Wednesday, July 29, 2009

OneWed: social networking for your wedding

Just came upon a great article from Mashable:

OneWed Wants to Make Wedding Planning Social

Okay, so what happens when you get an invite from a friend about his or her wedding? You get a few invites, probably a link to TheKnot, and maybe a list of pre-approved things you can buy the couple. Even if you’re one of the bridesmaids, you’re probably just trying to figure out what the bride wants you to do over a series of frantic phone calls. Information gets lost, good suggestions go down the drain, and friends don’t get involved.

That’s why OneWed’s approach intrigues us. The wedding planning website has launched Wedding Pre-Party, a new website that essentially creates your own private (and organized) version of Facebook where friends and guests can share tips, add photos, and keep informed about all the fun (and terror) leading up to the big day.

Organize Your Wedding, Bring in Your Friends
The site’s set up primarily in the form of a news feed – those who are invited to the a wedding pre-party website can add comments, propose a toast, add wedding tips (useful if you’ve been through it before), and provide stark and truthful info on weddings (on top of that, the bride and groom can ask for inspiration for new ideas). This conversation feed is a great feedback tool for you to reach your closest friends.

OneWed’s also made it easy for your friends to sign up by integrating with Facebook Connect. Thus, when they sign in, your picture and info will already be available. You can also invite friends via Gmail or Yahoo Mail.

The site has a couple of other useful features for organizing the wedding. The checklist allows anyone involved in planning the wedding to add tasks, assign due dates, and categorize them. Even better, there’s already a set of standard wedding to-dos in the checklist. However, you might start crying when you see how long the list is (hint: it’s over 70). Nobody said planning a wedding was easy.

In terms of customization, OneWed’s Wedding Pre-Party tool is solid; you can add new webpages, like the story of your engagement or a gift registry, with very little hassle. You can also change themes and create a vanity URL so friends can easily type in your wedding website’s URL. The ability to designate specific users as bridesmaids or groomsmen also exists, which makes for easy categorization.

If you want to try it out without making your own wedding, OneWed has a “crashable wedding” -that, after you ask to be invited, will automatically allow you in so you can play around with it for yourself.

Socializing Life Events
This is the type of practical social media that can transform how we manage our personal lives. Weddings can quickly become messy and stressful affairs. Managing friends, appointments, and parties requires help and the ability to get things done in a streamlined fashion. OneWed is betting big that you want to get all of your friends involved in your wedding, while keeping it organized. We think their wager is spot-on.

OneWed follows in the footsteps of other social tools focused on making the events of your life social. thisMoment, for example, creates vivid social media scrapbooks while Timetoast transforms a series of events into an interactive timeline.

Social media is incredibly effective at connecting friends for common causes. There are few times where those connections are more important than a wedding. OneWed’s Wedding Pre-Party platform effectively organizes your wedding while adding in the social element. It alleviates a lot of worries and saves time so you can focus on one thing: enjoying the best day of your life.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

one lovely blog award

This 'lovely' site has been honored with 'One Lovely Blog Award' from Oceanside Creations! What an honor, and as it goes, I must pass on the award to 15 lovely blogs!!! Check back soon for the nominees....

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Wedding Entrance - danc-a-teria style

The couple's home video, showing their 'unique' church entrance to Chris Brown's 'Forever'

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Monday, July 27, 2009

coffee filter inspiration

Reception decor inspiration from anthropologie (via daisy chain) - These are coffee filters, sewn together w/ various colored yarns! A great DIY idea!

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alternative guest book

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

some letterpress inspiration :)

Digging on this booklet invite from Dolce Press

and I'm really enjoying the mix of textures on this business card, also from Dolce Press, which could prove to be a great inspiration for printed pieces in a wedding invite suite. (Note to self: the background was printed using transparent white ink to add accent to the details).

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premier issue for FREE

You can snag a FREE issue of Get Married magazine when it debuts this October! Just go here and register.
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Monday, July 20, 2009

another fab cake :)

from Stella Pastry & Cafe out of San Fran

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

white orchids

via this wedding post from Jessica Claire Photography

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boxed invites

Absolutely adore these aloha inspired boxed invites! (These were for a child's b-day party, but could easily be converted to any sort of theme, shower, informal wedding, etc!) Get inspired! via daisy chain

Invites boxed like a little hawaiian surprise. The kraft boxes are filled with green shredded raffia, beach shells, faux flowers and the invitation. Each one is wrapped with an adhesive printed address label, stamped and mailed off!

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DIY tin can table numbers

via 100 layer cake: A super cute table number idea, & an excellent way to make cute, but inexpensive (and recycled!) numbers for your tables. Plus they glow and we all know that you positively cannot have too much candle light on a dinner table.


Here’s what you need to get started. The tin cans (obviously). We suggest stopping by a local restaurant and asking if they have any empty tin cans they could part with. Just tell them you want them for your garden or something… no need to go into the whole story, you know? The nice thing about commercial cans is that they’re way bigger than regular soup cans from the store.


Then you’ll need:

drill (with an appropriately sized bit)
gold spray paint
a ruler
letter size colored paper
spray mount
exacto knife
cutting mat
and your number stencils, which you can download here.


Step 1: Tape off the inside of your cans so no spray paint gets inside. Spray the outside of each can with the gold spray paint (or any color you like). Be sure you don’t hold the spray can nozzle too close to the tin can, which can make for drippy, runny lines down your pretty table numbers and no one wants that.

You may need to do two or three coats depending on how opaque you want to the color to be.


Step 2: Once your cans are dry, wrap your printed number stencil around each tin can.

Step 3: Drill. Yay! Start by drilling the outline of the number first (following the stencil line), and then work your way in. It certainly doesn’t have to be perfect, but the more holes you can drill, the more light your can will give off.

Step 4: Slide your colored paper into the can on the opposite side as the number. Mark the paper with the appropriate height and width (you don’t want it to cover your numbers. Next trim the paper to the correct size using your cutting mat and exacto.

Step 5: Spray mount the trimmed paper to the inside of your can (opposite the number). And you’re done! We used red paper but you can of course use whatever color you like. If you’re using a color you’re not sure about, consider doing a test can first and lighting it that night to make sure you like the look before you finish the rest of your numbers.


Voila! Pretty, recycled table numbers.

Download the number stencil template here.

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it's a long story invite

click above for the larger version. (Read it! It's cute!)
via Manolo for the Brides

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save the date video

Check out this stop motion save-the-date video via designsponge

Save the Date_9/26/09 from Jason Harmon on Vimeo.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

sneak peak...

Here's a few shots of a friend's wedding I photographed in West Virginia. More to come....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

backyard bridal shower

Check these picts! I'm digging on the christmas lights, especially! From100layercake

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Monday, July 6, 2009

luv this cake!

photographered by

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