Inspirational wedding thoughts and tips for you…

Pre-wedding Parties Made Easier with Eventastic

While called various names depending on what country you reside, pre-wedding parties that are planned to raise money for the bride and groom have been organized for many years by bridesmaids and groomsmen. Raising money to help the couple in whatever aspect they choose to apply it is a long standing tradition for many and it just got a whole lot easier to plan and execute such parties!

With the best of intentions in planning a pre-wedding fundraiser for a couple getting married, selling the tickets for such an event in the past has been a cumbersome task for those involved. Normally the wedding party would coordinate and incur costs of tickets being printed and then have to distribute stacks of them to everyone in the hopes that they would go and sell to friends, family, acquaintances and collect the monies. Everyone knows that with our busy schedules these days, simplifying processes like pre-wedding party ticket sales can only be welcomed with open arms.

Eventastic  is a free website with multiple features allowing you to create events using many innovative tools provided. You simply ‘Sign In’, click ‘Create an Event’, choose a themed category, fill in basic details of name of event, date, description and then choose items you wish to add to your event such as ticketing/registration, photos, video, guest funding, social media links etc. Once you add all the features you need on your event page, simply share your custom event page link found within the details section in edit mode and share through email, social media channels etc. as you choose.  It’s ready and waiting at your fingertips!

If you are considering coordinating a pre-wedding party like a Stag’N Doe where ticketing is involved, then take this opportunity to use this online ticketing and registration platform making the process of selling and buying tickets easy for everyone!

Sell more tickets, raising more money and do it stress-free!

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I remember getting engaged and while the excitement was abounding, I soon after started feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks I foresaw would be required to make this wedding happen to everyone’s satisfaction. Every day there seemed to be more and more to consider and plan for and I wanted to cover all the bases with ease and in a timely fashion like my type A personality insisted on. My post-its were everywhere and in retrospect I wonder if hiring a wedding planner would have eased so much of that stress allowing me to have more sleep filled nights.

I’ve talked to so many couples getting married at various stages of their wedding preparation and while many were perfectly comfortable in making all the plans themselves, others were happy to hand all the wedding prep over to a wedding planner who would listen to their wishes and needs and whom they could trust to make the magic happen. I thought about various personalities and whether that played a factor in deciding on hiring a wedding planner. While a bit tongue in cheek, this is what I came up with.

Which Type Are You?

A. You are a detail oriented person that enjoys getting things done ahead of time. Nothing gives you more pleasure than completing a ‘To Do’ list. Spreadsheets are your love language.

B. On your last vacation you planned everything down to the last second including time for brushing your teeth. You visited five countries in three days and brought home personalized souvenirs for your extended family and everyone at the office.

C. You are a great planner with good ideas but don’t mind asking for help in some areas.

D. You are a free spirited optimist that believes everything will be lowered into place on ribbons by wedding fairies whilst you sleep.

E. You never made a decision you liked. If you ask your fiancé one more question about colour blocking or choosing between fuchsia and magenta table runners he or she is going to run screaming for the hills.

Some Benefits Of Having A Wedding Planner

If you answered D or E you might want to consider hiring a wedding planner right away, but anyone can benefit from having a wedding planner.

1. They offer a wide variety of services. Some are willing to plan only certain parts of a wedding which might save on cost and leave those who answered ‘C’ free to plan the aspects they enjoy. Even our ‘A’ and ‘B’ super planners can benefit from having someone else in charge of setup and takedown, leaving them free to enjoy the day.

2. Destination weddings in particular might benefit from having a wedding planner. If they are familiar with the part of the world you’re planning to travel to they can help with documentation, paperwork, and correspondence with the venue operator.

3. Even though planners are themselves an expense, a wedding planner can be very helpful in keeping you on budget. Their contacts with trustworthy vendors may save you time, and because vendors depend on their referrals, dollars as well.

Some Questions To Consider Asking

1. How long have you been a wedding planner?

2. What kind of services and packages do you offer?

3. Are you a member of a professional organization and or the Better Business Bureau?

4. Do you have references I could be in touch with and photos from previous events?

It is up to you to be clear with your potential wedding planner as to what you foresee your wedding day to look like along with budget expectations, and what exactly you are hoping them to do. Do you need help with decor, flowers, photography, pre-wedding parties, rehearsal dinner, organization of out-of-town guests, guest special needs, seating arrangements…? Wedding planners can help you with any part of the concept, organization and execution of your wedding day. They can also be someone who helps you to focus and breathe. Breathing is good!

Eventastic gives couples their custom wedding themed website with universal gift registry, photo sharing, video features, ticketing (for pre-wedding fundraising parties) and registration options. Try it now!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Now the planning begins!

Congratulations on your engagement! Most likely now discussion will turn to preferences of wedding date and venue! Which comes first, picking your wedding date or wedding venue? There are a few factors that might determine your answer.

Seasonal Choice

Deciding whether date or venue is most important to you is crucial as one will most likely affect the other. Seasonal choice for your wedding is a key factor often determining availability of date and venue. Knowing what time of year you both would prefer getting married is helpful and a good start. If venue is most important to you then checking on the establishment’s availability during your preferred wedding season will determine the date of your wedding. You can bet you are not the only one that has fallen in love with getting married in that little chapel in the country next summer. Likewise, if you are particularly connected to a certain date for your nuptials that has sentimental meaning then your venue choice might need to be flexible if every other couple also loves the idea of a July wedding.

Destination

Wedding location will always affect your chosen date and venue if choosing to get married in a far away place. If you’ve always dreamed of getting married on a beach with tropical breezes a destination wedding might be for you. They’ve become very popular but research is important.  Remember, even tropical climates can have fluctuations in temperature and what can be expected seasonally. If you’re hoping for particular weather it is wise to google when the rainy season begins and pick a date which suits your needs and wishes. Travel agents are wonderful sources for advice which could be invaluable when considering what you will need to know about your prospective destination, venue and the legal requirements of the country from afar. It’s never too early to make sure you and your guests have your passports in order.

Finances

Your wedding budget will definitely play a role in your choice of wedding date and venue. If wanting a destination wedding but finances are limited, off-season booking is the best way to get a special group rate at resorts.

If date is secondary and choosing a certain venue is important as you’ve found it to be most cost effective then don’t delay in booking. Some venues are booked up to two years in advance. Being willing to hold your wedding during off peak times may allow you to secure a date sooner.

Traditional places of worship have classically been great choices for your ceremony with reception to follow at another location. Sometimes wedding decor choice for both sites can increase costs. There are quite a few more options nowadays that couples are choosing to explore.  Local historical sites, museums, wineries, botanical gardens and even mom and dad’s back yard can make a lovely backdrop for a combined ceremony and reception.

Number of Guests

The number of guests you will be inviting to your wedding will also play a role when prioritizing wedding date and venue. Your venue options will vary depending on the size of your wedding so if you have your heart set on a particular setting remember it may mean some adjustments of invites. Having a rough idea of numbers will certainly assist in your decision making process.

It’s exciting getting engaged. For some, a long engagement is a chosen path. For others, getting married within the year is a priority. While early planning for your wedding can sometimes be overwhelming it is important to have discussions with your fiancée to ensure you are both on the same page regarding certain aspects of your wedding vision. We at Eventastic hope this blog will inspire some discussion and help in your wedding planning process.

EventasticWeddings.com Cash Gifting RegistryWe have had great fun speaking with couples getting married all over the world and time and time again the discussion arises as to whether it is ok to ask for money when getting married.

Younger, first marriage couples like either option of having both packaged gifts and money given as gifts for their wedding. Couples that are established in homes with all the basics and couples getting married the second time say they would like to be able to add a few gift items to their registry they’ve yet to acquire, but more often they prefer cash gifts.

Cash gifting at weddings has been around forever but couples said they found it difficult to find tactful ways of asking for money. Being able to request monies by telling guests what they plan to apply the funds to is much more palatable for the couple and the guests. Guests want to give something useful at a wedding and what better way than to be given options that the couple are saving towards and would truly appreciate.

Here are the top categories of cash gifts that couples added to their Guest Funding feature on Eventastic.

  1. Home Reno: A new home doesn’t always mean a new home. Often there are changes to the home the couple has on a wish list and why not add a new kitchen, wood flooring, new deck etc. to your registry.
  2. Experience Gift: Whether a cooking class, fitness membership, photography course…there are always things we would like to learn more about.
  3. Honeymoon: The honeymoon and subsequent excursion trips can be costly. Couples loved having the opportunity to put pictures with descriptions of their plans/wishes and have guests contribute thus making it more affordable.
  4. Vacations: Aside from the honeymoon there are always places we would like to experience. Never been to New York and would love a weekend away? This is a great opportunity to put a picture with description of the place or a site and have guests help you get there.
  5. Funds: Educational funds and retirement funds were top on the list.
  6. Charity: Couples loved having the opportunity to give to a charity of their choice following the wedding

So the answer to the question “Is it ok to ask for money on your wedding registry?”…..ABSOLUTELY!

Eventastic is an online website where you sign in for free and create your own unique wedding themed website/event page using features such as photo and video sharing, guest funding, ticketing & registration plus more. In addition you can add sub-events to your wedding website like pre-wedding parties with all their details. You can even sell tickets to parties like Stag’NDoe right on your event page and share through email or social media channels making event promotion and sales so much easier!

Click here now and start have fun creating yours!

Adding cash gifting ideas to their Eventastic Weddings website will help with budgeting

You’re having the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin. If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive. Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. You could say something like…“We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Guest Funding section of your wedding event website you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home, home reno, honeymoon, honeymoon excursions etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

Oktoberfest Fun with the Girls!

There is never enough girl time!

Girls just want to have fun and since it’s the season, an Oktoberfest get-together with the girls in your wedding party plus more is a great reason to have some laughs and celebrate German traditions. This is a great opportunity to take an already fun atmosphere and theme, mix it with your friends and produce a bachelorette party all will remember and speak of for years. It’s about creating memories connected to you and your wedding and bringing people together to celebrate your upcoming nuptials.

Online Invite Just A Click Away

Party planning doesn’t have to be a tedious task these days with new technology at your fingertips and a little creativity. With photo-sharing website features, innovative video technology, social media marketing capabilities, RSVP options, ticket & merchandise sales and more, you can quickly and easily create an online invitation for  a girls’ night out that will entice and build excitement for all those involved!

1. Simply gather up photos from past Oktoberfest occasions or get the girls from your wedding party together with hats and mugs of beer and take some fun shots doing your own Oktoberfest photoshoot.

2. Consider adding a personal video feature! Prepare a short video script you can use as a pop-up for your invitation; use some props and consider playing some Wunderbar music in the background. Feeling a bit shy?.. No problem… add a Youtube chicken dance video!

3. Fill in the party details in the template provided.

4. Share your invite through email or social media channels of your choice!

Creating your online party invite is just a click away. Start now!

Have fun!

why not consider planning an Oktoberfest Party online for all the girls! It’s easy to put together a fun invite

Beautiful Blue

There is an old saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The theory is that if the bride carries or wears something from each category in the saying, her marriage will be a happy one. Most brides who have any twinge of being superstitious will comply in order to have a positive future with their new spouse.

Why blue?

In ancient Rome, brides wore the colour blue to symbolize their love of their fiancé, their modesty and fidelity. Purity has also been associated with the colour blue as seen in Christianity with the Virgin Mary shown in blue. And so, throughout the ages and into the present, the tradition of a bride wearing or carrying something blue has lived on.

How to incorporate blue into your wedding attire.

Over the years, brides have become quite creative in how they incorporate blue into their wedding attire so as not to bestow bad luck on their marital life. We at Eventastic Weddings have some suggestions as to how you could add ‘something blue’ or variations of. Just how creative are you prepared to be?

Hair 

Wedding HairWould you? Could you? How about adding a bit of blue to your wedding day hair? Some brides have been known to get quite creative with their blue wedding touches. Recognizing that most wouldn’t dare go this route, it’s fun to consider a fine blue streak at the nape of your neck or even a tiny blue feather clipped somewhere in your hair.

Jewelry 

Coach Saffiano Leather BangleSmall decorative items such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all options where you can add a little blue to your day. Something sparkly or not and you’ve covered your bases. What about a tiny anklet with a blue crystal?

 

Wedding Gown 

2015 Monique Lhuillier Wedding GownMany moons ago brides wore blue wedding gowns and even today top designers are creating spectacular dresses in various shades and hues. Whether short, mid-length or long, brides are choosing wedding dresses with colour. Still drawn to the traditional white gown? You may wish to consider a gown adorned in small touches of blue such as Swarovski crystals or embroidery with initials and wedding date.

Shoes

Wedding ShoesWhat about peek-a-boo blue on your wedding shoes? These little blue crystals attached to the sole of your shoes are so sweet and discreet! What a great idea and wouldn’t take long to do with some glue, toothpicks and dazzlers of your choice.

 

Nails 

There are so many beautiful nail polish options in various shades of blue for your fingers and toes. Blue Wedding NailsNail decor has come to a whole new level with the nail decor ideas that you can see in all the mags. Blue french tips, blue crystal adornments etc. are great ideas to add your bit of blue to your special day.

Wedding Bouquet

We love the touch of blue that brides are adding to their wedding bouquets!

Wedding bouquet with a touch of blue.

Looking for more ideas for adding something blue to your wedding day? Check out our Blue Pinterest board for some great blue inspiration by clicking here.

How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding

Children at weddings can be so adorable and entertaining to watch but it can quickly turn the other direction if they are not having fun and are bored stiff. A crying irritable child pulling at their parent is upsetting to not only the parents of the child but to other guests as well.

Being a parent of children who have attended many gatherings over the years, I have acquired a few tips in keeping children entertained at events and thought I’d share some with you.

Tips for Entertaining Children At Your Event

1. Provide a designated play area – If an option, having a designated area off to the side whether indoors or out where the children can play safely is always preferable.

2. Assign a responsible teen to supervise – Providing a person whose job is to supervise the play area and children as well as encourage happy play is advisable. Consider a monetary gift for the person in charge as a gesture of thanks and appreciation. You may want to have more than one teen in charge depending on number of children and various age groups.

3. Provide age appropriate toys – Having safe toys available for child guests will serve to entice them to play and have fun; thus allowing their parents to enjoy their time more. Remember it’s not a good idea to include paints or colourful chalk in the list of child entertainment items. Little colourful fingers touching a wedding gown or mom’s fancy dress will not be appreciated.

Depending on the age of the children invited you may wish to consider the following:

Age 0 – 3yrs: rattles, sensory gyms, blankets, pre-school toys with no small detachable pieces

Age 4 – 7yrs – large lego pieces/building blocks, balls, cars & dolls, role-play toys like small kitchens, large cardboard boxes with crayons to encourage creativity in making their house or car, bean bags, animated movie area

Age 8 – 11yrs – games, scooter, latest action figures & dolls, lego, dress up toy box (fun hats, glasses, boas), electronic gaming area, cards

4. Food & Drink – Be aware of any allergies and provide snacks for hungry tummies. Apple slices, biscuits, cheese, pretzels, small apple juice drink boxes are some good choices. Avoid colourful treats like orange puff snacks, barbecue chips and orange or grape pop.

5. Reminder to parents – You may wish to remind parents to bring any special items their children find to be soothing like blankies or stuffed toys for when the child becomes tired and needs to cuddle or snuggle up.

I hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful. Please check back with our Eventastic website for more wedding and event tips in our blogging section.

Sweet wedding photo

Kids and weddings can be like peanut butter and jelly or fire and water. It can go one way or the other. If you are planning a wedding no doubt a discussion has or will occur as to whether to include children on the invite list.

There are a few factors that may influence your decision to have or not have children at the wedding.

  1. Age of the children in question
  2. Known behaviour of the children
  3. Number of children you would consider
  4. Parent proximity to the wedding. If the parents are travelling from another city, province/state or country they may prefer to bring their children when travelling a distance & it might influence their decision to attend
  5. Fiancé’s feelings regarding the matter
  6. Relationship to the children

It’s important to discuss the relevance of the above and together decide on whether your wishes are shared with your fiancé. You may also consider discussing your decision with both sets of parents to ensure you have not overlooked anything or anyone.

Stay tuned for our blog on ‘How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding‘.

Congratulations on your engagement!

What an exciting time for you and your fiancée. One of the first things newly engaged couples need to do is set a budget and start planning around it.

Budgeting for Your WeddingOur Wedding Budget Planner is an excel worksheet that allows you to

  1. Set a budget
  2. Estimate your costs
  3. Track actual spending vs. estimated costs
  4. Monitor overall spending against your budget

The real kicker with Our Wedding Budget Planner is that all the calculations happen automatically!  We have even pre-populated the worksheet with many of the common wedding expenses, but don’t be shy to add additional items to suit your unique wedding needs.

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Great gift ideas for an encore wedding

Second Marriage Gift Registry Thoughts

Time and time again I hear engaged couples say, “Oh this is our second marriage so we won’t be having a gift registry… we really don’t need anything”. When I hear that I think “Hogwash!”  Everyone has little or big dreams of things they would like!

Guests want to give you something to help celebrate your nuptials with your fiancé.  That’s what a wedding registry is for; to help guests choose things for you that will be truly appreciated. Guests want to give to you both so why not make it easier for them!

Think Beyond Household Basics

The fact is, that when couples getting married the second time think of a typical wedding gift registry, they think of towels, cutlery, bedding and kitchen supplies as being on a wedding registry. Like most couples who are getting married for the second or more time, they already have all the basics one would normally think of for first time newlyweds. Let’s face it, they probably are looking at having garage sales to get rid of some of their things they’ve accumulated over the years! Who says though, a wedding gift registry has to be made up of the classic wedding gift items that every first time bride and groom have on their list?

Unique new ideas for your second marriage wedding registry!

Check out our categories of gift registry ideas that might inspire you with some gift thoughts you might not have thought of. With Eventastic cash Guest Funding feature option you simply create your event page and add the Guest Funding option to your page. You’ll simply fill in the popup template with the item details and put a picture relevant to what you would appreciate and when the event page is shared, people are given the option to contribute monies toward it. What a great way of adding more expensive gift option ideas and encourage group gifting to make your wish a reality!

  1. Home Renovation – Have you had thoughts of making changes in your home to make it more suitable or endearing for the two of you? Whether it be new floor, cupboards, taking a wall out, deck, you can give guests the opportunity to give towards a home project you’ve got on your to-do list.
  2. Landscaping Changes – You’d love to have a new walkway or patio? The fire-pit area or dock at the cottage has seen better days? Maybe you have your eyes on a new water feature for your yard. All these make for great things that wedding guests could contribute towards.
  3. Travel Ideas – Whether a small bus tour to a winery, boating trip, honeymoon, vacation away, there is usually some place you have on your bucket list that you’ve yet to see. This is a perfect opportunity for others to contribute toward your goal.
  4. Specialty Items – Would you truly appreciate a bottle of wine from a certain vintage? Cohiba Robusto cigars or a humidor? Camus Cognac Cuvee? GPS for the motorcycle? Money for a course you both want to take?
  5. Donations – Do you have a cause you feel connected to? This is a great opportunity to give to something via your guests donating to it in your name right on your wedding event page!

Think outside the box. There are no hard and fast rules in what you can add to your Eventastic Guest Funding! Keep in mind that wedding guests want to share in the excitement of your special day and it is appreciated by guests when you give them ideas of things you both would love.

What To Wear as a Guest

These days there are so many different wedding themes, venues, styles etc., almost anything goes when planning your wardrobe for attending a wedding. The key is to take note of the couple’s choice in venue and ask questions about style or their wedding theme in order to feel you have chosen the best option for attire.

Wedding guest dress code.You may not be the type of person who typically likes to blend in with a crowd but it generally is not acceptable to be the focus of attention on the couple’s big day. Dressing goth for a traditional white wedding is going to stand out big time and probably won’t fare well with other guests or the couple walking down the aisle.  Not saying you need to match your wedding attire to their chosen theme (like one couple who chose a ‘Superhero’ theme… where is my superhero cape???), but attending in clothing that is one or two steps up from your every day wear is advisable.

Aside from maybe the atypical wedding themes of ‘Goth’ and ‘Offbeat’, most would agree that generally, dressing up for a wedding in classy, stylish, elegant, smart and sophisticated wear would be recommended. You want to be comfortable yet appear that you put some thought into wearing something special for this couple’s very important and memorable day.

Wedding Attire Suggestions

For the modern, classic wedding there are no hard and fast rules of wearing long or short dresses as a wedding guest. Wearing a dress, if choosing short, and having it at a ‘respectable’ length is good. Noone needs to know you’re wearing lacey pink undies. If your wearing a long dress, keep it simple but stately with limited pizzazz. Wearing a dress with mega sequins and jewels is going to take the attention away from the bride’s gown and that is not good. It used to be said that you should never wear white when attending a wedding. While still not seen a lot, you will certainly not be thrown out if wearing an understated little white dress to a summer wedding.

Men will often wear suit and tie to weddings and now it is becoming quite acceptable for sport jacket and pant combos. Ties are no longer a must wear. Of course dress shoes and shirts done up to at least the second button for the ceremony presents well.

If invited to a more casual venue as with some weddings today having a rustic theme, it is not expected that you dress in classic wedding guest style. More upscale casual is considered fine. While no hard and fast rules, you can feel comfortable in knowing that a simple nice dress with some jewelry and your guy in a sport jacket will be quite acceptable.

Eventastic Weddings participates in Wedding Shows all over the world; offering couples their own wedding website with many wonderful tools and features. It is always fun to meet the many show vendors as well as the numerous couples getting married to get their input on current wedding trends and wishes.

Hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun at the wedding!

 

 

Newlyweds making memories

Let’s do something different!

Millions of couples get married every year and every one of them look to make their wedding a little different than others they know. Whether it be the theme, decor, dress, venue, food, entertainment, honeymoon or otherwise…. there is an intrinsic need to diversify.

The honeymoon is a holiday taken by newlyweds where they can share a specific time period to focus on and celebrate their new life together as a married couple. Where that vacation occurs varies greatly depending on the couple’s interests and finances. Doing something you’ve never done before with your new spouse is a great way of starting a new chapter in your life along with building all the associated fun stories that will go along with it, making it memorable for a lifetime. Planning something out of the ordinary now just might have your journey together begin with the BANG you’re looking for.

Unconventional honeymoon ideas

All-inclusive southern beach resort honeymoon destinations are always amazing but have you considered something more unconventional?

  1. Fishing Trip – Planning a fishing trip in cottage country or even a deep-sea fishing excursion out of the country could bring you the excitement and great stories you’ll treasure for a life time.
  2. Motorcycle Excursion – Experiencing an adventure while driving a motorcycle to destinations you’ve never experienced can be exhilarating. (Red Rock in Vegas is awesome! – just saying…)
  3. Walking Holiday – There are multiple options of taking walking tours in Europe or other countries where you trek to new locations every day making memories with every step.
  4. Exotic Race Car Racing – Can you imagine returning from your honeymoon with racing skills and shirts to match? Why not!

My own honeymoon was definitely not typical. My fiancé and myself bought a second hand trailer (knowing we wanted to have an affordable summer vacation spot) and spent our honeymoon building a deck for it and roasting spidey dogs over a campfire. Even 24 years later we laugh about our time together that week and the feelings of accomplishment we felt.

Having a Universal Gift Registry with Eventastic Weddings will give you the options of adding not only excursions and trips to your gift wish list but even adding pictures of the deck you’re planning on building! Wedding guests want to help celebrate your new life together by contributing to things you really want.

If you are planning a special trip, why not add a picture of your destination or excursion to your gift wish list under the ‘monetary gifting’ section of your registry and give guests the opportunity to give monies toward it! Planning a unique honeymoon can be more affordable when using Eventastic Weddings registry!

Enjoy!

Inspiration:

– http://www.sportquestholidays.com/sea-fishing-holidays/holiday-type-tours.html

– http://www.americawestmotorcycletours.com

– http://www.onefootabroad.com

– http://www.exoticsracing.com

The practice of giving wedding favors to guests date back to 16th century England where it was reportedly common for newly married couples to give love knots made out of ribbon and lace to all their guests. The tradition has carried on throughout the years with the bride and groom placing trinkets signifying their love at the wedding guests’ reception place settings. These ‘trinkets’ have come in all sizes, themes, and various costs depending on the couple’s choice.

Couples will often buy small ready made gifts for their guests but many times the bride will choose to show her creative side by wanting to make the wedding favors herself. It is not uncommon for the bride and her bridesmaids to plan an evening (or many) to work on their ‘Do-It-Yourself’ favors for all to admire and appreciate at the reception. Some DIY favors can be quite time consuming depending on how extravegant in detail and how many guests will be on the receiving end. Keeping these key features in mind might save you last minute anguish so it is smart to begin your projects early.

Throughout my bridal show travels and attendance at various weddings over the years I have come across some great DIY Wedding Favor ideas and thought I’d share some of my favourites.

  1. Mason Preserve Jars with DIY Cross Stitch Heart Top. Always a treat as a guest to receive a jar of preserves with a handcrafted topper!Great DIY wedding favor ideas!
  2. I have always appreciated receiving plant wedding favors. Pick a small plant/flower of your choice and wrap in burlap & lace as seen below or use fabric with the colours of your wedding. Great wedding favor ideas!
  3. I remember receiving a caramel apple as a wedding favor as both the bride and groom were teachers. It was so cute and delicious! Red candy apples at table settings at black, white and red weddings look amazing!Great DIY wedding favor ideas!
  4. Cupcakes expertly decorated with details of flowers, hearts and lace will always ‘wow’ the guests! If you haven’t perfected your cake decorating skills, no worries! Purchase the cupcakes and add your personal touch by placing in a pretty tea cup on a paper lace doily. Great wedding favor ideas!
  5. Recently I was taken by a couple’s wedding favor where they added a beautiful ribbon to a mini white lantern and inserted a battery-powered votive to be glowing throughout the reception at each place setting. What a beautiful overall look in the dimly lit room! I continue to use and admire it.Great wedding favor idea!

iStock_000028094024MediumThere are so many options when considering having favors at your wedding. What you end up choosing will likely depend on how they will add to the overall look you are going for when guests enter the reception, cost, time required to have them ready, amount of assistance you will need and have, availability etc.

We at Eventastic hope you enjoy your journey in choosing the favors best suited for you and your wedding. For more great wedding favor ideas check out our Wedding Favors Pinterest Board.

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The excitement is building. You’ve told your parents and best friend of your engagement and you’re now excited to let those know who will participate in and be witnesses to your wedding. Choosing those in your wedding party can be the easiest decision for some couples, yet the most frustrating, nerve wrecking experience for others. We’ve come up with a few tips in choosing your wedding party. We hope you find them helpful.

1. Make it a joint decision. The first thing to do is to sit down as a couple and write a list of people you are both considering for the honor.

2. Decide on your preferable number of attendants. Does your fiancé have more people he or she simply MUST have in the wedding party than you? Gone are the days of needing to have six groomsmen for six bridesmaids. Matchy match isn’t the key.  The bride’s best friend might be named Richard or the groom might choose his sister to stand at his side. Your choice might not be typical but it’s all good.

3. Consider residence of attendants. Keep in mind that if your wedding will not be happening for a while circumstances might change and someone you are close to right now like a college roommate might be living afar by the wedding date. If you share an unbreakable bond that doesn’t need to be a barrier.  With smart phones, Skype and FaceTime, anyone can take an active part in wedding planning. It just means an extra city to find shoes in! She might want to be a bridesmaid instead of the maid of honor though so she’ll have fewer responsibilities.

4. Consider relationships of attendants to you. Sometimes it is a given that all siblings will be asked to be in the wedding party and sometimes not. Are extended family and friends being considered? Did you always plan to have your BFF from kindergarden be in your wedding but you haven’t seen them for a few years and they really don’t know you anymore? Who do you feel closest to? Who do you both feel closest to? Who knows you the best for the person you are today? What will be the reaction of those not chosen? You might need to open a bottle of wine for this one.

5. Consider relationships between attendants. Being aware of relationships between the people in your wedding party is smart practice. Knowing that there will be times where all will need to work together (like pre-wedding parties etc.); it is nice to know that those chosen will be able to do so effectively. Read our blog on encouraging bridesmaid bonding.

6. Decide if you are considering having children involved. Little ring bearers and flower girls are real crowd pleasers. Be prepared to be upstaged a little. You can control what they wear but not what they do or say! That’s what makes them fun…maybe. Consider what age they will be at the time of your wedding and if it will be the look and feel you’re after.

7. Consider special talents of attendants you’re considering. Make a list of what you will need and expect from your bridal party. Most maids of honor plan a shower and a staggette. In Canada, it is quite common for the wedding party to host a “Stag ‘N Doe” which is a pre-wedding party with food, dancing and ticketing where the money is collected and donated to the couple for their future together. Hopefully some of your attendants will have great organization skills but even if they don’t the cool thing is that you can let them use your Eventastic website to help plan the events!

8. Are you considering having a pet involved? Always dreamed of having your dog take part in your wedding? Why not? Some people have even included their fish or horse in a unification ceremony!

9. How to deal with conflict. Chances are you will be urged to include a person in your wedding party that you are not close to.  It’s your day and it’s your right to take a stand but first ask yourself if making this concession will lead to a more peaceful life in the long run. Be up front about it. “I’m a little worried about how we will get along during this process” and “Do you think we can work together to make this wedding fun?” are questions for discussion.

10. Be fair. Reserve the right to have the Maid or Matron of Honor be your first choice.  When it comes right down to it, who do you want standing beside you handing you tissues during the ceremony? (and possibly holding your hair later in the evening? :)) Likewise, Best Man might be best chosen by the groom. Keep an open mind, open heart and be conscious of your fiancee’s feelings.

Choose people that are loving, supportive and reliable. A wedding can go off without a hitch with just a Maid of Honor and a Best Man. That might be the solution if it’s simply impossible to narrow down your list. As a general rule though, a larger wedding can use a larger wedding party to spread the work around… and the fun of course, don’t forget the fun!

Tips to deciding who will be in your wedding party.

Ever had to mail a large amount of invitations for an event?

If you have yet to do so, brace yourselves. Printing the invite or hand writing it onto numerous cards, stuffing them one-by-one into envelopes, licking the seal shut, sticking on a stamp, handwriting each address, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. It is not time friendly to say the least.

Video Invites/Thankyou's are simple on your Eventastic Weddings website!What if this could all be done with a quick recording, the click of a button and – bonus, no environmental impact?

Our free wedding themed website offers you the technology to add custom or general video invitations to save the dates & thank yous – saving you hours of licking, sticking and printing. You could even acquire the interest of your spouse who may be more likely to help out by saying a few words on camera than licking, sticking and printing for hours.

Video invitations have virtually no environmental impact.

With environmental awareness increasing, these paperless video invitations are the way of the future and will likely please your environmentally conscious guests.

The video invitations have many benefits that extend beyond environmental impact:

  • Saves money on increasing postal costs (stamps, envelopes, paper)
  • Saves time & handwriting cramps
  • Makes managing RSVPs simple
  • Ensures no invites are lost in the mail
  • Is not limited to wedding invites, could be used for bridal showers, Stag & Doe’s, Bachelor(ette) Parties, etc.
  • Gives you the ability to send personalized Thank Yous
  • Gives you the ability to send invitations in different languages – great for bilingual families!
  • You can spice it up with music, a theme, customized script for different groups, and more!

Sending a personal video inviting guests to such a big day in your life can be very touching. Consider making your wedding a paperless one and ensure everyone receives a special message, ensure no items are lost in the mail and ensure you are spending your wedding planning time and money efficiently.

Get started with your own wedding website today!

Engagements Can Be Magical

They are a celebration of love filled with excitement, wonder, anxiety, joy, etc. It’s an emotional time that is packed with To Do lists and decisions waiting to be made.

Tackle Your Wedding To Do List With A Clear Plan

Once your engagement is out of the bag, every relative you run into will want an update. Having a plan helps eliminate the stress behind the never ending questions they will ask because you will know when you plan on tackling each task or have the answers if you’ve already made your decisions. Rather than dreading family functions or avoiding a chat with Aunt Gretta, our wedding planning checklist makes it easy for you to embrace the positive side of your entire wedding experience.

The checklist is a highly detailed 12 month list of To Do’s for couples. It will help keep your stress at bay because it clearly outlines the tasks for each month making them manageable.

If you’re getting married or know someone who is, download the checklist today!

Download it here!

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There are some people ‘fortunate’ enough to have so much popularity that billions of people want to know their every move. It’s great when celebrities choose to oblige their fans by sharing some of their personal information with the public but there are many times where they need and want their privacy when it comes to personal matters. Celebrities aren’t the only ones that appreciate privacy with respect to certain events in their lives. We all have our reasons.

While the definition of ‘event’ indicates a planned occasion of some importance fostering social contact, we all know that doesn’t mean all events are made open to the general public by organizers.  Sometimes it’s a closed event. Eventastic.com and EventasticWeddings.com recognizes that people plan events regularly where a specific guest list is created and only those on that list are made privy to the event information and invited to attend. It’s no surprise that people like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds or Kanye and Kim wouldn’t want their registry lists or photos viewable by the general public.

It was important to us to provide options to our users. By allowing for wedding events made on the Eventastic Weddings platform to be made ‘public’ or ‘private’, the attraction for those wanting to be discreet in planning their wedding has been widely appreciated and welcomed. Those with high profiles are able to create invites to their events/parties privately whether for personal reasons or otherwise.

When people create their wedding website on EventasticWeddings.com or other events and parties on Eventastic.com they must click a box on their planning page whether they wish their event to be ‘public’ or ‘private’. In so doing, if the creator clicks ‘private’, the event will NOT be searchable by the public under the “Find Event” tab on the website. Only potential guests who have been sent the URL to the event will be made aware of the wedding or event page and its details.

Wedding planners, high profile individuals and Corporations who host employees events all over the world  have shared their clients’ appreciation of our company’s sensitivity to their wishes and needs of privacy. With Eventastic providing the ticketing software to the Bridal Showplace Bridal Show with David Tutera in California last year and this year, attendees continue to express their excitement to learn of the Eventastic Weddings and Eventastic website and how helpful it was to the planning of their event and sharing important details with guests.

If you are thinking of planning an event that involves ticketing or registration don’t hesitate. There is no other software out there that does what this does AND it is free to use for free events.

 

We did it and it was fabulous!

Recently I had the honour of attending a beautiful wedding where I was inspired to write this blog. As I stood washing my hands at the reception hall bathroom sink I could hear awful yet familiar noises and see a portion of a gorgeous white lace and sequin gown emerging from under one of the stalls. Thankfully the Maid of Honour was holding back the brides hair and in-between her supportive words to the newly wedded was yelling out “Does anyone have any Gravol or Tylenol?”

This experience motivated me to come up with a helpful list of emergency items to have available on the wedding day. These are some items I think would seem important to have close at hand for the big day in case of need.

  1. Gravol – in case those stomach butterflies get out of hand
  2. Tylenol – for that pressure pain that won’t go away
  3. Tissues – for that little dab
  4. Lipstick – for re-applications throughout the day
  5. Tampons/Pads – for the surprise you weren’t expecting
  6. Eye Drops – to rehydrate or get the red out
  7. Nasal Spray – you have to breathe
  8. Energy Drink – to wet your whistle and balance electrolytes
  9. Mints – fresh breath is vital for all the close encounters
  10. Hand Sanitizer – as you’ll be meeting/greeting and touching a lot of people (get one with moisturizer)
  11. Sewing Kit – for the button you never dreamed would pop off
  12. Deodorant – you can never be sure enough
  13. Perfume – a quick spritz for that subtle all-day fragrance
  14. Face Powder – no need for extra shine in the photos
  15. Nail File – you never know
  16. Hair Pins – when that one little strand won’t stay in place
  17. Hair Spray – extra hold for fly-aways
  18. Band-Aids – the shoes weren’t tight yesterday…
  19. Safety Pins – for a little fix
  20. Floss – “you have something in your teeth”

Your wedding party in its entirety should be aware of where this emergency kit can be located at any time. Sometimes a quick fix is all it takes to ensure a situation is under control and avoid it leading to something bigger. Feeling and looking great on your wedding day is very important. It’s nice to know your wedding party has your back at all times to assist with the look and feel that is crucial to your special day. Yes… My mom taught me to always be prepared!

Eventastic Weddings wishes you a great day!

Love & Marriage quotes of inspiration

If you’ve ever had to do a speech at a wedding or assist with one you will know it can be quite a stressful process. Not all those chosen to give a speech are well acquainted with or feel well equipped in speaking in front of a room full of people. The speaker will want to introduce themselves, maybe tell a funny or sentimental story relating to the couple, share their thoughts on how the couple is so well suited for each other and make a toast of well wishes for their future together.

In writing a wedding speech often the author will want to sprinkle their words of wisdom with quotes relating to love and marriage. The quote(s) can be serious and/or comical in nature depending on the speaker’s personality and presentation. They may be quotes taken from famous writers, celebrities or anyone who has shown a flair for words which may be inspirational to the newly married couple. Here are some of our favourite love and marriage quotes seen and heard over the years. Maybe you’ll want to incorporate one into your own speech.

  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin
  • “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” Franz Schubert
  • “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” Rita Rudner
  • “Don’t every stop dating your wife and don’t ever stop flirting with your husband.” anonymous
  • “Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice.” Fawn Weaver
  • “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford
  • “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” Ogden Nash
  • “Sexiness wears thin after awhile and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a treat.” Joanne Woodward
  • “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” Pearl S. Buck
  • “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together…and I knew it.” Tom Hanks, Sleepless In Seattle
  • “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.'” Erich Fromm
  • “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.” John Lennon
  • “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Dr. Seuss

When writing your speech for a wedding; whether the master of ceremonies, a friend, family member or wedded one, remember you will be speaking to guests who have just witnessed the special union of two people in love wanting to commit to each other for the rest of their lives. Guests are most likely sensing that warm and fuzzy all over happy tingle and you’ll want to speak words that will augment those feelings and possibly even inspire their own relationships.

Best wishes in writing your speech from Eventastic. We hope our favourite quotes will be helpful.

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