Get $30 off your first ride with Uber

I love Uber. I love Uber. If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, Uber is an awesome app you can use to call a taxi, private black car, or rideshare. Instead of calling a traditional taxi service, you can use the app on your phone to set your destination, see nearby drivers, track your driver heading towards you (no wondering where the driver is as you’re waiting) and pay automatically for your fare (no calculating tip awkwardly at the end of the drive!)

In San Francisco (near where I am from and Uber’s original launching city), grabbing a taxi is pretty much near impossible. With Uber, I’m generally guaranteed a ride with no hassle within minutes of requesting a car. Amazing. It’s pretty much my fav new app.

More and more awesome couples are using Uber for their wedding transportation, for themselves and their guests, especially now that Uber has launched in most cities and countries worldwide. Even if they aren’t launched in your city yet, it’s worth it to grab the app since it’s invaluable when traveling and you’re in a strange city with strange cab companies.

Just imagine how pleased I was when Uber approached WeddingLovely for a great partnership — Uber is offering all new users $30 off their first ride.

  1. Simply download the app (available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone)
  2. Enter the promo code WLOVELY
  3. …and you’ll get $30 deducted from your fare. Most rides will come in under than amount, so it’s basically giving you a free ride!

Not only can you use this code for yourself, but you can also print out the flyer above (download a large printable version here) and pass out to your wedding guests, friends, family, clients, and customers.

Love Uber like I do? Let us know your stories in the comments, and happy Uber-ing!

Wedding Jeweler Walkthough: Vardy's Jeweler's in Cupertino, California (7)

You heard I eloped, right? Pictures are still to come (my wonderful photographer friends are being picky about post-processing), but first, I wanted to share a wonderful experience I had beforehand.

The wedding preparation was very simple, being that we were eloping in Las Vegas. Pretty much the largest issue was my now-husband’s wedding ring; I already had a vintage ring from my parent’s for myself, albeit a bit tarnished and dull, but we had no idea what to do for Andrey. To compound the issue, we were also in a bit of a budget crisis: even though Vegas was going to be significantly cheaper than any typical wedding, it was still adding up quite a bit (hotels, flights, restaurants, etc.), not to mention a rather hefty tax bill this year on my end.

In the interest of keeping things simple, we opted to get a plain band for Andrey, which we’re planning on upgrading in the future, perhaps when we finally have our official “reception” in a year. We were also running out of time (holy moly does wedding planning, even elopements, consume your time), so finding something unique on Etsy was out of the picture. I still really wanted to keep our jewelry options local, so after some searching on Yelp, I found Vardy’s Jeweler’s in Cupertino with a solid 5 star rating with 147 reviews. You almost never see those kind of reviews — I was convinced we needed to stop by.

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Have you ever wondered why wedding photographers charge what they do? If so, you’re not alone and Francesco Spighi of Francesco Spighi | Tuscany Wedding Photography has created this great infographic to help explain.

Wedding Photography Prices Explained — Infographic

Thank you Francesco! For more information about Francesco Spighi | Tuscany Wedding Photography, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to his website.

Do you have any lingering questions about wedding photo pricing? Ask away in the comments below!


What to expect for a private estate wedding

Today’s guest post is by the wonderful people at Estate Weddings and Events, with whom we work with through WeddingVenueLove listing some of their great estates available for rental (all photos are available estates, click to see their profile!) We’ve asked them to explain everything that you’d might need to know about renting an estate for your wedding — enjoy!

Private estate weddings are the answer to brides who ask the question, “Where can I find a unique, out-of-the-box wedding venue?” As a company specialized in managing private estate venues across the U.S and Internationally, we speak to many brides everyday who are completely new to the idea of renting out a private estate for their special day. The truth is the possibilities are endless with private estates! Just take a look at many of our past weddings.

Are you a private estate bride? Here are some basics of what to expect when you choose a private estate as your venue.

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Choosing Wedding VendorsPhoto Credit: Wiki Commons

Sharon Sussman works at, where she updates the company blog with interesting news, trends, and infographics. Born on the Fourth of July? Find out more about your birthstone on the Brilliance blog.

Of course, you want a wedding that’s perfect to the last detail. It’s that big day that you’ll want to look back on with fondness. This means that you may need to enlist the help of experts in making it more memorable. This would most commonly include experts in photography, video, catering, and entertainment.

Getting the right supplier or vendor can be tricky though. There’s a plethora of available wedding planners and event organizers, and finding the right ones can be, at times, frustrating; especially with such a crucial day at stake. Discerning the excellent ones from the mediocre herd involves a degree of trial and error, and perhaps a number of lackluster meet-ups.

Here are a few tricks to try out, in order to curb the number of dead-ends. You’ll find that it’s a lot like modern dating:


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Honeymooning in the British Countryside – from Cosy Suffolk Cottages to Scottish Ecopods

Jennifer Acton is a UK-based travel writer who loves going on walks in countryside and scouting out special places for romantic breaks or big trips with the family.

Boasting glorious bays, picturesque woodland and spectacular cliff-top views, the UK countryside has a wealth of breath-taking scenery. An ideal backdrop for any romantic getaway, Britain’s green expanses are a picture-postcard honeymoon location. Instead of blowing your wedding budget on an all-inclusive trip to the Canaries, why not skip the cost of flights and take your pick of some beautiful Suffolk cottages to while away a week? The weather may not be the most reliable, but a sprint in an unexpected rain shower back to your cosy houseboat or luxurious Yurt will just be another romantic memory from your trip.

The UK has some wonderful options for unusual accommodation, perfect for a memorable honeymoon and a unique experience for you and your partner:

See the rest of the article after the cut!

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It’s just about that time of the year in the U.S.A, our Independence Day.  If your big day happens to fall on the 4th, we’ve created a list of tips that you can reference to share your big day with America’s special day.  To show your true patriotism incorporate the American colors, red, white and blue into your wedding theme. From your wedding decorations, and flower choices, to apparel, and even your food venue SimplyBridal has helped you brainstorm possible options.

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Fourth of July — Infographic

See our other previous infographics here!

What Does a Full-Service Wedding Planner Do?Photo Credit: dreamstime

Planning a wedding is one of the most difficult tasks a couple will undertake during their premarital relationship. The venue, flowers, dress and band; the list goes on and on, and unfortunately, so does the stress. A surefire way to eliminate a portion of your stress is to hire a wedding planner. Whatever you can afford and whatever you need, a full-service wedding planner can help make all your wedding dreams comes true.

Wedding Lovely regularly highlights wedding planners, sharing their personal story of becoming a wedding planner. As you may have read on WeddingLovely or WeddingPlannerLove, a lot goes into planning a wedding, but you also may be left wondering what a full-service wedding planner does. The details, decisions and involvement can be overwhelming, but in steps your fairy god mother in the form of a full-service wedding planner to save the day, or rather wedding.

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