Pro Tips From Top Wedding Industries Regarding Your Wedding Guest List

June 6, 2023

You certainly don’t have to have the same guest list for your ceremony and your reception. However, there are a few key things to keep in mind, if that’s the choice you make! First, we recommend making a preliminary list, with your fiancé, for both the ceremony and the reception. This is the best way to figure out who each of your must-include people are. Then, start to narrow it down into two separate lists – one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

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How to Snag a Dream Wedding Gown for 80% Less Than Its Retail Price

One of the first things they tell you when you get engaged is not to fall in love with a wedding gown that’s out of your budget. If you do, you might end up completely broken hearted, distracted (with that nagging ‘what if’ feeling interrupting all of your other wedding to-dos), and even resentful—over other big ticket wedding expenses taking priority,,, EWedded is the place to find your would be out of budget on a regular day, but not when you’re shopping at a marketplace offering steep, steep discounts on designer dresses.


Shopping Sample Sale Wedding Dresses? Here’s What You Should Know

If you’re shopping for a wedding dress or following any of your favorite wedding dress designers, I’m sure you’ve seen the words “sample sale.”
But what is a sample wedding dress? And why do sample wedding gowns come along with a discounted price tag?


The Dos and Don’ts of Cutting Back on Your Wedding Budget

July 11, 2022

DON’T make any more purchases, even necessary ones, once you know you need to make cuts. If
you’ve hit the point in the wedding planning process where you’ve realized you need to cut back on your budget, take a pause on signing any new contracts or making any major purchases to reassess your budget.


How to Determine the Best Dress Code for Your Wedding Day

June 27, 2022

When in doubt, remember the four planning factors for your dress code. The first is how formal the attire is of the marrying couple. A bride’s formal ball gown with a cathedral train or a groom choosing to wear a white dinner jacket typically sets the tone for a black-tie or formal wedding. The time of day a couple chooses to say “I do” also plays a factor.


10 Digital Hacks For Planning Your Wedding

Tue, Jun 8, 2022

Join online communities

"There are so many types of groups tailored to different interests. For instance, our Facebook group, “Sensible. Sophisticated. Sustainable Weddings,” is focused on budget-savvy and eco-conscious weddings..."


Virtual vs. In-Person: What Weddin Planning Tasks Should You Complete Online?

Mon, Jun 7, 2022

“Sometimes wedding planning can be overwhelming, and the thing you need most is just a little help! Joining online groups can give you an instant community, and they can also be a resource for inspiration and even help you secure vendors and shop for your wedding..."


How EWedded is Bringing a Modern Technological Touch to the Wedding Industry

Tue, May 24, 2022

Maya Holian and Liza Galano are the founders of EWedded, an online
wedding marketplace offering up innovative technology-based solutions for brides and grooms looking to design a luxury wedding while maintaining an emphasis on sustainability.


Wedding Budgeting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier With These 16 Useful Tips

Wed, May 18, 2022

You’ve picked out your dream dress, but have you thought about accessorizing? The cost of a veil, shoes, and jewelry can really add up! If you haven’t considered these in your wedding budget, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. 


How to Prevent Bridesmaid Drama Before it Starts

Wed, Apr 20, 2022

Set your expectations of your bridesmaids early on. "No one likes surprises, so be clear up front about what you want from a bridesmaid. After this, if you’re still met with difficult bridesmaids, my suggestion is to give them an ultimatum: shape up or ship out. It’s your wedding and you shouldn’t have to endure bridesmaids that pile on unnecessary additional stress..."


Wedding Planning Tasks You No Longer Need to Do In-Person

Fri, Apr 15, 2022

"Over the last decade we've continued to see an upward swing in online shopping, and this includes wedding gown shopping, tuxedo rentals, and bridesmaid dresses. And certainly in the last couple of years, thanks to the pandemic, we're seeing more and more consumers enjoying the conveniences and quick turnaround times shopping online offers. Today a couple can dress themselves and their entire bridal party without ever stepping into a physical store and the options online are endless..."


The Final Countdown: Checklist Items For The Week Before Your Wedding

Wed, Apr 6, 2022

“Minimize your stress level by taking time to identify who in your bridal party or planning team will be responsible for returning tuxedo rentals, collecting your gifts and ensuring they get to your house safely and in a timely manner, and if you’re heading out on your honeymoon right after your wedding that you’ve confirmed any sitters you need for your home, pet and/or children.”


Checklist to Find Your Ideal Venue

Mon, Apr 4, 2022

“There are five important wedding planning to-do's that need to be solidified prior to choosing your venue. The first is your budget. How much of your budget are you allocating for your venue? Your guest list affects your budget and venue selection. Make sure the venues you're looking at can accommodate all of your guests..."


The Wedding Rules & Traditions Your Vendors Actually Want You To Break!

Wed, Mar 30, 2022

“Embrace multi-gender bridal party attendants standing on both sides of the marrying duo. Don’t be afraid to have bridesmen and bestwomen. Lastly, if you really want to make your bridesmaids happy and comfortable, let them pick a dress/outfit style that best captures their style and compliments their bodies, as opposed to a matching bevvy of bridesmaids.”


Venue Costs You May Not Know About

Mon, Mar 28, 2022

“Even if you’ve decided you’d like to bring in specialty rentals, there may be a few in-house items at your venue that you’d like to use on the wedding day, such as chairs, tables, or linens. Make it a point to ask what your venue has in their inventory, determine which items (if any!) you’d like to use for your own wedding day, and then make sure to ask if there are costs associated with using those items so that you can keep track of your overall rentals budget!”


Wedding Planning Tasks To Knock Out In Your First 3 Months Of Engagement

Wed, Mar 16, 2020

"Whether you plan on hosting 30 or 300 guests, set your limit early on in your planning. Make sure that anyone who has an influence on the guestlist understands your expectations and how many invites you’re allocating to them.”


Timeless Wedding Ideas that Work for Any Style

Wed, Mar 9, 2020

Today's marrying couples are more purposeful and practical in their planning and spending. No matter the wedding style, it's trendy to infuse conscious practices. Planning a 'green' wedding, shopping with and hiring local vendors or those whose values align with the couple, and making donations to a nonprofit instead of traditional favors are just a few of the intentionally conscious trends that can be incorporated into any wedding day style.


What to Rent vs. What to Buy For Your Wedding Day

Thu, Feb 10, 2022

Maya Holihan, Founder & CEO of EWedded, "practicality can quickly get tossed aside when planning a wedding, but being practical (and honest) about all the wedding must-haves you think you will or will not use again or may want to pass down as family tradition is all you need to figure out what's worth buying and what's better off renting. If you think through those items that may just end up collecting dust in your garage or attic, renting may be the sensible choice."


How to Create an Instagram-Worthy Wedding Design

Thu, Feb 8, 2022

Get personal "Weddings infused with personalizations that capture a couple's values, interests, experiences, and the things they cherish most (including furry pets) are so Instagram-worthy. You're sharing the most intimate and interesting parts of your relationship with loved ones, and these are also the things that are uniquely tailored to your wedding and will get lots of love in your social feeds."


Little Details That'll Make a Major Impact on Your Wedding Photos

Tue, Jan 21, 2022

Take time for touch-ups. "If you plan on hiring professional makeup artists and hair and wardrobe stylists, add in the contracts that these pros stay through the preplanned formal photos to address any makeup and styling touch ups. Minimizing shine, taming unruly hair, and ensuring the perfect fit will level up your wedding photos."

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Pros and Cons You Need to Know For a Winter Wedding

Tue, Jan 25, 2022

“If you choose a winter date during the holiday season you may be able to save big on decor. Many venues and churches are decked out in holiday decor, which can save you time and money when it comes to your overall design. If you’re into wreaths, lanterns, candles and tinsel, this may be the perfect time of year for you and your fiancé to say your ‘I dos.’”


Guide to Deciding on a Wedding Date

Mon, Jan 21, 2022

Are there any major events happening in our ideal location on our preferred date? “The first thing that comes to mind is for couples to cross reference their desired date with the events calendar for the town/city they're getting married. If there's a big event like a marathon or wine festival that may affect room blocks and send prices skyrocketing for them and their guests.” - Maya Holihan, Founder & CEO, EWedded


7 Micro Career Goals You Can Totally Hit Before July 2022

Tue, Dec 28, 2021

Update your resume, references, and work portfolio 

“If you’re in a career where you’ve created bodies of work, have received press or awards acknowledging your expertise and accomplishments, then you need to make sure you have a digital and physical professional portfolio ready to present to potential employers,”


16 Ways to Add Color to Your Wedding

Fri, Dec 21 2021

Make your first impression a colorful one. "Your invitation suite is often the first glimpse your loved ones will have of your wedding. Incorporating bold color choices in your save-the-dates, announcements, and invitations can spark major excitement and FOMO from your wedding guest invitees." —Maya Holihan, Founder & CEO, EWedded


6 Tips For a More Sustainable Wedding

Wed, Dec 21 2021

How to Have a Sustainable Wedding Without Compromising Your Style Did you know that the average wedding produces 400 to 600 pounds of trash? This stat from The Green Bride Guide is hard to believe, but the good news is a lot of that waste can be avoided by making environmentally-focused decisions while planning your destination wedding. Here are 6 tips to help you make sure your special day isn't just great for you and your guests, but the planet as...


Meet our Founder: Thrive Insider Profile

Tue, Oct 19, 2021

Who are you and what business did you start?
I’ve spent most of my 26-year career in luxury retail, pivoting to bridal in 2001 when I joined Vera Wang in NYC. After Vera and prior to my most recent company, EWedded, I spent 13 years as owner-operator of a multi-million-dollar wedding retail company. EWedded provides ecommerce and distribution systems for independent bridal retailers and brands to easily ...


EWedded signs up Erin Cole into on-line marketplace EnLiven

Tue, Jun 21, 2021

EWedded, the marketplace bringing “circularity” to the wedding and social occasion industries, has announced that wedding gown and accessories designer Erin Cole is the first partner in its new e-commerce initiative, EnLiven.
The two-phase, full-service marketplace helps brands and retailers improve operational efficiencies and cash flow by assisting them in selling discontinued and stagnant, and surplus ...


Maya Shares How to Incorporate Heirloom Items into Your Wedding Day

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Incorporating an heirloom piece into a wedding, whether it be with the fashion or the décor, is an act of carrying on or starting a family tradition,” said Maya Holihan, founder and CEO of EWedded, a resale marketplace for the wedding industry. “It’s a recognition of seasoned love and life and bonds it to the start of new love and life. It represents the preservation and passing on of fond memories, a legacy and perhaps family values.


EWedded Joins the Female Founder Collective

Mon, Jan 04, 2022

EWedded is thrilled to join the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. Their mission is to enable and empower female-owned and led businesses to positively impact our communities both socially and economically.


Micro Weddings, Individualized Cakes and More-Here are the 30 Biggest Wedding Trends Happening Right Now

Fri, Oct 24, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things for the foreseeable future, and this includes wedding plans. Many couples that were scheduled to get married in 2020 were determined not to let the pandemic stop them from making things official. Instead, they found creative ways to go through with their nuptials. And as we head into 2021, the same goes for couples that have wedding dates reserved into the new year.


What to Say to Your Daughter on Her Wedding Day?

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Daughter’s wedding day is one of the most significant events for any parents—but probably not the easiest.
It’s so difficult for some that they find themselves at a loss for words. If you’re not sure of what’s the best way to congratulate your little girl on her big day, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what to say to your daughter on her wedding day.


Everything You Need to Know About Having a Bridesman

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Long gone are the days when bridesmaids had to be just that: maids. Today, having a best guy friend, brother, or even a business partner standing by your side at the altar is becoming more common. After all, if they’re your support system and close confidant, gender doesn't matter. What Is a Bridesman? A bridesman is the male equivalent of a bridesmaid. He is chosen by the bride to be a member of the bridal party and is often a relative or close friend...