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4 Steps To Plan An Oktoberfest Bachelorette Party Online For Fun!

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

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Something Blue for your Wedding Day

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.

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist: Detailed, Flexible & Essential

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!

Helpful Emergency Kit Suggestions for Your Wedding Day

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!

Top Bridal Bouquet Picks for Your Wedding

Bridal bouquets come in many colours, shapes and sizes.Way back in ancient times, a bride carrying a bouquet of fragrant flowers and spices was a way of ensuring her sweet smell on her wedding day.  In some cultures, carrying a bouquet was a way of warding off evil spirits.  The tradition has carried on to present day where brides continue to carry flowers to varying degrees; not to cover up any unwanted odours like in the past, but to further adorn her look with her favourite flowers as she walks down the aisle to the love of her life. Bridal bouquets come in a very wide assortment of colours, sizes and shapes.  Choosing flowers whether a single stem or a full display is one of the joys a bride-to-be has in preparing for her wedding.

I have a number of weddings to attend this year and I am excited to see the current bridal choices for flowers and bouquets. I guess it’s the gardener and event planner in me that finds it fascinating and inspiring to see what their personal likes are and maybe get inspired for future blogs, events (centrepieces/decor) and even what to plant in my own gardens. While completely a personal choice and preference for each bride, there are certainly bouquet styles that seem to be trending with brides everywhere.

Classic-white-roses-gardenia-bridal-bouquet

White peonies with hint of pink + delicate ferns - CJ Williams Photography

Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Chicks

Mini mums in mint, roses, gardenia, babies breath and pearls

Soft blush by fionnafloral1

Georgianne Vinicombe at Monday Morning Flower

Tropical Bridal Bouquet

I am loving every one of the bouquets that seem to be catching the eyes of brides today. Whether soft romantic neutrals, tropical stunner or another favourite, the bouquet of your choice will be remembered for years to come as your personal touch harmonizing with your gown as you walked down the aisle.

Have a great day from Eventastic Weddings!

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Wedding Gowns On The Runway For Fall 2014

Are you in the market for buying a wedding gown? How exciting! We’ve been searching out what some of the trends and styles are for Fall 2014 and have found some gorgeous options for the bride-to-be being showcased by a few of the top designers. Traditional white, floor length is not necessarily a must have like in years gone by.

Would you consider choosing a soft pink gown like those being shown by Vera Wang for Fall? We love these new styles and colour choices. Check out the photos below courtesy of Vera Wang.

Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2014

Marchesa Bridal is showing some wonderful new options for Fall. Varied in style, all the wedding dresses are adorned with incredible detail. Photos courtesy of Marchesa; source Getty.

Marchesa Bridal Fall 2014

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2014. These are only a few of the lovely dresses on the runway for fall. Photos courtesy of Monique Lhuillier; source Getty.

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Fall 2014

Some of our favourite styles being shown by Carolina Herrera for Fall 2014. Photos courtesy of Carolina Herrera; source Getty.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2014

Naeem Khan Bridal Fall 2014 collection is a must see! Here again are some of our favourites from this designer. Photos courtesy of Naeem Khan.

Naeem Khan Bridal Fall 2014

Temperley Bridal Fall 2014. Photo courtesy of Temperley London; source Getty.

Temperley Bridal Fall 2014

Kenneth Pool Bridal Fall 2014. Source Getty/Fernanda Calfat.

Kenneth Pool Bridal Fall 2014

We are absolutely taken by each designer’s creativity with every new season. So exciting to view the breathtaking gowns shown on the runways and know that each one will most likely be featured in someone’s wedding; adorning the bride and adding to the vivacity, sparkle and beauty of the day.

Have a great day from Eventastic Weddings!

Long Weekend Wedding Date – For Consideration

There are many pros and many cons to having your wedding on a long weekend. Before you completely veto the idea of a long weekend wedding, you may be surprised at the benefits!

7 Reasons to Say Yes to a Long Weekend Wedding:

  1.       Just MarriedSunday Is An Option- often less expensive than a Friday or Saturday
  2.       Save Your Vacation Days – No need to travel on a Friday since you can travel Saturday & the holiday Monday
  3.       Family Time – The holiday often involves family get-together’s. With everyone already looking forward to seeing each other, this is another reason to celebrate
  4.       Anniversary’s Will Be Awesome – You will always have your anniversary on a long weekend
  5.       Fire Works – You are legally allowed to have a personal firework show
  6.       More Wedding Activities – long weekends make pre-wedding dinner & post-wedding brunch easy & convenient for guests.
  7.       It can be a lot of fun to spend the time with your loved ones, especially if you don’t see them often.
  8.       Bride & Groom Face Time – These extra wedding events also mean guests get actual face time to speak with the bride and groom and the couple can work the crowd at a more leisurely pace!

3 Reasons to Veto a Long Weekend Wedding:

  1.       Long Weekend Expenses – Hotels and flights are typically much more expensive on long weekends.
  2.       Already Planned – Guests may already planned their long weekends. This can cause a lower attendance, and can disappoint the couple.
  3.       It might take your guests longer to get there and longer to run your errands. One word: traffic.

You can always lessen the negative views of a wedding on a holiday weekend by spreading the word far in advance with save the dates cards! You could also arrange to have your wedding another time than the typical Saturday Afternoon.  This gives guests part of the weekend to call their own. Friday & Sunday are a good idea on long weekends.

We hope this gives you some food for thought before scraping several of the weekends out of the year. We also hope this opens up more opportunities to create your dream wedding – that venue, photographer or limo just might be available.

10 Themed Wedding Suggestions for the Bride and Fiancé

Halloween Inspired WeddingHave you considered a themed wedding? More and more often we are hearing that couples are considering a theme for their wedding to add more fun and interest.

There are so many options when choosing a wedding theme.  A theme doesn’t have to be something very specific, it can be based around anything. It’s really about expressing yourself in a way that reflects your creativity, likes, and personality.

Themes Ideas

  • Colour – Choosing a specific colour to be predominant/ accent colour
  • T.V./Movie Theme – A favourite/popular show
  • Rustic – Countryside venue, simple fashion
  • Goth – Black for fashion/flowers, dramatic makeup
  • Victorian/Vintage – Pearls and Lace, nostalgic jewelry
  • Heritage – German, Irish, English etc, traditional dress
  • Beach – Destination wedding or shells & starfish accents
  • Hollywood Glamour – Red carpet, sparkle, glitz, high fashion
  • Sports – Memorabilia, running shoes, themed cake,
  • Medieval – Minstrels, juggler, renaissance fashion, serve goose
  • Hero – Superheros, villans, added outfit accessories

Having a sit-down with your fiancée to discuss your thoughts, ideas and vision for your big day in terms of a theme can be fun whether the follow-through occurs or not. Talk about what you both like and enjoy. If you have strong Scottish ties you may consider kilts and bagpipes with Scottish shortbread for wedding favours.

Whatever your theme, your wedding day should reflect you as a couple. Hopefully, if considering a theme, you choose what you most love and together weave it beautifully throughout your special day shared with friends and family.

Imagine the fun you’ll have expanding your theme with your Eventastic wedding website! There is no end to how creative you can be with your cover photos and themed pre-wedding parties preparing your guests for the fun and excitement! Check out the Superheroes Theme wedding photo below by Cat Norman. To see more great themed wedding photos go to our Wedding Theme Pinterest page.

Eventastic is an online registration and ticketing platform for parties and events of any size, all over the world! Create your wedding page for free and add cool features and tools to help manage your wedding and wedding related parties. You can even add a guest funding button and give guests the option of giving monies toward your honeymoon! Get creative and have fun with this amazing platform.

Superheroes Wedding Theme

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A Valentine’s Wedding

A V-Day Proposal

Believe it or not, there are an average of 220,000 wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year and many couples love the idea of getting married on or close to Valentine’s Day!

It is classically known as the Day of Love. February 14th is the day where people show their feelings of love, affection and friendship so it’s not surprising that couples want their wedding to happen during this time with this aura surrounding their big day.

Red has long been known as the true colour for Valentine’s Day. Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love adored the red rose. The red rose represents strong romantic feelings and red is symbolic of the heart. Often couples getting married in February choose red as their main or accent colour.  Take a look at some of the red items we have found to inspire you if planning a Valentine’s Day wedding.

Bridal designers such as Vera Wang have been aware of this trend and are selling bridal gowns in various hues of red to brides wanting to wow their guests with something other than traditional white.

vera-wang-wedding-dress

Here are some other great ideas of how to add the colour red to your wedding even if only an accent colour.

Red inspiration

1. “Forever Young” nail polish by Essie, 2. “Diorific” lipstick by Dior, 3. Mother of the Bride dress by Wd.co, 4. Red Roses Bouquet, 5. “Catrina” Red satin rose clutch by Franchi, 6. “Delahanty” Pump at ‘Call it Spring’.

Wedding Planner David Tutera decorated a Valentine’s Day Wedding  in silver, red and black ending with a stunning effect for the couple and guests.

davidtuteraRed is a striking colour for a wedding and can be added to various degrees depending on the effect you are after.

To see more great Valentine’s Day Wedding ideas check out our Pinterest board.

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Tastefully Include Cash Gifting For Your Wedding

        Let’s face it, while the fertility statue from Fiji that your Mother-in-law is thinking about giving you as a wedding present would be, um, interesting, you’d really rather have the cash.
 
        Eventastic has tons of non-gift related features to make your wedding planning a snap but probably no other single feature will be as useful as the cash gifting option.
 
        As you’ll see , asking for cash gifts is easy and it will be fun & satisfying for your guests.
 

 
     With Eventastic you can choose to have cash gifting in conjunction with a wedding gift registry with items from any store anywhere or you can convert your wedding registry to cash gifts only.  When you set up your cash gift registry, if you wish you can leave a general message to set the tone and also an individual message explaining each cash gift item that you have listed.  This way people will understand each request on a personal level.  If you are having a larger wedding make sure you add a lot of ideas thus giving guests greater choices.  They’ll wish they had an option like this when they got married!
 
      Many couples getting married nowadays are already well set up with household items but they could use a hand with the cost of other things like putting in those hardwood floors or new counter tops.  You could even have guests contributing towards a down payment for your first home together, honeymoon or home renovations.  If this is a second marriage you could put money towards a larger home for your blended family or list a registered educational savings plan for your children’s future!
 
      Cash gifts are a great option for destination weddings where gifts just aren’t practical.  Your guests could contribute towards honeymoon activities like hang gliding, a day at the spa or extending the vacation.  No matter what kind of honeymoon you have planned you can cash out early and use the money for your trip.
 
      If you are feeling particularly blessed consider stating you will give a portion of the cash gifts to a charity that is dear to your heart.
 
      Remember that even if you choose to have a cash only main wedding registry, you can have other individual gift registries on your site for other wedding events like showers.
 
     The possibilities are virtually unlimited and cash given this way could not be more personal.  Your guests will be pleased to know they are giving what you really want, making it a wonderfully meaningful gift.  They will have a real sense of pride and ownership in making your life together the happiest it can be. 
 
    We hope this has been helpful.

Wedding Shower Tips

Wedding showers are some of the most exciting pre-wedding parties that entail gift giving in anticipation for the big day. Wedding showers are usually hosted by friends, family, workmates etc, bringing various groups of people together for fun, nibbles, memories, gift giving and celebrating of the wedding day to come. It is not unusual for there to be multiple showers planned within a couple months of the wedding. There are a few aspects of shower planning that brides can and should be involved in to help with its overall success.
We at Eventastic Weddings have a few tips on wedding showers for you to ponder in terms of preference and then share with your wedding party or those most likely to host.
1. What type of shower do you prefer?
In the past, wedding showers were actually bridal showers where only the bride attended with those throwing/attending the party and the groom/fiance’s job was to arrive at the end and start hauling out all the gifts to the car. Today times have changed and now it is not unusual to have couple’s showers where both attend and enjoy the festivities. It’s a good idea to let your friends and family know your thoughts and preferences whether traditional or not.
2. Do you have a particular theme you wish for?
It is always fun when showers are hosted with a particular theme in mind. Often themes are chosen taking into consideration the bride or couple’s interests and likes or trying to capture a particular mood or feeling. Themes range from “Garden Party” (guests sip on tea or martini’s in a beautiful garden setting) to “Spa Party” (guests enjoy time together having facials or mani/pedi) to “Candy Party” (where every kind of candy is displayed in interesting ways for all to sample) to “Glamour Party” (where each guest is given a colourful boa as they walk the red carpet). If you have a particular theme wish now is the time to share it.
3. What are your thoughts on venue?
Your shower may take place in a beautiful garden either public or private, or be planned in someone’s home or even at the office. It may occur at the retirement home making it easy for grandma to attend or at a hall depending on numbers being invited. If you know of relatives and friends that would want to attend one of your showers but have special requirements because of disability or otherwise now is the time to let those most likely to plan know.
4. Do you have food preferences?
Food for showers sometimes will involve a meal but most often it is an afternoon of great nibbles, both sweet and otherwise. If you totally dislike or have developed allergies/sensitivities for certain foods now is the time to make that known. Shower hosts might ask various people to contribute to a potluck style of gathering or even arrange to have it catered and the last thing you need is hives or upset stomach at the end of the day.
5. What are your thoughts on games?
Shower planners often arrange to have party games played at the shower to keep the mood happy and lively as well as assist everyone in mingling and mixing. There are endless options to be played. Have you heard of the toilet paper bridal gown and veil game? Guests are divided in groups and asked to pick one person from their group to don the wedding ensemble made out of toilet paper. If there is a shower you’ve attended in the past and loved playing a game or found it effective then this is the time to share ..or…if you dislike all games at showers you might want to mention this.
6. Have you started your shower registry?
At this point you have had some time to peruse your free wedding website and no doubt are thrilled with having your universal gift registry option. Any item from anywhere can be added to your wedding registry from surfing the net on your computer AND by using Eventastic Weddings APP downloadable through any APP store for any smartphone. We suggest that you make not only your “Wedding Registry” of items for your guests to see but ALSO one or multiple “Shower Registry” lists. Shower registry items would typically be items that are lower priced or group buy options.

It’s important that your shower planners get your thoughts on these aspects to help in its success. Remember that your shower could be added to your events page to made invites easier and could even have a ticketing option to help pay for some of the costs. (Your planners will love that!)
Have fun uploading all your shower pictures to a “shower album” on your wedding website for everyone to enjoy!

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Too many toasters? How to register for gifts that you REALLY want.

How we took a tradition, and introduced it to technology.

Once upon a time, big box gift registries were great for young couples who were leaving their parents’ home for the first time where they needed toasters, bedding, towels along with every other house essentials. With restricted products at these big box stores, like Sears, The Bay or more upscale Holt Renfrew offered everything newly engaged couples desired. But now, with couples marrying later and often living together beforehand, their need for home essentials has diminished.

Many couples dread picking out items for the gift registry. Couples already spent years accumulating housewares and appliances. Nor do they want to register for a cup-and-saucer or a china set.  Approximately 70% of engaged couples have been living together for a few years before getting married.

Cute_Puppy_DogThere must be a solution for a couples wanting a gift registry! Well there is! Eventastic Weddings, has a universal gift registry, where couples can register for any item, from any store, ANYWHERE! Yes now you can register for a snow blower, a stereo system, a ladder, items from Harley Davidson, even a puppy! . Anything! Yes it’s that easy.

One of the popular features of Eventastic Weddings website is the cash gifting registry, where guests can contribute to big ticket items and goals that couples are working towards to. Whether that’s a $20,000 custom-designed kitchen renovation or $4,000 dream honeymoon vacation, guests can contribute to those items right on their wedding website. Using a smartphone or a tool bar button (like Pinterest) you can simply snap a picture or scan a product barcode and the item will go directly to your online gift registry on your own personal wedding website. You can either download a mobile app and scan items when you are out and about, or sit in the comfort of your home and add to your registry.

Even if your wedding is a year away, its never to early to start registering for your wedding.

Oh and did I mention the best part! Its FREE to sign up!

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com 

 

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Small planning tips translate into big rewards for couples

1) End writer’s cramp!  After all your pre-wedding parties and your wedding, it is proper etiquette to send your guests thank you cards. This means more running around to buy all the cards, purchase postage, and then you have to personally write the notes; necessary but so tedious and costly!  We have an answer to this dilemma. Eventastic Weddings offers a ‘video thank-you’ service that is easy, fun, just as personal and will save you a ton of time and money. Your thank you card process will be transformed into a simple, unique, interactive experience. You and your fiancé can record a special thank you video for your guests. You can even record your video in multiple languages. How cool is that?

thank you cards

What’s great about this is that Eventastic Weddings also has a universal gift and cash gifting registry. If you start using our platform from the beginning, all your gifts are organized in one location making it easy to send personalized thank you videos thanking them for specific wedding gifts they gave you.  Just imagine you and your spouse on camera saying “Thanks Aunt Jane for the Kitchen Aid mixer, we love it and really it was great seeing you at the wedding.”  Simply record and send.  It’s the new, modern,and far more personal way to say thank you.

2) Set aside time: Choose a day of the week to focus on wedding details, or if pressed for time, blitz it with several days in a row.  Make sure you and your finance sit down together to plan. This will eliminate confusion and crossed wires (he’s thinking he’s supposed to call and check on hall rentals when the bride already has it narrowed down).

3) Keep things neat and tidy. You are probably going to end up stashing brochures, notes and pamphlets galore in your binder, so every month or so, clean up shop. Recycle any papers that you’re not going to need to reference again, and keep that practice up so you’re not having to sort through useless information every time you’re looking for something.

We hope our tips are informative and helpful for you and your fiancé during this amazing journey.

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Memories Of Your Wedding

 

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It’s a shame, but many brides have foggy memories of their wedding day. It shouldn’t be a big surprise, however, with all the stimulation, and people, and excitement of the day, it’s hard for a bride to slow down long enough to process and store any memories.

If you make yourself step away for just a moment or two, you’ll give your mind the opportunity to imprint at least a few special memories of your wedding day, and in time, these memories will be more valuable to you than any photograph or video. It’s actually worth asking a trusted friend to remind you to do this several times during your wedding day.

Another great way to remember the details of your wedding day is through Eventastic Weddings photo sharing feature. Ask your guests to take candid snapshots of the wedding and reception with their smart phones. They can upload the pictures through live stream through your own custom wedding website to be projected on a screen during your wedding. Remember a few years ago when wedding receptions put disposable cameras on the tables at the reception for and guests to take candid snapshots?  Same idea!  We’re just taking tradition and adding in modern technology. And if you are planning a destination wedding, folks who are unable to attend in person can then watch from anywhere in the world as your wedding unfolds.

Just a reminder, make sure to ask your venue for a projector and screen to watch the fun.

Encourage your guests to have fun with this application!  Worried about inappropriate pictures being seen?  Don’t!  We have taken care of that detail as well. You can turn on a filter on the photo live stream during the reception to prevent any inappropriate shots being released. You can have your best man, maid of honor or family friend, or someone you trust in charge of this responsibility.

See all of the candid snapshots that you would not have seen in the first place!

Sign up for FREE today at www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

A man’s view of planning a wedding

 Your fiancé will be more than happy to help with this great trick. 

The joy of planning a wedding is something that a girl dreams about as soon as they are big enough to make toilet paper veils.  But I’d challenge any guy to raise their hand and admit they’ve been dreaming about their wedding day!  I’m pretty sure a groom does not spend his days dreaming about the color of his tuxedo, or whether he’ll wear a tie or bow tie.

Even when guys do finally take the plunge, offering up a ring to the one they love, they are rarely the one stressing about wedding details.  Menu selection, venue, color schemes, decorations, music, a cake designer, a wedding planner, showers, or any of the other details that go into planning that “dream wedding – that’s firmly in the hands of the bride to be.

This planning burden, coupled with “whatever you want dear” responses from the groom can add to a bride’s stress level.  Many brides get annoyed and frustrated trying to get their fiancé involved in the wedding plans, without feeling like they are pulling teeth.

But stress no more. We have come up with a great solution that will help you get your future husband involved with the wedding; Eventastic Weddings universal gift registry.

Typically when you go to register for wedding gifts you are stuck at those typical big box retailers such as The Bay and Home outfitters for the typical wedding gifts like kitchen appliances and bedding. Most grooms would rather have their back teeth removed than head off on a gift shopping excursion and meeting with a bridal registry consultant.

Add any item from anywhere to your Eventastic Weddings gift registryThe Eventastic Weddings universal gift registry is something completely different. It allows you and your groom to register for any item, from any store anywhere, by using your smart phone to swipe a product’s bar code.  If shopping on line, you can use our handy tool bar button to add items to your registry list from various web sites.  This allows you to add virtually any gift you can imagine to your registry.

So if your guy wants to add a new flat screen TV, accessories for his Harley, or a new snowblower, he can; simply with a click from his smartphone.

Another great feature that your future husband will love is Eventastic Weddings cash gift registry. They can allocate a dollar amount to specific goals and items that they are saving for, e.g new golf clubs, fishing trip, theatre room renovations,  anything they truly want and collect the funds directly from your wedding website!

We’re pretty sure we’ve come up with a sure fire way to finally get your future husband involved at last. What do you think?

It’s free to sign up! Go to www.eventasticweddings.com and begin registering your gifts today.

Have you set your wedding budget?

wedding-budget-6You’ve had 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. “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 Weddings can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Cash Gifting section you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home or honeymoon 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!

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

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The Best Gifts are Cash Gifts

Back in the day, marriage meant setting up the new household, and it was expected that  guests would bring gifts during the wedding and bridal showers that would fill up the  newlywed’s home with kitchen ware, bedding and other household items.

Times have changed and so has the needs and requirements of the modern/new age couple. These days the average age of marriage has risen and some are already living together therefore, their household is all set up. Gifts are the last thing they want for their wedding. Who wants to add on to the clutter in the home? The requirement of traditional gifts has been replaced by the need for cash.

Additionally, the gift of money can also be used by the couple for a variety of other purposes. They may use it for putting a down payment, on a house renovations on their house, retirement savings plan or even for a dream honeymoon vacation. In any case, these options are way better than being gifted the second or maybe even the third blender or toaster.

Couples are constantly looking for ways of asking for cash gifts. This is because asking for cash gifts is still considered to be tacky by many guests. Couples who really want cash gifts are apprehensive to ask fearing they will offend some guests.

EventasticWeddings.comIn reality, guests are always happy to give towards what the couple really needs, be it cash. As part of the etiquette, it is essential for the couple to plan and then inform the guests how they plan to spend their cash gifts. Though they will never ask you, guests always like to know how their money will likely be used by the couple, and often will give more when they know what their gift will be contributing towards to.
We have the solution for you! Eventastic Weddings has a cash gifting registry where couples can collect cash gifts right on their wedding website from anywhere in the world. Couples can allocate a dollar amount to specific goals and items that they are saving for, e.g down payment on a house, spa day during the honeymoon, kitchen renovation.

You can easily have an all cash gift wedding by easily converting your wedding registry to an “All Cash” Registry. But don’t worry, you can still add items to your bridal shower registries such as a stand mixer or blender. Your guests can pay with any credit card making it much easier for them and safer for you!  Say goodbye to envelopes going missing at your wedding reception or that awkward desire to receive cash as a gift! Our cash gifting feature is one of the best ways of getting the gifts that you want. We make asking for cash gifts easy and acceptable to everyone. The popularity of cash gifting is increasing by the day

Eventastic Weddings is also a FREE wedding website and universal gift registry where you can register for any item, from any store and it also has many time and money saving features that will help couples plan their wedding. Features such as video save the date/invitations, Thank you videos and event ticketing for your pre-weddings parties (Stag’N’Doe)

Thanks and Happy Wedding Planning!

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Three Eco-Friendly Wedding Suggestions

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1) Go Paperless! We have a 100% green solution for all your wedding invitations and thank-you cards: video save the date/invitations and video thank-you’s! It easy, fun and will save you a ton of time and money. Your invitation process will be transformed into a simple unique interactive experience. You and your fiancé can record a special video invitation for your guests, then track their acceptance and number of attendees in real-time. You can even record your video in multiple languages. Oh, and the best part, its 100% environmentally friendly.

Same concept with the video thank-you’s. What’s great about this is that Eventastic Weddings also has a universal gift and cash gifting registry. All your gifts are organized in one location making it easy to send a personalized video message to thank  them for specific wedding gifts they gave you. You’ll be organized for quick and easy thank-you’s, i.e  “Thanks Uncle Bob for the blender and great seeing you at the wedding” This new technology is amazing, personal and eco-friendly.

2) Food- Go Local: Consider feeding your guests organic foods from local farms. Many caterers will be willing to substitute organic, locally grown foods for conventional varieties. If you have the time, you can contact local farms yourself. Often they will give you a discounted price when you purchase food directly from them. Also, if your venue doesn’t compost, many farms will gladly accept leftover food for their gardens. Consider asking about locally grown flowers too.

3) Go Green With Transportation: Why take separate vehicles and burn all those fossil fuels when you can double, even or triple-up in something like a stretch limo? Or better yet, rent lots of hybrid cars instead of getting that environmentally un-friendly Hummer your hubby has been longing for. Or have a fairy tail wedding and have a horse and carriage!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Your Own Personal FREE Wedding Website

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Planning a wedding is both a joyful and daunting experience. There are so many aspects that go into planning the perfect day that it can get hectic. Let us help you.  Couples are always searching for tips and tricks on how to make their wedding planning process a breeze.

Eventastic Weddings is a FREE wedding website and universal gift registry where you can register for any item, at any store, anywhere!  It also has many amazing time and money saving features that will make your wedding planning journey so much easier for you and your fiancé! Features such as:

  • Gift registry- you are able to make multiple registries which might not only include your wedding registry but also custom registries for showers that you know people will be arranging for you and hosting on your site. You might have multiple family showers, work shower, friends shower,,,etc..(even themed gifting for specific themed showers like gifts for the kitchen, add to bar theme, etc..)
  • Cash gifting – say goodbye to envelopes going missing at your wedding reception or that awkward desire to receive cash as a gift!  Collect cash gifts right on your wedding website from anywhere in the world. Your guests can pay with any Credit card making it much easier for them and safer for you!  You can also “cash out” at any time to utilize these gifts for your honeymoon or other wedding costs before your wedding.
  • New video save the date and invitations – your invitation process will transform into a simple unique interactive experience. You and your fiancé can record a special video invitation for your guests, then track their acceptance, food choices and number of attendees in real-time. You can even record your video  in multiple  languages. Love it!
  • Event ticketing– sell tickets for wedding related events (Stag ‘N’ Doe, or bachelor bachelorettes parties) online in advance directly from your wedding website. Admission tickets beer, wine tickets, raffle tickets – you can even make an event where you sell a dance with the bride or groom to help raise money for your big day its all up to you.
  • Event planning – organize events such as bridal showers, Stag ‘N Doe parties and any pre-wedding parties you and your bridal party may be planning with all relevant information attached to the event like name, location, directions, map, etc.. Its all in one easy to find location for all your guests on your website!
  • Photo sharing – your guests can upload and share candid snaps on your big day and live stream them at your venue, just ask your venue for a projector and screen and watch the fun.  If you are planning a destination wedding non-guests can watch as your wedding unfolds from anywhere in the world.
  • Video thank-you – because this is a consolidated gift registry all your gifts are organized in one location making it easy to send a personalized video message to thank  them for specific wedding gifts they gave you. You’ll be organized for quick and easy thank you’s.  Ie.”Thanks Uncle Bob for the blender and great seeing you at the wedding” This face to face method is amazing.  It does not get more personal then that

We bundled up all these amazing features in your own custom wedding website. You now have a centralized location for all your wedding details that will make it easy for you and your guests.

Visit us at our website www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

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That’s the ticket to easy event planning!

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Relax and Enjoy: You might think that there is no time for relaxation with all the planning and work that goes into making sure your special day is indeed special. But pre-wedding parities and showers are a perfect time for you to sit back and savour the moment of just being with your friends and family. After all, they are coming together to wish you the best in your life for you and your fiancé.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Ideas: Here are some fun and exciting Bachelor and Bachelorette party ideas for your last night out before you get married!  A spa weekend, wine tour, ski or snowboarding trip, visit a psychic together, bungee jumping, going to a night club and of course the typical Vegas trip!

Planning Pre-Wedding Parties: One of the great things about getting married are all the pre wedding parties your wedding party, friends and family will throw for you to help raise money to put toward your life together. Popular events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, Stag N Does and bachelor and bachelorette parties are just some of the fun events you will get to experience. Eventastic Weddings has this amazing function that allows the “party planners” to plan an event without the hassle.

Save time and money by selling more tickets for your Stag N Doe or any pre wedding party directly on your own wedding website with our easy to use ticketing function. Your guests will have the convenience of purchasing their admission, drink and game tickets right online.

Get exactly the gifts you want from every pre wedding event with the multiple gift registry option which allows you to make gift wish lists including items with lower price points for different events. (e.g work bridal shower, family bridal shower etc..)

You will have a centralized location for all your event details, such as date, time, gift registry and ticket sales. Video invitations, RSVP’s and thank you’s will also certainly be helpful options in your wedding preparation and followthrough.Your friends, family and guests will appreciate the ease of going on your wedding website where all your wedding details may be viewed.

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

We hope our tips are informative and helpful for you and your fiancé during this amazing journey.

 

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