Nicolle and Brian Hadraba Wedding Inspiration!

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Brides name: Nicolle Hadraba

Grooms name: Brian Hadraba

Official Big Day/Vow Renewal:  August 24th 2018

Getting ready venue: Rivers Edge Bed and Breakfast

Ceremony venue: Rivers Edge Bed and Breakfast

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Reception venue: Polish Falcon Club

Where did you purchase your dress: Davids Bridal

Where did you purchase the bridesmaid dresses? Dillards

Where did you purchase the grooms attire? Express and Polo

Who was your florist? The bouquets were made by me, Nicolle!

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Who was your baker and caterer? My sisters

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Who was your DJ? Deb Kalsbeek and Brian Hadraba

Who was your videographer and photographer? The one and only, Deb Kalsbeek :)

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Who was your hair and makeup artist? Megan Herman did my hair and I did my own makeup.

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How did you two meet? We met at Buffalo Wild Wings with the help of a friend and a Dare :)

How did you/he/she propose? There never was a proposal...we always joked about asking each other and then we faced a deployment and wanted to be married before he left so we eloped. We finally got "our big day" this year when we renewed our vows in August.

Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went to Mackinac Island

What would you tell future brides who are planning their weddings? Keep an open mind to what the other person wants and let them have a voice in things too, After all its their big day too!

8 ways to get more engagement on social media

Earlier this Summer I asked the #GRBossBabes Group and a few friends what it is they wish they knew about social media. With it constantly changing, how can we all keep up! I have answered that a bit in this article and hope you’ll find it helpful. If you still have questions at the end, please feel free to ask away!

Ready or not, here we go, lets jump right in!

1. Do you still need a website, even with social media? A resounding YES!!!! You must have a quality website where your ideal client can find all of your information! Make sure to have a eye catcher within the first 3 seconds of someone going on your website.
I personally hired Justin from 616 Media to go through my entire website and ensure it was up to optimal use.

2. What social media platforms should I be using? Figure out what platform is best for you! In order to know this one, you will have to know who your ideal client is. Personally Twitter does nothing for me. I think I still have a account somewhere out there in the Twitterverse. My clients are on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those are the platforms I am going to use because I know that is where my client hangs out. It won’t be the same for everyone.

3. How often should I be posting to Instagram? Honestly you should be posting to Instagram twice a day. Look up peak engagement times for each social media platform. Schedule your content within those times. Don’t live your life watching the clock. Schedule your content at the peak times, then go enjoy life!
Check out places like Hootsuite and Buffer to schedule content.

4. Stop selling to your friends 24/7! We get it Jan you sell bottoms that are softer than butter and prettier than Toddlers in tiaras. Your friends don't like being sold to. Use the 80/20 rule. 80% tips, tricks, behind the scenes, who you are, what problem you solve. Then 20% "hey, I sell this thing, come buy from me!" When was the last time you did a introduction? When was the last time you purchased something from your friend on Facebook? Support your friends, be genuine, stop just trying to sell to them five times a day.

5. How should I be using highlights on Instagram? Instagram is all about engagement. What is a good way to get your following to spend more time on your page and become mega fans? Use your highlights to feature your BEST content and information about who you are, what you have to offer, and what problem you solve! Once your highlights are set up you can create a call to action. Example: Check out my top five 6 second, 2 calorie meals in my highlights." It gets your followers to go on your page and browse around again. They probably haven’t even been on there since they hit the glorious “follow” button.

6. True or false? It is TRUE, Instagram favors pages that use all of the features and have quick engagement after they post something new. Start experimenting and watch your engagement GROW!

7. Does it change engagement if you have a personal vs. business IG? As of right now thats a no, it doesn’t. However business profiles do offer more perks.

8. Four tips that weren’t questions!!
-Never, ever post to your Facebook business page from Instagram. Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook and Instagram to be two different things. Facebook is for friends. If you are posting to FB from IG, your post will get super low views. Post different content for each platform.

-Business pages with 10k+ followers get the nifty swipe up feature on their stories.

-Schedule your content. Be consistent! Engage! Ask questions! Be real!

-Yes Instagram is owned by Facebook. Yes, they want you to pay for ADs...sad face.

-Do I personally do all of these things? Nope! I pick and choose what I want to utilize. Could I be better at it? Heck yes! There is always room to grow :) Social media is one of those ever changing platforms. I honestly prefer email, snail mail, networking groups, giveaways and so on.

Still have questions? Ask away!! I am eager to answer! I also want to hear what it is YOU wish you knew about social media!

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CHIC Travel Boutique

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Just like hiring Snap Studio there’s an easy way to keep your wedding experience on the path of being stress free and under budget. We sat down with Nicole, owner of Chic Travel Boutique to get insider tips on how to plan and book an amazing honeymoon!

 

“Luxury Travel” doesn’t refer to a specific budget range or hotel category, but rather “the absence of worry” — the peace of mind that your trip will be smooth, seamless, and perfectly matched to your specific interests & preferences. Whether it’s the bachelor/bachelorette trip, the honeymoon, or destination wedding, working with a Travel Advisor allows you to relax and focus on what matters most, quality time with your friends & loved ones.

 

Nicole is an experienced Travel Advisor that has first-hand experience in over 26 countries around the world. She has deep vendor connects that can ensure your trip with be nothing short of amazing. The best part is, all her services are FREE. Yes, FREE!

 

Some people think, “Why use a Travel Advisor when I can just go on Expedia and book everything myself?” Today’s travel agent is highly trained, well-traveled and has an extensive list of industry contacts, just in case they need to call in a favor. You’d have to spend half your free time online and the other half on the road to come close to that level of expertise.

 

01. What does Chic Travel Boutique do?

Chic Travel Boutique provides travel planning & booking services for modern travelers. We specialize in planning and booking honeymoons, destination weddings, romantic getaways, special occasion trips and group travel.

 

02. What is the benefit of using a Travel Advisor?

Researching trips online is easy and fun, but when it comes to booking your trip, there are tons of advantages to working with a Travel Advisor. We can offer you the benefit of experiences, insider access to discounts not widely advertised, package deals and a range of itinerary options, one-stop shopping for air, car, and accommodation reservations, and last but not least, peace of mind. Also, we’re saviors and advocates when travel plans go awry.

 

03. What is the cost to use your services?

The best part about using Chic Travel Boutique is all our services are 100% free to our clients!

 

04. What are your top places you book honeymoons to?

I book a lot of trips to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Greece and the French Polynesia Islands. I also book a lot of Hawaii vacations as well. I am dying to book a honeymoon to Maldives, a tropical lover’s paradise. Maldives is an unspoiled, romantic place to relax and enjoy the perfect start to your union.

 

05. What tips do you have for brides wanting to book their honeymoon?

Even before you start consulting with a Travel Advisor, you’ll want to have a discussion with your partner about what kind of trip you want to take as a newly married couple. Do you want to go to an all-inclusive resort, or do you want to take a cruise or do you want to do something more adventurous like island hopping? You’ll also want to look at the geography and decide on what type of scenery you want most. Are you hoping for some place tropical? Mountainous? Historic? These factors will help you narrow down the location itself. Picking a honeymoon destination should be a true reflection of who you are as a couple. Your honeymoon should be a ‘trip of a lifetime’, so make sure to choose a destination you’ll never forget and dream about returning to on future anniversaries.

 

Partner with a Travel Advisor, we have insider knowledge on deals and discounts and cultivate personal relationships with suppliers, which can sometimes mean a room is suddenly available in a booked-solid resort. We can also save you endless research and can offer first-hand destination knowledge. We help you choose the perfect destination with the right fit for you as a couple, we do all the planning, researching, booking, and we are available 24/7 while you are on your trip. My job is not finished until my client returns home.

Don’t wait until the very last minute to plan and book your trip, it is super important to partner with a Travel Advisor about 8 months out. The best time to book a trip is typically 6-8 months prior to travel, especially if you are planning on going to a specialized resort, premium room’s book up early.

 

Make sure you consider the time of year you are planning on taking your trip and how that might affect your trip location, prices, weather etc. For example if you are planning on going to St. Lucia for your honeymoon in October, know that there is a greater chance of rain due to hurricane season and rainy season in the Caribbean is from September-mid November. Consider picking another destination that isn’t affected by hurricane season, like the Hawaiian Islands, or consider pushing your honeymoon back until early December (before prices skyrocket before the holidays).

 

06. Can a couple still take a honeymoon with a small budget?

Of course! There are so many affordable ways to still totally relax and enjoy your honeymoon. All-inclusive resorts and cruises are a great place to start, since there are fewer expenses beyond what you pay when we book your trip- meaning you’ll know roughly how much the trip will cost before you get there. I am also a huge supporter of honeymoon funds. If you’re comfortable with it, set up part of your registry to encourage guests to skip the gift in favor of contributing to your trip, which will help ease the cost on your end.

 

Get started planning your getaway by visiting Chic Travel Boutique. Let’s get social! Check out their Instagram and Facebook pages for more travel tips and ideas for your getaway.

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Rebecca and Flynt Wedding Inspiration

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Brides name: Rebecca Jeanne Johnson (Newland)

Grooms name: Flynt Michael Johnson

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Wedding date: May 12, 2018

Getting ready venue: AmericInn Hotels - Greenville, Michigan

Ceremony venue: Montcalm County Fairgrounds Ash Building East Wing - Greenville, Michigan

Reception venue: Montcalm County Fairgrounds Ash Building - Greenville, Michigan

Where did you purchase your dress: Beckers Bridal - Fowlerville, Michigan

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Where did you purchase the bridesmaid dresses? David’s Bridal

Where did you purchase the grooms attire? JC Penny’s

Where did you purchase the groomsmen attire? Men’s Warehouse

Who was your florist? Self

Who was your baker and caterer? Pat Heartman

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Who was your DJ? John Davis Entertainment

Who was your videographer and photographer? Snap Studios!

Who was your hair and makeup artist? Thomas and Company Hair Salon - Greenville, Michigan

Are there any vendors you used that we are missing? No most items were owned or purchased by the bride including centerpieces, chair covers, chair sashes, and lantern holders

How did you two meet? Tinder

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How did you/he/she propose? He asked just after midnight on New Year’s Eve! We spent the night celebrating with most of our closest friends and family!

Where did you go on your honeymoon? We decided to do a one year anniversary trip in lieu of a traditional honeymoon!

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What would you tell future brides who are planning their weddings? Start early!  

What was your favorite part about wedding planning? Picking every little detail out and making our wedding entirely customized!

What was your favorite part of the day on your wedding day? My favorite part of the entire day was right before the reception. I got my dress bustled and I had about a full two minutes with my groom! Those two minutes were so surreal... I realized I married the man of my dreams and that the rest of the night was going to be a celebration for the both of us! Remember to give yourself a little time on your day to be with your groom!

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Stress-Free Wedding Day Hair

You’ve got the man of your dreams, a gorgeous ring, and the perfect dress...now let's get you to the church on time!! Your hair and makeup complete your bridal look and running on time is a must.

Blog post written by Amanda Neeley from Amanda Neeley Hair

Photos from Snap Studio

Let’s take a look at a few important questions you should be asking your stylist before your big day! 

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1.Do you have any photos of your previous work?

This may be an question you can answer yourself. Any confident and professional stylist today will at least have an Instagram or Facebook page devoted to their business. Take a minute to browse through some of your stylist’s social media and see if their work compliments the style and look you are going for. You can tell a lot about a stylist from just looking at their portfolio. A stylist or salon with a website is a bonus, some may even have their contract available online to view or print yourself.

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2. Will you have to travel to them or will they travel to you?

For today’s bride, the convenience of having an on-site “Glam Squad” can really remove a lot of stress on your big day. Ideally, you would plan for the entire bridal party to also have their hair and/ or makeup done on location or in-salon with you, including the mother of the bride & groom. When scheduling, you will need to be able to provide the names of all of the bridesmaids, flower girl, and mothers or grandmothers that will need to be styled. Another added benefit is that it allows your photographer an opportunity to capture your “getting ready“ photos with all the women you love in one place!

3. How do you charge for wedding services?

Is there an additional rate to compensate for the stylist’s travel? Do I need to pay a deposit in order to book the appointment? Are you going to be able to accommodate the entire wedding party? Make sure that your stylist has a contract that clearly states the expectations for the day so that you both feel comfortable. You may also want to ask which method of payment is preferred, whether cash or credit card, ensuring that the exchange will run smoothly.

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4. Will you do a trial run before the wedding?

Doing a trial run will ensure that your hairstyle compliments both your face shape, dress style, and personal taste. Before you schedule a trial, ask if it’s included as part of the wedding contract or if there will be an additional fee. Make sure that you bring any headpieces, veils, or other hair accessories with you so that your stylist can plan for their placement while designing your custom style.

 

 

 

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H5. Do you have an assistant or will you be the only stylist?

If your wedding party is large it may require more than one stylist to accommodate you all. If this is the case, make sure that any additional stylists are included in your contract and that any and all fees are clearly explained. Make sure that your stylist has a solid schedule lined up for the entire bridal party. Ensure that your hair is scheduled to be done last, after the rest of your bridal party, so that your hair and makeup have the freshest application.

 

How soon should you plan to talk to your stylist about these questions?

As soon as you have chosen a date, you should be contacting your stylist. Your stylist may book out months in advance if they are well known for specializing in bridal styling. This will allow you ample time to consult with them and plan out any color or haircut appointments, trial runs, and the wedding day schedule!

Happy Wedding Planning from all of us at Snap Studio!