In recent years, social media has completely transformed the wedding industry. After all, it’s no secret that many people are glued to their phones at all hours of the day! If you’re newly engaged, you’ve likely spent countless hours searching the web for planning tips and inspiration. Back in the “dark ages”, engaged couples would plan their wedding by flipping through magazines and asking their friends for referrals. Now, with the use of various social media channels, wedding planning has never been easier! Couples have access to unlimited inspiration for virtually every aspect of their wedding right at their fingertips!
At Madera Estates, we are thrilled about all the online resources couples can utilize when planning their perfect day! We are a Spanish & European inspired event space located in Conroe, TX and we understand that you want your wedding day to be as magical as you’ve always dreamed! In today’s blog post, we’re going to cover a few of the ways the internet and social media have revamped the modern-day wedding planning process!
Endless Online Inspiration
If you’ve spent any amount of time on Pinterest, you’ve likely discovered thousands of wedding photos. From floral arrangements to favors, cake decorations and more, there are seemingly endless possibilities! Understandably, it can get a little overwhelming for some couples. Which direction will you take? Do you want a modern or traditional wedding? Do you gravitate towards earthy bohemian vibes or something more contemporary? Whatever you’re into, you can likely find tons of inspiration on Pinterest! This is a great resource for couples as it allows them to create a vision for their wedding celebration. Feel free to check out our Pinterest account if you want to see some real weddings at Madera Estates!
Communicating With Your Vendors
The birth of the internet has created many amazing phenomenons including memes and viral video pranks. It’s also created platforms for vendors to showcase their work! Vendors are now able to highlight their business and share their services with their followers. This makes wedding planning easier than ever! For instance, you can visit an Instagram account and know within a few moments if that vendor matches your vision. Not only is this a great way for you to narrow down countless vendors, it also allows you to communicate better at initial meetings! By having some photos from real weddings, you’re able to clearly express your desires. Sometimes our verbal explanations lack the detail that photos do. They say that a picture tells a thousand words, right? We highly encourage couples to share photos with their vendors so that they can adequately express their desires!
The hashtag game just keeps getting stronger and stronger! In recent years, hashtags have changed wedding planning in a couple of ways. On Instagram for instance, you can filter for search results that are relevant to what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re engaged in Houston, you might consider searching for the hashtag #houstonwedding or #houstonbride. From there you’ll discover countless local vendors from photographers, videographers, venues and more!
Additionally, couples are creating their own unique hashtags so that they can create a digital portfolio of their wedding experience. Your guests can use this hashtag at the event. After the wedding, you can look back through all the photos that have been tagged! It’s a very cool online keepsake that you’ll cherish for years to come! Are you on the hunt for a unique hashtag? Check out this online generator from Wedding Hashtag Wall! They have a free hashtag generator that creates dozens of options for your big day!
Another popular service comes from the talented team at The Wedding Hashers. Their service is slightly different in that they have professional writers coming up with hashtags, as opposed to auto-generated ones. They have plenty of testimonials and examples of past hashtags on their website as well, so you’ll have an idea of what to expect!
Reviews, reviews, reviews!
The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have a flaky vendor that doesn’t show up or doesn’t follow through with the agreement. To make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch, we highly recommend you look through reviews before signing a contract with a vendor! The internet has made this process easier than ever. Start by searching through Google reviews. From there, check out the Facebook page for recommendations. We understand that everyone has to start somewhere, but the more experienced vendors will almost always guarantee a better and more professional experience.
Video Tutorials & Event Coverage
Wedding videos are quickly becoming popular and a necessity for most couples! Although photos are an amazing keepsake, being able to relive the moment through video is something you’ll cherish throughout your lifetime! Back in the day, wedding videos were grainy, unedited and stored on a VHS tape. Now that camera quality has drastically improved, wedding videos have become a full-on production! The average cost of a wedding video in the United States is about $2,000, so don’t forget to budget accordingly!
Additionally, video tutorials are spread out all over YouTube. To help save a little cash, you can DIY a few wedding elements such as invitations, favors, and decorations. You can even learn how to budget and create the perfect wedding day timeline! There are tons of video resources that can help you through the planning process!
Don’t Get Lost From What’s Most Important
Does your Pinterest board look like a million-dollar wedding? When it comes to wedding planning, it can get easy to get swept up in the moment. Don’t go broke trying to pay for a wedding you can’t afford. That’s not the way any newlywed couple should start their marriage. When couples get engaged, they often have no clue how expensive hosting an event can be! After all, you’ve likely never planned a wedding before as most people only get married once! Did you know the average wedding in the United States is well over $30,000? By the time you select the venue, food, drinks, attire and more, it can all quickly add up! If you find yourself shocked by the price tag, but you still want to have the wedding of your dreams, you might want to consider saving for a while. You’ve already committed to forever, so there’s really no rush down the aisle! Plus, if you have a longer engagement you’ll be able to secure deposits well in advance with your preferred vendors!
Working With Madera Estates
We often get asked, “How much does it cost to get married at Madera Estates?” In short, it depends on the day of the week and the season. If you’re flexible and want the most affordable option, our venue only rental rate can be booked for as little as $4,900! Of course, Saturday weddings in favorable months can expect a much higher rate of up to $12,900. In addition to our venue, we offer optional all-inclusive services such as coordination, catering and more. As one of Conroe’s most popular event space, we serve couples from all over Houston, The Woodlands, Sugarland, College Station and beyond! If you’re engaged, we would be thrilled to host your wedding day celebration! Start by booking a free champagne tour of our facility! We’d love to show you the grand fireplace, hacienda ballroom, and bridal party suites! At Madera Estates, we help wedding dreams come true! Once you set a date, we’ll work in sync with you up until your wedding day to make sure everything goes off without a hitch!
Come by to see for yourself at 3201 N. Frazier Street, Conroe, TX 77303 or speak with one of our coordinators at (936) 441-9337. We look forward to talking with you and your family about this once in a lifetime celebration!