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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 15th April 2011

Photography Credit: 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 here!

Asking (or ahem begging) for comments on your blog is a one way street to loserdom.

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 – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 8th April 2011

Inspiration boards are your friend. Taking the time to put together a selection of your favourite wedding (and non wedding) images will give you a strong and cohesive idea about what your ideal wedding theme or colour scheme will look like. They will also help you visualise what works together and what doesn’t. Above is one I made using BHLDN’s new online moodboard tool – looks like my next wedding will be a sea-green and peach theme, who knew?!

When you blog something new, add a link to it on your Twitter & Facebook to notify your followers of your new content. There are automatic systems that can do this for you so you don’t have to worry about it. I use one called Twitterfeed.

However beware of bombarding people with messages to promote your posts – some of your followers who, like me, are online all day will probably get annoyed at seeing the same thing posted over and over and over! It’s all about finding the balance between sharing something that you think your followers might find interesting and generally going to far and never posting anything else but links to your own blog. Sorry but this is more than likely to have the exact opposite effect and will probably result in people unfollowing you! I’d suggest promoting each entry once or maybe twice (morning and evening) maximum.

Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 1st April 2011

Photography Credit: Isaac Salazar | Book of Art

Happy April Fools Day everyone! Have you spotted any of the obligatory ‘April Fools’ style news reports yet?

Well something that won’t make you a fool (omg that was the most terrible pun ever but I kinda wanted to get it out of my system…) is if you check out today’s Post-It Notes tips & tricks.

I’ve also been loving the readers who have been sending me actual photos of my tips on real life Post-Its. That’s kind awesome! Feel free to link to your own photos in the comments.

Take a leaf out of Emma & Pete’s book. Have fun, don’t stress and rock it out YOUR way.

Invest time and money in your website, blog and branding. They are your number one marketing tool and your shop window – no matter what your business. Which ever way a potential client initially finds you (advert, magazine, google, word of mouth, via another blog etc) they are pretty much guaranteed to check out your website before contacting you. Make sure it gives the first impression that you want it to – especially if you are offering a ‘visual’ service (photography, stationery, clothes, flowers.)

A badly-functioning, unattractive, or out of date website will only give the impression that you and your business are badly-functioning, unattractive and out of date. Look at (and listen to!) this horrific example. What is your first impression of this business? That’s not an impression you want to give out yourself huh?!

Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 25th March 2011

Photography Credit: via .la douleur exquise.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on last week’s post. It would appear you all like this new feature. Hurrah!

Take inspiration photos when you go to visit suppliers and make sure they ‘get you’ and your wedding vision before you book them. If you’re asking for vintage roses and they offer you bright lilac blooms then they ain’t the vendor for you (believe me I speak from personal experience. I hated our wedding flowers!)

You’re the one spending the money, don’t feel like you need to impress them with your ideas…they need to impress you!

Style your business/blog around what pleases you. If your business (and the way you portray yourself online) is a true reflection of you and what you love then the readers and clients you attract will be the like-minded awesome kind.

Do not start a business or ‘talk-the-talk’ to impress anybody else. Don’t afraid to be real – warts and all. People will love you for it, I promise.

Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 18th March 2011

Photography Credit: via all about photos via we heart it (if you know the original source of this image, please drop me an email & I’ll add it)

So Photography Friday is no more. I know some of you are still in mourning (be sure to follow me on twitter and facebook for regular and random personal pictures if you want ’em) but behold – a new feature! First off I’ve got to say thanks to everyone on twitter and facebook who helped me come up with the name for this post, I was struggling to be creative and couldn’t think of anything to call it apart from ‘Tip-day Friday’ and that was kinda rubbish…

Post-It Notes will be blogged every Friday and every week I’ll be posting two top tips – one related to wedding planning and one for business/blogging. The idea behind this being that I get hundreds of emails asking for my advice and magazines are always asking for my ‘top tips’ on different areas of wedding planning, so I thought hey, why not make a blog feature out of it? I have visions of some of you writing these out onto actual post-it notes and sticking them in your wedding planning book/inspiration folder or all around your office! That would be pretty cool.

Let me know what you think of my new feature in the comments – if you like the idea, I’ll keep it going.

Book your photographer early. A lot of the best photographers get booked out as far as a year in advance so this is one thing to not leave to the last minute and unlike some other wedding services, you usually won’t get a discount for a last minute booking.

Whatever your business, start a blog. Now. Stop putting it off and just do it…sometimes simply starting something is the hardest part.