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Calendar of Phoenix Bridal Events April 30, 2009

Phoenix Bridal event hints:

Paris Veil and Accessory trunk show at Destiny’s Bridal in Scottsdale starting May 8th at 10 am and ending May 9th at 6 am.

The next Phoenix Bridal Show is May 17, 2009 from 10 am to 3 pm at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The next Bridal Fashion Debut is June 7, 2009 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Do-it-yourself Flower Workshop by Ever After Florals in Phoenix on June 13 from 11 am until 1 pm.

East Valley Bridal Affair at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center in Mesa on October 4th from 11 am to 4 pm.

 

Bridal Shows April 29, 2009

Now, after describing how difficult bridal shows can be, I must give them credit where credit is due. If you know what you’re doing, Bridal shows can be a wonderful thing. Here’s what I recommend.

Take a small purse. You should be given a big bag with brochures and magazines in it to begin with and you can store all the other information you get in there. 

Know what you’re looking for. If you don’t have any vendors yet, expect to take a lot of time and energy finding the ones you want. Booths are organized in such a way that there won’t be competing vendors next to each other. This means that if you’re looking for a florist, you will have to either like the first one you meet, or walk through the whole show to interview every florist you can find. If you are looking for just the florist, however, you can skip over all the catering, photography and insurance booths.

If it’s something you’re interested in, sign up for the free stuff! By registering for the event, you have already given permission for these vendors to send you emails and snail mailings, so you won’t lose anything by giving them your email address and you might actually win something really cool! I have a friend who won a free honeymoon, and I won our champagne flutes for free. Now, in my case, I had to sit through a presentation for some cooking thing, but really, it was fun, I got to taste good, free food and I only had to sit there for like an hour to get my flutes. That’s pretty much worst case scenario.

Take a sharpie and a small notebook. When you take a business card or brochure or flyer, write on it what you liked about that vendor and what your reservations are about them. If you just throw it in your bag, you will go home with a bag of hundreds of papers and you won’t remember who any of them belonged to. If there isn’t space on their card to write, jot down in your notebook the name of the company and any important points to remind yourself later. Your notebook can also be used to sketch or describe any ideas that you see. You will see floral arrangements and catering ideas and table settings. Keep your eyes peeled for that perfect idea.

Take a breather. You can probably get through the first few aisles without a break, but you will soon feel overwhelmed. The last time I went, my sister and I actually stopped at each end of the aisles to get out of the crowd, slow our breathing and rest our feet. It is emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting, but if you take a break, it’s not so bad. You should also plan a little down time after the show to relax. You don’t want any stress-related break-outs, now do you?

Be honest with the vendors. If they launch into a spiel and you really aren’t interested at all, just say something like “you know, that sounds great, but I already have a florist” or “I’m still looking, but I’ll keep you in mind” or “That’s not really my style, but thanks anyway”. Be honest so that you aren’t wasting their time or yours. Now, if you are interested, tell them that too! You will be surrounded with people who want your business and if you look at one booth and think, gosh, that’s really great, but you just keep looking without talking to them, you may forget how great they were. If you aren’t sure, give your contact information to the vendor and tell them you’re still looking. I bet they’ll call you. And, if you already found another by that time, no loss.

Lastly, don’t go alone! This is a stressful environment and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s nice to have someone you love with you to keep you grounded. They can also help you remember the good stuff. I recommend no more than two people with you.

 

The Bride’s Breakfast Club April 28, 2009

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Image borrowed from Here Comes the Guide

Image borrowed from Here Comes the Guide

For brides and grooms in the valley, there is a special opportunity to meet with vendors and get a taste of their services in a low-pressure environment at the Bride’s Breakfast Club! The Club meets on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Meetings are usually held at the Bride’s Breakfast Club in Phoenix, but are sometimes held at special venues throughout the valley. Here’s the best part–brides and their guests attend free! This is a wonderful gift to brides! If you have ever attended a Bridal Show, especially the ones in downtown Phoenix, you know they can be overwhelming. With hundreds of vendors to talk to and hundreds of brides to push through, it’s hard to get a real feel for each vendor. The Bride’s Breakfast Club solves this problem by allowing you to personally visit with a handful of vendors each month. Ask all your questions and see samples of their work without being rushed down the aisle of endless booths. You will also be allowed access to the “Bride’s Guide”, which offers special discounts from the vendors.

 

If you have any questions, or would like to get in contact with the Bride’s Breakfast Club, leave a comment or email me at jamie@designerplanning.com

 

The Not Wedding April 27, 2009

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If you are in Atlanta, listen up! The Not Wedding is an innovative way for you to see some vendors in action! Currently established in Atlanta, The Not Wedding is like a play where you, as a future bride, get to show up as a guest and experience what it would be like if that caterer, or that photographer etc. were at your wedding. This is a great way to see how vendors will really perform under pressure!

 

Changing Your Name April 24, 2009

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Did you know it takes 13 hours to legally change your name at all the necessary places? There’s your social security, then your driver’s license, insurance, and dozens of other places that need to know your new name. Instead of walking all over town to do that work, why not let someone else do it for you? I have found two name change services that will do this for affordable prices– MissNowMrs and NameBirdie. Simply fill out their forms and they will send them to the appropriate places. Simple, quick and affordable. What more could you ask for?

 

Favorite Non-flower Wedding Centerpiece April 23, 2009

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Photo by Jennifer Dery

Photo by Jennifer Dery

 

Wedding Cakes April 22, 2009

Your baker will be able to answer all your questions about your wedding cake, but here are some things to think about. 

You will want your cake to mimic the style and formality of the wedding. Come up with a few ideas of textures, colors, accessories (like flowers or cake toppers) and shapes to give yourself some options. Discuss with your baker what would work best for you. Also keep in mind the state of the venue. If you will be outside in Phoenix in August, you will want to consider finding an air conditioned building or cool place to store it before the reception. You might also want to consider using fondant instead of buttercream. Some people don’t like the taste of fondant as well, but it is less likely to melt and drip off the cake. If the wedding is indoors, consider the surroundings. If it will be standing up against a white wall, consider putting bright flowers on the cake to make it stand out (talk to your baker about which flowers can harmlessly touch food, or have an off-white cake. If the reception site is through a low archway, up the winding stairs and down the narrow hall, it would be a nightmare to transport a tall cake. 

You can have a unique cake and still be classy. Here are some fun ones I found.

 

For a Garden Wedding by Wildflowers by Lori

For a Garden Wedding by Wildflowers by Lori

 

Photos of the happy couple are transferred to edible sugar paper

Photos of the happy couple are transferred to edible sugar paper

The above cake is by Maisie Fantasie

And for the chocolate lovers–who says your wedding cake has to be white?

 

From Here Comes the Guide

From Here Comes the Guide