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Groom Fashion: Four Easy Ways to Look Your Best

We’re excited to introduce our newest guest blogger, Ryan, co-founder of The Bespoke Edge, a shop specializing in custom menswear, who will be joining us each and every month to share his best style tips for grooms. We’re thrilled to see what advice and ideas he has at his disposal – starting with these four […]
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Bride’s Perspective: Four Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Our blogger bride-to-be Elise from WTFab is back today to share her favorite wedding guestbook ideas. Read on for one of a kind inspiration and the perfect way to add a personal touch to one of your reception details. One of the fun things about getting into the final month before our wedding is that […]
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Bride’s Perspective: Four Lovely Touches to Add to Your Wedding Website

Bride’s Perspective: Four Lovely Touches to Add to Your Wedding Website

We finally finished our wedding website, and I’m so excited to share it today! I knew I wanted our site to be chic but also warm and personal, similar to the type of feelings I hope our wedding will evoke. During the process of building our wedding website, I did a lot of research around things to include. Here are four of my favorite personal touches:

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1. A custom domain name so the URL is easy to remember. People are busy, and you want your wedding website to be easy for them to remember and navigate to. Having “.typepad” or some other site name as part of your URL just makes it harder for people to recall. Also, think about how people typically refer to you as a couple. Do they tend to put your name or your fiance’s name first? For us, people tend to put my name first, so we made our site easy: eliseandomiedswedding.com. If the first URL you think of is taken, try thinking of nicknames that people know you by.

2. Bridal party bios. I love reading about people’s bridal parties and how they know the bride and groom! It’s a fun touch for your guests visiting your site, and it also makes your party feel special (which they are!). Great things to include in their bios are their relationship to the bride and groom, where they live, what they do (for a living or for fun), and even a fun, short story (for example, I wrote about how my bridesmaid Nicole and I were arch enemies on the fifth grade tetherball court, but became best friends in high school). I’ve seen some bridal party bios that are all about that person’s qualities, and while I’m sure your bridal party is lovely and of course your MOH is kind, generous, giving, and hilarious, it’s more interesting for your guests to read fun facts or stories about your party.

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3. The couple’s story. Even though most people looking at your wedding website will be familiar with the story of how you met and fell in love, it’s still fun to read on your wedding website!

4. Things to do around the area, restaurant and bar recommendations. Most likely, you will have people traveling from out of town to attend your wedding. Whether or not they’re familiar with the area, it’s a nice touch to include not just accommodation recommendations, but also recs for your favorite restaurants, bars, and things to do nearby.

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For those of you looking to create your own wedding website, mywedding.com has some great, free design options (I really love this Baroque Detail one). Enjoy!

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Bride’s Perspective: Four Reasons We Decided on a Celebrant

Bride’s Perspective: Four Reasons We Decided on a Celebrant

Happy Holidays, mywedding brides! I’m back with another wedding planning update, and this December marks nine months until the big day. Now that we’ve hit the single digits in our monthly countdown, we’ve checked off a few of the big vendors off our list, the latest of which is our officiant.

When I first started doing research on officiants, I got a bit overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start, or even what I truly wanted in an officiant. Fortunately we went to six (six!) weddings this year, and we were able to draw inspiration for special touches in the ceremonies that we might like to include and tweak in our own wedding ceremony. At the sixth and final wedding of the year that we attended, our friends Dan and Oana were married by a celebrant, Cindie Wilding, and the ceremony was beautiful.

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Here’s Cindie officiating our friends’ beautiful wedding at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Photography by Matthew Morgan. Side note: Don’t they make a beautiful couple??

Our friends’ ceremony felt so “them,” and I thought Cindie did a wonderful job telling their story in a very warm way. It was almost like she knew them before they even got engaged (she didn’t though—I asked!). After the wedding I asked them how it was working with Cindie, and they said they couldn’t have been happier. Omied and I decided to book her as well, and we’re so excited to have her officiating our wedding! Here are a few reasons why we decided to go with a celebrant for our wedding ceremony:

1. We wanted the ceremony to tell our story. Even though most of our wedding guests know our story (all ten years of it), it’s fun to be reminded of the path that led everyone to this day, celebrating two people’s union together.

2. We’re not religious. Neither Omied nor I belong to a religious institution. We’re both more spiritual than religious, so it wouldn’t feel meaningful for us to hire a religious official for our wedding.

3. We wanted to incorporate American and Persian traditions. I loved that Cindie suggests that during your ceremony you include some type of personal tradition or ritual. For our friends Dan and Oana, that included a wine ceremony. For us, that will include some Persian traditions like the sofreh aghd (a table with different pieces that symbolize a happy life together) and female relatives holding a sheer cloth over our heads and rubbing sugar together over us, to symbolize a sweet life.

4. We wanted the ceremony to feel unique. I think most people want their ceremony to feel unique, warm, and special. But sometimes certain traditions, readings, or phrases can feel a little overplayed. After speaking with Cindie, I see that she specializes in making each couple’s ceremony feel special.

Will you consider a celebrant for your wedding? What traditions are you looking to include in your ceremony?

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