Wedding Websites are a great way to make sure that all of your guests know everything that they need to for your wedding. They build excitement, it’s something you can do as a couple, and the more you communicate with your guests throughout your planning process then the more accurate the RSVPs will be to your invitations [electronic or paper].
Websites give wedding information, accommodation information [travel and room blocks], and usually have your registry on them. Speaking of registry, it’s important to start it early because you may find that holiday gifts are from your registry too! As far as cash registries, it works best when it’s for a specific reason. Whether or not you use it for that reason is up to you. Everyone is excited about being part of your big day and the more you share with them, in a way they feel like they’re participating, the more incredible you’re going to feel. Have quizzes, funny videos, updates, FAQs, and stories.
So many guests at weddings just want to congratulate the couple and some never get a chance. By being available as you plan the love that will pour in will always help with the stress and you may get some really great ideas too. Websites are a nice way to start because so many are ready to put together and can be done in a weekend.
Websites are also a great way to handle RSVPs, so if your guests are used to going to your website then they’ll be very likely to hop right on and RSVP, ask any questions they have, and you’ll spend less time on last minute confirmations [and hopefully cancellations as well].
Let’s take a poll ….. what’s been your favorite wedding website to use?
How about your favorite online planning tool?
Selecting a bridal party is a lot like picking a team in dodge ball; either you’re playing to win or just to have fun. If you’re a DIY Bride then choose very wisely because each member of your bridal party will need to have the skills and the personality to get the job done. This also goes for your significant other and their bridal party because if [at most] you’re thinking of Day of Coordination then Ducks in a Row it must be or Squirrels at a Rave you will have …
Thinking of going with a planner? Of course, the honor attendants will always have duties and you may have duties for the other attendants. However, the entire weight of your wedding won’t be on your shoulders and your bridal party won’t need to be bribed with wine to get tasks done [we all know where that ends up anyway].
So before you set about deciding who to ask and present the box you’ve worked so very hard on make sure know which route you’ll be going. Is this something that’s great for you and your relationship or would it be money well spent to have the stress, and clutter, out of your growing romance?
There’s no wrong answer, but there’s a right answer for each couple.
You know the word. It describes everything anti-dream, magical, and amazing. It’s pushy, ever-present, and there’s one at every wedding. Well, I can’t think of a time when I’ve ever been happy to see one ….
It seems like B-word is always out to ruin a good time. That same B-word is ready to put a damper on the fun at the first chance. B-words suck, don't they?
The B-word, budget, is a source of stress, but it doesn’t have to ruin our good time, put a damper on our fun, or not let us have the wedding of our dreams. As frustrating as it is not to have a money tree growing in our backyard, there are a few good aspects to having budget. Aside from going bankrupt and having to sleep under the stars with your new spouse (not like the romantic kind of sleep under the stars, but we don’t have four walls so we don’t have a roof either kind of sleep under the stars). So, that’s pretty extreme, what are some okay reasons for a budget so we don’t totally hate it and some of the sparkle and magic stays on your engagement.
A budget encourages personalization. If everyone had the same amount to spend on a wedding then they would all look like whatever is on trend with different couples in the photos. It’s the personalization, the creativity, and how we overcome some of the need/want versus budget that makes each wedding day so unique.
It makes us prioritize what’s most important in the wedding so that we focus on that aspect. If the ceremony is the most important part then spend on your dress, the florals, and a videographer (get audio because you’ll want to hear your vows again). If a raging party is what you want then put your money on venue, entertainment, and make sure to have an open bar.
It’s hard to stay on a budget, some are incredible at it, but most of us suck at it (let’s be honest because they’re like diets). Here are a few tips for keeping your budget-based stress lower:
Ever heard the saying, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch?” Yes, it’s a bit morbid, but very true. Until you have the funds assembled and know for certain that your budget is solid, it’s still in the works. It it’s an item, such as paying for your wedding gown, hair or makeup or the Rehearsal Dinner, then agreeing on a set amount should be enough as long as both parties stick to the plan. If the budget for the dress is $700 and I decide I want one that’s $900, I need to be prepared to pay for the other $200 and alterations (unless I’m one of those amazing humans that just puts everything on and it fits).
However, communication is underrated and taking the time to try on other dresses then expressing how we feel in a healthy and respectful manner, one that shows we’re very appreciative and are prepared to pay the difference and hold no resentment over it. We just want to make sure it’s not going to upset the one being gracious enough to buy the dress …. and we may be surprised at the answer we get because in the end this is all about love.
What’s the point of Engagement Party? I already told everyone and posted on social media.
Engagement parties are a chance for those closest to you to celebrate your engagement share how happy, and for you to share your happiness with them. It can be at your home, virtual, or a happy hour.
COVID-19 has made the virtual engagement party a great option. As well as being affordable, it’s a pretty cool to begin with when you think about it since social media platforms now have group video capability.
Are invitations necessary? It would depend on what kind of Engagement Party you were planning, but most would be great with something like RSVPify (free events) or sending an electronic invitation (a text photo).
In-home or virtual, both are very cost-effective. They’re are about starting an exciting new chapter in both your lives. Your families will now know you as both of their children (if they don’t already see it that way), so it’s a big deal. This is something to celebrate.
Really want to keep cost low with an at home? Make it B.Y.O.B. or a cocktail hour with cheese and crackers! No decorations needed. Maybe a We’re Engaged sign or balloon? The Engagement Ring is probably enough ;)
I’ve always wanted to write a blog, but wonder what I should write it on. After planning for a few years, getting married, then planning some more I decided that the best place would be to start at the beginning.
Not hiring vendors, not selecting venues, not picking your wedding party …. oh no, the beginning. The moment when the world stops and all you hear are those words, “Will you Marry Me?”
Did you cry? Did you laugh? Did you say, “About damn time?!?”
The beginning is time for reflection and to enjoy this blissful bubble of happiness that’s just yours to share. No one knows the feelings your feeling because they’re yours.
Once you set a date, make those calls, set appointments then that clock starts ticking. Enjoy this time, celebrate your love with each other, family, and friends.
It’s important to remember the way you celebrate your love is a reflection of your love for each other. Pinterest is wonderful, I love Pinterest. It’s a great place to go once you have ideas, but not the place to go to find ideas. This we’ll revisit later :)
Right now celebrate, post those pictures, hold each other as much as possible, and talk about what makes both of you happy when it comes to the idea of a wedding [if that’s what you want].
Always taking suggestions and answering questions! Congratulations!
Here’s to Your Memories,
Megan A. Kennedy, IWPA
Megan loves a challenge, Blog, game on. A B.S. in Marketing, M.S. in Administration & Supervision, a Certified Wedding Planner, Certified Event Planner, and Certified Party Planner.