#Hashtags – How To

With social media being a fairly large part of our lives, its important to “hashtaghashtag” photos to share not only your pictures with “the world” but also family and friends.  With so many family members living in other provinces, countries and even on different continents, social media is a great way to stay connected.

How do you incorporate live photo sharing with guests?  Create your own personal #hashtag to allow guests to see and share special photos of your big day!  It also allows the Bride and Groom a glimpse at their guests experience at their #wedding.

What’s a hashtag?  It is the # sign that allows the poster to describe their photo for other users to find.  So as a user on say Instagram (my all time favorite social media platform) you can type in Wedding

and every photo that has been tagged with #wedding will come through your search!  Looking for a florist?  Search #weddingflowers!


A great way to separate “words” within the string of a hashtag is to use Capitals to start a new word #BrideAndGroom or #WinnipegWeddingPlanner .  They key is to remember that there are no spaces in a hashtag… so capitals make it easy for the user to read.  #WeddingReception is much easier on the eyes than #lookatmycrazylonghashtag.

How do you pick a hashtag?  it can be something simple like #JaneAndJohn or #JaneMarriedJohn or even #LastNameWeddingYear (#SmithWedding2017).  Be sure to check out your desired hashtag on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter so your wedding photos aren’t mixed in with other Jane and John weddings.

Also, let guests know there is a hashtag to use!  Print it on your programs, by the guest book table… even a little tent card on the guest tables would do the trick!

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Need a little inspiration for your personalized hashtag?  Check out this neat website!  You enter in your names, and wedding date and it comes up with some pretty clever hashtags you can use!



Your Engaged!!! Part 3

We are rounding out our final tips on planning your wedding!  If you missed the first 2 posts, check out part 1 here, and part 2 here!

Smell the roses.  You will need to connect with your favorite florist to create your wedding flowers.  From choosing your wedding flowers, to selecting colors, fillers and shapes.  You will also need to select corsages and boutonnieres for your family members, bridal part and guests of honor.  You may choose to to hair flowers in your hair and at your ceremony.  A lot of arrangements can be dual purpose at the ceremony and reception.  There are also a lot of great options for silk flower bouquets too!

Drink, Eat, Be merry Once you have an idea on your guest list, you will need to meet with your reception venue to pick out your meal and bar options.  Most hotels do not allow outside food, so you will need to pick from their menu.  If you are bringing food in, you will need to research and hire a caterer to feed your guests.  You will also need to decide what type of meal service you would like for your guests.

Let’s ride!  Hiring a professional car service to get you and your bridal party from home, to church, photos to reception is a great way to keep stress down.  You won’t have to worry about parking, bridal party getting split up, or getting lost.  Limos are the perfect way to arrive in style!

Theme, Style, Decor.  Choosing linens, colors, accents and design can be a very fun yet stressful task.  Do you use linens provided by the venue, or do you rent them from a company.  Do they have the colors you want?  All the elements you select to plan your wedding come together to showcase your theme.

Details, Details, Details.  Make sure you don’t overlook the small items when planning your big day.  You’ll need to select a cake cutting set for your cake cutting.  Guest books are important to remember who came out to celebrate.  There are so many neat and customized items out there.  I once went to a wedding and the couple had a puzzle for their guest book!  Thanking the guests for attending with a take away is a brilliant way to share something you love as a couple – macaroons, oils, candles, matches… the options are endless!


Want more advice, or assistance planning your special day?  Feel free to visit our website, and contact us!

Fun in the sun

A few weeks ago I met with the fun and talented Meghan at Blue Bird Creative to do some new head shots for my website.  While the weather was uncertain, finally the clouds broke, and the sun came out!  It actually turned out to be the nicest day of the week!

I met Meghan while coordinating the fun 1920’s wedding last summer.  We hit it off, and kept in touch.  I really liked her shooting style and her friendly nature.  It was like hanging out with a friend during the shoot!

We had a blast shooting at the St. Boniface Cathedral and it provided such a great background for photos.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites, which is hard to pick just a few!

If you’re looking for an easy going photographer with a sense of humor, who’s easy going and fun to hang around with – definitely check out Blue Bird Creative!  Tell them I sent you😉

Rings, and all that blings

We love all the little details that come together to make weddings unique, personal and beautiful.

We thought we would share some of our favorite ring photos from our clients!  I mean who doesn’t love a little bling?!


Jessica & Grant : Married

Last summer Jessica and Grant got married at the fabulous Centennial Concert Hall here in Winnipeg.  They had a gorgeous color pallet of charcoal and cranberry which suited the venue perfectly.    Jessica & Grant also had a box with a bottle of wine and letters to each other that they screwed closed – only to be opened on a future anniversary.  We absolutely love those special personalized touches!

The venue was beautiful, and the photos – stunning.

Here are some photos from their day taken by the talented Bobby X!  Check out the details and photos below!

Photography: Bobby X | Wedding Coordination: Like a Star Weddings & Events | Venue: Centennial Concert Hall | Catering: GJ Andrews Food & Wine Shoppe | Florals: Morgan Klassen (Maid of Honour) | Marriage Commissioner: Brenda McConaghy | DJ: Music Vibes | Guitarist: Cuinn Joseph | Decor & Linens: Dream Day Decor | Photo booth: FourSquare


Cherished Memories

While planning your wedding is a very exciting time, it can make it difficult knowing your loved ones who have passed away aren’t able to be there to celebrate with you.  Take great comfort knowing that your departed family members are there in spirit, and celebrating with you.

Here are a few of our tips to include their memory in your special day:

Memory candles are a great way to remember family members.  You can buy beautiful candle holders to light on the alter, signing table or guest book table.  Why not make it dual purpose and use it for both ceremony and reception?  Here’s one of our favorite candles

Bouquet charms offer a personalized way to acknowledge family on your wedding day.  This allows you keep a photo of your loved one with you all day.  You can further personalize it with a ribbon in their favorite color.  This is what I actually did on my bouquet.  I had a photo of my Grandfather attached with his favorite colored ribbon – red!  You could also do the same with a small photo on the Groom’s boutonniere!


Memory tables can provide a special way to display wedding photos, family photos or portraits of departed family for guests to remember them on your special day.  You can really add style and personality to the table by adding favorite poems in a frame along with candles and rose petals.

If it is a close family member like a Grandparent, you could place a “reserved for …” sign on a seat in the first row – where they would have been seated –  and place a single white rose on the seat.

Subtle ways to remember family members could include playing their favorite song at your reception, include their favorite poem in your ceremony, you could even include said poem in your program!  The options are endless!

Contact us to see how we can help add those special touches to your wedding!


Vendor Spotlight: Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Jen of Jennifer Bianca Calligraphy.

Jennifer is a really great, down to earth girl.  She’s friendly, funny, and so personable.  We met for coffee and it felt like going out with a girl friend.  Jen is so easy going, and really has a an eye for detail.  She’s been doing calligraphy professionally for about 2 years, and has a fondness for kraft paper stationary.

Calligraphy is one of those more unique hidden gem details in a wedding.  I think hand lettering looks amazing at weddings… from hand written invitations, place cards, and even seating charts.  The options are endless!  How amazing would a seating chart on a gorgeous mirror look?  And if its a mirror you love, or even an old antique window you could definitely have your favorite script, line from your first dance, or even part of your vows hand lettered on that mirror.

What a fabulous keep sake that would make!

Check out her work below, and be sure to check out her website, and her instagram account.  Jen has a few videos on her instagram account of her doing lettering and it is a definite treat!

Website: www.jenniferbianca.com | Email: jen@jenniferbianca.com | Instagram: jenniferbiancacalligraphy | Facebook: jenniferbiancacalligraphy