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butterfly1Cutting the paper out of wedding invitations

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Content Editor

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The pages you first see are the default pages to get you started.  All except Invitation, Events and Venues, can be deleted. All other pages can be edited and the order of all the pages can be switched via the double headed pink arrows being dragged and dropped. You can add unlimited pages.

Elements

Gift List

Picture Sizes

Content Editor 

What does Add Page mean?

You can add as many pages as you want and then move them to the correct location within the menu list.  These pages could be about your engagement, introducing your wedding party, detailing the menu and asking people to choose their food. The options are endless!

What does visibility mean?

You can have a lot of invitations, and you might not want all your web pages to be seen by all those people.  Click the drop down arrow and select which invitation can see that page. To set up your invitations go to your Wedding Planner. 

What is Edit?

In the edit section you can build your page. Anything you put in here will only be on that page. You can add Elements, change text, colour and font. You can even add pictures and embellishments.

What is Menu Title?

This is an editable field. The text in here will be on your guest’s menu tool bar. Keep it short if you can.  You can add a longer ‘title page heading’ when you add a text block.

I would like to change the order of the menu, how do I do this?

To change the order of the pages on the menu, you click on the double headed pink arrow, and drag and drop to it's desired location up or down the list.

I have deleted an element, how can I restore it?

When you delete an element, you can add a new one, or go back to the last save to restore your work.

Why can’t I delete some of the pages?

Venues and Events need to be on the website as they tell your guests vital information about the day. They are also linked very importantly to the invitation, ensuring that your guest is viewing the correct information.

Why can’t I edit Venues and Events from this page?

We are working on integrating this, but currently you edit all this detail  with you Wedding Planning dashboard, under Venues and Events. To view what it looks like to your guest, click View Website from your Wedding planner. 

Why can’t I edit Invitation in the Content Editor?

This is just a preview of your invitation that your guests will see. To design and edit this, go to the Invitation section of this site. You can move the order of this in your menu by dragging and dropping the name to the desired place.

Why is my text over the design?

The design is created in the Theme Designer tab (Paintbrush) and the design in here flows through on to every page. To move the text, either add a blank spacer from the “add Elements” section or edit the overall design. Alternatively add the 'design' as a banner rather than a background and this will avoid text going over the design. 

ELEMENTS

Banner Image

You can upload a banner image to any part of the site, but commonly this would be used to upload an image (Ideally 990px by 400px) in the header of the page or on the background. This image will be visible on all pages.

Block of Text

Text can be added as part of the design. Maybe it is a quote or a poem you might want to be visible on all pages. You could place this anywhere on the page and it will sit on your theme.  Just delete the current content to begin creating your own.

Block of Text with Image

This is in commonly used as part of the overall design, and usually used within the content editor when creating each page.

Contact Form 

This is used in the content editor when creating a page dedicated to people contacting you. Any guest contacting you through this form will go direct to your email. The emails will NOT be stored on our system.

Your Names

Add your names here and it will be visible on all pages. It can sit in any sections of the page. You can add more than one and maybe even have another one sat in the footer?

Embellishment

We have a bank of copyright free designed embellishments that you can use on the site. You can have multiple, just click Add Element again and select it and place it in the area you want it.

Gallery

When added as part of the design, it will sit on ALL pages. This might not be need and we would suggest just adding it to its own page, within the content editor section.

Guestbook  – Not needed for Theme design

The guestbook should have it’s own page. Any comments that get posted on here will be visible to all guests. You will have the option to delete any if you wish to do so.

Page Heading – Not needed for Theme design

This is the title you might want to give the page. If you want it to be more than a few words, then add a block of text.

Single Image

This image will appear on EVERY page as part of the overall design.  This element is more commonly used within the content editor with a different image being upload on each page.

Embed Map – Not needed for Theme design

Maps are already an option when you create your venue. Should you want to add other maps on other pages with have given you the option to do so!

Blank Spacer

We love this tool. Add this to space out each element so it sits just where you want it to, by moving the slider to increase and decrease the spaces.  You can have loads of these, so don’t worry!

Embed Video – Not needed for Theme design

Did you do a proposal video? Do you want to share it? This Element will let you do that via a YouTube plugin. This would more commonly sit on its own page within the content editor and not be part of the overall design.

Countdown to Wedding Day

This countdown ticker can have its font and colour edited. It sits nicely in the footer if you don’t want it distracting from the overall design.

Wedding Date

Combine this Wedding Date with Your Names and this combo could be part of your design and sit on the top of every page.

Gift List

I don't want to show a Gift List.

That is OK. Don't create a page or list any links to a gift registry!

I want to create another Gift List with another company that is not on your list. How do I do it?

Create a page and then add a Text Block. You can add a link using < > button, and this will send your guests to another gift list option. 

My Wish List is not uploading, what do I do?

If you have the right Wish List Link, it should work. Make sure you copy and paste it correctly and that you have not added a space at the front or the end. 

Can I change the details once I have sent out the invites?

You can easily add additional gifts at anytime.

Can you help me with Amazon?

We just provide a link, we don't have anything to do with Amazon in terms of support. If you use them we do have an affiliate link with them. 

Can you help me with my gift list?

All gift list companies listed offer their own support. We just provide easy links to them.

Image Sizes
What size images do I need before I being designing?

Add Element – Banner Image Content: 990px by 400px

Add Element – Banner Image Header/Footer: 990px by 400px to be inline with page, or bigger if to stretch across the top of the entire site.

Add Element – Single Image – when in the page it can be no wider that 990px. For optimum presentation 600px looks the best for Landscape.

What are the recommended specifications for photos that will be uploaded?

Photo Upload – Gallery or single images for webpage

We suggest that you upload 72 dpi, RGB (colour!) photos that are a maximum height or width of 600 pixels. Please keep in mind that only JPEG files are allowed (files ending in .jpg or .jpeg) are acceptable file formats for photos. There is no size limitation, but the larger your file size is, the longer it will take for your images to upload. We recommend that you try to keep your file sizes as small as possible. Use your PC or Mac to reduce the size of the photo before uploading. (PicMonkey is great for this!)

In what format do my photos need to be saved and is there a size limitation?

The larger your file size is, the longer it will take for the image to upload. You can only upload JPEGS (files ending in .jpg).

Photography in Focus - Parrot and Pineapple

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Parrot and Pineapple is then brand new website for Rowan Williams, the cake eater, dog lover and importantly to us wedding photographer extraordinaire!

I knew when met her, I had to feature her on my Photography Focus blog series. She is the first wedding photographer that I have actually met, that has an ethical ethos for her business. She totally understood all the eco-friendly benefits of Paperless Wedding and we talked about how a wedding photographer can be eco-friendly. She tries to buy fairly on all her equipment and she sources ethical minded printing and photo book options. She keeps her business pretty local too....but that is more driven by the need to look after her dog rather than reducing the carbon footprint, but it all helps! ;-)

Rowan Williams of Parror and Pineapple with her dog

You won't see black and white from Rowan as she loves colour and she tries to make sure that her images reflect all the colours of your wedding day. She is a documentary wedding photographer and she likes to keep her images very informal. Emotions are so important and she works hard to capture the feeling of your day, not just how it looked. Rowan loves collaborating with her couples and is always happy to give advice. Here are a few pointers for you now!

What are your top 2 'Do and Don't' tips for couples on their wedding day? 

Do remember that your wedding day is about you getting married to the love of your life, everything else is an added bonus
Don't put too much emphasis on your wedding day, it might not be the best day of your life and that's ok. 

Do plan the morning of your wedding day and give jobs out to those getting ready with you, it'll help you begin the day feeling chilled.
Don't let too many people come to see you before the wedding, it can feel too hectic.

What is your advice when a couple is looking for a photographer?

Have a good look around a research the different styles of photography. Not every couple is right for every photographer. When you find someone that you like ask to see a couple of full galleries of work. When you have and you like their work, meet up with them. It's important that you get a good vibe from them when you meet. 

You are passionate about Eco Weddings like us. How can you be an eco wedding photographer?

I'm really careful with who I chose to supply my business. I make sure that I purchase supplies that are respectful to the environment and the people that make them.

Your top tip for Styling your day?

Less can be more! Don't worry about decorating everything. Your wedding is about you, your partner and your guests being together. 



Do you think you should "Trash your Dress"? 

It's up to the individual but the second hand wedding dress market is growing rapidly with 1 in 10 brides now considering buying second hand or renting the dress for their day. This is also better for the environment!

Engagement shoots seem to be very fashionable. What are the advantages of having one?

Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know your photographer and for you and your partner to get used to the camera. Plus who doesn't want to spend a couple of hours larking around with your loved one just for a laugh?!



What has surprised you the most about wedding photography?

How emotional it is! I feel absolutely exhausted the next day, not just because of the long hours but the emotional rollercoaster that every wedding presents. Sometimes I even cry during the speeches!

How you describe your style of photography?

I'm a very relaxed, informal photographer that has a documentary style. My photos are about people having a good time and the moments that unfold on your wedding day. They are the images that make you remember how you felt on your wedding day. 

Altnernative wedding couple embracing by Rowan.

What can a couple do for you on the big day?

I like to meet up about a month before the wedding to go through the day in fine detail, this means that on the wedding day I know exactly what you have planned and when. I find that this helps the couple to forget about me being there and they concentrate on getting married and having fun with their family and friends! 

Indoor or outdoor wedding?

A bit of both! This is why I like shooting a pub wedding because there is usually a beer garden that can be used if it's sunny. 

Themed or none theme?

Difficult choice! I've seen both themed wedding and really simple weddings done really well. 

Local or Destination?

Local! Mainly because a local venue is easy for everyone to get to. Plus I don't do destination wedding because I have a big dog at home and I don't like to leave him. 

Big or small?

Small ceremony, big party! 

Big thanks to Rowan for sharing her beautiful images and tips with us. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram so do check out her other work there too!

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