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Paperless Video Invitations Benefit More than Just the Environment

Ever had to mail a large amount of invitations for an event?

If you have yet to do so, brace yourselves. Printing the invite or hand writing it onto numerous cards, stuffing them one-by-one into envelopes, licking the seal shut, sticking on a stamp, handwriting each address, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. It is not time friendly to say the least.

Video Invites/Thankyou's are simple on your Eventastic Weddings website!What if this could all be done with a quick recording, the click of a button and – bonus, no environmental impact?

Our free wedding themed website offers you the technology to add custom or general video invitations to save the dates & thank yous – saving you hours of licking, sticking and printing. You could even acquire the interest of your spouse who may be more likely to help out by saying a few words on camera than licking, sticking and printing for hours.

Video invitations have virtually no environmental impact.

With environmental awareness increasing, these paperless video invitations are the way of the future and will likely please your environmentally conscious guests.

The video invitations have many benefits that extend beyond environmental impact:

  • Saves money on increasing postal costs (stamps, envelopes, paper)
  • Saves time & handwriting cramps
  • Makes managing RSVPs simple
  • Ensures no invites are lost in the mail
  • Is not limited to wedding invites, could be used for bridal showers, Stag & Doe’s, Bachelor(ette) Parties, etc.
  • Gives you the ability to send personalized Thank Yous
  • Gives you the ability to send invitations in different languages – great for bilingual families!
  • You can spice it up with music, a theme, customized script for different groups, and more!

Sending a personal video inviting guests to such a big day in your life can be very touching. Consider making your wedding a paperless one and ensure everyone receives a special message, ensure no items are lost in the mail and ensure you are spending your wedding planning time and money efficiently.

Get started with your own wedding website today!

How to Navigate a Bridal Show

My Wedding Show ChecklistBeing engaged is a wonderful feeling. We at Eventastic know there is inspiration everywhere and friends and family are making themselves available to support you at every turn.  Attending a Bridal Show is often on the top of a newly engaged woman’s to-do list.  These shows can be insane for a bride to be.

You will likely have friends and family with you who are pointing out things that you may like but how do you decide who to spend your time with while there?  It can be really easy for a girl to lose track of what she wanted to achieve. My advice to those attending a bridal show is this:

Decide who you must chat with


Download our list
of the possible vendor types that will be at the show. Then decide who you will need for your big day and start marking them on your ‘must chat with’ list.
I would recommend couples take a moment to talk with everyone at the show… even if only for a moment to:

  • see what they have to offer
  • to get more ideas via through photos, cake decor, etc
  • to learn what is available

You may also find that you are unsure of all your needs. It is still valuable to get some information in case the need pops up, for example, if you haven’t selected your venue you won’t know if you need to bring in rentals.

Time it out

You probably don’t want to be wandering through the wedding show for 6 hours. There is almost always a fashion show which is a great way to veto out styles and point out to your girls what you like for dresses.

Keep in mind regular meal time. Everyone will enjoy themselves much more if their stomach isn’t growling. Plan a snack or meal before or after the show. This also gives you time to discuss details and point out things you love or disliked.

Don’t forget to give yourself a fair amount of time to have conversations. You may find yourself trying cakes, flipping through photo albums or looking at travel books.

Get Solid information

Prepare questions for those on your must chat with list! Bring them on a clip board and ask one of your girls to take notes. After talking to 50 people it can be hard to remember who said what exactly, notes will take the pressure off trying to remember the small details of each vendor. Some questions to consider for example are:

  • How far in advance do you need to be booked?
  • What is the cost?
  • What installments do I pay in?
  • What method of payment do they accept?
  • Are there travel expenses?
  • How many meetings do you expect to have?
  • How long does it take to do hair/make-up?
  • Do you have preferred vendors that you work with?
  • Is there a discount if you book early?

Don’t forget to download your Wedding Show Guide!

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

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

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

Wedding Guest List Tips for You

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

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

1. Remember Your Budget 

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

 

2.  Guest List Spreadsheet

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

 

3.  Parents Wishes

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

 

4.  Children

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

 

5.  Prioritize

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

 

6.  Be Considerate

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

 

     

           

Complimentary Photos For Your Wedding Website? Yes, It’s Possible!

ImageSometimes your photographer will give you some complimentary engagement photos if they are aware that you will add these photos to your custom wedding website profile page.  Photographers can watermark the photos discreetly thus allowing all your guests to see their work on your own Wedding Website on www.eventasticweddings.com.  Great advertising for photographers and you get free photos! Its a Win Win.

Your big day is one of the most important days of your life. There is absolutely no doubt that you would want absolute perfection for your wedding photographs. These photographs will become a permanent reminder of your special day, and something that you would want to share with family and friends for the rest of your lives.

Keep in mind to communicate with your photographer the type of photographs you want and story you want to tell. Make sure that your photographer expresses you and your fiancé’s personality through the photographs. Whether you are serious, quirky, spontaneous or fun; these traits can be reflected in the photos.

People say that the best shots are the ones that are more natural; not posed. Eventastic Weddings has this great Photo Sharing feature that allows your guests to take candid snapshots with their smartphones and upload the pictures through live stream on your own custom wedding website that will be projected on a screen during your wedding. This is fun and exciting for guests at the wedding who will have a blast taking pictures and uploading them to the live stream. This is the end to disposable cameras on the tables. Tradition meets Technology.

Bonus! You get candid snapshots that you would not have seen in the first place!

And for those who are worried about any inappropriate pictures being seen…Don’t worry we took care of that detail. You can turn on a filter on the photo live stream during the reception to prevent any inappropriate shots being released. You can have your best maid, maid of honor or family friend, someone you trust with this responsibility.

Visit our website at www.eventasticweddings.com

Happy Wedding Planning!

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