Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mentioned in Top 50 Wedding Planning Blogs Round Up

Everything Green Weddings and More was mentioned in a roundup of the Top 50 Wedding Planning Blogs.

We made it into the section for top green wedding planning blogs.

Here's the link to the list for all you brides to be looking for inspiration and wedding planning help:

My Wedding Workbook Online Wedding Planner for brides

2010 weddings will be both high-tech and homespun

Items like handmade reception favors and wedding websites are at the top of brides' wish lists as they plan their 2010 weddings, according to a new survey by My Wedding Workbook - - the next-generation online wedding software with more than 12,000 active users.

73.6% of all brides surveyed will be using handmade or homemade items such as favors, invitations and decorations for their weddings this coming year, and 68.7% will also have a wedding website to tell their story as a couple.

"Today's bride wants handmade items to give her wedding a sense of warmth and uniqueness, but she also wants the convenience of what modern technology has to offer," said Jeff Kear, co-owner of My Wedding Workbook and My Wedding Workbook Pro - the wedding planning software for bridal consultants. "Our findings show that, for brides, it's natural to send out handmade invitations and then have their guests RSVP by email."

In the past few years, more and more brides have come to rely on the Internet to generate ideas for their wedding as well as manage the hundreds of details associated with their wedding events. Three quarters of survey respondents regularly consult wedding websites, while 69.5% use electronic checklists, spreadsheets and wedding software and 54.9% use blogs and online forums to stay up on wedding trends, ask questions and share insights.

"Many newly engaged brides are already using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to chat with their friends and share ideas, so they're used to using the Internet to find information, communicate, shop and basically make their lives easier," said Kear. "Planning their wedding with the help of the Web is the next logical step for them."

Along with their preference for homemade items and products, brides have also included in their wedding plans somewhat newer traditions such as save-the-date cards (62.6%), engagement photos (59.2%), self-written wedding vows (39.0%), mismatched bridesmaid dresses (34.7%), eco-friendly products (26.7%) and a photo booth at the reception (21.8%).

"Many of these newer traditions like engagement photos, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and photo booths all speak to the increasing personalization of weddings," said Kear. "Brides now have the opportunity to tailor their weddings down to the thread and pixel, and they are taking advantage of it."

The popularity of save-the-date cards also points to the growing size of weddings as well as the busy lives of Americans. "Families are much more spread out across the country than they once were, so weddings are now big gatherings that require lots of advance notice and preparation," said Kear.

About My Wedding Workbook -

The next-generation free online wedding planner software, My Wedding Workbook provides engaged couples with everything they need to manage their wedding details. Its basic wedding planning tools are easy-to-use, comprehensive and enable couples to plan every wedding-related event, from their engagement party to their ceremony and reception to their honeymoon.

About My Wedding Workbook Pro -

My Wedding Workbook Pro is online event management and wedding planning software for wedding professionals, providing wedding consultants with the tools they need to manage and build their business. It also lets consultants collaborate with their clients online to build stronger relationships and facilitate the planning process.


Aruba’s greenest and most romantic getaway launches package for eco-lovers

EAGLE BEACH , ARUBA – January 27, 2010 – Bucuti Beach Resort, one of the greenest resorts in the Caribbean, invites guests to fall in love with their new eco-friendly Experience Aruba Green Package as they learn more about Aruba ’s environment, culture and history.

The Experience Aruba Green Package includes a guided hike with a native park ranger through Arikok National Park, a preserve of desert resources comprising of 20 percent of the land on Aruba that is home to most of the island’s flora and fauna, including the unique indigenous burrowing owl and Prikichi parrot; a tour of the Aruba Aloe factory to learn how Aruba’s oldest industry has been producing aloe for more than 100 years; an authentic Aruban dinner for two at the resort’s Pirates’ Nest restaurant; and a full American breakfast buffet daily. Guests can also participate in the resort’s monthly beach clean-up, watch sea turtles hatch (seasonally) and enjoy the widest and most pristine stretch of Eagle Beach . Bucuti also hosts seasonally environmental activities, including a bi-annual recycling contest where guests are invited to judge and a special Earth Day celebration. Rates for the five-night package start at $2,179 for a superior room, including all taxes and service charges.

“At Bucuti, we are passionate about preserving the environment so we can share Aruba ’s beauty and culture with guests for years to come,” said Bucuti’s owner Ewald Biemans. “The Experience Aruba Green Package will allow guests to experience some of the island’s spectacular sights, while also learning about our history and ecology. We hope this will help our guests develop a true sense of place.”

A multiple award-winning and owner-managed resort, Bucuti has been officially certified Green Globe 21 since 2000 and ISO 14001 since 2003, making it not only one of the greenest resorts in the Caribbean but one of the first and most progressively committed. To reduce environmental impacts, the resort has implemented many energy and water-saving practices that include the use of solar panels, equipping guest rooms with automatic air conditioner sensors, flowing wastewater from the toilets to the government treatment plant for re-use, using biodegradable containers for beverages and food instead of plastic material, and collecting all water used in showers, sinks and baths in a grey water recycling system. The resort is dedicated to a high level of service and associates are trained on environmental practices along with customer service. Bucuti also sponsors several local environmental groups, including Turtugaruba Aruba’s Sea Turtle Foundation and the island’s Reef Care Foundation.

For more information or reservations, visit or call (888) 4-BUCUTI.

About Bucuti Beach Resort: Bucuti Beach Resort featuring Tara Beach Suites & Spa is Aruba ’s premier, intimate, upscale boutique resort for couples. Located on the white-powder sands of Eagle Beach , Bucuti was named one of the world’s most romantic resorts by TripAdvisor. Bucuti offers 104 guest rooms, an abundance of contemporary European charm and a caring and attentive staff. Bucuti is a leader in sustainable tourism throughout the world, is ISO 14001 certified and has been recognized by notable organizations such as the Caribbean Hotel Association, American Express and the Intern ational Hotel and Restaurant Association for its environmentally responsible hotel operations.
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