These 4 Things Will Change The Way You Approach Using Social Media For Your Wedding

Social Media for WeddingsSocial media probably plays a huge role in your daily life. Your iPhone or similar device is always on and if not in your hands, close by. And it can be a big help as you begin the process of planning your wedding. There are great sites with wonderful pictures, blogs from other brides and advertisements from venues, resources, and planners. They can be a great resource for information and where to start.

It’s a perfect way to share information about your wedding. Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Websites – all give you an easy way to inform guests about your plans. But there is a downside to this. To quote one expert- “You should be careful what you say and post on social media. It can be shared and manipulated by hackers, thieves, “frenemies” and others. A good rule of thumb – don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your mom to know.”

 

Here are some things to consider before you post:

1. If you become obsessive about posting every little thought or photo or plan – consider scaling that back. If you give it all away before the big event, what’s left to surprise your guests?

2. Are you posting to the whole world – not just your guests? Be careful of hurt feelings from friends who get your post but are not invited to the wedding. Create a wedding posting list.

3. Try to keep negative experiences, thoughts and feeling offline. Dealing with your frustrations are not topics to share with the world of your guests.  

4. Be sure to set up a private group (or invitation only list) that allows you to post relevant and necessary information with those who need to know.  But as hard as it may be to understand, not everyone on your guest list is online. You may need to send or disseminate necessary information about travel, directions, times etc. via phone or US Mail.

The best idea I’ve learned about is establishing the position of Social Media Manager for your wedding. Just like relatives and/or best friends are in your wedding party or assisting with guestbook etc., consider asking a tech-savvy friend to manage the use of social media the day of your ceremony. He/she could be tech central – manning the power station for recharging equipment, helping people with tech issues, reminding guests of your wish to have tweets, blogs, photos be held until the bride and groom have seen them. This person may hand out a personal note from the bride and groom that asks guests not to take and post photos of the couple before they have seen the photos. Bridesmaids should not post photos of the bride getting dressed without the bride’s OK. Guests will find him/her helpful and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your day.

For more wedding ideas call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected].

A Personal Message from David Tutera | Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique

We are so excited to receive this personal thank you message from David Tutera! You can find his 2017 bridal collection right here at Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique, a David Tutera Platinum Store.

To try on David Tutera’s new collection, call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected] to book an appointment.

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Congratulations to Ami and Ben! | Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique

Congratulations to Ami and Ben from Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique on a lovely wedding at Mount Hope Farm! We were glad you chose us to aid you in selecting a wedding dress. Check out this awesome video recap of the beautiful day below for a lace wedding dress idea. Read more about the wedding here: http://blueflashphotography.com/ami-ben-mount-hope-farm-wedding/

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Thinking About Bridesmaids’ Gifts? 4 Incredible Ways To Show Your Gratitude.

Bridesmaids' Gifts

As you add “Buy bridesmaids’ gifts for attendants” to your to do list, consider all that they are giving you.

Do you have to buy gifts for your bridesmaids? No! Do you have to thank them for what they are doing for you? Absolutely!

Whether it’s one witness at a Justice of the Peace or 6 college friends who are flying in to be a part of your special day, standing up for you at your wedding is quite a commitment. They are likely buying a dress, shoes and maybe a headpiece of sorts. It’s likely that they are attending at least one shower for you and will no doubt be giving you a wedding gift. Some of them may have incurred flight or other travel expenses just getting to your wedding.

The gift you choose for your bridesmaids is important and must be accompanied by a huge thank you for being a part of the most important event in your life.

What to give for bridesmaid’s gifts? Here are some innovative ideas to consider.

 

1. Give them some bling.

A favorite is jewelry, accessories, or personal items monogrammed or in individual favorite colors. These gifts are usually given either during a bridesmaid’s luncheon or at the rehearsal dinner along with the groom’s gifts to his attendants.

2. Let them unwind.

If schedules permit, many brides choose to host a spa day for their attendants. A day of relaxing massages, facials and personal attention is hard to beat.

3. Pay their way.

If you are planning a destination wedding, paying their travel expenses would be a marvelous gift. If you can’t swing the airfare, plan to cover at least their ground accommodations.

4. Send a bouquet.

Plan to send post wedding flowers to the bridesmaids at their place of employment whenever/wherever possible. Send a thank you note with the flowers. If they cannot be delivered to the job site, send them to her home.

For more bridesmaids’ gift ideas call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected].

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7 Ideas From Former Brides For Making Your Wedding Special

wedding ideas worth putting in your memory bookBrides and grooms are glad to share ideas from their weddings – if you ask them. Some stores send a note with the gown when it is picked up. The note is a thank you from the store, wishing her and the groom a long and happy life together, and asking the bride to share her thoughts after the big event.

This note is usually printed on good paper stock and has the store’s logo on it along with the greetings and good wishes. They also enclose a stamped and printed return envelope. It is a way to encourage brides to remember the help and advice you gave, as well as a way to share with future brides.

Here are some wedding ideas and advice we’ve heard from brides:

 

1. Start With the Invite

Be sure to mail an invitation with all the inserts to yourself. Don’t open it. Keep it in your wedding book and save it for future generations to open.

2. Include Your Guests in the Fun

Ask all friends and relatives to write a favorite recipe on the back of the response card before they return it to you. Keep them in a special place throughout your married life.

3. Use Your Life For Inspiration

We weren’t sure what color theme we wanted and finally decided to use the color of each of our birthstones. It was lovely.

4. Purchase Extras For the Occasion

If you are going to throw your garter (or the groom will) be sure you purchase two: one to toss and one you want to keep.

5. Start a Tradition in Honor of Your Big Day

We decided to buy a new silver dollar with the year of our wedding on it. We plan to buy a new one every year on our anniversary.

6. Explore the Gift of Generosity

Because it was a second wedding for both of us, we decided we didn’t want any gifts. We picked a charity that we both support and asked that in lieu of gifts to us, gifts be given to the charity. We plan to donate to it every year on our anniversary.

7. Say Thank You Creatively

My groom bought lottery tickets for each of his attendants and placed in one pocket of each tux as a way to say thanks for being in my wedding.

For more wedding ideas call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected].

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Create the Wedding of Your Dreams By Following This One Simple Rule

dream wedding memoriesA great deal of time, energy, money and planning went into creating the wedding of your dreams…Everyone wished you well and thought your wedding was one of the nicest and loveliest events they had attended…But…One of the biggest reasons that guests were so pleased to be a part of the event, is how pleasant and charming you – the bride was throughout the entire process.

We want our brides to be happy with the wedding of their dreams and we also want them to be the source of warm thoughts and memories from relatives and guests who see her at her very best. She is gracious and focused on others. The most charming bride is the one whose focus is not on herself alone, but one who shares her happiness with family and friends.

Some advice:

Don’t talk about the wedding non-stop. It’s good that you are enthusiastic and excited about your upcoming wedding, but hard as it is to believe, not everyone in your orbit needs or wants to hear every little detail, every day for the months of preparation. As one guest remarked, “Believe it or not, the world was turning on its axis every day without everyone knowing every detail every hour.”

Your wedding is OUR focus as we help you plan, but not every person you meet shares that focus. Some brides have a “me first” attitude throughout the planning process. That can be hard to take.

People wish you well and want you to be happy, but it is unrealistic to expect everyone to drop everything and focus only on you and your wedding. WE will focus on you and we will help you create a memorable event while you the bride treat your family and friends with genuine care and sharing.

For more answers to your questions about creating the wedding of your dreams call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected] and speak with an experienced consultant.

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Are You Sure You Know When To Give a Gift? Your Wedding Gift Giving Questions Answered

wedding gift giving advice As the wedding season ramps up, it is time to dust off the guidelines on gift giving for weddings. We are frequently asked about when is a gift a must and when it is a maybe? 

Here are some simple “rules”.

Showers

If one is invited to a bridal shower and plans to attend – yes, a gift is in order. Usually, a shower gift is smaller and more personal than the gift given at the wedding. If one does not plan to attend, a gift is not required nor expected. However, depending on one’s relationship to the bride-to-be, a small gift of remembrance may be sent to the bride in care of the hostess of the shower or via another guest who will be attending.

Weddings

If one is invited to the wedding and plans to attend, yes – a gift is expected. But if one is invited but cannot attend, the giving of a gift is optional. We say “optional” because the norms around this are changing and even vary by geographic region.

Traditionally, if one was invited to a wedding but could not attend, a gift was not necessarily expected. If the guest was close to the couple, a gift was usually sent anyway. However, today’s expectations are changing and guests may decide to gift anyway. If the bride or groom are close friends or relatives, a gift is sent. If you are only casual friends, a gift may be sent.

Experts now state…

You traditionally respond to a wedding invitation with a gift whether or not you are able to attend.

Some guests may give a group gift which is a good way for casual friends to participate.

For more answers to your questions about gift giving call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected] and speak with an experienced consultant.

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6 Really Awesome Tips To Avoid Wedding Day Stress

avoid wedding day stressIf you have never before practiced Self Care, do it NOW. All the planning and decision making that go into pulling the myriad aspects of your wedding into place can leave you stressed out beyond belief. This advice comes from wedding planners who know how important this is.

1. Take care of YOU first.

Do whatever you need to do to unwind, relax and sleep well. Take your vitamins, get healthy exercise and find effective emotional outlets for releasing the stress you feel. Remember your groom. Do fun things together and plan together. You need to be healthy and strong and resilient.

2. Get organized.

Get and stay organized. Start early and document every decision made around your wedding day. It doesn’t matter if you keep records on line or in file folders or a paper bag. Find a system that works for you – implement it early on and keep it current.

3. Budget.

Together set a budget for the wedding and stick to it. Agree on priorities. Identify those key items that you both really want as well as those areas where you can “under” spend.

4. Show gratitude.

Remember to be grateful for all that you have and for everything others are doing for you. You will get gifts, good wishes and offers to help. Thank those who offer assistance whether you take them up on that offer or not. Because weddings are happy occasions, people feel good and want to help if they can. It’s nice to be a part of a positive and joyous event.

5. Plan.

Remember your plan and stick with it. Yes, you’ll hear of a great idea or see something at someone else’s wedding that you’d like to adopt for yours. Be careful of playing “one ups man-ship”. Do you really want that? What are you willing to give up for it? Some you’ll want to copy and some you won’t. This bride is having her big day and you’ll have yours.

6. Ditch the guilt.

And the best advice of all – let go of bridal guilt! You can’t make everyone happy all the time. It’s not worth the worry and stress. Sometimes guilt is OK. It can help us deal with other’s feelings. But most of the time we are simply afraid that we have let someone down or hurt someone’s feelings. Do your best to be aware of the feelings of others and honor them when you can. But the best advice to avoid wedding day stress is to remember that on your wedding day, you are there to please yourself and your groom as you begin your new life together.

For more ideas call Alexandra’s Bridal at 508-916-2443 or email us at [email protected].

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