Congrats to this week’s winners for our Become the Face of Wedding Paper Divas sweepstakes. Each of these couples have won our weekly $50 drawing, and they might just see their photos featured on our cards. They’ve also been entered to win a monthly grand prize package that includes:
Getting married in Chicago? Check out these tips for making the most of your photo shoot from our guest blogger, Bella Pictures!
If you’re planning on having your wedding in the great city of Chicago, you may be contemplating where to have your wedding portraits taken. The most popular “go to” place is Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago. Here are the six major spots for you to consider:
• BP Bridge
• Jay Pritzker Pavilion
• Cloud Gate
• Crown Fountain
• Lurie Garden
• Millennium Monument
Today’s Real Wedding was submitted by Michelle of Misha Media. Majka and Ziggy married June 8, 2009 in Chicago. The photographer took advantage of the atmosphere of the Windy City to create stunning shots using Majka’s long, flowing veil. We love the Manolos and the classic city photos!
Get creative with your Save the Date cards! If you’ve decided to send a photo save the date announcement, have fun with it. Whether you hire a professional photographer or decide to have a friend take your photo, here are some unique ways to send your save the dates.
1. Great for Save the Dates or Thank You cards, this photo just requires two plain t-shirts and stick-on vinyl lettering which you can get everywhere from Office Depot to various online stores. (MarthaStewart.com)
2. Another idea is to have your photo taken during certain holidays. Dress up in costumes as a bride and a groom, or dress up your pets (costumes from Buycostumes.com) for a funny and certainly unique Save the Date Card.
3. If you are lucky enough to have your proposal on film, use it in your save the date cards as a creative way to introduce friends and family to your engagement and your upcoming wedding.
Here are a few unique cards to ask that your guests save the date!
The best part about planning my wedding was the fun and challenge of finding the best deals. Like putting together a puzzle, it forced me to find inexpensive ways to fit all the pieces together. And I was successful. Though I’m sure things could have been a little better with a few more thousand dollars, I’m much happier that one day didn’t leave me several months or years in debt. One of the ways that I saved was by making my own photo album. Instead of buying it from our photographer, which would have cost a couple thousand dollars, I went online and found several companies that do it for you for a lot less.
1) MyPublisher.com. I ordered a book filled with my engagement photos from them, and I was happy with the results. I left the book on our sign-in table for people to view.
2) KodakGallery also has a variety of photo books, including one by Martha Stewart.
3) With prices starting at $12.95 for a soft cover photo book, Blurb is pretty inexpensive and offers professional looking books for a variety of purposes.
4) Martha Stewart also has a line with Shutterfly. I recently ordered brag books from them, which were small, cute and portable–great for family members to take with them to “brag” about you to others.
5) Picaboo allows you to share your photo book online with friends and family. Like the others listed here, they offer a variety of wedding theme backgrounds. I like that there is a lot of room for text on there, too. One couple used it as an engagement album and wrote about how the groom proposed.
Today’s Real Wedding was submitted by photographer Critsey Rowe. The simple and elegant wedding of Amy, a neonatal ICU nurse, to Aaron, a North Carolina highway patrol officer, took place at the Little Church on the Lane in North Carolina. The event planner was Ivy Robinson (“Whose Wedding is it Anyway?”).
What is Amy & Aaron’s advice to engaged couples? “Don’t worry about every single detail, because the day goes by so fast that you are not going to be focused on the details but on your new spouse.”
What will you do with all of your wedding keepsakes? You know the programs you spend all night making, the invitations you lovingly chose, and the place cards you hand wrote? Well if you’re like me, you want to save those as a treasured reminder of the wedding and everything that went into your big day. One option is to create a shadowbox which includes your wedding picture and anything else you want to display. Another idea that is pretty simple is to keep everything in a photo box. Beau-coup has one that is modern and elegant.
One thing I might do is store all of our wedding memorabilia in a scrapbook, labeling everything with place cards. You can handwrite different descriptions on each card with funny stories about how you used or created each item. Here are a few from Wedding Paper Divas that would beautifully decorate any wedding scrapbook.