Friday, August 6, 2010

We're Moving!

We've moved our blog to WordPress so pack up your stuff and come see us at our new location!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

True Story - Unique things I loved about my wedding...

So, this time last year I was gearing up and counting down to my wedding day. Guess what I was not counting? You got it, RSVPs!

It's hard to believe that almost a year has gone by. Colin and I were our own first customers. We used my site for our engagement party, our rehearsal dinner, and our wedding. We planned an out of town wedding and you KNOW how hard that can be! What a relief it was to have everything self calculating in our sleep.

There are many unique things I loved about my wedding that I'd like to share with you:

#1 My husband of course

#The Love Boat was a rockin' location for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding!

#Our family and friends stayed the week with us in Hatteras, NC before the wedding!

#My girlfriends did my flowers and decorated my cake!

#Colin threw the garter on a football to all of the single guys.

#The Groom's cake was a fire truck!

#We did the anniversary dance and my grandparents won at 54 years! (The winner gives advice to the newlyweds ;) )

#We did our first dance to Jack Johnson and then broke out into Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel"

#The guys bought custom linen suits from and changed into Just Married and Wedding Security T-shirts after the ceremony!

#A storm knocked our bamboo alter down on Friday night and our family and friends came together to put it back up Saturday morning!

#We jumped in the pool at the end of the night!

I told Colin I'd like to get married to him again every year. He said we could do it again at 10. I'm counting down the next 9.... ;)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Google search: event planning

Ahhh, you have a full time job, and a family, and extra curricular activities and your sister is getting married and wants you to help plan? How will you ever handle it by yourself? And do you trust that the wedding will be all that she dreams?

Tell me truth. Have you ever been to an event where every detail was meticulously well thought out and creative and you wondered how they ever did it? Ah, an event planner sneaking in the shadows!!

Have you ever used an event planner? Are you an event planner? Well, we want to hear from you!

We're looking to connect with event planners and let them know about We think this free service could potentially be very helpful to them and their clients. Also, we'd like to hear from some people who have used event planners before so we can learn about their experinces. Did they appreciate certain services provided? Were there any problems with the planner?

Comment on this post and tell us all of your stories. And, if you're an event planner let us know, so we can get in contact with you.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Rainy Wedding Day

It’s every bride’s nightmare: rain on your wedding day! For summer brides it can often become a reality. Although it can rain any time of year, summer weddings are often held outside which means they can get the worst of it. But don’t fret, it is your wedding day after all and you should enjoy it. Here are some tips to make the best out of a rainy wedding day:

1. First you need a positive attitude. It’s not what you wanted but you did want to marry your fiancĂ© and you still get to do that! If you think positively you can still really enjoy your wedding.
2. For tents used during the ceremony or the reception, make sure they’re rain safe. Leaks or holes in the tent can cause a lot of problems.
3. Some photographers say that rain can enhance your photos. It gives softer lighting and can add to the emotion of the day. Plus, you can have fun with your pictures by dancing in the rain or having a misty background.
4. If you’re walking down the aisle outdoors when it’s rained, consider switching to flats. Heels are not exactly known for their compatibility with mud. ;)
5. Rain usually causes the temperature to cool so your guests won’t be so hot outside, not to mention helping you cool down in your dress!
6. Have a place for guests to put umbrellas. Help eliminate that extra thing you have to carry around that drips water all over your venue. Have somewhere near the entrance to place or check in umbrellas and you and your guests will be very thankful.

It’s not the ideal weather for your wedding, but you can make the most of it. At least everyone will appreciate the DJ playing “It’s Raining Men” at the reception a little more.

-Sally Lang (RSVPhere intern)

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Hot mama! Holy heat wave!

Outdoor weddings are beautiful. They provide the perfect setting, perfect lighting, but not always the perfect temperature. For summer weddings especially, it can get downright hot! When planning your summer wedding it’s important to not forget about the “summer” part of your wedding. Here are two quick things you may have forgotten that can help beat the heat.

It’s important to have places where your guests can cool off. For example, fans around the tent, an indoor bathroom, and don’t forget supplying plenty of water to drink. Guests should be fainting because of your beauty not because of the heat!

Make sure to wear sunscreen. You don’t want to be a permanently blushing bride and being sun burnt on your honeymoon isn’t so romantic. You can get a nice light sunscreen that won’t mess up your makeup and you’ll be ready to go!

Have a wonderful summer wedding and stay cool!

-Sally Lang (RSVPhere intern)

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Live a little ;)

This is a post for one of my favorite clients in Texas who traveled once inside of the country and once outside of the country every year with his wife until he had a child. LOVE IT! I'm headed to Hawaii to celebrate anniversary #1 with hubby in August. Meanwhile, I hope you are planning a vacation for yourself or something wild and crazy!

Hey, and speaking of vacations...did you know I have seen Bachelorette cruise RSVP cards set up on my site (go ladies!!) and family reunions! Could you use RSVPhere for your vacation?

Check out this jump at Rick's Cafe in Jamaica on my honeymoon.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rate your Nerdiness and Join Your Tech Council

If you had to rate your understanding of technology on the geek scale 1-10, what would it be? You can be pretty proud of yourself if you are anywhere upwards of 5! If not, we can get you there! Generation late seems to be coming right out of the womb typing 80 words per minute. Recently I saw a 2 year old who could work an iPhone like a bath of blocks.

Technology is here to stay and changing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up. A great way to stay connected, no matter how technical you are, is to look into your local Technology Council. Here in Richmond, ours is called Rich Tech. Newly branded and run by the strapping Chip Farmer and lovely Alicia Durham, it makes sense for me to participate of course because my occupation and my company are both in the technology field.

However, for Richmonders, Rich Tech is so much more even if you are not a technologist or even close. You can learn a tremendous amount about the impact that technology is making on our youth, businesses, community, and our global economy by plugging in to a group like Rich Tech. You will be affected in your job and/or personal life by technology choices that either you make, or that others make for you.

A technology council will give you an opportunity to be knowledgeable and prepared for what you encounter. You can also meet vendors and learn about tools that you may end up needing. Plus, you learn a little geek speak as you go along.

And, we aren't all nerd and no fun. Rich Tech holds tons of breakfasts, social events, and outings including an annual fishing trip where we drink sodas and discuss how technology is partly responsible for the crash of the financial market-- NOT!!! We buddy up and develop relationships that can be pivotal for your career, your business, and your personal technology decisions. We also catch big fish.(You must join!)

If you had to make a technical decision, are you close enough with anyone unbiased to ask? Do you know the latest in what technologies are impacting business? Have you heard about what Google is doing lately? I not saying... but really am saying...pop on your wireframes and join a Council near you ;). Let me know how it goes!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yes, I did audition for Oprah's Own-Whoohoo!

Blast central! I have to tell you how much fun I am having this week with my Oprah audition. The application was a doozy. It took a lot of thought and time, and I completed it while on the drive to my cousin's wedding in Indiana this past weekend- not while driving of course! Oprah says NO to distracted driving.

Meanwhile, there are SO many good ideas for shows. I'm trying to get creative and think of ways to promote voting. I could....make a song with a ditty, a little rap that won't get out of your head. Then every day while you're driving you'll be singing my rap and remember to vote.

Or...I could make a video and hypnotize you so that every time you are hungry you think about voting. If you are like me, that's pretty often. Or, I could hack into all of your computers and send very friendly emails by you to all of your friends kindly asking for their repeated votes.

Now THAT is thinking outside of the box. That's what I am, an Idea Muffin. Wife, employee, business owner, friend, family member, board member, Rotarian, and Sunday School teacher- oh yes, and Oprah show host OF COURSE!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Great Bride Blog to Follow

Are you a stressed out bride looking for good bride blogs? Try Wedology 101! Bloggers Jenn and Meghan share tips and tricks to help you plan your wedding with the help of a panel of wedding experts. Besides great tips they also do profiles of "Been There, Done That" Brides like the one they did on Casey below. Special thanks to Wedology 101 and we hope everyone visits the site!

Feature done by Wedology 101 on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Been There, Done That Bride: Casey Bunn

I'll admit it- I get a little giddy when a new Been There, Done That bride comes across my desk. This week, I'm especially delighted to share the story of my friend, and Richmond Twitter Celebster Casey Bunn with

Think that planning a wedding is tough when trying to work at the same time? You haven't heard anything yet.

Take it away Casey...

Why are you a “Been There, Done That” Bride?

I planned my entire wedding while holding down a job and running a company in my spare time! We were our own first customers! I was investing all of my money in my business, so opted out of a wedding planner, but boy do I see why brides use them! .....

To see the rest of this feature follow this link to Wedology 101

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Planning a Summer Baby Shower?

Whether inside or out, celebrating a baby shower, much less any party in the summer can make for the hottest of times. The perfect foods for occasions during these warmer months are light and refreshing treats created with the ingredients of summer. Buffet style showers are the way to go, creating ease with serving for you, while allowing your guests to mingle as they’re enjoying their food. I stumbled across a few recipes recently that would make for the perfect summer fare. For any of those last minute additions or completely starting fresh add them to your menu at your baby shower and enjoy the tastes of summer! ( Double up on ingredients for large parties).

Miniature Caprese Salad Skewers Cook Time: 10 mins

Asparagus Crostini’s Cook Time: 10 mins

BLT Pasta Salad Cook Time: 22mins Yield: 4 Servings

Tomato, Watermelon, and Cucumber Salad Yeild: 6

Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches with Smoked Almonds Cook Time: 45 mins Yeild: 24

Sherbet Party Punch

Thursday, June 10, 2010

RSVPhere #15 Business Whirlwind-Thank goodness for INTERNS

Catch up on RSVPhere Video Blogs!


#2 New board member, U of R professor, Wedding walk-in, Found a techie maybe

#3 jingle, Women in Technology, Social Media Club

#4 First Robotics, VCU, ShashiB

#5 Board Meeting, Facebook Ads, Staying Online, Web TV

#6 Paper Invitations, Evan and customer service, Web TV, Viral Loop

#7 After I make these diaries, I always have so much more I want to say that I remember

#8 The Cricket Story, Twestival, Leaders are Readers

#9 Launch Event May 20, Smile Slowly, Writing Requirements

#10 Funny STORY!

#11 Daniel Pink,

#12 Wonder what is? Bite sized chunks in technology work.

#13 Richmond GRID Launch Party was awesome!, Foundation of your business, Superhero RUN

#14 Be prepared to fail a LOT What's been going on for the past MONTH?! Hope you are kicking butt! Palari Publishing Intern/Launch Party

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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