G'morning, folks! Before I jump in with both feet into this post, I wanted to bring something up for you to think about and comment...
There has been some discussion on the forum about how some people use the forum, some people read the blog, and some people weren't sure what they needed to use in order to participate in the QCWeddings.com community.
My answer to any confusion would be.....(drum roll, please)....Both!
QCWeddings.com is an evolving company and saw the need to incorporate social networking into its online environment.
The site has been around for about 10 or so years. When I first started looking for wedding information, I found it to be an extremely useful source of information.
The discussion forum came next, and if you've used it, you can see that any registered user can post a topic, question, suggestion, review, etc, and others can comment and help out. Vendors and clients interact, and there is also a space for people to buy or sell wedding related items.
The blog came this year, and we have tried to keep it quite active over the last few months. Our goal for the blog was to provide frequently updated information for everyone who reads it on current local wedding information. We want to incorporate more vendor interviews and also do some profiles on some QC area brides and grooms to learn about their wedding processes. We want to put some questions or wedding trends out there for you all to ponder and give input.
Both the forum and the blog can be used as a place to comment or ask questions. One doesn't cancel the other out.
I think that I can safely speak for QCWeddings.com in saying that the purpose of our site, forum, and blog is to provide you with the best wedding information and online opportunities available in our area. The decisions for the online community are made in order for it to be a more useful experience for our brides and grooms and families.
In saying that, I should also note here that on the forum or on the blog you can always give us feedback, leave questions, and make suggestions. You know best what you want, so don't be shy, and speak up! :)
Now to my warning of the day....RSVP.
Répondez s'il vous plaît. Respond, if you please. Please, respond. Hey, you! Answer, @#$^^!
Ettiquette tells us that invitations go out somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks before an event so that our guests have enough time to think and respond before our catering head counts are due. (Depending on your situation, you certainly may need to adjust this schedule.) But all of us probably expect that the responses should come rolling in as soon as our fingers let go of the envelopes so that they can slide into the mailbox. In a world of instant gratification, we still hold near and dear to our hearts the thought of sending and receiving actual mail but become confused/irate/purplexed when we do not receive responses from all immediately. If you are naive like I am, you'll expect a 100% response rate. We need to be prepared to have our percent botched down a few percentage points...
How are all of you doing as far as receiving responses from your invited guests? Whether you are waiting to hear back about your wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, etc, are the people you are inviting being good about returning those cards, emails, or phone calls? How close can you get to your actual date before you start to stalk your guests in order to solicit a response? Have you handled this matter delicately, or have you become a full on Bridezilla or Groomzilla?