Posts Tagged ‘wedding planning’

The Pixelated Bride

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Nose Touch

We can all agree that a typical characteristic of a bride-to-be would be “glowing”, but did anybody ever consider that the glow might just come from the Retina screen of her Macbook Pro? Yes, that’s right; today’s bride has gone online.


Let’s play the “how many boards” game. How many boards does it take to plan a wedding? From flowers to bridesmaid dresses, we think between ten to twenty boards is reasonable enough. Through Pinterest, brides can become their own wedding planner. Keep all ideas in one place and when you finally think you’ve reached the permissible amount of pins before you feel like you’ve gone through the entire Internet, congrats! Start planning.

Not only is Pinterest an accessibly large pocket of ideas, but it also lays everything out in front of you and helps you see what direction you’re set out to accomplish. Do you want a rustic touch of antique or a modern affair? Your brain knows, and all the contents of your subconscious have mentally vomited all over your Pinterest boards. Once you’ve grasped what exactly your subconscious wants, anything otherwise has no chance of smuggling its way in.


Besides updating your status to “I’M ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” you can also use the many facets of Facebook to not only “promote” your wedding, but to keep family and friends in the loop.

Not to be confused with a club promoter, but as a bride, keeping people interested in the main event is a good thing. What if someone were to choose between your wedding and a weekend getaway to Branson, MO? We’d like to assume they’d avoid the latter at all costs, BUT JIC maybe you should frequently rather than not-so update your wedding peoples that this thing is INDEED still happening.

Pop into the “Check-in” feature and tag your bridesmaids at a dress fitting or create an album containing pictures that lead up to the big day. Take advantage of the pre-set website-feel Facebook profiles consist of. Also, if you have family members who live far away, the “Create Event” feature, which is a creative play on an E-vite, can make things such as an engagement party or photo session easier to plan.  There is a constant flow of communication with every invited guest within it, making organizing effortless.

Photo credit:  Paul Morse, former White House photographer to George W. Bush and veteran wedding photographer.  You can find him here in our studio when he is in DC or at his current home New Orleans, Louisiana.


How We Started to Save the Date

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Emily Post is unquestionably the Mother of Etiquette and her 1922 book ‘Etiquette’ remains a popular and regularly updated handbook for even the most modern party host. Post (and her successive reigning Guardians of Etiquette) have always suggested giving guests plenty of notice, with the average timed invitation back in her day going out about three weeks before the Big Day. However, as people have become more widely connected, the need to give guests even more notice about a wedding date has become part of the New Normal. It is now more common to send out invitations 3 months in advance if Save The Dates have been sent. Often, the wedding date is determined by the availability of the couple’s chosen venue, which in some cases are booked for years in advance. This kind of planning has made it easier for couples to notify far flung friends and relatives with plenty of time for them to budget for travel expenses, book time off with their employer or make other plans needed for cross country or even international travel plans. And when you only know the date, it’s impossible to send out a real invitation with all the details. Enter the perfect solution – the Save the Date card. Here’s our Save The Date guide for more information on when to send out those save the dates and invitations.

A Classy Heads Up

Save the Date cards became popular in the mid-2000s and have taken off in recent years. The cards do little more than announce the date of the wedding and are used as a way to tell guests simply to keep the date free and more details are on the way. As wedding websites become increasingly popular, it’s also a great way to communicate your website address to your guests at an early time, so they can have easy access to updated wedding details as they become available. This kind of initial notification was once done verbally among family and friends and, as the internet turned us into a global community, notifications were sent via email or even through Facebook or Twitter.

But when planning something like your wedding, many people want to avoid blasting mass emails or sending out electronic notifications on public social media websites. Save the Date cards fill this need perfectly while framing the entire wedding with a bit of class. These custom cards can be fun or formal, and are available in high end formats, including elegant letterpress, which can then be used as a basis for the style and feel of the entire wedding.

Save the Date – From Optional to Required

Save the Date cards are now considered to be pretty standard for any wedding. Even smaller wedding parties should use the cards as a way not only to formally announce the wedding itself, but also to allow guests the greatest chance of being able to attend. Work schedules alone have become more demanding for many people and getting time off to attend a wedding can be difficult. Add to that the expense of travel and the need for families and out of town guests to plan for, budget and shop around for travel options. All of it adds up to a lot of hassle, not to mention the expense. Using a Save the Date card gives your family and friends plenty of time to make their arrangements and is considered good manners. The added bonus to using these cards is that you’re able to blend style, sophistication and old world etiquette into modern life. Emily Post would be proud!