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The 3 Best Ways to Get Involved in Alt NYC from Home

the 3 best ways to participate in Alt NYC without going / a thousand threads
I’ve been talking and tweeting and instagramming (can we find a better verb for this guy? gram-am-am-ing awkward word…) more and more about Alt NYC as the date nears, so it goes without saying that I’m pret-ty excited. But I know what it’s like to be on the other side. In fact for two years now I’ve been living vicariously through the lucky ladies who’ve attended Alt SLC, wishing I was there (let’s not pretend that’s ended of course, I still desperately want to make it to SLC).

Over those two years, though, I’ve learned that there are a lot of awesome ways you can participate in – and benefit from – Alt even without being there. And make some pretty great friends along the way.

Here are the three best ways you can get involved from home…

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3 Simple Rules to Growing Your Blog from TJ

tj / his little lady
Hi there lovely readers! I’m TJ, author of the lifestyle journal His Little Lady. I’m a newlywed, blogger, Seattlelite, instagram junky, closet hoarder, and big city dreamer. There you will find updates with photographs, ideas and those daily, awkward moments. Today I am so happy to be on this corner of the Internet, A Thousand Threads, talking to you all on three simple rules to growing your blog.

When I first started blogging I wasn’t sure where it would lead. I was newly engaged and wanted a little space to encapsulate every precious moment in that time of my life. As time past I continued to blog. I found joy in this little community, and knowing that my voice had purpose.

Blogging just over a year and a half now, I want to stress that I am no professional. But I have found a little success in this blog community and wanted to share with you all some simple rules that have helped me to grow my blog into what it is today. So here are my three simple rules to growing a blog.

1. Write what you know best, and keep that as the center point of your blog. Stay true to yourself and write on topics that inspire you. It’s easy to get bombarded with other people’s views on what’s worth blogging about or not. But no one knows you better than yourself. One tip I’ve learned from another blogger is to write the way you’d talk to a friend. When people meet you, you want them to say, “You’re just like your blog!”

2. It ain’t nothing but a number. Always remember the main reason why you started your blog. Don’t let your motivation change to that pesky number on the side. When you love what you write, people love to read it. BUT, if you are looking to share your site with more people it’s important to use all of those amazing social networks that are open to us: twitter, instagram, pinterest, Facebook, etc.

3. Be invested. Be invested in your blog and your readers. Blogging can be a full time job if you let it – being consistent with your blog posts, commenting to other bloggers, sponsoring and sending emails. The more you show your readers you invest in them, they will invest in you ten fold.

*This is something that I have really found to ring true!

There you have it, my three simple rules to growing a blog. I hope you find all the success you are searching for in this blogging world. And I hope to see you all over on my site soon. Sending much wedding bliss to Laicie, and thanks for choosing me to be apart of your lovely site!


6 Simple Rules for Planning a Destination Wedding

how to plan a destination wedding
When I tell people that my wedding is on the other side of the country, the first question they always ask is, “How the !!?# did you plan from here?” And I’m not gonna say it was easy, but here are a few things I did that made the process of planning from afar a whole lot easier…

1 // Get a coordinator. Oh my lord get a coordinator. You don’t have to go all the way, you can just get a day of, but having someone on the ground will make a world of difference. A coordinator can answer questions and provide recommendations for anything from the most kickass band to the place you want to have your dress steamed when you get into town.  Most importantly, just knowing you have that person backing you up will relieve a boatload of stress.

2 // Research, research, research. If you can, use yelp. And scour the vendor guides of your favorite blogs like a crazy person. I’m telling you, I can still rattle off who is and is not included in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book… and whether they also appear on Green Wedding Shoes and Once Wed.  It’s a sickness.

If you’re going overseas use a reputable guide that you trust, like Frommers or Lonely Planet. We depended on these heavily on these for our honeymoon.

3 // Check out the average wedding cost where you’re headed… is it the highest in the country? The lowest? The truth might not change your mind, but it’s a good thing to know going in.

4 // Use Skype.  There is literally nothing better for planning from out of town.  You can still meet every one of your vendors face to face.

5 // If you can, take one trip there before the wedding. Hopefully you already know enough about the venue so that you don’t need to go early on in planning (if you don’t, I really recommend two trips. Don’t book a venue sight unseen… you never know what little surprises might pop up, and you don’t want to discover them after it’s too late).

On your main trip, try your food, cake, meet with your coordinator and officiant and, if you have time, get your engagement shots taken. Rentals, lights, and little details are easy to book from afar.

6 // Relax. This is a destination wedding, and I imagine that one of the reasons you chose this whole deal is that the place is beautiful… right? So here’s the thing. That beautiful place? It counts as big fat chunk of your decor. You might not be able to carry or ship quite as many little details as you’d like, but even with the most minimal personalization, your location will shine – and I’m pretty sure it will beat a 50′ long crepe paper garland any day of the week.

Trust that your wedding will be beautiful and special and yours.

And if there is any little piece of you that doubts me, watch this.

Photo: Jose Villa


Wedding Invitation Wording that Doesn’t Suck

It took us forEVER to decide on our wedding invitation wording.  It’s not that we were all that indecisive, really, but the thing is, unless you’re planning to go completely traditional, or are a master wordsmith, there aren’t a whole lot of alternatives out there.

In fact, I felt a little overloaded by options that sound suspiciously like a nursery rhyme.

So let’s just say I spent a few (million) hours scouring the web for something a little less traditional that also didn’t suck, and after all of that time invested, I thought I should share a few of my favorites (many of which come from this amazing list here… a treasure trove of unconventional alternatives, it is).

Of course, all of the options listed below can be mixed, matched, and adjusted as you like. Take a little from here, a little from there, until you have the perfect combination.

And if you’re looking to include a really great quote, don’t forget about our very own Quiet Sundays.

(oh, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the post if you want to see the wording we eventually settled on)

What do you think? Would you go with something super unconventional, or do you prefer more traditional wording?

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10 Things to Remember When Shopping for a Wedding Dress

10 things to remember when shopping for a wedding dress.
1) Do your homework.  What brands does your bridal shop carry?  Are there a few specific dresses you just have to try on?  Know before you go, and don’t be afraid to share.

2) Plan ahead.  Start shopping early.  You don’t have to make a decision right away.

3) Bring pictures.  Be specific here.  If there is a dress you want to try on, bring a picture of it.  If it’s just a type or feel that you like, that helps too… but I found in my appointments that the more specific, the better.

3) Bring a camera.  Some bridal shops won’t let you take pictures, but some will.  It never hurts to ask, and pictures of yourself in the dresses can really help you make a decision later on.

4) Know your budget.  And stick to it.  Don’t try that gorgeous Amsale on if it’s over, no matter how much you would like to.

5) Take care when choosing your undergarments.  Seriously, you might find yourself down to your skivvies in front of more than just your bridal consultant.  Some of these rooms are small.

6) Be adventurous.  Try some dresses on that you don’t necessarily love at first glance, especially when you first start your shopping.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

7) You don’t have to limit your entourage, but choose wisely.  I’m not going to lie, I took a big group.  And I couldn’t be happier that I did.  They were all wonderful and supportive and so much fun to celebrate with after the fact.  It was a good experience.  So don’t be afraid to take a few (I took five) along with you… but choose wisely.  Don’t take that friend who always has something snotty to say.  She won’t help your cause.

8) Buy something you love now.  Whether you’re planning a crash diet or not, if you don’t like the way the dress looks now, you might be setting yourself up for disaster.

9) Just buy something you love.  I did have that feeling, but I’m not certain that everyone does.  And it wasn’t as dramatic as you might think.  I didn’t cry.  I did get a little giddy.  I did feel like a million bucks.  And I didn’t want to take it off.

10) Take your time.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no hurry to decide.  Take your time and don’t be pressured into making a rash decision.

Photo: Jose Villa via Once Wed

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