Broke-Ass Tag: wedding ideas

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?

  • 8/22

    My wedding is two weeks away and I have never felt such a flurry of emotions! Despite some stresses, however, the excitement is definitely in the forefront as we near the final countdown.

    In the spirit of lists, here are a couple related to my big day.

    10 things I am most looking forward to:

    10. My university friend group, which has been scattered across the country, finally reuniting in one place after a long time.

    9. Introducing my old friends to my new friends and hopefully seeing them hit it off.

    8. Looking like a freaking beauty queen in my dress.

    7. Getting to seeing my family, and my fiance’s family, who live in another part of the country.

    6. Getting dressed up with my bridesmaids.

    5. Seeing my brother, who lives in dirty jeans and T-shirts, in a suit for the first time in my life.

    4. Dancing the night away. I haven’t been to a club in years, as I’ve lost my patience for extremely crowded places with overly-friendly strangers. I can’t wait to shake it to my heart’s content with people who I actually want close to me! Also, I got to pick the music.

    3. My bachelorette party with all of the amazing ladies that I call my friends.

    2. Dancing with my husband to our first dance song. We sneakily even learned a touch of choreography for it and are going to surprise everyone when we bust out some sick moves. I’m otherwise known for having two left feet.

    1. Marrying the love of my life.

    4 of my favorite personal touches:

    4. Since we get to supply our own alcohol, Ev and I are going to have an insane hand-picked collection of our favorite local craft beers for our guests to sample.

    3. I made all of the signage myself: Seating charts, guestbook signs, etcetera. I created a simple watercolor paintings on canvas and then wrote over top in gold acrylic paint and gold sharpie.

    real bride holly signs

    2. My “first dance” with my dad isn’t actually a dance. He’s not a dancer, and one of my best memories with him is singing along to the radio in the car.  So, instead we are going to do karaoke and so air guitar to Queen.

    1. My homemade wedding cake!

    What are you looking forward to? What are your favorite personal touches? Share in the comments!

  • 6/12

    Wedding countdown chalkboard available from Etsy seller LavishLilLuxuries Earlier this month, it was the one-year anniversary of the day he proposed. Not to sound cliche, but I cant believe how much time has flown since then. We've also hit the three-month countdown until the wedding and that is an incredibly exciting and yet terrifying feeling. While we have all of our gotten our vendors booked, deposits…

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    6/6

    Keepsake box from Etsy Seller mariaallenboutique Tradition recommends a bride have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue as she goes down the aisle. I’ve been throwing tradition to the wind all Willy Nilly the entire time but this one gives me pause. Four items -- how hard can that be? Famous last words. Obviously the something new is easy enough. Essentially everything I’m wearing is…

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    5/31

    Hello my fellow BABs! Greetings from Connecticut! My name is Kimberly and I am a 36 year old Database and Office manager. In addition to being the lucky mom of a fabulous 18-month-old daughter, I am also the momma of a 14-year-old grumpy pug. My fiance, Antonio, and I are planning a romantic, garden themed wedding for (hopefully) 100 guests. Our wedding will be taking place…

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    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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    5/15

    To do notepad available from Etsy seller marrygrams Here's the thing: I've been gifted with a degree of creativity and innovation, however, I'm really, really bad at delegating. With a project as colossal as a wedding, this is not a good thing. I'm pretty sure if I try to micromanage every little thing, I'll be so busy that I wont have time to enjoy one…

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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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