New! Wedding Program Fans

Categories Ceremony + Wedding Stationery

TGIF!

Let me introduce to you our newest ceremony program types: Wedding Program Fans. This is in addition to our 6 existing types of Wedding Programs: {Rectangle, Tea-length, Square, Gate-fold, Half-fold, Tri-fold}. We are simply teeming with Program options for you now!

Wedding Program Fans

1. Shell Program Fans 
Destination wedding? Seashell-shaped fans will lend a beachy-ambiance to any seaside celebration as well as a practical keepsake from your destination wedding.

2. Rectangle Program Fans
Ample space. In a true classic shape, Rectangle Fans give you ample room to include all the details you want your guests to know: rituals, songs, wedding party bios, etc.

3. Heart-shaped Program Fans
The ever-iconic symbol of love! Sweet and irresistible … need I say more? 

4. Square Program Fans 
Contemporary cut.  Square Programs are modern, fun and come in a distinctive shape that’s great for unique or contemporary services.

Just a reminder … you can personalize any program design in your wedding colors, your fonts, and  your special ceremony wording! Oh, and of course your photos too!

 

Learn more about all of our Wedding Programs

Check out this blog post for wedding program content ideas.

Happy Friday.

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Truly Engaged: Visual Wedding Planning Tools

Categories Ceremony + Reception + Wedding Planning

I’m getting married! Now what? Truly Engaged is a new blog series written by Rachel, our *newly engaged* staff writer. As she wades her way through the wedding planning process, she’ll be sharing some of the emotions, inspiration, and insight she uncovers along the way

Eek! Our wedding is two weeks away! Scary, exciting…all sorts of emotions churning through me right now. My life has been a blur of details and deadlines…oh, and on top of that: we moved! <sigh>

Because we are having our wedding within a large, public park, I’ve been trying to finalize a bunch of layout/setup details, including:

  • seating charts
  • reception layout
  • wedding processional path
  • “photo op” spots for our First Look and Wedding Party pics

Not only do these details have to be figured out, but they also have to be communicated to those who will be helping execute them.

Tedious? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely.

For today’s post I’m going to talk about a visual wedding planning tool I discovered that has really helped me sketch and map out these tedious, but important wedding details: Google Docs Drawings.

Yes, Google Docs has a drawing tool! It’s not just spreadsheets and text editors. Google Docs drawings has been immensely helpful for our wedding, as a way to translate our layout ideas into physical, visual representations that can be saved, printed, and shared with other wedding participants.

 

Why I Love Google Docs Drawing:

I can create, edit, and share my designs from any computer. 
Unlike InDesign or other  design programs (which are great programs), Google Docs can be accessed on any computer device–anywhere, anytime. This makes it super convenient for me to work on drawings whenever I have time in my busy schedule: during my lunch break at work, at home on the couch, etc.

I can invite others to view, comment, or even collaborate.
I love how I can mock up the basic design, and then have my fiance and mother help fill in the details. I can also control the settings, if I don’t want others to actually edit the designs.

For example, I mocked up the general reception layout, then I shared it with my mom, who helped fill in the actual seating arrangements, since she has been managing the guest list.

I can share my Google Drawings with non-Gmail users, too.
My fiance actually discovered this little gem! He’s been able to email our drawings to his sister, who does NOT have a Gmail account. This capability gives us the freedom to send it to virtually anyone with an email account.

I can print them for people to reference on the wedding day.
Drawings can be downloaded as a PDF, PNG, or JPG–plus, they can be printed and passed out to wedding vendors and party members. For example, our “helpers” can use one of our printouts as a visual reference as they arrange tables and set up the centerpieces and decor.

Below is one example of a Google Docs drawing I created for my wedding. I uploaded a map (photo)  of the park where our wedding will take place. I then drew symbols and lines on top of the map to indicate where key events will be taking place.

It’s not finished yet, but you can see how it looks below:

 

I think Google Docs drawings is really helpful for anyone who is having an outdoor wedding, or a wedding at a non-traditional venue (rustic barn, anyone?).

I’d love to hear from other brides and grooms– What visual planning tools did you use for your wedding? How did you figure out your floor plans, photo locations, etc.?

 

 Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

 

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Small Wedding Venue Ideas

Categories Ceremony + Reception + Wedding Planning

We love small weddings! Every one we’ve attended, have been so beautifully stamped with the personality of the bride and groom. And, they seem easier to plan … Although you’re still preparing for the comfort of your guests in all the same ways, you’re seemingly less encumbered by logistics: food, seating, decor, costs, etc.

Here are some lovely ideas and considerations for your small wedding. Some you may have already considered and some may be new, but we encourage you to think big for your small wedding venue!

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small wedding ideas

 

Since the most popular weddings months are June, August and September, we can’t resist the allure of an al fresco wedding!

1. For the outdoorsy couple:

  1. Lake or beach setting- flanked by a gorgeous shoreline, all that’s needed is a simple arch or canopy to say your vows under.
  2. Barn, country setting- rustic settings are charming–let nature be your ceremonial entertainment i.e. birds chirping, creek sounds or the neighs from a horse. Think blankets & bales of hay.
  3. City, regional or state park- lovely views, nearby shelter, and built-in BBQ pits, are just some of the perks here!
  4. Your backyard- All you need is room to roam and a beautiful focal point–perhaps that old weeping willow tree will do.

Keep in mind with any outdoor setting:

  • Check city or state regulations for any permits that you may need i.e. parking, fire, etc.
  • Are there safety issues to be concerned about? i.e. uneven grounds {disabled guests}, water {kids}
  • Is there a bathroom nearby?
  • Is there nearby shelter if it rains?
  • Check to see that your outdoor setting is ok with your officiant.
  • What rental items will you need? i.e. port-a-pottie, tent, tables, chairs, etc.

{Here’s a good resource article for outdoor weddings from The Knot}

2. Bed & Breakfast

Do you live in a resort, destination or an area claimed for its historical significance? Chances are, there is a bed and breakfast nearby that would be an ideal setting for a small wedding. These mansions or inns typically have lush grounds and grand rooms–wonderful photo opportunities. Ask the B&B if they have any wedding packages.

 

3. Local Hotel, Bar or Restaurant-
4. Cinema or Live Theater-
5. Community Center-
6. Church-
7. School-

Have a favorite establishment with loads of personality? Check to see how you can personalize the space to call it your own–get ideas and help from creative family and friends. Think outside the box … does your church or community center have a brand new room with gorgeous lighting, a beautiful fireplace, etc? Lastly, always try to negotiate costs with vendors and those in chargethere is no harm in asking!

You have options!

Whether you’re having a small wedding or live in a small town, you probably have more options than you think to have that small, intimate dream wedding. Take a drive around your town and let your imagination take you for a ride. Let’s hear your ideas …

 

What are your venue choices?

 

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Favorite Part of the Ceremony

Categories Ceremony + Inspiration + Photography

My favorite part of the wedding ceremony- the groom watching his bride walk down the aisle. Oh. My. Tears me up every single time. And I think these type of wedding shots can be some of the most honest and romantic wedding shots captured. Ever.

from LeAnn and Jared’s real wedding

from Cyndy and Mark’s real wedding

from Crystal and Carlton’s real wedding.

and from Boram and David’s real wedding.

What is your favorite part of the ceremony?

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