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An Easier Way of Managing Pre-Wedding Party Ticket Sales

Pre-wedding Parties Made Easier with Eventastic

While called various names depending on what country you reside, pre-wedding parties that are planned to raise money for the bride and groom have been organized for many years by bridesmaids and groomsmen. Raising money to help the couple in whatever aspect they choose to apply it is a long standing tradition for many and it just got a whole lot easier to plan and execute such parties!

With the best of intentions in planning a pre-wedding fundraiser for a couple getting married, selling the tickets for such an event in the past has been a cumbersome task for those involved. Normally the wedding party would coordinate and incur costs of tickets being printed and then have to distribute stacks of them to everyone in the hopes that they would go and sell to friends, family, acquaintances and collect the monies. Everyone knows that with our busy schedules these days, simplifying processes like pre-wedding party ticket sales can only be welcomed with open arms.

Eventastic  is a free website with multiple features allowing you to create events using many innovative tools provided. You simply ‘Sign In’, click ‘Create an Event’, choose a themed category, fill in basic details of name of event, date, description and then choose items you wish to add to your event such as ticketing/registration, photos, video, guest funding, social media links etc. Once you add all the features you need on your event page, simply share your custom event page link found within the details section in edit mode and share through email, social media channels etc. as you choose.  It’s ready and waiting at your fingertips!

If you are considering coordinating a pre-wedding party like a Stag’N Doe where ticketing is involved, then take this opportunity to use this online ticketing and registration platform making the process of selling and buying tickets easy for everyone!

Sell more tickets, raising more money and do it stress-free!

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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!

 

 

 

 

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!

Tips On Working Together On Your Wedding Budget

Adding cash gifting ideas to their Eventastic Weddings website will help with budgeting

You’re having the engagement experience of your dreams to the one person you can’t live without!  Enjoy that feeling and never let it go. It’s not long though before some major planning needs to begin. If you can work together to set up a realistic wedding budget that will work for both of you it will bode well for your future together.

We’ve all seen those reality T.V. programs where one half of the couple seems to be on a different planet than the other. Fabio simply can’t live without arriving at the reception in a helicopter or Rapunzel NEEDS orchids that only bloom for one week of the year in the high cliffs of Gibraltar. Planning and talking about expectations is important at this stage. Love is certainly the key but keeping an eye on the big picture of how you want to start the rest of your life financially doesn’t hurt.

Do you want a large elaborate wedding or a smaller intimate affair for a few friends and family? Be honest and then be practical and look into exactly how much things will cost. Representing the true you doesn’t have to be expensive. Your guests will remember your heart felt vows long after that orchid from Gibraltar has faded away.

Will your parents be helping out? It’s never too early to find out. Sitting down with family on both sides and determining how much help can be expected might be a little difficult but you’ll be glad you did when you start to input actual numbers in your budget. You know your parents better than anyone.  Is it realistic to ask them for anything? Would they prefer you ask them alone or with your fiancé present?  Money can be a really delicate matter to discuss. Be polite but clear. You could say something like…“We’re sitting down to make our wedding budget and were wondering if you would be able to contribute?” Lots of hugs are in order no matter what the answer. It’s not an easy topic!

Are you a couple that already has most everything you need to set up a home together?  If so cash wedding gifts can help pay for the wedding and Eventastic can be invaluable in letting your guests know subtly that money would be appreciated in lieu of gifts.  In the Guest Funding section of your wedding event website you can even let them know specifically what you’ll be using the dollars for.  ie wedding expenses, a down payment on a home, home reno, honeymoon, honeymoon excursions etc. People may even give a little more when they know what the gift will be used toward!

Good luck and remember that the work you put into this first budget together will be a firm foundation for your happy lives to come!

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.

Wedding Guest Dress Code

What To Wear as a Guest

These days there are so many different wedding themes, venues, styles etc., almost anything goes when planning your wardrobe for attending a wedding. The key is to take note of the couple’s choice in venue and ask questions about style or their wedding theme in order to feel you have chosen the best option for attire.

Wedding guest dress code.You may not be the type of person who typically likes to blend in with a crowd but it generally is not acceptable to be the focus of attention on the couple’s big day. Dressing goth for a traditional white wedding is going to stand out big time and probably won’t fare well with other guests or the couple walking down the aisle.  Not saying you need to match your wedding attire to their chosen theme (like one couple who chose a ‘Superhero’ theme… where is my superhero cape???), but attending in clothing that is one or two steps up from your every day wear is advisable.

Aside from maybe the atypical wedding themes of ‘Goth’ and ‘Offbeat’, most would agree that generally, dressing up for a wedding in classy, stylish, elegant, smart and sophisticated wear would be recommended. You want to be comfortable yet appear that you put some thought into wearing something special for this couple’s very important and memorable day.

Wedding Attire Suggestions

For the modern, classic wedding there are no hard and fast rules of wearing long or short dresses as a wedding guest. Wearing a dress, if choosing short, and having it at a ‘respectable’ length is good. Noone needs to know you’re wearing lacey pink undies. If your wearing a long dress, keep it simple but stately with limited pizzazz. Wearing a dress with mega sequins and jewels is going to take the attention away from the bride’s gown and that is not good. It used to be said that you should never wear white when attending a wedding. While still not seen a lot, you will certainly not be thrown out if wearing an understated little white dress to a summer wedding.

Men will often wear suit and tie to weddings and now it is becoming quite acceptable for sport jacket and pant combos. Ties are no longer a must wear. Of course dress shoes and shirts done up to at least the second button for the ceremony presents well.

If invited to a more casual venue as with some weddings today having a rustic theme, it is not expected that you dress in classic wedding guest style. More upscale casual is considered fine. While no hard and fast rules, you can feel comfortable in knowing that a simple nice dress with some jewelry and your guy in a sport jacket will be quite acceptable.

Eventastic Weddings participates in Wedding Shows all over the world; offering couples their own wedding website with many wonderful tools and features. It is always fun to meet the many show vendors as well as the numerous couples getting married to get their input on current wedding trends and wishes.

Hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun at the wedding!

 

 

10 Tips On How To Choose Your Wedding Party

The excitement is building. You’ve told your parents and best friend of your engagement and you’re now excited to let those know who will participate in and be witnesses to your wedding. Choosing those in your wedding party can be the easiest decision for some couples, yet the most frustrating, nerve wrecking experience for others. We’ve come up with a few tips in choosing your wedding party. We hope you find them helpful.

1. Make it a joint decision. The first thing to do is to sit down as a couple and write a list of people you are both considering for the honor.

2. Decide on your preferable number of attendants. Does your fiancé have more people he or she simply MUST have in the wedding party than you? Gone are the days of needing to have six groomsmen for six bridesmaids. Matchy match isn’t the key.  The bride’s best friend might be named Richard or the groom might choose his sister to stand at his side. Your choice might not be typical but it’s all good.

3. Consider residence of attendants. Keep in mind that if your wedding will not be happening for a while circumstances might change and someone you are close to right now like a college roommate might be living afar by the wedding date. If you share an unbreakable bond that doesn’t need to be a barrier.  With smart phones, Skype and FaceTime, anyone can take an active part in wedding planning. It just means an extra city to find shoes in! She might want to be a bridesmaid instead of the maid of honor though so she’ll have fewer responsibilities.

4. Consider relationships of attendants to you. Sometimes it is a given that all siblings will be asked to be in the wedding party and sometimes not. Are extended family and friends being considered? Did you always plan to have your BFF from kindergarden be in your wedding but you haven’t seen them for a few years and they really don’t know you anymore? Who do you feel closest to? Who do you both feel closest to? Who knows you the best for the person you are today? What will be the reaction of those not chosen? You might need to open a bottle of wine for this one.

5. Consider relationships between attendants. Being aware of relationships between the people in your wedding party is smart practice. Knowing that there will be times where all will need to work together (like pre-wedding parties etc.); it is nice to know that those chosen will be able to do so effectively. Read our blog on encouraging bridesmaid bonding.

6. Decide if you are considering having children involved. Little ring bearers and flower girls are real crowd pleasers. Be prepared to be upstaged a little. You can control what they wear but not what they do or say! That’s what makes them fun…maybe. Consider what age they will be at the time of your wedding and if it will be the look and feel you’re after.

7. Consider special talents of attendants you’re considering. Make a list of what you will need and expect from your bridal party. Most maids of honor plan a shower and a staggette. In Canada, it is quite common for the wedding party to host a “Stag ‘N Doe” which is a pre-wedding party with food, dancing and ticketing where the money is collected and donated to the couple for their future together. Hopefully some of your attendants will have great organization skills but even if they don’t the cool thing is that you can let them use your Eventastic website to help plan the events!

8. Are you considering having a pet involved? Always dreamed of having your dog take part in your wedding? Why not? Some people have even included their fish or horse in a unification ceremony!

9. How to deal with conflict. Chances are you will be urged to include a person in your wedding party that you are not close to.  It’s your day and it’s your right to take a stand but first ask yourself if making this concession will lead to a more peaceful life in the long run. Be up front about it. “I’m a little worried about how we will get along during this process” and “Do you think we can work together to make this wedding fun?” are questions for discussion.

10. Be fair. Reserve the right to have the Maid or Matron of Honor be your first choice.  When it comes right down to it, who do you want standing beside you handing you tissues during the ceremony? (and possibly holding your hair later in the evening? :)) Likewise, Best Man might be best chosen by the groom. Keep an open mind, open heart and be conscious of your fiancee’s feelings.

Choose people that are loving, supportive and reliable. A wedding can go off without a hitch with just a Maid of Honor and a Best Man. That might be the solution if it’s simply impossible to narrow down your list. As a general rule though, a larger wedding can use a larger wedding party to spread the work around… and the fun of course, don’t forget the fun!

Tips to deciding who will be in your wedding party.

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!

Download it here!

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!

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‘.

10 Themed Wedding Suggestions for the Bride and Fiancé

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

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

Themes Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

Superheroes Wedding Theme

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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.

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.

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DIY Spa Ideas for the Bride & Bridesmaids

You’re getting married! Congratulations! While you’re making all the plans and arrangements for your wedding it is important not to forget the most important thing! Your health!  There are things you can do right now in preparation for your wedding day even if it’s way off in the distance to help ensure you are healthy and glowing on your special day.  Here’s a few tips to help you along.

Coconut Oil has become a popular effective item to use as a moisturizer on your body.  You’ll avoid dry skin if you apply right after showering and the not too greasy texture and amazing tropical scent will be relaxing for you as well.

Coconut Oil for Better Health

Soaking your feet in vinegar is a great remedy for softening callused soles and dealing with problems like toenail fungus.  Follow the daily soak with a lotion containing urea for baby soft feet.

Foot soak for soft skin

Everyone should have a bright white smile and here’s a little trick in getting those chicklets pearly white. Baking soda is something you usually have in your kitchen cupboards but make sure you also have a box in your bathroom right next to your toothbrush. Dipping your toothbrush in the baking soda poured on the palm of your hand and gently brushing for a minute every day will gradually lighten the colour of your teeth.

Bright white smile

Soft hands are a necessity for all the hand shaking you’ll be doing as well as not wanting any runs in those stockings.  A great way to achieve the softest hands is by pouring a small amount of olive oil into your palm already holding a couple tablespoons of granulated white sugar. Rub the palms of your hands together mixing the oil and sugar and now include all of your fingers in the mix.  Vigorously rub for a minute, rinse, and then follow with two drops of vitamin E rubbed all over your hands and fingers.  Voila! Soft, beautiful hands.

Beautiful soft hands

If you’ve heard the old saying “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” there is some truth in doing so.  Studies show that eating apples can decrease your risk of diabetes, reduce cholesterol, support a healthy heart, prevent gallstones, control your weight and boost your immune system! Snacking on apples is a great health booster with multiple health benefits.

Healthy woman eating an apple

When you and your bridesmaids feel and look healthy everyone is happy.  It might be time for a DIY Spa Party! Check out my last blog on 10 Theme Ideas for a Bachelorette Party. I hope these tips are helpful! Here’s to a healthy happy you!

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/15-health-benefits-of-eating-apples

10 Theme Ideas for a Bachelorette Party!

Eventastic has made it easy for you and your bridal party to plan pre-wedding parties with its cool event planning tool and what better way to have some fun with family and friends AND make some cash towards the wedding than to have a Bachelorette Party!  A ‘Bachelorette Party’, sometimes called ‘Stagette Party’ is a party for a woman planning to get married. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the term ‘Hen Do’ or ‘Hen Night’ is commonly used while in Australia and New Zealand it is a Hens Party or Hens Night. Modeled after the ‘Bachelor Party’ where the groom throws a dinner for his groomsmen and parties through the night before his wedding, women get together and have a night out to mark the bride-to-be’s passage to the next stage of her life.

Bachelorette Parties come in all shapes and sizes. Usually hosted by the bridesmaids in the wedding. It is up to them to do up an invite, monitor responses, collect monies and take charge the night of the party. That can often seem like quite a large task but given the right tools, as you have with your wedding website, your event planning tool will make this Bachelorette Party easy to organize by simply filling in the provided template.

Our Top 10 Bachelorette Party Theme Ideas

1. Spa Party  – Girls get pampered at a favourite spa

2. Luau Party – Everyone wears grass skirts and leis

3. Karaoke Party – Go to a karaoke bar and pre arrange her fav songs

4. Beach Party – At a cottage with volleyball, sand castles,music & campfire

5. Chocolate Party – Chocolate fountain plus everything chocolate treats

6. Hollywood Star Party – The bride is the star with all her paparazzi

7. Limo Party – Bar hopping in style

8. Bunny Party – Get out the pink ears and wow the town!

9. Little Black Dress – All in black but bride rocks something sparkly

10. Cowgirl Party – Pink cowboy hats and jeans & hit a country bar

Eventastic Weddings has made a Pinterest page of some of our favourite Bachelorette Party ideas.  Click here to view. Cheers!

Bride-to Be With Her Girlfriends Enjoying Bachelorette Party

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