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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.

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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.

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!

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.

Wedding Guest List Tips for You

         Hi there! So it’s time for you and your fiancé to sit down and begin discussing your wedding guest list. This is an exciting moment as you will talk about who will have the great fortune to attend and witness the most wonderful day EVER! 

         While exciting, this moment sometimes can be stressful as you go through the multitudes of names and realize that you just won’t be able to invite everyone.  We at Eventastic Weddings have some tips to help you through this process.  We hope this will be helpful. 

1. Remember Your Budget 

    You and your fiancé have hopefully already discussed your wedding budget and if not it is time to do so. Once you establish that monetary number and incorporate things like costs for ceremony, reception, attire, rings, flowers, music, photography, transportation, honeymoon etc. it is easier to narrow down how many people you can afford to have at the dinner/reception.  Sometimes couples end up rethinking the costs of some of the other cost categories in order to be able to invite the number of guests they truly want in attendance. 

 

2.  Guest List Spreadsheet

     It is so helpful to have a spreadsheet with categories such as Name, Address, Email, Invite Sent, RSVP, Total #Attendees, #Children, Category(bride,groom,work,friends), Events (pre-wedding parties), Priority(A/B), Seating(#table at reception), Food Choice and Gift.  Start by listing everyone on the bride’s side, then fiancé’s side, then friends and work etc. to keep it organized and easier to manage.

 

3.  Parents Wishes

     Always discuss the wedding guest list with your respective parents.  Parents will always want some of their closest friends in attendance to help celebrate your big day.  Also, mom and dad will usually remember relatives that you haven’t seen in awhile and may have forgotten to add to the list but MUST be at the wedding.  Sometimes mom & dad will chip in on costs if numbers are over and above what you can afford.

 

4.  Children

     Discussion around whether you will have children at your wedding reception is a must.  Talk around potential child attendees, ages, behaviours, venue etc. can all play a part in whether you will allow your cousin to bring her quintuplets.  Remember it’s your day and your choice. 

 

5.  Prioritize

     When filling out your spreadsheet, having a “Priority” category is very helpful. Putting an “A” for essential family members,”B” for extended family and “C” for colleagues & friends will help to narrow down the numbers at a later date if necessary.

 

6.  Be Considerate

     Remember that people can sometimes have very strong feelings around who they would like to attend the wedding.  It is important that while you try to keep the numbers manageable you be considerate of your fiancés and parents’ wishes.  Making a point of telling everyone in the beginning that while you would love to invite the Queen of England if just won’t be possible to have everyone there.

 

     

           

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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.

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

 

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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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