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Wow Your Guests with an Absolutely Unique Wedding Day!
37 Easy, Cheap (or Free) Ways to Make Your Wedding Awesome!
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Have you ever walked into a beautiful, historic building, or climbed to the top of a hill with a gorgeous view, or heard such powerful music that you just lost your worlds for a minute? It’s like you were so absolutely overwhelmed by what you saw, heard or felt that it just blew you away?
That’s the Wow Effect.
“Wow” is that overwhelming moment of appreciation when you’re so moved that you can’t even express it.
When your guests experience the Wow Effect at your wedding they won’t just be impressed, they’ll real “get” who you are and why you chased this wedding day, why you chose this location, and why you chose this man to marry.
You guests will be wowed when your wedding day is a totally unique expression of you.
The Wow Effect happens in a group when you have people involved, connected and engaged in what’s going on.
The key to the Wow Effect is something called Engagement. No, I’m not talking about the kind of engagement that happened to you when your man got down on one knee, popped the question and you said yes.
To Engage means “to occupy the attention of someone” or “to attract and please.” It’s what happens when you’re really into what you’re doing.
The best way to wow your guests and get them engaged at your wedding is to give them the emotional experience of a wedding that is totally you. The secret to having a wedding that really fells like “you” is weaving your personality into your wedding day as much as possible.
There are a lot of different ways to do this.
- Tell your story.
- Involve your talented guests.
- Use music that creates memories.
- Get your guests actively involved.
Your wedding day should be special and unique and fun for all. Part of making it special and memorable for your guests is to engage and include them.
Here is the report that contains 37 fresh ideas and ways you can engage and involve your guests and help make your wedding day unique, memorable and totally you! And 3 worksheet to help you collect your thoughts and make your wedding day memorable.
These tools can help you make your wedding unique, engaging, fun and memorable for you, your family and your friends.
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Here is just a quick look at Jennifer and Dean from their wedding Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach, CA. A Beautiful winter day in the middle of January, about 80° and sunny – ha ha. More wedding photos to come but here is a just a peek! You guys look amazing.
Venue and Catering: Tivoli TerraceDetails
Sonol and Akhil were married at Los Coyotes Country Club in Orange County, CA. They had an awesome party spread over four days of events. It was truly a pleasure of mine to be introduced to their culture and their ceremony. Both Sonol and Akhil’s families were wonderful and welcoming to us. Here is a look at some of the wedding day photos.
John W Photography, Orange County, CA
Changing a Facebook status from engaged to married just after the vows is a growing trend, but don’t miss taking in those moments with the people actually there with you. Put down the phone and enjoy the company of those who came to celebrate with you!
I found this story timely, fun and important. How can you Tastefully Use Social Media at Your Wedding? Mashable has a great post to give you some ideas: http://tinyurl.com/Social-Media-Wedding-Tips.
HOW TO: Tastefully Use Social Media at Your Wedding
As social media becomes more and more a part of our lives, your wedding day is the perfect example of something your want to share with everyone. You want to share every tiny detail of your special day with your social circle, especially those who can’t attend, but where do you draw the line?
Experts in the wedding industry and a recent bride to try and establish the ground rules for tastefully using social media at your wedding.
Check out their advice and let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
1. Pre-Wedding Preparations
Introducing wedding attendees online before the big day can help you avoid any day-of awkwardness. This will give people the chance to break the ice and virtually get to know a little about everyone else.“Help your wedding guests mix, mingle and stay in the loop with a private social network created just for engaged couples, like OneWed’s Wedding Pre-Party,” suggests Azure Nelson, the marketing manager and editorial director of OneWed.
“Wedding Pre-Party allows wedding guests to see who’s invited to the wedding (and lets the singles scope potential hotties before they meet face-to-face), interact and post comments on a wall, upload engagement photos before and post your favorite wedding photos after, and much more.”
If you’d like to skip the specialized sites route, you could also create a pre-party on Facebook using its “Groups” functionality. This can be a clever way to avoid cluttering the news feeds of folks not invited to the wedding, both before and after the event.
2. Stay Offline During the Ceremony
Tastefully using social media at your wedding means incorporating it before and after the actual wedding. The wedding ceremony should be off limits.There’s plenty of time during a wedding day to connect with the online world. Doing so during the ceremony is definitely not the right time for the principle players or even the guests. Mindy Howard of @TweetMyWedding has some advice for attendees:
“Be polite. Don’t tweet when you should be participating and listening, specifically during the liturgy or the ceremony.”
3. Appoint a Chief Tweeter
If you want your wedding to be recorded for posterity in 140-character posts, then let people know and even encourage them to get involved by creating a hashtag.“Tell your bridal party it’s OK to tweet!” says Howard. “Create a hashtag for sharing your event. This will make all tweets from your day easy to find later on and helps to create a feeling of celebration for your guests.
“Print up some tented cards on your menu or program with the hashtag for your event and encourage your guests to send you their well wishes, touching moments and snap shots. These are moments that otherwise would have been missed.”
You can take this even further by appointing a “Chief Tweeter” — or several — to document the day.
“Have an Official Tweeter and Well Wishing Station — have one or more ‘Tweets of Honor.’ Have some technologically obsessed friends? This is a great job for them! These folks can quietly tweet from a corner as not to be obtrusive or can come out of the shadows and provide you with a full on social media guest book station,” says Howard.
And you can even incorporate social media into the more traditional parts of the day. In addition to reading cards and messages out loud from family and friends that couldn’t make it, why not read messages from Facebook and Twitter too?
“Have your Tweet of Honor compile some well wishes that have been tweeted out and share them during the toasts. This can be a very fun twist on the traditional toasting time,” suggests Howard.
4. Set Up a Social Media Station
There’s a way to keep a traditional look and feel to a wedding celebration and still make room for social media. A “social media station” is a place where those who want to connect or comment online can do so, without forcing the issue onto the uninterested.“For the especially geeky — set up a station,” advises Howard. “Have a laptop and screen. Encourage guests to come by, tweet their well wishes and watch others’ tweets scroll over the screen.”
This can also work for photos, as well as text-based communications. A live stream of photos from the event can be a fun way to engage people and encouraging sharing.
“Ditch the tacky disposable cameras and set up a shared Flickr account so that guests can upload any photos they may take,” says Liene Stevens, former wedding planner and CEO of Splendid Communications.
“This doesn’t replace hiring a professional photographer, of course, but it does allow you and your guests to share in their view of your wedding,” Stevens says.
5. Live Stream for Those Who Can’t Make It
Thanks to the wonders of modern tech, nowadays you can share your special moments with people who can’t make it in person. Ustream and Skype are sites that can help you share your ceremony with those well-wishing from afar.This is particularly useful option for anyone getting married abroad or far from home.
6. Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Moment
“Changing a Facebook status from engaged to married just after the vows is a growing trend, but don’t miss taking in those moments with the people actually there with you. Put down the phone and enjoy the company of those who came to celebrate with you,” says Stevens. You only get one wedding day — if things go as planned, anyway — so don’t waste any precious moments you could be interacting with real-life people. Rest assured anyone who is following your day online will certainly understand your priorities.
“When you’re one of the major participants, you need to unplug for the day and focus on the people who are actually there with you. Weddings go by in a flash anyway, and you don’t want to sacrifice seeing your crazy Uncle Wally doing The Worm because you’re crafting some clever tweet. Leave that to your guests,” says Sally Kilbridge, BRIDES deputy editor. “In fact, part of the fun of weddings nowadays is seeing how fast they can make that video of Uncle Wally go viral.”
That, of course, is a whole other story…
Read the full story on Mashable.com: http://tinyurl.com/Social-Media-Wedding-Tips
Darcey and Jayson got married at the Wedgewood Golf Club, Wedding and Banquet Center in Riverside, CA at Indian Hills. Darcey wore a cute, polka dot dress set off by vibrant eggplant purple flowers and shoes. They were married under the gazebo outdoors just before a beautiful California sunset. They included a big group of their friends, and the ladies were super excited about their dresses with pockets. We had a lot of fun – check out the ultra-cool vintage 1965 Ford Truck!
John W Photography, Orange County Wedding Photographer,
Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center
Riverside, Inland Empire, CA