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3 Intentional Ways to Make Your Wedding Memorable

3 ways_memorableYour personalities are essentially what brought you together. It just makes sense to incorporate your favorite elements into your wedding day. The ceremony is of course a serious moment, so subtle innuendos and use of items, like a program and music can be perfect to allude to these special traits about  you. Your selections of color, florals and the ambiance of the ceremony all combine to give them a unified aesthetic. When you get to the reception, you can loosen up a bit and have a little more fun!

The location that you choose can make or break the event. Let’s face it, a hall or banquet room is just not the same as a family home, museum where you had your first date, or the place you first met. Bring your history into your future and tell your guests why you brought them there. Tell your story. Make them a part of it and these moments can become everlasting with even more meaning.

Lastly, this day is not just about you. It is about coming together with everyone you love–family and friends at a moment in time. You plan for so long, but in a few hours time, the wedding is over. Remember to make all of your guests feel important and celebrate them. Take time to talk about special memories that shaped your life, special events with them that changed your view of the world and helped make you the person you are today. All your guests are there because they want to support your future. Surprise them and etch new memories into the minds of the people in your life, as a couple. Nothing is better than walking away from a wedding the exceeds expectations. Touch them with importance and thoughtfulness, not just wowing them with a zillion dollars worth of flowers. Impact them in ways they do not expect!

5 Social Media Etiquette Requests

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1. Wherever and however you exchange vows, it is probably the most important moment in your life (thus far) and phones should be put away, just out of respect for the importance of the moment. Unless of course, it is your wish that there is a ceremonial internet montage of the exchange. Your guests should know where you stand before they arrive at the ceremony. “Unplugging” is becoming quite common, at ceremonies and on vacations and social gatherings in general.  A little note in the program or a whisper from an usher may help remind guests that day as well.

2. The ceremony may just be a different story. It is a celebration, a party, and you may want it captured by people and collected on social media channels for the post party viewing on your honeymoon in Bora Bora, relaxing with a cocktail in hand. That is again up to you, and guests should know what is expected ahead of time. A simple and friendly reminder by uncle John to your guests, between the ceremony and cocktail hour would be an added reminder. Some people are private and some are social creatures. Decide beforehand and set the tone, so you are not distracted by cellphone drama during your celebration.  That is not what you want to remember about your wedding.

3. If you are not a celebrity, confiscating phones is just bad taste. You may have a serious control issue and it may be time to get that in check before walking down the aisle into married bliss. Your friends are grown ups and their phones are not your property. Let’s believe that they have your back, if you are inviting them to the blissful occasion in the first place.

4. Be specific about what you will expect from your guests. No texting, no photos posted, no Facebook during your day–Let them know what your wishes are, but try to refrain from focusing and correcting people during the day. Also, if you wish that your pictures and videos be posted to a specific site or use a hashtag, you can let them know what the instructions are for that. Consider printing them on the program in small print at the back as well.

5. The bride and groom should really refrain from cell usage at their wedding. Do you really want to be caught in photos all day of you engaging with your phone and not the people at your wedding? That is just selfish and bad taste. Set the example and respect the time people took to come celebrate with you. Leave the selfies to the guests.

It is the age of social media. We can’t get away from it. Millenials are the in the cue and no matter what business you are in considering new social norms is just par for the course. Modifying practices at solemn occasions is just good common sense. There are some traditions that should be upheld, no matter how modern of a couple you are. We all have different levels of what those expectations should be, so communicating them is especially important. If Aunt Milly has too many martinis and starts singing “All You Need Is Love”, it may be in everyone’s best interest that she is not exploited all over the net. However, she may just want to be the next viral sensation. Respecting everyone’s privacy is just a good idea.

The Knot recommends a wide range of best practices from sending out traditional invitations (a must do) to a designated Tweeter, which seems a little over the top, but YOU be the judge! You can see their list here.

If you are a little bit more tech savvy, Mashable offers some other options (and some differing opinions) that are trending, like photo sites, private Pinterest boards for sharing inspiration and using Google Map to mark wedding locations for your guests. Check Mashable, to see if any of those ideas are right for you. Again, it is your wedding.

 

You decide!

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Google for Your Wedding

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When planning a wedding it is very easy to get lost in the gray area, the abyss– of dresses, invitations, flowers, shoes, food, cake, cocktails and planning. More cocktails, please! Finding the right resources and keeping a tight ship can lesson the load. Using Google is pretty easy, because it is now pretty much part of our everyday lives. Today, they offer a lot more to keep us on track efficiently! After your wedding, you may just use these services to maintain your home or office. We personally use Google Docs for our family all the time to plan dinners, parties, and even big events. Sharing on any laptop or from your phone makes getting to the important information on the road very easy.

Did you know that you can use Google for more than just a search engine? If you are on Google+, you can have video chats, called “hangouts” with up to 10 people! Rounding up the wedding party has never been easier. Imagine being 1000 miles away from your parents and you want to share the news live! You can even use it at the wedding for friends that cannot attend. You can use Google Drive for sharing all of your important wedding related spreadsheets. Yes, your budget, your guest lists and all other files can be shared and accessed on any computer or smartphone. Google Weddings has templates for budgets and other lists too! You can even use Google Maps to customize a map with all your wedding location information to streamline logistics for your guests. Get out of the gray, and get organized with Google. That is one check off your list!google weddinggoogle wedding

 

Planning such a big event is not very easy if you aren’t used to the bustle and decision-making that goes along with it. On average, the American couple spends at least 27K on their wedding, so being more organized matters. Finding vendors and resources you can trust in your community can really change your whole wedding experience!

Classic Placid Blue

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Forever a staple in the wedding landscape, blues from barely-there baby blue to striking cobalt and deep dark navies have complimented wedding papers and parties from the beginning. Placid is the backdrop of our outside world, like a Monet waterlily painting, this color is strong on its own, or with complimentary hues.

A few ideas for combining placid blue into your wedding:

Modern: Placid Blue, Black, Steel Gray and Ecru

Classic: Placid Blue, Gold, Ecru

Rustic: Placid Blue, Sable Brown and Yellow Ochre

Oceanside: Placid Blue, Hemlock and White

Whimsical: Placid Blue, Yellow and Deep Coral

 

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Are your invitations Timeless ?

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Like your wedding dress and the ultimate style of your wedding, you do not want its memory affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Choosing an invitation can be a challenge, but with the knowledge and experience of a stationer,  your task will be made much easier. We all have those images in our heads of photos from family events and notice how a trend back then may not be a trend today. Can you conjure up images of prom dress choices, hair styles, and your college wardrobe? Always being on trend can sometimes really affect those photo collections and bring some healthy and hearty laughter years later. The same can be said for invitation choices. Classic elegance, like that of Jaqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn or Coco Chanel is confident and intriguing. Of course you should have your invitation style match the overall feel of your wedding. Using a beachy invite for a very traditional affair just sets the wrong tone and confuses your guests. Wedding papers are keepsakes as well as being the first introduction your guests will have of your wedding. That is why it is so important to consider how they will stand that test of time.

We are so excited to have this new collection to share! Choosing classic elegance, with style that is simplistic and tasteful, will always looks as elegant and stand the passage of time. There is always a way to insert a hint of whimsy or a bit of your personality, but ultimately, choosing a design with foresight will leave lasting impressions of taste.