Posts Tagged ‘the knot’

The Knot Real Weddings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Well, our third and probably last feature on The Knot is up! About a week ago, I was contacted by another sweet member from The Knot. She wanted to feature us in their "Real Weddings". Here is a link to the first story and the second live interview.

It is basically a story they print about a couple with their favorite shots (The Knot’s favorite). Had I submitted the photos, I would have probably chosen different ones.

The honor though, was the act that I did not have to submit anything. They approached us about it and I thought that was pretty cool. It’s definitely nice to know that the effort we put into throwing a great party for our guests went beyond that night and beyond the people in attendence!

I still love receiving emails from other brides about using my ideas as inspiration for their own projects, so keep it up and let me know if you have too.

Here is the whole story about the feature.

Our Real Wedding feature on The Knot

Poor Customer Relations

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Wedding vendors unfortunately have to deal with some nasty bridezillas sometimes. It’s par for the course and it sucks, but when customer service is the make-or-break of social advertising in networking now, it’s almost required for a vendor to treat each client with the utmost respect, especially when they professionally addressed disappointment in the final product. This is where “we are sorry that you were not happy with the results”. There’s no need to offer anything – just an apology will suffice.

Hence, A Piece ‘O Cake should not leave threatening messages on their ex-customers’ voicemails about suing them for poor reviews.

I am allowed to voice my opinion and the cake vendor sucked. A Piece ‘O Cake from East Lansing gave us a shitty cake. Too bad for them – we were just notified that a national wedding site is featuring our wedding. One of the pictures they chose was of the cake and I denied them the right to use that photo. I told them I would never promote a vendor who leaves threatening messages or who can’t build a cake to the specifications of the client.

That was easy PR that they missed. Our photographer and décor vendor will be receiving rave reviews on the national site, because of their professionalism and ability to execute what they said they would. Accountability is prime.

Real Wedding Feature on The Knot

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

This is our third feature on The Knot!

On September 24th, I was contacted by one of the editors with The Knot in New York, Jaimie. She was really sweet and told me that she was going to write about us for a feature on Real Weddings!

I was pretty excited. Since I browsed The Knot often for ideas before the wedding, there are many photos from Real Weddings that are in my "scrap/idea" collection. This means that our photos will potentially be in other brides’ collections one day! How cool =).

Typically, you have to submit your own wedding to be on Real Weddings. (See: How to be a feature.)

"Due to the high volume of submission, we will contact you only if we plan to use your pictures…"

…but they already did an interview with me for one the The Knot Live episodes, so they already had most of our story.

Anyway, she asked me questions about how we met, the proposal, etc, and then asked me to describe 16 photos. The ‘eh’ thing about not being the one to submit the photos is that I didn’t choose them. I would have chosen different ones. But they went through our flickr site and selected 17 photos.

I described all of them and sent it back to her. I asked her not to use one of the photos since it was an image of our cake. Then, she took my answers and edited them for the feature. It went live on October 8, 2009! Here’s the feature with some screenshots in case you don’t want to sign up to The Knot.

Real Weddings Feature Screenshot, click to enlarge - adorkableduo.com

Click the following to enlarge what they wrote about each photo.

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of traditional tea ceremony tray, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of bride's traditional ao dai, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY hair fascinator, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of morning DIY bouquet, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of groom and groomsmen ao dai, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of american wedding justice of peace ceremony, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of bridesmaids with colorful dresses, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of groom with his groomsmen, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of diy dinner menu
Real Weddings Feature screenshot of diy napkin fold

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of VIP room centerpiece

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY pocket escort cards, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY orchid panels, click to enlarge

Real Weddings Feature screenshot of DIY guestbook scrapbook

The photos also get tagged and categorized on The Knot so that other brides can find them based on what they show. The selections above were categorized under: traditions, hair, bridal bouquets, bridesmaid looks, escort cards, purple, centerpieces, reception decor, and guest book.

Knottie of the Week

Monday, September 7th, 2009

On September 2nd, I went live on the air for theknot’s segment called The Knot Live. It airs every Wednesday at noon EST. They have approximately 25 minutes of interviews with people in the wedding industry and then the last five minutes are to interview a knottie.

The requirement is that anyone called "Knottie of the Week" has to post on the messageboards. I post on DIY, mainly. They also require that you have a bio of some sort to drive traffic around their site. I have this website, but I made a quick bio using this page. Here is my The Knot bio.

They contacted me about a week and a half in advance of the episode to do preliminary interviews. They picked pictures from my flickr albums and then scripted questions to ask me based on those pictures. This is the thumbnail work for my interview.

Thumbnails for my interview with The Knot, click to enlarge

They had a list of approximately 15 questions with to-the-point answers to go through – ALL in 5 minutes. Well, after multiple interviews, it averaged about 6-8 minutes. When the episode went live, they actually had TWO minutes, if that. So we only went through maybe 4 questions and then they cut me off!

They posted the episode here on The Knot Live. Unfortunately, you can’t skip around the video. I am the last couple minutes. They link my bio on an archive ingredient list of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Here are screenshots of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

About a week later, I received a very nice Thank You from the ladies at The Knot. Click to enlarge these

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

So thank you back to the knot team for the nice gift. I’ve been looking for design books and cook books to add to the library!

Knottie of the Week

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

On September 2nd, I went live on the air for theknot’s segment called The Knot Live. It airs every Wednesday at noon EST. They have approximately 25 minutes of interviews with people in the wedding industry and then the last five minutes are to interview a knottie.

The requirement is that anyone called "Knottie of the Week" has to post on the messageboards. I post on DIY, mainly. They also require that you have a bio of some sort to drive traffic around their site. I have this website, but I made a quick bio using this page. Here is my The Knot bio.

They contacted me about a week and a half in advance of the episode to do preliminary interviews. They picked pictures from my flickr albums and then scripted questions to ask me based on those pictures. This is the thumbnail work for my interview.

Thumbnails for my interview with The Knot, click to enlarge

They had a list of approximately 15 questions with to-the-point answers to go through – ALL in 5 minutes. Well, after multiple interviews, it averaged about 6-8 minutes. When the episode went live, they actually had TWO minutes, if that. So we only went through maybe 4 questions and then they cut me off!

They posted the episode here on The Knot Live. Unfortunately, you can’t skip around the video. I am the last couple minutes. They link my bio on an archive ingredient list of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Here are screenshots of the episode.

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

Screenshot of my interview on The Knot Live

About a week later, I received a very nice Thank You from the ladies at The Knot. Click to enlarge these

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

Goodies from The Knot

So thank you back to the knot team for the nice gift. I’ve been looking for design books and cook books to add to the library!