Thankful for November's Blog Highlights!

Thankful for November's Blog Highlights!
Photo credit: Meg Burke Photography

We haven’t forgotten about our monthly blog highlights posts — or Friday roundups for that matter. I’ve been a little sidetracked being halfway across the world and all but I’m now back on US soil and ready to get you caught up on November’s best of the best. Check out our interview with one of the pioneers of candid wedding photography in India, a superb tablescape inspired by Thanksgiving, a truly romantic engagement shoot with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop and more in this month’s highlights!

See November’s best:

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Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Ido Productions

Today’s photographer interview is with Andy of Ido Productions based in Pamplemousses, Mauritius! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hi! I’m Andy, the founder of Ido productions based in Mauritius, the ‘gem of the Indian Ocean.’ It’s a beautiful setting for what we do. I love nature in all its simplicity, and that is what I like to show off in my wedding photos.

Read the full interview after the cut!

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Venue Walkthrough: Belvedere Events & Banquets (10)

Today we’ll be taking a virtual tour of Belvedere Events & Banquets located in Elk Grove Village, IL and our tour guide is, Jodi, Belvedere’s event coordinator! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about your venue:

Belvedere is a stunningly elegant venue where the atmosphere and service create lasting memories. We offer our guests the very best facilities and a caring, capable staff. You will find every aspect of your event planning experience at Belvedere to surpass expectation. Step into Belvedere Events & Banquets and open your mind to the subtle elegance of what our facility has to offer you on your wedding day. For the best in wedding venues, Belvedere offers an elegant wedding reception facility that none other has achieved in this industry. From the soft sounds of the cascading fountain to the simple elegance of mosaic tiles displayed throughout, our wedding venue will amaze. We offer mosaic fountains, marble fireplaces, outdoor patios and a lobby bar.

See more of this lovely venue after the cut!

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Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: Paper SnapsPhoto credit: Oh Snap Photography

Today’s stationer interview is with Liz Schulte of Paper Snaps based in Kansas City, MO! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I honestly just fell into it! After graduating from The University of Kansas in 2010, the job search was not going particularly well. I was trying to avoid advertising, but I wasn’t finding much else in KC I was qualified for. Trent (the owner) saw my resume online and, luckily for me, he was willing to take a chance on a new grad! All the work I loved in school – branding systems, letterpress, typography, book layouts – turned out to be a perfect set of skills for an invitation designer!

Read the full interview after the cut!

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photo credit: Mr.TinDC

The weekend of deals is almost over! I’m particularly excited about today’s deals as my goal is to finally book my honeymoon. I am completely overwhelmed with options and places and hopefully a great deal will make it easier to choose. Exciting!

If you missed them, check out our Black Friday and Small Business Saturday posts as well as most of those deals extend through today.

Without further ado, our WeddingLovely vendor Cyber Monday deals:


Compass Rose Studio

Discount Code: CMWL10
Expires: 12/03/14
Night Owl Paper Goods
  • Free domestic ground shipping from noon-5pm CT
  • 20% off everything (including custom!) from 7pm-midnight CT
  • $10 Gift Card FREE with any order $99+, all day long!

Simply Paperie

We are running a 25% off special 11/28-12/1 with coupon code winter25. Happy Holidays!


L+J Films

We are offering $500 off all of our packages for wedding videography for Black Friday through Cyber Monday.


Favors and Gifts


50% off all single bottles and gift sets, free shipping on Mani of the Month subscriptions.


It’s Small Business Saturday! Small businesses are near and dear to my heart (it’s why I started WeddingLovely), and I personally try to shop from small businesses whenever possible. Today’s such a great day for that too — check out all the deals below! Don’t miss our Black Friday deals as well, most of which extend through the weekend.

Kelly Embry Photo

$350 off any wedding collection purchase of $2500 or more. Offer valid for any available date in 2015. Contract must be signed by Monday December 1st at 8:00pm to receive discount.

Compass Rose Studio

We’re offering a 15% discount on any Custom Wedding Map Design.  This applies to map invitations, announcements, save the dates & 8×10 gift maps.  Just mention Wedding Lovely Small Business Saturday Deal in your e-mail to receive the discount.  We’ll reply with details on getting started.
Expires: 12/02/14

La Rue Louise

$1 Wedding Invitation Sample Packs Our sample packs are only $1 in our Etsy shop (normally an $8.50 value)! Use coupon code SMALLBIZSAMPLE

Free Thank You Notes: Receive 50 free thank you note cards with any wedding invitation or save the date card order (a $75.00 value; does not include sample pack orders). Note cards are smooth white folded 4 Bar cards with envelopes. Just enter GIVETHANKS in the “notes to seller” box at checkout.

Free Shipping: Use the coupon code FREESHIP in our Etsy shop to receive free shipping on any order (domestic shipping only).

Website here!

A Cupcake a Day

We are doing 15% off all weddings in 2015 booked this Saturday!

Stacy K Floral

We are offering 10% off on Small business Saturday and black friday.

photo credit: marcp_dmoz

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving to all our US-based readers! As we speak, several members of my family are out running through stores — while I’m home here in my pajamas on my computer. I think I got the better deal, right?

Several of our lovely WeddingLovely vendors have deals going on over the next few days, and you can shop with me online with them! Check them all out below:

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