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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

 

10 Inspiring Wedding Quotes

Some brides lose sight of what is truly important when planning a wedding. It is easy to get caught up in all the details of planning and to worry about trivial decisions or fears. One way to keep yourself focused is by surrounding yourself with positive messages. Here are 10 wedding and love related quotes to help you through the wedding planning process. Post your favorites somewhere you will see them often, and read them whenever you feel yourself starting to slip into bridezilla territory.

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  1. “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day, you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.” – Unknown Author
  2. “We didn’t realize we were making memories; we were just having fun.” – Unknown Author
  3. “All it takes is faith, trust.” – Peter Pan
  4. “Lean on each other’s strengths; forgive each other’s weaknesses.” – Unknown Author
  5. “Eat, Drink, and Be Married.” – Unknown Author
  6. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. It is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Unknown Author
  7. “Being in a relationship isn’t about the kissing or the dates or going out. It’s about being with that one person who makes you happy in a way no one else can.” – Unknown Author
  8. “The couples that are ‘meant to be’ are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than before.” – Unknown Author
  9. “Marriage is getting to have a sleepover with your best friend every single night of the week.” – Unknown Author
  10. “Sometimes you just have to quit thinking so much. If it feels right, it probably is, so just go with it.” – Unknown Author

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All About Wedding Toast Etiquette

Every wedding, and some of the related events, features people honored with the privilege of giving a speech. Most guests enjoy hearing the humorous stories and joyful blessings offered by the speakers, but poor planning can result in boring or embarrassing speeches that ruin the evening. Here is everything you need to consider when choosing people to give a wedding toast.

Who will you ask?

The first decision you must make is who will speak at your wedding. Traditionally, the best man and maid of honor, and perhaps the father of the bride and groom, give speeches at the reception or other wedding events. However, you may also consider asking another close relative or friend to speak. In addition, some people may ask you if they can say a few words. Do not feel obligated to respond with a yes. You only want people who are very important to you and who will give an appropriate toast to speak at your wedding.

What will they say?

While your speakers don’t have to let you read their wedding toast, you can ask for a general idea of what they plan on saying. If there are specific stories or topics you don’t want the speakers to mention, make sure you tell them ahead of time. Surprisingly, some people think it appropriate to share embarrassing stories. If you don’t want to be the blushing bride, give your speakers some guidelines ahead of time.

When will they give the toast?

You will need to create a schedule to share with your DJ and event planner. Typically, speeches occur before, after, or during dinner. Keep the guests in mind when creating this schedule. Also, consider which speakers may be better suited for events other than the reception, such as the rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch.

How to Handle a Momzilla

Brides often get a bad rep for being bridezillas, but the mother-of-the-bride can be just as demanding and troublesome. If your mom (or the mother-of-the-groom) is getting a little out of hand, use these simple tips to help save the peace at your wedding.

Warn Others

If you are dealing with a Momzilla, don’t keep it a secret. Warn your wedding planner and other vendors. They can help you handle a Momzilla who is interfering with your wedding plans, and they will appreciate knowing in advance what to expect. For instance, if you don’t tell the DJ to ignore all song requests from your over-involved mom, you may end up listening to all of your mother’s favorite songs at the wedding instead of the songs you and your fiancé requested. While you should consider your parents’ opinions, the day ultimately belongs to you and your fiancé.

Plan Ahead

If you know you will be dealing with a Momzilla, make plans before she can interfere. For instance, if your Momzilla will be too outspoken about the dress you wear, go shopping with friends to find the perfect dress. Then take your mom back to see the gown once you have made a decision about the dress you want.

Keep Her Busy

Momzillas want to be involved, and they will be very offended if you don’t take any of their suggestions. To avoid an argument, choose a task that isn’t too important to you and assign it to the Momzilla. This could be something simple like creating the welcome bags for out of town guests or something more involved such as the rehearsal dinner. Giving the Momzilla a job will not only make her feel involved, but it will also keep her busy so you can get more important planning done.

 

Happy wedding planning, and best of luck dealing with your Momzilla.

Geneva Wedding 12 is giving away a Free Wedding on 12.12.12

From the dress and invitations to the music and reception, it is all included! Geneva Bride is thrilled to announce the Geneva Bride Wedding giveaway. The lucky winning couple will receive a complete wedding and reception for 125 guests. The wedding ceremony followed by drinks and appetizers will be held at the Herrington Inn & Spa, an award-winning boutique hotel and spa located along the banks of the Fox River. A reception will follow at Riverside Receptions complete with a wonderful collaborative dinner from some of Geneva’s top chefs.

Here’s how to win:

1. Visit Geneva, Illinois and create a 1-to-3-minute video explaining why you are the perfect Geneva wedding couple. The bride and groom must each appear at least once in your video, and it must feature at least one location (not a home) in Geneva.

Videos will be judged based on originality, personality, and the best presentation of Geneva as your ideal wedding location. When you’re done, upload your video to Youtube.

2. Complete the online application form.

3. Our judges will select 12 semi-finalists based on which videos show the most originality, the most personality, and the best presentation of Geneva as your ideal wedding location. Semi-finalist videos will be posted on the Geneva Wedding 12 website, where visitors will have 12 days to vote for the best video.

4. The 3 couples with the most video votes become finalists. Finalists will be interviewed by our judges, who will select a grand prize winner based on personality, originality and your presentation of yourself as the ideal Geneva bride and groom!

For a complete list of rules and entry guidelines, please click here.

2012 Bride’s Choice Awards™

Chicago, IL – January 17, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Music By Design has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for the DJ category!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Their past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Music By Design stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Music By Design for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

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™ 2012.

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To view the official Press Release, click here.

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.

Finding a Helping Hand

The fun you can have when planning a wedding is endless, but unfortunately the flip side is also true. For the times when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, there’s often only one thing you can do: ask for help.

Your Mom

Mom knows best, right? And whether it’s your own mother, your mom-in-law-to-be, or another mom-like figure in your life, they usually know you well enough to at least calm you down. Call them up, have a coffee date, and vent about your wedding woes. You might just be surprised with their problem solving skills and motherly wisdom.

Your Best Friend

A best friend is often more than ready to get their hands dirty in helping you solve all your wedding problems. And a solution to your problem comes in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s a chick flick with a pint of ice cream or a helping hand on those wedding favors and wedding invitations. No matter what you do, your best friend is the person with whom to have a laugh and tackle those challenges head on.

Your Fiancé

Not every guy will understand the extent of your wedding worries, but a long hug, dinner date, and good conversation might be just the key. Reaching for help from your fiancé can help you remember what your wedding’s all about: the start of your marriage. Your problem may still be a problem, but hopefully you’ll realize it’s not worth the worry you were wasting on it.

Your Vendor

This may be a surprising choice for help. But the truth is, most wedding vendors, whether it’s a venue manager or your chicago wedding DJ, has been through hundreds of weddings. They know every problem and have seen every solution. That personal connection may not be as strong as your mom, best friend or fiancé, but some problems simply need a little advice from a seasoned professional. Don’t be afraid to spill your guts and ask for help.

3 Reasons to Get Married in the Winter

The busiest time for weddings is spring and fall because of the cool yet warm temperatures. Summer also has its fair share of weddings, but there is another season that is perfect for your big day — winter. Most people fear winter because of the cold weather and short days, but here are three reasons why a winter wedding may be perfect for you.

Discounts

Because vendors are less busy in the winter, they may be willing to offer discounts. Brides who get married in the winter report savings on the venue, photographer, florist, and a Chicago Wedding DJ. You can also get great savings on your honeymoon. It is typically cheaper to travel in the winter because it is the slow season (unless you are getting married near the holidays). You can save money on the flight, hotel, and even excursions.

Availability

Many vendors start booking up about a year ahead of time. If you have your heart set on a particular vendor, you have to book early. There are also issues at the dress stores. Sometimes, you have to get alterations done three months before the wedding because the seamstress is so busy, but in the winter, the dress store can accommodate your schedule and needs.

Snow

Many brides fear snow on their wedding day, but it can a beautiful plus. Translation: you will have stunning pictures and a romantic setting. Check out the photos below for inspiration. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case of heavy snow. Most venues have a cancellation or postponement policy, so make sure you ask before signing contracts.

No matter what season you choose, your wedding will be beautiful. When making important decisions about your wedding, always consider your budget, style and vision, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Some of the most beautiful weddings are the ones that take risks. Translation: horse and carriage in the snow or February beach wedding.

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Customer Feedback

Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2011
Event Location: Double Tree, Oakbrook, IL
Event Type: Wedding
Event Staff: Jeff

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Superior
Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Superior
Quality of Customer Service at Event: Superior
Overall Customer Service: Superior
Friendliness of Your DJ: Superior
Promptness of Your DJ: Superior
Professionalism of Your DJ: Superior
Appearance of DJ: Superior
Sound Quality: Superior
Overall Volume Levels: Superior
Music Selection: Superior
Incorporation of Your Requests: Superior
Lighting Effects: Good
Equipment Appearance: Good
Planning Assistance: Superior
DJ’s Cooperation With Other Vendors: Superior
Value for Cost: Superior
Overall Performance Rating: Superior

Is there anything specific we can improve on?

Additional comments or suggestions?

Would you recommend our service to others? Yes
May we share your comments with others? Yes
May we add you to our list of references? Yes

Name: Aimee & Bil Cosban

Customer Feedback

Event Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Event Location: Geneva Golf Club
Event Type: Wedding
Event Staff: Joe

Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Superior
Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Superior
Quality of Customer Service at Event: Superior
Overall Customer Service: Superior
Friendliness of Your DJ: Superior
Promptness of Your DJ: Superior
Professionalism of Your DJ: Superior
Appearance of DJ: Superior
Sound Quality: Superior
Overall Volume Levels: Superior
Music Selection: Superior
Incorporation of Your Requests: Superior
Lighting Effects: Superior
Equipment Appearance: Superior
Planning Assistance: Superior
DJ’s Cooperation With Other Vendors: Superior
Value for Cost: Good
Overall Performance Rating: Superior

Is there anything specific we can improve on?

Additional comments or suggestions?

Joe did a great job! He found obscure songs for our funny dances,
and kept the whole night flowing. Everyone had a great time!!! 🙂

Would you recommend our service to others? Yes
May we share your comments with others? Yes
May we add you to our list of references? Yes

Name: Lauren Campbell