Cinderella’s Shoe

Cinderella’s Shoe
Every bride dreams of finding Cinderella’s shoe – that perfect pair of shoes that will make her a princess! Gone are the days of dyed to match shoes.  In today’s wedding world, we dream of shoe art from Jimmy Choos to Louboutins to knockoffs,you can find simple, sexy, or glitzy shoes to compliment you on your big day. There’s a lot to know about wedding shoes. If you’re going to be walking down the aisle soon, you’ll definitely want to check out our tips.
There are several things you’ll need to take into consideration before you buy your wedding shoes. Of course, comfort is essential, and you’ll want your bridal shoes to be special. But, if they don’t work with your dress, you’ll be really disappointed. The perfect wedding shoes will need to be many things, but mostly, they must be comfortable. Just think, you’ll be walking down the aisle, posing for photographs, greeting attendants, cutting the cake, and possibly dancing in your bridal shoes. This could add up to hours and hours on your feet, so be sure, above all else,that you choose shoes that are comfortable on your feet. For the choosy bride, there’s always the option of more than one pair of shoes! You can have formal heels for the ceremony, and comfortable shoes for the reception and dancing.
The heel height of your wedding shoes is of utmost importance. Your dress will be fitted to accommodate the height of your bridal shoes, and if you’re not comfortable in really high heels, your wedding may not be the best time to try them out. If you want a bit of added height, but aren’t used to stilettos, you can consider platform heels, or lower kitten heels. And, of course, if you prefer a flat, satin ballet slipper can make beautiful bridal shoes.
While your shoes should be a good match to your dress and the setting of your wedding, they should also reflect your personal style. Some brides opt for two pairs of shoes, one for the ceremony and pictures and a more practical pair for dancing into the wee hours. Just be sure you wear all your shoes before the big day to avoid blisters!

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.
Praise

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016

PraiseChicago’s Own Music By Design, Ltd. Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016
Chicago, IL – {January 6, 2016} – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Music By Design as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for DJ Services in Chicagoland.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Music By Design – your Chicago Wedding DJ. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Music By Design who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Music By Design is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

Music By Design is proud to be one of the top DJ Companies in the WeddingWire Network. 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® 2016.

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#About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Woodland Wedding

Woodland Wedding
With Spring coming in just a few months, why not explore a Woodland wedding? Whether it’s a destination or
just in your backyard, it’s a perfect time of year for this trendy theme! If you love nature and want to combine your big day with the outdoors then consider a more rustic setting. Brides, you can bring the outdoors inside with simple touches like branch center pieces and combining natural colors like whites, olives, golds, silver and jewel tones. Another great color that goes well for a woodland wedding theme is Marsala, this decadent rich wine red color will compliment any rustic style.
We are also loving how affordable mother nature can be! If you have a special tree,why not consider getting married under it? Or had a great memory in a park or forest preserve, why not checkout that space as the venue for your ceremony? Weather is certainly something to consider so if you’d rather not chance it, then bring the beauty to your tables, chairs, décor or bouquet. Deep plum colors contrast very well with beige and brown, making your decorations pop. You can even think about making the food match the Woodland wedding theme with a s’mores bar!
Go have fun with fall colors and if you’re a more rustic bride but don’t want the standard barnyard, then consider the Woodland Wedding theme.
Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2016

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2016

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Music By Design, Ltd. named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2016

Chicago, IL (Januray 1, 2016) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2016 ­­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 2016 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 2016.

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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, 2016.

Wedding Website

Wedding Websites
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 want 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.com 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 site that you can remember long after your wedding. With such great options, there’s no reason not to make a wedding website.

Bohemian Wedding

Bohemian Wedding
Trending into next spring we have the Boho style wedding! It may be the holiday season but there’s no time to waste if you’re planning a wedding for next spring or summer.
If you’re a chill, free spirit and love those ethereal layers then you’ll want to look into the Bohemian wedding. We love the quirky details that make every Bohemian wedding unique. Here are some of our favorite Boho details that you can incorporate!
1. Flowy, lacy layers. These vintage style dresses can be worn with as much lace as you love. They can be accented with rosettes on the straps, romantic plunging necklines, with soft off the shoulder silhouette or wide bell sleeves.
2.Flower crowns in your hair. Instead of the traditional veil, think about flowers entwined with elegant vines as a jeweled piece on your head! A Bohemian wedding wouldn’t be complete with out flowers.

 

3.  Tee pees! What bride wouldn’t want a romantic white teepee to either take pictures in or have as a shady spot at the reception. It’s sure to be a hit with guests. You can get creative with embroidery, fabric and cost saving materials to make your own!
4.  The last one will be a sure hit for your bridesmaids–long, flowy dresses to match yours! They can be in the wedding with comfort and style as well in lovely pastel colors. They don’t have to be long, you can layer their skits or have them wear a cute crop top style over the shoulders.
Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion

While the mixing of cultures in America is a given, sometimes fuses these traditions can be tricky. But, they don’t have to be – let’s take a look at customs that you can incorporate into your big day that is both Asian Fusion and American.

From China to Japan to other Asian countries, each culture has their own set of customs that have been passed down from century to century. Some modern couples opt to do two ceremonies, one honoring their parents and traditions, and one that is more modern to suit today’s culture of weddings.
In Chinese tradition, the wedding date is picked carefully according to astrological signs and birth dates, and the ceremony begins on the half hour to cement the couple’s good fortune. Chinese weddings are chock-full of colorful customs, often accompanied by the sound of firecrackers and gongs. Many modern brides change their bridal outfit up to three times! Who wouldn’t want more than one spectacular dress to debut? The three dresses include a traditional white dress, a traditional Chinese bridal dress for the tea ceremony, and a cocktail dress to send off the guests.

In Japanese culture, there are many symbols and customs ingrained in their wedding traditions. While the Western custom of exchanging rings has become increasingly popular over the years, the ritual of “san-san-kudo”, the three by three exchanges are rich with meaning. It is performed by the bride and groom and both sets of parents; each person takes three sips of sake from each of three cups. The first three represent three couples, the bride and groom, and their parents. The second three represent three human flaws: hatred, passion, and ignorance. “Ku,” or nine is a lucky number in Japanese culture. And “do” means deliverance from the three flaws.

In many cultures such as Pan-Asian, symbols, colors, and different types of food mean good luck or fortune for the newlyweds. The different foods served all have special meanings, for example lobster might be served because redis a lucky color or clams served with both shells symbolize the couple’s union. Honoring your tradition is important, but so is staying true to your likes and dislikes of what you want on your big day. Honor is a big part of Asian culture, but what big day isn’t about giving a shout out to your parents an the people who’ve shaped who you’ve become? If you and your fiance are from different cultures, try to incorporate as much tradition as you both feel comfortable with. We guarantee your guests who are not familiar with them, will be dazzled by the Asian Fusion!

Gothic Wedding

Gothic Wedding
Fall is a fantastic time of year for a wedding, and there’s something fascinating about a bride who is daring enough to use Gothic wedding themes on her big day. It’s not traditional, it might scare some of your guests, but if they’re dare devils like you then they should get into the theme. What better time of year than October for blood red elegance?
Our favorite main piece is probably the thousands of Gothic wedding dresses you can pick from. They can be as expensive as traditional dresses but we’ve found some deals where they seem slightly less pricey. They can be simple to ornate, for example this stunning red A-line.
Other styles can be darker for your more Victorian rocker side.
The possibilities of a Gothic themed wedding are spectacular. You have permission to use dark colors that most people would think are too dramatic. There really isn’t anything too dramatic or wrong in this theme. We love brides who think outside the box! Your Gothic wedding doesn’t have to death and skeletons, like most people associate with the word. Gothic can simply refer to romanticism and you can wear white, like this stunning cascading gown.
Whatever colors you choose it’s all about the romance and elegance even with a Gothic wedding theme. But, feel free to go wild with black roses, cloaks, crimson accents and all the wonderful darkness that’s out there to play with! Your guests can also get into the theme by wearing top hats, long gloves and canes. Your perfect fall wedding is waiting.

British Wedding

British Wedding
This year, what’s left of it, still boasts hot trends such as the British Invasion. We’re sure Princess Kate and her sister Pipa’s style have influenced this trend! The elegance, sophistication and Downtown Abbey inspired style at weddings gives the feeling of grand royalty with out breaking the budget.
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The British wedding theme will have simple tables adorned with lace clothes. Dining alfresco is a popular option for this theme as well. It’ s so versatile that you can have the British wedding theme but also add your own flare to it. You can add personal touches like the vintage china you got from your grandmother, or serve that jam you learned to make yourself. Of course, setting can play an important role in an English themed wedding. Try picking a manor
or luxurious hotel to make it feel Victorian. Bonus points for finding a red phone booth for photo opportunities! You can even make one if you’re feeling DIY, there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest, on how to do this.  A red, white and blue color scheme will add to the British wedding feel –why not have your bridesmaids carry different colors or vests for the guys?
Have fun and keep a stiff upper lip when planning a British wedding. There are plenty of options to make it feel either modern or vintage England at your British wedding. Lace is never a bad ide