Today’s guest post is a review of WeddingLovely’s new wedding planning site from Stefan of White Diamond Photo and Video. Here’s what Stefan has to say:
I first encountered WeddingLovely when some of my Long Island wedding video clients started telling me how they couldn’t live without it. I checked it out, and I have to say I’m totally impressed. WeddingLovely works hard to be your complete online wedding wizard. Tracy Osborn, founder and site designer, connects with vendors for every possible aspect of wedding services, but she goes much farther than that. She provides so many services at one single low-cost website that it’s hard to imagine how someone could plan a wedding without using WeddingLovely. Here are the ways that WeddingLovely decreases your stress and saves you time:
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers! I’m currently in Canada visiting my boyfriend’s family (who celebrate Thanksgiving in October, so I’m missing it doubly-so). I usually head up to my cabin in the mountains at this time for Thanksgiving with my friends and I am a bit sad about not having it this year. If you’re celebrating, eat plenty of turkey, stuffing, and pie for me!
I also wanted to blog a bit about things I’m thankful for. Sometimes I forget how amazingly lucky I am.
First, I am very thankful for my blogging assistant, Jessica. Jessica is an invitation vendor (check out Odd Duck Press) and has been working with the WeddingLovely Blog for quite a few months now: organizing, posting, and sharing our posts. I literally would not be able to do my job without her. Thank you Jessica!
Second, I’m thankful for WeddingLovely — that I was able to build something that people love. That this job (that I love) supports me. I’m thankful for all of our blog readers, for all of our visitors to our planning application and our vendor directories. I was able to work while traveling in Europe for the last three months — how amazing is that?
Third, I’m thankful for you, dear readers. WeddingLovely wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you so much for supporting us.
Have a wonderful week — blogging will resume next Monday!
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.
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!
Launched our wedding guidance app to help couples plan their wedding and find amazing wedding vendors on WeddingLovely.com.
The WeddingLovely Blog had it’s best month yet, with over 30,000 views in November.
I’m so excited about 2013! One of the biggest things done behind the scenes was a major update to how our directories run, so new features and new directories can launch faster! Sneak peek of new features planned for this month alone:
Profile and search page redesign for all of our directories.
New vendor recommendation widget, so vendors can recommend others!
New templates and themes for WeddingLovely.com’s wedding websites.
WeddingLovely is a one-woman project, and I plan on keeping busy—running this blog, launching new features, and helping vendors and brides/grooms. Stay tuned for more posts about the best posts on the blog in 2012 this week!
I’m so excited about 2013!
Love to all,
Photo credit: Photo from Christmas day near my cabin in the Sierras. It was a beautiful trip!
Now, brides and grooms can optionally add another dropdown for children RSVPs. This’ll add another column to your RSVP responses so you can easily track your guests, as well as download your complete guest list in a spreadsheet! Additional, RSVP forms come with a better accepts/declines option, to make RSVPing on your wedding website even easier. To see both, check out the screenshot above!
I’m now working on additional integration with our (1,700+!) wedding vendors, as well as always improving our wedding planning suggestions and advice for the planning/checklist part of the app. Exciting!
For a limited time only, we’re extending a 33% discount to all new signups on WeddingLovely.com! If you don’t know our main product, we’re giving ad-free, stress-free wedding planning advice and guidance through our online wedding planning system. We don’t sell the emails of our signups, spam with products, or give biased advice — we want to help people plan their wedding with more love and happiness. We’ve also added a wedding website generator, so you can share your wedding with all your friends and family easily!
One of the things that I have not done but have always known I should do is write personally on the blog here. We run interviews with our vendors, showcase products, announce new launched products and features, and talk about the wedding industry — but there hasn’t been a real personal element. Why? I’m not sure — perhaps the fact that we’re super busy, or lazy in a weird way, or perhaps a bit of fear. Today, I’m going to change that, and I’m hoping to write every week about something. The progress of WeddingLovely, what we’re trying to do, what our last week was like, what our next week will be like, something. They won’t really have a point, but you’ll get insight into WeddingLovely and what we’re trying to do, and get to know us.
Color picker — now update our wedding website templates with your wedding colors
Our wedding website templates may have nice colors on their own, but they’re not your colors. Now you can choose to change the two primary colors on a design, so you can truly personalize each wedding website for your own personal wedding!
RSVP — guests can now RSVP for your wedding directly from your wedding website
Another oft-requested feature, now you can have guests RSVP for your wedding directly from your wedding website! All you need to do is set an RSVP passphrase (so, if your wedding website isn’t locked, random people can’t RSVP!), send to your guests via email or in your invitations, and guests can enter it on your wedding website and reach the form above to RSVP!
On your end, you’ll get a list of all respondents, the ability to email all your RSVPed guests at once, edit existing RSVPs, and download the entire list as a CSV.
Coming soon: Turn off or on certain pages (so if you don’t want to use RSVPing, you can turn it off) — check back in a few days!