Monday, July 4, 2011

"Use What You've Got" - how your best vendor may very well be YOU

Laura & Anthony's Save the Date super 8 film from Hello Super 8 on Vimeo.

First, an apology - I've been away from my posting post for a while, leaving you without wedding goodies to keep you occupied while you drink your morning coffee and avoid your Outlook inbox, and for that, my friends, I apologize.  The truth is, I've missed poring over all-things-wedding on the interweb almost as much as I've missed you all during my absence.  I'll keep the explanation brief, but I was recently presented with an opportunity I couldn't pass up as far as events go, and my newfound gig has kept my little hands so full that I couldn't very well hold all my new stuff and type at the same time.  The good news is I've been taking mental notes these past two weeks and have lots of great post ideas brewing.  I also know I still owe you photos from the duckling's birthday.  If they don't go up by the end of the week, feel free to send me hate mail.  I'll deserve it.

So with that out of the way, let's jump right in to today's post.  A lot has happened here since my last post, one of which is that I am working with a new (to you) couple, S + C.  They are, in a word, ridiculawesome.  Okay, I know that's technically two words, but they are so cool that just one word doesn't suffice.  She's adorable & kind & loves hot peppers on her pizza.  He's adorable & kind & plays roller hockey.  There are so many great things to discuss when talking about their wedding, and I'm sure I'll write plenty more between now and their big day, but for the purpose of today's post, I'm singling out one particular detail about their wedding - C, the groom, owns his own printing & graphic design company.  To quote the first movie I bought on VHS (at McDonald's no less), Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?

You know I felt like I hit the jackpot when I discovered this little piece of trivia about my fair groom.  How wonderful to not only be able to actively involve the groom in the creation of his wedding, but also to be able to trim a little off of their bottom line budget with subsidized/free in-house labor?  I am putting C to work! 

S+C came very prepared to our rendez-vous over a carafe of rose (how do you do one of those stupid accents over the "e" on this I really have to write rose-ay?)  and a hot pepper pizza at Mario Batali's OTTO downtown, and the first thing I did in looking over their inspiration photos was to begin a mental list of all of the materials my poor groom could make for us (and by "us" I mean me and S).  Without ruining the surprise of their wedding, by the end of our meeting, C's to do list included magnets, signs, programs, invitations and lots of stuff in between.  Of course C has the ability to opt out of any of the projects we discussed, but I think deep down he likes to be able to contribute his slave labor talents to the mix.  Most men actually want to be involved in the wedding plans, just in ways that feel comfortable to them.  It's the whole "providing for their woman" notion, so long as they are contributing in non-emasculating ways (i.e. don't expect your grooms to jump at the opportunity to put together the ladies room amenities basket).  C is actually a bit more evolved and has a very clear vision of the wedding overall, which is refreshing and endearing.  After all, he's involved in the arts professionally, so he's got built-in wedding goggles. 

While you may very well not be a graphic designer or the proud owner of a printing company, I'm sure if you dig deep enough, there's a talent, skill or resource available to you that you or your groom can contribute to the wedding.  Maybe your sewing hobby can be put to good use for making custom table linens or dinner napkins, or maybe your contribution is as simple as using your collection of vintage pitchers and cake stands  for your candy buffet.  Just last week Emily (from here, herehere) e-mailed me to say, among other things, that she was thinking about putting her leather stamping craftiness to work for her wedding.  I can already envision adorable little leather-bound program booklets for their ceremony.  Get to stamping, Em!

Maybe you're sitting on some talents but aren't sure how it can be beneficial for your wedding.  You could always email me, or you could whittle down that square peg to fit in a round hole, meaning you have every right to reinvent a wedding detail to fit your skill set. 

Here are some really fabulous examples of how a few couples used their cinematic talents to create unusual save-the-date's.  The most common save-the-date's around involve some sort of card or magnet or simple (read cheap) mailer since, after all, your save-the-date is just a preview for the big show.  Why not save on postage and printing altogether and create a digital and super personal save the date to email to all your guests?  Even my 84-year-old grandmother in Florida has an email address, so with a few exceptions, this is a highly efficient and creative way to spread the word.  Embed it on your wedding website and you are exempt from the "oops I accidentally deleted the email" excuses your unorganized friends might pose. 

Save The Date - John & Shana - 10.29.11 from John Earle on Vimeo.

Lori and Eric's Save the Date from Lori Hoffman on Vimeo.

Jesse + Marty: Save The Date! from jesse & marty on Vimeo.

Courtesy of FarylMillet via YouTube

What hidden talents of yours do you plan to incorporate into your wedding?

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