Wedding Social Media Do’s and Dont’s

September 18, 2018. Category: advice, real wedding

Whether you are the bride, groom or wedding guest, social media is a fun way share your experience of the special day. Before you press send it is important to know some wedding social media etiquette, to make sure you don’t overshare the intimate event.

To help out we’ve created a list of some social media dos and don’ts to help you avoid any wedding faux pas.

Photo: Abby Jiu

Do set up a wedding hashtag.

Do use a hashtag that guests can easily spell.

Do tell the guests what the hashtag is. Post it on your website, on a reception sign or even cocktail napkins.

Do check your wedding hashtag to see if it has been used before.

Do include a place for guests to take pictures. Incorporate a well lit photo wall or backdrop so guests can snap some wedding selfies.

Don’t post too many design pictures as you plan. You want to leave an element of surprise for your big day.

Don’t post pictures of the bride on the wedding day until she in down the aisle.

Don’t post pictures of other guests that they wouldn’t want their boss to see (ie, after too many glasses of champagne).

Don’t let your vendors post too many pictures if you want your wedding published in a magazine.

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I Promise To…

March 21, 2018. Category: advice, ceremony, wedding tips

Have you and your fiancé decided to write your own vows? Are you unsure of where to start? You are in luck because we have a few helpful ideas to assist you in the creation of your meaningful vows.

The first place to start is with your fiancé. You both should chat about your respective expectations. Are you planning on keeping your vows under 2 minutes or under 1 minute? Are you going to type out your vows or write them down in a booklet? Are they ok with using humor? As you’re talking about your vows together, ask any question that comes to mind. Once you have a loose outline of what your vows will look like it will be easier to build out your personalized vows.

Photo: Lissa Ryan Photography

Next up is inspiration. Watch videos of the two of you together, or go back through photos of your relationship. Jot down what looking at those things make you feel. Try gathering inspiration from a favorite movie or book. Do you want to use a specific line from a movie the two of you enjoy? Do it! These vows are all about your relationship, and can be as unique and fun as you design them to be. Another place to find inspiration is the traditional wedding vows. For example, use the words “to love and to cherish” as a starting point. Use those words to point out specific ways you plan to go about loving and cherishing your partner. If you jot down what those words mean to you it will help you build your vows.

Photo: Eli Turner Photography

Don’t wait until the last minute to write your vows. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, you want to have plenty of time to practice reading your vows out loud. Don’t forget to leave time to make edits as well! Once read out loud it is easier to pick up what sentences don’t flow with one another, and what parts of your vows might be tongue twisters. Try practicing looking into a mirror as well. You want to be looking into the eyes of your partner while going through your vows!

Still stuck?  The pros at XO Juliet, can craft custom vows for you and your beloved and they offer a discount for A. Dominick brides! They can even help with toasts and hashtags if you are suffering from severe writer’s block.

 

Photo: Jodi & Kurt Photography

Writing your vows is a very special way to personalize your wedding ceremony. It’s an intimate view into your relationship, so be sure to take time to make this a meaningful experience for your partner, and your guests.

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National Wedding Planning Day

March 01, 2018. Category: advice, wedding planner, wedding tips

Your fiancé surprised you and proposed – congratulations! You are thrilled, and can’t wait to get started planning your dream wedding. So what should you tackle first? Since today is National Wedding Planning Day we wanted to share our own wedding planning 101 to help you get started.

Know Your Budget. It is crucial to organize your budget as you can not make any decisions or hire any vendors without knowing what you want to spend. It is important for you to discuss what is financially realistic based on what you and your fiancé can contribute, along with your families. Use that number as a guideline throughout your planning process.

Eli Turner

Pick a Date. Begin to narrow down the dates that you would like to get married on. It’s helpful a few dates in mind as your venue may be already booked on one of your choices. If you are having a hard time picking specific dates, try to narrow it down to at least a season. You can then go over the spring season with your venue and different vendors to find out their availability.

Katelyn James

Choose the Style of your Wedding. Do you love the city? An urban style wedding may be the way to go for you. Is an outdoor wedding more your style? Maybe you have always dreamed of a formal wedding at your family’s country club. Have fun and be authentic with this one!

Bonnie Sen

Create your Guest List. Get your guests’ names down on paper instead of thinking that you know the amount of people you want to invite. You may be surprised how many people you write down after tackling your list with your fiancé and families.

Abby Jiu

Hire a Wedding Planner. Wedding planners are considered experts at what they do for a reason! Consider hiring a wedding planner as an investment in your sanity. As your planner, we promise to keep you organized and on schedule so that you have little to no stress leading up to your big day. We won’t make decisions for you, but rather, help you to make decisions. We have years of experience to help you along the way. Most of all, we want your wedding day to be more special than you could have ever imagined!

 

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Invitation Wording 101

February 17, 2018. Category: advice

After you’ve compiled your guest list, the next step of inviting your family and friends to your wedding should be much easier, right? Making sure you word your invitations with the correct etiquette can make the process more daunting than expected, especially if your family dynamic is unique. We’ve included a few tips and tricks below to help you make your invitation as casual or formal as you desire, while respecting your specific situation:

Photo: Bonnie Sen Photography

Traditionally, the hosts of the wedding extend the invitation to all guests. Your guests presence will be requested in two ways traditionally. One, “the honor of your presence” denotes that the ceremony will take place in a house of worship or that a religious service will take place. Two, “the pleasure of your company” denotes that the ceremony will be taking place in a country club, home, outside, generally anywhere else aside from a house of worship.

Photo: Eli Turner Studios

According to Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery, traditional wedding invitations only have the names of the bride’s parents, not stepparents, listed. However, if the bride’s step-parent has been involved in her life since an early age or the bride feels especially close to her step-parent then they can certainly be listed.

Bride’s Mother & Step-Father

Mr. and Mrs. John Matthew Smith

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of her daughter

Sarah Frances Jones

 

Bride’s Father & Step-Mother

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Linden Thomas

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of his daughter

Lindsey Leigh

Another unique situation can be when both sets of parents are hosting the wedding together. To include everyone in a loving way, most couples choose to state, “together with their families” in the hosting line.

Photo: Eli Turner Studios

If both families are hosting, you can also choose to write out the full names of both sets of parents rather than using the statement “together with their families” in the hosting line.

Photo: Gabe Aceves Photography

Most importantly, try to remember that even though this may seem daunting at the end of the day you should have fun! Make your invitations unique, and be true to your relationship with your partner and your families.

Happy planning!

Photo: Abby Jiu Photography

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Mama’s Boy

January 17, 2018. Category: advice, groom

As a woman who only has a sister, it wasn’t until I had a son of my own, that I could understand the special relationship between a mother and her son. Yes, we are all crazy about our sweet boys.  Yes, it is hard (and happy) for moms to see their sons choose a person that will be the most important in their life.

Keeping this in mind, and yes,  you should keep this in mind, we have a few tips to help you stay in your soon to be mother-in-laws good graces.

Photo: Cassidy Duhon

Choose your battles carefully. She will be your Mother-in-Law for a very long time.  Long after the wedding.  Do you really care what color she wears to the wedding? Would it kill you to invite some of her bowling league friends?  Think long and hard before damaging a relationship that could ultimately impact your marriage, down the road.

Photo: Bonnie Sen Photography

Try to involve her in the planning – where you feel comfortable.  Don’t over commit to having her in the planning process, but if there items that she would love and ideally, that you don’t have super strong opinions, invite her to join.  For some brides and grooms this might be the tasting or maybe dress shopping. That said, if you will get frustrated by her two cents, don’t ask.

The Rehearsal dinner is HER party (if she is paying for it).  You do NOT get to choose the location, theme, menu, etc.  I know this is hard because the rehearsal dinner feels like part of your “wedding weekend” but if you or your parents aren’t paying, you need to allow her to make the decisions.  Don’t fret, you still get to choose a KILLER outfit to wear.

 

Photo: Patricia Lyons

Don’t forget her on the wedding day.  It is a big and emotional day for her.  Let her pick out the song she dances with her son to.  Make sure she knows what time the groom is getting ready so she can pin his boutonniere and straighten his tie

 

 

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