|This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on June 4, 2008.|
With the calendar flip to June this past weekend, we have officially entered wedding season.
For the next 3 months, caterers, photogs and chauffeurs will be doing two-a-days each weekend as they keep up with the bridezillas and their humble grooms.
So how can you calm the storm? If you’re getting married this summer, it’s probably too late, but if you’re looking towards an 09 date, borrow these new tips to stop from being old and blue.
Blogs are like magazines, except they’re free and come to you in bite size portions each day. Just as you’ll rush down to the newsstand to pickup all the wedding magazines the morning after your engagement, you should rush to your news reader and grab some great feeds.
For those who like to do things less than traditionally, check out OffbeatBride.com. The blog is a companion to the book written by Ariel Meadow Stallings. In the book, Ariel talks about her “bridentity crisis.”
“Suddenly I was supposed to care about floral arrangements and classical quartets,” she writes. “Suddenly I was supposed to like poufy white dresses and showing off jewelry. I was a bride, but I wasn’t that kind of bride.”
The blog continues with ideas on how to do things differently. From making bridal bouquets out of Christmas ornaments, to the most excellent in purple bridal dresses, The Offbeat Bride will have you looking at your wedding day from a unique angle.
If you want to stick with luxurious and traditional ideas, check out HereComestheBlog.com. Want liquor stations with signature drinks? Want to have the bride and groom names entwined in a unique logo? Want to chase the highest cost wedding trends? This blog is for you to take note of, or at least dream along with.
For a variety of planning approaches, visit WeddingBee.com. The blog is actually 20 different blogs as nearly two dozen contributing bride writers from across North America share their stories from different stages of the engagement process.
For a longer list of Wedding Blogs, swing by WeddingBlogAwards.com, they make it their business to review and highlight all sorts of blogs relating to the wedding industry.
Staying on time and on budget is the most important part of wedding planning, and while some may choose to grab a wedding planner to keep them honest, you can get it done online for a lot less.
iDo Wedding Couple Edition is like having Mary Fiore a mouse click away. You can track RSVP’s, and design seating charts. There’s a gift tracker to help you send out thank yous, a checklist to keep you on time and, most importantly, a budget planner to keep you in line. The software is $30, and offers a free 30 day trial to get you started.
Kerri Morrone was just married a few weeks ago, and used TheKnot.com for her wedding planning. “If it weren’t for the budget manager on The Knot, I’d be several thousands of dollars in debt,” she admits.
“Having our guest list online was also easier, because we could track RSVP’s and special needs without having to three hole punch something every five seconds.”
eWedding.com can helps you build your own personal wedding website, with a registry, accommodation and venue information for your guests. You can also customize each theme with your own photos and videos telling the story of your relationship and introducing the guests to the wedding party.
You might even want to go hit up GoDaddy.com and register your own domain name, like TomandKatie.com or SealandHeidi.com, and then point it to the free eWedding page.
Registering online was a lifesaver for Kerri Morrone, since her wedding was not in the same town where she and her fiancé lived.
“There was something so simple about going online, clicking on the gifts we liked, and having them automatically added to our registry,” Kerri says.
“The online registry sites offered free gift wrapping when our guests purchased a gift, offered to ship the gifts to our home, and also gave my husband and I coupons for future purchases. Nice!”
Most all major retailers offer online registries. If you don’t want to hunt and peck and pick and click to find them all, visit MyRegistry.com. The site is one big shopping mall of all the etailers in one place – more than 92 000 of them.
In addition to adding a comparison shopper and offering a huge selection of gifts for housewarmings, showers and other gift giving occasions, the site also helps you register for cash.
For those who have been together for years, even gasp living together – you have everything you could need in a home. BUT .. that honeymoon trek across the outback could use a little bit of gear. So instead of a wedding registry, try a honeymoon registry.
If all these things designed to make your “I do” Day a little simpler still sound confusing, there is an easier way – elope.
– Twitter has had uptime issues the past 2 weeks leaving room for a competitor to enter. Plurk.com lets you microblog on a timeline and rewards you with karma and emoticons when you’re active on the site. So far there are few fans, but everyone on Twitter is talking about it.
– Roz Savage is solo rowing across the Pacific to raise awareness for environmental issues, and her entire journey is being webcast. She left San Francisco last week and is live blogging, podcasting and twittering from the ocean. Subcribe to her feeds at RozSavage.com
– The newest addition to the BC Ferries fleet, Coastal Celebration, is also trackable on the web. Head to BCFerries.ca and you can watch as it heads up the Mexican coast and see a time lapse of its journey through the Panama Canal.
– Vancouver Film School has announced the winners of their YouTube scholarship contest. Entrants were invited to post submissions to the video sharing site and the 3 best were selected for full scholarships to the school. The winning submissions from Germany, Mexico and Colorado are online.
– Web Celeb Gary Vaynerchuk is coming to Seattle’s Elliot Bay Book Company on June 28 on his 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World book tour. The avid wine retailer has revolutionized social media with a video blog and speaking engagements at Facebook and Google.