Monday, July 12, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Asheville
Monday, June 28, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Atlanta
The girls of Project Duo Photography are officially the fastest photographers around! We have photos from Thursday’s Weddings Unveiled Summer Issue Launch Party to share, and they are fun and colorful–just like the party itself.
Endive prepared the night’s food, and they never disappoint. Some of the selection included hand-rolled sushi, hummus, and Chef Drew’s famous wonton tacos.
Lethal Rhythms provided music and entertainment well into the night.
The food, drinks, and entertainment were so good, but we came to party for one reason–the Summer Issue of Weddings Unveiled!
We had so much fun planning and hosting the Launch Party for the Summer Issue of Weddings Unveiled! It’s always great to mingle with brides and vendors, taste some delicious food, taste a good wine, and celebrate a beautiful issue of one of our favorite wedding magazines. Can’t wait until next year’s Summer Issue comes out!
We’d like to give a big thank you to Project Duo for the pretty pictures–and their fast delivery!
Monday, June 28, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Denver
New wood grain papers are making their way into the mainstream that just scream Colorado! You can dress wood grain up and dress it down so that it fits any style. We love this because it adds texture, color and a nice heavy weight to the invitation.
Below is a sample of the brown wood grain used in a folio sample from Checkerboard. It’s a makes for a great presentation and keeps accessory cards like RSVP, reception, map, etc. all inside. Guests love these as they can take the set to the wedding without worrying about losing an important informational card.
Below is from one of our favorite stationery and invitation companies: Spark Letterpress. This is a green company that uses 100% recycled paper, organic die and it’s paper prosucts are produced by wind. Their wood grain design can be pressed into any paper color to make your invitation a truly unique piece of art! Ok, maybe that is a little far but we believe that the invitation sets the tone for an event and is a direct reflection of you and your style- so art it is!
To preview these invitations and many other fabulous wedding stationery options, contact Ann at Cloud 9 Bliss.
Friday, June 25, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Atlanta
LT Travel Connection has done it again! This week’s Honeymoon Friday post features a great deal from StudioWed’s own travel expert at the Moon Palace Casino, Golf, and Spa Resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The resort has a great deal right now for wedding collections. Each person costs just $1,500 for five or more nights!
Our travel tip today is a practical one. You have to plan for unforeseen problems with both the wedding and the honeymoon, but extra steps need to be taken for the honeymoon. Leave information on your flights, your hotels, your side trips, and any other information you have with friends or family. Make copies of your passports and credit cards and leave those with family as well. While no one likes to think of problems on the honeymoon, the reality is that they may happen. Planning ahead of time by leaving important information behind is a good way to ensure that your family and friends back home can assist you if needed.
Thanks again to LT Travel Connection for keeping us in the loop on all of the hot travel deals. We’re looking forward to what they can find for us to share with you next week!
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Denver
We love these fun and modern engagement photos by This Modern Life Photographers!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Denver
Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Officiant
Choosing your wedding officiant is as important as the other decisions you’ll make. This person will be in your photographs, video and memories for the rest of your life. It’s sometimes difficult for couples who aren’t part of a formal spiritual community to figure out how to even find an officiant. For your own sake, give this choice the attention and financial consideration that it deserves. Choose an officiant who has the most to offer and be willing to pay for their experience, expertise and service. Be sure to spend as much time, care and money on finding an officiant that fits you as perfectly as the wedding dress, cake and flowers you choose. There are a lot of options these days and one size definitely doesn’t fit all.
Most wedding planning guides haven’t caught up with today’s wedding officiant pricing. You may be caught off guard by the idea of paying a spiritual person for their services. Most professional wedding officiants whether they are a Justice of the Peace, a Minister affiliated with a Church or an unaffiliated officiant charge a fee. In Colorado, professional officiants charge an average of $400 for their services. I’ve heard many confused complaints about this such as, “How can they charge that for a 20 minute ceremony?” Just like any professional there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into your 20 minute ceremony. There is at least one meeting with the couple to determine what they want to do. The creation of the written ceremony, and additional changes if needed. Travel to the ceremony site and usually at least two hours on site during which there is a 20 minute ceremony.
Even so, when it comes to finding an officiant, most couples focus on two things: 1) Are you available on our date? 2) How much is your fee? Keep your perspective. Think about the total cost of your wedding. If you save a few dollars on your officiant by choosing based only on the lowest cost, how significant will that be in five or ten years?
The value of an experienced professional wedding officiant
It is important to find an officiant who will help you enjoy your day, express what your relationship is about, and interact well with your guests and your other wedding vendors in a helpful and professional way. An experienced professional wedding officiant is essential to making your wedding day run smoothly. Professional wedding officiants have a lot of experience with a wide variety of wedding situations. There are many dynamics in a wedding ceremony that a professional knows how to deal with. These include, but are not limited to:
- Family members who don’t get along
- Wide variances in religious and spiritual traditions
among family and guests
- Videographers and Photographers needs for getting
good pictures and video
- Wedding party members falling ill or fainting during the ceremony
- Missing people or ceremony items (such as rings or flowers)
- Sudden changes in weather conditions
- Wardrobe and equipment malfunctions
- And many more . . .
Meet with your prospective officiant
See what kind of chemistry you have. Does he/she seem nice? Easy to work with? Does he/she have a pleasant speaking voice? What will he/she wear? Is the officiant focused on pleasing you, or will you be expected to “do as you’re told?” Does the officiant have any restrictions or objections to your location, music plans, plans for pictures or video?, etc. Find out what kind of ceremonial elements he/she has to offer? What experience does this person have, and can you get references if you want them?
Finally, where is the officiant “coming from” ideologically. Some officiants are very traditional Christian ministers - while others are interfaith, non-denominational ministers who are coming from a different perspective. It’s not a matter of one being better than the other - but only of matching where you’re coming from with your officiant’s style and beliefs. So you can have the kind of ceremony that you’ll look back on happily ten years from now.
All officiants aren’t created equal
It is important to find an officiant who will help you enjoy your day, express what your relationship is about, and interact with your family, guests and your other wedding vendors in a helpful and professional way. Be sure to spend as much time, care and money on finding an officiant that fits you as perfectly as the wedding dress, cake and flowers you choose.
Monday, June 21, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Atlanta
We are just three short days away from the Weddings Unveiled Summer Issue Launch Party, and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out the sneak peek of the gorgeous cover!
We are also excited to announce that every bride who attends the Summer Issue Launch Party this Thursday will receive one free ticket to StudioWed’s Wedding Therapy event! This event is designed to take the stress out of wedding planning through pampering and relaxation at West Midtown’s own Nouvelle Nail Spa.
When should engaged couples talk about money? We are honored to feature this video by Dr. Taffy Wagner. Dr. Wagner is a nationally recognized money and marriage advocate. She has been interviewed by the Associated Press, US News and World Reports, Called Magazine and Woman’s Day about money matters before and after marriage. Check out her website for tips and advice and watch the short video below for valuable advice for engaged couples. Thank you Dr. Taffy Wagner for using our fabulous space at StudioWed Denver for your video.
Video Link: Let’s Talk About Money
We would like to give a big congrats to Jamie Howell Photography for being featured on Maharani Weddings! The wedding of Kavitha + Hunter was full of color and texture and was the perfect blend of Western and South Indian tradition. Check out the images!
I love Jamie’s bold use of color, and he was the perfect photographer for this Indian Fusion wedding! Check out his website for more of his work.
Friday, June 18, 2010 Posted in StudioWed Asheville
Our own Kathleen Hahn of I Do Dances will be on Channel 9 on the Morning Show! If you are in Asheville, set your DVR for 7:00 am ~ she will be interviewed about the services she offers and performing a dance with her partner. Super fun! Be sure to tune in!