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5 Ways to Add Technology To Your Wedding

Photo Credit: Carrie Roseman Photography

Photo Credit: Carrie Roseman Photography

Whether it’s setting up a wedding website or a wedding hashtag, adding technology to your wedding is a useful way to streamline everything from RSVPs to selfies shot by your guests. Here, 5 easy ways to go digital when you say “I do.”

Set up a wedding website. For a nominal fee, sites like WordPress or Squarespace make it easy to create your own website with all the pertinent details about your big day (including a way to digitally RSVP!). And welcome to the modern world: Appy Couple is a new website that creates an app version of your site based off the desktop design of your wedding app so guests can instant message and virtually connect before the wedding.

Send virtual invitations. Nowadays, we have more email addresses than mailing addresses on hand. Virtual invitations—sent from sites like Paperless Post—are a smart way to organize events surrounding your big day, like the rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch. And, if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of gorgeous options for going digital with your save the dates and invitations, too.

Set up a hashtag. It’s the best way to keep track of all the pics and videos your guests will snap. If you’re struggling to come up with what it should be, don’t fret — there are wedding hashtag generators that you can use to put together the perfect combo of the bride and groom’s name.

Ask about drone footage. You’d be surprised — a lot of videographers provide this service. It’s a super cool way to get a bird’s eye view of all your guests sipping cocktails on the front lawn of your venue before dinner or you walking down the aisle in your dress.

Stream your wedding. For guests that live to far to make the trip, it’s super easy to set up streaming services (like Skype or Periscope or FaceTime) so they don’t miss the moment you and your sweetie say “I do.” Ask your planner for help coordinating or enlist a trusty aunt with a steady hand to hold the computer camera up.

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5 Ways to Add Technology To Your Wedding

Whether it’s setting up a wedding website or a wedding hashtag, adding technology to your wedding is a useful way to streamline everything from RSVPs to selfies shot by your guests. Here, 5 easy ways to go digital when you say “I do.” Set up a wedding website. For a nominal fee, sites like WordPress or Squarespace make […]

TRIBE Design + Events

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Vendors Spotlight on: TRIBE Design + Events

Location: Studio Concord, MA, Servicing Southern New England

Tell us about the history of your company and how it’s transformed:  In 2012, with individual professional backgrounds in advertising, education and art, we came together with a shared mission — create beautiful, custom events while providing our clients with a deeply personalized experience and with that foundation, Blossom Partners was born. The next three years were trial-by-fire with an exponential learning curve. Each notch on our project belt came with a few bruises, but a wealth of new knowledge. Every success, every stumble prompted a slight re-calibration of our approach and, as a result, altered our destination. “We have evolved as a design firm. Experimenting with raw, hand-crafted elements and merging them with purposeful items that can be rented, we are re-imagining the traditional event design process.” Today we are proud to introduce Tribe Design + Events, a full-service design company with a passion for collaborative, innovative and thoughtful event styling and execution.

What  services do you offer?  We offer full service event production ranging from corporate and non-profit events to wedding concierge services. As part of our design process we provide our clients with a comprehensive design portfolio that visually articulates every stylistic detail. Color palettes, typography, personalized details, tabelscape design, paper suites, rental selections, floral recommendations and even personal styling are all included in our creative presentations. Our design and styling portfolios become the framework and blueprint for our events and are always a part of our full service offer. More and more often we have clients coming to us for creative consulting seeking design direction. They leave us with a style portfolio that they are able to share with other vendors and becomes a great keepsake.

What sets you apart from the rest?  We are passionate about our process and product. Honest and authentic relationships are at the core of our unique and collaborative approach to design development. We seek out individuals who share our passion and purpose. By blurring lines between art, design and production we challenge traditional expectations of how events are created and experienced. With careful attention given to both event design and execution, we produce events that are as beautiful as they are seamless. Our handmade pieces are crafted in our studio with materials sourced from around the corner and around the globe. We believe the story matters as much as the product and as a result our work is grounded in history, culturally inspired, and rich in perspective.    

The BLISS team is excited to announce the collaboration with TRIBE Design + Events on their Table Design Series. Throughout the course of the year we will be posting a series of tables, providing you with endless inspiration for your event. We couldn’t be more excited for this unique opportunity to showcase their amazing work in collaboration with our other talented vendors! Below is a teaser of what’s to come of the first table — including an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek!

The design is grounded in Kintsugi – the ancient Japanese ‘art of broken pieces’. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it.  Kintsugi will be demonstrated in ceramics and in textiles on the table — both crafted in our studio. Inspired by Spring 2016 couture textiles, we will be playing with the contrast and juxtaposition of rough-sewn tweeds with delicate silks.  To keep the table grounded and humble, bold prints will be matched with minimalist, natural elements on the table.  Wooden bowls, matte, black flatware.  In every table we design, we aim to mix crafted and sourced materials with items
that can be rented creating the possibility to scale up any design we create.  The photographs were brilliantly captured by one of our favorite photographers, Abby Lorenz.  She always understands and expresses the vision, mood and context of our work and we are very happy to partner with her in this endeavor. For more about Tribe Design + Events visit their website and follow their blog.

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TRIBE Design + Events

Vendors Spotlight on: TRIBE Design + Events Location: Studio Concord, MA, Servicing Southern New England Tell us about the history of your company and how it’s transformed:  In 2012, with individual professional backgrounds in advertising, education and art, we came together with a shared mission — create beautiful, custom events while providing our clients with […]

The #1 Thing A Bride Should Do To Stay Organized

Courtesy Em Devaud Events

Courtesy Em Devaud Events

There are so many details you need to take care of the week before the wedding. That’s why we asked Em Devaud, founder of Em Devaud Events, for her advice on the best way to ensure you (and your family members) stay organized ahead of the big day. Here’s her #1 tip:

Put together a timeline and schedule a few months in advance. Having an appropriate game plan for the wedding weekend early on and communication this to your venue, band or DJ ensures that your vendors are all in alignment for your wedding prep. This includes “busy work” like putting together playlists (and do not playlists) ahead of time, making general guest table assignments and checklists to ensure all your details are finalized. This is also where having a planner comes in handy. However, if the bride chooses to not hire a planner, make sure there’s a point person for the last month of planning that little questions can be sent to in order to keep the bride relaxed and happy! For example, an aunt who wants a job for the wedding or a close (and organized) friend can be a great option for this.

Happy planning!

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The #1 Thing A Bride Should Do To Stay Organized

There are so many details you need to take care of the week before the wedding. That’s why we asked Em Devaud, founder of Em Devaud Events, for her advice on the best way to ensure you (and your family members) stay organized ahead of the big day. Here’s her #1 tip: Put together a timeline […]

Vendor Spotlight: New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Photo Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Name: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts

Tell us a little bit about the history of the space as a wedding venue. When did it open and how has it evolved over the years? Keeping with its mission to preserve the narratives of the past and pay tribute to the impact whaling had on the region, the museum has seen its collection—along with its space—grow consistently over its 107-year history. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the largest Whaling Museum is the world! Weddings started here 15 years ago.

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Photo Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Can you tell us about the renovations? What are the range of improvements that were made? How will this help make it an extra special place for brides to say “I do”? The renovations are giving couples an entirely different view. The space includes two decks that overlook downtown historic New Bedford. It is an amazing view that showcases the harbor, all of the ships docked, and the old time feel of New England’s cobblestone roads. The Jacobs Family Gallery, where we used to hold most of our weddings, does not have this amazing view. The new gallery also features a built in projector for any picture slideshows the couple wants to show, hardwood floors, industrial style ceilings that fit the atmosphere of New Bedford, room for 180 people for a plated dinner and up to 200 for a cocktail style party.

These renovations still allow guests to see amazing exhibits while they are enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. We still hold our cocktail hour in the Lagoda Room which showcases a 59-foot ship that guests can venture on and exhibits throughout the room and mezzanine level. Guests will have the chance to see all of those and then head up to the Harbor View Gallery for a night of dinner and dancing. The new venue room gives more opportunities for couples because it incorporates the museum and the history of the artifacts, as well as a chance for out of town guests to travel up to a room that overlooks the fabulous views of downtown New Bedford.

What are some of the unique details that you’ve added to the space? The Harbor View Gallery features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the New Bedford Harbor and beautiful hardwood floors! It also features two spacious decks where guests may enjoy a cocktail or some much needed fresh air from dancing up a storm.

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Photo Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

In addition to weddings, what other events is the space available for?  In addition to weddings, we also hold company meetings,  breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners. We also have venue rooms for baby and bridal showers, as well as hosting rehearsal dinners. Our Cook Memorial Theater is used for presentations and the occasional wedding ceremony. Our Plaza is used for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions. The other venue rooms we rent out for special occasions or meetings are The Cook Memorial Theater, Jacobs Family Gallery, The San Francisco Room, the Lagoda Room, and the Harbor View Gallery.

What makes the space so special–especially as a destination for getting married?  What makes the museum so special for a destination wedding is many of the couple’s guests have never been to New Bedford or the museum. It gives them a history lesson while they are celebrating the couple! This space is so special because it really does bring you back to the old historic New Bedford atmosphere. Many times while giving tours, I have people say, “I never thought of having my wedding here, but this is amazing!” or “The last time I was here was when I was in elementary school or a museum tour. I have to come back!” We are so close to hotels and churches that it is almost a one-stop-shop for destination couples.

Do you have any advice or recommendations for brides that may be considering the venue? The advice I would give couples interested in booking the New Bedford Whaling Museum would be to incorporate the historic charm of New Bedford throughout the planning process and the big day. Having your ceremony right onsite is not only convenient for your guests, but it also sets such a wonderful backdrop for when you say, “I do.” Another recommendation is to take a tour of the museum before your wedding day. You will learn so much about the history and all of the different exhibits.

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Vendor Spotlight: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Name: New Bedford Whaling Museum Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts Tell us a little bit about the history of the space as a wedding venue. When did it open and how has it evolved over the years? Keeping with its mission to preserve the narratives of the past and pay tribute to the impact whaling had on the region, […]

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