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14 Unique Ways To Include Your Guests In Your Big Day!

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14 Unique Ways To Include Your Guests In Your Big Day!

A wedding day is a special time for a couple as they become Mr & Mrs. It’s the start of an incredible adventure where you get to spend the rest of your life together. The wedding is the beginning of that great journey. When you invite guests to your wedding, they often spend a lot of money and time preparing for your big day. They might have to book time off work, and travel a long distance to be there for you both. Therefore, you should make sure they know they are appreciated, and you are so pleased they could make the special day. After all, a wedding isn’t great without your guests. Here are 14 unique ways to include your guests in your wedding, and make them feel appreciated.

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Say something during your ceremony

A great way of including your guests in your big day is to get them to say something during the service. If you are having a church wedding, you could ask the vicar if you could ask a guest or two to do readings or read out a prayer. It would be a lovely way to make them feel important, even if you haven’t asked them to be part of the wedding party. If it’s a civil ceremony, it’s a bit more informal so you could see if the guests could say something about you as a couple. Instead of a traditional reading, they could say a few words about you and your partner. Or even asking them to read out a significant poem will make them feel part of your day. And make sure you thank them during the speeches for making the effort to come.

Get them to bring pictures of their wedding day

When you send out your wedding invites, you should ask your married guests to bring a photo of their big day. It is a nice gesture as it shows you find them important, and look up to them as role models for how you want to be as a married couple. You can see here some ideas on Pinterest of wedding picture displays you could do. It might be nice to put them on tables if there is enough room. Or even in your reception venue so people can view them in the evening.

Put up photos of family members who have passed away

Another sentimental way of including your guests in your wedding is to put on display pictures of relatives that have passed on. Grandparents, in particular, can be a really nice gesture. Also, if their partner is still alive, it will be meaningful for them as they will be missing them. You could also ask your dad, partner or best man to mention them in their speech. It’s important to highlight that you wish they could be there to take part in your special day.

Let your guests throw confetti

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Guests love to throw confetti at the happy couple. It’s a fun and traditional way of celebrating the marriage, and especially older relatives will want to do this. So don’t spoil the fun by saying you don’t want them to do it. It can easily be wiped off your dress. You could even provide them with confetti so that they can do it, in case they leave it at home. You don’t have to use traditional confetti either as you can now get lots of different colours and shapes available to fit your theme.

Let them video the day

Your guests will love filming your big day as it’s creating memories which will last forever. If you let them do it, you could end up saving a lot of money on a wedding videographer. And it will allow you to have a more personal touch to your big day. Provide two video cameras and then let them take it in turns to film parts of your day. It would be a great way to see different elements of your day, as you can’t be everywhere at once. Ask them to chat to guests too, as this will let everyone know that it was important to you that they attended your big day. And it will make a lovely time watching it back.

Have cameras on table

Having disposable cameras on the table is ideal for including your guests in your big day. You can buy them in bulk, so it’s not too expensive for you. The guests can then take photos while enjoying the wedding breakfast, and you will get more informal and silly photos you can keep forever. It will be ideal for you and your partner to look back at them, and you can send good copies to the guests as a thank you.

Get them to sing/play instruments

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The best way for you to include your guests in your big day is to give them a part in your wedding. Find out who can play instruments and let them take part in the ceremony itself. If any singers are coming along, you could consider letting them sing a song during the service. Or they could even sing a tune during the reception do. The first dance sung by a loved one will be really special. It will be ideal for them to feel included in your big day, and will make it even more personal.

Have a unique guest book

Instead of the traditional guestbook where they write messages to you both, why not have a picture of the two of you. They can then write their names around the photo, and then after the big day, you can get it framed and put it up for display on your wall. It will make you smile every time you see it. That way, it’s not going to end up in a box in your drawer.

Get them to write down some advice

A great way of including guests in your wedding is to ask them to write a piece of wedding advice and then place it in a basket. It will be fun for you and your partner to read them after. Some people now have wedding wishing trees, where people can write advice and hang it up for everyone to see. There is bound to be some funny tips on there for you both, as well as vital info you could use to help you to start your marriage.

Ask them to hold candles during your service

Another unique way to include your guests in your wedding ceremony is to get them to hold candles during the service. It will look fabulous in photos, as well as make the service more romantic. You could also get them to do this later on in the day if you all head outdoors. Just make sure they don’t let children hold any, as accidents could happen!

They could let off balloons

Ask them to write their names on balloons during the wedding breakfast. Then later on in the day, everyone could let them off outside the venue. It is a fun way of including your guests in your big day, and it will make exciting photos that you can keep forever.

Give everyone a sparkler

During your evening do, when it gets dark outside, you could all head outside and do some fireworks. It will be a great show for everyone to watch. To include them, you could give your guests a sparkler to hold. It will be fun for everyone and again, will make fantastic photos that you can keep forever. Check out here for new info from WeddingSparklersDirect.com.

 

Provide flip flops for dancing in the evening

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Walking around all day can mean everyone’s feet can get painful by the evening. To make sure everyone has a very good time during your big day, it has become popular to provide alternative footwear for the evening. You could put some flip flops out for people to wear so that the heels can be tossed aside. It will mean they can dance till later, and will enjoy the day.

Provide suitable things for the weather

It’s crucial that your guests feel included in your big day, and the best way to do this is to show they are important to you. For example, if the day is going to be boiling, it would be really helpful if you provide bottles of waters during the day to keep your guests cool. You could also provide them with fans, and parasols if they will be out in the hot sun for a lot of the day. If it’s going to be a wedding in winter months, you should provide blankets for your guests to snuggle up in during the wedding reception. If the weather is set to rain, you could also provide umbrellas so that they can have cover during your reception.

These gestures are great ways of including the guests in your big day. They will appreciate them, and will be pleased they made the effort to come to your wedding.

 

The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

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The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

We are so excited for the tenth annual Art of Weddings Bridal Show! We started with a vision on a napkin while chatting with a friend at a coffee shop and it has grown ever since. The goal was and has always been to keep the event relaxed, fun and non-pressured. We think you should be able to meet and talk to vendors without feeling like you have to book them on site. Of course you can if you fall in love but the goal is for your and your fiance to celebrate your engagement in a stylish atmosphere.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to reserve your tickets online. Get a discounted price of only $8 each when you enter the code: PCS online and you will also be automatically entered for the opportunity to win a whole wedding from the Lucky in Love contest (valued at over $20,000). Otherwise get them at the door for $15 each.

We always love having it at the modern and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory in downtown Portland. Parking is on street and in nearby lots. Coat check on hand in case it’s a rainy evening.

View stunning photography, sample culinary delights, snack on a sweet cupcake and hop in a photo booth for some silly memories. Stay around for a featured fashion show by local fashion designer Michelle DeCourcy and walk away with ideas to plan your perfect wedding day! See you this Wednesday evening from 6-9pm!

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Sponsorship Spots Available

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Sponsorship Spots Available

Are you an amazing vendor who would like to be a part of the longest running bridal boutique show? Do you have an amazing service or product that you want to get out in front of brides? Then sponsorship is perfect for you! We only have a few spots available for sponsoring the bridal show which will take place March 26th, 2014 from 6-9pm at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. This show is classy, high-end and has a relaxed feel. It has been the show that all others copy and we are flattered but there is only one Art of Weddings! No other bridal show has the social media following we do. You will reach newly engaged couples via facebook, twitter, pinterest, radio, postcards, Oregon Bride Magazine and on our popular blog!

Contact us today to find out how you can reserve your spot in this exciting bridal show. Deadline is October 28th to sign up for a sponsor to take advantage of all the social media benefits. Email us today at info@artofweddingspdx.com, we look forward to hearing from you!

 

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2014 Art of Weddings Bridal Show!

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2014 Art of Weddings Bridal Show!

We are excited to announce the 2014 Art of Weddings Bridal Showcase! This will be the 10th Anniversary for the bridal show, so it’s going to be a very special one. The date of the upcoming show will be Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at the modern and swanky Portland Center Stage.

We are working on creating a special evening for everyone attending and details will be announced here on the blog and our facebook page.

Interested vendors please email at info@artofweddingspdx.com for more information. Various booth sizes available. Mark your calendars and follow us for all the important updates!

 

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New Business Directory!

We are always looking for new ways for our brides and vendors to connect. Whether it’s the annual swanky bridal show, on twitter, pinterest or facebook. The main place where we work hard to give you all love it right here, on the blog. With daily posts about fashion, DIY projects and write up’s about local vendors we want you to have fun planning your wedding day. You are making a big commitment and we want your Oregon wedding to everything you dreamed it would be.

We updated the vendor search area to now be an easy to use directory of wedding vendors. With all the categories listed out, all brides need to do it click on who you are looking for and it will take you to their listing. For vendors, simply click on “submit a listing” to add your information to the site for free. You can also choose to be the first listing in your submitted category by upgrading to a paid listing for a small monthly fee.

Thank you all for following The Art of Weddings blog. We appreciate you for taking a moment out of your day and spending it with us!

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The 2013 Art of Weddings Bridal Showcase!

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The 2013 Art of Weddings Bridal Showcase!

I always feel like the holiday season sneaks up on me and I’m left running around trying to get the perfect gift or find decor for the house and cook a wonderful meal. Even though it can feel like a deadline creeping up on you I really enjoy this time of the year. It’s a chance to slow down and enjoy the little things; friends, family and good food!

During this time we are also thrilled to hear about all the newly engaged couples. Besides planning for our holiday gatherings we are also busy, busy organizing a swankier kind of bridal show for you. The 2013 Art of Weddings is going to be a great show. We love hosting it at The Gerding Theater at The Armory in the Pearl District. The venue is stunning and a great location for your ceremony and or reception. This is the first year that David’s Bridal will be joining us. Get ready for a fashion show featuring all their gowns!

We will also have a raffle at the end of the evening where you could win any of these amazing prizes!

5 dozen hors d’oeuveres from Chez Joly Catering.

$100 in cupcake gift certificates from Cupcake Jones.

A bridesmaid bouquet from Old Town Florist valued at $75.

Free room rental of Madison Suite for a bridal shower – valued at $200.

More to be announced!   Get your tickets online today!

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Best Portland Wedding Vendors: Atelier Pictures

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Best Portland Wedding Vendors: Atelier Pictures

Does your list of wedding vendors seem daunting and long? ever wish you could combine a few? You can. At least photographer and cinematographer. Atelier Pictures does both and both really well. They have been sent around the world with experience in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Austin, Cabo San Lucas, Maui, Kauai, Nepal, Thailand, and the Caribbean. We are happy to have them at the Art of Weddings bridal show next month and include them on our lists of best Portland wedding vendors. Atelier Pictures is owned and operated by Jonathan Marrs and Josh Ferdaszewksi.

Interesting Bio Stuff about Jonathan Marrs by Jonathon

  • I received by B.A. in art from Azusa Pacific University and my M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  I mention these accomplishments merely because they show my intense drive to continually improve my creative practice.
  • I do not hesitate to let my music jump from Sigur Ros to Gnarls Barkley to Norah Jones to Mozart to Nick Cave to Avenged Sevenfold to Michael Jackson to Nickel Creek to Bad Religion to Arcade Fire.
  • I am white and nerdy, but I can do a standing backflip.
  • I am a photographer, but I don’t use Apple products.

Interesting Bio Stuff about Josh Ferdaszewksi by Josh

  • I have always loved the dichotomy between the technical and the creative in photography.  I am a gear-head and the type of person who reads owner’s manuals (for fun)!  I am also an artist who strives to create beauty in the world.  Photography brings these disparate parts of me together.  But enough philosophy.
  • I have been taking photos seriously since I was at Azusa Pacific University back in the early 2000’s.  I started shooting weddings professionally in 2009 after moving to Portland, Oregon with my wife Rachel.  I love the challenge of a wedding day, and the craft of editing (photos and videos) and look forward to working with more wonderful clients!

Wedding Photography by Atelier Pictures

You wouldn’t believe me unless you saw their work. So here you go!

 

Come meet Jonathon and Josh at the bridal show next month! It’s fast approaching so don’t miss you chance to meet some of the best Portland wedding vendors like Atelier Pictures and more! Tickets are available online.

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The Art of Weddings 2013 Bridal Show

Every winter we host a high-end, swanky, entertaining bridal show. The first of it’s kind for Portland, it was started over ten years ago and has been evolving ever since. From different venue’s to a selection of Oregon’s top wedding vendors, every year the bridal show brings fresh ideas and displays for the discerning brides. We are excited to have the 2013 Bridal Show hosted at The Armory at Portland Center Stage. It’s one of the most beautiful venue’s in downtown Portland and you won’t want to miss this bridal show! Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.

The upcoming Art of Weddings is sponsored by Portland Bride and Groom Magazine and McMenamin’s Hotels. Watch the video below from the last show to see what it’s all about. Check back here regularly for updates on the event. Tickets will go on sale around the end of November, beginning of December. Vendors who would like to participate please email Alexis at info@artofweddingspdx.com.