Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Save the Date

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When it comes to planning your wedding, the first thing that comes to mind is the most important: picking a date! With so many factors to wedding planning and various times of year, choosing which day is “The BIG Day” can seem overwhelming. Don’t let this fun time get the best of you — read on for some tips (source: The Knot) on how to best Save the Date to avoid any unnecessary stress:

  1. SEND save the dates! You don’t want your guests to be in the dark about when your wedding is taking place, and giving them a heads up allows them to make the necessary arrangements to witness you tie the knot.
  2. Send them early enough. The general guideline here is 6-8 months before the big day. Giving your friends and loved ones plenty of time in advance ensures that they’ll be more likely to be able to attend, and gives you peace of mind that everyone you want there is aware. Win-win!
  3. BUT, don’t send them TOO early! On the opposite side of things, if you send save-the-dates too far in advance, guests are more likely to forget about the date. Moreover, the details of your wedding may change between that point in time and when you send out formal invitations.
  4. Be sure about who you send them to. Only send them to people who you are 100% sure you want to attend. If you send a save the date to someone you’re unsure about inviting and then change your mind later; it just creates an unnecessary and awkward scenario…yikes.
  5. Don’t worry too much about the design! Since your formal wedding invitations will come later, you can put much more thought and energy into those. Have fun with your save the dates, get creative, and let your excitement shine through.
  6. If you’re into sending them digitally, send paper ones too (as a backup). While technology is reliable 99% of the time (well, mostly…), there’s always a chance that an emailed save the date could get lost in someone’s junk folder. Sending them electronically is by all means a good option, you just may want to send paper ones as well. They can also make a great keepsake for the sentimental folks in your life.
  7. Be clear about who is invited. You don’t want your guests wondering if they can or can’t bring their kids, their new girlfriend, their dog…name the intended guests specifically and intentionally to avoid any confusion.

As an extra gesture, add some special gift-giving to remind those closest to you (such as your groomsmen and bridesmaids who will be an integral part of your special day) to remember the celebration. We have our engraved black matte flask and white skinny mini shown above which make great options!

From Your Things Engraved Social Team

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How to Capture Your Wedding

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These days, our lives are pretty much encouraged to be broadcasted on social media. Everything from something simple as what we had for breakfast to as major as a gender reveal announcement can be seen plastered in squares over Instagram, summed up into short sentences on Twitter, or wrapped up in a photo album on Facebook. Personally, I would call myself a bit of a social media addict — like many of us. I love sharing memories and telling stories with posts and having them to look back on as little snippets of important moments in my life, and I’m sure many of you are the same way.

Social media is one of many current tools that can be a great way to keep track of and store your most important memories and life events. Here are some ideas for how to capture your big day and keep track of all your special moments:

Get the news out early. Proposal announcements are a great way to get your guests involved in the process of your wedding as it unfolds. You can use a special hashtag (see below) and social media to share a photo of the ring and give a glimpse of when/where/how the proposal happened. Or, get creative and take some classic “I Said Yes!” photos with your new fiancee.

Use a custom hashtag. Think of a quirky and catchy phrase to generate a personal hashtag that you and your guests can use when posting images or videos on social media. Many couples use their first or last names in a clever way, or using a play on words — such as #SayYesToTheKress or #MorganHeBargainedFor (some more ideas and tips here). A hashtag is a great way to look back on yours and your guests’ star memories from the day.

Capture video footage. Whether you hire a videographer, take video yourself, or ask guests to send you the videos they capture, putting together a compilation of special moments from the big day is a beautiful keepsake. Wedding Mix is a great website that allows you to upload photos and videos and for a charge, they will create the video for you. On the DIY side, this article coaches you on how to make your own wedding video easily.

Rent a photo booth. Sure, hiring a photographer is great, but what about allowing your guests to take their OWN photos in a fun and engaging way? Plenty of companies (like this one) offer photo booth rentals for your big event. Try to ensure you rent a booth that offers both digital and paper copies of the photos, to ensure that each person in the picture has access to a copy.

Upload photos to a personal online gallery. There are countless free and paid options for uploading your photos online. This is an easy way for you and your guests to access the day’s photos easily and from multiple devices and locations. Some sites even offer password protection for the galleries to keep your memories more private to you and your loved ones. MyAlbum, PixieSet, Wedding Photo Swap, and ShotProof are all great options to check out.

Create a wedding website. Beyond saving photo and video memories, a personalized website for all things tying-the-knot is a great way to keep guests updated on details as they arise, post necessary information, and capture the essence of your wedding in an online fashion. The Knot is a great resource to start creating your wedding website, housing plenty of templates and customization options.

How would (or did!) document your special day? Share with us on Facebook.

From Your Things Engraved Social Team

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Alternative Guestbook Ideas

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Nowadays, I’m blown away by how creative people are getting with weddings. One can quickly fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole of DIYs, themes, colour schemes, proposals, bridesmaid dresses, gifts etc., I know I have! However, it is also a great source to catch up on the latest trends, alternative options, do-it-yourself cost saving options, and updated forms of many timeless wedding ideas.

A current trend I’ve seen a lot of is taking a new spin on the classic guestbook. The so-called “alternative guestbook” is completed by coming up with an activity that your guests can participate in which in turn creates a beautiful looking memento for you.

One of these ideas is a see-through glass box (our Card/Note Box is shown above) in which guests can write messages on paper and place them in the box. As the box fills it not only looks beautiful, but it contains loads of well wishes from the couples’ loved ones which is a lovely keepsake.  A great idea to spice up the look of this “alternative” guest book would be to use different colours of paper or even textured papers (gold, rustic, etc.) to give the box even more charm and to match your wedding colours or theme.

Another idea could be having your guests write their well-wishes directly on a themed display. Since this idea is more simple, you can set up the table around it to be nicely designed. Use the wooden Happily Ever After wall plaque (shown above), customized with your name and wedding date, for the more sentimental couple.

To take the more whimsical route, check out our Wedding Wish Jar (above): a complete kit for leaving sweet dreams or wishes for the newlyweds. Included is the jar itself, a roll of wish cards, and a pen. A great idea is letting the jar fill up with the wishes, and then opening the jar on your first anniversary as a couple for a special gift of love to yourselves.

Of course, a classic guestbook and pen set will do the trick too but perhaps you’re looking for alternatives to the traditions; either way, we can help make your day JUST as you wish!

From Your Things Engraved Social Team

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