Broke-Ass Category: Ciji

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My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It’s a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides.

We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our guests of the wedding details.

Our must haves:

  • Welcome Message: a warm invitation to our world and a thank you for being a part of our lives
  • Our Story: depending on when you met us and/or how long you have known us you may not know the FULL story. It’s the beginning to our forever so we decided to dig up the archives, read thru old emails and g-chat messages and compare notes so that we didn’t miss one detail

Real Bride Ciji's Wedding Website

Designed by John Rich Media

  • The Crew: those that have been a part of our best and worst moments, the group of people that will fly, drive or catch the bus not to miss our wedding celebration(s) and those that have invested time, money and energy to ensure that we have a very special celebration. We crafted a special message for each person to pair with a photo of each person in the wedding party
  • Images: we sprinkled in some of our favorite pictures with our engagement pictures so that we could give visitors a peek into our world. It was a cool process to gather pictures from social media and our phones and then house them in a Google folder and allow our website designer to select the best photos to match the text copy. The photo trip down memory lane was a great break from making wedding planning decisions
  • Hashtag: need I say more?  Of course we had to include our hashtag! After several discussions and online focus groups we decided on #trulytownsend7 
  • Details: remember how I mentioned that we have a private side? We reserved this section for our guests. In this password protected section we included our wedding date, time and location. Recommending lodging in the area, attire specifications, details on our unplugged ceremony, the registry website link and most of all how excited we are that everyone will be joining us on our big day!

Real Bride Ciji's Wedding Website 2

Designed by John Rich Media

Last but not least, we decided that our wedding website would not only act as a hub of information but also as the primary RSVP location. We skipped ordering reply cards and decided to incorporate a form on our site that captures RSVP information and streamlines the seating chart process.

A special thank you to John Rich Media, for making our vision a reality!

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  • 1/3

    I am from Texas. Travis is from Michigan. We have different backgrounds and our own way of doing things. A year ago, we traveled to different cities to celebrate the Holidays independently of each other and it was on Christmas morning, 2015 that we decided that we would not spend another Christmas away from each other.

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    Home is where the heart is. Photo Credit:  Rayna Wooden Photography

    His family travels and rotates households for Christmas and it just so happens that Christmas 2016 was already planned for Atlanta, so I began to plan with my family for them to travel to Atlanta as well. For approximately 100 days —  also known as the 1st half of the year — I reminded, plotted and attempted to help them plan a seamless trip to Georgia. I kicked my efforts into overdrive after we got engaged over the summer. In my mind it was a great plan for the two families to meet over the Holidays and get to know each other before our 2017 wedding.

    Fast forward to December 19th. After weeks of Holiday parties, end of the year meetings and basking in the spirit of Christmas it finally dawned on me that our families were about to meet each other … for the first time!

    Lots of lessons learned and sharing is caring, so here you go:

    1. Over-communicate: I had a lot of great ideas in my head, but I didn’t share them with anyone. Oops! Next time, I will communicate early and often the plan, itinerary, dinner menu, schedule, etc. … Basically all of the stuff that was in my head that would have been beneficial for others to know 🙂
    2. Informal is Key: we planned to have Christmas dinner at a house that I don’t live in and I was a little concerned about not having all of my tools for success to properly host so I planned an informal dinner on Christmas Eve that was intimate and cozy enough for everyone to get to know each other. An added bonus was that my dad traveled with my Aunt Edna’s world-famous chicken tetrazzini all the way from Texas and lifted some of the burdens of slaving in the kitchen so that I could enjoy my guests.
    3. Delegate: mixing family traditions can be HARD! Everyone has their favorite dish that they like to prepare and/or the dish that they have been waiting all year to eat. I connected with the cooking crew a few days out (I should have done it earlier, but we already hashed that out in #1) and we mapped out the menu. Two lessons learned on this one: I wasn’t solely responsible for preparing everything which was a win; and no one person carried the weight of the grocery expenses!
    4. Movies are movies and not real life: Maybe I’ve watched one too many “Meet the Parents,” “This Christmas” and “National Lampooon’s Christmas Vacation” movies. I was just waiting for some excitement, some big political conversation or a sports team dispute but nothing happened. My 1st highlight of Christmas day was that I won my 1st Spades game. The 2nd highlight was the BEST one, the families met, they liked each other and I am looking forward to part two when we all come together for the BIG Day!

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    One big happy family.

    I definitely suggest a pre-meeting between the families before the wedding.  It’s a perfect way to break the ice before the celebration.

  • 12/12

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    So the wedding registry process is NO JOKE!  So many options and so much advice, not to mention I need to select things that I think I will like -- rather love -- for a long time ... seriously?! Thank goodness I have a fiance who has an appreciation for the finer things in life and was down to join me at a couple of…

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    11/29

    Real Bride Ciji's Engagement Photoshoot2

    It's time for me to narrow the list and select a wedding photographer! These are exciting times. There's just one small issue: There are so many photographers in this world! Photographers that are my friends, photographers that I have worked with in the past, photographer referrals from past brides and I only need one.  I made a list of four photographers to review for our…

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  • 10/18

    Real Bride Ciji's Paperless Post Save the Date announcement

    Some ladies dream of the perfect wedding dress, others dream of the Prince(ess) Charming that will meet them at the end of the aisle and many dream of the minute that they will say "I do." Before I joined the sorority of engaged ladies, I too dreamed of the above but the most pressing dream and the images that keep me up at night are the…

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    10/4

    Real Bride Ciji's bridesmaid flower arrangement

    I’m 75 days into the happiest time of my life. I’m floating on Cloud 9, the new accessory on my left finger continues to sparkle and the engagement glow is bright, everything is just as I imagined it and I am itching to plan the wedding of my dreams. There’s just one small challenge ... the budget! Professionally, I have planned thousands of events for…

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