Archive for February, 2010

Wedding Apps for iPhones

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I’ve been looking all over the place for some useful wedding apps for iphones and it looks like there are a handful of them but only a select number of good ones. There is definitely lots of room for improvement when it comes to wedding centered apps for smartphones.

Here are my top two:

A. iWedding Deluxe Truly it seems like one of the most powerful apps for wedding planning out there. It has a way to track the wedding party, the guest list, the budget, it also has a generic wedding planning calendar and much much more. It’s a little on the high $$$ end as far as apps go but it has a ton of useful bells and whistles.

iwedding

B. Bride Guide This app has a wedding countdown, which can be a lifesaver or a stressful reminder of how much needs to get done! It is well designed with different sections such as ceremony, reception, stationery, flowers,etc and tips that are quite useful while planning a wedding. I really like their budget feature with a comparison between estimated vs. actual.

brideguide

What are your thoughts… will you use an app to plan your wedding? Any other good ones out there that you would like to share?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

If you haven’t told your loved one how you truly feel about them, today is a good day to put all your cards on the table and tell that person how much you love them and how special they are to you.

Exquisite Weddings featured on Clover and Bee

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

We were very happy to have one of your 2009 weddings featured on Clover and Bee

Please visit their website’s Real Weddings for part one and two of Venu and Sendhil’s beautiful Hindu wedding last summer.

Photo Credit: Orange 2 Photo

Photo Credit: Orange 2 Photo

Wish Upon a Wedding

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

As Valentine’s Day rolls around the corner I wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful organization called Wish Upon a Wedding. Wish Upon a Wedding produces weddings and civil union ceremonies across the United States for individuals facing terminal illness. I’m happy to be part of the Chicago Chapter team who will be helping a couple make their wish come true. I chose the Friday prior to Valentine’s Day because on Sunday,February 14th, Wish Upon a Wedding will start accepting applications. Please visit their website to learn more about the organization and how to apply.

If you are a vendor and would like to become part of the Wish Granters team please submit an application. You do not need to be part of the wedding industry to contribute or make a donation. For more information on becoming a wish granter please visit the website.

I will continue to update everyone on upcoming events for the Chicago Wish Upon a Wedding Chapter and our launch event in March. Follow the chapter on twitter at WUWChicago or become a Fan on Facebook

Dreams do come true.

Wish Upon A Wedding

Quick Fire Post {How many guests can be seated at round table?}

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

How many guests can be seated at a 60″ round table? With lots of room 6, comfortably 8…. maximum and I mean very maximum is 10 guests.

What about a 72″ round table? Do not seat any less than 8 guests at this table or it will look empty and your guests feeling like second class citizens. Comfortably seat 10 guests at this table, busting at the seams it’s 12 guests but still fits. Any more than 12 guests and you will get mean looks from the catering captain finished with a big “no” as it’s physically impossible to accommodate another person or place setting (aka. dishes, glassware, etc).

Photo Credit: Gerber & Scarpelli

Photo Credit: Gerber & Scarpelli

Creating a Hotel Room Block for your out of town guests

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

If you are not hosting your wedding reception at a hotel and have a good amount of out of town guests attending the wedding, then it is a good idea to set up a hotel room block. Most hotels offer a room block for weddings but others don’t. Demystifying the hotel room block can get tricky at times because some properties will make you liable (as in big $$$) for any rooms that go unused and others will not. Start by calling hotels near the reception site that have openings for your wedding. Second, ask what is the maximum amount of rooms the hotel can provide per night without making you liable for any rooms that go unused. That number usually ranges between ten to fifteen rooms. Finish by asking for the room block rate which usually tends to be $20 to $30 off their rack rate. If you feel this is a good rate for your guests then make sure you ask the sales person to provide you with a contract stating the phone number guests can call to make their reservations, name the room block is under usually it’s the couple’s last names, what is the cut off date for guests to make their reservations and how many rooms are included in the block. Make sure you ask your sales person what happens if you fill up your room block but still need to add more rooms . Chances are the hotel might be able to accommodate you at the same rate but it all depends on availability.