2.22.2011

Inspired by. . . PhotoMingle

People are always trying to find ways to spice up the traditional guestbook- so then, photobooths became popular. Now, there is a brand new idea that combines these pieces to a whole new level. I present + hope you are inspired by... PhotoMingle. It is an intuitive, easy to use multi-touch system that displays photos in real-time from your wedding.
While one guest is flipping through a slideshow of your photos, another is writing a message on the back of a snap shot they just took of themselves! The PhotoMingle software is designed to encourage your guests to not only look at your photos, but to take their own + share with everyone. PhotoMingle takes our standard Realtime Slideshow + expands it into an interactive experience you won't find anywhere else. Each photo + message created by your guests is saved + put into a custom designed MingleBook. What a new, creative way to have a guestbook!

Check out the PhotoMingle website to receive even more info + to see a video tutorial.

2.14.2011

Registry Shopping- How Fun!

Setting up your registry is a very exciting time + CAN be a simple project to do with your fiance. The basic steps are to decide on the stores, create the actual registry online or in person, select the items, + get your choices out to all of your guests. With that being said, here are 6 fantastic tips to setting up a successful bridal registry + getting the word out with the proper etiquette.
Tip #1: Places to Register
It is highly suggested to pick from widely known stores that are accessible for all of your guests. That way, the out-of-towners + the locals can both easily go through the process. Some of these popular stores may includes Target, Macys + Bed Bath & Beyond.

Something to also consider are store policies. Before choosing, stop by a wedding forum + get feedback from brides who have been there, done that. Check into who will give you cash back for returns off the registry, who will only let you exchange for another item (in the department), + who requires a receipt. Knowing these policies of the stores will relieves quite a bit of stress, especially after the wedding.

Tip #2: Number of Stores
Even with a wide range of interests, try to keep it down to 2 or 3 stores. They don't have to be too typical, if you like. If you're into wine, set up a registry at an online wine merchant!
Tip #3: It's Time to Register!
Try to refrain from registering until 3-6 months before the big day. Many stores turn over their merchandise so rapidly that any gifts you select earlier may be discounted or even out of stock. Plus, the vast majority of gifts are purchased the week of the wedding.

Tip #4: What to Get
Fully stocked with kitchen pans, throw pillows + bath towels? Consider putting together a honeymoon registry! Doing this allows guests to contribute toward your vacation-- an intimate dinner, snorkeling trip, or even a night's lodging! Another option is putting together a donation to your favorite charity + letting your guests know about it.
Tip #5: When to Mention The Registry
While this raises some of the most questions, the verdict is not to mention the registry or gifts in your invitations. However, I would suggest displaying it in your shower invitations. One of the best + most popular ways to let your guests know of the registry is to include "Feel free to visit our wedding website at www.xyz.com" + just place your registry info on the site.

Tip #6: Number of Gifts
This can sometimes get addicting, but try to stick with 2-3 items per guest. This will give the guests room to pick + choose something perfect that they would like to give to you. At the same time, if you have many guests, you can avoid the 20 pages for them to print by splitting this over several stores.

In the end, it is almost better to do more as many of the retailers offer discounts on the items that you did not receive but were on your registry!
Now go have fun + create a wonderfully successful wedding registry!

Happy Shopping!

2.07.2011

Meet : Wendy + Omar

Orlando wedding planner, At Last Wedding and Event Design truly has the best clients + today, I would like to introduce you to Wendy + Omar! We have been working with them for just a few months + it has been a wonderful journey, thus far. Check out this interview of the couple + also enjoy their brand new engagement photos, courtesy of the fabulous Mandy Blair Photography.
Where did you two meet?
We met in Tallahassee through a mutual friend while attending Florida State University. Though we knew each other for about two years, we did not start dating until after we graduated and moved to different cities. We spent the first 2 1/2 years of our relationship dating long distance.

Where did he propose?
I should start off by saying I (Wendy) am the hardest person to surprise. If one thing is off or suspicious I immediately question it. A week before he proposed, we planned a trip to the beach. I let him plan the details and pack for it, which I never do, because I had a hard week of work. He did forget to pack a big towel to sit on and the grapes, which was a part of the picnic he planned. I teased him about it on the drive out to the beach. When we got to the beach, we sat down in a quiet secluded area and had a nice picnic overlooking the water. Once we finished eating, he asked me to sit up and started saying some amazing things about me and our relationship. I still had no idea what was about to happen. He asked me to close my eyes and when I did, he reached in the bag and pulled out the ring. When I opened my eyes he asked me to marry him. I was in shock, but immediately said yes. Unfortunately, he did not hear me right away and sat there waiting for a response. It was the perfect proposal because if he had tried to do anything more, I would have suspected it.

What is the style/theme of your wedding day?
Contemporary/Travel Themed

What has been the best decision you have made throughout your planning process?
Finding and booking Jaclyn (At Last). She has made the wedding planning process a lot less stressful.

Which vendor has been the most important to you and why?
Photographer because we love photos and they are something that will last forever. We don't just want pictures from our wedding, we want works of art.

What has been the best part about planning your wedding?
Working together on planning the day that will start a new chapter in our lives.

2.01.2011

Married: Sandy + Chris

Sandy + Chris recently married on New Years Eve at the Cypress Grove Estate House and had 50 of their closest family + friends in attendance. It was truly a beautiful + special occasion and Orlando day of wedding coordinator, At Last is so happy to have been a part of it. Thank you to the wonderful staff of vendors to help create a memorable wedding day for Sandy + Chris!

We prepared a sunset champagne toast which everyone loved!
Best wishes to Mr. + Mrs. Bany!