Planning your wedding with Pinterest

Pinterest Wedding Stats from Splendid Insights

Pinterest is now the most popular online tool used to plan weddings and is currently more popular than Twitter, Facebook and Wedding Forums. Which of course it would be because how do you top pictures?? You can’t!! You can’t outdo a visual and that is what Pinterest is. Shoot, I spend most of my time on Pinterest pinning wedding and event inspiration for current and perspective clients. It’s a wonderful tool and if you ever check out my boards, you’ll see that I have boards for weddings attire, wedding photography, wedding ideas and inspiration, even a board for weddings in Washington DC. If a bride or groom needs motivation to plan or a little eye candy, they will definitely find it on my board.

Check out our boards!! – Something Blue on Pinterest

Happy Planning!!

Source: Splendid Insights Global Wedding Market Study  Design: Kelly Ashworth

Picture Perfect #yourwedding

Hashtag notification

Imagine it’s your wedding day and you are having the time of your life. You see and have even posed for the several hundred, maybe even thousands of flashes going off around you and your new spouse. You know, those special moments in time that you pay your photographer hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars to capture and can’t wait to sit down and go through them all.  Now, what about those remaining flashes that were from family and friends and all of their pictures? You know, those who were snapping away with their cameras & smartphones.

A great idea is to assign a unique hashtag to your event. When friends and family post pictures to the awesomeness that are searchable social media sites and apps like Instagram and Twitter you and your guest can run a search on your hashtag and view all of the pictures that were tagged and are now associated with that hashtag. You can view them right away, that night even without having to wait the weeks it takes to view your photographer’s collection.

A great way to advertise your hashtag are to create cute little cards or small signs that sit at each table ensuring that guests will have the information handy when snapping and uploading. Another great idea is to create a large banner or sign utilizing poster board or a chalkboard to remind guests of your hashtag. Grab a friend that can draw or graphically design your event logo or monogram and don’t forget to add your event date and unique hashtag (don’t forget the “#” sign). You’ll be happy you did it!

I’m sure you won’t be taking inventory beforehand of those who will be bringing their cameras so who knows who will be taking pictures. This way you will see all of the great candid shots and you never know, some might even come out just as fabulous if not even more so than your professional photographer’s. Now besides enjoying all the photos of your special day via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you can take it one step further and create a fabulous photo book using an online photo services such as Shutterfly, Kodak or Blurb. I’m excited for you!!

Happy Planning!!

LaToya 🙂

Hashtag board – source
Instagram cards – source

Announcing your engagement with style!

The Proposal

You’ve just gotten engaged – CONGRATULATIONS!! Now what? Well how about having a party, your engagement party that is. What better way to celebrate the occasion as well as announce your bridal party and introduce both families. Your engagement party should take place within three (3) months of your proposal. It can be as formal or casual as you prefer. The typical party  will include a game or two, food, fun and friends. It’s also a good idea to acknowledge your wedding party with a token of your gratitude but it’s certainly not mandatory.

I’ve always preferred a really nice cocktail party or a nice sit down dinner party where you can decorate appropriately with a nice tablescape that will echo the theme of your wedding. Traditionally, engagement parties are hosted by the bride’s parents but there is nothing to say that in this day and age to hinder the groom’s parents from joining in on the fun or the couple from hosting the party themselves.

Engagement parties are typically intimate affairs. I like the feel of a grown up event, with few to no games at all, just festivities, it’s not a bridal shower or bachelorette party mind you. Typically parties are held in someone’s home but restaurants or hotel event spaces have been used as well. Whatever you choose to do for your engagement party be sure to remember it’s about you, your fiancé and announcing your intent to marry to those you hold most dear.

Some helpful hints are to be sure to budget for the event. An engagement party is like any other important event. Several aspects come into play such as possible space rental, food & beverage, invitations, game prizes, cake, decorations and gifts for your honor attendants. But we’ll touch on the various aspects of the engagement party in Part 2 of “Announcing your engagement with style“.

Happy Planning!

The Proposal – source
Engagement Party – source

Sentimental Value

Sweet Sentiments can be infused into your ceremony, reception and wedding photos for just about any wedding or committment ceremony. Whether it is something that you do, give or showcase be sure to give your wedding that sentimental touch, something that you will look back on and it will just make you smile. There are several ways to highlight how special your family and friends are to you and in ways that will create a lasting memories.

I love the Fingerprint tree!! It’s a great way to involve all of your guests into such a cute keepsake. Also a great guest book alternative, your guests ink their finger and press it to the canvas. If names aren’t pre-printed they can write in their names by their finger print. It’s like a great family tree. This Finger print tree is courtesy of “Style Unveiled” and even includes a customizable template which can be found here at http://styleunveiled.com/wedding-fingerprint-tree.
Finger print tree

The ceremony is a special time when you can showcase pictures of loved ones you have lost. Set up a table with pictures of those lost in nice frames and a few candles. Set it near the guest book so that everyone can see it as they come into your ceremony space. Your bridal bouquet is another aspect that you can add a sentimental touch with a bouquet locket to honor a family member that is no longer with you to keep them close to you at all times during your ceremony. There are memory vases as well where a special message is etched into the glass and you can place at the pulpit or near the unity candle.

Memory table, memory locket and memory vase

Another lovely idea that I have come across is writing a cute note to your bridesmaids on the bottom of their shoes or have your bridesmaid write messages to you on the bottom of your bridal shoes. It’s a great unexpected twist on a thank you note. One Greek wedding tradition is to sign the names of all the single bridesmaids on the bottom of the bridal shoe and the last to rub off is the next to get married. Now how cute is that??

I coordinated a wedding were the toasts were renamed “Words of encouragement” and offered not only the traditional folks (best man, maid of honor, parents) the opportunity to say something about the bride and groom but all of the guests as well. It was so touching and special to hear the love & admiration that everyone had for the couple (young and old). There were sweet stories and funny stories but all special moments of the day.

A small yet beautiful outdoor wedding that I coordinated last year included a prayer circle. After the ceremony, the guest circled the couple while holding hands and the bride’s mother lead us in prayer. It was a very special moment that I will always remember.

Prayer Circle around couple (photo credits - Jax Photography)

Adding a sentimental aspect to your wedding day events are sure to add a special touch to the day. Go with your heart and incorporate something meaningful, just for fun or a cultural tradition. You can’t go wrong because it speaks to who you are as a couple and how you feel about your family and friends. Untill next time…

Happy Planning!!

Memory table – (source)
Memory locket & vase – (source)
Bridal & Bridesmaid shoes  – (source)
Greek tradition shoe – (source)

Groom’s cakes…whose cake?…his cake!!

There is nothing like a Groom’s cake to lighten the spirit of your guy on his wedding day. Remember the Armadillo cake in “Steel Magnolias”?

You get the point. The Groom’s cake, a southern tradition is typically chocolate or liquor based and is a fun and unique way for all significant others to present something special to the man in their lives. Who wouldn’t love a groom’s cake that showcases the personality of the groom? Whether it is a golf bag with clubs or a fish and tackle box as a nod to his favorite pastime or a tote bag with his work out gear or my personal favorite, a cake that represents his favorite sports team.

Favorite things groom's cakes

Favorite Pastime groom's cakes

Many grooms elect to have their cake depict their careers such as a fire truck for fireman, a badge for a policeman or a computer for a programmer.

Career grooms cake

Groom’s cakes can also be fun and showcase his favorite movie or cartoon character. Another fun idea is to have the cake represent something that he always wanted like that expensive sports car he has several magazines of or a stack of money. Throw them all together like in the groom’s cake for NBA baller Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats. His cake had all of his favorite things. Either way, the cake should express the personality of the groom and his style, his favorite things and it’s sure to be a big hit.

Grooms Cake

Groom's Cake for NBA baller Tyrus Thomas

Cake credits:
Charm City Cakes – Pac-Man, Fish and tackle box, Running shoe and Fire truck
Charmed Treats – Stacks of money
Just Cakes – Box of cigars and Luggage
Creative Cakes – Boxing gloves