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.

WeddingLovely Blog new design

WeddingLovely’s properties all have had some sort of facelift recently and it was beyond time to finally redesign the blog!

Cleaner, crisper, responsive (so you can look at the site on your phone!), faster, and prettier — we’re pretty proud of what’s up so far. We’re still adding some small touches and fixing a few small bugs and design issues as they pop up, so if you see if anything you think we should improve, don’t hesitate to reach out or leave a note in the comments with what you think!

Vendor reviews now added to WeddingLovely!

Now on all WeddingLovely vendor profiles, you can leave full reviews complete with star ratings!

WeddingLovely used to have a simple comment form, but we were plagued by spam — sometimes over 100 spam reviews a day were added from bots. We’ve worked hard to build a solution that is both easy to use as well as useful to both couples and wedding vendors.

Newly wedding couples can leave star ratings about their experience, as well as a public review (shown on the vendor’s profile page), a private review that is shown only to the vendor through their dashboard, as well as a private-to-WeddingLovely review that only we will see.

We’re dedicated to honest, real reviews, and we’re excited about bringing this crucial piece of information to all vendor profiles!

Married and want to leave a review for your vendors?
Login or create a WeddingLovely profile here to start adding reviews!

We’ve also added an email feature for vendors to request reviews from former clients —
click here to login and request reviews for your vendor profile with WeddingLovely!

What do you think? Would love your thoughts on this big feature release!

WeddingLovely's Planning Guide is Now Free

We love our online wedding planning guide — launched awhile ago, we help couples walk through their wedding planning online and connect them with some of our most awesome vendors that we work with through our wedding vendor guide.

Up until now, it was a paid product with a free trial, but we have decided that it was time to work with as many wonderful couples as possible — so we’ve made our planning guide 100% free.

The planning guide comes with a ton of amazing features, including:

  • Walk through the biggest steps in planning your wedding, like finding a venue.
  • Local venue and vendor recommendations included in your task pages.
  • Vendor favoriting and reviewing all integrated.
  • Note-taking — keep track of all the little things you need to remember.
  • Printable checklist so you can keep track of everything you need to do at once.
  • Partner and planner integration — invite others to help plan with you.
  • One-on-one wedding advice — ping WeddingLovely with specific questions and we’ll help you out.
  • Email reminders to ping you every few weeks with inspiration and ideas.
  • Pinterest board integration — keep your inspiration in mind as you plan your wedding.
  • Partnership with Appy Couple — get an Appy account for just $35 through WeddingLovely.

Think that’s pretty awesome? Now it doesn’t cost a cent.

Plan your wedding with WeddingLovely today!

WeddingLovely Planning Guide

Nearly two years ago, WeddingLovely launched our online planning guide, designed to walk couples through the process of their wedding. Now, we’re pleased to announce the 2.0 release of the planning guide — completely rewritten and redesigned — as well as a partnership with the best wedding website and wedding app company, Appy Couple.

We originally launched with native hosted wedding websites, but wedding planning and wedding vendors has always been our main focus. We’re sunsetting the wedding website feature for all new WeddingLovely customers, and instead offering a payment option which includes a free Appy Couple wedding app account.

weddinglovely planning guide features

As a result, WeddingLovely’s prices are dropping to either a $35 one-time payment for the wedding planning app, or $70 for the combined WeddingLovely + Appy Couple account.

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In addition to the design, WeddingLovely’s planning guide has added several new features:

  • Better wedding vendor integration: WeddingLovely works with over 3,100+ wedding vendors worldwide, and couples can browse nearby vendors, favorite, and contact vendors directly from their planning guide.
  • Partner, family, and wedding party collaboration: Users can invite their partner, planner, and others to plan with them on the same account.
  • Pinterest boards integration: Couples can add their Pinterest boards directly into their planning pages as a widget, integrating their inspiration into their planning.
  • Gender-neutral language: The “bride” is no longer the primary planner in the modern day couple — WeddingLovely welcomes same-sex couples and planning grooms.
  • No advertisements, anywhere: WeddingLovely is a paid product so all advice and recommendations can be advertisement-free.

Getting married? We’d love to have you try out WeddingLovely’s planning guide — all accounts come with a 14-day free trial, no credit card required!

Click here to try a wedding planning account today.

So excited to finally launch this! Any questions or comments? Leave them below!

 

 

 

Exposure.so

I’ve known some of the people behind Exposure.so for awhile now — perhaps you’ve seen some of their beautiful photo narratives that their product helps you create. Their product is particularly spectacular for wedding vendors showcasing weddings which feature their work.

For example, check out this amazing wedding shoot. But you can also use it for floral work, cakes, stationery, or other narratives as well!

I’ve managed to negotiate a discount for WeddingLovely vendors and engaged couples who’d like to use Exposure. Try Exposure for free for three posts, and if you’d like to upgrade to a paid plan, click here for 10% off a year plan (valid only for the first year, plans start at $49/year.)

Additionally, vendors on an upgraded WeddingLovely account can get an additional 5% off (so, 15% off) — send me an email for the link for the additional discount!

Not a WeddingLovely vendor yet? Basic accounts are free, and upgraded accounts are $270/year. Check out all the details here!

Hope you enjoy!

-Tracy

Note: this discount for Exposure was negotiated by yours truly, and was not sponsored by Exposure. :)

Page Analytics for WeddingLovely Vendors

If you’re a vendor in WeddingLovely’s Vendor Network, we’ve just launched profile analytics for our upgraded members!

This was challenging because a vendor’s profile and search results doesn’t show up on just one site — it can show up on one of our dedicated directories, our general WeddingLovely Vendor Guide, as well as inside our wedding planning guide.

Vendor Dashboards on the WeddingLovely Vendor Guide

The new profile analytics graph can be found on the new vendor dashboard, which we’ve launched to make it easy for vendors to update their profile, add vendor recommendations, and more.

This feature is available to all our wedding vendors on our professional paid account, which costs a fraction of other vendor directories — $270/year or $25/month.

If you’re not a part of our vendor network, you can sign up for free here! If you’re a member, simply sign into your Vendor Guide account and you can upgrade from your new dashboard.

Any feedback, questions, or comments? We’d love to hear them in the comments!

2014 Advertising Sale

New year, new prices! Due to our blog readership and social media follower increases, we’re raising the price of our blog advertising — but for a limited time only, we’ll offer ads and sponsored posts at our 2013 prices.

See our new media kit here, which contains our new prices. Sale prices are:

  • $240 for a sponsored post (now $300, you can provide the post or we’ll write one with your approval.)
  • $10/month small sidebar ad (now $15/month.)
  • $20/month medium sidebar ad (now $30/month.)
  • $50/month large sidebar ad (now $75/month.)

Interested in advertising on the WeddingLovely Blog? Contact us within 30 days to get the sale prices at [email protected]!

Pricing added to the WeddingLovely Vendor Guide

Engaged couples all know that finding vendors can be a tricky process (hey, that’s why we’re in the business!) We just launched a new feature to make a part of the process simpler — service vendors can now add approximate prices to their WeddingLovely vendor profiles.

For engaged couples, this means getting more up-front information about a vendor before taking the time to reach out. Emailing back and forth to find out that a vendor is higher than your price range can be a huge pain. Now you can know a vendor is approximately in your price range before getting a specific quote.

For service vendors (like photographers, planners, officiants, and others), adding your approximate prices will make sure that you’re spending the time with couples that match your price range. Vendors can receive more targeted leads, and spend less time explaining prices by having a baseline price upfront.

This is an optional feature for our service vendors, since we know that some would prefer to keep our current system of $, $$, and $$$. But for those that want to add their basic pricing, we have two options to add — base prices and add-on prices.

Build a quote on the WeddingLovely Vendor Guide

Base prices are like a package that couples can choose only one when configuring an approximate quote. Vendors can also add multiple add-on prices (for extras like adding extra shooting hours to a wedding), which couples can choose multiple on the configure quote page. Couples can then submit the approximate quote to the vendor and then get the actual price for their situation.

We’re working on a calendaring feature for vendors so prices can update per season — look for it in early to mid-2014. For vendors who have products (dresses, invitations, favors, etc), we’ll be launching a pricing system for you too soon!

Hope you enjoy our new feature!

Cheers,

-Tracy, founder

The WeddingLovely Vendor Guide

I’m so pleased to announce WeddingLovely’s latest launch — the WeddingLovely Vendor Guide, a comprehensive all-in-one wedding vendor directory listing all of our vendors from our specialized directories, and opening up support for every vendor type!

We love our specialized directories (like our first, WeddingInviteLove, and our most recent, WeddingMusicLove) but after launching eight separate specialized directories (whew!) it was time to launch our general all-in-one directory. Our specialized sites are still near and dear to our heart, but now we can support every wedding vendor, no matter what vertical!

Check out the WeddingLovely Vendor Guide here: http://WeddingLovely.com/vendors

For vendors, all listings from our specialized directories are automatically reflected in the new site — no need to do anything else! Interested in joining our vendor network? Join here! (Basic accounts are free, and use VENDORGUIDELAUNCH as a coupon for 20% off for an upgraded account, which is normally $270 — coupon ends 12/31!)

I’m excited about growing the WeddingLovely network of vendors, and continuing to help engaged couples to find the perfect vendors near them. Please let me know what you think in the comments!

Love,

-Tracy, founder