I had the chance to interview the founders of ModernWeddingAdvice.com.
Here is the email interview:
1) Can you give me an introduction of yourself, when and how did you start out and what is your wedding site about?
Mickey and Minnie started Modernweddingadvice.com so we could help other modern couples with wedding planning. We started the site during our own engagement period, when we found it difficult to find information on truly modern wedding planning, blending new ideas and old traditions. We were able to find a great deal of information online for a single type of bride but not so much for modern couples like us. We decided to compile information and place it all together on a site where other couples could come and plan their wedding in one convenient place.
2) I understand your site has been up for a really long time and is now one of top wedding authority sites online. What do you think is the key factor to your success?
You really can’t place enough emphasis on hard work, but I do think it is the details on ModernWeddingAdvice.com that have set us apart. For example, many “authority” sites have lists of wedding music without any way to listen to the songs or read the lyrics. Sometimes the words to the songs they list are actually fairly inappropriate for a wedding.
If you read the words to “I Will Always Love You,” which is in the top ten list of many wedding sites, the songs is about a break-up not a beginning, being able to read the lyrics is very important. We also have hundreds of articles, lists of readings and their sources with full text, articles about and pictures of wedding gown and bridesmaids dress designers, a state by state Officiant directory with phone numbers and many other feature stories.
3) What is it about your website that you are most proud of?
I am most proud of the emails I get from happy brides who find that one detail they were missing on our pages. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to introduce someone to their wedding reading or father-daughter dance song, which they hadn’t found on any other wedding site. I take pride in having not just the most common wedding topics, but also more unusual subjects that I have been able to find in my own extensive research, as well as original and unique content.
4) What is the greatest challenge that you have faced while growing your site?
Convincing some wedding experts that the groom matters and is in fact co-director of the wedding. I don’t want to say anything bad about a bride and groom who choose to have one or the other do the planning, but at the same time if a groom wants to be involved, society in general needs to open up to that idea.
It is disheartening reading many “authority” opinions on wedding planning that don’t “just” cater to the bride, but actually invalidate the groom. I would like to see more grooms taking an interest in their own weddings, but for that to happen the wedding industry needs to start welcoming them to the process.
5) Currently, what is the one wedding tip you want to give to soon-to-wed couples?
Your wedding is an emotional time for you and your family, but not for your vendors-for them it is a business. Try to use a more practical mindset when dealing with vendors. You might be too wrapped up in the emotional side of things to realize you don’t need every upgrade to have a perfect wedding.
Also, if you can avoid saying wedding when dealing with vendors, such as limo companies and florists you will see a sharp decrease in the price quotes.
6) What are some of the areas do you think wedding couples always overlook when planning their own weddings?
Make sure that during the wedding planning process you take time to remember why you said yes in the first place. The party you are planning is nowhere near as important as the marriage you will be part of for the rest of your lives.
With this in mind, take some time weekly to have a date night, or wedding-free time to just be a couple and share your love together. Your relationship is the reason for the wedding; make sure you spend time nurturing it.
7) Your final thought and advice for my wedding blog readers?
Take your time and enjoy each other. A marriage is a truly blessed event and now that you have found that one person for you, it is time to start enjoying life to the fullest. Don’t be bullied into making quick decisions, this is the only time you will be planning a wedding. And finally congratulations and good luck.
That?s the end of the interview.
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