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By: Caitlin Zentgraf
Including your pet in your pet in your wedding party has become a popular trend these days. Who doesn't ooh and ahh at the site of a furry friend wagging its tail down the aisle? But before you decide to have man's or (woman's) best friend by your side, here are some thoughts to consider:
1. Is your pet well-behaved?
2. Does your venue allow pets?
3. Which part(s) of the wedding day will your pet attend?
4. Are any of your guests allergic?
5. Who will be the handler?
6. What will your pet wear?
Photo by Jose Villa
Project by Victoria Hudgins; Photos by Pictilio
Get in the holiday spirit and help your guests find their seats with these easy and eye catching seating assignments!
Step One. To make the ornaments, first choose numbered stickers that match the style of your wedding day.
Step Two. Stick one numbered sticker in the center of each ornament - you will need as many stickers as there are guests at each table.
Step Three. Choose a paint color that coordinates with your day and mix it in a bowl with water- use a 1:8 water to paint ratio for a perfect watercolor effect that will be thick enough to cover the ornament.
Step Four. Using a foam brush, paint each of the ornaments and turn upside down to dry.
Once dry, peel off the sticker and attach a name card with a seasonal string.
To dsiplay, hang the ornaments on a wall, lay them in a bed of garland or hang from a Christmas tree for a holiday twist on your wedding day.
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You can be beautiful on your wedding day for $500!
The Dress - David's Bridal 199.00
The Shoes - Zappos.com - 59.99 (Shipping is free)
Wedding Jewelry - Etsy.com - 59.99 (for the entire set)
Tiara - Light in the box - 29.99
Chapel Length Wedding Veil - Etsy.com - 29.99
Oh hell, we have change. Let's do a Reception Dress!
Reception Dress - David's Bridal - 99.99.
GRAND TOTAL (DRUM ROLL) - 479.94!!!!!!!
CUTE!!! Great deal!
Awesome deal. Too bad David's had zero dresses in my size at that price. I would have loved it!
By: Caitlin Zentgraf
When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun activities!
3. Snorkeling/scuba diving
5. Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden, or local tourist attraction
7. Spa treatments
8. Safari Rides
By: Brittni Mehlhoff
You will need red, pink, and peach spray roses, baby's breath, a pair of scissors, and a vase for this DIY centerpiece.
Remove the leaves from the stems of each rose, separate roses by color and cut the stems down closer to a height suitable for your vase. (It's always better to leave the stems a little long until you've established where it'll be placed in the arrangement).
Select a couple of roses from each color and arrange them loosely in your hand before placing into your vase, which is already filled with water. This small bunch of flowers is your base.
Begin filling in holes with single stemmed roses until you have reached the desired look, making sure to vary the hues throughout the arrangement.
Add small sprigs of baby's breath to soften the arrangement and fill in any small holes.
ReemAcra Lauren Ball Gown Dress - 3,585.00
David's Bridal Satin Ballgown - $149.99
Nina Fulvia Bridal Pump - DSW - $49.95
Stewart Wiseman Bridal Pump - Nordstrom - $298.00
Floor Length Lighter than Air Veil - $340.00
Floor Length Veil - Etsy.com $60.00
Ivanka Trump Onyx Earrings - $2, 995.00
Sterling Silver Onyx Earrings - Amazon. com - $39.00
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Lots of questions swirl around what's OK and what's not when it comes to documenting a wedding via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While experts will disagree up and down the line about what's appropriate for guests, at the end of the day it's ultimately up to the bride and groom. If you're in favor of live documentation, here's a few helpful tips for making the most of it.
1. Pick a #hashtag.
Twitter, Instagram, and now Facebook all use phrases proceeded by the "#" sign to group designated thoughts together in a consecutive stream. Pick something easy to remember, such as #DZWedding or #SmithPartyof2, and stick with the same one for all events surrounding your wedding.
2. Share that hashtag with your guests—just don't do it too early.
Sending out Save-the-Dates and then actual invitations is very exciting, but these are not the places to share your wedding hashtag (leave those for the most pertinent information). It is fine, however, to share your hashtag on your wedding website as it gets closer to your actual ceremony. Guests will be logging on for last-minute gift registry, directions, and other information, and this will get them excited to share snaps and thoughts from the day when it actually arrives.
3. Consider your platforms.
Users generally have a larger following on Twitter, but those followers are more likely to be professional, personal interest, or internet-only connections. Facebook circles are generally smaller, but your photos will more likely be seen by people who may be hurt they were not invited to the wedding. Instagram is the most private of the platforms, with people mostly following real life friends. If you're concerned about privacy, you may want to (politely) request that guests refrain from posting on a particular platform.
4. Wedding weekend has arrived! Now's the time to remind everyone of your hashtag.
Have a bunch of guests staying at one hotel? Include your hashtag on any welcome notes you leave in their rooms. When it comes time for the actual wedding, instruct greeters and members of the wedding party to spread the word as guests arrive. You can also put include it at the top of your ceremony program.
5. Wait—do you really want phones out at the ceremony?
Think carefully about encouraging social media at your actual ceremony. Sure, it will be wonderful to see photos from the very moment you say 'I Do', but you also run the risk of amateur photographers accidentally blocking the shots of your professional ones. Having a night ceremony? There may be multiple flashes going off while you say your vows, which could be distracting. Guests are also more inclined to get sucked into their apps and/or accidentally leave alerts on, which could detract from what's happening between you and your spouse. At the end of the day, social media at your ceremony is entirely up to you, but this is one facet of the wedding that might work best when it's phone-free.
6. Your guests want to know what's allowed and what's not--and it's more than OK to tell them.
If you decide to allow social media at your ceremony, include any special rules or requests in a prominent place on your ceremony program, and ask greeters and family members to reiterate those rules as they say hello to guests. Don't worry about offending anyone too much--guests are more worried about doing something that may accidentally upset you! They'll be grateful for the clear guidelines.
7. Put up signs at the reception.
Create signs indicating your wedding hashtag and the platforms you're encouraging guests to use it on. Place those throughout the party space, perhaps with a few photobooth props by their sides (large sunglasses, mustache sticks, etc). This will encourage guests to take fun, memorable pictures of the night.
8. Collect the Memories!
Use storify to curate tweets and photos from the wedding in one place (you can also ask a friend or relative to do this). Printstagram takes Instagrams of the day out of phones and onto glossy hard stock, which will be perfect for displaying in your new home. Fleeting as it may be, social media can absolutely provide a more permanent reminder of this important occasion if you know how to work it.