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Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2018

From our friends at Weddingwire - Article by Emilie Smith | February 13, 2018 - Posted here on March 13th, 2018

With 2018 in full swing and busy season right around the corner, it’s time to dive into the top wedding trends couples will be requesting this year. We have the inside scoop from Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire’s Associate Director of Content and Creative Services, on the top five trends you can expect to see pop up. Many of these trends may come as a surprise, as couples begin to stray away from the “traditional” and opt for the “unconventional”.

Metallics, marbles and geometrics

So maybe this one doesn’t come as a total surprise, but the biggest decor trend from 2017 will be a highlight yet again for 2018 weddings. Metallics, specifically gold-toned metallics, are still in! Smaller metallic decor pieces, such as votives and charger plates, are as popular as ever because they are small enough to be understated, yet still manage to pack a huge punch overall. Not only do metallics add an extra layer of “umph” to any look, but metallics are a great way to help make everything look and feel more luxe.

Couples are also choosing metallic pieces with geometric shapes to make their wedding feel more modern. Geometric shapes provide a cool break between the ultra-softness and romance of floral elements. Stone elements, such as marble pieces, are also being utilized for the same reason. We don’t care if this is a repeat trend, we love it and are happy to see these favorites stick around!

Keeping it casual

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Weddings are becoming more of a casual affair, believe it or not! Younger couples have been choosing to go for a more laid-back route during their wedding festivities. In what might be the biggest departure from “traditional” style weddings, casual affairs have been trending because they are “no fuss”. Guests are able to feel more at ease and couples have less to worry about on their big day. Ultimately, comfort and simplicity are the main goal of casual weddings, and we think they look great!

Grooms and groomsmen have arguably kicked off the casual trend, as the popularity of less formal male attire started popping up more and more. However, this year, casual groom attire is set to take off. Expect to see less suit coats, more unconventional shoes, and even silly socks on grooms. Females have also begun to adopt more casual styles, too. Brides in particular have opted for more natural, effortless hairstyles for their big day as opposed to the previously popular ultra-sophisticated updo.

Formal styles aren’t the only thing to disappear in 2018. Formal traditions are also becoming less popular with millennial couples. Sorry Mom and Dad, but it looks like the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances are quickly fading! Revered traditions like these dances, and even couple send offs (particularly involving sparklers) are now starting to be seen as “outdated” and “cliche” by millennial couples. While it may be sad to see some old traditions go, know that couples are opting to nix certain elements in order to replace them with their own creative and new traditions.

Outdoor space

Couples love outdoor weddings! Outdoor venues have always been popular with our couples, but their popularity is only expected to grow. Garden venues, followed by barn venues, are the most popular places amongst couples for their wedding celebrations. Even though the warmer summer months still make up “prime season”, more and more couples have been hosting fall weddings. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 couples now get married in the fall, and nearly 15% of all weddings take place in October. In many locations, Autumn weather is still perfect for an outdoor celebration, if not cozy. So too, nature’s seasonal change provides the most beautiful backdrop for photos. With the ever-increasing popularity of outdoor venues, your calendars are bound to be filled with outdoor bookings this year!

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The whole article can be found here; Weddingwire trends


Outta Phone Space - Here are some tips... March 13th, 2018

You used to get around 12GB of space on a 16GB iPhone, which simply isn’t enough for most people, so we were pleased when Apple bumped up the storage in the basic model of the iPhone 7 to 32GB. The company took things a step further with the introduction of the iPhone 8, which starts at 64GB. That’s a decent amount of room to grow into, but photos, music, and mysterious files can eat up all the space before you know it. That’s why, whatever model you have, it’s good to know how to free up space on your iPhone.

The first place to check when you’re running low on space is Settings > General > iPhone Storage. The bar at the top allows you to see how much storage is being used and what is using it at a glance. Different categories — including Apps, Mail, Photos, Messages, and Other — are color-coded.

Downsize your apps and games list

If you scroll down in Settings > General > iPhone Storage, you can see which apps and games are using the most space. The list is organized with the largest at the top, and listed beneath each entry is the last time you used it. If you click on an app, you’ll find a breakdown of the app size and the size of the documents and data associated with it.

The full story is here with screen shots to assist.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-free-up-space-on-your-iphone/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-brief


January 3, 2018

Planning? Isn't it a constant? Here is an Excel Doc for Mac and Windows to help with the overall budget. <Tip> You don't need to do every single thing on this spead sheet, it is only a guideline for the overall wedding:

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January 2, 2018

Welcome! Here are a few of the best reception bring'em to the dance floor songs from 2017;

  1. Beyoncé: “All Night”
  2. Emili Sandé: “Breathing Underwater”
  3. Digital Farm Animals: “Only One”
  4. Taylor Swift: “I Don’t Want to Live Forever”
  5. DJ Snake & Justin Bieber: “Let Me Love You”
  6. Bruno Mars: “24k Magic”
  7. Rihanna: “Love on the Brain”
  8. John Legened: “Love Me Now”
  9. Dua Lipa: “Blow Your Mind”
  10. The Weeknd ft Daft Punk: “I Feel It Coming”
  11. James Arthur: “Say You Won’t Let Go”
  12. Tory Lanez: “Love”
  13. Train: “Play That Song”
  14. Fetty Wap ft Nicki Minaj: “Like a Star”
  15. BigBang: “Fxxk It”
  16. Childish Gambino: “Have Some Love”
  17. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane: “Black Beatles”
  18. Solange ft Common: “Cranes in the Sky” (Remix)
  19. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj: “Side to Side”
  20. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya: “Don’t Let Me Down”
  21. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna: “This is What You Came For”
  22. Andy Grammer: “Fresh Eyes”
  23. Fitz and The Tantrums: “Handclap”
  24. Ellie Goulding: “Still Falling For You”
  25. Justin Timberlake: “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

The Wedding Trends to Keep and Ditch in 2018

" The year’s biggest trend: I think the biggest wedding trend will be couples moving to more modern, clean, and minimal wedding styles. From stationery that is not filled with loopy calligraphy to minimal table designs, I think the trend coming up will be a less-is-more approach to the wedding. I do not want people to think that a minimal approach means we are doing away with installs or thinking outside of the box for decor, but I think couples will invest in a few more magical things, rather than multiple, less special things."

The full article is at: Brides 2018

August 3, 2017

Traditional Wedding Toast Order

  1. The best man toasts the bride.
  2. The maid/matron of honor toasts the groom.
  3. The wedding host/financier (traditionally the father of the bride) toasts the couple.
  4. Other parental figures of the couple toast the couple.
  5. The couple toasts their family and guests.

When Are the Toasts? In formal wedding ceremonies, toasts are given immediately following the meal, before the first dance as husband and wife. This can be done either before or after the cutting of the cake. For less formal affairs, toasts can occur after the first dance, as the first course is served, or virtually any time that feels right to you. Just be sure to have a finalized order of events so everyone is on the same page.

The rehearsal dinner is a perfect supplementary opportunity for toasts and speeches. Traditionally, this is when the groom's father gets to toast. This is also a great time for anyone not slated for a reception toast to speak—after all, the rehearsal dinner is only for those directly involved in the wedding, and a beautiful way to pay intimate tribute to the couple. It's no wonder that these toasts can be impromptu, long, and even more emotional than the reception's.

7 Tips and Examples for a Tasteful Wedding Toast

  1. Tactfully get the crowd's attention. Clinking away at a champagne glass is great when it's noticed, but unfortunate and annoying when the crowd is having too much fun to hear it. Stand up, speak calmly into the microphone, and you won't waste time trying to get everyone to listen up.
    Example: "Hello everyone! May I please have your attention for just a few brief, heartfelt moments as we toast the lovely bride and groom? And then, we eat cake!"
  2. Be brief. The best advice for a prospective toaster is to keep it as concise as possible. While a detailed account of your friendship with the groom all the way from the sandbox through graduate school may be charming to you, the other guests want to drink and dance as soon as possible. Consider using a wedding quote to create a theme for your toast. A toast of even just a couple of heartfelt sentences is completely adequate. Speaking for two to three minutes should be the maximum—and plenty of time to say what you need to say.
    Example: “They say that birds of a feather flock together. Well, the two of you are the most graceful, odd, beautifully singing birds I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait to see you fly."
  3. Be complimentary... and appropriate. As funny as some anecdotes about the couple may seem to you, any comments that navigate choppy waters for other guests should simply be left out of a speech. That means keep it clean, and keep exes, your own ego and all stories of past embarrassments far, far away from the happy wedding day. Every word you say should be focused on making the couple smile with gratitude, so just stick to saying really nice things about them.
    Example: “I am lucky enough to have been with Jim through thick and thin... crust pizzas every night in college. As much as I hate knowing that Julia will take much better care of him than I did, I know it’s for the best. More pizza for me. I love you guys!"
  4. Be sincere. No matter what your personal style is, all anyone wants from a reception speech is to reiterate that this legal joining of the souls is a heartwarming event. That isn't to say that the attendees are looking to the toastmaster to offer some deep insights on love, but a nice reminder of the couple's suitability for each other is always welcome after a long ceremony. Speak from the heart, and the words will fall into place.
    Example: “To Katie and Dan—I’ve never met a more perfect couple, and I doubt I ever will. You bring out the best in each other... although, that is pretty easy to do."\
  5. Practice. There's nothing blasphemous about rehearsing your toast with someone else beforehand. If everyone you know is going to be attending and you're set on the element of surprise, record yourself with your phone or computer.
  6. Be clear-headed. The open bar doesn't need to be your pal until after the toast. While one drink can certainly calm the nerves, keep your own limits in mind and you'll be glad for it. It's probably not commonplace for you to speak to a captive audience of hundreds of people, so make the most of it by not slurring your words.
  7. Be mannerly. Don't forget to raise your glass during and to sip your champagne after your toast. Otherwise, it's just a regular old speech!

Read more at https://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/wedding-toasts.htm#Am6Ki1GietML8ZeS.99


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"In my business you rely on self promotion a great deal. That and reviews from past clients, as well as word of mouth. The bottom line though is self promotion. Some people are completely at ease with going on and on about themselves and every aspect of their lives to the point where you start seeing red; then you shut down, tune out, get angry or even to ask them to kindly leave. I've been there. I am not a fan of talking about myself in excess, but I do like to convey that I am damn good at what I do, and I ensure you that you will like what I can do for you as well."  - Kurt 5/15/17

How to Shamelessly Self-Promote at Work

Sometimes, you have to toot your own horn.

We all know that one person at work. The one who never misses an opportunity to pump up his own work. “Did you see that I landed the Jennings account? Boom!” A braggart, a blowhard and annoyingly successful. Meanwhile, you keep your head down, work hard and keep the faith that your accomplishments will get noticed and you’ll get the recognition you deserve.

Unfortunately, unless you’re hoping to build up a stash of karma points, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Like it or not, promoting yourself at work is a necessary part of your career. You don’t have to be a blowhard like Jennings account guy, but you do need to be able to let your coworkers and your bosses know what you do, at what you’re best and what you accomplish in your job.

Here are some tips to help you promote yourself at work without annoying your entire office.

1. Change how you think about self-promotion.

If the very idea of self-promotion makes you cringe, you need to change your perception of self-promotion entirely. You probably think it means bragging and pumping yourself up above others. It doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, it shouldn’t be like that.

First, accept it as a part of your career. Just like the tasks you do on a day to day basis, promoting yourself is a necessity. Think of yourself as a great product. It doesn’t matter how amazing you are, if you don’t advertise to the right crowd, no one will know. If you think it’s your boss’s job to take note of who is kicking butt and performing at a high level, you’re kidding yourself. Your boss has a lot on his/her plate and a lot of employees to handle. They simply can’t see everything that goes on. In that light, you’re not bragging, you’re simply keeping your boss in the loop. Simple, right?

More at https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/how-to-self-promote-yourself-at-work


From an article on Snapfuze.com

In Part 1: of this series, we discussed the secrets to choosing a great DJ. In part two we’ll help you select the perfect photo booth for your event by revealing the three questions many photo booth rental companies would prefer you didn’t know to ask.

PART 2:  HIRING A (Any) PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL COMPANY:

I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news… let’s start with the bad news and get it out of the way.

The bad news is that many of the elements that distinguish one Photo Booth from another are hidden inside the booth. If you don’t ask the right questions beforehand, you may not find out you’ve chosen the wrong option for your event until it’s too late.

The good news is that even if you don’t choose the best option all is not lost.  In renting a photo booth, your job is much easier than hiring a DJ. People will often enjoy even the most horrible looking, poorly operating photobooth as long as it manages to take and print photos. There’s something about a photo booth that’s ALWAYS fun.

I’ll assume that since you’re reading this article you’re interested in learning how to pick the right booth and not one that looks awful and operates poorly, so lets dig into the questions and answers you need to make an informed decision.      Con't. on Snapfuze


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What is a Thumbtack Top Pro? (April 7, 2017)

 

 

"The Top Pro distinction is reserved for a very small fraction of Thumbtack’s most dedicated and highly-rated professionals—in fact, less than 3% of Thumbtack pros currently qualify.

To be a Top Pro, a professional must have a track record of delivering exceptional experiences and getting hired often."

"How many Top Pros are there? Do you cap the group at a certain number?"

"There is no cap on the number of Top Pros on Thumbtack, and any individual who meets the three objective benchmarks will become a Top Pro. However, only a very small number of professionals currently qualify for the program. "

 
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Spotify Me:

Apple products and spin-offs have a place, somewhere. In a vastly expanding field of streaming music there are features and conveniences that are far superior.  " With so many songs at the ready, Spotify’s library can seem daunting for those who want to find new music, but the company provides a lot of useful tools for finding new songs to suit your individual taste."

Read more on Digital Trends.


Huffpost was an odd place to discover wedding information and some quite accurate trends, according to other research. The link is below. (April 6th, 2017)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-top-wedding-trends-of-the-year-according-to-pinterest_us_5769d64ee4b0c0252e77a8e2?utm_hp_ref=wedding-trends

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The Future: Your Reception Dream List

When you start building your list, jot down the names of everyone you could ever imagine attending your wedding, from old camp friends to that funny cousin you met once at a family reunion. Besides the wedding party who are those people that have been there for you or you look up to, or you've been there for? Just for this part, take your budget and venue out of the equation. You'll have to do some trimming later on, but right now, dream it out.

 

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Stress

Don't sweat the big stuff and relax on the little things. There are plenty of wedding that seem to creep up on you, and you can get overwhelmed by them. The best advice I was once given was, "focus on the things that you truly want, and let the rest go."  Good advice I thought, and it is quite applicable to a variety of circumstances.

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