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Benefits and How-To’s of Using a Wedding Planner

I remember getting engaged and while the excitement was abounding, I soon after started feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks I foresaw would be required to make this wedding happen to everyone’s satisfaction. Every day there seemed to be more and more to consider and plan for and I wanted to cover all the bases with ease and in a timely fashion like my type A personality insisted on. My post-its were everywhere and in retrospect I wonder if hiring a wedding planner would have eased so much of that stress allowing me to have more sleep filled nights.

I’ve talked to so many couples getting married at various stages of their wedding preparation and while many were perfectly comfortable in making all the plans themselves, others were happy to hand all the wedding prep over to a wedding planner who would listen to their wishes and needs and whom they could trust to make the magic happen. I thought about various personalities and whether that played a factor in deciding on hiring a wedding planner. While a bit tongue in cheek, this is what I came up with.

Which Type Are You?

A. You are a detail oriented person that enjoys getting things done ahead of time. Nothing gives you more pleasure than completing a ‘To Do’ list. Spreadsheets are your love language.

B. On your last vacation you planned everything down to the last second including time for brushing your teeth. You visited five countries in three days and brought home personalized souvenirs for your extended family and everyone at the office.

C. You are a great planner with good ideas but don’t mind asking for help in some areas.

D. You are a free spirited optimist that believes everything will be lowered into place on ribbons by wedding fairies whilst you sleep.

E. You never made a decision you liked. If you ask your fiancé one more question about colour blocking or choosing between fuchsia and magenta table runners he or she is going to run screaming for the hills.

Some Benefits Of Having A Wedding Planner

If you answered D or E you might want to consider hiring a wedding planner right away, but anyone can benefit from having a wedding planner.

1. They offer a wide variety of services. Some are willing to plan only certain parts of a wedding which might save on cost and leave those who answered ‘C’ free to plan the aspects they enjoy. Even our ‘A’ and ‘B’ super planners can benefit from having someone else in charge of setup and takedown, leaving them free to enjoy the day.

2. Destination weddings in particular might benefit from having a wedding planner. If they are familiar with the part of the world you’re planning to travel to they can help with documentation, paperwork, and correspondence with the venue operator.

3. Even though planners are themselves an expense, a wedding planner can be very helpful in keeping you on budget. Their contacts with trustworthy vendors may save you time, and because vendors depend on their referrals, dollars as well.

Some Questions To Consider Asking

1. How long have you been a wedding planner?

2. What kind of services and packages do you offer?

3. Are you a member of a professional organization and or the Better Business Bureau?

4. Do you have references I could be in touch with and photos from previous events?

It is up to you to be clear with your potential wedding planner as to what you foresee your wedding day to look like along with budget expectations, and what exactly you are hoping them to do. Do you need help with decor, flowers, photography, pre-wedding parties, rehearsal dinner, organization of out-of-town guests, guest special needs, seating arrangements…? Wedding planners can help you with any part of the concept, organization and execution of your wedding day. They can also be someone who helps you to focus and breathe. Breathing is good!

Eventastic gives couples their custom wedding themed website with universal gift registry, photo sharing, video features, ticketing (for pre-wedding fundraising parties) and registration options. Try it now!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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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!

Something Blue for your Wedding Day

Beautiful Blue

There is an old saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The theory is that if the bride carries or wears something from each category in the saying, her marriage will be a happy one. Most brides who have any twinge of being superstitious will comply in order to have a positive future with their new spouse.

Why blue?

In ancient Rome, brides wore the colour blue to symbolize their love of their fiancé, their modesty and fidelity. Purity has also been associated with the colour blue as seen in Christianity with the Virgin Mary shown in blue. And so, throughout the ages and into the present, the tradition of a bride wearing or carrying something blue has lived on.

How to incorporate blue into your wedding attire.

Over the years, brides have become quite creative in how they incorporate blue into their wedding attire so as not to bestow bad luck on their marital life. We at Eventastic Weddings have some suggestions as to how you could add ‘something blue’ or variations of. Just how creative are you prepared to be?

Hair 

Wedding HairWould you? Could you? How about adding a bit of blue to your wedding day hair? Some brides have been known to get quite creative with their blue wedding touches. Recognizing that most wouldn’t dare go this route, it’s fun to consider a fine blue streak at the nape of your neck or even a tiny blue feather clipped somewhere in your hair.

Jewelry 

Coach Saffiano Leather BangleSmall decorative items such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all options where you can add a little blue to your day. Something sparkly or not and you’ve covered your bases. What about a tiny anklet with a blue crystal?

 

Wedding Gown 

2015 Monique Lhuillier Wedding GownMany moons ago brides wore blue wedding gowns and even today top designers are creating spectacular dresses in various shades and hues. Whether short, mid-length or long, brides are choosing wedding dresses with colour. Still drawn to the traditional white gown? You may wish to consider a gown adorned in small touches of blue such as Swarovski crystals or embroidery with initials and wedding date.

Shoes

Wedding ShoesWhat about peek-a-boo blue on your wedding shoes? These little blue crystals attached to the sole of your shoes are so sweet and discreet! What a great idea and wouldn’t take long to do with some glue, toothpicks and dazzlers of your choice.

 

Nails 

There are so many beautiful nail polish options in various shades of blue for your fingers and toes. Blue Wedding NailsNail decor has come to a whole new level with the nail decor ideas that you can see in all the mags. Blue french tips, blue crystal adornments etc. are great ideas to add your bit of blue to your special day.

Wedding Bouquet

We love the touch of blue that brides are adding to their wedding bouquets!

Wedding bouquet with a touch of blue.

Looking for more ideas for adding something blue to your wedding day? Check out our Blue Pinterest board for some great blue inspiration by clicking here.

Tips When Considering Including Children in the Wedding Guest List

Sweet wedding photo

Kids and weddings can be like peanut butter and jelly or fire and water. It can go one way or the other. If you are planning a wedding no doubt a discussion has or will occur as to whether to include children on the invite list.

There are a few factors that may influence your decision to have or not have children at the wedding.

  1. Age of the children in question
  2. Known behaviour of the children
  3. Number of children you would consider
  4. Parent proximity to the wedding. If the parents are travelling from another city, province/state or country they may prefer to bring their children when travelling a distance & it might influence their decision to attend
  5. Fiancé’s feelings regarding the matter
  6. Relationship to the children

It’s important to discuss the relevance of the above and together decide on whether your wishes are shared with your fiancé. You may also consider discussing your decision with both sets of parents to ensure you have not overlooked anything or anyone.

Stay tuned for our blog on ‘How to Entertain Children at Your Wedding‘.

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

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist: Detailed, Flexible & Essential

Engagements Can Be Magical

They are a celebration of love filled with excitement, wonder, anxiety, joy, etc. It’s an emotional time that is packed with To Do lists and decisions waiting to be made.

Tackle Your Wedding To Do List With A Clear Plan

Once your engagement is out of the bag, every relative you run into will want an update. Having a plan helps eliminate the stress behind the never ending questions they will ask because you will know when you plan on tackling each task or have the answers if you’ve already made your decisions. Rather than dreading family functions or avoiding a chat with Aunt Gretta, our wedding planning checklist makes it easy for you to embrace the positive side of your entire wedding experience.

The checklist is a highly detailed 12 month list of To Do’s for couples. It will help keep your stress at bay because it clearly outlines the tasks for each month making them manageable.

If you’re getting married or know someone who is, download the checklist today!

Download it here!

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.

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.

6 Easy Steps to Create and Manage a Pre-Wedding Party

Whether a surprise or not, your Stag & Doe pre-wedding party will be much easier to plan & manage when using  Eventastic.com! With amazing video technology and cool picture & ticket sales capabilities, the invites will be a snap!

Here are 6 easy steps to create and manage your pre-wedding party.

  1. Sign in to Eventastic and click ‘Create an Event‘ in the toolbar of your website and fill in the name of your event like ‘Stag and Doe’. Identify the category/theme of party you are creating. Click ‘Continue’ and you’re ready to begin planning.
  2. As the organizer you will view your event template page where you have access to a menu of features. Use the default suggested photos as the invite cover photos or add your own that will appear on the cover of your invite, fill in the event details, add an Icon photo (might be a photo of the couple or themed to your event), add an agenda if wanting to share various activities throughout the event.
  3. The Ticketing feature listed in the menu gives you the option of selling tickets for your event online making it so simple for people to buy tickets whether for attendance, drinks, etc.
  4. With Eventastic you have the option of selling any merchandise for your event like specially made t-shirts etc. which allows you to know how much of anything you should have available at the event.
  5. Decide if you would like the option of donations given to a charity of your choice and or gifts of cash toward something the couple is saving for in the guest gifting section of the page. It’s simple and easy for guests to contribute this way even if they are unable to attend the event.
  6. Consider adding a video to your event page making your invite personal and fun.

You’re Done! Simply direct everyone to your website event page by copying and pasting your page URL to email, Facebook etc.

Here’s to a successful fun pre-wedding party! Cheers!

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