collection from around the world HERE!




Getting Art for your Newly-Wed Home

Getting Art for your Newly-Wed Home

Getting Art for your Newly-Wed Home

Meet James and Scott – one of Mishkalo’s couples who are tying the knot in September.

Their love story started several years back at a social event for a Flag football league that they were a part of. Soon their friendship grew and they moved in together as a couple along with their two adorable cats: Binx and Penny.

Last year, at the famous Spanish steps in Washington DC, Scott proposed. Why there, you may ask. The couple have traveled extensively together and a moment that stood out for both of them was the Spanish steps in Rome. Designed in the early 20th century during D.C.’s “City Beautiful” movement, the Spanish Steps vaguely resemble the original version in Rome. Like Rome, D.C.’s Spanish Steps are a neighborhood landmark and a natural gathering place with a romantic touch. James happily accepted the Scott’s proposal.

Mini Burst One | Artistic gift | Mishkalo Wedding Registry for Art

Mini Burst One by Mishkalo Artist Lisa Carney

A few months later, as the reality of their future marital life sunk in, they started looking at their home differently.  James says, “we realized that this is not just a place where we came to after work, but a place of comfort, love and our hopes for the future. And the place looks dull with bare walls that probably depresses even Mikey and Josie.

As they got around to planning their wedding – and the inevitable choice of a wedding registry – they couldn’t think of anything they wanted. Having been together, they had a fully functional home with all its utilitarian comforts.

Mishkalo -wedding registry for art

Mishkalo -wedding registry for art

During this time James came across Mishkalo – a wedding registry for art. “The idea appealed to me immediately” he said.  “Art is a lasting, special gift that we’ll have forever, especially when given as a token of love from our friends and family.  This art will help turn our house into a proper home”

James and Scott have set their wedding date for September 2018, exactly a year after the proposal.

You can see the art they chose for their Mishkalo Registry below. We wish them both a beautiful life together!

Blur | Fun marriage gift idea | Mishkalo Wedding Registry for Art

Blur by Mishkalo Artist Jessica Sawyers.

Yellow And White Abstract | Unique marriage registry | Mishkalo Wedding Registry

Yellow And White Abstract by Mishkalo Artist Novak Slunjski.

Sunset In Lotus Fields | Original Art bridal present | Bridal Registry for Art

Sunset In Lotus Fields by Mishkalo Artist Laxmi Arvind.


Finding your perfect artwork inspiration through Mishkalo is easy and fun! Plus, if you choose a piece from the Mishkalo website that you want to incorporate into your wedding day, you can then put that piece of art on your registry and your guests can contribute to help you and your fiancé get a gorgeous piece of art for your home. And, the piece will always remind you of your big day! It’s the perfect forever keepsake!




Becoming an art collector with Mishkalo – Alyssa and Jacob

Becoming an art collector with Mishkalo – Alyssa and Jacob

Becoming an art collector with Mishkalo – Alyssa and Jacob


Most young people cannot afford art, but it’s an important part of their everyday life. From trendy clothes and home décor to artsy covers for their mobile phones, art is a form of self-expression that’s important to every generation.

This begs the question; how can young people start an art collection when the price tag is well beyond the double digits?


Alyssa and Jacob find themselves in this situation. The pair are engaged and want to jump start their art collection, but between wedding planning and basic living expenses there isn’t exactly room in the budget. That’s when they discovered Mishkalo, a wedding registry for art.

Thrilled with the idea of starting their collection by commemorating their special day, Alyssa and Jacob asked for two pieces for a start, Ira Ivanova’s Purple Haze and Anna Charney’s Catching Electric Feels.

Purple Haze | Bridal gift idea | Wedding Registry for Art

Purple Haze by Mishkalo Artist Ira Ivanova.


No matter their age, people collect art because it makes them feel, think and see the world in new and interesting ways. Whether you’re drawn to pretty pictures or dramatic sculptures, decorating the home with art adds visual interest to a space and creates a welcoming environment.

Best of all, great art keeps you thinking, the more time you spend with a piece, the more you’ll discover about it.


In the time leading up to their wedding, Alyssa hasn’t stopped raving about their new pieces from Mishkalo. She sees them as a memento of their wedding day that will remind her of the commitment she made to her husband and the support of their wonderful family and friends.

Catching Electric Feels | Unusual bridal registry | Mishkalo Bridal Registry

Catching Electric Feels by Mishkalo Artist Anna Charney.


With Mishkalo, owning fantastic art doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Art is an important part of everyday life and self-expression for every generation.

Unlike pots and pans or blenders and toasters, art is a gift that you, your friends, and your family will remember forever as a gift that’s as unique as your marriage will be.





Want to start your art collection now ?  Visit Mishkalo.com


Art for the Millennial Generation

Art for the Millennial Generation

The Milleninial Generation is quite different from the previous generation. Having grown up with the Internet, these tech-savvy individuals have a very different perspective on the world. They have developed different values, like environmental sustainability, personal health and fitness and living a good life but On a Tight Budget. They have a tighter budget until they can save enough money to make bigger purchases.

Meeting Point | Wedding Anniversary gift idea | Bridal Registry for Art

Meeting Point by Mishkalo Artist Evelin Juen.

The following are some observations about this generation.

  1. Making the Process Personal

Millennials are passionate about making personal connections in the art community. They want to get to know the artist and form relationships with the galleries.

  1. Buying Both Online and Offline

Millennials are buying art just as frequently offline as they are online. Art is one purchase that many feel is important to make in person. The rise of social media has allowed Millennials to follow their favorite artists and galleries and stay in the loop about upcoming events or specific pieces.

  1. Looking for Different, Exciting Pieces

As can be expected, younger collectors are looking for something different and unique. Older collectors may be hesitant of new mediums outside of their traditional contemporary works, but younger generations gravitate towards new materials and concepts beyond their realm of comfort.

Trinity 2 | Artistic present | Mishkalo Art Registry

Trinity 2 by Mishkalo Artist Nancy Kramp.

  1. Lack of Art History Knowledge

Millennial collectors are younger and may not be fully aware of the value of every piece. They choose art that speaks to them, not necessarily what piece has historical importance. The artwork has to resonate with their tastes and sensibilities.

  1. Buying Art as an Asset

Millenials are not afraid to take risks and mostly buy art with the assumption that it will increase in value. The Millennial generation is bold. Their willingness to take risks and seek out unique, exciting mediums could mean big changes for the art community.

Mishkalo, a wedding registry for art was launched to cater to this rising trend and to make art affordable and accessible to wedding couples by having their guests pool together the money to buy them a memorable and valuable gift to cherish all their lives.

To all the engaged couples, bring the joy of art  and joie de vivre into your life. Paint your marriage in color with an art wedding registry!

Create your Dream Registry Here   Create Registry

Modern Art Thirty-Six | Wedding Anniversary gift idea | Mishkalo Wedding Registry for Art

Modern Art Thirty-Six by Mishkalo Artist Lynn Taetzsch.

Portrait Of A Girl In A Red Hat | Unique bridal shower present | Wedding Registry for Art

Portrait Of A Girl In A Red Hat by Mishkalo Artist Mark Hunter.



Window into an Artist’s World – Diane Leon

Window into an Artist’s World – Diane Leon

Diane Leon. Abstract Artist. “Abstraction gives me a sense of freedom”.

Diane Leon an abstract artist on Mishkalo.

Diane Leon an abstract artist on Mishkalo.

Recently One of Diane’s  paintings   “Ephemeral Energy” shown above received a Special Merit Award at an online Juried abstract exhibition by LifeSpaceTime.  They had 952 entries from 29 counties and 40 states.


Fiesta | Artistic second marriage registry | Mishkalo Bridal Registry

Fiesta by Mishkalo Artist Diane Leon.

We asked Diane why this was important and what it meant to her in terms of her art and recognition as an artist.

Diane says ” Online Juried abstract exhibitions are a good way to create a larger audience of my work. Since 2016 entering this international exhibition, (lightspacetime.art) I have won an award three consecutive years for my paintings in these highly competitive shows.

All my abstract artworks are painted in vivid and high energy colors. The intimate size I work in offers options to collectors. It can stand on its own as a piece on the wall, in a bookcase or part of a group collection.

As an adjunct associate professor of arts at New York University, School of Professional Studies, the Arts faculty is hosting in May 2018 a “Humanities” event showcasing the work of the students.The selected students will exhibit works from last year’s painting class and my current Collage and Mixed Media class. The enthusiasm I have for teaching is reflected in their works. I am proud to be a part of NYU since 1995 and continue to give back as a professor and mentor. ”


More of Diane’s Vibrant and colorful abstracts. Her paintings will bring life and cheer to any room. Her colors are bold and bright and will match any furniture that you have in your room.


Epiphany | Best wedding anniversary registry | Bridal Registry for Art

Epiphany by Mishkalo Artist Diane Leon.

Resolution | Alternative gift | Wedding Registry for Art

Resolution by Mishkalo Artist Diane Leon.

Enlightenment | Different wedding registry | Mishkalo Art Registry

Enlightenment by Mishkalo Artist Diane Leon.

Bill & Melinda Gates Art Wedding Gift

Bill & Melinda Gates Art Wedding Gift

I came across an article recently that talked about Bill & Melinda gates wedding gift that helps them not fight and keeps their marriage alive. To those of you who have not read this article, please do so here.

This made me realize the impact of a wedding gift that is thoughtfully selected or chosen by either the wedding couple or their friends & family can last for years and all though their marriage in a very enriching and positive way.

Bill  and Melinda Gates say that when the two of them disagree, they think  about how lucky they are that they mostly see things the same way. This is  something the couple is reminded of everyday, thanks to a wedding gift from Bill’s parents: A sculpture of two birds side by side.

“What we love about it so much is that it’s these two birds who are looking forward together,” says Melinda. “What it reminds us is, these two birds, who presumably are mates, have a shared view out into the world.”
What an awesome story about this amazing couple and this one gift of art that has brought so much meaning and joy in their lives. An artwork created by an artist will last all your life and remind you of your special day and the meaning behind the vows that you have taken to love and cherish each other.
I am sure Bill & Melinda Gates will pass these two sculptures on to their kids and grandkids and it will be an heirloom piece to remind their family for generations to come of the love that they had for each other.
To all the engaged couples, bring the joy of art  and joie de vivre into your life. Paint your marriage in color with an art wedding registry!
Flamingo Project-min Featured Art of Week

Flamingo by Iulia Dinca

Flame Game by Gaya