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Bridal Netiquette: 12 Ways to Rule Social Media Without Driving Your Friends Crazy

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Your big day is coming and you could not be any more excited. Yay!

In your preparation, you’ve poured over countless checklists, ticking every box, churning out thank you notes like a champ. 

But how are your cyber manners? Your netiquette? Chances are, in all your excitement, you’ve neglected the one side of you most people see in this day and age. We’ve put together a rulebook to keep you, your guests and the rest of your online family tickled pink.


1. Tell your loved ones before posting it on Facebook…

This should go without saying, but more than one heart has been broken from finding out about a close friend’s impending nuptials via a status update with a ton of exclamation points. Give a courtesy text at the very least.


2. …But definitely do post it. 

You’re excited, now show it! The world might get a little uneasy when hearing it through the grapevine if there’s no trace to be found on your page. The world will also ask for a picture of your ring. Scrub your nails and oblige them.


3. Consider making a webpage.

There are plenty of sites dedicated to this very thing, so it won’t take too much work. You can include as much or as little info as you want, including the schedule, the engagement story, etc. Copying and pasting this link is golden when the 50th person messages you about venue details or your Aunt Linda keeps asking how you met.


4. Don’t put a countdown ticker on your profile.

Nobody enjoys those. It even does more harm than good for some brides, only reminding them of the constantly decreasing time they have to accomplish everything. This goes for daily countdown posts, too. It’s just annoying.


5. Share your engagement photos.

People will definitely want to see these. You’re beautiful and they’ll love seeing you glow. Your photos will get everyone excited for your wedding all over again. Just make sure you credit and give some love to your photographer. Recommendations are some of their best selling points.


6. Crowdsource vendor and honeymoon suggestions.

People will be eager to share their advice, good and bad, so take advantage of that. No Google search can give you the scoop like Aunt Linda. Plus, people love to talk about their own weddings. This is a great and helpful way to let them gush.


7. Don’t ask people to be in your wedding party on Facebook. 

We don’t need to go through this again.


8. Don’t post links to your registry. 

While you might really want that melon baller, this is just plain tacky. If someone asks, that’s one thing. Message them privately.


9. Pinterest = BFF 

Any inspiration you could ever dream of is on that magical site, so pin away. Pin to your little heart’s content. Just remember that people will get tired of seeing all your peacock inspired tablescapes after a little while. Unlink Pinterest from your other social media accounts when you’re binging, and consider creating private boards if you want to keep the look of your event a surprise.


10. #Hashtag it.

This is one of our favorite trends. Designate a wedding hashtag for guests to use. You can even put it on your invitations so your friends and family can get excited beforehand. This is a perfect way to keep track of your special day from your loved ones’ points of view. More than likely, they’ll catch something your photographer didn’t!


11. Log out on your honeymoon.

Many couples make a second set of vows before they leave to put their phones away. You should be focused on your honeymoon, not watching gifs of Honey Boo Boo. Sure, you’ll want to take pictures, and that’s fine, but don’t post them just yet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can wait. This is the chance for the two of you to be fully self-absorbed. Make the best of it.


12. Say "thanks."

Thank you cards are in the mail, but it never hurts to give one final love fest after you get back. Tell your family, the wedding party, every single well-wisher who crossed one of your photos, just how much you appreciate them. Shout it from your fingertip mountaintops and make them smile one more time 



Do you have any tips and tricks to help out the 21st Century bride? Let us know!

Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Danson Talk South on Main

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It's no secret that South on Main, along with owners Matt and Amy Kelley Bell, is one of the most talked about places in Little Rock right now. Even late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel got in on the action.

Hollywood power couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen (Amy's aunt and Arkansas native) are investors in the restaurant. Danson was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, gushing about South on Main's "raging success," even joking about getting bypassed by customers only interested in the talents of the mixologist.

A word of advice: Don't ignore Mayday Malone at the bar.

After Rainout, 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' To Air at Final Movies in the Park Tonight

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Due to rain the past few weeks, Movies in the Park has extended a bit further than expected.

For the final free, outdoor movie, fans were allowed to vote between "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Friday Night Lights," both of which were canceled due to weather, for which movie would be shown tonight (Wednesday).

In a landslide, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" won the vote and will be shown tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Amphitheater at 400 President Clinton Ave.

The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg, won four Oscars and was nominated for nine categories in all. 

The 1982 film tells the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who becomes friend with an alien named E.T., that helps his new friend return home while trying to keep his new friend hidden from his mother and the government. The movie stars Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote and Drew Barrymore. It's still one of the more successful flicks of all time with more than $435 million grossed at the box office.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is rated PG and runs 115 minutes. Movie-watchers can bring chairs and blankets for the lawn, or sit in the theater seats. Pets are allowed.

Check out a trailer for the movie below. And don't forget to phone home!

South on Main's Chef Matt Bell to Teach Cooking Class at Eggshells August 11

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Once again, Eggshells Kitchen Co. will host a cooking class led by one of Little Rock’s premiere chefs. 

This session will be taught by none other than South on Main’s Chef Matt Bell, fresh off the restaurant’s one year anniversary, as well as being named one of the “Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For” by TripAdvisor.

A night of incredible food and knowhow, the event includes a glass of wine or beer upon arrival, with attendees welcome to bring a beverage of choice to enjoy with their meal. Cost is $50 per person.

Join the foodie fun on August 11 at 6 p.m. at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in the Heights, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Reservations are required and seats are going fast! Register here or call (501) 664-6900 to snag your spot today.

Tony Award-Winning "Memphis" Coming to The Rep in September

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Memphis knows music like nowhere else. That’s why the Tennessee city is the setting for the upcoming Arkansas Repertory Theatre musical aptly titled “Memphis.”

Its music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro, “Memphis” is based loosely on the life of Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play African American music in the 1950’s. With that decade as a backdrop, “Memphis” chronicles the relationship of R&B-lover Phillips and a local rising star through the whirlwind of the music industry in the Civil Rights Era.

After a three-year stent on Broadway, “Memphis” boasts eight Tony Award nominations, winning Best Orchestrations, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical in 2010.

Opening night for ‘Memphis” will be Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. For full information on pricing, scheduling and the musical, click here. For tickets, click here.

Save the Date: Bridal Savoir Faire Sept. 28

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Are you planning a vintage chic wedding? Then plan to be at the Bridal Savoir Faire in Howell from 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 28.

The Cypress Meadows Plantation is the perfect stage to showcase local vendors who know just how to build the rustic wedding of your dreams and spend the day wooing you with fresh appetizers and complimentary wine. Get inspiration for stationary, music, gifts and tons more, including a fashion show and a 1930’s style presentation.

Guests are also encouraged to bring new or gently used formal dresses to donate to The Glass Slipper Closet, a nonprofit that outfits students for prom free of charge. Doners will receive a tax-deductible receipt for their contributions.

General admission tickets are $10 ($15 at the door) and available hereGuests will receive a “bridal passport” upon arrival that can be signed by each vendor for a free glass of wine, a taste from the catering cafe, a swag bag and entry into door prize drawings.

VIP tickets are $25 and, along with the regular perks, give you access to the VIP loft, complete with complimentary wine refills, two door-prize passports and front row seating for the fashion show.

For a full list of vendors, click here.

Mark your calendars, ladies. You don’t want to miss this one! 

Photography by Zoë Weddings by Kim Boyd


3 Foodie Festivals This Weekend: Watermelon and Grapes

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Save your appetite for one of Arkansas' foodie festivals this weekend, Aug. 8-10. Feast at one of three fests around the state, including two watermelon festivals and a grape celebration. Dig in!

1. 116th Tontitown Grape Festival: Travel to this town near Springdale to celebrate the area's delicious grapes. Shop the arts and crafts fair, enjoy free evening concerts, take a spin on carnival rides and sample the famous grape ice cream. And, of course, don't miss your chance to participate in a grape stomp. Aug. 5-9. For info: Admission and parking FREE!

2. 38th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival: Visitors can marvel at giant watermelons that weigh in at over 100 pounds, nosh on snacks from food booths, shop at arts-and-crafts vendors and more. Step up to compete in the watermelon-eating or seed-spitting contests. And of course, a trip to the fest isn’t complete without gobbling up a slice of ice-cold Hope watermelon. Country music fans can also enjoy a concert from David Nail on Sat. evening. Aug. 7-9. Parking $5. For info: Admission FREE!

3. 35th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival: Play watermelon games, dig into free watermelon at a watermelon feast, enjoy musical performances, and watch dancing and martial arts demonstrations. Aug. 7-9. For info: FREE!

For more weekend events, browse our full online calendar here.

August 2014 Editor's Letter: Let's Just Be Nice

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I have to say my heart breaks for our country, our schools and our children. It breaks because of school shootings and violence. In an age of unparalleled resources and technology, where does our humanity rank?

If you are a regular Little Rock Family reader, you've probably gathered I really like quotes. I love the way sage wit, wisdom and anecdotes can make us stop and think for a moment. One such quote I love goes, "The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history." When I researched the source of the quote, I found another thought-provoking statement by the same 18th-century philosopher. He said, "Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion."

I contemplated both in a back-to-school context. We must have a passion for our children, our schools and our communities. We must have passion for doing good and right and just. We must have a passion for learning from the past and propelling ourselves positively into the future. We must have passion for being nice!

Skill and technique only get us so far. Zeal and passion for life and what we do catapult us into a whole other realm of excellence. Why not shoot for the moon? If we do we'll always land among the stars (another quote I love). Let's be extraordinary. Let's encourage our kids to be extraordinary and to have hearts of compassion and humility and sincerity.

As we prepare for heading back to school, let's help our kiddos stock up on nice while stocking up on school supplies. And, if they are struggling along those lines, let's reach out to someone for help. We're literally all in this together. Let's help one another and in turn, help our schools and our communities.

This month's back-to-school issue is full of great resources to help you start the school year on the right foot. Our friends with Reach Out and Read share their passion for literacy and helping children succeed in school. Local teachers share priceless pointers for parents. Check out all of our Ages & Stages articles, our Annual After-School Activities Guide, and much, much more.

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