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wedding blog + planning guide for creative weddings | inspiration for DIY Brides

Brenda's Wedding Blog is your online resource for planning your dream elegant wedding. Helping you find the "wow" in weddings.

Why Pinterest is the Smart Marketing Strategy

Did you know that Pinterest is THE PLATFORM to be focusing on when it comes to generating consistent traffic to your blog/site? Pinterest is the Smart Marketing Strategy for your business.

Have you ever pinned but think it's not working because you aren't seeing any action right away? Well, you want to remember that it can take a while to get into the Pinterest smart feed. Hence why you need to be pinning for the fall season now {and maybe even start with winter events as well}.

One of the great things about Pinterest is that years later, pins can continue bringing you traffic. Utilizing Pinterest is a long term marketing strategy and here’s just one example. This particular pin is from 4 years ago. Yet, because pins for the fall season are popular in August - this pin has been my post popular pin this past week. It’s been saved 186 times - and that’s just one pin of over 15,000 that are in my account. 😃

This is the key to remember - Pinterest is not like other social media platforms - the content on Pinterest is evergreen. This means your work will be able to have a super long life span. And, you can literally pin and let your pins work for you while you sleep when using the Pinterest scheduler, Tailwind. This is my referral link - but you can sign up to try out Tailwind for FREE for a month.

Are you looking to master the Smart Marketing Strategy of Pinterest so it works for you and your business? While you sleep, enjoy time with family and work on creating designs for your clients you can be bringing traffic, clients and sales to you.

I offer one-on-one Pinterest Strategy Sessions to take you from struggling on the Pinterest platform to having a strategy that works for you and your business. Click Here to reserve your spot on my calendar - reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. As of this blog post writing - I’m booking Pinterest Sessions into October. Hurry and reserve your spot to get everything in place for engagement season.

How to Set Up a Quick + Easy Popcorn Bar

If you’re looking to surprise your wedding guests with something fun and unexpected at the end of your party, a DIY popcorn bar can be fun and easy. Today, I have a creative popcorn bar set up with handmade artisan popcorn balls from The Curious Confectionery.

This post was created in collaboration with several handmade shops. Brenda's Wedding Blog has received payment, trade and/or products for this party styling. All opinions are my own.

Since you’ll want your guests to be able to take home their popcorn ball and enjoy later - I've even found personalized goodie bags and the sweetest bunting ribbon {can be used as decor and to tie off the bags with if desired}.

Popcorn Bar Shopping Supply List:

• popcorn balls from The Curious Confectionery {opening on August 15th}
mini bunting ribbon from Edee Nut
personalized goodie bags from Rooted Manor
• custom Festive Fetti confetti to match your party colors
• printable popcorn bar sign {see link below to download your printable sign}
• cake stands for displaying the popcorn balls
• clear bags or plastic wrap for popcorn balls before placing in bags
 

Oh, and Guess What? I have a FREE Printable Popcorn Bar Sign for you to download. Let your guests know to “snatch + savor the goodness”. Grab your 5x7 Printable Sign Below.

Now that you have all of your supplies to create this quick and easy popcorn bar - let's get it set up.

You will first want to display your popcorn balls on the cake stands. The flavors sent to me included hummingbird, smoked salted caramel, toasted coconut and happy hipster. These handcrafted artisan popcorn balls are made with all natural ingredients and taste amazing. There is no gluten ingredients in the popcorn balls {but they are made in a facility where gluten is prepared}. However, my oldest daughter who is super gluten sensitive, had no reactions at all. We had truly couldn't even pick a favorite popcorn ball - they were each very tasty and I'm looking forward to their fall collection launching too. Wait until you hear the flavors for the fall season :)

You can can display the printable popcorn bar sign in a 5x7 frame and drape the mini bunting ribbon across it for a fun decor accent.

I scattered some of my color matching Festive Fetti around the table linen and cake stands for a little extra festive fun.

Display your personalized goodie bags on the table so guests can choose their popcorn ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the goodie bag. The bags can be folded over, tied with twine, a twist tie or even some of the bunting ribbon.

Now, it's time to Snatch and Savor the Goodness with this DIY Popcorn Bar. Enjoy the sweetness :)

Instagram Tip: How to Reply to Instagram Comments in Facebook

Did you know that replying to comments on Instagram is one of the ways to increase your own engagement? Not only does it show the accounts that took the time to comment that you care {and to keep them coming back}, but it increases your own engagement in the Instagram Algorithm.

But, do you wish you could reply more quickly? As in typing faster and not on your phone with one finger? Well, there is and it’s saving me so much time now that I’ve set it up. Plus, I have 3 Instagram accounts so being quick, efficient and meaningful in my replies are key.

PS: If you’d like, you can follow me at each of my Instagram accounts here:
@weddingsites@festivefetti | @gigglehearts

And, now . . . let’s get started —

How to Reply to Your Instagram Comments within Facebook {from your desktop or on mobile via the Pages App}

Step 1: this is easily done from the desktop
You want to first be sure your Instagram and Facebook are connected. To check this - simply click on settings at the top right of your FB Business Page. Click on the Instagram link in the left column and if you aren’t connected, simply sign into your Instagram account and you will be all set.

Step 2: these steps are easily accomplished from the desktop as well
Now, when you are in your own FB Business Page, click on the inbox icon in the upper left. Once in the inbox, if you haven’t used this method yet, you might see a link to use the new inbox that you will want to click. Once, in, you will see 3 icons in the top left column - if you click on the Instagram icon - you will then see your recent posts in that column. Select the post with the comments that you want to reply to and you’ll see it appear on the right side. I have a video that you can watch below showing you how easy this is.

By replying to comments this way, you can now reply to multiple comments at a time if you wish by hovering over the comment and clicking the arrow for each one that you want to reply to.

Typing replies to Instagram comments has never been easier, right?

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Garden Wedding Inspiration from Rome, Italy - with a Lemon Yellow Theme

I'm so excited to share this Styled Shoot with you today. This garden wedding inspiration is filled with lemon yellow goodness and takes place outdoors in a lovely garden setting in Rome, Italy. Come join Jess Palatucci Photography as she inspires us to plan a wedding abroad in the gardens of Italy.

Are you ready to plan your Italian Garden Wedding?

Wedding Vendor Credits:
Event Planner / Design: Alessia Marrone Event & Wedding
Photographer:  Jess Palatucci Photography
Videographer: Stefanie Murphy Media
Invitations: Pretty Ink Press
Cake / Desserts: Valentina Ricci - Sweet & Things Aranova
Florist: Paola Rossi & Elisa Constantini
Dress: Stefania Nacci
Venue: Villa dei desideri
Hair / Makeup: Ilaria - Pop Academy of Rome Pop Makeup Academy
Jewelry: Antonella Giuli-an

The Biggest Difference Between Florists and Floral Designers

Did you know that florists and floral designers each have a different take on creating florals for events?

Maribel of EightTreeStreet Floral {a Wedding Business Club member} has been featured in the article entitled Behind the Blooms: 17 Florists & Flower Designers from New York to Sydney from Flowers Across Sydney. So, let's chat about the difference . . .

As explained in the article - each role - whether a florist or floral designer - they both provide flowers to customers. But, there is a difference between the two business roles. Floral designers are often based in a studio and focus on creating an aesthetic for weddings, events and corporate functions. While florists can provide flowers for events - they often work in a shopfront setting and create bouquets for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.

And, to expand further on this topic, here's an excerpt from the article:

Florists typically have a catalogue of bouquets they provide, while event designers are more flexible in what they offer. So we wanted to know, how much do people know before they come to you? Does it differ around the world? Do they usually have a Pinterest picture to show you with all the colours, flower types and sizes they want, or is there any creative wiggle room?

Here's what Maribel writes about her experience when meeting with brides:

Some of our clients have incredible Pinterest boards, others have just started the planning process, so we chat about their likes and dislikes and the emotion and theme behind their event. It helps to bring out ideas and learn about who they are and what they love.

If you're a floral designer, I'd love to hear your insight into this? How do your brides come to you when meeting for a consult?