Broke-Ass Tag: new orleans bride

8/30

Have you ever wanted to travel to the future? Wondering what life will be like after you plan the most epic wedding ever? Tired of researching 101 photo and video booths and coming up with witty hashtags to make sure that you capture EVERYTHING at your big day?

Well I have a solution — a cost effective solution.

Incubate My Wedding.

A friend approached me about a startup that was looking for people to try out their latest invention. Of course, I was interested, I just needed to make sure that Travis was open to the idea. So we met with the owner and 20 minutes later we were asking “where do we sign up?”

Here’s how it works and why you will quickly change your mind about that photo booth that you are considering.

  1. We created our profile, determined what memories we wanted people to capture, uploaded our guests email address and signed up for the service, it’s $299 for 25 years worth of memories!
  2. An email message went out to our guests 17 days before the wedding. I didn’t see the content of the email before it was sent, but strangely the tone sounded just like me! Our guests were convinced that it came from my email account and that I was pleading with them to download the app and participate. This was a bonus considering that I didn’t have time to customize an email with all of the other things that I had on my plate.
  3. After the first email was sent, Incubate sent several more leading up to the wedding and even gave our guests the option to “opt out” of receiving multiple emails. Funny moment, one of my cousins emailed me and told me not to worry about sending so many emails, I can do that because I am the bride. Again, she thought that the messages were coming from me and not from an automated service.
  4. Travis and I just sat back and watched as our family & friends downloaded the app in the days leading up to our wedding!
  5. Videos, picture, text and voice messages were created before, during and after our wedding and scheduled to “hatch” in the future!
  6. The messages started to hatch during the wedding and it was such a treat to see them the next morning! We celebrated our one month anniversary on August 28th and a few more hatched that day as well. So cool, to relive the moment!

While $299 for an add on experience may not be in your budget, it’s well worth it in comparison to the $500-$1500 photo booths that I researched that would not live on for many years to come!

In addition to Incubate My Wedding, the owners took the experience once step further and shared with me that they created a custom  fully functional 55″ iPad that runs the mobile application — the world’s first Future Booth — rendering traditional photo booths obsolete. And have coined, it as “The Coolest F@%*IN’ Thing You Can Have At Your Wedding.”

Image Courtesy of Incubate My Wedding

How do you plan to capture the moment at your wedding?

  • 6/5

    Hi, my name is Ciji and I am a rule breaker. Now that we have established who I really am, let me tell you more about my EPIC bridal shower.

    A tea party just didn’t seem like my kind of fun. We “brunch so hard” every weekend that a ladies brunch just didn’t seem like anything special. I needed to share with my bridal shower hostesses exactly what I wanted, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. Lightbulb moment … let’s have a fiesta!!

    Mexican food is my favorite, I’m no stranger to tequila, I love taco Tuesdays and my shower was already planned to take place in May, so why not tie in a Cinco De Mayo theme?

    Photo Credit: JFX Digital

    In addition to a celebration that perfectly fit my personality, there were budget benefits to a themed bridal shower:

    • We picked the Saturday after Cinco De Mayo, so decorations were available everywhere as well as many of them were discounted!
    • Margaritas were the signature cocktail and there were options: strawberry, jalapeno and regular. Easy to make with minimal ingredients!
    • The nacho bar was perfect for me as I am “nacho average bride.” The shower was after lunch but before dinner so we didn’t need a full meal (and the costs that are associated with ensuring that guests are fed). We just needed nibbles and bites to hold us over until dinner.
    • My amazing friend and bridesmaid made mini churro cupcakes from scratch. Did I mention that she is AMAZING?!?

    I am still dreaming about these cupcakes! Photo Credit: JFX Digital
    • The hostesses honored my wishes and we only played one game. It was a fun questionnaire filled with special memories of my relationship with Travis, and all the things that I love!
    • There was a pinata. Let me reiterate for emphasis: there was a PINATA and it was filled with adult goodies! Let’s just say “I hit that.”

    Photo Credit: JFX Digital

    It was definitely a day to remember with my favorite ladies!

    How are you putting your own spin on your bridal shower? Share in the comments!

     

  • 5/24

    There's a growing trend to purchase a faux wedding cake and because I am not opposed to any tactic that may help with our budget, I am exploring if faux is the way to go. In addition to the cost savings, I'm open to my options after we've had not one but three subpar cake tasting experiences. It all started with a cake baker referral that was slow to…

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    5/10

    Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool. There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a "crafting thumb" could follow the instructions and make something wonderful. For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had…

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    3/1

    ... I am still on the hunt for a florist, how about you? The original plan was to keep the flower plan simple: bouquets and boutonnieres only. Well that plan is not realistic! Who was I kidding? I love fresh flowers and buy them weekly to decorate my house. A minimal flower presence at my wedding was a silly idea. What was I thinking?  I…

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    1/31

    My Pinterest board is filled to the brim with ideas. I've considered everything from building an altar from used pallet boards to growing my own rose garden and assembling the bridal bouquet. It's time for an intervention! I've known for years, well before I was officially engaged that I would be a "do it yourself" bride. Not just because of the cost savings but also…

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    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…

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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. Home is where the heart is. Photo Credit:  Rayna…

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