Small Business Saturday 2015 - November 28

Sunday November 22, 2015

Are you all ready for National Turkey Day of Giving Thanks? Who is in charge of the Cranberries?? And what’s the game plan for PIE!?!? Who are we kidding? We know that your main concern is probably where to shop on Friday! We’ll definitely be hitting up Eden In Love’s Mega Black Friday Madness but let’s not forget about that really important thing that’s coming up:


Don’t you wish that there was some way for you to harness the power of all those great deals and apply them to your upcoming BIG DAY?!?

Look no further...let us introduce you to Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday was actually created back in 2011 by American Express as a way to encourage people to shop intentionally, shop locally, and #ShopSmall. Here at The Wedding Cafe we believe that the Wedding Industry is the last-frontier of Small Business and we can’t think of a better day to celebrate all the entrepreneurs, solo-prenuers, mom-preneurs, and small business owners that make our Wedding Industry one of the BEST in the Nation...if not the World!

Here’s HOW-TO #ShopSmall on Saturday, November 28!

  1. CHECK OUT which Vendors will have #ShopSmall Offers!

The Wedding Cafe’s list of Participating Vendors is still growing but check out the business below to see what types of Services and Goods you could get at 10 - 50% OFF. Who doesn’t love savings, right??

ARIA Studios

Beauty by Tania

Cake Works

Celebrity Tuxedo

Chef Elmer Guzman's Island Cuisine

Dana LabelsDave Miyamoto & Co.

Eclat Photo & Cinema

Emi Ink

Eric Wehner Photography

Flaunt Makeovers

For The Good Hawaii

Fred and Kate Events

Healy Plastic Surgery

Joseph Esser Photography



Leslie Fair Hair Styling and Makeup

Maison de Ware

Naturally You

Orig Media

Rachel RobertsonRandy Allen Music

REA Events & Designs


Stir Beverage

Supreme Wedding Films

The Bar Method

The Little Diamond Store

UFC Gym Honolulu

Valerie Moriwaki


2. SIGN-UP for LOVE NOTES to get Deals Delivered to you on Thanksgiving

If you haven’t signed up already, click the button below to get the entire updated list and links to all the deals sent straight to your Inbox.

Love Notes Signup

3. CONTACT our #ShopSmall Vendors on 11/28 on!

You’ll find Coupons like the one below on our Vendor’s Web Profiles,

  • Contact the vendors by clicking on the “#SHOPSMALL NOW!” button
  • Fill out the Contact Form
  • Forms must be submitted by Midnight on 11/28 to qualify for #ShopSmall Deals.
  • (Some exceptions may apply, as listed.)

Eric Wehner Offer

(p.s. This deal from Eric Wehner is actually LIVE right now so click HERE to sign up for Photography at 40% off!)

Since most of our Vendors are Service and Wedding Date based, they may not all be able to accommodate EVERY request so be sure to contact them EARLY on Small Business Saturday to get ahead of the crowds.

And that’s it!

GO FORTH & #ShopSmall!

Any questions about #ShopSmall or any of the Vendors you see above, please feel free to email me,



How To Book a Hotel For Your Wedding

Thursday November 05, 2015

As the owners of The Wedding Cafe, you might think that Luke and I get invited to a TON of wedding...but we really don't, I promise - until this month, that is! (Can't imagine why.)

Photo Credit :: Vivir Photography

This month, we have Fred + Jess this weekend, Marc + Kat in two weeks, and Marvin + Dawn (Team TWC!) on Thanksgiving Weekend! Since Luke & I are also both celebrating birthdays in the first half of November we decided to treat ourselves to an overnight staycation in Waikiki...on the WORST POSSIBLE WEEKEND EVER! After three days of checking hotel websites online we had pretty much given up hope until…

< Cue angelic music, HERO enters stage right >

...We met the newest Vendor to join our TWC family! Please meet,

Say I Do Away

Their founder got married back in 2012 right here in Hawaii Nei and spent a pretty penny on hotel rooms for his family and friends attending their destination wedding. (Super generous, right?!?) He couldn't believe the prices he had paid. He discovered that:

  • Wedding Hotel Room blocks get about the same discount than Kama’aina rates

  • There's often a minimum number of rooms required for your block

  • ...and the couple usually has to put 20-50% down as a guarantee!

There must be another way! With a background in the tech sector and some great connections he came up with a brilliant solution.

  • No Resort Fees

  • Room Blocks across multiple Hotel properties to accommodate a range of guest budgets

  • Couples and guests work with a Personal Assistant

  • With prices that ALWAYS beat the listed rates, Save thousands on the Room Block for your Wedding!

We were doubtful at first because all of our searches online told us that every single hotel in Waikiki was sold out - but SayIDOaway was able to book us a night at the swanky TRUMP Hotel for $275 flat for a room that was listed (as unavailable) on their website for $511! When I say “flat” I mean no extra resort fees and no hidden taxes. SCORE!

If you haven’t secured your Room Block or you even need help with Honeymoon Hotels or just a little Staycation for this upcoming Holiday Season we highly suggest you check out or call (800) 209-1280. You’ll be reaching out to a representative on their team to give them the details of what you need - will take care of the rest!

See ya by the pool…L&L ;)

p.s. It ain't your Mom and Pop’s Expedia... So here’s how to use the site:

  1. Search for some Hotels that you like and send in your booking request

  2. SayIDOaway’ s Personal Concierge will work to get you the best rates and rooms

  3. Customize and fine tune your package with your SayIDOaway Personal Assistant

  4. SayIDOaway provides easy payment options for you or your guests

  5. Get the word out… and enjoy your big day