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After I Said Yes http://afterisaidyes.com Advice from experienced wedding professionals Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:15:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 SocialTables makes seating charts easier http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1467 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1467#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:15:33 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1467 When I was planning my wedding I can remember the hassle of trying to make the seating assignments for the wedding reception.   We went through sheets of paper and I don’t know how many erasers .   To the rescue is SocialTables a relaunched site that allows planners to design spaces and get your guests in their seats.  The site is free to try and is available now.

 

Here is the link to SocialTables.


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Looking for a different way to propose? http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1462 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1462#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 02:31:18 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1462 In this world of ours where technology is so prevalent why not let your smart phone make the proposal that much easier?  At least this way if they say no you won’t be rejected in person.

 

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The Grand Exit http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1451 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1451#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 03:34:04 +0000 Sarah Fairbairn http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1451 One question that always remains near the end of the planning process is “What will our grand exit be like?”  A lot of the decision can rest in the hands of the reception location.  Most have quite a few rules about what can and cannot be done.

Most reception locations will allow you to throw rose petals- which makes for a pretty picture and no one can get lit on fire- as they could with sparklers.  As you can tell- I’m not a huge fan of sparklers.  It’s not generally a good idea to hand a lit object to an intoxicated person.  Just be careful of throwing rose petals if they will land on stairs or on any sort of slick surface- as they will just make that surface even more slick.

Confetti can also be fun.  And they now make biodegradable confetti- so you don’t even have to clean it up!  Rice is never done anymore as people have found that if birds eat the rice then their stomach’s can explode… not a pretty picture.

If your reception location is very restrictive and will not let you throw rose petals, confetti, or do sparkers- one fun idea that still makes for good photos is having your guests wave fiber-optic wands.  They come in all sorts of colors and you can get spinning ones too.  It may seem a little juvenile, but trust me, I have used these light up wands for several weddings now- all with great reviews.

Usually most of the items that can be tossed at the bride and groom as they exit the reception are done so as they exit into some sort of fun vehicle.  Depending on what part of the country you live in, or where your reception is held, you can leave in many different types of vehicles.  I have had brides and grooms leave in golf carts, vintage cars, Rolls Royce’s, boats, and even a water taxi!  I think the vehicle you choose to leave in should be fun and reflect your personality and the theme or feel of the evening.

Finally, the most important pieces of advice about a grand exit I can offer is if you don’t have a wedding planner to help organize the grand exit – please make sure you put someone in charge of it.  The band or dj needs to direct the guests to go outside and to also take the rose petals or whatever else that might be used for the grand exit.  Someone needs to pass out the rose petals, wands, or whatever you choose to exit with.  Second, please have whomever is in charge of the exit call the person driving the getaway vehicle and have them pull up to where the bride and groom will be exiting from.  It’s important that the vehicle and driver are ready to go!  And finally, someone needs to line up the guests in two lines going towards the getaway vehicle- if you don’t do this, guests will just stand wherever they want to and the photographer cannot get a great getaway photo.   Have fun!

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Facebook Weddings and Engagements http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1447 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1447#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:30:10 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1447 Facebook has added an new area that is called “Weddings and Celebrations.”  Here is what a Facebook spokesperson told CNET:

 ”Facebook has become a unique way people share and congratulate friends around exciting life events such as engagements and weddings or the arrival of a child. To make it easier to keep up with these momentous occasions and to ensure you can share in your friends’ joy, we are rolling out a “Weddings and Celebrations” feature. Beginning today, special events starting with engagements and weddings will be displayed along with friends’ birthdays when you log into Facebook.”

It will work the same as birthdays where you can send congratulations which will be posted on their home page.   Just another way for couples to stay in touch with their friends and family.


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One less magazine to bring to your appointment http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1440 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1440#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 05:05:14 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1440 Brides magazine is now an app that is  available for the ipad.  Just think, no more tearing sheets of the beautiful bridal gown out of the magazine and then forgetting where you put it.

 

Click here for the link.   It looks like the first 30 days are free with another 30 titles also part of the offer.

 

 


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New Event App from Google + http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1432 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1432#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:40:54 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1432 I am not suggesting that we scrap the formal invitation for the online version but Google has a new application which may work for some of the smaller events that are part of wedding.  The really interesting part of the application is that most work to invite you to the event this one encourages you share images real time in their party mode.

Here is the link to the Google + Event.  http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/events/


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New app for wedding planning. http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1429 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1429#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 05:09:13 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1429 Wedding planning is not easy.  There are so many moving parts.  Well know there is a new app called Appy Couple which is in beta presently.  Appy Couple gets you to organize  you wedding planning online and in real time so anyone from parents, bridesmaids and friends can see where you are at with the wedding planning.

The app is available for iphone, ipad, android and the internet.

The app is on initiation only just as pinterest was initially.  You can click here to apply for an invite.

While you are at there site check out there blog.  Looks like some fun information.

 


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Calligraphy: why is it really necessary? http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1421 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1421#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:52:04 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1421  

 Today I am happy to have Melissa Brown, owner of  Calligraphia by Melissa as our guest blogger.  She has close to 20 years in calligraphy. 

Whenever people think of calligraphy, the ancient practice of beautiful hand-lettering, they often comment that it is a “lost” or at best a “dying” art in this age of digital printing. However, using hand-lettered calligraphy to address envelopes, place cards and other stationery for your wedding undoubtedly reaches your invited guests on a personal level that says you care about them. In addition, it provides a first glimpse at the elegance of the event you are planning and leaves a lasting impression for years to come.

Hiring a professional calligrapher for your wedding can save a lot of time and frustration leading up to the big day.  Calligraphy takes years of practice to perfect, and trusting an experienced person to handle the details should guarantee excellence in the quality of the lettering and a timely delivery of finished materials. If you have no clue about envelope etiquette, a calligrapher will have knowledge of this. They may also offer complete invitation assembly and possibly even mail them for you!

When hiring a calligrapher it isn’t essential for the person to have a Master’s degree in the arts, but they should have had training from another artist or mentor as well as several years of experience. Ask questions such as how long they have been doing calligraphy, where they learned it, and which “hands” they specialize in. Then be sure to see samples of their recent work and get recommendations or read testimonials that are published in public forums. The pen strokes should be consistent and confident and the reviews should be good – you will be able to tell a seasoned artist from a newer hobbyist pretty quickly.

Finally, calligraphy shouldn’t eat into your wedding budget. This is often one of the hottest “DIY” items. Most brides fear that hiring a calligrapher will be extravagantly expensive, so they decide to do without it or attempt it themselves in a pinch. This isn’t necessarily the case – good calligraphy is truly affordable as well as valuable, which is why it is making a comeback.

So, is it really necessary? It depends on how much the details matter toward making your event spectacular!


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Pinterest – A Great Wedding Planning Tool http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1414 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1414#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 04:12:22 +0000 Mark Moberg http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1414 Follow Me on Pinterest

In case you don’t know about this web site Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things on the web. You also have the ability to view and share other pinboards from other users.  This site is a great way to gather ideas for your wedding.  You find a great table arrangement from a web site, pin it.  It is so much easier than trying to save web sites.  You also can make notes below you pin to why you like it.  Here is a screen save of a wedding pinboard.  (Click the image to see the full pinboard.)

 

The great thing about pinterest is that you can collaborate with you photographer, florist, wedding planner by visually showing things that you are interested in your wedding.  You can also collaborate with your wedding professionals by having others add to your pinboard.

So give it a try.  You do have to request to be a member but it usually only takes a few days for a response.

 

 


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Wedding Design With A Twist http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1408 http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1408#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:31:45 +0000 Sarah Fairbairn http://afterisaidyes.com/?p=1408  

 

After being in the wedding industry for over 12 years and having read hundreds of wedding magazines, it is my opinion that wedding magazines have become simply boring to me.  I feel as though we have seen everything they have to offer and spark little interest for new and different ideas.

In the past few months I have started to pull inspiration from a new outlet– home décor and fashion magazines.  If you have ever watched “Project Runway”, glanced through an issue of Vogue or House Beautiful you will notice very similar things.  Fashion and Home Design often play off each other and the wedding design industry is following that trend.

Currently one popular trend in home décor is mixing and matching vintage, classic items with the rustic- crystal and reclaimed wood.  Pick up the latest issue of the Pottery Barn catalog and you will see a great example.  Fashion magazines are mixing greys and browns (crystal and wood).  Similarly, wedding magazines are starting to follow these same trends

The “IT” place now for upcoming wedding trends is in fashion and home décor.  Wedding magazines are still a fabulous resource for etiquette and dress design, but for inspiration in reception design turn to “where it’s at”–fashion and home décor.

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