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Helpful Wedding Articles
Check out the following wedding articles to help answer any questions you have about planning a wedding.
Also learn tips and tricks to make wedding planning simple. These wonderful articles are written specifically to help you successfully plan a memorable celebration.  Create an amazing wedding with the help of the articles below.


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Create a Window to Your Destination Wedding

Personalize Your Wedding

Involving Your Friends

Destination Weddings - Pre-planning and Post-sharing

How to Communicate Sensitive Wedding Information

Carry Your Brand Across Each Wedding Element

Announce Your Site - Save-the-Date eCards

Create a Window to Your Destination Wedding

With destination weddings on the rise, it is becoming more and more important for couples to have a means for informing their guests of their upcoming wedding plans as well as provide recommendations for out-of-town guests.

Wedding websites allow your guests one-stop shopping when it comes time for them to arrange their travel plans as well as other details. You can be as specific as you wish and link your website directly to the hotel reservation pages that you would like to recommend to your guests.

You will find that having a website is not only a time-saver but a budget-saver as well. The multiple mailings that can sometimes become necessary to communicate with your guests can easily eat up a good portion of any wedding budget. Allowing your guests to RSVP online will also cut down on your wedding expenses. No need for RSVP cards! However, you can always order just enough for those guests who may not be web savvy.

Destination weddings have definitely become a way for couples to express their style in a less traditional way. If you choose to have your wedding in a destination location, try to make it a fun experience for you and your fiancé as well as for your guests.

Destination Wedding Tips
1. Location, Location, Location. When selecting a location, choose one that appeals to your tastes and wedding style. Keep in mind, however, that because it won't be as easy as going down the street to the local church to attend your wedding, you'll have to assume that your guest list may be smaller. You'll need to get a good sense about the number of attendees you wish to have before selecting your event facility so you can be confident that it will be appropriate for the crowd.

2. Less is More. Destination weddings can be expensive not only for those getting married, but also for those attending. Try to be mindful of that when selecting your wedding site so those who are closest to you can afford to attend. Consider having your wedding during the off-season so costs will be lower. Traditionally, accommodation expenses are covered for the bridesmaids by the bride's family and for the groomsmen by the groom's family. All other guests should be responsible for their own expenses. Most hotels will work with you to offer group discounts.

3. Assist your Guests. You may know the location that you will be flying off to for your dream wedding like the back of your hand, but most of your guests will not. Your wedding website can be a tool to help you educate your guests about the area, local attractions, accommodation ideas, the weather and directions. Making their job easier will only amount in a larger turnout at your wedding. Use your website to remind them of the things they may not consider such as a passport if required for your chosen location.

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Personalize Your Wedding

Creating a wedding that is unique is easier than ever since several companies now offer customizable services and products for weddings. Incorporating a personal message or monogram into your special day will not only allow you to customize your wedding, but it will also provide you with a means of creating a consistent look. By using repetitive elements, you will be able to create a sense of commonality between aspects that would otherwise have no connection.

Save the date cards or ecards and wedding websites are typically the elements that will introduce your wedding to your guests, so if you can include your monogram or message on these aspects of your wedding, your guests will recognize them when they see them on your napkins or place cards, for example. If you want to have a wedding website that looks like it was custom designed just for you but does not include the custom price tag, consider creating a DIY site using WeddingWindow.com - you can create custom color schemes and upload your own design photos.

Another way to incorporate your custom monogram or message is through lighting. You can create something called a custom gobo, which allows you to project your monogram on the dance floor or on the wall of your reception hall. You can include your custom elements in other ways as well, such as on postage stamps, on wine labels, and on aisle runners. So as you can see, once you create your custom elements, it is easy to carry them through to the other aspects of your wedding. And, if there are other special ways that define you as a couple such as travel, music or art, try to think of ways to include them as well so your relationship is apparent in every way possible on your wedding day.

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Involving Your Friends and Family Members

Whether you plan to have an intimate wedding ceremony or a grand soirée, your friends and family members will likely have a desire to get involved or contribute to the planning process in some shape or form. While you may not want them to offer too much advice, there are fortunately some fun and easy ways to keep them included. And who knows, you may even find that you receive some helpful information along the way.

First, if you have a wedding website, consider including a music request form. Not only will your guests be able to provide you with their song wish list, but you will also be able to get a sense of what will keep the party hoppin'.

Consider also offering an address book form on your website, so your guests can add or update their mailing address information. Allowing your guests to do this on their own will not only free you up to stay focused on the other aspects of your planning, but it will also provide you with a means of obtaining the information you will need when it comes time to send out your wedding invitations.

Many couples have opted to include poll and quiz questions on their websites. Some questions may even relate back to the planning decisions they need to make. While some couples use the responses to actually help them make their decisions, such as where to go for their honeymoon, others take the advice with a grain of salt. Either way, your guests will have fun and will feel as though they are contributing to your experience.

Many brides also benefit from blogging about their wedding planning experience. Planning a wedding, as we all know, can be quite stressful. For many, a wedding blog provides an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with friends and family members. You may find that you receive both helpful advice and much needed support via the blog entry comments. However, if you are not one to share your thoughts, your blog is great for updating your guests about any changes to your wedding plans.

If you want to allow your guests to receive regular updates regarding your wedding plans, consider including an optional mailing list on your wedding website. That way, you can alert your guests to changes with one simple email.

Planning a wedding is exciting and fun, but no one ever said that you have to do it alone, so don't hesitate to provide your friends and family members with a way to help you with your choices and decisions. They will likely enjoy feeling involved and in the end, you may benefit from getting some helpful advice.

© 2011 Wedding Window. All rights reserved.

Destination Weddings - Pre-planning and Post-sharing

Destination weddings are hugely popular these days, but your wedding guests may be unfamiliar with the location you have chosen for your wedding destination. So, if you want both you and your guests to have an enjoyable destination wedding planning experience, you will find that communication and convenience are two of the key considerations for success.

Pre-wedding communication of all of the details involved in planning for and traveling to a destination wedding can be both time-consuming and expensive. If you create a wedding website, however, you can provide all of the wedding details in one place. That way, your guests can make their travel plans using your suggestions about where to stay, what to do and how to get there. Not only will your research make it easier for your guests to plan their travel arrangements, but you will also save your own time and money because you will not have lots of phone calls to field or multiple mailings to send.

Creating website links directly to the reservation pages of the hotels, B&Bs or Inns that you recommend and making suggestions regarding local activities for those who may be extending their stay will make it much easier for your guests to know what is both available and closely located to the wedding location. For added convenience, you can even provide a calendar of pre-arranged events along with the directions to each.

Including stories on your wedding website about where you grew up, how you met and how you became engaged will allow the friends and family members of each side to get to know you better. You may even want to allow your guests the opportunity to get to know each other better by creating a page on your website that includes photos and stories about how you came to know each of them. To further include your guests, you can post photos or video of the actual proposal or even blog entries about your wedding planning experience - doing so will allow them to share in the experience and comment on your entries.

Since destination weddings tend to be smaller in size, you will mostly likely have friends and family members who will not be in attendance. Not only is a wedding website a wonderful planning tool, but because you can share guestbook entries, photos, stories and videos post-wedding, it is also an ideal method for sharing your wedding experiences with everyone, including those who could not be there with you in person.

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How to Communicate Sensitive Wedding Information

As I always say, communication is key when it comes to planning a successful wedding - where to stay, what to do, how to get there. And, although most information can be easily conveyed, it can be somewhat difficult to determine the best way to communicate sensitive details such as where you are registered and whether or not you wish to restrict attendance to adults-only at certain events.

Even though it is quite common nowadays for couples to create gift registries, it is still considered to be a faux pas to include such information with your save the date or wedding invitation. So what's a bride to do? Well, traditionally, guests would call the mother-of-the-bride, the maid-of-honor or another family member to determine the stores at which the couple was registered. If, however, the guests had an appropriate place to go to look up these details on their own, such as a wedding website, it would be far more convenient for all involved.

Today, most couples already direct their guests to their wedding website for hotel accommodations, travel information and personal stories, so if you have a website, you can also use it to communicate information that is more difficult or sticky to convey through other means. For example, if you include your wedding website address on your save the date card and direct your guests to your website for future wedding-related updates, you can simply incorporate a "Gift Registry" page into your list of available website pages. This will allow you to discreetly make your registry information accessible, while providing the guests who wish to select something from your registry a convenient means of determining where to go. Please keep in mind that it should never be suggested that your guests be required to purchase something from your registry. You may find that the gifts that mean the most to you are those that were chosen thoughtfully off-registry.

Many couples also run into issues regarding the attendance of children at specific events, such as the rehearsal dinner or the wedding reception. If you need to advise your guests of your desire to have an adult-only reception, for example, consider creating an FAQ page on your website. You will be able to address several commonly asked questions, while tactfully communicating delicate details. Your guests will appreciate knowing your wishes ahead of time and you can feel comfortable knowing that you have provided them with the information they need to make the necessary arrangements.

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Carry Your Brand Across Each Wedding Element

When you begin thinking about your wedding, what do you visualize - your colors, the flowers, your bridesmaids' gowns? Most likely, you see all of the images that have been running through your mind since you were 4 years old. Those images certainly may vary as you move through the process of planning your actual wedding. If you keep a journal of your thoughts, you can determine what you will and what you will not be willing to compromise on as your wedding elements take shape. Deciding early on which elements are most important will help you to create a unified look for your wedding.

To brand your wedding successfully, it is always best to start with the one element of your wedding that you are definitely not willing to compromise on, such as your flowers or your bridesmaids gowns, and develop from there. For example, if you have always pictured pink and chocolate as your wedding colors, but after researching invitation designs, decide that you MUST have the one with the celadon green ribbon, you may find that you are willing to make some adjustments elsewhere to accommodate that choice. If you can be more flexible with your fabrics, your flowers and/or your linens, for instance, you may decide to make different choices so you can have that must-have invitation.

Every element of your wedding should somehow tie back to your theme and the colors you have selected - even your wedding website. If you want to improve your chances of matching your wedding theme, try to choose a website service that allows you to select from a wide variety of color schemes and/or templates. Or, if you can take it one step further and work with a provider that will allow you create your own colors schemes such as WeddingWindow.com, you can match your colors exactly. You will also want to try to incorporate imagery on your website that ties in with your chosen theme. For example, if you are having beach wedding, you may want to incorporate water or beach images in your website design. If you are having a city wedding, it might be nice to include a skyline shot. Either way, if you can use images that also include the two of you, you will not only carry the theme of your wedding through to your website, but you will also add a personal touch that reflects the two of you and no one else.

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Announce Your Site - Save-the-Date eCards

When planning your wedding, it is always a good idea to make your guests aware of your wedding date well ahead of time so they can make the necessary arrangements to be there. I recommend sending out a save-the-date about 6 to 8 months in advance of your wedding, which will help to ensure a good turnout on your big day.

Save-the-dates can come in several forms. You can send out physical cards or magnets or, you can save time and money by sending out save-the-date ecards. For added convenience, you can even include a clickable link directly to your wedding website on your save-the-date ecard so your guests don't have to physically enter your website URL into the browser address field. And, because ecards are electronic, they are also good for the environment!

If you make note of your wedding website address on your physical save-the-date or ecard, you can direct your guests to the site for more information. Doing so will not only make your guests aware of your wedding website and where to go to learn more about your wedding plans, your recommendations and where to go for future updates, but it will also prevent you from having to personally field calls or emails about where to stay, what to do or where you're registered because all of that information will most likely already be available on your wedding website - if you choose to include it.

If at all possible, try to create a cohesive look across each of your wedding elements by coordinating the look of your save-the-date with your wedding colors and/or wedding website design. This will allow you to set the tone for the rest of your wedding from the first introduction.

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