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Fun Ways To Include Kids In Your Wedding

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Children have the unique ability to steal the spotlight of the event in the best way possible… just by being themselves. If you have children in your life that you would like to be a part of your wedding, you may want to consider these ideas.

Wedding Roles

Giving your little love a title such as “junior bridesmaid” or “junior groomsmen” is an honor that they will remember. They can wear an outfit similar to the rest of the bridal party and participate in all of the events (except bachelor and bachelorette parties, obviously). If the child is a bit older, you can enlist them to make a DIY project to be displayed during the wedding reception or ceremony. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional escort to walk the bride down the aisle, you can request your child to be the escort. This job is especially sweet for blended families, as your child can symbolically hand off their mother to her new groom.

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

These roles are often held by younger children and can be so fun to watch. Young babies can also take part in the role of flower girl or ring bearer with the help of a wagon to tote them along, or another family member carrying them down the aisle.

Reading A Special Passage

To include children in the ceremony, they can write their own special message to the newlyweds or select a special poem or passage from a book to recite to express their thoughts. Alternatively, if the young one is especially talented with a musical instrument, they can perform a song.

Get Them To Dance

During the reception, plan a special dance between the bride, groom, and children that attend. Not only is this extremely endearing to watch, but it also makes the kids feel special and celebrated during the party. Make sure you tell your photographer to capture these memories too!

Photo by Casey Rose Photography

Did you use any of these tips to include kids in your wedding event? If so, we’d love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!




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Social Media Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

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Social media has drastically changed the landscape of communication for everyone across the world. The wedding industry is no exception to these changes and, as a result, the way the wedding events are arranged, take place, and announced are different. Wedding traditions and common courtesy should overrule in certain situations, so we have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts when it comes to wedding etiquette and social media.

Do: Send formal invitations through the postal service.

Weddings are formal events and really should be treated as such. Sending a formal invitation sets the tone to your guests. Evites are okay for the bachelor/bachelorette parties as they are usually informal.

Don’t: Announce on social media right away.

Your parents, close family, and friends should be informed personally before sharing on social media. Those who care for you the most may be offended if you don’t let them know about the exciting news one-on-one.

Do: Use online wedding resources for inspiration.

Pinterest, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and other social sites are fantastic resources for getting ideas and inspiration for your wedding. Take advantage of their availability and use it to the fullest extent.

Don’t: Share your registry on on social media.

Doing so may come across as greedy (and tacky). If friends and family ask to see your registry, send it to them privately. You can also have your registry hosted on your Wedding Website for invited guests to peruse.

Do: Keep your ceremony unplugged.

You hire your wedding photographer and videographer for a reason – to capture beautiful pictures and video. We recommend asking your guests to keep their phones away during the ceremony to avoid having guests’ phones blocking the view of your photographer and/or videographer.

Don’t: Post photos before your ceremony.

This seems obvious, but it isn’t always! Your wedding party is probably just as excited as you are, and there’s always the possibility that someone might post a photo of you before the ceremony – ruining the surprise for your guests.

Do: Set up a custom hashtag for the reception.

Do you already know that your guests post on social media a lot? Take advantage of it! Decide on a custom hashtag so that you can see all of the photos after the party. You can even book InstaPic, which is a product that downloads all of the hashtagged photos and displays them on a monitor for guests to see throughout the night.

Photo by Thomas Stewart Photography

When it comes to social media wedding activity, keep it simple.

Did you find these wedding social media etiquette tips helpful? If so, we would love to hear from you so contact us to let us know!




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Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Thank You Notes

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Once the post-wedding glow sets in and things calm down, it’s time to sit down and write thank you notes to your guests. It can feel like an endless task if you received a lot of gifts, but don’t fret! When following a few key tips, it can be a painless task that will make you feel satisfied once completed.

Do: Write a few of them at a time.

To avoid messy handwriting, smeared ink, and hand cramps, write 5-10 at a time. If you had 100 guests in attendance, you can accomplish this task while sitting on the couch watching Netflix in about a week or two. Pacing yourself will also allow you to think of a more heartfelt message to send to the recipient, and it will absolutely show when the note is read.

Do: Send the notes out within a couple of months.

By writing the notes in batches as mentioned above, sending out the thank you notes can be accomplished within a few weeks. However, if you do procrastinate in sending them, try to have them in the mail within a couple of months after the event.

Do: Check spelling of names and addresses.

It can be easy to misspell someone’s name or write down the wrong address. If that happens, the thank you note may end up the world of lost mail, and the gift-giver may never receive it. Double check everyone’s address that you’re thanking and the spelling of their name to ensure easy and proper delivery to the destination.

Do: Give a little detail.

Letting your guest know how you plan on using the gift is always a nice touch! For instance, you can thank them for their cash gift and let them know how excited you both are that you are able to put it towards your honeymoon. If it is an item for your home, you can express your gratitude for having coordinating and matching items now.

Don’t: Send pre-written notes.

A wedding gift is generally something that loved ones spend time thinking about and put effort into getting for the wedded couple. Sending a handwritten thank you note is the least that you can do to show appreciation for their kind gesture. Don’t take the easy way out by sending pre-written thank you notes.

Don’t: Forget the guests who weren’t in attendance.

Guests who could not make the wedding sometimes decide to send a gift regardless. Make sure to add these people to your list, and tell them how much you wish they could’ve been there.

Don’t: Write a lengthy essay or novel.

Expressing gratitude does not mean you have to be overly wordy. You can accomplish an endearing “thank you” in 4 or 5 sentences. Mention the specific gift that was given, how you plan on using it, and thank the recipient for attending their wedding if they made an appearance.

Don’t: Send digital thank you notes.

We know that everything is online these days, but there’s nothing like opening a sweet card from the mail. Your guests will be happy to receive your card, and are likely to display it in their home, especially if there’s a photo on it.

With these tips you will be on your way to being a pro at thank you note writing! If these tips helped you out, we would love to hear from you. Contact us to let us know!


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DIY Wedding Day Emergency Kit

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Regardless if your wedding is big or small, an emergency kit filled with save-the-day items is a must. We’ve compiled a list for you of items that we think are must-haves to keep on hand during your big day.

Band-Aids & OTC Pain Meds

Cuts, bumps, bruises, and headaches happen. It’s important to be prepared for them when they do, so throw a few travel packs of Ibuprofen and Band-Aids in your emergency kit to be prepared.

Sewing Kit

This one single item could potentially save the day if someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Some items to include in the kit are needles, thread (black, white, and any other colors on your dress), safety pins, small scissors, and hem tape.

Snacks & Water

It can be really easy to forget to eat when you’re focused on getting ready for your wedding. It’s important to stay hydrated and fend off hunger by keeping a few granola bars, snack-size bags of almonds, and water at the ready. Stay away from eating a big meal while getting dressed to avoid feeling bloated or sleepy.

Hair & Makeup Products

A travel-size bottle of hairspray and bobby pins will tame any hair that happens to become unruly after your stylist team works their magic. Hugging friends and family, sweat, and tears can also cause makeup to become a little smudged, so keeping some lipstick, mascara, and blotting powder close by for quick touch-ups is helpful.

Stain-Removal Pen

A stain-removal pen, such as a Tide To-Go Stick, can save the day. From drinks and food to makeup and dirt, your light-colored dress is prone to stains.

Tissues

A pack of issues can fix anything from lipstick-stained cheeks to makeup tears that are caused from the happy emotions of the day. Stash a pack or two in your emergency kit.

When it comes time to planning out the things you need to do to prepare for your wedding day, don’t forget to add “DIY Emergency Kit” to the list. If you found these tips helpful on your big day and used your emergency kit, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know!





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