Fanshawe grad and business partner make planning a wedding that much easier

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Fanshawe grad Derek Lamoureux and Western University student Mitch Bennett, cofounded We're Weddings, an online wedding service to surely make planning one's special day that much easier and less stressful.

Two young men have developed a brilliant idea that is allowing one of the best days in many people's lives, to become even better. For months before the wedding, the bride and groom, along with their friends and families, spend countless hours planning for the big day.

From dresses and suits to venues and meals, what seems like a never-ending list creates stress and consumes too many hours. We're Weddings, a London-based online tech company, has changed the way the wedding industry works.

Co-founders Mitch Bennett and Derek Lamoureux created a company that connects couples and vendors similar to a dating site.

Couples can fill out a free online form and receive feedback containing the top vendors that match their needs.

The form takes into account desired date, budget and location to ensure the vendors that you are matched with are accurate based on your personal profile.

Not only does this save time for couples, it is a free tool that allows them to stay on track with their plans and act as a checklist for what they need.

Vendors pay the company to be added to the list of options for couples. If the couple's search criteria match a specific vendor, We're Weddings, sends their information to the applicable vendors.

The vendors create a quote based on their needs and the information is given to the bride and groom. The couple can review the information about each vendor and contact them individually for further details. The website not only connects the couples and the vendors, it also acts as a channel for communication between them. This allows for vendors to only receive serious inquiries and for the couples to ensure that the vendors they are contacting are legitimate.

The idea was sparked about nine months ago when Bennett, currently studying music education at Western University, talked to Lamoureux about creating a platform to help musicians get more gigs.

With Lamoureux having experience in the wedding industry, he added that there was “need for improving the communication in an industry that has not changed much since the internet came out”, Lamoureux said.

Lamoureux added that one of their main philosophies is to, “change the wedding industry much like Air B&B and Uber have changed their respected industries”.

With Lamoureux having a background in business at Fanshawe College and Bennett having a unique idea, the two recognized a need in the wedding industry and discovered a niche in the market.

With a soft launch this past March and the full launch planned for Oct.1, We're Weddings, has already been a huge hit. They have an average of three to five couples sign up each day and have vendors located in London, Toronto, British Columbia, Vancouver, and Calgary.

Their vendors list has been rapidly growing and they now have a variety of photographers, videographers, DJs, makeup artists, photo booth vendors, and many more to offer their clients.

We're Weddings is a completely online business that you can find at or on Twitter, Facebook, Instragram, or Pinterest with the handle @wereweddings.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, We're Weddings is the perfect tool to help start planning the perfect day. By doing the searching for you, this free service reduces the hassle and stress of creating your special day.

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