Ok so back from a very disappointing trip to find bridesmaids dresses... nothing... again. But here is another update for you on things that ARE working out for me haha
So we knew we wanted to have a wedding website because that way our guests could RSVP online and not have to worry about emailing us or mailing us their RSVPs. We did set up a joint email address incase any of our guests had any questions or anything.
Kyle was originally a web developer so he was going to build a custom website with RSVP, event info, etc. all built into it for us. Unfortunately he has been so incredibly busy at work (covering 2 jobs plus his own) which meant working evenings and weekends. So out the window our idea of a custom site went. I decided to build a website through theknot.com. Its actually super easy and quite cute. I couldn’t find any sites that were teal with starfish which sucked but that’s ok. I put our wedding day info, at home reception info on there, travel/ booking info, pictures of the resort, our engagement weekend as well as our engagement photos. I haven’t even sent out my actual wedding invitations yet and people are already RSVPing to the wedding and reception which is making my life easier!
Wedding website: www.theknot.com/us/janelle-and-kyle
So we have officially hit our 3 month mark for people booking into the wedding. I’m so thankful I got 10 bookings made because we needed 10 (including ourselves) as a minimum to keep our deposit. My TA is on holidays this week of course (being the final week for guests to book and guarantee a spot on our trip), so I won’t find out what my actual count is till next week. I’m estimating about 18 so far have signed up! Which is perfect because with 2 of those being single travellers that makes our 10 rooms booked for 7 days...aka… free wedding package! So relieved!
Not going to lie though, having only 3 months to get your guests to sign up is a bit stressful. One month before the final day I sent out a group message to all of our guests to remind them that they had a month to book in and pay their deposit. I didn’t really hear much response at this point. One week left to book and I sent out another message and sure enough RSVPs started coming in and people letting me know that they might book later, etc. As long as I had my 10 people and my 10 rooms I was happy haha. I think if any of you have the same plan as me where your guests only have to pay a certain amount as a deposit to hold their spot and they have like 6 more months to pay the rest of the trip off, you should make that super clear to your guests. I think a lot of our guests were concerned they had to drop $2054 when they booked in. I think they were relieved to hear they only needed to pay $150 today and they could pay the rest whenever they had the money. One of my bridesmaids didn’t understand this and told me she wasn’t going to book until the fall I was a bit shocked and then when i explained it to her she seemed to think that booking with us now was a better idea. (no idea if she’s actually booked yet though, and it’s making me super nervous)
Fun stuff now!!! We knew exactly who we were going to get to do our engagement photos since she did our family photos a year prior and they turned out amazing. Her prices are fantastic and she’s really fun and gets the job done. You can check out her work at: www.paisleyphotos.ca. Her work is really cute and she really captures the love in her photos. We actually went up to the Braag Creek area for our photos in February and amazingly enough it looks like our photos were taken in either the spring given the amazing weather we had. Super happy with how they turned out. Now I just need to order a photo book to put on the coffee table of all our gorgeous photos.
Edited by yycbride2016, 30 May 2015 - 03:53 PM.