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More Custom Wedding Maps!

August 20, 2012

Custom wedding maps are a MUST have for any destination wedding or a wedding with a bunch of out-of-town guests.  You can include them in invitations or welcome bags.  Maps can show guests a couple of key venues or you can add your favorite spots like restaurants, bars, spas, golf courses, shopping etc.  You can select your colors, fonts, and icons to make your wedding map as special as your wedding.  Check out some of our favorites!

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For more information click here! Or email Alison – alison at weddingmapper.com

Cheers,

Alison

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Beautiful Bridal Bouquets!

June 18, 2012

Are you searching for the perfect bridal bouquet?  Take a look at some of our favorites, from pink peonies to white roses and everything in between.

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For more inspiration check out our photos from weddings around the world!

Cheers,

Alison

Wedding Mapper

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What could be sweeter than a Candy Buffet?

March 21, 2012

Candy buffet’s came onto the wedding scene years ago and are here to stay.  Check out some of our favorite candy buffet’s from our amazing users!

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For more fabulous wedding ideas check out the Wedding Mapper photo galleries!

Cheers,

Alison

Wedding Mapper

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More Fun at Your Wedding

May 31, 2007

For me, probably the singly most important thing about a wedding is that the guests have a great time. I went to two weddings this memorial day weekend and both were a great time, going off without a hitch. In both cases, though, I had a ton of time in between planned wedding activities where I had nothing to do.

So I took to wandering the streets and exploring and had a good time of it. In both cases, though, the groom later told me that I should have checked out X, Y, and Z while I was wandering around. Of course it was too late for me to check out X, Y, and Z.

What was interesting was that both weddings used Wedding Mapper to help people get to the hotel, ceremony, and reception, but neither wedding added any nearby attractions, restaurants, bars, etc. to their wedding map. Although the map ended up being extremely helpful (we printed out one page that showed us how to get to everything we needed to get to), it would have been so much better if we they had listed X, Y, and Z so that we could have known more about the area and taken advantage of visiting a place we’ll likely never come back to.

What’s also too bad was that as soon as I told them they should have listed attractions they were slapping their foreheads saying, “Why didn’t we think of that?”. I don’t blame them for missing it, it’s just not part of “what you do for a wedding” yet. Hopefully Wedding Mapper can change that some day!

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Not Just for Destination Weddings

May 15, 2007

Wedding Mapper has been receiving some press recently promoting the site as a great tool for planning a destination wedding. Although the press is very helpful for getting the word out about Wedding Mapper, it’s too bad that the focus is on destination weddings. Almost every wedding these days is a destination wedding for your guests.

Unless all of your family and guests live in the same town as your wedding, then your wedding is a destination wedding for your family and friends. Even if your guests live in the same town as your wedding then Wedding Mapper is a great opportunity to tell people what you love about the area and why it is special to you.

So, although Wedding Mapper can be particularly useful for true destination weddings, it can also be extremely useful for local weddings where people may be coming from out of town or where people may just appreciate seeing a place that is special to you through your eyes!

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The Benefits of a Wedding Map

April 12, 2007

Married Couple Holding HandsWe get a lot of comments from people saying how they would have loved to use Wedding Mapper to create a map of their wedding if they’d only known about it earlier. Many of these people will not be getting married for months, but they’ve already hired a professional designer or spent hours creating their wedding map by hand to include in their invitations.

Although it is unfortunate that they were not able to save themselves time and money by using Wedding Mapper from the start, they can certainly still benefit from creating a wedding map with Wedding Mapper. When we describe to them how they can still use they almost always end up creating a map and thanking us for the suggestions. So I figure it was time to write a short article about how to get the most out of Wedding Mapper, even if you already have a printed wedding map.

  1. An online map of your wedding can help your out of town guests plan their trip more effectively. They’ll be able to easily see where the airport, hotels, reception, and ceremony are, making it easier for them to make decisions about where to stay.
  2. Your Wedding Mapper map allows your our of town guests to become familiar with the area before they arrive. I’ve been to two weddings in the past few weeks and both times I was completely unfamiliar with the immediate area around the hotel (even though I lived close by). Had either couple created a map of their wedding and included some highlights in the area I would have known where to explore and wouldn’t have spent all my time just hanging out at the hotel.
  3. A Wedding Mapper map gives you a great opportunity to let people know why you decided to get married in this specific place. It may be special to you because it is where you met, or where you grew up, or simply a place that both of you have wanted to travel to for some time. What ever the reason, use your wedding map to describe this special place to people and help them get excited about coming to your wedding. Even if they are local, you can tell them things about this place and how it relates to you and your fiancee that they probably did not know.
  4. Your guests, photographer, caterer, etc. can easily get directions to any number of places they need to go during your wedding. People may be flying in, staying at hotels, getting their nails done or pictures taken some place. Nothing is more convenient for them than an online map of the wedding area that they can use to get directions.

There are numerous other benefits of create a map of your wedding online with Wedding Mapper, not the least of which is saving on custom design work by a professional designer. Still if you’ve already gone to the trouble of creating a printed map of your wedding hopefully this advice will prevent you from dismissing Wedding Mapper without giving it a little thought. It is free and very easy to use and can really benefit your guests, your vendors, and yourself come your big day!

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Planning a Wedding? Some Advice on Creating a Great Wedding Map

March 29, 2007

bride.pngAre you getting married? Trying to plan a wedding and communicate all of the details to the hundreds of people who will be attending, from guests to caterers to photographers? Well a wedding map can go a long way towards ensuring everyone has a great time and maintaining your sanity on your special day.

The best part? It’s free and super easy to do.

Here are a few tips on how to create a great wedding map using Wedding Mapper.

  • Be sure to include all key locations, including hotels and airports.
    • The key benefit of a Wedding Mapper map is for your guests to be able to see where everything is in relation to everything else. This is especially true for hotels and airports. Guests want to be able to see where they are staying and how close they will be to airports, the reception, the ceremony, etc.
  • Tell people about the area, include markers for local attractions.
    • Don’t look at your wedding map as a purely informative tool. This is a chance to tell your guests about a place that is special for you in some way because you chose to get married there. It likely says a lot about you and your fiancee that you chose this location, and you can use your wedding map to show people some of the highlights of the area so that they can learn more about it and get excited to visit.
  • Don’t add too many markers.
    • Frequently people get caught up in their maps, adding everything under the sun. The map quickly becomes overwhelming for people who are visiting. Sometimes this is justified because you are showing people all of the nearby vineyards for your wedding in Wine Country or something to that effect, but usually it is because people are just having fun making the map. Pay some attention to the markers you add to the map. Pretend you are a guide book and try to add only the most important attractions, letting people know why something was important enough to add to the map.
  • Add Photos!
    • Nothing brings a wedding map to life like photos of each location. It will add an extra dimension to your maps that your guests are sure to appreciate!
  • Make sure your guests see the map.
    • So often people create their wedding map and then hide it in the Directions page of their wedding website, making it look like a link to MapQuest. You’ve put some time into this and it’s really going to help your guests get excited about coming to your wedding. Make sure they see it and understand that this is something you personally put together!

If you follow these simple steps don’t be surprised if you get more than a few rave reviews from appreciative guests!

To get started on your own wedding map head on over to Wedding Mapper .

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