Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Ever Increasing Cost of Weddings

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Survey: Bridal spending tops $125 billion; parents less likely to foot ballooning bill.
May 20, 2005: 4:38 PM EDT
By Grace Wong, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Engaged couples can expect to hear more than the "bling bling" bouncing off the bride-to-be's ring -- they'll also hear the ka-ching of the cash register as the average cost of a wedding soars to $26,327, according to a new survey.

A total of $125 billion -- about the size of Ireland's GDP -- will be spent on 2.1 million weddings in 2005, according to the "American Weddings" study conducted by The Fairchild Bridal Group. Fairchild surveyed more than 1,000 brides.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wow Great Blog

I stumbled upon this great blog today, Zen and the Art of Photography.  I like it.  Not sure how it is related to Zen, but it is great.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Wedding Stamp Designs Solve Bridal Problems

Cyber artist and digital photographer TDSwhite has unveiled his new line of coordinated wedding stamps for brides to use on wedding invitations, RSVP envelopes, and thank you notes. These new wedding postage stamps solve a major issue with which brides have been dealing for years.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 16, 2007

Cyber artist and digital photographer TDSwhite has unveiled his new line of coordinated wedding stamps for brides to use on wedding invitations, RSVP envelopes, and thank you notes as well as on engagement announcements and shower invitations. They are available to brides and wedding planners at ArtisticPostage.com.

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Pictage, Wedding Photography & TV

Pictage Featured on CBS' The Early Show

About Pictage:

Founded in early 2000, Pictage - the industry leader of online image hosting, printing and sales solutions, and services to professional photographers - has been on a mission to enable its members to focus on their passion by providing everything needed for their business success.                    

Serving more than 6,000 professional photographers nationwide, Pictage is the photographer's complete, one-stop partner for online viewing, selling, and printing professional images. Its broad range of services and unique products significantly increase revenue, decrease costs and save time for both film and digital shooters, allowing them to focus on their photography and make lasting impressions with clients.

Additional information on Pictage is available at pictage.com.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Photographer's work isn't free for the taking

Photographer's work isn't free for the taking

Jeffrey L. Seglin -- Ethics columnist

Special to the Register
rightthing@nytimes.com

At a wedding reception in the Midwest, a slide show of the lives of the bride and the groom flashed on a screen, pleasing almost everyone. The one person not so happy was the professional photographer who was there to shoot the couple's wedding day.

"The very first picture to come up on the screen was a collage from my Web site of the couple's engagement pictures," she writes. "I couldn't believe it. I had not been asked for permission to use those images."

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Professional photographers make their livings by selling prints of their photographs and the rights to those shots. Using those photos without permission is wrong. Quality costs money and, with photography as with anything else, you get what you pay for. If professionally taken photographs are too expensive for your budget, that doesn't entitle you to steal them. Instead, turn to friends with good digital cameras and settle for whatever quality they can give you.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Rising Cost Of Weddings In America

The high cost of weddings
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by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke
Posted May 7, 2007
11:00 PM

The proposal and the ring are just the beginning. These days, it takes more than love and a lifetime commitment to make it down the aisle, it takes money.

There is so much money to be made in the wedding business with places like J-Crew and Target now offering wedding lines. The trend is all about personalizing your wedding day, from designer water bottles in gift baskets to customized tablecloths and save the date calendars.


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Monday, May 07, 2007

My Horoscope Today

Although you have a realistic view about what's happening, you are likely to take it to a deeper and darker place than is necessary. Your imagination can run wild now and without conscious resistance you could spend too much time lost in fantasies. Don't let your worries turn into obsessions. If you are overwhelmed with strange ideas, pull yourself back into the real world through physical activity or direct engagement with other humans...

Nuptials on Web cam lets many watch special day

Nuptials on Web cam lets many watch special day

Log onto almost any wedding site and you can buy everything from gadgets, such as wedding bubbles and bells, to gowns, including the ones Chrishana Hunt Granger of Huntsville ordered, at a significant savings, she says, for her bridesmaids. But she never considered buying her wedding dress online - which was probably a good thing, wedding experts say.

"We recommend researching your gown online," says Christa Vagnozzi, senior editor at http://www.theknot.com, then "go into the store, and get a good refund and alteration policy."

Couples can also set up their own blog or Web site to post photos and event details. Chrishana and her husband, Sam Granger, knew they'd have a lot of out-of-town guests at their November 4, 2006, wedding in Mobile. The groom grew up in Homewood, the bride grew up in Philadelphia and Mobile, and they went to school at Alabama A&M.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Knot Unveils Best of Weddings Magazine

The Knot, our beloved advertising partner and favorite trade rag, has released a new Best of Weddings edition!

From finding the gown shop with the best service in Boston to the most professional wedding photographers in New York, Chicago's top cakes, and L.A.'s best-rated reception sites-wouldn't every engaged couple like to know the inside scoop from recent brides in their area? The Knot Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOT, http://www.theknot.com), the #1 wedding website and most trusted multimedia wedding authority, announces the arrival on newsstands of The Knot Best of Weddings magazine, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding sites, photographers, florists, and more in over 40 key cities across the United States!