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3 Reasons Why You Should Attend a WeddingWire Social

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 03, 2015

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Hi! I’m Jackie, a soon-to-be bride from Columbia, MD. After a couple months of obsessively reading the forums on WeddingWire, I thought it would be fun to meet some of the couples in real life…and the Silver Spring WeddingWire Social was born! We met for dinner and drinks and had such a great time. Now, I know some of you are thinking “hmm… a social sounds like fun, but I don’t know about meeting strangers from the internet…” so I compiled a list of reasons why you should attend (or even host!) a WeddingWire Social:

  • You get to meet amazing people – I exchanged emails with some awesome people at WW and met a bunch of great brides (and two brave grooms!)
  • You get to have a couple hours of wedding talk without anyone thinking you’re crazy – we’re all getting married and we all know how easy it is to obsessive (and talk) about all the little details. Not a single person there thought it was weird that we talked about weddings, and only weddings, for a solid two-and-a-half hours.
  • You get different perspectives on wedding planning. We had one bride that was getting married in October 2015, one getting married in August 2016, and a bunch in the middle. Some were planning destination weddings, some were local, weddings at vineyards, weddings at hotels, guests lists from 40 up to 300, and all price points. It was great hearing about all the differences and similarities between our weddings.

I could go on and on, but for the sake of time, I’ll summarize. Yes, we are strangers on the internet, but by the end of the social, you’ll have amazing new friends who will understand when you freak out that your mom added 20 extra guests to her list, your dress arrived with a stain, or no one seems able to fill out a RSVP correctly. The WW community is amazing online – we’re even better in person!

Interested in hosting a WeddingWire Social? Click here for more information »

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Photo by John Bayley Photography

Are you planning a wedding in the New York area? If the answer is yes, you are in luck! There is an event coming your way with that is dedicated to showcasing luxury local vendors.  The Wedding Salon Bridal Show will take place on Monday, April 27th from 4-8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street New York, New York 1001.

Do not miss the yummy cake tastings from Carlo’s Bakery, mini manicures from Manicube, dress collection preview from Jenny Yoo, and a destination honeymoon giveway. Plus, there is more! Goodie bags filled with gifts from Essie, INOVA Hair Care, Meramor, and Hada Labo Cream.

Readers of WeddingWire can receive $15 tickets (a $75 value)! To RSVP, use code WWBP when you purchase here.

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Are you planning a wedding in Los Angeles? If the answer is yes, there’s a special event coming your way that’s dedicated to getting you in front of local luxury wedding vendors! The Wedding Salon Show will take place on Monday, March 2nd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the InterContinental Los Angeles, Century City.

Each Wedding Salon bridal event emulates a luxury wedding featuring a beautiful canopy, lavish flowers, gown previews, makeup trials, and much more. And don’t miss out on the luxury goody bags as well as the opportunity to win a surprise luxury giveaway!

And, you’re in luck! Readers of WeddingWire can receive $15 tickets (a $75 value)! To RSVP and receive the discount, use code WWBLP when you purchase your tickets on the Wedding Salon’s website.

Fun Times at WeddingWire Social Richmond

Posted by Sarah Z. on Feb 03, 2015

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Brews and I Do’s—does it get any better than that? We had a blast hanging out with engaged couples (and their supportive friends!) at Hardywood Craft Brewery  in Richmond, Virginia last week. After mixing and mingling while noshing on free pizza and beer, attendees got all their wedding planning questions answered by WeddingWire Editor Sarah Zlotnick and Julia Define of Down the Aisle Events, LLC. A great time was had by all! Scroll down for more details from the night.

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Hardywood Craft Brewery provided the perfect backdrop for the first of many newly-engaged WeddingWire gatherings in Richmond. From the handsome wooden bars to the delicious ales on tap, the brewery’s Tasting Room is the perfect spot for a casual engagement party or rehearsal dinner.

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Pizza Tonight provided a truly delicious assortment of pies for the evening, all of which they baked on sight—in a portable wood burning oven they brought to the venue!

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While they were hanging out, guests added any and all wedding planning questions to white boards posted around the room. “Momzillas”, getting ruthless while cutting the guest list . . .  no topic was off-limits!

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One by one the  white board questions were called out, and wedding experts Julia Define of Down the Aisle Events, LLC (a Harrisonburg, VA-based wedding planning company, pictured) and Sarah Zlotnick of WeddingWire were on hand to weigh-in. Couples also got tips on big ways to save money and plan efficiently.

 

weddingwire staffWeddingWire staffers hanging out after the fun! Richmond Community Manager Jamie (center) can be reached at jamierva@weddingwire.com if you’re interested in attending future events in the area.

We’re looking forward to having many more WeddingWire events in Richmond and across the country in the coming months! Special thanks to Rutsen Eagle Photography for capturing the event.

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For engaged couples in Austin, the WeddingWire Sip & Plan event at Caffé Medici at The Austonian was the place to be on Thursday, January 29th! Wedding planner Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events was at this lively event to answer attendees’ tough wedding planning questions.

“It was wonderful to chat about all things wedding planning—from save the dates to DJs, tricks to save money and where to spend,” says Beth Zerdecki, the WeddingWire Austin Community Lead. “It was one extremely informative evening!”

Check out the top five tips our wedding expert Johnell shared at this unique event:

  1. ”Don’t be afraid to ask!  This is your wedding and it should represent you as a couple. Personalize it!”
  2. “[Wedding planning] starts with the venue!  Once you have that secured, all the details and planning may begin.”
  3. “Please, please, please get a day-of coordinator, at a minimum!  Don’t make your mother, aunt or photographer run around for you!”
  4. “How to get through planning your own wedding: plan for a weekend, take some time off, plan for another weekend, then take some time off. Divide your year of planning into the beginning, middle and end.  Focus on your goals for each stage and let it go in between.”
  5. “Most importantly, keep it simple and do your own thing!”

To learn more about planning your wedding in Austin, check out the Austin Wedding Guide »

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