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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wedding Planning Advice: Keep in Touch

Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Skype

It’s easier than you might think to get caught-up in wedding planning and forget about what really matters: your soon-to-be-spouse and those around you who love you the most. Skype has partnered with dating and relationship expert, Andrea Syrtash, to bring you some tips on how to stay in touch with the seven most important people during wedding planning.

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Each other: (the bride & the groom): Commit to a regular 'State of the Union' check-in so you can put aside the planning and make each other the priority. Make it daily, even if it's just for a few minutes. The night before you marry, record a personal video message on Skype to express how excited you are about the wedding.

Bridal Party: Save the stress of coordinating a get-together of family and friends who likely can't be together at the same time. Use a Skype video call to bring them together for dress shopping, to review wedding logistics and to get to know each other. You want your bridal party to feel like they are part of a cohesive group from start to finish.

Parents: Show mom and dad how much you want their input by delegating various details (like invitations or the wine pairings). As a bonus, they're less likely to nitpick about other details if they're wrapped up in one!

In- laws: Ask your in-laws about important customs or traditions you should incorporate into your wedding. Invite your mother-in-law to lunch before the big day.  If she can't be with you in-person, invite her to join the wedding dress fitting via Skype video from your smartphone.

Officiant: From pre-marital counseling, to the vows and the fee (including travel and lodging), these are important things to consider as you choose your officiant. Once you do, he or she will touch base often to learn about your dating history, goals and values. Give them a Skype gift card to connect from anywhere, without incurring any extra costs, particularly as you get closer to the wedding.

Vendors: Your wedding planner, florist, photographer and caterer are skilled professionals. Optimize these relationships by being clear about your expectations, and reinforcing their good work. Show your appreciation whenever possible, and they'll work harder for you. Remember to tip!

Wedding Guests: With Facebook or Instagram, you can create a wedding page and event hashtags (#), so guests can participate via posts and real-time updates throughout the day. Instead of a traditional guest book, invite your guests to record a special Skype video message at the check-in table. Create a special Skype Wedding Account, and share the login with your guests so they can also view and enjoy the video messages, as well.

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