Holiday Survival Singles

singles picHoliday Survival Singles

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!

2013 Bride’s Choice Awards™ – Music By Design

Brides Choice Awards 2013We are excited to announce the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013! This prestigious annual awards program recognizes the best local Wedding Professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.

Professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, are recognized based on their overall achievements throughout the previous year. The recipients represent the top five percent of the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 Wedding Professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Unlike many other industry awards, which are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ are awarded solely based on the reviews from past clients on WeddingWire, the nation’s largest wedding review website, featuring over one million newlywed reviews.

2013 Brides Choice Awards“Every 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 installment, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize the elite Wedding Professionals who exemplify quality service and professionalism. These vendors were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to clients. We are honored to recognize the 2013 winners for their impressive achievements and unwavering commitment to providing quality service within the wedding industry.

We are happy to announce that Music By Design is among the very best DJs within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. Music By Design would like to thank its past clients for nominating them to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013.

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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.

There’s An App For That!

Just when you thought there was an app for everything (and there is) a pleasant surprise for those of us in the wedding biz has come along that will revolutionize your planning experience. Appy Couple, is an invite-only way to create your custom wedding app for your very own wedding! Finally, something we can use! You would think for the most important day of your life there would be plenty of tech savvy tools for the iPad and iPhone, and in some regards there are, but for the more modern couple, the widely accepted and ultra popular wedding website is just a little too last season.

Appy Couple is like having your very own personal graphic designer custom curate templates and color palettes that reflect your own personal wedding style.  When you begin designing the app, there are more color schemes, personalization and gallery options than you could imagine. There’s even a fun animated champagne- bubble screen that you or your guests can compile “toasts” and other sweet salutations.

Now down to the practical stuff: hotel info, calendar of events and countdown clock are all right there for everyone involved to access down to the minute changes or instructions.  You can even RSVP to each event right from your smartphone or tablet.  And for guests who are only invited to the wedding and maybe not the rehearsal or bachelorette party? No problem, you can control which guests see what content and make sure there are no communication errors in between!  All content, including messages and photos, uploads in real time so guests and members of the bridal party can stay up-to-date (if they choose). Guests can also upload their photos and post messages and toasts on the couple’s message board.

Like other great inventions, this one was inspired by the creator’s real life experience and lack of technological resources when it came to keeping order in helping plan her sister’s 500 person wedding. With countless other events leading up to the big day, they both certainly would have benefited from this genius little tool.  And with its major assortment of layout and custom designs, the app is as gorgeous as it is practical. Some brides are using it as an extension of their wedding décor, by dropping little hints about the colors, flowers, and look of the day by using some of that in their app.  We suggest you jump on over to their site and check out this cool new idea that you will no doubt be seeing everywhere soon. And hurry, this app is free for now, but the company is planning to expand and start launching price packages later this fall.  Along with the new pricing, they promise even more options and customizations. We can only imagine they will be stunning and well worth the price of a download!

Etsy Find of the Week

Etsy, for those of you newcomers, is an online marketplace where vendors can sell their handmade goods.  Sounds crafty, but Etsy has quickly become one of the go-to places for brides to find everything from custom signage and invitations to veils and jewelry for their big day.  The advantage is getting something completely unique and having your money go directly to the designer or creator, which seems to be how most vendors keep their prices so competitive.  Either way, this online bazaar of sorts can keep you busy browsing for hours and if you are getting married, Beware…their wedding sections are freakishly addictive!

Here is our pick of the week for a sweet bridal gift found on Etsy: personal, special and quite the keepsake!

The Power of Social Media

The following video puts social media in perspective.