We have long reached the digital age wherein with each passing day our blackberrys and laptops have become an indispensable extension of our lives. From information gathering to dowright impulsive online shopping, the internet is a preeminent media where businesses gain global reach and we, consumers, make informed decisions and actions. So I guess it is safe to say that a bride has all she needs under her fingertips. Gone are the days of clurred organized notepad as wedding planning can conveniently be done with a few clicks of the mouse.
They can scour for invitation ideas, wedding gown, bridesmaids’ gowns, tuxedos, limousines, flowers, caterer, DJ, band and so much more, all from the comforts of one’s home or office.
Certainly some items require a visit to the shop or office such as wedding gown alterations and tuxedo fittings. However a great deal of the time and effort in selecting the particular vendor you are comfortable working with, the styles and colors of gowns and tuxes, the types of invitations are all at your fingertips in the online world.
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Selecting a Disc Jockey is made easy & simple by a quick visit to www.findyourdj.com where a few clicks can provide the happy couple with professional DJ’s in their area. You can also find a multitude of wedding vendors here such as photographers, videographers and other professional services on online directories such as www.marrymehawaii.com and www.brides.com .
Limousines are readily available by checking the National Limousine Association’s web site at www.limo.org.
An excellent portal for concise information for your wedding needs is www.todays-weddings.com.
The Association of Bridal Consultants is an excellent choice for brides that want an increased level of personal attention for their wedding (www.bridalassn.com).
Some think shopping via a computer screen is an impersonal experience, but it can be as personal as you want it to be. You may consult with your vendors via e-mail, or choose to contact them directly by phone via their number on their site.
Also available to the bride and groom-to-be are also wedding newsgroups that offer advice from wedding professionals as well as from brides and grooms themselves. Two of these newsgroups are alt.wedding and soc.couples.wedding.
Not only is the net a tool for the bride and groom it can be of great to the guests as well. Many brides choose a wedding gift registry on-line, which enables guests across the country to select and purchase wedding presents that are appropriate and to the brides liking.
For those who’s not so big on writing, www.speeches.com can help you write some of those heartfelt messages.
Keep an eye out for contests and give-aways, but be cautious. You might be added to a listing where you may get bombarded with emails or direct mailings to your home. Most companies have become well aware of this personal intrusion and avoid sending spam emails that inevitably offend and irritate the bride.
Have a great time planning your wedding day. Make it a unique experience by utilizing free tools that you can conveniently find online.