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The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Chicago, IL (December 2, 2016) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2017 ­­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 2017 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, 2017.

Wedding Venue Cheat Sheet

Wedding Venue Cheat Sheet

Finding the perfect wedding venue can be daunting. However, with the help of online search engines, wedding Websites and magazines, along with referrals (word of mouth) things are much easier nowadays. Sites like WeddingWire, The Knot, and Style Me Pretty offer pictures and lists of local venues that come highly recommended. Who doesn’t like to drool over gorgeous pictures of dreamy and whimsical weddings all while venue scouting?

Wedding Venue Cheat SheetPhoto by Tom Nicol

Once you narrow down your list from online shopping and magazine scouting, it’s nice to visit these top locations in person to get a better idea. When you do visit these locations in person, please be prepared. The following questions are meant to be a guide for newly engaged couples:

  • How does the place charge—per person, by the hour, or flat fee? What is the payment plan?
  • Does the location provide everything we’ll need (tables, chairs, dinnerware, linens, stage for DJ or band, dance floor, tent, additional lighting, etc.)? Are there up charges for these items?
  • How many people does it seat?
  • Does the style of the space match the look we’re going for?
  • Does the decor coordinate with our color scheme?
  • Do we like the view and the surrounding area? Are their windows?
  • Where does the band/entertainment set up?
  • Is there an echo in the room? This will affect how the band/DJ will sound.
  • Can we see sample floor plans and/or visit when the room is set up for a wedding, so we can see what everything looks like when it’s set up?
  • Is in-house catering available? Can we bring in our own caterer?
  • Does the site have a liquor license? Can we bring in our own alcohol? If so, what types of alcohol will be served, and is there any cap or limit?
  • Is ours the only reception scheduled that day? If not, will there be another one during our reception?
  • Will we be sharing cocktail hour space or bathrooms with the other guests? Will we be able to hear their music during our reception?
  • Will the manager be present for our reception?
  • What are the cancellation policies? Is the deposit refundable?
  • What’s the staff to guest ratio?
  • How many hours is the site available? Are there charges if the reception runs over?
  • Is there free parking? If there is valet parking, what are the rates and expected gratuities?
  • Is parking free for vendors?
  • What is the charge for vendor meals?
  • Will there be coatroom and restroom attendants? Servers? Bartenders? What are the charges for each?

Wedding Venue Cheat SheetAllori Photography

Happy venue shopping! Make sure to ask plenty of questions, and to get everything in writing in your contract when you are ready to book the perfect site.

5 Best Apps for Brides-to-Be

You’ve probably heard horror stories about how stressful and time-consuming wedding planning can be, but you don’t have to worry. Thanks to technology, planning a wedding is now easier than ever. Here are five wedding apps that will make wedding planning a breeze, so you can enjoy your engagement instead of feeling overwhelmed.

 

pinterest logoMobile Pinterest

How did people ever plan weddings without Pinterest? This addictive site lets you create virtual inspiration boards featuring images from anywhere online. (You can also upload your own images.) Not only does this site let you organize your ideas, but it can also be handy to show vendors images so they can imagine your wedding as a whole. The mobile app lets you easily access the site on your phone or other device, making it easier than ever to share your boards with others.

 

iwedding deluxe iWedding Deluxe

This app will cost you, but it may be worth it if you need some help staying organizing. It keeps track of everything from your seating chart to guests menu chooses. For $9.99, you will have a comprehensive wedding planner that is easy to use. This is perfect for busy brides who may be planning on the go because you can complete wedding tasks on your phone rather than waiting until you get home.

 

brides wedding geniusBRIDES Wedding Genius 2.0

This free app is great for brides looking for inspiration. Featuring hundreds of photos, it will help you choose styles for wedding dresses, rings, and more. The best part is it lets you save your favorite images and locates vendors carrying the products near you.

 

 

Wedding Budget appWedding Budget

This free app is great for brides on a wedding budget. It lets you enter deposits and expenses. The best part is the visuals. This app creates graphs so you can visually see exactly where your money is being spent and how much money you have remaining.

 

 

wedding 911

Wedding 911 by The Knot

As you plan your wedding, you will definitely have questions, and The Knot has all the answers. Whether you are wondering if you have to feed your vendors or trying to figure out how to save money, this free app can answer your questions.