Getting Pictures From Your Guests

Facebook and Google+ has made it a lot easier for people to share photos from weddings. Just upload, tag and share. But what happens when you aren’t friends or connected to someone that might have taken a great picture of you or of you and another guest. Well, with technology, there’s an app for that!

 

Apple has the largest amount of applications available with just over 600,000 to choose from,  and Wedding Party App is one of those. A well thought-out app,  that is not only incredibly easy to use, but best of all it is FREE. A no charge easy solution to collect all of your guests’ behind the scenes photos.

Your wonderful photographer will capture all the beautiful highlights, but guests capture the subtle, the fun, the surprising and the unexpected moments. Wedding Party App has some wonderful features that we know you will appreciate.

 

 

Suggest bulk uploads: 
With the iPhone camera being as good as many point and shoot cameras, guests end up taking a ton of pictures through their phones. Wedding Party App does not require your guests’ to take photos within the app, instead they suggest photos based on the time and location that they were taken. It automatically shows guests the photos they’ve taken at the wedding making it incredibly easy to share. Then couples can upload all of the photos at once with our bulk upload functionality. It’s really simple, any of your guests will be able to figure it out!

See your wedding in perfect order from the walk down the aisle to the first dance-
While majority of photo sharing apps timestamp your photos with the time of upload, Wedding Party App does something a little more unique. As guests upload photos to the app, Wedding Party App automatically arranges them in your wedding timeline based on when they were captured and NOT when they were uploaded. This way when all the pictures have been uploaded, the couple get a minute by minute timeline of their wedding in the app. From the walk down the aisle to the first dance, all the way to the bouquet toss and send off!

Download all your guests’ hi-res  photos for free-
With just one click you can bulk download all the high resolution pictures that were captured at your wedding!

Add personal touches-
You can customize the app and add a personal touch to it. You welcome the guests with a cover photo of your and your fiance (like above). The app is branded with the name of the couple and we even have customized email invites you can send to the guests along with free personalized place cards and a poster you can download and print( see below)!

Perfect for friends and family that could not make it to your destination wedding-
Destination weddings are super popular these days but the cost and distance make it nearly impossible for everyone to show. Wedding Party instantly streams all the pictures from your guests to the app and a website as well, so relatives at home can follow every special moment! So, it’s a neat way to follow along and even participate!

 

 

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Day After Wedding Day Shoot

Ever considered a Morning after/ Day after wedding shoot?

A morning/day after wedding shoot is a great way to capture your first day together of being married. More and more couples are choosing to have these as it gives them the chance to take more relaxed and low key shots. It also allows them to get images in different locations and/ or styles without worrying about the time schedule of their wedding day. Some people really like the idea, but believe that the shoot will delay their honeymoon, however planning one for when you and your partner get back is always a possibility.

When you start to think of the different elements, there are so many options to choose from when planning a day after wedding shoot. Maybe you didn’t have an engagement shoot and so would like to plan one for your first year anniversary together, just like this one featured on green wedding shoes.

Perhaps you’re planning a destination wedding, in which case you could get your photographer to shoot you and your partner touring and exploring a specific area of your destination. Many wedding destinations have beautiful scenery and historic sites and these can be used as backdrops – Take inspiration from this couple.

There are no wrong or right ways to do a morning/day after shoot, so whatever suits you and your partner’s personalities is what you should go for. After all you want to feel comfortable.

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Couple snuggled up in bed (morning after wedding) still in wedding attire

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Love this shot! Perfect for a hot destination wedding

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The images can be as relaxed and playful as you want

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You don’t have to wear your wedding attire….This shot captures the joy of ‘just married’

If you and your partner were thinking of planning a morning/day after wedding shoot, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to get you started. Like I said, there are no wrong or right ways to do this….be creative and most of all do what you want as you’ll enjoy it and it will most certainly show in the pictures!

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 — Reposted from: Coordinated For You

Wedding 101: 10 Biggest Things Brides Forget

With all the planning you’re doing right now, it’s hard to imagine there’s any detail you haven’t thought of, but trust us, there are certain to-dos that somehow never make it to the list. Here are the top ones we hear about all the time.

Making post-wedding plans

We’re not talking about the honeymoon here (who would forget to plan that?). We mean you need to decide what you’re doing immediately after your wedding. If you don’t want the party to end with the last dance, you should pick a late-night spot in or near one of the guest hotels. If privacy isn’t all that important, book your wedding night room in the same hotel as your guests. If you just want to get to bed, we strongly suggest you book a room elsewhere.

Bringing your overnight bag

If you’re allowed to check into your hotel room early—and you don’t personally need to be there to officially check in— pick someone to drop your overnight bag at your hotel before your ceremony starts. A guest who’s staying at the same place will more than likely be happy to do this for you, since they’re going to have to check in anyway! If your things can’t arrive sooner than you, ask a bridesmaid to be responsible for bringing your bag to the wedding and finding a safe spot for it in the bridal suite. Even easier, if you’ll have the same car or limo for the entire day and night, opt to keep your stuff in the boot.

Picking someone to take your things home after the reception

Your gifts, mementos (think toasting flutes, cake topper, unity candle and guest book) and any leftover food, booze or cake need a trusty escort to get them home. Choose a person and let them know about their responsibility. And you may want to donate your centrepieces. Nursing homes typically accept flowers, but call at least a few days before the wedding to find out when someone can drop off the arrangements. If you’re changing out of your gown before you head to your hotel room, you’ll need a person to take it home, too— even if you have no plans to get it professionally preserved, you don’t want to leave it behind! Make sure there’s a hanger and a garment bag on hand (the one your dress came with will do!) so your gown stays in tip-top shape.

Deciding where everything goes

Besides planning where all of your guests sit, you need to figure out where you’ll put programs, escort and place cards, menus (if you’re having them) and bomboniere. Once you’ve picked who’s going to set these out—your wedding coordinator, bridesmaids and banquet managers are all good choices—give them clear instructions on where they should go (one bomboniere on every other plate at tables, for instance, if you want couples to share the takeaways, or all of them in two baskets by the exits if you want guests to pick them up on the way out). Also, if your venue’s staff will be setting out these items, find out when you can drop everything off—some venues want everything a couple of days before your wedding; others won’t take anything ’til the actual day.

Decorating the other areas

Of course, no guest will walk out of your wedding if the bathrooms and cocktail bar are left bare. But with all the energy that’s put into dressing up the reception and ceremony spaces, you might want to put in the small extra effort to give these spots the décor they deserve. A few candles will work.

Buying gifts for the wedding party

When gifts are constantly coming to your door, it’s hard to remember that you also need to dole some out! So who makes it on the gift list? Everyone who plays a role in your day—yes, your parents and future in-laws, too. You don’t need to make a big presentation.

Choosing how to gather the gifts

There are three times when guests are likely to thrust gifts at you: while they’re in the receiving line, during your table visits and when they leave for the night. Designate a person—one of your bridesmaids, your mum or your groom’s mum—to collect envelopes, and have them by your side with a large but inconspicuous bag when you’re saying hello and goodbye to your guests. That person should also keep an eye out for guests who seem a little lost at the reception—they may be trying to figure out where they should put their gift! If you decide instead to have a wishing well, box or other stationary receptacle, tell a few people to subtly spread the word around.

Figuring out your day-after plans

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight from your hotel, make advance arrangements for a car service to take you from the hotel to the airport, and be sure you bring any luggage you want with you on your trip (and a passport if you need it). If you’re not going on your honeymoon right away, then you need to know where you’re going the morning after your wedding (to your new—or old—home, or your parents’ house?) and how you’re going to get there. Park your car at the hotel before your wedding if you’re allowed, or ask a friend to come pick you up and bring you where you want to go the next day. Don’t schedule your ride too early—with any luck, you’ll be exhausted.

Bringing the legal documents

Signing your marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony is one of the most important aspects of your day; after all, it officialises the reason you threw a wedding in the first place! After all the hours of planning, you’re probably more focused on the party afterwards than the legal side of your nuptials, but without the paperwork, all the stress and money spent will be for nothing. Your celebrant should hopefully keep you on top of all the legal requirements, such as lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month and a day before your wedding day, and bringing along three marriage certificates for you to sign on the day. Check with them a few days before the wedding so you can have peace of mind.

Making and confirming itineraries

Check in with every single supplier, from the limo driver to the linen rental company, one week before your wedding. Many of your pros will beat you to it, so be ready to go over times and locations whenever you get a call. Send out agendas to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, too—how else will they know what time you’re taking photos? If someone in the bridal party is notorious for being late, start their schedule half an hour early just in case.

Source: TheKnot.com

The Grand Exit


It’s the finale of your dream wedding, the moment when your new life as a “Mr. & Mrs.” begins, so it’s important to make your grand exit spectacular! One thing I absolutely love about my brides is that they make every detail unique and special to them.

The days when throwing rice was the norm for a grand exit are over! It’s time to think outside of the box, so to get your creative juices flowing.

Here are a few of my favorite exit options.

After The Wedding: Changing Your Name

Now that the honeymoon is over and the big day is done, it’s time to really make everything “official!” It’s time to change your name.

 If you decide to change your name, there are many different ways to chang your name. You can hyphenate (which I’ve heard makes signing things pretty annoying), you can completely change your last name to your new husband’s, or you can change your maiden name to your middle name. I personally dropped my maiden name, for personal reasons, kept my middle name and added my husband’s last name.  The choice is solely yours.  But let me tell you- it was a process. I still don’t even have some credit cards, student loans and meaningless accounts changed.

When I changed my name, it took me a while. First, I had to research where I had to go and what I had to do. Then I had to find the time to go to the Social Security office, which took about a month. Once I went there, it was pretty much a day-long excursion, so then the following week I had to take a trip to the DMV.

I will tell you one thing though. If I had known about something like Name Change Express, I would have totally used it!

Name Change Express is exactly what you need to help you save time when it comes to changing your name. They give you instructions on what needs to be done to change your name. (And believe me- despite what you think, it’s not easy to find instructions online.) Name Change Express provides you with addresses and forms you need.  A cool thing about Name Change Express is that they are the only name change service that provides company-specific name change requirements for 100’s of companies across the U.S. (companies like Citibank, American Express, Geico, United Airlines, etc).  Brides who purchase the $30 service know exactly what these companies require to process their name, where they have to mail notification letters, and what documents must be included. Brilliant!

If you decided to doit all on your own,  here’s is a list of some of the places you may need to notify of your change of name.

Bank and Saving Accounts
Dept. of Motor Vehicles – Driver’s License
Social Security Administration
Club Memberships
Credit Cards
Employment
Insurance Policies
Loans including Mortgage Company
Loyalty Cards
Medical Records including Doctors and Dentist
Passport
Pensions
Subscriptions to any magazines etc
Utility Bills
Will

Wedding 101: Tipping Vendors

“Should I tip my vendors?”

It’s an age-old question, but there’s not much information out there on it to help you all decide. I remember I myself had no idea about whether or not I should tip my vendors.

There’s really no right or wrong answer to whether or not you tip your vendors. It’s really just guidelines to follow, and if you want to, then that’s great! Here are a couple guidelines to remember and consider when you’re thinking of tipping your vendors:

 

1. First and foremost, it’s all up to you and of course the service that you receive from the vendor. Know that tipping is never required. It’s always a nice surprise of course, but it’s never expected.

2. You’ll definitely want to know if a tip of some sort has already been included in your total. If there is an extra charge, ask what it goes towards. Caterers and venues tend to include a gratuity for their servers and bartenders in your final costs, but ask them to make sure! Often times for some vendors there can be a “service fee”, but it usually goes to operating costs for things to happen correctly on your wedding day and it’s not considered as a tip (i.e. paying employees, equipment rentals, etc).

3. Think of it as if you were tipping a server at a restaurant. You would tip them 15%, 20%, etc of the total bill, right? The amount that you tip would depend on the level of service they provided you as well. But what if you’re in a party of 8 or more and gratuity was included? Then you’re not as likely to tip them on top of that.  A wedding vendor is providing you with a service as well, so follow that same thought process with your vendors.

 

What To Do With Wedding Leftovers

Now that the big day is over, you’re left with a bunch of flowers, some yummy cake and lots of center pieces you have no idea what to do with. Don’t fret my friends, I have some answers !

Wedding Cake: 

The wedding cake has been an important part of the wedding celebration since Roman times when a thin wheat cake, representing bounty, was crumbled over the bride’s head to ensure her fertility. Today, many couples save the top tier of their wedding cake.  This tradition took root in the late 19th century when ingredients like flour and sugar were more expensive. As a result, wedding cakes often double as christening cakes, assuming a celebration of this sort would be in order a short time after the wedding.  Today the tradition has morphed into saving the top tier of your wedding cake for consumption on your first anniversary.  But freezing a cake for an entire year can prove tricky.

Here are some tips to saving your cake:

  1. To avoid a stale cardboard taste, ensure the cake sits on wrapped cake board. A cardboard cake board should be wrapped with foil.
  2. Place the cake in a freezer until the icing becomes firm, 20 minutes to three hours, depending on the icing.
  3. Cover all of the cake’s surface area with a generous amount of plastic wrap, avoiding air pockets.
  4. Follow plastic wrap with two layers of aluminum foil.
  5. Place wrapped cake in an airtight storage container and freeze for a year.

To enjoy the cake:

  1. One day before your first anniversary, begin defrosting the cake: transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator.
  2. After two hours, remove the cake from its wrapping. Continue to defrost in the refrigerator.
  3. Bring the cake to room temperature before consuming.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

If you know you’ll be moving within your first year, lack the freezer space, or simply don’t want to bother with the process of freezing your wedding cake, order a small, six-inch anniversary cake from the same bakery. Ask for similar cake flavors and fillings and have it adorned like your wedding cake (you can even save your cake topper to be placed on it). Use the cake knife and serving set from your wedding, and enjoy the memories of the special day with fresh cake.

Wedding Bouquet & Flowers:

Freeze Dried Flowers (Courtesy: Forever Flowers)

Wedding are special and your bouquet will undoubtedly mean a lot to you and what you do with it will be remembered for years to come.  But what alternatives are there?

One option is preservation. Your mom or grandmother probably have their bouquets either freeze dried or pressed. Both are beautiful options, but Victorian or even “Southern”, in my opinion.  Well now you can have your flowers preserved and turned in to jewelry.  I found this option right before my wedding and I loved it!  There are so many different pieces they can make and the process is pretty cool. It takes a few weeks, but the jewelry will last MUCH longer than the flowers.

Flower Petal Jewelry (Courtesy: Forever Flowers)

I found Forever Flower in Columbia.  They do it all.. freeze dry, press, petal jewelry, etc etc  They also do a really cool monogram with the petals so you can have a framed piece with your new initials. The great thing about this company too is that you can ship your flowers directly to them if you live outside of the Midlands. You can visit them online at www.myflowersforever.com.

Other ideas for your flowers – donate them to a local nursing home or hospital, place some on the gravesite of someone who couldn’t be at your wedding but was there in spirit, or make mulch of them for a garden in your new home.

Other Leftovers:

No, I’m not talking about food. I’m talking about vases, candles, table cloths, aisle runners, frames, signs, decorations etc etc. Chances are you bought some things for displaying pictures or favors, or you bought some vases for centerpieces. And the chances that you’ll need 12 new vases for your new home are slim to none.  So many websites now offer a “Marketplace” for brides to sell there unwanted items.  It’s also a good place for brides looking for things to find items at a reasonable deal.  Some brides even create their own “For Sale” page on a blog.  Here are some links to ones I have found: