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Make your wedding the most tech-powered day ever

In San Francisco, where my husband and I met, almost every couple I know met online. (And actually, most of my good friends are people I met online from Twitter, blogger conferences, MeetUp, Couchsurfing… The list goes on.) So, when we got married, it only made sense to make our wedding the most tech-powered day ever. Let’s see the list shall we?

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6 magical ways to banish negativity from wedding planning

I've been a pretty pessimistic person my entire life, or, as I like to say, a "realist." So when I got engaged it was pretty much business as usual. Somewhere down the line, though, I realized how much energy it took to be negative about the whole thing — to be the dissenting voice in a crowd of YAYOMGZ was flat out exhausting. Yet I couldn't fake the enthusiasm surrounding the circus of wedding planning, so what do I do?

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Mingle with reception guests in order of their age

Every once in awhile we get some super duper simple advice from our couples that make us totally smack our heads. This is one of those nuggets of wisdom. If you want to make sure to get a little time with all of your guests at the reception, mingle in order of age! Target those who are likely to leave earlier (older relatives, parents with young children, or guests with long drives home) and make them your first priority.

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Wedding video real talk: Professional versus home movies

As we walked down the aisle, I had a moment of panic when I noticed multiple cameras on us — not only were our husband-and-wife photographer team standing at the end of the aisle waiting for us, there were two people with video cameras up there, too! Thoughts of wedding crashers who got in under the guise of being the hired videographer crossed my mind… but it turned out that both my wife's dad and my mom had decided to surprise us with a videographer. Here's what I learned from this unique experience of having the home video-style photography AND the professional videography…

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How André the Giant helped guests drive home safely

We're going to feature Emily and Branan's Star Wars, wrestling, and badminton wedding later this week, but I couldn't wait to share this impressive way to dissuade over-drinking and encourage safe driving at the reception. They used a little tidbit about the booze tolerance of the late and most amazing André the Giant, which if you've read this book like I have recently, you'd know all about! Let's see how they did it.

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Choose your wedding party carefully, and 6 more pieces of wedding advice I needed

I read every advice blog there was. I knew what should be in my emergency kit, and I was completely on top of all to-do lists. I had thought about all the things brides forget about. Despite how excited I was (and am) about my marriage, despite how awesome our loved ones are, and despite how much I love projects — I HATED planning our wedding. I believe my experience would have been a bit different if I had read this advice first…