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Is It Ok To Ask For Money On Your Wedding Registry?

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!

You’re Engaged! Let The Planning Begin!

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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Encore Wedding, Registry or No Registry?

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.

Out of the Ordinary Honeymoon Ideas

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

Paperless Video Invitations Benefit More than Just the Environment

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!

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!

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Event Privacy Appreciated by Celebrities

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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.

 

10 Amazing Features On Your Own Wedding Website

If you haven’t already, now is a good time to begin using Eventastic! It’s fun, helpful and it’s free to sign up! You will have a gorgeous professional looking personalized wedding themed website with amazing technology and multiple features in only a few minutes.

With Eventastic, you have the following features right at your fingertips! Just fill in the template with our easy to follow menu of instructions using the features you choose for your site.  You and your guests will have all your wedding details available in one convenient place.

  1. Cover Photos – Your wedding website allows you to create an amazing cover page with photos of your choice to share with friends, family and guests.
  2. Details – You fill in the specific details of your wedding indicating date, time, venue, reception etc.
  3. Save the Date – Eventastic Weddings offers you a digital invitation option for your ‘Save the Date’, ‘Wedding’ AND all other wedding events, like showers, Stag ‘N Doe’s, bachelorette and bachelor parties, etc.  Guaranteed there is no one that will have the same invite as you with this cool personalized feature!
  4. Universal Gift Registry – What better wedding registry than to be able to add ANY item from ANYWHERE to your gift registry!
  5. Monetary Gift SuggestionsMonetary Gifts – Tactfully ask for cash gifts for your wedding by giving guests the option to contribute on your wedding website to items you are saving for. (i.e. honeymoon, home reno, savings plan etc.) Avoid the worry of envelopes going missing at the reception!
  6. Event Planning – Organize your events like bridal showers, Stag’N Doe and and pre-wedding parties right on your wedding website under ‘Connected Events’, giving guests party details like theme, time, location and RSVP.
  7. Event Ticketing – You may utilize our optional eCommerce feature! Sell tickets to your pre-wedding parties/events right on your wedding website making ticket sales/purchase so much easier! Avoid the costs of printing up tickets and the energy/time of distributing them. (i.e. entry tickets, beverage tickets, etc..)
  8. Photo Sharing – Share your photos with friends, family and guests and have them sorted in specific albums you’ve made. (i.e.. childhood, fun shots, engagement, pre-wedding events etc.) Guests can also upload and share candid snaps on your wedding day. If you choose, you could have them play in a slideshow on the day of by utilizing the photo sharing option.
  9. Video Thank-You’s – A personalized video message from you and your partner to thank guests after an event thus saving you time and money.
  10. Silent Auction Option – You’ll have the opportunity to utilize the silent auction feature on the website if wanting to raise money at a pre-wedding party.

Simply sign in with your email, click “Create an Event” (i.e. Jane and John’s Wedding), and begin following the menu of features you choose to utilize at that time; filling in the templates as you so wish. When you complete your wedding site, you choose whether to have it made public or remain private. If you choose ‘private’ your wedding page will not be viewable on the Eventastic website search. When you are ready to share your wedding website with friends and family simply copy the URL to your page and share via email, Facebook etc…

Update and add information to your wedding website whenever and as often as needed. Have fun making your personal wedding website. We know you’ll enjoy the cost saving features we’ve added to make your wedding planning easier.

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!

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.

How to Create a Universal Gift Registry for your Wedding

There is this tradition that when a couple in love decides to get married, those attending the wedding to witness the joyous occasion, want to express their happiness for the couple by gifting them something. Somewhere back in time, someone (and I’m sure if they were living would want me to state their name; but I can’t… so I won’t) came up with the idea of the couple having a list of gift ideas to be shared with the wedding guests so the gifts they received would be what they needed and wanted. This ‘list‘ was called a ‘Wedding Registry‘.

The ‘Universal Gift Registry’

Over time the Wedding Registry concept was adopted by large department stores where couples could go to the store and make a list of items from that particular store which they would like to receive for their wedding.  Guests then were told about the store Registry and they could go and choose an item to buy off the list ensuring the couple would be happy with their wedding present. While seemingly flawless, this method did have its downfalls as brides and grooms wanted to have a large enough list for guests to browse but often didn’t want to add all their gift choices from one store and subsequently were adding random items just to fill the list. Many times they were gift options that the couple really didn’t want or need. Sometimes couples would make registries at various stores but that too became time consuming for both the couple and their guests.

Enter the ‘Universal Gift Registry‘! A ‘Universal Gift Registry’ allows the couple to make one list of gift wish items. ANY item, from ANY store, ANYWHERE to be shared with their wedding guests! There are no restrictions. Eventastic.com has developed a Universal Gift Registry on their Free Wedding Themed Website that they offer all couples getting married. Couples are able to add any gift ideas to the gift registry section of the event:

  1. Simply create a free account with Eventastic.com
  2. Click to create an event, name your party/event (i.e. Work Wedding Shower), choose a theme (which provides you suggested default cover photos for your invite)
  3. By clicking and adding features in the side menu you create your event and add a gift registry to that event.  They may then
  4. Add any items seen by filling in the item details in the template provided.

So whether at home surfing the net and seeing something you would like as a gift, or out and about, you can easily add as many gifts as you’d like to your wedding gift registry; ensuring they are all gifts that are truly wanted and/or needed.

Eventastic also gives couples the option of having multiple gift registries on their wedding website. Varying gift ideas of varying cost points for wedding showers and other pre-wedding events may be added to different pre-wedding events created on their Eventastic account.

Guests are invited by the couple to go on their wedding website link, view the actual wedding event page with gift registry as well as connected pre-wedding party event pages with gift registries listed and choose an item they wish to purchase.

Eventastic.com recognizes that couples find monetary gifts very helpful and have provided them the option of having a Cash Gifting/Guest Gifting section to their wedding website. The bride and groom are able to tactfully ask for money contributions towards any items they are saving towards whether they be honeymoon, vacations, RRSP’s, home reno’s, child education funds, charity donations etc…

We are very pleased to be able to offer engaged couples the newest technology for weddings and serve their wedding registry needs.

Gift Registry wishes - EventasticWeddings.com

Save-The-Date Etiquette: What, Why, When, Who & How

What Is a Save The Date Card?

Save the date cards are pre-invitations that are used to officially announce your wedding date and important details.

Why Send A Save-The-Date?

Not all couples should send a save the date. Only those who have guests travelling which would entail additional costs to the guest, or the date is during a competitive holiday/vacation time. Save the dates are becoming more common as we see the long weekend wedding and destination wedding take of in popularity. If the majority of your guests will be travelling which may include booking cars, hotels, flights etc., a save the date card is not only polite but increases the chances of them being able to make the necessary arrangements to attend your wedding.

When Do You Send A Save-The-Date?

While there are no hard and fast rules, sending the notification anywhere from 9-7 months prior to the wedding will do. Your guests who will be travelling far will appreciate more notice so they have plenty of time to book their travel accommodations, save money, get days off work or even arrange for child care. Sending save the dates after 6 months may as well be a wedding invitation.

Who Gets A Save-The-Date?

Only send a save the date to the ‘for sures’ on your guest list. Once it’s in the mail there is no taking it back. Be clear about who is being invited, which we know can be tricky so far in advance. Include actual names on the envelope rather than ‘Smith Family’ to be clear whether or not kids are invited as it may impact their arrangements. If you’re not sure, hold on to it…they don’t all need to go out at once.

What To Include On Your Save-The-Date?

You may want to include travel information if you are having a destination wedding. Including a link to your wedding website is a great way for people to keep up to date on wedding plans. Typically Save The Date cards do not contain more information than a wedding date, your names, and location….but whose doing typical anymore?

Couple working on Eventastic Weddings website

We’ve seen couples get creative with refrigerator magnets, luggage tags with the wedding date and even photo booth postcards.

Wedding Websites are simplifying the communication and planning of weddings. Eventastic offers free wedding themed websites. Get started with yours today!

Don’t Be Shy With Your Gift Registry!

I recently was invited to a wedding and to my dismay the couple had added not more than 20 items to their gift registry. There were 200 people invited to attend the wedding. You do the math…. there was very little choice for guests to consider and not knowing the couple very well made it even more difficult to shop for something special.

You’re guests will appreciate options!

Whether the couple is wanting wedding gifts or not,  wedding guests will always want to buy the bride and groom a gift to express their happiness with the couple’s decision to marry.  Most times it is difficult for the guests to really know the couple’s likes, needs and wishes. Guests will always appreciate the opportunity to browse a suggested wedding gift list (wedding registry) to make their choice in gift buying easier and know they are buying something that will truly be appreciated.

The average wedding guest list has between 200 and 250 people. Considering the ‘couple factor’ there needs to be at least 125 gifts listed in a wedding registry for this size of attendance in order to be helpful to your guests (and you receiving the gifts). Typically, a wedding guest will spend between $75 – $125 while family members often spend around $150 for a wedding present. Having gift ideas in these price ranges is imperative.  Lower priced items are also a good idea as they give guests the options of doing a combo of presents.  You can also include even higher priced items thus giving guests options of going together with other couples on a gift.

My philosophy is that you can never have too many gift choices on your wedding registry but you can certainly have too few!

Gift categories to inspire you

EventasticWeddings.com has a Universal Gift Registry!I hear brides say all too often at the multitude of wedding shows I’ve attended, “I don’t know what to put on my registry” or “I’m not doing a registry because this is my second marriage and I already have my cutlery and towels”.  You have a ‘Universal Gift Registry” on your Eventastic website. Don’t be shy! Go crazy with your gift registry so guests aren’t at a loss for what to give. While Eventastic wedding themed website gives couples the added features on their wedding website to tactfully request cash for their wedding and donations to charities, you may want to consider these 10 gift categories when adding actual gifts to your registry.

  1. Kitchen – appliances, cappuccino maker, indoor grill etc.
  2. Home – furniture, lighting, decor, cleaning, reno supplies etc.
  3. Garage – organizers, tool chests, power tools, bicycles etc.
  4. Yard – lawnmower, leafblower, trees & shrubbery etc.
  5. Electronics – T.V.’s, projectors, cameras, GPS, stereo etc.
  6. Deck – barbecue, furniture, accessories, pots etc.
  7. Fitness – weights, elliptical, exercise bike, Fitbits etc.
  8. Travel – luggage, clothing steamers etc.
  9. Fun/Hobby – motorcycle accessories, golf gifts, camping supplies etc.
  10. Specialty Items – cigars, liquors, wines etc.

If you are the type of person who prefers shopping and trying out a product before purchasing then the cash gifting option on your wedding website is perfect for some items. On your wedding website on Eventastic Weddings, simply type in the amount you are wishing to receive along with a picture of the gift (like vacation, home reno, fence) and guests can then contribute monies toward that item right on your wedding website thus still giving the guests options for gifting.

Eventastic has made it easy for couples making their wedding themed event page to use the gift registry feature and make lists of gift ideas they would truly appreciate whether it be an actual gift item or monies to put toward something in particular they are wishing for. Guests appreciate being given lots of gift options. It’s a win win for everyone. Check out more of our ideas for your wedding registry on our Pinterest Board entitled ‘Wedding Registry Ideas‘.

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.

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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!

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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!

Paperless Weddings – Fun & Easy Video Technology

Tech Is In – Paper Is Out!

Times are changing. Not that long ago couples spent a lot of time choosing the perfect invite for their wedding, paying to have it specially printed with a rice paper insert, carefully writing the addresses out, mailing it to all their guests and then waiting for the RSVP’s to be returned saying whether the guests wanted chicken or fish.  It was what was available and what everyone did.

Today however, more and more couples are concerned about the environment and how much paper is being wasted not only in sending the invites/RSVP’s to hundreds of guests, but also the mega thank you’s that are sent after the wedding not to mention the rising cost of postage prices.

I have participated in many, many wedding shows over the last couple years across Canada and the United States and one of the most frequently asked questions was “Does your wedding website offer video invites?”.  I found most couples to be very conscious of wanting to help save the environment as well as wanting to be able to save money where money could be saved.

Wedding Website Video Technology

Fortunately, I was able to inform the couples of our free wedding themed website with innovative video technology giving them the option to create:

  1. Custom video invitations to their wedding
  2. The ability to send invites in any language they choose
  3. Personal video invites for all pre-wedding events like Bridal Showers, Bachelor(ette) Parties and Stag & Doe’s
  4. Personal video Thank You’s following the wedding

Couple making their video wedding invitesCouples have been very excited about the opportunity to be creative with their personal custom videos as they can:

  1. Consider a themed background when doing the video
  2. Play music
  3. Create personal heartfelt invitations for each guests or group of guests
  4. Show their commitment to producing less waste
  5. Save time in stuffing envelopes, placing postage, writing thank you’s
  6. Cut many costs associated with paper invites/thank you’s

These are Exciting Times !

We at Eventastic.com are very pleased to be able to be in the wedding marketplace where we can offer couples useful and innovative tools to help with their wedding planning. Maybe it’s time you consider using video technology for your invites and or thank you’s. You’ll have fun, save time and money as well as bring your wedding messages to life in a more personal way for all your guests.

How to Navigate a Bridal Show

My Wedding Show ChecklistBeing engaged is a wonderful feeling. We at Eventastic know there is inspiration everywhere and friends and family are making themselves available to support you at every turn.  Attending a Bridal Show is often on the top of a newly engaged woman’s to-do list.  These shows can be insane for a bride to be.

You will likely have friends and family with you who are pointing out things that you may like but how do you decide who to spend your time with while there?  It can be really easy for a girl to lose track of what she wanted to achieve. My advice to those attending a bridal show is this:

Decide who you must chat with


Download our list
of the possible vendor types that will be at the show. Then decide who you will need for your big day and start marking them on your ‘must chat with’ list.
I would recommend couples take a moment to talk with everyone at the show… even if only for a moment to:

  • see what they have to offer
  • to get more ideas via through photos, cake decor, etc
  • to learn what is available

You may also find that you are unsure of all your needs. It is still valuable to get some information in case the need pops up, for example, if you haven’t selected your venue you won’t know if you need to bring in rentals.

Time it out

You probably don’t want to be wandering through the wedding show for 6 hours. There is almost always a fashion show which is a great way to veto out styles and point out to your girls what you like for dresses.

Keep in mind regular meal time. Everyone will enjoy themselves much more if their stomach isn’t growling. Plan a snack or meal before or after the show. This also gives you time to discuss details and point out things you love or disliked.

Don’t forget to give yourself a fair amount of time to have conversations. You may find yourself trying cakes, flipping through photo albums or looking at travel books.

Get Solid information

Prepare questions for those on your must chat with list! Bring them on a clip board and ask one of your girls to take notes. After talking to 50 people it can be hard to remember who said what exactly, notes will take the pressure off trying to remember the small details of each vendor. Some questions to consider for example are:

  • How far in advance do you need to be booked?
  • What is the cost?
  • What installments do I pay in?
  • What method of payment do they accept?
  • Are there travel expenses?
  • How many meetings do you expect to have?
  • How long does it take to do hair/make-up?
  • Do you have preferred vendors that you work with?
  • Is there a discount if you book early?

Don’t forget to download your Wedding Show Guide!

Just Engaged, Now What?

First off, Congratulations! What a precious time for you and your partner.

Over the next few weeks as you work through the excitement and focus on the things you want and what your wedding vision looks like. We recommend you

  • Relax
  • Don’t rush into decisions
  • Don’t feel you have to tell everyone the details

Where to start?

First of all, consider what size of wedding you want to have: Big, small, medium, lots of friends, full extended family, etc. Assess your options before you make any decisions and then go through a process of elimination.

Consider the type of wedding you would like to have:

  • Traditional
  • Destination
  • Adventure
  • Non-traditional
  • Weekend Event

Next consider the season you would like to get married in; the type of wedding you want may impact which you choose. Note that ‘off season’ weddings are often less costly than a peak season wedding.

A Narrowed Vision

You have now narrowed down a vision of what you want your wedding day to look like, without necessarily making any decisions. This gives you the starting point to then consider the next tier of planning such as location, venue, guest list and date. This also gives you enough to talk about with your friends and family over the holidays, especially if you want to ask for their view point when eliminating some of the options to come to your decision. Read more about sharing your engagement spotlight with the holidays.

A Wedding Website

To keep the questions at bay and to keep everyone involved and up to date, consider a wedding website.  It’s free to set-up and use with features such as event details, multiple events handling for stag and does and bridal showers, and live photo sharing and streaming during the event.

Eventastic Weddings takes it a step further and provides you a blog so you can communicate small milestones along the way e.g. found the dress, picked the colours, found the venue, etc.

On top of those features, Eventastic knows how to do events! Each event has the option to add ticketing and gifting, either from a registry or for cash to contribute to larger item e.g. appliances or honeymoon. The registry, event functionality, blog, and photo sharing are all fully integrated into Eventastic Weddings and are included when you create a free wedding website.

Explore all the features of Eventastic Weddings.

Balancing an Engagement with the Holiday Season

A holiday engagement can be a season game changer

Engaged at ChristmasHoliday engagements are very popular can be incredibly romantic.  The holiday season is a time to connect with your family, build those relationships and be thankful for what you have. With a new engagement in the family, the focus on the holidays sometimes lessens and discussions about dates, venues and dresses may start happening.

Even though you may be dying to talk details about your wedding now and finalize some plans, you may want to consider holding off on some matters than share your spotlight with the holidays. Some wedding discussions and decision making can actually be stressful for some and with the holidays sometimes already touching nerves it may be wise to hold off on some topics till after the holiday season.  How do you do this when you are bubbling with excitement?

Hold the Decision Making!

One way is to wait until after the holidays to decide on anything or announce any details. Once you get discussing it, one thing leads to another and you can easily find yourself talking about your bridesmaid dresses or ‘date A’ vs. ‘date B’. Holding off on sharing wedding thoughts and wishes is easy enough if you’ve not made any major decisions and conversations can be curtailed if you simply let the inquirers know that you and your new fiancée haven’t had a chance to discuss details or that you plan on brainstorming after the holidays!

Start with Happy Holidays!

Once the question has been popped you are likely dying to call everyone you know. Before you pick up the phone consider that if they are not immediate family they are likely with their families enjoying the season and you might want to keep conversation short and sweet. If they are family – call away, but keep in mind that season’s greetings should come first! When you call or see relatives rather than saying “Hi Aunt Kathy, Guess what! We’re engaged!” lead with a holiday focus! Happy Holidays! How are you? This way you get in the conversation to catch-up on life rather than zoning in on wedding talk.

Don’t ask your wedding party just yet!

Excitement is infectious! Asking your wedding party right away, especially if they are family, will only heighten the wedding talk at family socials. You may want to hold off and ask them after the holiday season. This will also make it more enjoyable for you because it’s perfectly appropriate to turn everyone’s full attention to wedding in the following months.

As hard as it can be to hold in some of your excitement and make the holidays the priority, you’ll be glad you did!.

Have a great day from Eventastic!

5 Wedding Registry Tips for the Groom ensuring all bases are covered!

So often it’s the bride that takes over many of the wedding detail decisions.  Sometimes it’s because she wants to have it her way and sometimes it’s because the fiancé is just not that interested in colour options, cutlery and flower choices.

Well, if there is one thing the groom needs to be involved with it is the wedding registry!  We do wedding trade shows all over the world and we hear over and over again from brides and grooms that there is nothing better than when both get involved with the wedding registry choices because both often come from a different mindset as to what the couple will need to begin their lives together.

The bride will often have endless ideas of what the couple will need for inside the home, like kitchen gadgets, glassware & small appliances, bedding, vacuum cleaner and even bigger appliances.  The groom often will think of needs for the couple that will be generally for outdoor use which are handy, useful and cool to have.

We’ve come up with 5 Wedding Registry Category Tip Ideas for Grooms to make sure your Wedding Registry bases are covered.

  1. Yard Supplies – You’ll most likely benefit from having a trusty state of the art leaf blower & lawnmower as well as any gardening tools like shovel, rake, wheelbarrow and edger to name a few.
  2. BBQ Supplies – Check out what the latest gadgets are for your BBQ like a light that fits your handle, grill scrapers, BBQ utensils and even an actual BBQ if you’re in need or a tailgater version for weekend camping dates.
  3. Tools – Even if you’re both not the handiest with a hammer, there are certain home tools you should always have on hand. A brand new tool kit covering all the basics is always handy and make sure to add any drills, sanders and even workbench to your registry list.
  4. Vehicle Needs – Anything car or truck related that you just don’t have the money to put in to right now but you sure would benefit from having – new wiper blades, trailer hitch, floor mats, box liner, charger, stereo etc…
  5. Home Renovation Needs – Maybe you can see that updating a few things in the home is beyond a want but has become a need…or maybe it would make it more comfortable and enjoyable.  Home Renos can be costly so why not add your new hardwood floor or kitchen countertop to your registry.

We at Eventastic hope these 5 category suggestions will help you round out your Wedding Registry with items you will need for both inside and outside your home.  Guests want to buy you gifts that you both truly need and want.  Now is the time to be sharing those ideas with others by both of you adding your wishes to your Wedding Registry. Have fun and be creative.

Happy adding to their Wedding Registry

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.

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