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Hi DIYers! The plugin (software) that manages our downloads area died on us a couple of days ago and caused the site to go down. Since it’s an older plugin and no longer supported by its developer, we’re looking to get a workable solution online as soon as we can. Until then, the downloads will be offline.
While we’re recovering from a pretty serious site failure, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some upcoming changes to the site and give you peek at what’s coming up on the blog in the next few days.
Coming Up In The Next Couple of Days:
* DIY Embossed Invitation: We use a die-cutting machine with embossing plates to transform a pretty-but-plain invitation to something extraordinary.
* DIY Crepe Paper Flower Crowns: For you boho and earthy-chic brides, we’ve created an ultra-feminine floral crown/hair wreaths for you and your flower girls (or maids) using luxe crepe paper.
* How To Use A Stamp Positioner: For those of you who’re using rubber stamps on your projects and want perfect positioning each time, this tutorial is for you!
*And, of course, more real weddings are on the way.
Beginning in May, we’re adding two new regular features:
REALITY CHECK: Like you, we love inspiration boards and places like Pinterest that post aspirational-type photos of oh-so-gorgeous weddings. While pretty wedding pictures are indeed inspirational, we feel they set unrealistic expectations for most couples because they often exclude any mention of what those things cost. It’s heartbreaking – and frustrating – when couples to find out they’re priced out of their dream.
To help you lovelies out, we’re picking some inspirational shots and giving an estimated breakdown of the elements in the picture. We hope this will give those of you just starting your planning a better sense of what these fabulous things you’re being bombarded with really cost so you won’t freak out when you find out that a gorgeous table setting is $800 per table or some drool-worthy peony-covered altar will run $2700.
1 PROJECT, 5 WAYS: The simplest of projects can often be transformed into something wonderful. Part inspiration, part how-to, 1P5W shows 5 different ways to use or decorate a wedding project/element. We’ll show you how to transform vases, invitations, table runners, and all sorts of nifty wedding projects on the cheap.
That flawless, stress-free, oh-so-perfect wedding you’re being sold via inspiration boards, blogs, vendors, magazines, and TV shows doesn’t exist. Carefully curated galleries, glowing testimonials, and styled photo shoots purposefully hide what those of us who work with couples consider our #1 rule: At some point in the planning and execution of a wedding, THINGS WILL GO WRONG.
A beloved vendor will go bankrupt and close down a week before your without notice. There’ll be a freak rainstorm during your ceremony. One of your groomsmen will be a total flake. The body issues of one of your maids will cause her to hyperventilate when you show her your choice of bridesmaid gowns. Your DIY project won’t look like your inspiration piece by a long shot. His mom will hold wedding funds hostage until you agree to invite that woman she worked with 8 years ago, who she desperately wants to impress. The cake will collapse at the reception. You receive a bill from the reception site for damages done by your guests.
This is the stuff of real weddings. It’s often not fun nor pretty but we can help you get through the most challenging of challenges with grace and sanity intact.
Code Blue: Wedding 911, is the newest feature from the team at DIY Bride. Using our 10+ years experience in the wedding industry, and with the counsel of trusted colleagues, we’ll be bringing you practical, tough-love solutions to your most pressing wedding dilemmas to soothe your soul, calm your nerves, and get stuff done.
So, let’s get started! Hit us with your problems and we’ll answer them in upcoming blog posts.
[Image courtesy of cococontacts.com via Flickr]
Happy Monday, DIYers!
Looking for vintage-inspired weddings or, perhaps, DIY invitation tutorials? It’s now super-easy to find that kind of info; there’s a menu on the left-side of the page when you go to real weddings or wedding crafts that further breaks down our categories into bite-size bits. You can still browse through all weddings and crafts but now you don’t have to if you don’t wanna.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be bringing you even more ways to browse, find, and interact with the 10+ years of information we have on our site. And just wait ’til you see the new projects, features, and other wedding goodness we have in store for you!
With Google’s announcement last week that they’d end Google Reader effective July o1, I’ve explored some alternatives and have come up with a couple of ways you can easily follow DIY Bride’s RSS feed.
Bloglovin rounds up all of your favorite blogs and shows fresh posts in sequential order – sort of like a Facebook feed. You can read blogs via the web or one of their apps. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Feedly is very similar to Google Reader but with a clean, minimalist interface.
Both services easily import your RSS subscriptions from Google Reader so you don’t have to manually enter anything (whew!) and, even better, both Bloglovin and Feedly are free.
JOIN OUR TEAM AND CHANGE THE (WEDDING) WORLD
We believe an amazing wedding should be within the reach of anyone who wants one. To help us help our readers attain their wedding and wedding crafting goals, we’re looking for talented people to join our team.
Contributing Blogger: Music. If your finger is on the pulse of the music world and you have a knack for creating playlists that span all genres, we want to talk to you! We’re looking for fun, creative candidates who can report on wedding music trends, suggest songs and resources, create playlists for ceremonies and receptions, and help our readers get their groove on with their wedding music. Revenue share position.
Gallery Curators. We’re looking for a few good people to curate our images into drool-worthy inspiration galleries of wedding crafts, flowers, and wedding fashion trends. If you love building inspiration boards, have your finger on the pulse of wedding trends and styles, please reach out. Short-term, paid position.
Editorial Assistant. If you’re more technically and grammatically inclined than crafty, perhaps our editing positions will suit you best? We’re recruiting a few techies to help out with formatting content, editing new submissions, and helping with our editorial scheduling/flow. Your keen attention to detail, impeccable grammar skills, and coordination/scheduling prowess is oh-so-welcome. Unpaid volunteer / school-credit internship position.
Ad Sales Associate. We have an opening for ad sales professionals with previous media sales experience in the weddings or crafts industries. If you’re a self-starter, can work during normal business hours, have a strong knowledge of and a passion for wedding blogs, wedding industry, and craft industry, are fun and personable, you just might be the right candidate. Commission-based position.
Client Services Intern, Love & Cherish: Our new sister site, Love & Cherish (formerly The Wedding Sampler) has an opening for a client services intern/volunteer. We’re looking for someone to maintain and curate our list of contributor-contacts, handle delivery scheduling, and other small administrative tasks.
The ideal candidate for any of our positions:
- Is Creative. Whether doling out advice to our readers, crafting projects and how-to, or helping us solve behind-the-scenes operations dilemmas, we value those who bring a fresh, creative approach to our work.
- Embraces Diversity. Our readers are a wonderfully diverse group of people from all budgets, skill-sets, faiths, sizes, orientations, races, etc. and are best served by a staff who embraces them for who they are.
- Is Social Media Savvy. We have a strong social media presence and look for candidates who are knowledgeable and active on the big social media networks.
- Wants To Improve The Industry. While the wedding industry can often be an amazing place, it does need some work to bring it into the 21st century and better serve the modern couples it seeks to represent. We’re seeking people who are thinking about ways to improve not only DIY Bride but the greater wedding industry – and help us take action to make positive changes for the benefit of all.
To apply – or for more details – please view our JOBS page.