Tyrone Bradley (full wedding here)
Utilise friends and family where you can to create a perfectly personal wedding (and maybe even save a bit of money!) Do you have a talented seamstress for a Mum or a sister that arranges flowers in her spare time? Is your Dad a wizz with a toolbox? Get them on it!
Check out some of my favourite recent
DIY weddings for inspiration:
Elbie & Derek’s Opulent & Eclectic DIY Wedding
Emma & Pete’s “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” & A Big Fat Surprise Wedding
N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea
Amber & Jeff’s Candy Land Wedding
Song & Dony’s Mythical Creatures Wedding
Cazz & Liam’s Comic Book Geekery Wedding
Autumn & Kevin’s Romantic Vintage Valentine’s Wedding
Charly & Kelly’s Pink, Red & Valentine’s Backyard Wedding
Olga & Jo’s Two Day Russian/British Fusion Wedding
Rob & Justine’s Beeeautiful Art Retreat South African Wedding
Carroll & Dan’s Detail-Heavy, Day of the Dead Plantation Wedding
Tasha & Noah’s Americana Backyard BBQ Wedding
Many MANY more
Asking (or ahem begging) for comments on your blog is a one way street to
Sure, you want comments on a post you’ve spend hours putting together but think outside the box when it comes to how to engage with your readers instead of simply trying to ‘get comments.’ Working on building a sense of community around your blog is a sure fire way to encourage people to want to comment and add to the discussion. Similarly, work out what kind of posts attract the most reader interaction and work towards creating more of this content for your website – this is clearly what your readers want! In my experience the types of blog posts that get the most comments are competitions, personal posts and posts that help people or offer a new opinion on subject.
It’s also really important to make it as easy as possible for people to comment. If your readers have to jump through hoops to leave a comment with various stages of verifications, the likelihood is that many won’t bother.
Finally, ending with a question is a great way to engage conversation…So bloggers, what’s your option on getting blog comments and what kinds of posts have you found get the best reception?
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Post-It Notes – 11th November 2011: Non-Tacky Hen Do Ideas
November 11, 2011
Oh the wonders of the great British hen do (bachelorette party for my American friends). A time to let yourself go...your last night of freedom...an excuse to get horreniously drunk and snog a stripper.
Erm...Or maybe not.
Post-It Notes – 4th November 2011: Getting More Blog Comments
November 4, 2011
Welcome to part two of this week's Post It Notes - the businessy section...
Last week I spoke a little about comment etiquette, so I thought I'd continue the theme today with a few ideas on how you can get more comments on your own blog. We all like feedback and nice comments about a wedding I've shared always make me smile!
Post It Notes: 9th December 2011: How to Save Money on Your Wedding Food
December 9, 2011
Today I thought I'd run few a few ideas on how you can save money on the catering/food at your wedding. It's often one of the biggest expenses but it doesn't have to be.
As always I'd love to read any of your own tips in the comments so hit us up with them!
Post It Notes: 16th December 2011: Let’s Hear it for the Boys!
December 16, 2011
This week's wedding Post It Note was submitted by Carina of the fabulous Love Me Do Photography. I loved reading the ideas she presented in her article, some of which I'd never even thought of. We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas for getting those boys involved in the comments section too so get those thinking caps on!
...and as a side note, if you'd like to submit an idea for a Post It Note article, feel free to drop me an email, I'm always looking for new ideas for this series.
Let’s face it, weddings are very 'bride heavy'. We gush about the bride’s dress, hair, shoes, and everything else feminine that goes into a wedding. But really, the wedding (and marriage) is about two people coming together; most often being a bride and a groom ( I’ve haven’t noticed this problem in same sex weddings so kudos to you!)
Post It Notes – 16th December 2011: Staying Inspired, Coming Up with New Ideas & Blogging Regularly
December 16, 2011
One of the questions I'm most often asked when I meet people is how on earth I'm able to blog so often.
Well firstly and most obviously, I'm in a very lucky position that the majoroty of my content (i.e. the weddings I feature) is submitted to me. Every morning my inbox greets me with a plethora of potential blog content. Brilliant!
However, as much as I adore featuring the weddings that I do, if the only content I wrote was other people's work, I think I'd quickly get bored. After all I'm not really stretching myself as a writer by penning 'Sally & Stan were married at the manor house wedding venue in June...' Although coming up with new ways to write very similar content is a task in itself sometimes!
Anyway, my point being that I love sharing the amazing weddings and looking at all the glorious wedding photos I get to, but writing the blog posts doesn't massively challenge me as a professional writer.
I currently publish approximately 16 blog posts a week, 11 of those being real weddings or photo shoots. However I'm always challenging myself to come up with new new ideas for the other 5 posts. So, today I thought I'd share some of the techniques I use for saying motivated & inspired, for coming up with new content ideas and for making sure you blog regularly.
Post-It Notes – 11th November 2011: Getting Organised
November 11, 2011
Getting reader questions and suggestions for these Post It Notes posts is amazing so thank you everyone that's commented and emailed me. I'm going to try to get to as many of them as I can! After all these posts are to help you guys so I'm pretty chuffed that my rambles seem to be doing so. Last week, Nik commented asking...
Post It Notes: 9th December 2011: Positive Influence
December 9, 2011
In many working environments there is a undulating undercurrent of moans and groans from disgruntled employees. For example, when I worked at the shopping channel we bitched about the length of our shifts, the amount of product we were expected to flog sell, the quality of said product, the air conditioning (or lack thereof), the mess in the green room... you get the picture! In fact I got so used to the daily moans and groans that I'd think nothing of it. I'd never stop to think how it affected my overall mood or attitude to the job. It just felt normal.
Post It Notes – 12th August 2011 – Finding Your Venue & Putting People Off
August 12, 2011
I think that finding the venue for your wedding is one of the most stressful bits of wedding planning! It's usually the first thing you have to organise...and when you're right at the beginning of your planning it can be quite a daunting experience. After all they do say that the venue will pretty much shape the whole of your day. Eeeep! No pressure then...