Today’s guest post is all about the wedding gifts for your bridal party and friends/family who support you through your wedding planning journey. Enjoy!

On your wedding day, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. You have to pick the perfect place, send invitations and manage myriad other details, big and small. While it may seem a bit counterintuitive to give gifts to friends on your wedding day, don’t forget to show your appreciation for important wedding guests who are helping to make your big day a success. Amidst the stress and chaos, here are some thoughtful gifts you can give to your loved ones who play crucial roles in your wedding party.

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Today’s guest post comes from Weddings by Kennedy, a full-service wedding planning company in Austin, Texas! I love their examples on how to make a wedding all about the couple — check it out below!

You’ve found your soul mate, best friend, and permanent plus one and now it’s time to start planning the wedding! Some of our favorite, and most memorable weddings, are the ones that showcase the couple’s personalities; what makes them great, and why they are such a perfect match. Trying to incorporate what makes you and your special someone one-of-a-kind may seem daunting, so we’ll show you where to start and how some of our couples have made their big days uniquely their own.

As it happens, the best place to start is at the beginning. Reflect on your background, where you came from, and family traditions that are near and dear to your heart. Maybe you are proud of your strong Polish background, like one of our brides, Kari. We recommended some delicious Polish cuisine and traditional Polish music during her cocktail hour to represent a little bit of her heritage. American’s are famous for being a melting pot of races and traditions so don’t be afraid to represent where you hail from.

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Photo by Hendrickson Photography Weddings

Uggh! Another wedding invite that will require travel!

That’s the reaction most people have when they receive an invite for a wedding that will require travel.

After all, a wedding can cost out of town guests between $500 to $1000 per person when you factor in the airfare, hotel, car rental, activities, food, and lost time at work (some of us work weekends, you know).

In this article, we will go over five very simple, yet effective ways to help your out of town wedding guests save money on travel. And doing these five things will not take up a lot of your time (which you have none of anyway) or money.

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Today’s guest post comes from Genevieve Coates and we’re so pleased to have her reviews of the most popular wedding planning apps!

Whether you are currently planning your wedding or plan to plan a wedding in the near future, chances are that you will need a little help. Keeping track of guest lists, ordering the cake, finding a venue, saying yes to that dress, and keeping your mother off your back can be exhausting and frustrating. But you can alleviate some of that stress with a little help from these seven crucial wedding apps.

myPantone Wedding & Events (iPad)

I’m a little color blind (not actually color blind – more color challenged). If you’re looking for a little direction on which colors to use in your wedding, look no further than myPantone Wedding & Events. The color experts from Pantone and the wedding style specialists from The Dessy Group teamed up to bring you this cheap app, which helps you coordinate colors, apparel and accessories for your wedding. The app includes thousands upon thousands of images to help guide you, as well as the option to upload your own images to get that custom feel. I hear seafoam and salmon are really in this year.

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We love this guest post all about finding a band/entertainment for your wedding. Keep these tips in mind!


Photo from Licence To Ceilidh

Planning your wedding can be a pretty stressful time if not handled properly, and although I am only tackling one element of planning your wedding day, I think it well help make the process as stress-free as possible.

You want a wedding band that looks great and suits the style of wedding you are going for, you want them to sound great and perform amazingly, and finally you want them to be professional. Professionalism is a topic I will come onto in a moment, but first how do you even find a wedding band?

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When it comes to buying the right thank you gift for the men in the wedding party, there are quite a few gifts that come to mind as “traditional” or “classic” – maybe even “standard”. And of course, depending on who you talk to, these gifts are either still perfect for the job or they’re useless gifts that are bound for a dusty junk drawer, never to be used. They’re perfect for your guys or maybe they are just unimaginative.

So who’s got it right? Who has the sense of a solid groomsmen gift in modern day living and who just isn’t with it? We’ll present the case for both sides of the argument below and let you decide for yourselves.

The Flask

http://www.exclusivelyweddings.com/Weddings/Wedding-Party-Gifts/Groomsmen-Gifts/Flasks-Mugs-and-Barware-Groomsmen-Gift/Gunmetal-Flask

Pros

Flasks look sleek, shiny and present well. For the boozehound among his pals, you’re on the right track. It actually will probably come in handy in the short space between ceremony and reception when your groomsmen will be getting rowdy and restless, all but screaming for a beer. Flasks can almost always be personalized too, so the gift can be a little more special for each recipient who is a part of your day.

Cons

Seriously, this might be the least imaginative wedding party gift ever. Yes, the groomsmen will likely be drinking heavily (but had better still behave). And of course, your groomsmen will be happy that you acknowledge their role in your day, whatever the gift. On the other hand, you could dig a little deeper than a ‘stock’ gift, couldn’t you?

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Photo by Carrie Draghi Photography

So. You’re getting married. Congratulations! Now time to plan. You’ve made a list right? Hair, makeup, dress, shoes, bridesmaids (all 12 of them), groomsmen, venue, reception hall… but have you thought about your rehearsal dinner?

You know, that awkward time (maybe it’s just me…my aunt stood up and sang to us at ours. Which wouldn’t have been a problem…if she could sing. Hence the awkward.) when your family and your new family get together, eat, and start to get to know each other? Have you considered who should pay? Where it’s going to be held? If it’s a dinner or a brunch (totally acceptable, by the way)? Your budget?

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We’re back with another great infographic by Carey of Lasso’d Moon, this time all about wedding invitation options and wording! If you missed our last infographic, check out What’s It Called? Wedding Invitation Description Infographic!

Thanks Carey! Go check out Lasso’d Moon on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website.

We’re continuing our monthly blog series: PR Tips 101 from Hello Cupcake! See last month’s post, Grow Your Readership, for more great PR tips!

The other day I was on a call with a client explaining that she needs to set up a Twitter account for her photography business and her response was, “Stacy, you’re going to have to sell me on twitter because I don’t think I need it”.

My client, as well as some of you may be familiar with this line: “I don’t need to tell the world what I’m eating for breakfast, so why would I be on Twitter?” Right – you don’t need to post a play-by-play of your day but you do need to leverage Twitter and its powerful capabilities for your business.

Used correctly, Twitter can position you as a thought leader in your industry, land you enviable job opportunities and allow you to connect directly with your customers.

Top Benefits of Twitter:

  1. Twitter is mobile: Many people stay up to speed on Twitter through their phone or tablet – your followers may be on the go, but they are staying connected
  2. Twitter has a 140 character limit – Because Twitter limits the number of characters per tweet, your feed is not being bogged down and people are forced to be thoughtful with their tweets
  3. Twitter is instant- Because Twitter updates are instant you are on the pulse of news and industry opportunities
  4. Twitter has a captive audience – Your followers are waiting for your information and Twitter provides a great platform for you to connect with people who are a good fit for your business
  5. Twitter is a networking tool — Twitter allows you to connect directly with others you may want to work with, a magazine where you would love to have your work published, or even a silent follower who is considering booking you!

Hopefully I’ve persuaded those of you who may be skeptical of Twitter or think that it’s not necessary for your business to hop on the bandwagon!

What are you waiting for? Go sign up!

Afraid of Twitter? Not sure how to use it? Click HERE

Stacy Wichelhaus is the owner of Hello Cupcake Public Relations – a boutique public relations firm for the Wedding Industry.  Stacy is also a stationery designer for Hello Cupcake Creations and she, her husband and their furry baby Ginger live in San Francisco.