We’ve chosen a winner for the First Annual WeddingLovely Reader Survey and they have been emailed! Just an FYI for all that entered, and to everyone who did: thank you so much. I’m looking forward to using that data to build a better WeddingLovely Blog!

The survey is still open to those who’d like to give their thoughts — it’s anonymous (if you don’t leave your email) and it’ll share the future of the blog. Add your response here!

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!

If you have a blog, it’s reeeeally important to know who your readers are, and in the last 1.5 years that the WeddingLovely Blog has been around, I haven’t gotten to know y’all yet!

If read this blog (hi!), even sporatically, it would be so wonderful if you could take the time to fill out this small survey so I can get a feel for the overall demographics of our readers and figure out how we can improve for the future. The survey is anonymous, but if you want to be entered into a contest for five beautiful letterpress Thank You cards from The Aerialist Press (seen above), you can add your email to the survey for a chance to win!
Fill out the survey here.
Winners will be randomly chosen at 9pm on November 30th. Good luck and thanks for your response!

We’ve been so excited watching the WeddingLovely Blog grow in pageviews and uniques — we love working on this blog and it’s so great you think so too!

We’re running a winter super duper sale for advertising — sidebar advertising starts at just $5/month and we also have a special deal on running partnered posts! Interested? Email [email protected] for our media kit with traffic stats and rates!

WeddingLovely.com, our online wedding planner and wedding website app, got a couple more features this weekend!

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!

Planning your wedding? Sign up for a 14-day free trial of WeddingLovely.com here!

WeddingLovely.com, our online planning and wedding website web app, is doing something a bit different in the world of weddings — we’re charging up front (starting at $14.99 per month) rather than creating revenue through advertisements. It’s always been my biggest pet peeve with wedding companies, where so many websites are chock full of advertisement and spam — we wanted to give our best, most useful, and unbiased advice and information about planning your wedding, without worrying about promoting advertisers!

This system also makes it easy for us to reward referrals, and I’m happy to announce the launch of our referral program today! Quite simply, if you sign up for a unique referral link:

  • Every person you refer receives a 33% off coupon to WeddingLovely.com
  • And you get 10% of what they paid. So if someone pays $79 in our pay once tier, you get $7.90. For our monthly subscriptions, you’ll receive 10% for every month for 12 months — up to $18 per referral!
  • If engaged and using WeddingLovely.com already, even better — if you refer 5 new accounts to us, we’ll refund your account, so you’ll get WeddingLovely for free as well!

If you haven’t used WeddingLovely.com and want to check it out before referring, just let me know at [email protected] and I can set you up with a test account for free.

Sign up for your unique link here and start sharing today!

Thanks to everyone for supporting WeddingLovely! We’re so excited.

-Tracy

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We are so, so, so pleased to announce the launch of the new WeddingLovely.com!

We (Julia, Marit, and myself) love weddings, which is why we’ve built our vendor directories — to help engaged couples find their vendors, and support the amazing community of local and independent wedding vendors worldwide.

The biggest piece missing has always been a solution for the wedding planning process. We’ve heard time and time again, “I loved my wedding, but man, am I happy that wedding planning is over!” Weddings and wedding planning should be simple, streamlined, and a joyful experience — much like the wedding itself. Over the last few months, we’ve tested a wedding planning newsletter on WeddingLovely.com to share what we’ve learned about weddings and the process, but email wedding planning simply wasn’t enough.

Today, the new WeddingLovely.com launched — full online wedding planning, complete with pages of information about every big wedding task. A couple can specify that they want DIY suggestions, or that they’re having an outdoor wedding, as well as a number of other personality questions, and the content we give will be tailored directly for their unique wedding.

We work with over 1,500 vendors worldwide, and soon, we’ll be tying WeddingLovely.com and our directories together — so a bride in San Francisco looking for eco-friendly invitations will see all the available options for her. We’re so excited about bringing the vendors we work with and engaged couples together!

We’ve also included a wedding website generator, because if you’re planning your wedding, it’s just natural to have a wedding website as well!

Check out WeddingLovely.com, tell your friends and family, and happy wedding planning!

We are so excited to share another great perk for our upgraded WeddingPhotoLove vendors! Over the last few weeks, we asked our photographers what vendors they use most or would like to work with more. We gathered your requests and began contacting these great businesses for a discount unique to WeddingPhotoLove. We’re proud to say that we’ve rounded up over $400 in discounts. How awesome is that?

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See what vendors are giving WeddingPhotoLove discounts after the jump… Continue reading

Event Planners AssociationToday, WeddingLovely is teaming up with Event Planners Association! The EPA is a national trade association for professionals in the event and amusement industries, which includes professional meeting planners, event and wedding planners, inflatable games and amusement rental companies, florists, caterers, DJ’s, entertainers, venues and more.. We are constantly striving to find more ways to show off our vendor’s quality, and adding EPA to our partnerships is an amazing way of showing customers that we have amazing wedding vendors in all of our directories!

From the Event Planners Assocation’s website:

“The EPA provides a unique support system for independent business owners as members benefit from the EPA’s in-house law firm, in-house insurance agency, marketing specialists, professional certifications, local networking opportunities, continuing education, affinity programs and regulatory support. Our mission is to provide the foundational elements of a successful business and facilitate the highest standards of excellence and professionalism.

The EPA also acts a resource to the public as an educator and source of ethical, reliable, and competent business professionals for hire in the event planning and amusement industries.”

If you are currently listed on one of our directories and a part of EPA, then you now can edit your profile and add the EPA badge to your profile:

EPA and WeddingLovely

Not a part of EPA? They provide a number of amazing benefits:

As a member, you’ll have access to the EPA’s in-house law firm, in-house insurance agency, marketing specialists, continuing education, networking opportunities and affinity programs. Here are just some of the perks you’ll get:

  • Legal Assistance: You will have immediate access to the documents you need to operate your business as well as the ability to communicate with legal experts as you need them.
  • Insurance: Special liability insurance is offered to Event Planners Association members from the nation’s leading insurance providers to the amusement and professional event planners industries. Premium discounts are provided by many carriers to EPA members.
  • Networking: Access to other’s experiences and knowledge will allow members to broaden their insights, solve challenges and develop innovative ways to build businesses. The relationships formed through networking can be long-lasting and fulfilling from a personal and professional perspective.
  • Trade Credibility: Trade association membership provides credibility in the eyes of a client. Involvement in a local chapter provides credibility among industry peers. This activity indicates a business owner’s commitment to their company, their event planner career and the industry as a whole.
  • Internet Marketing: The EPA’s search engine optimized website marketing elevates members’ businesses to new heights – giving greater visibility to more potential customers!  Members receive internet marketing services targeted directly to customers in their service area via our integrated, search engine optimized, marketing sites.

Membership starts at $49, join today!

We want to thank Kim, Erin and the entire crew at EPA — we’re beyond thrilled to be working together!

Etsy holds a near and dear spot in WeddingLovely’s heart (one of the main reasons we’re hosting an party at Etsy Labs next month!) Back when WeddingInviteLove was our only property, the vast majority of our vendors came from Etsy and didn’t have their own website — just an Etsy storefront. Now, if you have an Etsy account, we made signing up for WeddingInviteLove even easier!

Now, simply sign into Etsy on WeddingInviteLove, and we’ll pull your Etsy information and images directly into your profile application. Just add a password for your WeddingInviteLove account and submit!

We love what Etsy is doing and want to support invitation vendors on Etsy. Do you have an Etsy storefront? We’d love to hear your thoughts!