Using Workflowy and Online Tools to Plan Your Destination Wedding

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Planning a wedding requires organizing lots of people and details, so that's why I wrote today's post about Using Workflowy and Online Tools to Plan Your Destination Wedding. No matter how small the wedding, there's always something important to keep track of. We used Minigroup while running Petal and Bean and coordinating flowers and planning. But, now there are other platforms that do similar function without the mini social network feel of the Minigroup.

Inspiration >> Wedding Blogs and Magazines

You can always start the good ol' fashioned way and pick up a few wedding magazines at Barnes and Noble or similar location. Check out the wedding planning aisle or just go online and see what they have. Either way, there are plenty of books that can inspire you with weddings with different colors, styles and at various locations. Atmosphere creates experience.

There are lots of national magazines that over style and overall planning tips. Regional print publications aren't comprehensive and can contain outdated information. Refer to online resources found in print to cross reference availability, new offerings, current specials and links to social profiles.

Organization >> New Media Technology

Most of these platforms run "in the cloud" and sync with all your devices, offering real-time updates and cross-collaboration. What does that mean? It means someone working on finding you a cake maker can cross that off the virtual list you make and let you know about it. It's about having access to the information you need, regardless of where you're at and the device you use.

For example, you can upload files, create folders for pictures, text documents, PDF's and other information regarding the planning of your event. You can share information with select individuals that you trusting to help you plan.

Personalization >> Social Media

A fun part of wedding planning is choosing who will be with you on your journey. Get to know vendors through recommendations from other vendors, online resources and their websites. There you should be able to find links to their social profiles on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Google+. Create circles on the plus, lists on Twitter, and public or secret pinboards, which can all be shared in a private Facebook group. Use a special hashtag and share photos on Instagram. Make your media social with these platforms. Thanks for reading and happy planning!

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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At Summit Mountain Weddings we like to keep our followers up on the current details of wedding in the area through our blog and now our very own Instagram page! If you attend a wedding in Summit County this summer, use the hashtag #breckwedding or if you not actually in Breck but close (like Keystone, Copper, Vail, Beaver Creek, etc.) use our handle @breckweddings. We would love to share your pictures on our Instagram and possibly on our blog!

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

  1. Never post a picture of the bride in her dress before the ceremony.  You might chance the groom seeing his bride before the ceremony, which is a wedding faux pas.
  2. Include the bride and grooms "handles" when you post.  This is their Instagram profile name with the @ symbol in front of it. This will allow them to see it as soon as you post.
  3. Let the photographer, DJ, and other vendors know about the hashtag.  They will probably be taking pictures throughout the event, and when everyone tags their photos using the hashtag, you'll get to see many different photography styles, angles and perspectives from the evening.
  4. Keep it classy. The hashtag creates your very own virtual wedding album and that means anyone could see it,  including grandma and grandpa.
  5.  Let guests know the hashtag.  Don't forget to tell your guests to use the #breckweddings hashtag at your wedding so that you can be featured on our blog or Instagram page.

5 Tips for using hashtags at weddings

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Using Hashtags at your Wedding

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Hashtag Infographic for Blog Post This has been a big week for popular social media. Instagram jumped on the video bandwagon and Facebook started making hashtags searchable. Social media can work to your advantage for your big day. Think about being on your honeymoon and being able to instantly see how your wedding attendants enjoyed your wedding. Using hashtags has become increasingly popular at weddings that I've been to this year. Couples will post a sign at the entrance of the ceremony, reception, or have the hashtag somewhere on the program. I've even seen it on the save the dates and invitations so that the wedding party knows to use the same hashtag so the couple can have see the fun pictures from the bachelor and bachelorette party as well. It's a good idea to pick one early in planning and use it after your engagement through the big day.

A Keystone Ranch wedding last weekend came up with a very clever hashtag to use at their wedding: #teamchetlyn (the grooms name is Chet and the brides name Katelyn). Throughout the night, guests posted pictures using the hashtag, which gives the couple a nice way to quickly see images of their big day. Even the photographer, Kim with Bride-and-Joy Photography out of New York, joined in on the hashtag fun by posting one of her post-processed images after the wedding.

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Here are some more examples of creative hashtags: #_____wedding (use your new last name!) #_____and_____wed #_____wedding13 (Use the couples initials and the year of the wedding to make it a little more unique) #braggaboutit (Bragg is the couples last name)

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How to Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

Pinterest?  Hopefully by now, you have signed up for Pinterest and have started finding inspiration for your next home, the kitchen and even your furry friend.  But, how do you pin ideas for your wedding without giving everything away?  Well, there are now, shhhh, secret boards.  Yep, they just released access to three boards that you can use for anything you don't want your followers to see.  So, that means while you have your family helping you with your reception decor, you can now privately plan your bachelorette party, or anything else you'd rather not broadcast to mom and other sets of eyes.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We just checked out some tools that are used to measure Pinterest, and since we've started pinning, our followers have "liked" over 1,000 of our pins, and have "repinned" those pins over 6,000 times.  We hope you'll check us out over there, and when you're ready to talk wedding plans, details that you know, could be stealth, let us know.  Until then, repin and like away!

Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography 

One of our most popular bouquets, has been repinned 32 times from our pinboard dedicated to just our bridal bouquets!  Here is the link to the pin of the image above: Bridal Bouquet: Hydrangea and Seeded Eucalyptus |  Brian Kraft Photography

So, just how do you repin that blue beauty and keep it a secret?  Well, here's how you can keep a private board.

    1. Login to Pinterest.  Do your thing.  I like to login via Twitter, in case you wondered.
    2. Scroll down on your boards page and look for the secret boards.  Click create.
    3. Name your board, select the category, and make sure the setting for private is ON.
    4. Invite co-conspirators, I mean collaborators via email or Pinterest username.
    5. Click create board and you're done.  Your secret board is now set up.  Pin away!

You can now invite your wedding vendors, and other confidants in your event design details.

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

We are also building on a centerpiece pinboard, for example this centerpiece for  a wedding at Copper Mountain which is tall-clean-and-simple, yet has some drama going on.  The bride and groom rented this piece, and had us come back to retrieve them after the wedding, saving them time and energy. 

Manzanita branches in tall cylinder vases.

 So, to check out more blogs that we've pinned, go right here.  There will be more blogs coming to this board, so it's a good one to watch.  I've also put together a venues board, as we're always getting asked about different places to get married, which ones do receptions too, and so on.  Everyone wedding is different, and each venue has its own quirks and issues.  But, one will be right for you.  Which one?  Well, decide for yourself, or let us help you pick.  

[How To] Create a Secret Board on Pinterest and Keep Your Wedding Details Private

So, whether you're checking out venues, or DIY projects, you'll want to head over to our Pinterest boards to see what's on there.  And, the best part now is that you can keep it secret.  On Pinterest anyway.  You can't guarantee everybody's mouth will keep shut, right?  Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for reading! 

[ How to ] Get Inspired to Create a Wedding Website

Technology is inspiring culture shifts, and that includes how we talk about our weddings. Today's couples are using many different ways to share their announcement, engagement photos, and now everybody has a wedding website or Facebook page to let everyone know what's going on.  You could even create a private group on Minigroup, so your wedding info isn't on Facebook.  

There are many ways to do a wedding website.  Today's blog is about highlighting some of the real sites that are being used today by real couples.   The Dessy Group has created a way for folks to nominate wedding websites to appear on this site, which happens to show not only one site, but the best of all the sites that provide this capability.

So, head on over to The Perfect Couple to browse through real wedding websites that couples are using to share the information about the big day.  Which website are you using?  Please comment below, so we know what our readers are using!  Thanks for reading and we hope this helps you determine where and how to share your wedding details.

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[HOW TO] Create Inspiration Boards Using Pinterest to Plan Your Destination Wedding in Colorado

Welcome to the world of Pinterest.  Being big fans of progressive technology, we're happy to show you this fabulous online tool that will allow you to create inspiration boards for anything you choose.  It's in beta, meaning you'll have to request an invite, but they come rather quickly, and pinning away you will be!  

Brides looking to capture anything and everything of their own personal style can create a board and add items they identify with.  Name another board "bouquets" and browse the wedding blogs and sites for inspiration and create a collection of colors, style and anything you think could provide inspiration for your bouquet.  Keep creating as many boards as you need to keep your ideas in one place.  

We've already created a few boards, and are already using it and Minigroup  to work with brides for our flower shop.  It's very easy to spend a lot of time on this site, so don't say we didn't warn you!

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Make sure to read the examples of brides using this online tool to help plan their wedding.  Always glance over the "about" page to make sure you're in the right place, and there's even a section devoted to etiquette.    

You can have your bridesmaids, moms, and other important influencers in your event "follow' your inspiration board, or even become a contributor.

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There are so basic options to get you started, the first being to add a pin.  You can also upload images from your computer that are your property or have permission to share.  Pinterest etiquette recommends citing original sources.  And, if you see a nice chair, table or piece of furniture, create a board of wishlist items that you'd like to see in your living room one day.  The options are endless...

 

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You can see a few of the images I had repinned to my "Groom-er" pinboard, with guy stuff on it.  Groom-er of a series of blog articles written for guys planning their Rocky Mountain wedding.  I put some style on there, but a few other surprises as well.  Be sure to follow other fun wedding blogs on Pinterest, 

 

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So, check out  this new social network, but one we think that you'll soon be obsessed with, spending way too much time on, but finding out it's a brilliant way to organize random inspirations, ideas and details!  Please comment below if you're on Pinterest, so that others can find you from this blog.  

This is the start of your online collaboration between vendors, brides, planners, family and friends, all using the same platform to share inspiration, provide support and commentary, and most of all, to have a little fun while we plan all these weddings!  Thanks for reading and happy planning everyone.

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[HOW TO] Create a Playlist for your Destination Wedding in the Rocky Mountains near Breckenridge, Colorado

Following yesterday's, "Interview with a DJ" I started exploring the multitude of wedding blogs out there, and there are so many great ones!  One that I thought was appropriate was Soundtrack TO I DO, which states in their header image that they are "music advice for the soon to be wed."  Clicking on the "Listen" page, I explored the playlists that she has created and can see the great potential in this new technology from Playlist.com that you could use to create your own playlist.  

Soundtrack TO I DO:  music advice for the soon to be wed  |  soundtracktoido.com

Now, whether you decide to employ a professional DJ or entertainer is very much a personal choice, you can still create your list and then share it with the DJ to use as a reference for your style and taste, or you can use the direct playlist itself.  You could also create playlists for any traveling, rehearsal dinners, or just hanging around the house.  We love music and having the right background beats can make or break the moment, in my opinion anyway.

When you rollover the "About" tab and explore "The Soundtrack" this great image pretty much says it all.  Your wedding, your music, and then your playlist!  Please share any playlists you make with us and we'll share it on our blog with pics from the day.

Soundtrack TO I DO: music advice for the soon to be wed | soundtracktoido.com

I know a few songs I would put in looking back, but I did have some classical music picked out for my wife to walk down the aisle to.  However, there was a technicial difficulty.  We'll save that for another post...