Weddings Gone Digital

Friend, foe or frenemy. This week on IDR we take a look at the ways digital technology have changed weddings. For better or for worse we explore the world of “wedsites”, digital wedding planners and unplugged weddings to see if they help or hinder today’s big celebrations.   

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All The Things

Published in an article by “The Knot” in 2017, “Custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, from 11% to 41% since 2009.” With the average price of weddings soaring past $30K, we have to ask, WTF?! So gone are the days of simply serving your guests cake and punch. In this episode of IDR we reject the idea that simple events are dull and invite couples to trade the 3 ring circus for a single act that is worth sharing with their nearest and dearest.

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Going Small on The Big Day

“Go big or go home” as they say. But not for Greg & Jessica who married with just 26 people in attendance! Today we’re focusing on those couples who said “no thanks” to a large lavish wedding but who instead chose small and understated celebrations. Join as our guest couple shares with us their experience in planning their living room vow exchange and learn which famous folks also chose to go small on their big day.

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Pass the Mic

When was the last time you traveled more than 100 miles for just a meal? Probably never right? Couples often focus on how they will entertain their guests for their wedding but somehow miss the point on the ACTUAL reason they are there. YOU! Join us on IDR where we discuss giving your guests what they really want. It takes absolutely no planning, is 100% free and will bring laughter, tears & joy for years to come.

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Venue, Menu or Wallet

So you have invited guests from far and wide to come share in your special day. Which means you want to feed them something that is worthy of that plane ticket & hotel stay. A nice sit-down meal has been the gold standard for such an occasion, however the charming and modern venues that attract today’s couples lack the facilities to pull off such a meal. Listen in as we get real on what it takes to feed large groups of folks and how your decisions impact your event and your wallet.

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The Good, The Bad & The (mostly) Ugly

What’s the first thing we all do when we get engaged (okay well, after telling your loved ones)? That’s right, you begin pinning wedding inspo like a mad woman. However, there’s something you should know about those pins. A good majority of them are the direct result of “Styled Shoots.” So before you add a budget line for that wedding Llama (nope, not letting it go), join us as we talk with resident photographer Maggie Gulling and reveal what it takes to get those “picture perfect” pins and how they mislead couples on their wedding day expectations.

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“F” Your Wedding Llama

Social media has couples believing that if your wedding photos don’t get “X” number of likes or shares, then your wedding just doesn’t rate. So much so that couples are going to great lengths just to get noticed, often at the expense of actually enjoying their wedding! Join us on IDR where we take on those ideas that are, let’s face it, just for the photos. #fywl

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Savor Don't Survive

Wedding planning is an all encompassing job that starts at engagement and ends at the conclusion of an event. Couples often forgo hiring this service to DIY their own wedding planning. I mean, wedding planning sounds fun right? WRONG! That means now YOU are working on your wedding day! No bueno! Join us as we explore how to approach your big day in a way that will allow you to not just survive your wedding but actually enjoy and savor it. 

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The Mis-Truth In Wedding Advertising

“When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it's on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence.”   - Federal Trade Commission

Anyone who has researched how to plan a wedding will find there is a vast difference in information found online between what is considered a “small wedding” or an “all-inclusive package.” Today on IDR, we are challenging what the wedding industry advertises and what they are actually offering and the general lack of variety in wedding vendors & services. Fair warning, ranting (and “f” bombs) ahead.

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Parents Gonna Parent

So you are planning to get married and you two are ready to begin a bright adventure of your very own. There’s only one hitch, your parents! No doubt these highly invested folks will have their opinion on how this whole thing should go down. So how does one survive the multitude of opinions, ideas, side comments and finger wags? Join us as we explore the role our parents play in the big day and how to navigate their crazy on an already crazy day.

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Tales from a "Micro" Wedding

Running a Micro Wedding Chapel brings with it stories. With over 1200 happy couples under our belt, we’ve seen a thing or two. Join us as we welcome resident wedding coordinator and all around great gal, Kristen, to share tales from the altar. Tales of red carpet couples to couples getting hitched on their lunch break. Tales of freak outs, tear ups and the magical thing that happens at the end of each wedding.

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No Churching it Up

Most of us love a party that is down-home; BBQ, beer and blue jeans. Yet decades of tradition dictates that weddings need to be extra dressed up. Fancy food. Fancy halls. Fancy clothes. And flawless vows. Join us as we discuss how fancy events make us nervous and fearful of inevitable imperfections and the value of a casual celebration that allows us to feel like “us”. 

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