WeddingWire Award!

Raleigh, NC – Jan 31, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for wedding planning!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Planning is among the very best wedding planners within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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About WeddingWire, Inc., the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on and other leading sites, including (NYSE: MSO), and (both part of eHarmony), and (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Great Venues!!

One of the great things about my job is working at all the great venues in the area. We have a come along way since I got married in Raleigh 10 years ago. There wasn’t much choice then. The area is growing and expanding so much and with that we are getting more event space, more hotels and more choices for our brides. I am still hoping for more space in downtown Raleigh, although last year saw the opening of Cobblestone and Stockroom 230 which was great. Keep your fingers crossed we get more. Below are some of the great venues I am working at so far this year.

1. Bay 7
2. The Cotton Room
3. Duke Gardens
4. Angus Barn
5. Sisters
6. The Matthews House
7. The Carolina Inn
8. Marriott City Center
9. Prestonwood Country Club
10. Durham Bulls Ball Park

The Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2011

1. Royal Wedding Fever 
The Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William on 4/29/2011, is forecasting “fairytale bling” with crystals and monograms to celebrate the customs and traditions of the royal family.
2. Sheer Coverage and Assymetrical 
One shoulder gowns, sheer and peekaboo necklines are allowing brides to be fashionistas with flair.
3. Texture and Layers 
Layered fabrics add texture without bulk. Vintage gowns are still in with romantic ruffles and fabrics with “easier to dance in” styles are in. Layers of tulle with an oversize skirt and strapless gowns are still in to flatter many body types.
4. Bright Colors 
Tropical and fun colors for 2011 – apple green, mauve, lilac, hot pink, slate grey, celadon, aged gold, coral, red, violet purple, mocha/chocolate/brown, navy, emerald/pine green/dark cyan, clementine orange, and yellow.
5. Embellished Belts 
Chelsea Clinton’s wedding dress with her ornate and colored belt is still making an impact for 2011.
6. Personalization First 
Focusing on the couple’s interests, passions and hobbies first to set themes revolving around them.
7. Outdoor and Natural Settings 
Many weddings are still formal, yet have a casual or natural theme. The outdoor creates a theme of comfort, and focus is more on making guests feel “at home”. Outdoor ceremonies make it easier on some guests to not have to travel once they arrive.
8. Eco-Friendly Weddings 
Couples are enviromentally sensitive in their planning with vintage dresses, recycled paper invites, and using food and florals from local producers. Reduce, reuse, recycle are on their minds.
9. Trio Terrific 
Brides are combining two and three colors instead of just one complementing color.
10. Technical Aspects 
Social networking sites saves time, money, and give guests tons of information, but the couple must also make sure they do not overstep wedding etiquette in the process.
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