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A Digital Wedding - Top 7 Wedding Apps

Posted On: February 26, 2013

 

Planning a wedding in the digital age has never been easier … or has it? With the influx of thousands of wedding centric websites and blogs, Facebook pages, bridal magazines, smartphone apps it can be confusing to keep everything on track (think appointments, budget, vendor contracts, guest lists etc...) even for the most organized Bride and Groom!

Here at All Star Limousines, Long Islands top wedding limo and luxury travel service company we did the research for you – we know that planning a wedding is stressful, we also know that “googling” countless wedding centric ideas and apps can be even more stressful, and really who has time for that when you have a wedding to plan!

 

TOP Seven Wedding Apps

... so you can plan your wedding like a pro! 

 

Long Island Bride and Groom

This FREE app is the one and only for New York Bride and Grooms! It brings to life the fabulous and notorious Long Island Bride and Groom Magazine, with virtual tours, videos, music samples, and slides shows! This app gives a Bride and Groom to be everything they need to know at the touch of a finger!

WeddingHappy

Is a FREE off-the-hook iPhone app that manages one of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding – keeping track of ALL the wedding vendors and the to-do list! This app is an essential and simple solution to organizing a plethora of information that is literally at your finder tips!  

Wedding Budget

Nothing like a FREE wedding budget app! A simple, straightforward app that gives the you, the user an interactive and visual display of keeping the wedding budget in check. This app really does it all: Breaks down the costs associated to all categories: venue, flowers, entertainment, photography, limos, attire, etc.; it will let you know how much is left in your budget, when the next payment is due, and if you are staying within budget parameters. Simply put this app keeps you in check! 

Silverfox Entertainment, Silverfox DJ

Fun Wedding

This is indeed a FUN Wedding APP - and for .99 cents we really love it! We all know that entertainment can make or break a wedding reception, and although you probably booked a great band or DJ they for sure asked you about your music style, and definitely a “Do NOT play list!” This app will give you the ability to hear samples of the top 200 most requested songs, choose songs for every dance at the wedding reception (think Bride/Groom, Father/Daughter, Mom/Groom), and you can search songs from 1950's to present day. It's a great app and resource to make sure that your guests have fun and get up and dance!

Brides Wedding Genius

Definitely a BRIDE Centric Wedding App and DEFINITLY a must-have! Brides can find inspiration and have fun searching wedding gowns, rings, and honeymoon destinations. The app has hundreds of photo's, let's the bride select her top picks, save favorites and find local retailers to locate her most favorite things! And it's FREE! Love it! 

All Star Limousine TOP Wedding Limos

Wedding Manager + 

This app may be above your price range at $2.99 but it is the Mercedes of wedding apps - beautiful, efficient, perfect functionality and gives the user every luxury imaginable to plan the wedding of their dreams! The app includes functionality for guest list management, budget, and task lists. The biggest advantage of this app is the amazing option to send an excel file to your PC which contains all your data from the app - how COOL is that?! Awesome! 

Wedding Countdown 

Let the countdown begin...with this adorable FREE app you can countdown the biggest day of your life! Customize the settings, colors, font, and view all to suit your taste; a simple fun app!

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

photo credit: William Hook via photopin cc

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Wedding Rescue Team

Posted On: February 18, 2013

 

The Wedding Rescue Team began as a mere thought by our good friend and partner John Salkowsky of Silverfox Studio’s, after Hurricane Sandy hit John had a simple goal: to provide a wedding package for ONE couple who was affected by Hurricane Sandy to help ease the financial and emotional stress of planning a wedding.

Interviews Before the Reveal

When John approached Jim Powers, founder and President of All Star Limousines, it was a no-brainer, Jim knew with certainty that he would be part of this amazing team, not only to give back to the community, but because Jim understood that planning a wedding is stressful, and frankly after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy he couldn’t think of anything more stressful than trying to rebuild a life and planning a wedding.

What grew from this amazing thought is nothing less than remarkable, out of the generosity of the Wedding Recuse Team members, a tight knit community of wedding professionals they were able to deliver not ONE but THREE dream weddings to couples that lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. The combined total of all the Wedding Rescue Team Wedding packages exceeded $48,000.00!!

Silverfox Photography Wedding Rescue Team Reval

Waiting For The Reveal

The actual day of the Wedding Rescue Team reveal was magical, being part of this team that brought love, happiness and good fortune to three very deserving couples is something that doesn't happen every day, and it was a true honor to be part of something so big. 

Silverfox Photography Package Presentation

Wedding Package Presentation

The three couples that were awarded the Wedding Rescue Team Wedding Packages are truly amazing, each so loving, extremely gracious, and seriously an inspiration to us all - after everything they went through with all the adversities they faced, they came back fighting! For All Star Limousine, it was a pleasure to be able to meet these couples face-to-face, to connect and bond with them.

The Wedding Rescue Team is an incredible team of wedding professionals some that All Star Limousine has worked with for well over thirty years, and others that we had the pleasure of being introduced to for the first time last week. As team members we hope we can continue our efforts, bring happiness and more wedding to couples that are as deserving, and as wedding professionals we hope to continue to build our strong network to work together in the future. 

Silverfox Photography

Some of the Wedding Rescue Team Members

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

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Part Three: Spotlight On New York Wedding Planners

Posted On: February 01, 2013

Today we bring you MORE insider scoop on planning a wedding with one of Long Islands TOP wedding planners! Meet Francesa from Dazzling Affairs, Francesa is an accomplished planner with over 15 years of experience orchestrating events for the NBA, NFL, and Pepsico to name a few! The amazing insights from Francesa completes our Spotlight on New York Wedding Planner blog series. Here are the first and second part of our series featuring La Bella Planners and Jennifer Evans Events in case you missed them!

Have fun reading Francesa's advice and finding out the ONE tip that is a must for every Bride and Groom!

Each client and wedding is unique, what would be your favorite "extra" that you planned for a wedding? The WOW factor!  Every event needs a “Wow” factor –whether it be the dining room, the lighting, the décor, the centerpieces, the acrobats hanging from the ceiling serving the guests upside down, the red carpet lady as you enter into the room, the living trees serving the guests their desserts!

If you had to give only ONE tip to Brides and Grooms when planning their weddings, what would it be? I would probably tell them not to lose sight of what’s important…Make a list of priorities, what they are looking to accomplish for their big day and don’t look track of it. It’s very easy to get lost in the “Awww” and the “Wow” of the moment, but we must always be aware of a client's budget.

Is there one purchase that you would urge a Bride and Groom to splurge on if so, what would it be? Entertainment! Good entertainment can make event that much better. A band needs to interact with the group, get them hyped up, happy and dancing. A good DJ needs to know how to read the crowd as to what types of music is being enjoyed by the guests.  At the end of the night, if the entertainment was good and the guests enjoyed themselves, the party was a success.

What was the most outrageous or fun request you received from a client? I have received so many different requests in so many years of planning that it's hard to say which one was the most outrageous. But I did have a bride and groom wanting to exchange wedding vows while swinging from trees a few years ago.

What was the motivating factor that drove you to launching a wedding and event planning company? Having been in the wedding industry for over 15 years as a maître-d, director of operations, banquet manager, I decided eight years ago that it was time to start my own business. I happen to love planning – weddings, birthday parties, mitzvahs, etc… I love to see the look on my client’s faces when they walk into their venue and see what was put together with their vision in mind I love to see the happiness that an event brings to everyone’s faces. And most of all, I love to see my clients happy and at the end of the night they are so thankful for everything that was done.

 

Dazzling Affairs is a full service event planning company, specializing in planning, designing, and the coordination of special occasions. With over 15 years of experience in event planning, Dazzling Affairs has extensive knowledge and the most cost-effective strategies to plain your affair.

All Star Limousine is a Long Island, New York based company with an extensive global reach; we provide expert Wedding, Special Event and Executive Travel services throughout the Tri-State area and the world. We have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry; our attention to detail, 2013 top-of-the-line vehicles and professional trained Chauffeurs set us apart from the rest!

 

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