Wedding thank you notes and cards are sometimes like an afterthought and are easily one of the most neglected parts of wedding planning.
But, when you consider the time and money that (most of) your friends and family would have put into your big day (the planning and celebration) they deserve a thoughtful and timely thank you.
And unless you host a slide-night for your nearest and dearest when your professional photos come back (you sadistic bitch!), it is usually the last form of communication that they receive from you about the wedding. It stands to reason that you should leave them with a relevant and sweet memory of your big day and a feeling like their efforts were truly valued.
Here are our top 4 tips to keeping it simple and more manageable.
Have a really good think about it;
if you decide to communicate EVERYTHING about your wedding to ALL of your guests in person, on the phone or via snail mail (save the dates, invitations, RSVPs etc.) you are handing over a LOT of your precious time.
And we know that there are at least a dozen other (read: fun) things that you would rather be doing than licking envelopes, chasing RSVPs or having repeated, lengthy calls with his family about their interpretation of the semi-formal dress code.
Here are what some of the cooler wedsites (wedding websites) now offer soon-to-be-weds at a pretty low price or in some cases, for FREE!
There are times when the couple gets it right and the kids (and therefore their parents) have a ball and are an awesome source of fun and laughter at weddings. Just imagine a little page boy busting some moves on the dance floor or a sweet flower girl raiding the dessert table before she should; super cute!
It's the sitting still quietly for (what seems for them) a lifetime during a ceremony or waiting to have photos taken that usually doesn't end well.
We've seen the good and the bad (and the disastrous!) and want to make sure that you are armed with the best tips and tricks to get the kiddies onside for your big day.
I hear (read!) wedding photographers chatting amongst themselves on social media and when I notice the same topics come up time and time again, I write a blog post about it.
Because there's zero point in wedding professionals banging on about how brides and grooms 'just don't get it' when you're only planning on doing this once in your life and you've never been told. You don't know what you don't know, right?
So here are some of the hot-button subjects at the moment and expert tips to help you to form a better relationship with your wedding photographer and in the end, get better photos.
I don't know about you, but I love giving really thoughtful and different gifts almost as much as I love receiving them.
So with Valentine's Day creeping up, we thought that we'd do a round-up (to save you time and precious brain-power) of some of the best and most unique handmade Etsy presents that you can give to your S.O. without breaking the bank. We've got something for everyone!
The best part is, these 10 awesome Aussie Etsy shops are offering exclusive discounts to Unbridely readers (yes, YOU!) of 10-15% off their products for a limited time (check each store's details below for the shop coupon codes and other deets).
Jump on them today!
The Modern Bride's Manifesto is our core philosophy. Save it, Pin it or print it out to help remind yourself of your 'why'. Happy planning!
Last week in Part 1 we touched on how modern elopements, when you personalise the 'when and where' and embrace the wonderful and unique couple that you are, can be a freeing and fun alternative to a traditional wedding.
But it does bring up the stickier topic; how on earth do we go about it? The logistics of the ceremony itself are a piece of cake, next to the potential for hurt feelings, regret and guilt that can accompany the aftermath of an elopement.
For example, what are you going to tell your friends and family before you elope - are you going to lie to them? How are they going to feel about that? How do you plan to announce the news after you're married, so as not to alienate the people that you care about?
Part 1 - How to Get Started
Over the past few years, I've noticed a growing trend in the number of couples not interested in the big white wedding and everything that goes with it (including the cost, planning pressures and family expectations). There are also many brides and grooms who are simply less than thrilled about the idea of being the centre of attention on their special day. But what are the alternatives?