Archive for January, 2009

Watch Man Registry Co-Founder Chris Easter at Bloblive LA Tonight!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

BlobLive LA

TheManRegistry.com co-founder Chris Easter will be giving a short talk tonight at Ideablob’s Bloblive LA. You can watch live via UStream starting at 7pm PST. You can also take part in the live discussion on twitter by marking your tweets with #bloblive.

Ideablob.com is an online community where entrepreneurs, small business owners, and creative thinkers can share and grow their ideas.  Each month, they give away $10,000 to the best business idea as votes upon by the community. The Man Registry was a finalist in August ’08.  In addition to the website, they have recently launched BlobLive – a traveling open mic night where anyone  can come and present their business ideas while networking with fellow big thinkers.

In the LA area and have a great idea? Come out and share it tonight at Westwood Brewing Company in Westwood, CA. Food and drink specials start at 6pm PST with the Bloblive show starting at 7pm PST.

A Groom’s Crash Course Guide to Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

 groom invitation guide

Your wedding invitations make a big first impression to your guests about the theme of your wedding.  You want to make sure that it properly represents the both of you, right?  So, let me go over some wedding invitation “need-to-knows” and 2009 wedding invitation trends.  Here’s hoping you can impress your honey with some invitation knowledge and help her pick out a design too!

Style
Traditional formal invitations are typically made on a heavy white cardstock with engraved black ink.  All other invitation styles that don’t fall under the formal category….are well..not formal.  Honestly though, just consider the kind of wedding you’re having…black-tie/formal, semi-formal, casual?

Your budget and venue should greatly influence your decision here.

Print
There are printing methods that can also contribute to the style of your invitation.  Go with the one that fits your wedding formality, and of course, your budget. Engraved, embossed or calligraphy lean more towards the high-end prices.

- Engraving: Engraving your invitations is the most traditional and formal printing option you can have. It is the oldest printing style, as well as the most expensive. Engraved invitations have a raised print appearance. It is pressed through the paper so that it can be felt on the back of the paper.

- Thermography: Thermographed wedding invitations are similar to engraved invitations. They both have raised lettering. They differ in that thermographed invitations have a shinier, glossy finish and the print does not press through the back of the paper. Thermography is also a less expensive printing option than engraving.

- Lithography: Lithography, also known as flat print or offset, is the most widely used printing style for wedding invitations. The process involves printing lettering with ink but does not result in a raised or pressed-through appearance. Thus, it is less expensive than both engraving and thermography.

- Laser: Laser printing is the least expensive form of printing. The appearance is similar to that of lithography. This is a cost-effective option for couples who wish to print their own invitations at home using a laser printer. There are many “do it yourself” invitation kits you can buy, allowing you customize and print your own wedding invitations. Laser printing is also provided at professional print shops.

- Handwritten: Although not many couples choose to handwrite their wedding invitations, it is a great option for couples who are having a very small wedding. It is also a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your event. For formal weddings, you may want to consider employing the service of a professional calligrapher.

Wording
There are so many guidelines to follow if you want to be more than proper with your wedding invitation wording.  Find a style that works for you.  Again the kind of wedding you are having should define your wording choice too.  Invitation Consultants is a great resource for wording etiquette.

Details
Suggest accents and embellishment details that will show her your genuine interest in making the invitations super personal!  Well, because you are, right? [wink]
•    Customized Postage Stamps
•    Customized Wax Seals
•    Personalized Ribbon
•    Personalized Stickers

Mailing The Invitations
Before placing stamps on them, remember to take one to the post office to get it weighed for the proper amount of postage.  Not having enough postage can slow down the delivery of your invitation.  And that would be horrible!

Next, address the invitations together and offer to bring them over to the post office to mail off.

You are almost done buddy!

Receiving the RSVP
You guys probably already have some sort of guest list system for your big day.  So, as the RSVP’s come in, designate a special area or a decorative box for them to be put in or filed so you can stay organized and no one’s RSVP is overlooked.

Tada!  Invitations, done!

Next….seating chart…[ahhhhhh!]

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We’re thrilled to have Gretchen Viles as a guest contributor on GroomsAdvice. Gretchen is editor & social media editor for WindWishes.com. WindWishes makes beautiful, affordable paper banners that are a groundbreaking new category in the paper products industry aimed at the keepsake and favors markets.

App Day: A New American Tradition

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

appetizer-day

By Jimmy Horner, Co-Founder of TheManRegistry.com

Today, I’m proposing a new American tradition, hereby dubbed: App Day. This tradition should be treated as every other holiday in this grand country, either by taking the day off work, or to make it even easier to receive approval from the federal holiday commission, it could even be held on a Sunday every year. On second thought, maybe easiest of all would be to collocate it with another existing time-honored and manly tradition — Super Bowl Sunday.

Now that we have the day carefully chosen, let’s expand upon the concept. First off, every citizen (or guest) will be tasked, no — honored, with bringing at least two appetizers to the occasion (read: party). One stipulation: one of the food items must be fried. I know what you’re thinking health-conscious America, “That can’t possibly be on my new 2009 diet!” But fear not, there are multiple ways to thoroughly enjoy this holiday, even with lighter fare. On the healthier side, appetizers could include fried mushrooms, zucchini, ochre, squash or fish. On the more traditional end, dishes could focus on fried chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, sausages, you get the idea. The key to this holiday is to think outside the box — don’t just let your imagination wane. Think chili, little smokies, quesadillas, fried pickles…the possibilities are virtually endless.

If you already have another tradition in place for Super Bowl Sunday that simply can’t be broken, this is a perfect opportunity to extend this holiday to a groom-to-be’s man shower instead. “Man Showers” have become extremely popular in the last several years as men are getting more involved with weddings. I personally can’t think of a better way to celebrate a man’s impending nuptials than by downing plate after plate of fried foods chased by cold beer with close friends and family. So find a day that works for your buddy and get started.

TIP: If you don’t already have one, I’d recommend picking up a deep fryer ASAP because this day will soon become one of the great American holidays citizens look forward to each and every year, so the investment will be well worth it — cheers!

Have a great appetizer recipe? Let us know about it in the comment section below.

The Man Registry Jumbo Flask Sweepstakes

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

giant flask
We’re giving away one of our most popular products. We’ve had a lot of fun with the Maxam 64oz. jumbo flask and we want to share that fun with one lucky couple who registers between Friday January 9, 2009 and Thursday April 2, 2009.  All you have to do is create a wedding registry in that timeframe and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to take place on April 5, 2009. Furthermore, for every gift that is purchased off of your registry, we’ll throw in another entry for you. More gifts = more chances to win the jumbo flask!

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