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This week has certainly been a victory for all of you nonconformists and lovers of different out there. Join us in celebrating with this transgender bride who made history as the first to appear on the popular reality TV series Say Yes to The Dress. The LGBTQ community weren’t the only one’s celebrating this week, however, as one Tamil bride dared to step outside South East Asian traditions by rocking this saree with a slit! Whether you consider yourself an offbeat bride or are planning something out-of-the-box on your big day, be sure to share it with us in the comments below.

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Riley & Grey wedding website photo

We love wedding websites — such a great online way to showcase your wedding! We’ve partnered with wedding website provider Riley & Grey to let you know some great tips and tricks to make your wedding website shine. Enjoy!

Yep, wedding websites are the new norm. And just FYI, that’s a good thing. Long gone are the days of scrolling through endless email chains and manually counting collected RSVP after RSVP after RS— you get the picture. Ultimately, your wedding website should significantly relieve your planning stress, not add to it. If you pick the right provider, editing your wedsite should actually be, dare we say, fun (think: an easy, electronic wedding DIY).

But you know, a few pointers never hurt, so here are some of our insider tips and shortcuts for creating an amazing wedding website.

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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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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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