Friday, June 22, 2007

Princess Cruises knows how to spread the "Love"

David Seeberger, one of TheBigDay's travel specialists, recently attained the status of Commodore Travel Agent from Princess Cruises. As an added benefit, David has had the opportunity to rub elbows with the one and only Gavin MacLeod - otherwise known as The Love Boat's Captain Stubing! :)

David, our very own TravelMan, first met the Captain at the Las Vegas Luxury travel show and most recently in Seattle. MacLeod is the spokesman for Princess Cruises and has worked wonders for the cruise industry - so it is always an event to meet a true icon!

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Currency conversion

We've added a new feature today to help wedding guests outside the U.S.: currency conversion! What we do is provide a link to Google's currency converter from inside each registry item.

To enable this feature, log in to your registry, and click Update your registry. On that page, at the top, you'll see a link that says Add a currency converter link for your guests. Click that, and you can choose from a number of common currencies. (If the currency you need isn't listed, just drop us an email: techsupport at

The picture below is what your guests will see. When they click on the "Convert to..." link, we'll pop up the Google currency converter with the gift price already converted to your chosen currency.

-- Michael

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Share photo albums with your wedding guests

When you return from your honeymoon, pretty much everybody who was at your wedding will want to see your pictures, of course. But with an average of about 170 guests at a wedding, that's a lot of email addresses to type into whatever website you use for your online photo albums.

We released a new feature today that'll help--a special version of our e-postcards, where you can place a link to the photo album on the card, and select recipients from the people who've bought gifts from your registry and/or you've send an e-postcard to before. We even automatically weed out duplicates, so you don't accidentally send it to the same people 2 or 3 times :-)

Log in to your registry, and click the link that says "Share a photo album with your guests".

-- Michael

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Seating charts

Rebecca Grinnals from Engaging Concepts points us to this cool new web service: Create seating charts for your wedding online, quickly and for up to 50 seats, $19.95 for up to 350 seats. They've got a list import feature for the $19.95 version, and ability to track RSVPs, meal selections, etc.

-- Michael

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Power Converters

A common question we hear is: "can I use my camera charger (or cell phone charger, or hair dryer, or....) in Tahiti (or Italy, or Australia, or Kenya...etc.).

The answer is...YES!

Well, as long as you bring the right converter, you can. And while it's pretty much either the 110V/60Hz that we have in the United States or 220V/50Hz everywhere else, there's an absolutely dizzying array of combinations of plug layouts.

We found a great website that lays out what kind of plug(s) you'll need for any given country. And yes, some countries have multiple types :-(

It's Steve Kropla's Help for World Travellers site.

Once you figure out what you need, try World for ordering (it's where I got my converter for my own honeymoon to Kenya and the Seychelles).


Friday, June 15, 2007

New Feature: Save and Share your Favorites!

We rolled out a new feature today - Now anyone can save and share a list of their favorite resorts on TheBigDay!

Rating your favorites is easy - simply decide and click "Love it", "Like it", or "Not for me" and your selections are automatically saved for you. You can also add notes to each resort in your list in case you forget why you loved the St. Regis Resort in Bora Bora so much. And to top it all off, we even give you the option to send an email to your family and friends that includes a link to your favorites.

To start creating your favorites list, head on over to TheBigDay honeymoon registry today!


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses

I am, unfortunately, not a handy woman. My scrapbooks look like I'm in kindergarten and my eye for design is laughable.

Thankfully, there are those much handier than me, like this bride, featured left. She has managed to create an entire wedding dress out of toilet paper, glue and tape. How she did it - or if she actually wore it at a wedding - is a mystery, but she was the ultimate winner in the 2006 competition for the best dress and the $500 grand prize.

Think you can best her? is now accepting entries for their 2007 competition. Start unrolling, those submissions are due by June 15.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Clone Registry Items

Couples that are interested in creating a registry for their honeymoon, anniversary or other special event can look to other registries for inspiration and now clone the items they like!

Couples that have elected to 'share' their registries can be found at our Shared Registry page, or by logging in under your account and searching for registry items in a particular destination.

This new feature is great for couples looking for ideas. This way, you're able to add an additional item without searching for a picture or adding a generic one from our standardized list. Don't worry, the text, picture and title can all be customized individually.

Already have a registry? Click the 'share the registry' feature when you log in to help out your fellow couples!

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