Using Uber for your Wedding – Gimmick or Game-Changer?

Providing transportation for your guests is an increasingly customary part of a wedding. Most couples will secure a bus which can transport the most people in the most efficient way. However, there are some cons to this mode of transportation. Buses have set times they are scheduled to pick up guests, meaning there’s no wiggle room if you want to leave early, or perhaps stay later. They also have a set destination, usually a local hotel where the majority of guests are staying. However, not every guest stays at the same hotel, and not every guest goes straight to bed after the reception!

If you are planning on celebrating late into the night, or just want to make sure all of your guests get home safely regardless of the hotel they’re staying at, Uber could be the millennial solution you’re looking for.

Uber offers a service called Uber Events, where you can prepay for rides for your event, and provide all your guests with a promo code to use in the app. You select the amount you’d like to provide for each ride, the number of rides per guest, and only pay for what your guests actually use at the end of the night. While this method requires your guests to have an Uber account, it’s easy and free to download.

This method is not for everyone, like if you’re having your wedding in a rural area with a smaller Uber presence, or one without cell phone reception. But, if you’re having your wedding in a location where Ubers are plentiful, and your guest list isn’t too long, I think this idea is one to consider.

I really like the personal feel of providing individual cars for everyone. It makes your guests feel like they have more control over the night, and you don’t have to worry about corralling everyone onto a bus at the end of a long, champagne filled night. If Uber seems like the perfect transportation solution for your wedding, check out their website here for more info.

Spruce Up Your Wedding – Ceremonies in the Round

Everyone wants to make their wedding stand out. Usually, this means splurging on extravagant flowers, securing a fabulous venue, or having a one-of-a-kind dress. With over four years of experience planning and coordinating weddings, I’ve seen some truly unique weddings. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I’m surprised over and over again by the creativity of some of our clients.

A ceremony in the round is a unique way to spruce up your ceremony (with no additional cost) and provides a better view for all of your guests. This is also convenient for small venues or an untraditional space that might not accommodate a traditional set up.

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I love the intimacy of a ceremony in the round, and the way it photographs. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, this is definitely something to consider! This set-up is also perfect for highlighting a special part of your venue. Maybe it’s an old oak tree, or a small gazebo. With a ceremony in the round, you can incorporate that special spot into your ceremony seamlessly.

If you want to create your own “centerpiece” for your ceremony, you can DIY a simple arch with some old wood, or order one from Amazon.

A ceremony in the round is the perfect way to enhance your ceremony, and also make sure everyone (no matter how big your guest list is) gets to feel close to you and your spouse on your special day.

What Will You Do With Your Flowers After the Wedding? Part Two

If you choose to go with real flowers for a bridal bouquet, you may feel like you’re not getting the most out of your beautiful flowers. Many brides choose to preserve their bouquets (Check out our post on it here), but most of the time they’re put away somewhere for safe keeping, only to be discovered again when doing a deep clean or moving houses.

If you’re looking for another option, something that can become a permanent fixture in your home, consider having your flowers pressed and arranged in a frame!

For anywhere from $84-$196 on Etsy, you can have your bridal bouquet pressed and arranged in a large frame, perfect for hanging in your bedroom or anywhere else around your home.

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Or, If you’re a crafty person with an eye for design, you can press and create your own, or create a beautifully sentimental gift for a close friend/family member who is getting married (with their permission, of course).

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If framing your flowers isn’t really your taste, consider a bespoke piece of jewelry made with your flowers. You can purchase a wedding flower preservation kit from Etsy starting at $56, And have everything you need to send your pressed flowers off after your wedding.

 

If you’re looking for a gift that’s out of the box, this also makes a wonderful bridal shower gift! I love the idea of creating something totally new out of your wedding flowers, especially if it’s something you can see everyday or even wear!

Whatever you decide to do with your flowers, make sure you have something to remember them by, even if they’re preserved only through photographs.

Is Social Media Changing the Way People Shop for Engagement Rings?

When we think of engagement ring shopping, we typically think of going to the local jewelry store and spending hours browsing the diamond rings in the display case. This method probably isn’t going anywhere soon, but now, thanks to social media, shopping for engagement rings is more accessible than ever.

In the age of social media, almost every business has their own Instagram account. A handful of businesses are even run solely online, making social media an essential part of their marketing. This means you don’t have to be a millionaire to purchase a bespoke engagement ring from a jeweler half-way across the world.

While I think diamonds are still #1 when it comes to gemstones for engagement rings, people have more options than ever to consider. Stones like moissanite and morganite are popping up more frequently, and even lab-grown synthetic diamonds which are more common/affordable thanks to rapid technological advancements.

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Oddly enough, I’ve found Instagram to be a very convenient platform for online shopping. Due to their algorithm and method of “suggesting” content similar to what you are clicking on, you can turn your Instagram account into your own personal shopping mall, depending on what you’re looking for. If you’re engaging with content like engagement rings or weddings, you can customize your explore page to feature similar content, exposing you to brands and accounts you may have never found otherwise.

This is actually how I found the brand, The True Gem Company.

A video of one of their insanely sparkly moissanite rings showed up on my feed, and I couldn’t resist getting a closer look. Before I found their account, I had no idea what moissanite even was. After browsing through their posts, I saw why so many people love this company and the stones their local artisans create—their rings are to die for!

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Another website I found thanks to social media, is called Brilliant Earth. I’ve noticed that after I search for a particular brand or item on Google, I will find advertisements for similar products on social media sites, specifically Facebook. In this case, I was pleased that my targeted advertisements were actually relevant.

This company only uses ethically sourced gemstones in their jewelry, a trend that other jewelry companies are starting to follow. Through their website, you can create your own diamond or gemstone engagement ring or even create a one-of-a-kind custom ring. There is even an option where you can see what the ring looks on your OWN finger, with their virtual try on feature. You can “drop a hint” to someone special through the website, and it will send them the ring you select, with your ring size. If you’re not ready to pull the plug just yet, they have showrooms in major cities like LA, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

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This way of shopping is not for everyone, especially when it comes to a big purchase like an engagement ring. I still recommend browsing engagement rings online and on social media, even just for design inspiration. You may find something you love, for much less than your local jewelry store!