We've Got a Treat for You This Halloween! October's Blog Highlights!
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What about that cake?! Thankfully October has been more sweet than spooky for WeddingLovely. :) We got quite a lot accomplished with the launch of our vendor reviewsnew blog design and Certified Lovely Vendors program. We’ve also been working super hard on building our Instagram following, and have almost hit our first milestone of 500 followers — thanks to our awesome community!

We love getting to know our community and their work through the interviews, features and real weddings they share with us. Here’s just a glimpse at some of our top picks!

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BOO! It's Under the Sea Halloween Friday Roundups!
Photo credit: Sassy Mouth. Originally appeared in a Little Mermaid Styled Shoot shared with us by AvantGarde Design.

Dressing up as Ariel (maybe Ursula, the wicked sea witch) this Halloween? Or perhaps you’re even considering a Little Mermaid themed wedding? Well, lucky for you, we’ve got a little photo inspiration to share! You can click on the fab styled shoot in the photo credit or check out the gorgeous Disney inspired photo shoot in the industry news portion of today’s roundup. :)

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Hello Lovelies! Today we’re taking you on a virtual tour of JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa and our tour guide is Donna Quichocho, the hotel’s event specialist. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your venue:

Our award-winning venue represents “Simple Elegance” including our 54 acres of lush grounds and serene sounds of waterfalls throughout the property. We have five formal wedding locations for indoor and outdoor ceremonies and the most passionate group of event staff who are absolutely dedicated to making the bride and groom’s day unforgettable. Our team works with each client one-on-one to meet their specific needs, wants, unique themes, etc. We also offer everything the bride and groom need here on the property down to the elegant guestrooms, restaurants for their rehearsal dinner and bridal brunch, cabanas at our amazing pool, special bridal packages at Spa Aquae, several indoor or outdoor wedding venues, valet parking and more.

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Real Wedding: Barbara and Eric's Vow Renewal by Darin Crofton Photography (2)

This uplifting and heartfelt vow renewal comes to us from Darin Crofton Photography, based in Tampa, Florida! Here’s what Darin has to say about this couple and their special day:

After 10 years of marriage’s tests and testimonies, this beautiful cancer survivor and the love of her life renewed their vows, surrounded by close family and friends at this quaint St. Augustine beach house. Their special day, although cloudy and overcast, was a bright reflection of what had taken place a decade ago, and will continue shine forever more.

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Certified Lovely Vendor

The wedding industry, as I’m sure everyone knows, runs off of advertising. The vast majority of vendor directories are pay-for-play, meaning that they only list vendors who can pay their rates.

Here at WeddingLovely, admittedly we started out with that model — but I’ve never felt comfortable with it. That’s one of the reasons why we will always have free profiles on our directories, because why advertise yourself as having the best vendors when you exclude those that can’t pay?

We’re taking another giant step forward to our goal of being the most reputable and comprehensive wedding vendor directory in the world. Our former “upgraded” accounts are going away, replaced with our new Certified Lovely Vendors™ program.

Each and every vendor accepted into this program will be personally reviewed and reference-checked by one of WeddingLovely’s staff, and will be subject to quality standards.

Benefits:

  • Your company is reviewed personally by WeddingLovely staff.
  • Certified Lovely Vendor badge after approval.
  • Top placement in our search results.
  • Add up to 10 additional photos to your business profile.
  • Profile analytics — see how many views your search result and profile page get.
  • Placement on the WeddingLovely and WeddingLovely Vendor Guide homepages (rotated with other certified accounts)
  • Yearly interview and every-other-month wedding features on the WeddingLovely Blog (currently 40,000 views/month)
  • Dedicated promotion the day of blog features on our social media accounts — up to seven dedicated days per year. 24,000 followers on Pinterest, 5,700 followers on Twitter, and 2,500 likes on Facebook.

See our full media kit here.

There is a $190/year fee to become a Certified Lovely Vendor, to cover the time spent by our staff reviewing vendor applications. Denied applications will have their fee refunded. We find this price to be fair and worthwhile, but if there are any amazing vendors who need some extra help, we’ll be rolling out an assistance program soon that will reduce or waive this fee.

Interested in becoming a Certified Lovely Vendor? Sign up for a vendor profile here if you’re not already a vendor in our network, and if you’re already with us, log into your account to apply.

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Today’s guest post is from Marie Kubin, founder and CEO of Rent My Wedding, the leading U.S. provider of do-it-yourself wedding rentals. Marie started the company while planning her own wedding, with the goal of helping brides on a budget create a dream wedding for a fraction of the price.

Couples frequently tell us that wedding lighting made more impact and garnered more compliments than any other reception decoration. Thanks to new technology, wedding lighting is easy for anyone to setup – no experience required! Here is an overview of four popular do-it-yourself wedding lighting techniques that will help you create a beautiful wedding reception without breaking the bank. We’re also including the rental pricing from Rent My Wedding to give you a ballpark idea on how much to budget for wedding lighting.

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Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: JSL Pictures

Today’s photographer interview is with Jessica of JSL Pictures based in San Francisco, CA! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I’ve been working as a photographer for 10 years and was first trained as a commercial photographer in New York. I later went on to pursue my MFA in London and was awarded the European Leica Award. My work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. I grew up in Northern California and I was happy to return here after living on the East Coast and overseas. My interest in weddings began in college when I helped a friend out and photographed her wedding. It was slow, gradual transition to solely pursue wedding photography but I prefer it over the other photography work I’ve done.

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I just love a nice glass of wine, don’t you? Today’s wedding vendor interview is with wine consultant and event planner Rivka of Wines with Personality based in Los Angeles, CA. Cheers!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am an Independent Wine Consultant with a boutique winery in Napa called WineShop at Home. We create our own handcrafted, artisan wines that are exclusive to us. They cannot be found in any stores or restaurants. We have 25 to 30 wines available at any given time in a variety of styles and profiles – from bold and robust to light and sweet. Our wines are created in small batches and limited quantities and find their new homes pretty quickly. The great part is that we then introduce 4 to 5 new wines every month. So there is always something new and different to try.

We sell our wines directly to the consumer. You can give me a call, shoot me an email or order directly off my website. Your wines will be shipped out to you directly from the Winery within 2 to 3 days.

The really fun part is that we also bring our wines to people by offering guided in-home Wine Tastings. Guests have the opportunity to taste five to six of our newest wines. They experience the aromas and the flavors, sample specially selected food pairings, gain some wine knowledge and then can buy their new favorites right at the tasting. It’s really easy, a lot of fun, and a fantastic way to share the wine lifestyle experience with friends, family, co-workers, social groups, clubs, etc.

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Time for Friday Roundups! Anyone Saying I Do at the Golf Club
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Okay, so it may have only been mini golf (lol) but guess who scored a hole-in-one last weekend? Well, not me… baha. But hubby did. :) May I add that it was quite a complex hole and our first ever time mini golfing. We thought we’d try something a bit different (well, for us anyway) plus we had a Buy One Get One coupon for Palmetto Golf Course as part of Miami Attractions Month. We invited another couple along, and had a blast! Definitely a fun idea (unlike your same ol’ restaurant reservation) for a double date!

Staring out at the beautiful, scenic grounds made me realize why some couples choose to tie the knot at the golf club. The lush green grounds make such a perfect backdrop for photographs. So if you’re soon to say “I Do” at the golf club or recently have, we’d love for you to share your photos with us! Photographers welcome too!

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