March 17, 2008

The most MOVING Wedding Websites

Posted in Linkaliscious (just another excuse to list)! at 2:45 pm by Jess

We are inundated with wedding websites are we not? So inevitably when I click a new link, just as that new tab is opening and I see the first nanosecond of content, I wonder to myself, “Is this going to surprise me?”

I guess I should clarify: Many websites impress me, but rarely surprise, and ultimately MOVE me. Often when I open up a website I lean forward immediately and set to clicking. I click to a new link within the first two seconds, and if I don’t like what I see there, well I give it one or two more clicks to new pages or archives and then click that X. Sometimes the website impresses me and I file it into my bookmarks, but I still feel I am clicking along the same routine.

Then every so often I hit upon a website that makes me lean back in my chair and my arm goes still. Instead of clicking I just watch, listen and I actually honest to goodness feel moved. I sit there and stare, mesmerized at the photos, taking in the music, and to be perfectly honest (I blame the period that started the next morning) while watching one of these websites one evening I actually started to cry and cried for a few minutes browsing through the photos!! Geez…

So here is a small list of websites that I feel have done an exceptional job at design, message and feeling. They actually moved the viewer to FEEL something, and hey, that is what the wedding is all about: Feelings. ( One of them I happen to keep as one of my multiple “homepage(s)” this week so that I can jam to the music!) So go ahead, click on the link (the Website, not the blog) and enjoy!

317 Photography and Blog

Amorology and Blog Coming Soon

StudioStems and Blog

Olivia Leigh and Blog

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February 20, 2008

Linkaliscious

Posted in Linkaliscious (just another excuse to list)! at 12:09 pm by Jess

I love making up words 🙂

DIY Bride put up this Fantastic list of wedding related Acronyms. I think they forgot just one:PITA. My CM is a PITA. Finding shoes that I can walk in grass in but don’t look like clodhoppers is a PITA. Sometimes, I’m my own PITA. (PITA = Pain In The Ass)

Blue Orchid Designs gives you a fairly intricate list of questions to ask your Wedding Planner. I don’t think I’ve seen a list this good yet, and all of the questions are important. Take Heed.

A very European staple, that is transformed into ice cream. This would be a great Expat dessert on a wedding buffet, or simply a wonderful splurge before that wedding diet kicks in!

While I don’t think this was his intention with the post, Seth’s Blog post about the power of marketing is a really great warning for bride-to-bes who could get in way over their head if they are not aware. He says, “Marketing is a powerful tool especially when it associates a product with a desire and instinct we already have.” I think it is tremendously important to keep in mind that the wedding industry’s goal is to market to your dreams in order to profit from them. He also says, “There’s always been a cultural desire to conform. The difference is that now there’s money at stake, so marketers push us to conform in ways that turn a profit.”…”…Just as the jewelry and floral people have taught us that flowers and diamonds = love and that a respectable gentleman spends two months salary (!) on an engagement ring.”

I’m not completely cynical, but only in favor of a balance and awareness about weddings and the industry surrounding them. Have your cake and eat it too, but make sure you are not being blindly swindled into the most expensive one!

A reader of my blog recently told me that slipcovers for chairs were a complete waste, unless the chair was absolutely hideous. This made me laugh outloud, and breathe a sigh of relief. My chairs are pretty basic. The remind me of elementary school. But they aren’t ugly persay. I have always coveted slipcovers above many things at a wedding, but they are simply out of our budget. Waffle, you made me feel so much better! But, as a compromise (and I probably won’t do it because I have too many DIY projects already), what about this idea from Preston Bailey’s blog, to cover chairs in inexpensive, but pretty paper.