Matchmaking Services

by aiowedding on October 23, 2014

Beating the Odds: Finding the Right One

The United States is going through a significant shift in demographics. As the Baby Boomers gain a lot of media attention, a host of younger Americans are changing the way Americans meet each other, date, and establish relationships. With more than 54 million singles in the country, many of them are searching for the right way to meet their right one.

The Social Side of Social Media

Today, just over 10 percent of all singles use dating services, with an increasing number of young professionals preferring to choose a personal matchmaking service. Online daters say that common interests are the most important factor in their choice of potential partners, with more than 64 percent of the total of all responses. On the other hand, at least 49 percent base their level of interest on the physical characteristics they find on websites.

Most modern matchmaking services use a combination of science, intuition, and time-proven methods to help individuals find potential relationships. As career-oriented individuals find less and less time for casual encounters and random meetings, they place a premium on making the process as efficient as possible.

While formal matchmaking has been a tradition for centuries, it has not been a mainstream American activity until the past few decades. For most of history, most efforts in western countries to find a mate were initiated by wealthy males. However, according to the Matchmaking Institute, women make up more than 60 percent of all those who start the matchmaking process.

Some of the key factors matchmakers use to compile an initial assessment of their clients include:

• Hobbies and interest
• Personal morals and values
• Family background
• Educational background
• Career interests
• Relationship goals

In addition to seeking the right potential match for their clients, many matchmakers will help with various areas of personal development. Clients may take classes on how to initiate and carry conversations, how to identify certain negative personal characteristics, and even how to enhance a wardrobe or personal appearance.

Perhaps one of the most important roles a matchmaker can play is helping clients and potential matches work through the initial dating. Having a third-party help with communications is often a key to getting past initial issues that might pop up.

In the final analysis, many people choose the personal approach to finding relationships for a number of reasons, including confidentiality, controlled screening, and more refined searches with a professional touch. Whatever your choice, you have many more viable ways to meet your special someone than ever before.


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15 Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day

by aiowedding on October 16, 2014

Ah, the wedding day; a stressful albeit joyous occasion for those involved. Never fear, though, as it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think it will be. Read through the infographic at the bottom and you’ll see what I mean. It doesn’t have to be a day full of worry and fear, you see? If you plan and prepare you can make a day of wonder, and truly encapsulate the happiest day of your life.

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Dress

by aiowedding on October 16, 2014

How to Choose the Right Wedding DressYour wedding day is likely to be one of the most important days of your life. Of course you want it to be the perfect day. All brides do – it’s only natural. Choosing the right wedding dress is crucial. If you make a bad decision and choose a dress that fails to flatter your body shape or vintage, it will cast a shadow on the day and potentially ruin it for you. So how can you ensure you pick the right wedding dress?
Look for Inspiration

There are a million and one places to look for inspiration before you go shopping for a wedding dress. There are also lots of dresses to choose from, including short wedding dresses and designer dresses. Magazines are a good place to start – specifically bridal magazines – but there are also plenty of inspirational websites you can spend a bit of time browsing through if you are stuck for ideas about the type of dress you want. Check out image websites such as Pinterest and Instagram for starters.
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When you’re a bride-to-be, when it comes to all of the purchases that you have to make in time for your upcoming nuptials, definitely the most important one is your wedding gown. However, one misconception that a lot of women have is that once they purchase their dress from a bridal shop, there is no other care or maintenance that is required.

Wedding Gown

That’s where this article sheds a bit of light on the topic. In order to ensure that your dress is beautiful, comfortable, and picture-perfect for your wedding day, here are some things that you should make sure to do beforehand.

Have it dry-cleaned. Although you might have bought your dress straight off of the rack, remember that there’s a pretty good chance that other people tried it on before you did. That’s why it’s a good idea to have it professionally dry-cleaned, especially if it is made out of silk, wool, rayon, or acetate fiber. Also, make sure that you go to a cleaners that specializes in formal wear and also has some kind of guarantee in case they inadvertently damage it during the cleaning process.

Keep it stored in a cool and dry place. Once your dress is clean, it’s important that you store it properly until your wedding day arrives. The best way to do this is to get a storage bag to put it in and then to hang it up in a cool and dry place (like the back of your closet, for example). If you’re wondering where you can get this kind of garment bag, eBay has plenty of them, or you can find them at a local David’s Bridal store too.


Steam-press it the day of the wedding. Whether your dress has been sitting in a storage bag for a couple of days or several weeks, it’s bound to get some wrinkles on it. That’s why, on the day of your wedding, you should set aside an hour or so to steam-press your gown. However, you definitely want to be careful and make sure that you don’t apply too much heat and that you don’t rush through the process. One website that you can give you some great step-by-step instructions is eHow. Go to the site and put “steam-press a wedding dress” in the search field.

Use a toothbrush and detergent for spot stains. If you were to ask someone who works at a bridesmaids’ gift company like Wedding Prep Gals for another wedding planning tip as it specifically relates to your wedding dress, one thing that they might recommend is that you look over your dress to make sure there are no tiny spot stains. If you do notice a couple, don’t panic. All you need is a small cup of warm water, a bit of laundry detergent, and an old toothbrush. If you gently rub the stain with the solution, that should take it right out.

Watch what you eat and drink. One other thing that you should definitely not forget to do on your wedding day is watch what you eat or drink. Anything that could result in a stain should you accidentally drop it or spill it (such as chocolate or grape juice), you can go without. Remember, you have forever to eat “messy foods,” but you have only one chance to make a first impression on your wedding day!


wedding A photo booth is essential for memorable events such as birthday parties, reunions, and weddings. There are many photo booth companies who are offering their services and each of them differs in quality. So, how do you pick a good photo booth for a special event? Here are some tips that will help you in selecting a good quality photo booth to hire.

Research about the photo booth (OMG Entertainments) company in mind (just a quick link to one we recommend for the UK.
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Weddings have many traditions, some which are permanently infused in what our ideas of marriage are. Others that are extras that are easily forgotten, they might even surprise you. In our modern world, it’s down to the bride and groom to decide where they wish to be traditional and where they decide to be more contemporary. It’s obviously not a decision that anyone else can make. So here are a few examples of traditional accessories and a few contemporary creations that also offer a range of options for the big day.

The Veil

jj-2014-templetonTraditionally, brides wear a veil to cover their face and extend down their back. This references a past tradition of women wearing their hair long for their wedding day and is also a way of ‘presenting’ the bride at the alter. When – and if – a woman is unveiled during her wedding, it’s usually done by the father of the bride or the groom before the kiss. Whilst veils are still a very common feature of weddings, many brides opt to have their face uncovered when walking down the aisle. This makes them more of a gorgeous hair accessory than a face covering.

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4 Ideas for the Perfect Handmade Wedding

by aiowedding on October 7, 2014

In these difficult economic times a handmade wedding can be a great way of cutting costs whilst truly showcasing your own distinct style. When you take the handmade route you can either make everything by following online tutorials or you can buy unique handmade items from local craft fairs or online marketplaces such as Etsy or ArtFire.

Perfect Handmade Wedding
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding DJ

by aiowedding on September 29, 2014

You’ll find yourself juggling a lot of plates when it comes to planning your wedding. In addition to selecting a venue, hiring an officiant, and tracking down the perfect gown, you’ll have to plan for the reception, including selecting food, drinks, and a cake, as well as booking a photographer, a caterer, a florist, and all kinds of other vendors. Of course, you’ll also have to entertain your assembled guests, and this often means hiring a DJ to get the party started (and keep it going all night). And if you want to get your money’s worth when it comes to your wedding DJ, you need to be proactive. Here are just a few tips to help you get the most from your entertainment.

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First, you have to understand what a DJ does. In many cases, DJs are prepared to do more than spin discs. They will often participate in announcements, including presenting the couple to guests upon their arrival at the reception, as well as announcing the couple’s first dance, the father-daughter dance, the cutting of the cake, throwing the bouquet and the garter, and so on. It’s a good idea to talk to your DJ ahead of time about your expectations concerning such events so that you can work out an appropriate timeline for the evening, as well as making sure that it’s all part of the contract (and you won’t be charged extra for these services).

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Of course, the main function of the DJ is to get people onto the dance floor. But don’t confuse your wedding DJ with, say, a DJ at a night club. Generally speaking, wedding DJs come prepared with a pretty basic rig that they can jack into a PA system at your venue. Some can provide you with equipment like amps if you’re at an outdoor venue or one that doesn’t have speakers on hand. But you need to discuss this ahead of time to make sure that your DJ can accommodate such requests and provide you with pricing for equipment rental.

Most wedding DJs also offer a catalog of music that includes a wide range of genres, as well as songs that tend to be popular at weddings. Often, you can select songs from this list, make special requests, and even provide your own music in a format to be determined by your DJ (MP3, disc, etc.). Special requests may cost extra, especially if the DJ has to track down and purchase the music before your event.

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Finally, you might want to think about hiring a DJ that offers added value through additional forms of entertainment. Some services, like Soundwave DJ and Photo, for example, provide your guests not only with music, but also with a fun photo booth to take snapshots during the reception. Other DJs may have partnerships worked out with other types of entertainers, offering discounted rates on additional services when you opt for a package deal. Your DJ will probably offer you a variety of options when it comes to packages and pricing, but you need to make sure to address concerns and ask questions up front, before you put pen to paper and enter into an agreement for services.


Your wedding will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which means that you will want to remember it for a lifetime. While memory serves us well, nothing is as sharp, clear, and nostalgia-inducing as photography. This is why hiring a wedding photographer for your big day is so important. However, not all wedding photographers are equal – some photographers are leagues better than other photographers, so you want to make a number of critical considerations before you hire the right person for the job. If you think about it, the person you hire will be documenting an incredibly intimate part of your life, so you want to make a very careful hiring decision. Here are five considerations for brides when hiring a wedding photographer.

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1. Does the photographer have a lengthy portfolio? One of the most important considerations you want to make is the quality of the photographer’s work. In all likelihood, you probably don’t want to hire a subpar photographer to shoot your wedding. For this reason, you want to see a big portfolio – there should be many examples of different weddings that show the photographer’s experience and diversity.

2. Does the photographer specialize in weddings? Of course, you want your wedding photographer to actually be a wedding photographer. Some photographers are more generally interested in shooting whatever they can. The only problem with this is that they haven’t mastered the art of wedding photography. When you hire a wedding photographer, you want to make sure that wedding photography is the photographer’s sole profession. You may not get the best shots if your photographer isn’t thinking about the best way to capture the wedding.

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3. Does the photographer offer a flat rate? Some photographers will charge by the hour – others will charge based on how much you are willing to pay. To get the most honest invoice, you want to hire a photographer that will charge a flat rate. When it comes down to it, some weddings can go on a little longer and some unexpected things can happen, so you want your photographer there to capture the moment. Some wedding photographers, like Tom Hall Photography, will offer a flat rate, which is a lot more manageable, and you don’t have to worry about paying for overtime charges.

4. Does the photographer have all of his or her own equipment? Ideally, you want your wedding photographer to bring his or her own equipment – you don’t want to be responsible for renting the equipment yourself. Any truly professional wedding photographer will have his or her own lights, cameras, and other tools. If a photographer doesn’t have this equipment, you probably want to keep searching for a photographer.

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5. Does the photographer have references? Last, but not least, you want to consider the photographer’s references. Testimonials will help, but it is worth a shot to call a few previous employees. A wedding photographer should have a sense of decorum and professionalism at a wedding. In the end, you’ll be glad you did your research when you see how beautiful your wedding photos turn out.


There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, a lot more than many people ever realize. Months and months can be spent working on getting every little detail just right. The wedding itself may take place in just a day, but the guests do not always realize what is behind the ceremony or the reception; they just enjoy themselves and have fun. You may have been in this boat yourself, but now you are planning your own wedding, and you are starting to realize how many things you have to consider.

Sometimes, these things seem vastly different. For example, maybe you want to make sure that your teeth look perfect for all of the pictures, so you’re thinking about visiting dentists in Fort Myers. Remember, hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures are going to be taken at your wedding, and you only have one chance to get it right. At the same time, you may be planning an outdoor wedding, and you want the backdrop to be flawless. For this, you may find yourself thinking about putting in artificial grass. This gives you a smooth surface to walk on so that there are no incidents, and it also gets rid of the brown spots and patches so that each picture looks better than you ever imagined.

Do you see just how important all of the details are? You may never have thought of both of these things together before, but they make perfect sense in the context of a wedding. On top of that, you have to figure out where you want everyone to sit, who you are going to have be in the wedding, what type of food and drinks you want to offer, if you’d like to have a DJ or a live band, and much else.

Before all of this starts to feel overwhelming, you should know that the best two things that you can do are to delegate jobs to others and to make a master list of everything that needs to be done. The list helps to keep you on track so that nothing is forgotten, from that trip to the dentist to installing the artificial grass, so that can help to reduce stress. Also, you do not need to do it all by yourself. Give jobs to friends and family members who volunteer to help; it’s much faster and easier to work with a team!


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