September 2, 2014

Q&A with YEGWED – Helping You Plan Your Edmonton Wedding

an awesome new website started by Stacey (the lovely lady to the left), that’s
going to be super handy for those of you planning a wedding in the Edmonton
area. Even if you’re not from around Edmonton,
yegwed is full of inspiration,
ideas and tips to get you ready for your big day and the days leading up to it.
The photos down the left are of 
yegwed’s latest real wedding feature, taken by
Jessica Fern Facette and are just one example you can find on the Real Weddings page. Along with beautiful wedding and
engagement photos, you can also read Q&A’s with the brides outlining how
they got ready for their day, highs & lows as well as some advice.

Tell us what yegwed is:

yegwed features
real weddings that take place in edmonton, as well as vendors and service
providers that love what they do (and are amazing at it)! you’ll also find
ideas for date nights, bridal showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties,
potential wedding music, and plenty of photo inspiration for those planning a
wedding, and those who just like to look! we also offer services that help
small businesses maximize their online presence.

Why did you decide to start it?

i’ve worked in
the wedding industry in one way or another for about a decade, and have always
really loved it – my career as a wedding DJ is awesome, and i wouldn’t trade it
for the world. i noticed that there are a lot of amazing wedding vendors in
edmonton that love what they do and are awesome at it, and like to do things
outside of the box. in the world of online wedding inspiration, couples draw
inspiration from photos on pinterest and blogs that are far away from edmonton,
so you may be inspired, but not know where to get the same product in our area.
i wanted to create a hub for inspiration, where couples are seeing products and
services that are readily available – because there are plenty of talented
vendors right here in edmonton!

Love the music page! What type of artist do you plan to
feature there?

i’ll be featuring a constant
stream of music that’s great for weddings – either for special moments like the
first dance or recessional, or just for any wedding-related playlist. i love
introducing people to music that is unusual, uncommon and definitely hasn’t
been over-used.

Your dream wedding in Edmonton would look like:

it would look like a ceremony
on the High Level Bridge Streetcar, except the streetcar would be magically big
enough to fit all of our family and friends!

What are a few hidden gems in Edmonton
as far as locations go?

Blue Meadows is a personal
favourite – it’s big and easily dressed up (especially to rustic, country or
vintage designs). I also love the Yellowhead Brewery, but luckily for them, i
don’t think it can be considered a ‘hidden’ gem anymore!

What’s the first thing a couple should do to get the ball
rolling on wedding planning?

decide on a theme/atmosphere!
without that direction, choosing from the many venues, vendors and services can
be mega overwhelming. even choosing a handful of words that describe the
experience you want your guests to have can really help give wedding planning
some direction.

Tell us about the business side of
yegwed and how you can help vendors?

we want to make having an
awesome online presence easier, so vendors can spend their time doing what they
do best – serving their clients. we offer content creation and ghostwriting
(basically creating any text you need for your website, from an ‘about’ page to
blog posts), social media coaching (helping you get the most out of social
media), and consulting (personalized help with your online presence). i want to
make your online presence an effective tool for building your business!

If you could give 1 piece of advice to
small business owners, what would it be?

collaborate! network, get to
know other vendors. the more connections you have, the more business will come
your way, and usually business gained through network connections is more
suited to your particular offerings… “oh, you want comic book styled
invitations? i know JUST the person!”

readers want more than one piece advice from you, how can they get in contact
to work with you?

anyone is welcome to contact me
through , or by e-mailing me directly:
say hi! i’d love to hear from you.

Wedding Photography by Jessica Fern

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