Boy do we have exciting news for you, our engaged couples, industry pros, and anyone who just loves to throw a good party… we have OFFICIALLY launched our sister site, MatchBook!
What is MatchBook, you ask? Well, it’s a brand new way to discover and book curated and talented event professionals (or as we call them, Pros) for upcoming events – on your date, in your style, and in your price range. We’ve talked to countless couples over the years and have heard one thing over and over… the process of finding and booking amazing vendors for your wedding and events has been super time-consuming and many times downright frustrating. Gone are the days of searching giant vendor directories, only to find vendors aren’t available or don’t match your criteria, and then starting all over again. Let wedding planning be FUN again!
Our unique platform connects seasoned 100-Layer-Cake-approved Pros with Clients seeking their services through a simple, efficient request model. It was designed for both those planning a wedding or event, and the Pros who can bring those celebrations to life. Say you want to hire a wedding planner. Here’s a simple rundown of how you can use MatchBook to make the process easy, inspiring, and fun:
- Request a Pro, with your event date, location, style and budget
- Receive quotes within your requirements, with portfolios from our hand-picked Pros to review
- Book your favorite Pro and check another thing off your list!
- Put up your feet and go back to binge-watching Netflix, instead of researching Pros in your area for the next three hours… or months.
Now how easy does that sound?
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There’s a little more to it than that, but seriously, what if you could book all the amazing Pros you need for an upcoming event (or photoshoot – we’ve got lots of great freelance prop stylists and production Pros too) without having to send a thousand emails and schedule a bunch of calls for EACH Pro type you are looking to hire?
For Couples & Hosts
Find your wedding photographer, book a local party caterer, hire a last minute production assistant, get help with wedding flowers – no matter who you’re looking for, MatchBook makes it easy to see Pros in your area who are available on your date, style and budget range. You can review portfolios, discuss any questions via our messaging platform, and book knowing that your Pro has been vetted by the 100 Layer Cake team. We also offer tips on what Pros typically cost, so there’s no confusion on what rate to set for your requests.
With over 13 years experience in the online wedding space, we’ve created relationships with some of the top Pros in the industry, spoken to countless couples, and honed in on how to make the process of hiring Pros for any event, big or small, a little less stressful, and a lot less time-consuming.
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And it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for your entire wedding crew or you’re a DIY bride simply in need of day-of-coordination and a caterer. Whatever your requests are, we have dedicated and talented Pros ready to help. It’s free to browse and book Pros, and it only takes a few minutes to upload your request. All you have to do is be descriptive about what your wedding style is, and what you’re looking for in a Pro. Then watch our talented and curated team of Pros come to you!
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K, so obviously this is a resource we’d love to see you use for your big day. But MatchBook isn’t only for weddings… use it to hire Pros for a bridal shower for your bestie, a blow-out engagement party, a baby shower for your sister, a fun 30th birthday party for your bff, or even a kids party! Really, any celebration in life calls for MatchBook‘s help to make it as easy and seamless as can be. Just has 100LC has been your go-to for all types of event inspiration all these years.
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Did we mention MatchBook is free for couples and Clients looking to hire for their event to use? Once a service is booked, the Pro you’ve hired pays a small fee that helps us keep making matches, facilitating bookings, and providing resources to the community. (Event Pros, find more details on that below!) The only fees you’ll pay are those you and your Pros have agreed upon for their services.
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Wedding and Event Pros
Likewise for Pros, hi! We’re not leaving you out! In fact this platform is just as much for you. We’re betting that you spend a lot of time responding to emails with requests that end up not being a good fit. With MatchBook, you can see all the info about the job before you start any communication. Your inbox will thank you. It’s free to join (though you will need to be accepted and approved), and there’s no requirement to quote or be booked if you don’t find a job that fits your style and rate. And we take care of payment so you never have to deal with invoicing and collections for jobs booked here.
If a booking is made (hooray!), MatchBook takes 10%, simple as that. This fee allows us to continue to provide this valuable service to our Pros and Clients alike. To sweeten the deal, jobs booked through MatchBook will be featured on 100 Layer Cake’s social channel with over 1 million followers collectively.
MatchBook is perfect for Pros who:
- are looking to book local events such as weddings, engagement parties, bridal showers, milestone parties or kids parties
- are looking to break out into the corporate event world or photo/video production industry
- have a collective of Pros or assistants that would like more bookings
- want to book an event in a city you might be traveling to
- want to make more connections in the events industry
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Curious to learn more? You can browse our FAQs, or just jump in and sign up to get started! We can’t wait to see your weddings and events become a huge success!