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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!

 

 

 

 

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!

4 Steps To Plan An Oktoberfest Bachelorette Party Online For Fun!

Oktoberfest Fun with the Girls!

There is never enough girl time!

Girls just want to have fun and since it’s the season, an Oktoberfest get-together with the girls in your wedding party plus more is a great reason to have some laughs and celebrate German traditions. This is a great opportunity to take an already fun atmosphere and theme, mix it with your friends and produce a bachelorette party all will remember and speak of for years. It’s about creating memories connected to you and your wedding and bringing people together to celebrate your upcoming nuptials.

Online Invite Just A Click Away

Party planning doesn’t have to be a tedious task these days with new technology at your fingertips and a little creativity. With photo-sharing website features, innovative video technology, social media marketing capabilities, RSVP options, ticket & merchandise sales and more, you can quickly and easily create an online invitation for  a girls’ night out that will entice and build excitement for all those involved!

1. Simply gather up photos from past Oktoberfest occasions or get the girls from your wedding party together with hats and mugs of beer and take some fun shots doing your own Oktoberfest photoshoot.

2. Consider adding a personal video feature! Prepare a short video script you can use as a pop-up for your invitation; use some props and consider playing some Wunderbar music in the background. Feeling a bit shy?.. No problem… add a Youtube chicken dance video!

3. Fill in the party details in the template provided.

4. Share your invite through email or social media channels of your choice!

Creating your online party invite is just a click away. Start now!

Have fun!

why not consider planning an Oktoberfest Party online for all the girls! It’s easy to put together a fun invite

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

5 DIY Wedding Favor Ideas Your Guests Will Love!

The practice of giving wedding favors to guests date back to 16th century England where it was reportedly common for newly married couples to give love knots made out of ribbon and lace to all their guests. The tradition has carried on throughout the years with the bride and groom placing trinkets signifying their love at the wedding guests’ reception place settings. These ‘trinkets’ have come in all sizes, themes, and various costs depending on the couple’s choice.

Couples will often buy small ready made gifts for their guests but many times the bride will choose to show her creative side by wanting to make the wedding favors herself. It is not uncommon for the bride and her bridesmaids to plan an evening (or many) to work on their ‘Do-It-Yourself’ favors for all to admire and appreciate at the reception. Some DIY favors can be quite time consuming depending on how extravegant in detail and how many guests will be on the receiving end. Keeping these key features in mind might save you last minute anguish so it is smart to begin your projects early.

Throughout my bridal show travels and attendance at various weddings over the years I have come across some great DIY Wedding Favor ideas and thought I’d share some of my favourites.

  1. Mason Preserve Jars with DIY Cross Stitch Heart Top. Always a treat as a guest to receive a jar of preserves with a handcrafted topper!Great DIY wedding favor ideas!
  2. I have always appreciated receiving plant wedding favors. Pick a small plant/flower of your choice and wrap in burlap & lace as seen below or use fabric with the colours of your wedding. Great wedding favor ideas!
  3. I remember receiving a caramel apple as a wedding favor as both the bride and groom were teachers. It was so cute and delicious! Red candy apples at table settings at black, white and red weddings look amazing!Great DIY wedding favor ideas!
  4. Cupcakes expertly decorated with details of flowers, hearts and lace will always ‘wow’ the guests! If you haven’t perfected your cake decorating skills, no worries! Purchase the cupcakes and add your personal touch by placing in a pretty tea cup on a paper lace doily. Great wedding favor ideas!
  5. Recently I was taken by a couple’s wedding favor where they added a beautiful ribbon to a mini white lantern and inserted a battery-powered votive to be glowing throughout the reception at each place setting. What a beautiful overall look in the dimly lit room! I continue to use and admire it.Great wedding favor idea!

iStock_000028094024MediumThere are so many options when considering having favors at your wedding. What you end up choosing will likely depend on how they will add to the overall look you are going for when guests enter the reception, cost, time required to have them ready, amount of assistance you will need and have, availability etc.

We at Eventastic hope you enjoy your journey in choosing the favors best suited for you and your wedding. For more great wedding favor ideas check out our Wedding Favors Pinterest Board.

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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!

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.

 

Helpful Emergency Kit Suggestions for Your Wedding Day

We did it and it was fabulous!

Recently I had the honour of attending a beautiful wedding where I was inspired to write this blog. As I stood washing my hands at the reception hall bathroom sink I could hear awful yet familiar noises and see a portion of a gorgeous white lace and sequin gown emerging from under one of the stalls. Thankfully the Maid of Honour was holding back the brides hair and in-between her supportive words to the newly wedded was yelling out “Does anyone have any Gravol or Tylenol?”

This experience motivated me to come up with a helpful list of emergency items to have available on the wedding day. These are some items I think would seem important to have close at hand for the big day in case of need.

  1. Gravol – in case those stomach butterflies get out of hand
  2. Tylenol – for that pressure pain that won’t go away
  3. Tissues – for that little dab
  4. Lipstick – for re-applications throughout the day
  5. Tampons/Pads – for the surprise you weren’t expecting
  6. Eye Drops – to rehydrate or get the red out
  7. Nasal Spray – you have to breathe
  8. Energy Drink – to wet your whistle and balance electrolytes
  9. Mints – fresh breath is vital for all the close encounters
  10. Hand Sanitizer – as you’ll be meeting/greeting and touching a lot of people (get one with moisturizer)
  11. Sewing Kit – for the button you never dreamed would pop off
  12. Deodorant – you can never be sure enough
  13. Perfume – a quick spritz for that subtle all-day fragrance
  14. Face Powder – no need for extra shine in the photos
  15. Nail File – you never know
  16. Hair Pins – when that one little strand won’t stay in place
  17. Hair Spray – extra hold for fly-aways
  18. Band-Aids – the shoes weren’t tight yesterday…
  19. Safety Pins – for a little fix
  20. Floss – “you have something in your teeth”

Your wedding party in its entirety should be aware of where this emergency kit can be located at any time. Sometimes a quick fix is all it takes to ensure a situation is under control and avoid it leading to something bigger. Feeling and looking great on your wedding day is very important. It’s nice to know your wedding party has your back at all times to assist with the look and feel that is crucial to your special day. Yes… My mom taught me to always be prepared!

Eventastic Weddings wishes you a great day!

Love & Marriage Quotes To Use in a Wedding Speech

Love & Marriage quotes of inspiration

If you’ve ever had to do a speech at a wedding or assist with one you will know it can be quite a stressful process. Not all those chosen to give a speech are well acquainted with or feel well equipped in speaking in front of a room full of people. The speaker will want to introduce themselves, maybe tell a funny or sentimental story relating to the couple, share their thoughts on how the couple is so well suited for each other and make a toast of well wishes for their future together.

In writing a wedding speech often the author will want to sprinkle their words of wisdom with quotes relating to love and marriage. The quote(s) can be serious and/or comical in nature depending on the speaker’s personality and presentation. They may be quotes taken from famous writers, celebrities or anyone who has shown a flair for words which may be inspirational to the newly married couple. Here are some of our favourite love and marriage quotes seen and heard over the years. Maybe you’ll want to incorporate one into your own speech.

  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin
  • “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” Franz Schubert
  • “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” Rita Rudner
  • “Don’t every stop dating your wife and don’t ever stop flirting with your husband.” anonymous
  • “Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice.” Fawn Weaver
  • “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford
  • “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” Ogden Nash
  • “Sexiness wears thin after awhile and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a treat.” Joanne Woodward
  • “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” Pearl S. Buck
  • “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together…and I knew it.” Tom Hanks, Sleepless In Seattle
  • “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.'” Erich Fromm
  • “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.” John Lennon
  • “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” Dr. Seuss

When writing your speech for a wedding; whether the master of ceremonies, a friend, family member or wedded one, remember you will be speaking to guests who have just witnessed the special union of two people in love wanting to commit to each other for the rest of their lives. Guests are most likely sensing that warm and fuzzy all over happy tingle and you’ll want to speak words that will augment those feelings and possibly even inspire their own relationships.

Best wishes in writing your speech from Eventastic. We hope our favourite quotes will be helpful.

Top Bridal Bouquet Picks for Your Wedding

Bridal bouquets come in many colours, shapes and sizes.Way back in ancient times, a bride carrying a bouquet of fragrant flowers and spices was a way of ensuring her sweet smell on her wedding day.  In some cultures, carrying a bouquet was a way of warding off evil spirits.  The tradition has carried on to present day where brides continue to carry flowers to varying degrees; not to cover up any unwanted odours like in the past, but to further adorn her look with her favourite flowers as she walks down the aisle to the love of her life. Bridal bouquets come in a very wide assortment of colours, sizes and shapes.  Choosing flowers whether a single stem or a full display is one of the joys a bride-to-be has in preparing for her wedding.

I have a number of weddings to attend this year and I am excited to see the current bridal choices for flowers and bouquets. I guess it’s the gardener and event planner in me that finds it fascinating and inspiring to see what their personal likes are and maybe get inspired for future blogs, events (centrepieces/decor) and even what to plant in my own gardens. While completely a personal choice and preference for each bride, there are certainly bouquet styles that seem to be trending with brides everywhere.

Classic-white-roses-gardenia-bridal-bouquet

White peonies with hint of pink + delicate ferns - CJ Williams Photography

Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Chicks

Mini mums in mint, roses, gardenia, babies breath and pearls

Soft blush by fionnafloral1

Georgianne Vinicombe at Monday Morning Flower

Tropical Bridal Bouquet

I am loving every one of the bouquets that seem to be catching the eyes of brides today. Whether soft romantic neutrals, tropical stunner or another favourite, the bouquet of your choice will be remembered for years to come as your personal touch harmonizing with your gown as you walked down the aisle.

Have a great day from Eventastic Weddings!

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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

Inspiration:

The Hunt for the 2014 Bridesmaid Dress

When you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid for a wedding it is quite an honour. Most want to please the bride; not ruffle feathers and wear what the bride has in mind for one of the most memorable days of her life. Let’s be honest though….as a bridesmaid you would love the dress to be if not affordable at least one that you will have the opportunity to wear again.

If you’re like me, you likely have many bridesmaid dresses hanging in your closet, most of which are satin, poofy and in colours and styles that long haven’t been considered fashionable and probably won’t be for many years to come.

Times are changing and so are brides!

While it is still very common for brides to have their vision and ask for the full support of her girls, it is becoming more and more common for the bride to provide a few parameters, such as colour, length and fabrics, and let the girls pick the dress to their liking.

The dress you want to rewear

Other than colour and the few other parameters the bride provides, landing yourself a bridesmaid dress that you will likely wear again is becoming more popular, the trick is getting the girls to decide on dresses from the same collection.

Whether a special gala, or upscale cocktail party, here are a few dresses that designers are showing for 2014 which I would love to have hanging in my closet after a close friend’s wedding.

Tulle & Chantilly

Tulle & Chantilly has this amazing chiffon strapless dress with a flattering sweetheart neckline and it comes in over 100 colour options. So whether you are looking for colours like ‘papaya whip’, ‘passion’, ‘cobalt’ or even ‘black’ you would look fabulous attending your post-wedding soiree in style.

Bridal companies have great selections in fabrics, colours and styles and once you decide whether to go long, short or mid-calf the world is your oyster.

These shorter bridesmaid dresses caught my eye from Allurebridals.com. As you can see from the picture below, any one of them would be a dress you could easily wear to another function.Allure Bridals

Vera WangIf you’re more of a contemporary chic fashionista, then you’ll probably be hoping that the bride and other bridesmaids will considered dresses like Vera Wang is showing for 2014.

With so  many necklines, colours, lengths, and fabrics there is really a colossal combination of styles you can mix and match to find the perfect dresses… be careful though, too many options could make narrowing down the perfect choice much harder.

The Hunt is half the fun

I know half the fun for me in searching for the perfect bridesmaid dress was the girl get-togethers that went with the hunt; the chats, the giggles, the excitement… Take the time to enjoy this special honour you have been given and hopefully everyone will work together to pick a dress that is suitable for all and can be worn at future occasions. Happy hunting and remember, it’s the brides big day even if that means you need to sacrifice your style and adopt hers.

Have a great day from Eventastic, your free event website themed for your wedding!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy adding to their Wedding Registry

Ice Sculpture Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Wedding receptions come in all shapes and sizes. whether your reception will be big or small, you may want to consider an ice sculpture to add even more pizzazz to your amazing day!

swan-ice-sculpture

Creativity seems to be endless for the types of sculptures available for you and your guests to admire.

ice sculpture

Ice sculptures don’t have to be ‘just’ decorative…they can also serve a purpose like being a martini dispenser!

ice sculpture

… and then there’s the ice sculptures that keep various appetizers chilled.

ice sculpture - shrimp

It’s always fun to see guests’ faces when they walk in to the reception and view an ice sculpture for the first time.  There will be no shortage of ‘ooooh’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’.  Have you considered an ice sculpture at your wedding?  Check out some of our favourites by clicking the pictures or click here.  Maybe you’ll be inspired!

Thanks to those that inspired me:

http://www.bride.net/2007/winter-wedding-wonderland/

http://www.ice-impressions.com/wedding-ice-sculptures.htm

http://metroice.blogspot.ca

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!

Working on their wedding website

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