Wedding Book Giveaway! My Book “Weddings Away” for Your Destination Wedding, Girls’ Getaway and All Wedding Season Celebration Trips!

Time for a Wedding Freebie! I’m Giving Away 3 signed copies of my new book Weddings Away

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This one is JUST for U.S. locations; sorry, no international sends right now, but we’re working on other giveaways coming up!

All you have to do is post a comment here, even a smiley-face, then say hi on Twitter @sharonnaylorwed. No tagging friends needed. We’re making this easy as pie! Deadline is 3/15/18.

Here’s the Amazon write-up for my book

Now that you’ve said, “I do” to having a destination wedding, it’s time to make your fairy tale getaway celebration a reality!

Whether you’re planning an island wedding, overseas nuptials, or an intimate gathering in a beloved beach house or a charming village close to home, this invaluable guide from go-to wedding expert Sharon Naylor gives you all the information you need to make your magical day meaningful, memorable, and carefree—for you, and for your guests! You’ll discover:

*How to choose the right planner—and how to get the most out of your on-site wedding professionals

* Up-to-date wedding etiquette and planning tips from celebrity wedding planners and experts

* New ways to use social media accounts, blogs and apps for info-gathering and inspiration

* Invaluable advice for when it’s a destination wedding for out-of-town guests but not for the couple

*How to plan amazing and unforgettable destination wedding weekend outings and events

*Great ideas for getaway bachelor or bachelorette parties, as well as arranging a romantic pre-wedding escape for you to reconnect with your beloved before the big day!

* Must-have tips and to-dos for your destination wedding scouting trips

From navigating travel trends and social media to benefitting from little-known freebies, this comprehensive guide to planning your wedding from afar is brimming with information you won’t easily find anywhere else. Weddings Away has everything you need to keep your happily-ever-after stress-free and smooth sailing!

Good luck!

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Wedding Pinterest Sweepstakes: Win Fabulous Vince Camuto shoes and more from The Knot!

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To help brides-to-be get ready for this wedding season Vince Camuto has partnered with The Knot for a “Pair Made in Heaven” Pin to Win sweepstakes (running Thursday, April 10th through Monday, April 21st). One grand prize winner will receive Vince Camuto shoes for themselves and their bridesmaids or groomsmen, a bottle of the Vince Camuto Femme fragrance for all the bridesmaids and issues of The Knot!

To qualify, simply follow Vince Camuto on Pinterest and re-pin any images from the Vince Camuto and The Knot page to your own Pinterest board via the entry page here –  https://www.facebook.com/vincecamutofans/app_199909830142802. The lucky winner will be selected at random.

Say Yes to the Dress Contest!

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Shop Your Way and TLC “Say Yes to the Dress” SYW Sweeps

Shop Your Way and TLC will “Sweep” One Lucky Bride off their Feet with a Dream Wedding!

If you’re like most brides, weddings can be both emotionally and financially stressful. There is often a struggle to find the perfect dress and accessories, not to mention plan a honeymoon – all within a budget. That’s why Shop Your Way Sweeps & TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is offering you access to win a dream wedding prize worth over $30,000. Prize includes a dress credit, a fitting from one of the top bridal shops in Manhattan, a dream honeymoon, & jewelry and apparel from Sears and Kmart.

Enter now through April 14, 2013 at http://syw.co/1ikbIhI. While you’re there, check out all the other great benefits of Shop Your Way Sweeps. 1000’s of sweepstakes live now and lots more added daily . Good luck!

WEDDING GIVEAWAY! Win Fabulous Wedding Cake Table Items from Sarah’s Stands

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Now this is a great wedding giveaway! The Perfect Wedding Cake Table giveaway by Sarah’s Stands can create an amazing cake table display with my favorite cake stands from a wonderful company!

One lucky reader is going to receive a fabulous prize package that every couple will love for their wedding. The giveaway includes a Sarah’s Stands cake stand from the new Simply Stunning Collection. And, it gets even better. The winner will also receive a pair of personalized champagne flutes, a monogrammed table linen, a custom cake server and a cake topper. Yes! Win all these prizes for your big day!

The first prize is a Sarah’s Stands cake stand from the new Simply Stunning Collection. And, the best part? The winner gets to select the cake stand in one of five colors; White Wedding, Black Tie Affair, Shimmering Lights, In the Nude or Enchanted Evening.

To complete your wedding cake table, there are four additional prizes from some exceptional artists. The cake topper by Concarta is one-of-a-kind and handmade using archival paper. The champagne flutes by Glass Girl Jen will be personalized with your name and wedding date. The cake server by Sycamore Hill is a vintage piece that will be engraved with your name and wedding date. And, the table linen by Betsy Grace is made of linen and will be monogrammed with your initial. All of these are heirloom quality pieces that will be cherished for years to come.

How to Enter

USA and International entries welcome! One lucky reader will win:

Easy entry details are here: http://sarahsstands.com/giveaway-the-perfect-wedding-cake-table/

 

FREE Chapter from my New Book “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies!”

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It’s time for another FREE chapter of one of my wedding books! This time, it’s my newest, “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies,” which is all about getting freebies the RIGHT way, and working WITH your fabulous vendors to score budget-saving items and services for your big day. As I always say, you’v got to hire great wedding vendors. They know where fantastic freebies are and can help you get them!

Chapter 2: What’s Realistic to Ask For

You’ll have far more success in securing freebies if you stick to realistic requests. Wedding experts have to buy everything that’s needed for your wedding, and the time they spend pre-, during- and post-wedding to fulfill your wishes is valuable. So asking for $10,000 in free catering isn’t going to be received very well. Asking the videographer to edit your video for free will make him laugh. Video editing is very time-consuming, often taking dozens of hours more than the time he spent filming your wedding to get just right.

To keep from insulting your vendors, or from looking like you’re completely naïve about how much food, liquor, flowers, fabrics and other items cost, stick with these rules to help improve your odds of getting a Yes when you ask for a freebie:

  • Ask what a vendor already has. As you’ll read in upcoming chapters, some vendors have storerooms  full of glass vases, pedestal centerpiece bowls, candelabras, linens and other items that were left over from prior weddings or not used because prior weddings were canceled. If you ask to see their stock, you might be able to have those pretty bowls or linens used in your wedding décor for free.
  • Ask for low-time items.   The reason a wedding cake is so expensive is that it takes the cake baker many hours to pipe on frosting in lace designs or make 200 sugar paste daisies to decorate it with. If you ask for an element that comes without a ton of labor, your freebie odds increase. “I had a bride who asked for thirty short-cut ranunculus centerpieces, and since they take a few seconds to make, I threw in half for free,” says one grateful-for-the-easy-task floral designer.
  • Limit your freebie-ask to one thing, such as an extra cocktail party station or an extra dessert, not an entire class of free things like an entire dessert bar. Managers are far more likely to reward your modest request with that one station you asked for.
  • Be open to non-identical things. A vendor may have, or may be able to get, small collections of coordinating chargers or table runners, and can mix and match in your reception space to great effect.
  • Ask for local things. If a vendor can pop to a local store to buy all the settings you need, she may give you a freebie because you haven’t required her to drive two states away, or organize a difficult order from overseas with customs hassles.
  • Ask for what’s in-season and plentiful. If your caterer can get bushels of seasonal apples from a local farm for next to nothing, she may throw in extra desserts or a hot cider bar. Visit LocalHarvest.org to see what’s in-season in your area during the time of your wedding as pre-research.
  • Ask for a style upgrade. I spoke with Marni Gold, from CreativeCustomCardBoxes.com about her  decorative card boxes that guests pop those gift envelopes into, and she said that when a bride orders a two-layer box, she happily adds on an extra decorated layer to a great design of card box to make a great impression.

What’s not realistic to ask for:

  • Food, flowers and other large-volume supplies that are the foundation of the day and come to the vendor at a sizeable price. That would be too much to ask them to pay for.
  • Free labor by their assistants. It’s not their job to iron your 50 tablecloths for free, nor is it fair to ask them to work your wedding day without fair wages. That’s actually illegal.
  • Free labor by other workers, like bartenders and valet workers.
  • Free shipping or delivery.  Fuel is expensive, as is the pay for delivery workers and set-up crews, so don’t ask for this one to be thrown in. (If it’s offered to you, great!)
  • A greater-value item than  one you’re replacing. If the florist calls to say peonies aren’t  available, so you’ll have to choose another type of bloom, don’t expect free orchids and tropical plants as the replacement.
  • Anything that YOU wouldn’t want to do for free!

More time that the vendor can comfortably spend on your wedding. This is important. When you book a coordinator, he or she gauges the scope of your wedding, how much work will go into your plans, and then how many other weddings he or she can book for that same time. If you start expanding your plans and being the Headache Client, you’re not likely to get freebies.

Get it at Barnes and Noble in paperback or NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-brides-guide-to-freebies-sharon-naylor/1111267553?ean=9780762780013

Get it at Amazon in paperback or Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Brides-Guide-Freebies-Enhancing/dp/0762780010/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367504654&sr=8-1&keywords=bride%27s+guide+to+freebies

WIN IT! Signed copy of the fabulous Sophie Uliano’s Book “The Gorgeously Green Diet”

The Gorgeously Green Diet: “How to Live Lean and Green”

Publisher: Penguin / Dutton

The Gorgeously Green Diet was launched on the QVC network March 22 thru April 22, 2009. Sophie anchored QVC’s Earth Day, as well as performed on the main Goho Stage at the International Home & Housewares Show, Chicago. The book includes 100 of Sophie’s “Cooking For Beauty” recipes. “

“To be with Sophie is to be so caught up in the thrill of potential good!” – Julia Roberts

That’s right…THE  Julia Roberts who appeared with Sophie on Oprah’s show and contributed the foreword to Sophie’s breakout bestselling book. All the top celebs are living green and clean, so you’ll definitely want to look radiant and feel fresh and renewed with Sophie’s fabulous approach to getting healthy and fit, with smart organic nutrition and a rewarding plan for wellness.

I’m so thrilled and lucky to call Sophie a friend, and beyond thrilled to be a member of her Circle of Experts as her wedding guru on www.gorgeouslygreen.com, and Sophie didn’t hesitate a minute when I asked her for a signed book for YOU!

Here’s a bit more about it…

From the New York Times bestselling author, a 30-day plan to a leaner body

In the follow-up book to her bestselling Gorgeously Green, Sophie Uliano reveals the secrets to getting slim while being good to the planet . It turns out that eating local, organic, foods doesn’t have to be expensive, and a healthy meal can be made in 30 minutes or less, all while shedding pounds.

In her relatable, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, Uliano pledges that anyone can go green and lean, no matter where they live or what resources they have. Uliano recognizes that dieting and going green are big lifestyle changes and makes it easy for readers to commit to both by allowing them to personalize their plans according to their needs. The book has three diet plans-light green, bright green and deep green- that depend on how much time, travel, and money readers want to commit to going green. The three plans promise the same amount of weight loss, but the darker green the plan is, the greater the commitment the reader makes to reducing waste, going organic and staying carbon neutral.

Each diet plan emphasizes natural, seasonal, whole foods that are not only better for the planet, but better for the body. Uliano explains how over-processed, over-produced foods contain fewer nutrients, are harder to digest and are more likely to be stored as fat. With 4-week eating plans for each shade of green, she shows readers how to wean themselves off of processed, manufactured foods and onto fresh vegetables and meat. The book recommends products, brands and websites and has over 100 recipes-every tool readers need to get lean while going green.

All you have to do is social-share this post in some way, any way you’d like, and post a comment here saying you did so! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you’d like! That’s it! No story to type up, no hoops to jump through. Just a share, and you could win! I’ll pick the winner on 2/28/13 and will post here and email you if you get Sophie’s signed book as your prize!

Enter to Win a Signed Copy of my Book “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies” at Goodreads

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WIN IT! A signed copy of my new book, which is getting fabulous reviews from the top wedding editors, bloggers and wedding planners I admire most! Goodreads is my #1 spot for finding excellent new books, and I’m paqrt of their Giveaways from now til 1/27/13! So enter to win — and click to enter for other upcoming and new novels and fab titles you’d also like to get for FREE!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Bride's Guide to Freebies by Sharon Naylor

The Bride’s Guide to Freebies

by Sharon Naylor

Giveaway ends January 27, 2013.

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