Happy April! I’m generally wary of the internet today (can’t trust anything on the internet) so my big launch scheduled for today (!) has been pushed to tomorrow. Exciting!

In honor of this silly holiday, check out this fun infographic on surprise marriages by Simply Bridal — click to see full size:

April Fools Suprise Your Getting Married

 

See our other previous infographics here!

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Over the last few months I’ve been working on a major update to WeddingLovely’s directories (currently WeddingInviteLove, WeddingPlannerLove, WeddingPhotoLove, WeddingVenueLove, and WeddingVideoLove). Essentially, there has been a ton of behind the scenes work to make everything way more efficient, and I finally finished up the last piece. Of course, I decided to celebrate that by launching it with some major design and feature updates as well!

All screenshots taken from WeddingInviteLove but they apply to the rest of our directories too!

New Profile Page Design

Seen at the top! The entire site designs got a facelift, but the profile page got a complete overhaul. It’s cleaner, easier to read, classier, and faster. The profile page is the most important part for our vendors — they’re amazing, so the profile page should be too! Lots of additional design tweaks to the vendor contact page, the vendor’s edit page, and more as well.

 

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Vendor Recommendations

My long-term goal for the WeddingLovely vendor directories is to promote the best people in the business. The best way for me to find out who those people are is by vendor recommendations — vendors recommending others that they know, love, and recommend as a great company. If you’re working with a stationer, it’s incredibly valuable to know what planners, photographers, etc. that they recommend — because they work with them over and over for events, and have a ton of experience. Obviously this is a bit limited since we only have our current five directories, but that’ll be changing ASAP. ;)

I’m also prepping for a customer review overhaul — stay tuned!

 

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Better Search Pages

Now you can narrow down the vendor results in the search pages more easily without reloading. This also allows me to add even more filtering options, which’ll be coming soon!

 

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Pinterest Link for Upgraded Accounts

One of those head-smackers I can’t believe I didn’t do before. Along with adding their Facebook and Twitter accounts, upgraded accounts can now link out to their Pinterest account as well!

There are a lot more little things that have been tweaked and made better, but these are my major updates. Like mentioned before, this is the last piece in a really big puzzle I’ve been working on for the last few months behind the scenes, so new features, updates, and directories will be coming a lot more quickly now!

What do you think? Take a poke around our directories and let me know what you like or think still needs a bit more work!

WeddingInviteLove for stationers, WeddingPlannerLove for planners, WeddingPhotoLove for photographers, WeddingVenueLove for venues, and WeddingVideoLove for videographers.

Hands in love

Along with venue, catering and photography, the bride’s and groom’s rings can be some of the biggest single expenses for any wedding. While nobody wants to skimp on the quality of their wedding band, paying so much for something so small (despite its massive importance) can be tough to wrap one’s mind around. This is especially true of the groom’s band, which is generally purchased towards the end of the planning process, and often when expenses have tightened up considerably.

Fortunately, it’s possible to get your dream ring even if you’re on a shoestring budget. Here are three ways to save money on your wedding band – without looking like you spared a dime.

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One of my favorite wedding groups in the Bay Area, Locally Grown Weddings, is running Locally Grown Love, a great weddings event in San Francisco on March 10th. I have the honor to be helping out with the event and being a panel moderator! From the Facebook page:

Be inspired locally with Bay Area-grown artisans. You will love it!

Join Locally Grown Weddings & Events at our first ever pop up event, Locally Grown Love. It will be held at a secret location in San Francisco (to be announced!)

Locally Grown Love will showcase handpicked artisans and event professionals who bring that special touch to your celebration. Stop by for an afternoon filled with food, drink, great music, and everything weddings and celebrations. If you love to celebrate or are engaged, Locally Grown Love is the perfect place to find unique ideas and local LOVE.

Featuring:

The Marketplace: a curated collection of local goods for all your party needs. Featuring – Hello Lucky, The Shoppe, Taylor Stitch, The Poetry Store, Sunflower Poppy and more…

The Salon: a place for you to learn from the experts on event planning and decor, and everything in between. Featuring: Domaine Somm, Locally Grown Weddings & Events, and more…

The Tasting Room: enjoy delicious sips and nibbles while chatting with the chefs, winemakers, and brewmasters. Featuring: Chef Stephanie, Square Meals, Dulcinea Bakeshop, Bison Brewing Company, and more…

We will have special sponsors such as: Cupcake Wines, Capsule, Mag Booth, One Big Fish Green Events, and more to come.

Stay tuned for more information, tickets on sale soon!

Intrigued? Join the Facebook page to be notified of new information, and make sure to check out Locally Grown Love’s website as well. I hope to see you there on March 10th!

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Denae from NINE7OH DESIGNS (see our interview here!) passed along this great sale she’s running for engagement season!

Happy Engagement Season –aka “the most wonderful time of year!”

Congrats to all the new brides-to-be! Everyone at NINE7OH DESIGNS would like to help make your wedding planning easier. Let them create a beautiful professional invitation at a budget-friendly price. From December 26th to January 31st order any save the date or invitation package from them and they’ll give you 10% off your order total.

See the rest of the details about the sale after the cut!

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This article and photos are by Christian Nachtrieb of Brighter Lights Media (website) and originally appeared on his blog.

For most couples, you’ll only need to search for your wedding vendors once, so it’s important to get it right the first time! It can be especially daunting when it comes to photography and videography because of how technical in nature our field is. Keep reading for our crash course on what terms you should familiarize yourself with in your hunt for a wedding filmmaker.

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Erin Grace from Erin Grace Events alerted me to this great event she’s running in Pasadena on January 20th! If you’re newly engaged and in the Southern California area, check out Engaged 101: A Luxury Bridal Experience:

Engaged 101 is a luxury bridal experience for any bride planning her dream wedding. From glam to chic, the Engaged 101 bridal workshop is designed to assist you in the production of the biggest event of your life – your wedding! This event will feature a fabulous team of experts, all hand chosen to assist you with planning your dream wedding. Enjoy a day of pampering and personalized attention! With an event such as Engaged 101’s Luxury Bridal Experience, your wedding will be nothing short of unforgettable!

We invite you and your bridal party to Pasadena’s premier event space, Noor for a day of pampering, tastings, give-aways and much more!  All guests will receive a complimentary swag bag filled with wonderful items from our sponsors!

Sign up for Engaged 101 today!

So pleased to bring you PictureThis, an awesome touchscreen photobooth, guest book, and mobile app for your wedding, or any other event you run! This blows disposable cameras out of the water, especially since it comes with an awesome guestbook keepsake after the event.

picturethis: photo booth, guest book, and mobile app

The day of the wedding can be a blur. It’s a whirlwind of events, faces, emotions, tastes, and more. As a bride, one of the most stressful parts of a wedding is worrying about all these special moments being collected and remembered. Especially those moments you’re not there for. PictureThis can help capture all of this and make the most memorable day of your life truly memorable. They do this with three products: the world’s most advanced Photo Booth, a one-of-a-kind Photo Guestbook/Album, and your very own Custom Wedding Mobile App.

picturethis: photo booth, guest book, and mobile app

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Wedding vendor suggestions included in WeddingLovely.com's online wedding planning app

So excited to announce something I’ve been working on for a few months now! Our online wedding checklist and wedding website application, WeddingLovely.com, now includes vendor suggestions from our vendor directories! Once a bride or groom inputs their wedding location, they’ll receive a list of local wedding planners, photographers, videographers, stationers, and venues direct in their wedding planning advice suggestions.

If you’re planning your wedding, it just got a whole bunch easier. Sign up for WeddingLovely.com today!

If you’re a wedding vendor, sign up for free to join WeddingLovely’s vendor network!

One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is developing your brand. As a business – whether you intended to or not, you are a brand. Building a strong brand may seem like a daunting task so I’ve broken down a few of the biggest do’s and don’ts for those looking to build or improve their existing brand.

See the do’s and don’ts after the cut!

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