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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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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 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!

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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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.

 

     

           

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.

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