March 15, 2010 07:01 ET

Wedding Planning a Snap With

Get Competitive Bids and Quotes From Local Wedding Professionals (Photographers, Caterers, DJs, Videographers, Bands, Hair and Make-Up Design, etc.) Without Having to Initiate Contact, Negotiate Costs or Waste Time on the Phone

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) -  Planning for a wedding is every woman's dream but spending countless frustrating hours searching for the right wedding photographer, caterer, band, florist, hair and make-up artist, etc., can quickly become a nightmare. You could pick out services at random from Craigslist or the Yellow Pages, but that's a lot of wasted time on the phone and email gathering quotes, figuring out availability, not to mention the uncomfortable task of negotiating costs.

Instead, like thousands of other future brides and wedding planners are doing now, why not use to help plan your wedding? is the free site where consumers post their service needs once, then get immediate bids from local professionals (along with credentials, ratings, consumer reviews and more). Simply compare offers, then select the best one that fits your terms, or you feel most comfortable with.

Maggie Banks, a wedding planner who owns Tacoma, Washington-based Bella Amore Designs, uses regularly to find hair and make-up artists, DJs, photographers, even a classical pianist for her clients. Says Maggie, "For starters, is an incredible time saver, as I no longer have to spend 10 hours a day making calls to multiple vendors, and can change my bid to fit different weddings and different budgets. More than that, helps me find better values -- vendors know they're bidding on open projects against other vendors, and adjust their prices and services to compete." (To view Maggie's profile and see her wedding planning bids please click here: Maggie Banks.), which instantly recognizes the user's location and geographical range, automatically notifies registered professionals in that area of the posted "needs" that match the services they provide. works in three steps:

1. Post Your Need
2. Receive Competitive Bids from Local Professionals
3. Compare Offers, Read Reviews & Credentials -- Choose Favorite, which launched in 2008 and is available in most major US markets, is rapidly expanding with traffic increasing 25% month-over-month on average; more than 25,000 local professionals (increasing 35% month over month -- full list here: is built around a rich community including tips and articles from professionals, user ratings, and Ask the Experts. Search by city, state, zip code or the service category needed. Consumers can register at or use their Facebook account to login to is also a great small business tool. When joining, professionals must create a professional profile, which can be very comprehensive including pictures, videos, work samples, testimonials, past bids/contracts won at, and more, making it simple for the consumer to evaluate against competing bids.

About ( is the free site offering consumers a new and efficient way to shop for local services. Instead of having to labor through time-consuming research, calls, and reviews, or worse, picking out services at random from Craigslist or the Yellow Pages, with consumers post their service need once, then get immediate bids back from local professionals along with credentials, ratings, reviews and more. is built around a rich community including tips and articles, best practices, user ratings, Ask the Experts, and more. Search by city, state, zip code or category need. Consumers can register at or use their Facebook account. For more information please visit

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