2018 Knot Best of Weddings

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2018

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2018
Chicago, IL (December 4, 2017) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2018 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on The Knot. The Knot is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2018 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicagoland, the most creative wedding photographers, top cake bakers or a chicago wedding dj, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Music By Design is also included in The Knot Hall of Fame. Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals. Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2018.

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About XO Group Inc. 
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush and Ijie. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing.

For more information, please contact weddingreviews@theknot.com.

View official press release – releases on January 2, 2018.

Unsupportive Families

Unsupportive Families Part I
Thanksgiving is right around the corner so now’s the time to address unsupportive families. Your parents don’t approve of your fiancé. We’re not just saying boyfriend, but fiancé. It’s crunch time before the wedding and plans are in motion…yet, Mom and Dad aren’t big fans of Mr. Right.
So, how do you deal with unsupportive families? Does this affect your decision to move forward with a marriage? Basically, do you choose your man over your family? Perhaps, they think he could be a snazzier dresser or have a better haircut. Maybe they’re not crazy about his family,his paycheck, his car. Or maybe they fell in love with the navy officer you dated in college and feel no one else will ever compare. Whatever the reason, and despite how happy you are to be engaged, your parents have yet to embrace their future son-in-law (though at this point, you’d settle for an acknowledgment of his existence). In this situation, the hardest part of planning your wedding may be the one thing you can’t control: your parents.
1) Be Up Front
Tell your parents that you would like them to be part of our day, but that their involvement is their choice. A decision to respond in a proactive-rather than reactive-way to your parents help keep things in perspective.
2) Keep Your Chin Up
A positive attitude will be your best defense against your parents’ snide comments or chilly indifference. Before these things make an ugly dent in your earnest enthusiasm, develop a motto with the staying power to get you through. Repeating a mantra, something that keeps you calm and focused, can be the quickest way back to sanity. Unfortunately, when you are an adult, your parent’s don’t always know what is best for you. You do. Live your life and hopefully your parents will be proven wrong about your “big mistake” on marrying Mr. Not Good Enough. Unsupportive families can sometimes come around when they see how good it is for you.

Children at your Wedding

Children at your Wedding

Setting guidelines and expectations are crucial if you want children at your wedding (or in the wedding). For example, perhaps you have an adorable little chicky poo in mind as a suitable flower girl candidate aka your childhood friend’s little girl. But when it comes to your sister’s kids, your neighbors’teenage son, or your boss’s brood of four you really want to avoid having to invite them (or have them show up uninvited) to the wedding. Here’s the good news; you can do all that. Have your flower girl and consider giving your sister a free pass to bring her kiddos since she is after all your sister.

Here’s the bad news though. You will look like a total hypocrite if you invite select kids but don’t allow others. And you’re walking a fine line between doing what you want and being rude slash hurting feelings. Tread lightly.No one wants to leave anyone out but it’s okay if you don’t want children at your wedding.

If you do end up having kids as guests, prepare accordingly. Depending on your planner or coordinator (if you have one) and how rad she is, she may bring snacks, games, activities and so forth to keep the kids busy and out of your hair during the reception (and ceremony if said kids are spectators and not part of the wedding party). If it’s in the budget, look into hiring some sort of separate entertainment for the kids like a babysitter, a clown, a fairy princess, or some sort of person who can make sure the kids don’t get bored, restless, or out of hand on their own. Check with your venue to see if there’s a room this can be set aside, preferably close to the main event so parents are within a close enough distance should a problem arise. Ask the caterer for options kids will eat and get some juice boxes. Lot’s of juice boxes. Or sparkling pop for the older kids for the champagne toast.
You can make it work, and to your expectations. Just know that with kids in the (sticky) situation, your dance floor might attract some younger dancing kings and queens.

Bad Etiquette

Dealing with Bad Etiquette from Family and Friends
You are bound to see bad etiquette at some point or another throughout the wedding planning process. Etiquette can
come in the form of the proper way to congratulate you, telling you how to run your day, becoming a prima donna with special requests galore, and/or having uncouth behavior or actions.
So your third cousin comes out of the woodwork and asks if she is invited. Well, not everyone has the manner and
grace as you my darling. And it’s tactless to assume. It’s hard to try and invite everyone, but I assume your third
cousin probably is not going to make the cut. You should be honest, and let them know that you are having a small, intimate wedding and unfortunately you cannot invite extended family. Hopefully, she will understand.
Yes, you want to make sure your guests are comfortable, well accommodated, and of course, having fun. However,
when your step-grandma demands that you serve Pellegrino instead of tap water and that she only eats organic, gluten-free; tell you can accommodate her diet certainly on the gluten-free part, especially if she has Celiac Disease.
All other requests are a bit lofty, and to ask you is completely rude. If they have a food allergy or sensitivity, absolutely 100% without a doubt you should make sure they are well-cared for. Otherwise, they can pass on whatever they don’t prefer that is served to them.Let’s say that you’ve sent out your invites…and it was sent to

“Miss Joanna Smith.” However, the RSVP card reads“Miss Joanna Smith +1.” Um, so your friend thinks she is now running the guest list. How awesome of her. Is she also paying for +1’s food and drinks? Simply tell your friend this is not allowed. Unfortunately the invitation was only addressed to her, and not her plus a guest. Hopefully,she will understand.
Some of these things may and may not sound familiar to you. If they do, be gracious, honest, and hopefully your family and friends will understand. This day is about the bride and groom.

Wedding Website

Wedding Website
As a new bride you’re sure to be gushing with the news! What better way than to create your own wedding website or
Wedsite? Having a wedding website is a great way to keep guests and bridal party informed and share your love story. Putting information online can also reduce the amount of detail needed in your invitations, saving on printing and postage.
There are dozens to choose from and it all depends on how savvy you want to be. If you’d like it to be easy and foolproof we suggest Wedding Wire or Nearly Weds. These sites provide templates in which you just fill in the information and pictures. The Knot and Wedding Paper Divas are also great choices that allow you to spread the word about your big day. They have a variety of backgrounds and themes to choose from.
Now, if you want to go all out, you can absolutely pay for your own site. One of the top sites this year is EWedding and prices range from $5-15 per month, depending on how much you want to customize it. Some brides will prefer the basics and with everything else you have to pay for, we think a website might be towards the bottom of that list. That $5 can add up each month so be sure to read the fine print on renewing your website and don’t leave it on auto renew.
Another great site is Wed Simple. This is also a paid site ranging from $10 per month to a onetime only flat fee of $80. This site is cool because you can also plan your wedding on it! This site offers RSVP with meal preference options (something many sites don’t have), a reception seating planning tool, Facebook integration, your own blog to keep your guests entertained.
So, get to it! You don’t have to be a web designer to create a beautiful and informative wedding website site that you can remember long after your wedding.
WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015
WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Music By Design has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015 for DJ Services in Chicago, IL.!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Music By Design’s selection as a Choice Awards™ 2015 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by  past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews.  While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015 winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Music By Design.

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.  As a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015 winner, Music By Design is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Couples’ Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize Music By Design for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

Music By Design is thrilled to be one of the top DJ Companies in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ for 2015.

For more information about Music By Design, click Chicago Wedding DJ.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™, please visit WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire®, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only
online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For
engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 reviewed wedding
vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite
of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge.
For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and
on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility,
manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on
WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE:
MSO), Brides.com and Weddingbee.com. WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2015

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Music By Design - The Knot Hall of Fame

Music By Design – The Knot Hall of Fame

 

Music By Design - The Knot Hall of Fame

Music By Design – The Knot Hall of Fame

Chicago – October 29, 2014
Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicago, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or the hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop from real brides. The Knot Wedding Network (NYSE: XOXO), which is composed of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, today announces the first-of-its-kind wedding industry Hall of Fame for the all-time best wedding vendors across the United States.

Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of more than 330 inductees includes less than 1 percent of wedding professionals.

“For the past seven years, WeddingChannel.com Reviews has been the definitive resource for our brides, providing them with unparalleled vendor recommendations directly from the tried-and-true experiences of fellow brides,” said Carley Roney, cofounder of TheKnot.com. “We’re beyond thrilled to induct our first-ever Hall of Fame, crowning the best of the best across the country, based on more than 700,000 reviews from real brides.”

About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative ev

ents of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush.com and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.

View the Press Release: Music By Design – The Knot Hall of Fame

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CONTACT: Stephanie Fraiman

Public Relations Manager

The Knot Wedding Network

212-515-3595

SFraiman@xogrp.com

Music By Design - The Knot Hall of Fame

NYFW 2014 Roundup

NYFW 2014 Roundup

It’s about this time every year where we begin to dust off our open-toed shoes and dream of warmer days ahead. But for the fashion elite, February marks the coming of Fall as they look way ahead to predict the biggest looks and trends for the most impressionable time of year. Don’t get us wrong, Spring is always a welcome showing for florals, sleeveless looks and the newly reinnovated crop top, but Fall is and has always been the big-time when it comes to high-end couture. This year was no different with the biggest names in the biz closing the shows with the most talked about trends. Here is our take and what you should start prepping for now…

NYFW 2014 RoundupSapphire Blue: By far the hottest hue seen all over the runways, this purplish-blue stole the show with major players like Calvin Klein Collection showing it in ultra sleek and modern silhouettes. The key is to let the bold color do the talking and keep things pretty minimal. Other designers went a big further with the color offering separates that made a statement but also kept this bright blue as a neutral accessory, showing off how versatile it will be this Fall.


NYFW 2014 RoundupSuiting: The obsession with the dress is over Sorry Brides, but the new menswear inspired vibe is all about suiting separates. From wide leg pants and jackets to ultra sleek suits with plunging necklines, the boy’s club is calling the shots this year with a whole new look for women. Thinking of a LWD for your wedding rehearsal? Go for a jumpsuit instead. It’s playful and sophisticated and a welcome change from the typical and often expected dress option. Ralph Lauren pretty much shut down the runway with his superior take on the look he has been perfecting his entire career. This is one trend that is also so classic and timeless we love seeing it reinterpreted this Fall.

Capes: We saw this one coming from a mile away when Gwyneth Paltrow showed up to the Oscars last year in a custom white Tom Ford dress donning and ultra modern cape. The look is actually very reminiscent of the 1960’s “Jackie O” era and it still works today. Lupita N’yongo earned our best dressed award at the Globes for her red hot Ralph Lauren cape gown and we know there are plenty more capes to come!

Fur: Fur accents and embellishments ( real and faux alike) were a key element in layered and textured looks from everyone from DVF to Altuzarra. The idea for fall is taking traditional pieces like jackets and tops to include luxe fur accents like collars, sleeves, and slim fur jackets in all kinds of bold prints.


Jenny PackhamFeathers: Formal favorites Jenny Packham and Naeem Khan stuck with their outrageously gorgeous beaded looks and added a hint of feathering for movement. The look is perfect for bridal and adds an extra dose of glam to an already perfected look. NYFW 2014 Roundup.

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Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

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Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

Chicago, IL (Januray 2, 2014) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2014 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on TheKnot.com. TheKnot.com is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicagoland, the most creative wedding photographers, top cake bakers or the hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Music By Design is also included in The Knot Hall of Fame. Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals.

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About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush.com and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.

For more information, please contact weddingreviews@theknot.com.

To view the official press release, click The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

 

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2014

 

Holiday Survival Singles

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If you’ve been to a wedding in the last 2 years, there’s no doubt that at some point in the night ( most likely the part where the bride throws the bouquet) you have heard the new anthem for all single women , “Single Ladies”. And while we are totally sure that Beyonce had a more empowering message in mind, the song has become almost a mockery for girls without dates or better yet, no prospects while witnessing 2 other people find true, eternal love.  That’s what we love about the new photo circulating the web that gives a real depiction about what it’s like to always be the “single lady” and not the bride- especially around the holidays.

It’s the annual girls night out Holiday edition and what do you know- 3 of the gals are newly engaged! YAY! ( sigh). But for the friend counting how many weddings she will be asked to next summer, adding up the cost of bridesmaid dresses, and stopping off to pick up the token bottle of bubbly for yet another girl who had a ring put on it, it takes a toll. So when this girl posed for the special occasion, she let us all know how she really felt.

But don’t feel sorry for her yet. It’s not all about being single. For many, it’s like we said- it becomes very costly when all of your friends are getting married, especially when you are just starting out and barely making enough to cover your own living expenses. We have talked to several twenty-somethings who told us that each summer, they have to ask their parents for some extra cash just to make it through the slough of hotels, wedding gifts, and bridal shower salad spinners they must come up with just to attend. And for those standing as attendants? “Forget it” a friend recently shared. Hopefully your credit card gives you good cash back or bonus points, because you are going to need it.

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So for any of you single girls who feel the same way as the funny gal in the photo? Keep in mind what a recent article also shared-Why it’s great to be single around the Holidays. No awkward first family meetings at major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, no gift buying for the special someone (huge money saver.) And the time to yourself to do what YOU want while you have the extra time off over the Holidays.  In any case, a New Year is right around the corner, time for you to start fresh with someone special or renew the you that’s pretty fabulous on your own!