Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2018
Ready to set a date? Check this list of dates you might want to steer clear of when booking your wedding.
By Justine Lorelle Blanchard
Personally Significant Days
Check your own calendar for college reunions, family weddings, anniversaries or other events, like big conventions or festivals in your city (call your local chamber of commerce), and any annual occasions that involve your family or close friends.
Holiday weekend weddings have pros and cons. You've got an extra day for the festivities (and recovery!); plus, a Sunday wedding is often less expensive than a Saturday one. But costs of travel and hotels may be higher. And if you're looking to marry around Valentine's Day, be wary of your floral bill, especially if you've got your heart set on red rosesthey'll likely be more expensive than at any other time of the year. Likewise, reception sites often charge a higher fee for a New Year's Eve wedding. Also consider the impact of a holiday weekend on your guest list: Some families have standing plans or traditions that they'd prefer not to miss.
Mother's Day (always a Sunday) Make sure your moms are okay sharing this weekend with your wedding. And ask yourself: Do you want your anniversary to fall on the same weekend as Mother's Day when (or if) you become a mom?
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Father's Day (always a Sunday)
Like you would with your moms, check with your dads about doubling up on this day. And grooms, make sure you're okay with celebrating your anniversary the same weekend as Father's Day if you decide to have kids.
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 22, 2018
New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (your own and those of your guests) when planning your wedding. There may even be restrictions at your house of worship as to whether you're allowed to marry at these times.
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Sunday December 2, 2018 until nightfall on Monday, December 10, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
If you're superstitious, you might want to watch out for these historically inauspicious dates from across several cultures.
Friday the 13th The unluckiest date of the year has questionable origins. Some historians say it comes from the 13 diners who were present at the last supper, but the famous Babylon's Code of Hammurabi doesn't include a 13th law, which suggests this superstition is as old as 1700 BC. And it wasn't until a successful novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published in the early 1900s that Friday became part of the unlucky equation.
July 13, 2018
Leap Years Greeks and Romans thought that starting any new life event from getting married to baptizing a child in a leap year would bring bad luck.
Following Leap Year: 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Live Stream Weddings: "I Do" in the Digital Age
By Christopher Doherty
For most lovebirds to-be, a piece of the delight from arranging their weddings accompanies the sharing of their "Big Day" with family and friends.
Present day advancements in low-cost communication, such as live streaming, provides an alternative to hosting a traditional wedding, as well as, the option of live streaming a wedding to accommodate anyone who's unable to attend due to poor health, distance, cost or work. Oh, and, it's always a good idea to plan a wedding with the expectation that a few invitees won't be able to attend the ceremony for a variety of reasons.
Broadcasting "I do" (wedding ceremony) over broadband allows booked up, shut-in or far-flung loved ones to witness a couple tie the knot from virtually anywhere in the world.
Expert Live Streaming Services
Few organizations currently offer a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end broadcasting options. Some supply their own equipment and support personnel, while others establish partnerships with freelance videographers who coordinate, set-up, and broadcast the live event. Boutique live streaming service providers place a greater emphasis on helping couples develop a thorough social media strategy -- coordinating with the photography and videography vendors.
Various DIY Broadcasting Options Available to Choose From
For couples on a budget, managing all aspects of live streaming a wedding can be overwhelming. However, there's a host of resources available to you, e.g., Skype, Apple's FaceTime, IBM Cloud Video and Google Hangouts to name a few. Nonetheless, before jumping in, it's important to bear in mind a few fundamental elements required to live stream a wedding:
• Reliable Wi-Fi or broadband connection
• Camera-equipped laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet
• Live streaming service provider that supports high-quality video transmission
• Tripod mounts, if you're using a smartphone or tablet device
Additionally, it's highly recommended to plan and test your set-up ahead of time to guarantee the sustained quality of your video stream. Ensure that your video camera or mobile device is in a place that captures all the activity yet is likewise off the beaten path of guest activity.
Furthermore, disable any screen savers or sleep functions on the equipment to reduce the chances of experiencing an interruption during the live broadcast. Finally, make sure the guests have the link or landing page where your stream will be available, along with any passwords required to access the live stream.
When Planning to Live Broadcast a Wedding
Depending on your budget or preference, either hire an expert videographer with experience setting up and managing the event (end-to-end) or do it yourself with help from a knowledgeable friend.
Safeguarding that all points of failure are addressed well in advance of the service, regardless of whether you hire an expert. A best practice is to test and re-test the reliability, speed, and performance of the set-up so the broadcast is optimized to perform as intended. Oh, and, be watchful concerning copyrighted music performed amid your ceremony.
In addition to these considerations, it might likewise be reasonable to make your live stream accessible only to those whom you've invited to your wedding, meaning, use a live streaming service provider that offers password-protected access.
Saying "I Do" in the Digital Age
Social media, and the widespread adoption of "social technology" has changed human traditions and conventions. The effect of living in a web-based society and live streaming require contextually appropriate engagement.
While online broadcasting can be a great vehicle to bring people together who are separated by distance, care must be taken to get the most out of the experience. Thorough preparation and observing proper etiquette are both critical in making sure that all goes well on your Big Day!
Live streaming is the easiest way to broadcast your wedding. Today, a home computer, iPad, Android tablet or a smartphone can deliver high-quality HD video, allowing content to be created without expensive video equipment.
ONLive Streams' cloud streaming services were designed to accommodate anyone who's unable to attend a wedding or special event due to poor health, distance, cost or work. Live stream video and broadcast your event to audiences on the web and mobile devices using our live stream webcast platform and services. Share your live wedding live -