Broke-Ass Tag: Wedding Inspiration

1/16

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!

What are you including in your wedding website?

  • 11/14

    Jane B. Writes Disclaimer

    Need Some Bride-spiration? Check Out These Wedding Shows

    Brides planning their own wedding often get inspiration from wedding-related shows and movies. You can check out a number of different wedding shows in order to learn some helpful tips, gain some insight into the industry, and even help decide your own theme, dress style, color scheme, and other wedding choices. There are 5 main wedding shows to watch that will inspire your dream day.

    {Eds. Note: We think you’re perfect the way you are, and no one should feel the need to lose weight or get any other extreme work done for their wedding day. However, should you choose to do so, please consult your physician and ensure you take a healthy, happy path toward your goal.}

    Shedding for the Wedding

    Getting into shape before the big day is a goal of many brides. If you want some inspiration, you can watch Shedding for the Wedding. Real-life couples participate on the show, as it is a reality competition. Nine couples compete to win the wedding of their dreams. The couple who loses the least amount of weight each week is eliminated from the show. While the show was previously canceled, you can watch reruns when they air on Directv in PA and pretty much any other state.

    My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding

    TLC is a popular channel for wedding shows. You can catch up on shows like “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” as long as you have TLC in your DirectTV package. Watching On Demand is a popular option for new episodes. This show features brides within the Gypsy community and details how they are going to include their tradition and culture into their weddings.

    Say Yes to the Dress

    Also on TLC is the show, “Say Yes to the Dress.” This is an excellent show for any bride trying to find the right wedding dress style for them. Women on the show come to the shop with their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and bridesmaids in tow in order to try on some of their dream dresses. Some they love, and some they hate, but it just takes one they can’t live without for them to say yes to the dress. You can find some inspiration for your own wedding dress by watching the show and possibly even find some bridesmaid dress options as well. The show typically ends with a sneak peak of the bride’s wedding, showing them wearing the final dress they chose. It is so popular that there are also now spin-offs of the show, including a Plus-Size addition, and “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.”

    Bridezillas

    You can find out what not to do by watching “Bridezillas.” This show features some of the worst brides in history. It is a docu-series that follows women through their wedding planning process. Many will stop at nothing to have their day turn out to be exactly what they want. The show sometimes plays reruns on WE tv, which is available through Direct.

    Bridalplasty

    The E!Network took a look into brides who wanted to go all out to achieve their dream wedding look. This included them getting plastic surgery in order to reach their goals. You can watch the reality show to see what types of surgeries the brides were wanting most, and which bride won the final prize of earning her dream wedding.

    As a bride, you want to do as much research as possible in order to help you decide which things you truly want to include on your special day. You also need to consider which items or traditions are simply not for you. While you can read through magazines or search online, watching these wedding shows on TV where actual couples are featured is a great way to help you better come to some of your own conclusions about your wedding desires.

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  • 10/31

    Real Wedding: Diana and Tom's Handmade, Personal New York Celebration

    Credit: Carole Cohen The word cliché is the last word you want to use to describe your wedding. But the fact of the matter is weddings are full of clichés because they are time-honored traditions. Most weddings have a number of similarities since they consist of traditional elements that are largely shaped by religion, law and cultural norms. Some brides buck tradition, but even the most…

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    9/26

    Planner Cover

    Maybe someone is about to be deployed, or perhaps it’s slightly less dramatic, like the fall semester is about to begin. There are many reasons why couples choose to get hitched on the fly, and in most cases, money is a factor -- or lack thereof anyway. Fortunately, there are ways to pull off a great broke-ass wedding on short notice, as the following guide…

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    8/31

    confettipopper

    They add up! I mean when you buy things, they accumulate. Math was never my strong suit, but that is an easy one ... and holy shit. It's adding up. With under a month to go until our wedding, the time has come to concentrate on the little details. My mom and I collaborated on a giant list (109 items!) of stuff we need to…

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  • 8/29

    Etsy BluePoppyGallery It's Not Flesh and Blood Stepson Print

    Print available from Etsy seller BluePoppyGallery I've previously written about ways to include my soon-to-be stepson in our planning process, but now that the big day is almost here, I'm trying to find ways to include him in our ceremony, too. He's at an in-between age where he is too old to be the cute little ring bearer, and would probably think it was babyish,…

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    7/20

    fairground

    And that's okay! We're a little over two months out from our wedding, so Russel and I decided to check out the progress at our venue this past weekend. It was actually a triple-duty trip to Amish country -- we worked on our invitations, stopped by the fairgrounds, and spent QT with my parents. Our summer has been insanely busy, so we haven't been able…

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    6/7

    DIY Wedding Flowers from Sam's Club

    DIY wedding flowers can be a tough project to take on -- especially when it comes to figuring out where the hell to order your blooms from. Putting your trust in a wholesaler you're not entirely familiar with could potentially result in flowers that are a bit off-color (uh, peach and hot pink aren't the same, y'all) and it can be tough to find bulk…

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  • 6/3

    A Real Wedding that Eschews Tradition || Photo: Timony Siobhan

    Longtime Broke-Ass Bride friend Georgia Hardstark emailed us recently about sharing her fun, funky, tradition-eschewing, $16,000 wedding. In the true spirit of The Broke-Ass Bride, Georgia and her husband had the wedding they wanted -- at the venue they loved, in the clothes they adored, with the decorations they actually gave a shit about -- and all within their budget and paid for the wholeshebang…

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