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An Easier Way of Managing Pre-Wedding Party Ticket Sales

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!

10 Tips On How To Choose Your Wedding Party

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.

Top 10 Ideas To Encourage Bridesmaid Bonding

BridesmaidsWe probably all know the movie “Bridesmaids” and have had many laughs over the girls and their differences. It’s a reality that brides, when choosing her bridesmaids, will not pick a group of girls that have all chummed together and know each other well. The bride has chosen various people to be in her wedding party that have a special place in her heart and life. While the goal is not that all those chosen become besties, it is a lot less stressful when they can all get along, ‘celebrate’ their differences, and join together to create fun and memorable experiences not only for the wedding day but also any pre-wedding parties.

It can be especially helpful for the bride to coordinate times for her bridesmaids to be together prior to the wedding. Not only does this help them to get to know each other, it allows them the opportunity to exchange phone numbers and any information that subsequently may help in possibly planning any pre-wedding events together.  Each bridesmaid will have special characteristics and possibly talents that will be very helpful in preparing for the big day and while the bride may already know each one’s traits, it will be good for her attendants to learn this too. There are many ways of bringing everyone together for an afternoon or evening of fun and ‘bonding time’. You obviously won’t want to plan things on a weekly basis as you don’t want to ‘over do it’ and coordinating schedules can be a challenge but we thought we would give some ideas you could consider between your engagement and wedding day.

Bridesmaid Bonding Ideas

  1. Dress Shopping – Have an idea of style and colour prior to your excursion.
  2. Movie Night – Whether in or out at the movies; popcorn, drinks & laughs are always welcome.
  3. Wedding Website Session – Whether helping to establish it or not it is important that they know all the features so as to tell other friends, family & guests how to maneuver around the site and get all the information.
  4. Wedding Favour Time – Are you thinking a DIY guest favour? This is a great reason to get assistance & input!
  5. Cookie Exchange – Everyone loves getting a dozen cookies. Picking a theme makes it even more fun.
  6. Bachelorette Party – Classically involves dressing up and doing some bar hopping creating stories and memories with every stop.
  7. Spa Day – Manicures, pedicures, facials etc. all help everyone relax and feel good. (Do it at home or some places allow you to bring in a bottle of wine!)
  8. Wine and Cheese Party – Discuss wedding preparations, progress or to plan and coordinate a pre-wedding party like a ‘Stag and Doe’ or ‘Shower’ and decide on dates and who does what.
  9. Cooking Class Evening – Coordinate a night where everyone can get together to learn to cook a special dish.
  10. Special Occasion Get together – Like filling Easter baskets together, or decorating Victoria Day cookies, or having a beach day etc.

Bridesmaids having funIt is the bride’s worst nightmare to have bridesmaids that are difficult and the last thing the bride has time for is to play mediator between all involved. Hopefully those chosen for this special role in the wedding will do their best to make themselves available for times together and learn to appreciate any differences that arise. These are opportunities to make more memories, have fun times together prior to the big day and possibly build new friendships. Have fun! You can even do your ‘Bonding Day’ invite on your Eventastic Weddings themed website and send to all the bridesmaids!

How to Make a Bridal Shower Recipe Book

Over the last couple years, I have attended many bridal showers and i’ve noticed a trend in the organizers requesting guests to email their personal best recipes prior to the shower. The organizer(s) then assembles a special cookbook of recipe favourites to be presented to the bride-to-be on the day of the shower. Note: If you are a bride reading this, then consider forwarding to your wedding party participants. 🙂

Love to cookEvery new bride comes into the marriage with some of her own recipe favourites but based off the reactions i’ve witnessed, it seems everyone appreciates receiving a book/binder prepared by friends/loved ones containing all their popular choices whether it’s a first marriage or not. Planning and executing the cookbook can be as simple or extravagant as you choose.  Here are some simple suggestions to get you started.

5 Steps To An Awesome Recipe Book

  1. Purchase a binder with clear sleeve on the front to easily slide in a label, maybe a printed picture or caricature of the couple
  2. Buy plastic sleeve 3-hole inserts and dividers (easily wipeable for spills) and arrange in the binder with categories such as; Drinks, Breakfast Ideas, Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Main Meals, Breads & Muffins, Cookies & Squares and Pies & Cakes. Fun idea: Put a picture of a delectable dish relevant to the category as the cover page for each section.
  3. Send your Eventastic shower invite to guests; requesting they send you one or more of their favourite recipes to be included in the recipe book. Make sure to ask that they include a picture of the dish and have the recipe to you, the organizer, by a certain date to give you time to put it together. To make it even easier for guests you can click ‘Allow Photo Sharing’ and ask guests to simply share a photo of their specific recipe right on the shower invitation page.
  4. Plan an afternoon or evening of fun to put the book together and have everyone (if more than you organizing)bring recipes of their own to top up every category. Decide whether you will be retyping the recipes in a particular font or use as is.
  5. Wrap the recipe book in a tea towel tied with string. Rather than a typical bow, you could top it off with spatulas or other cooking tools.

Often when we are at a friend or family member’s home we enjoy a great meal and would love to be able to replicate it in our own home. Having a book with favourites already tested and known to be popular is a real treat for any bride-to-be. There have definitely been a few times when I left these showers wishing I could have had a copy of the book she received!

So, if you’re planning a bridal shower turn on your creative side and consider making a bridal shower recipe book.  Remember it’s ok to delegate any artistic jobs to those with particular talents that will be participating. Have fun. I know she’ll enjoy it!

How to Propose to Your Wedding Party

Deciding on who will be in your wedding party isn’t always easy. Perhaps you don’t know who to select or you are limited on the number you can choose based on the other half.

Once you get over the hurdle of deciding who you want in your wedding party you still have to ask them.  It is still common to just come right out and ask but it is becoming trendy to ask your wedding party in a creative, memorable way. How you go about asking your party all comes down to how much time and money you would like to invest into the act of asking and how important it is to you in the grand scheme of things.

Now it’s your turn to pop the question!

There is no shortage of ideas floating around the internet of creative ways you can ask your wedding party.

In addition to the pinterest board  we’ve put together of our favourite ways to pop the question, I thought I’d share with you how I did it because obviously I think it is hilarious and adorable.

I Mustache You A Question

I made the same cards for both the groomsmen and bridesmaids which saved me time and money since I didn’t have to get additional supplies but also meant that I had to do something that was gender neutral.

Best Man Invitebest man invite

What you need:

  1. Black Construction Paper
  2. Printer
  3. Printer paper
  4. Paper cutter (scissors will do if you have a steady hand)
  5. Glue
  6. Design cut out

Putting it Together:

  • I printed my message on white paper and glue both sides together. I would suggest doing the final cut after gluing sides together to get a perfect straight line.
  • I then measured how much construction paper I would need and cut many pieces to start (lots of trial and error here on deciding how to make the envelops.)
  • Using a heavy book I created little envelopes, glued the edges and let them dry under the weight of a book.
  • Then I used the design cut out to fancy up the envelope.
  • Finally I addressed them using a metallic marker and voilà!

9 cards, a few supplies and about 4-5 hours of hands-on work. The pictures made it all worth it!

Will you be my bridesmaid?Will you be my bridesmaid?

Let us know how you asked your wedding party!

Asking your wedding party is a milestone in your wedding planning and something you can share on your wedding website blog to keep the family updated and introduce your newly ordained wedding crew.

With this task behind you, let the planning begin.  You officially have your committee to guide and help you create the wedding of your dreams!

The Hunt for the 2014 Bridesmaid Dress

When you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid for a wedding it is quite an honour. Most want to please the bride; not ruffle feathers and wear what the bride has in mind for one of the most memorable days of her life. Let’s be honest though….as a bridesmaid you would love the dress to be if not affordable at least one that you will have the opportunity to wear again.

If you’re like me, you likely have many bridesmaid dresses hanging in your closet, most of which are satin, poofy and in colours and styles that long haven’t been considered fashionable and probably won’t be for many years to come.

Times are changing and so are brides!

While it is still very common for brides to have their vision and ask for the full support of her girls, it is becoming more and more common for the bride to provide a few parameters, such as colour, length and fabrics, and let the girls pick the dress to their liking.

The dress you want to rewear

Other than colour and the few other parameters the bride provides, landing yourself a bridesmaid dress that you will likely wear again is becoming more popular, the trick is getting the girls to decide on dresses from the same collection.

Whether a special gala, or upscale cocktail party, here are a few dresses that designers are showing for 2014 which I would love to have hanging in my closet after a close friend’s wedding.

Tulle & Chantilly

Tulle & Chantilly has this amazing chiffon strapless dress with a flattering sweetheart neckline and it comes in over 100 colour options. So whether you are looking for colours like ‘papaya whip’, ‘passion’, ‘cobalt’ or even ‘black’ you would look fabulous attending your post-wedding soiree in style.

Bridal companies have great selections in fabrics, colours and styles and once you decide whether to go long, short or mid-calf the world is your oyster.

These shorter bridesmaid dresses caught my eye from Allurebridals.com. As you can see from the picture below, any one of them would be a dress you could easily wear to another function.Allure Bridals

Vera WangIf you’re more of a contemporary chic fashionista, then you’ll probably be hoping that the bride and other bridesmaids will considered dresses like Vera Wang is showing for 2014.

With so  many necklines, colours, lengths, and fabrics there is really a colossal combination of styles you can mix and match to find the perfect dresses… be careful though, too many options could make narrowing down the perfect choice much harder.

The Hunt is half the fun

I know half the fun for me in searching for the perfect bridesmaid dress was the girl get-togethers that went with the hunt; the chats, the giggles, the excitement… Take the time to enjoy this special honour you have been given and hopefully everyone will work together to pick a dress that is suitable for all and can be worn at future occasions. Happy hunting and remember, it’s the brides big day even if that means you need to sacrifice your style and adopt hers.

Have a great day from Eventastic, your free event website themed for your wedding!

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