Best wedding transportation ever? One Columbus, Ohio, couple got an epic surprise when the bride’s parents arranged for the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile to make an appearance at their wedding. Sporting flowers, tulle, a garland of mustard and ketchup bottles and a “Just Linked” sign, the famous Weinermobile arrived to take the bride to the ceremony and reception venue, and stayed afterward for photos with the guests and wedding party. First spied here.
We recently discovered a fun way to add audio to your wedding photos via a free iPhone app called SOAL (short for “sounds of a lifetime”). Use the voice archiving app to record a voice or sound, attach it to a photo, tag a caption and theme, and automatically save it in your timeline. SOAL lets you hear the stories behind your photos, such as how you met your bride, asked for her dad’s permission, your engagement, stories about each groomsman, your vows, the best man speech, first dance song, an audio guestbook, and more. SOAL recordings can be posted to Twitter or Facebook, or shared via “Soal2Soal” messaging, email and SMS.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding gift? Check out the handsome custom cutting boards from Black Canyon Woodworks. You can design your own cutting board by adding personalized text and choosing from a variety of hard woods, including hard rock maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany. Each hand-sanded piece is conditioned to provide a durable finish and bring out shine.
Planning to surprise your significant other with an amazing wedding proposal? More importantly, want to do it on TV? If so, nominate yourself or someone you know to be cast in “Anything Can Happen,” a new major network show from Simon Fuller, the creator of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. To apply, email danny[at]kasstinginc.com with the nominee’s name, phone number, email address and a brief description.
Want to spice up your bachelor party without stinking up the joint? Citizen’s e-Cigars offer the flavor of a cigar without the smoke or mess. Containing only four ingredients individually approved by the FDA and ranked as food-grade quality, the e-cigars simulate a stogie by producing an alluring vapor resembling smoke.
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Check your pocket – chances are, you have your smartphone with you. In fact, chances are, you take it everywhere. But before we all carried smartphones (and by default a camera) with us 24/7, engaged couples used disposable cameras at their wedding in order to encourage guests to take photos of their special day.
Well, fast forward to an era where there is guaranteed to be an army of smartphones at your wedding and you’ve got a much better solution!
Enter Snapable – a wedding photo app that lets you instantly capture your guest’s photos into one online album. No more paying for disposable cameras, or spending time and money having the photographs developed. Capture each memory from your special day, instantly.
Everything about Snapable is simple from the moment you create your album to the moment your wedding guests download the app and starts snapping, making photo sharing easy for everyone. Best of all, you can avoid the headache of trying to collect photos after the event. Best intentions aside, lets face it people are lazy. Most won’t go to the trouble of sending their photos.
1. No more chasing people for photos after the wedding.
2. No need to sift through Facebook pages or search hashtags to find photos.
3. Everything is instantly streamed to your online Snapable album.
4. You can share your photos, the entire album, or keep it private.
5. You could be waiting weeks for professional shots from your photographer. With Snapable, your photos are available instantly – even before the honeymoon!
The Snapable interface is very easy to navigate, even for Aunt Ethel who can barely use her iPhone! You can also upload photos to your album before and after the wedding, making sure you don’t miss any of those precious moments.
The key to making this all work is getting your guests to participate. That’s why the Snapable team also provides customizable, printable table cards that you can use at the wedding, making sure everyone knows about the app.
Now for the best part – use promo code BETHEMANfor $30 off your own Snapable package! Regularly $79 per event, your can get started for only $49!
So if you’re getting married, forget the disposable camera! Let Snapable help you see your wedding through your guests eyes. Every angle, every special moment, captured.
What are moments from your wedding that you’d most want to capture from your guests’ perspective? Tell us in the comment section below.
When we last blogged about the fine folks at Weddingmix, we had just completed a contest and awarded one of their DIY wedding video packages to a lucky groom-to-be named Javier. Javier wowed the judging panel when he said that marrying his best friend was the thing he most looked forward to about the wedding day. Fast forward six months and Javier is now a married man. With his Weddingmix package, he (along with his friends and family) was able to capture his wedding day and honeymoon memories via the provided HD cameras and innovative iPhone app. For more info on how Weddingmix works, click here.
Once Javier’s footage was shot (and conveniently compiled on the Weddingmix server) he had the option to edit it himself or have the Weddingmix team create the video. Here’s a sampling of the great shots and moments that were captured:
After his honeymoon, we sat down with Javier to talk to him about Weddingmix, his experiences as a groom and his recommendations to newly- engaged men.
What parts of your wedding were most important to you to share in a wedding video?
I personally wanted to capture the ceremony itself – my bride walking in, our vows and kiss, and our exit to be specific – but also wanted to have friends record the cocktail hour and reception. That’s what everyone else will remember, and since we weren’t able to be at our cocktail hour, it’s nice to get to see what that was like for our family/friends.
How was your experience using WeddingMix?
I was lucky enough to have won TMR’s competition for WeddingMix, but honestly, if I hadn’t won, they made videography an affordable option for us. Their customer service was quite good and responsive, and it couldn’t have been easier to get the equipment up and running once I opened the package. I’d definitely recommend it to others!
Your friends captured a ton of awesome clips. What did your friends think about using the app?
We’ve got a lot of iPhone-savvy friends, so they took to the app quite readily. One bride-to-be loved it so much that she signed up for her wedding (coming up next month!). They all thought it was a cool concept and were very happy to help us capture memories of our wedding day.
How did you let them know about the app and cameras?
We put instructions in our out-of-town bags to let everyone know to download the app. We also put some sheets on the shuttle from our hotel to our wedding venue so that friends could read about it on the way over. And, of course, good ol’ word of mouth by just telling a few of them about it and having them spread it to other guests.
We loved the clips from your honeymoon! Can you tell us a bit about it? Are you going to include some of it in your wedding video?
We went to Chile for our honeymoon, as I have Chilean heritage, and we wanted to document some of that experience since it was my wife’s first time in the country. We went to a couple of beach-towns, some farmland, and then down to the lake/volcano region of Chile. It was an awesome honeymoon! The coolest video that I think we took was after we climbed to the top of our snow-covered volcano. You can really hear the wind howl and see other mountains in the background .. . it was like we were on top of the world. My wife and I agreed that it was the hardest thing we had ever done, and we definitely want to include that on our wedding video!
How involved were you with the wedding planning?
I’d say I was more involved that most grooms that I’ve known. I didn’t do the lion’s share of the leading, but I wanted to be present for various decisions and see what went into everything. I just enjoyed knowing what was happening and helping my wife make decisions when she needed some extra input.
How did your bride feel about your enthusiasm?
My bride was very happy that I was enthusiastic about helping out. We had a lot of DIY projects to put together of our venue, and I was willing to help out and get excited (or often keep her excited) about how cool it would be for our guests to see and experience once everything came together on our big day.
Were there areas that you took charge of or was every decision a team effort?
I’d say that most decisions were a team effort. I certainly took charge on mapping out our honeymoon plans, but was always sure to confer with my wife about any decisions before finalizing plans. The other areas that I took a lead (with some gentle reminders) were my groomsmen gifts and attire.
What was the most difficult planning decision that you and your bride had to make?
I think the most difficult part of the planning for us was guest-list. It’s hard to determine who to invite and who not to invite – especially when it’s our friends, her parents’ friends, and my parents’ friends. So making sure that everyone had fair representation of their friends was something we wanted to maintain, but also was difficult to do.
What are your words of advice for men just setting out on their wedding journey?
Enjoy it, because it’s a time that really flies by. If you don’t want to be involved in the wedding planning (or your bride doesn’t want you to be), do small things like going out to run errands or making dinner that night so that it frees up an hour here and there for your bride to focus on your wedding. Small sacrifice, and you get major bonus points for cooking a delicious dinner!
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Cake cutting? Groomsmen dance? Head to the comment section and tell us what the one wedding day moment that you can’t afford to miss is.
There’s a brand new wedding planning iPad app on the market and it happens to belong to our good friends over at OneWed. The app, appropriately titled Wedding Inspiration, is designed with the social bride and groom in mind.
Taking a note from Pinterest, users can scroll through pages of stunning images that highlight venues, attire, décor and more. The images provide an easy path for users to connect with OneWed partners such as Wedding Paper Divas, Allure Bridals and Blue Nile — or any of the 40,000 local vendors that list their business with the OneWed network.
You might ask what’s in it for grooms. How does this sound? Instead of aimlessly searching the web for hours looking for the perfect suit or tie, you can browse OneWed’s thorough collection of attire images and how-to articles while bookmarking (or socially sharing) your favorites. When you find that can’t miss suit, you can click right through to the vendor’s website to make your reservation or purchase. It seems pretty easy to me!
Have an iPad? Give the app a shot by downloading it today at the Apple Store.
Are you and your fiancée using tablets to help plan the wedding? How has this made the process easier? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
The wedding planning experience is often one that is time consuming and filled with quite a bit of stress. So many things to do and so little time to do them! If only there was one part of the wedding planning experience that could be simplified, something that you can do from the comfort of your home. Something that was easy and perhaps even fun.
Well there is! ‘The Tuxedo Builder‘ app from Jim’s Formal Wear has made tuxedo shopping a convenient and enjoyable part of the wedding planning process. This clever app makes it easy for the bride and groom to design the men’s attire for the wedding. The Tuxedo Builder allows the couple to pick the tuxedos the wedding party will wear before ever visiting a store.
It is easy to sort items by color, with over 175 vest options available to match the bridal party theme. You can upload the groom’s photo and build a tux that suits him, without spending hours in the fitting room. Once your selection is made, just send an email directly to the retailer, set up an appointment and speed up the ordering process.
Building a tuxedo at home is exciting. Jim’s Formal Wear carries over 50 tuxedo styles from the hottest designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tony Bowls, just to name a few. With an easy search feature, you can find exactly what you are looking for! When you are done, you can post the tuxedo image on Facebook, Twitter or email to get feedback from friends and family. How great is that!
The Tuxedo Builder app is available to download FREE at the Apple Store for both the iPhone and iPad!
Have you started planning your wedding day look yet? How would the ‘Tuxedo Builder’ make the task of finding the perfect attire easier? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.