10 Tips to Conquer a Bridal Show

So you have the man, the ring, and the biggest smile on your face…what else could you possibly need??

Well everything, of course. Luckily there is a one stop shop for all things wedding- the Annual Georgetown Bridal Show! It may sound overwhelming, but with these tips, you can walk out knowing that you have everything under control.

1. Pre-Register

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The link to our Bridal Show on February 22nd is http://georgetownbridalshow.com/register/ (You can also win prizes by registering early!)

2. Eat a Small Meal Beforehand

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You know you are in for a ton of samples, but have a small meal before you head out. That way you will know what really tastes good if you aren’t a ravenous beast!

3. Wear Comfy Shoes

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You will be doing a ton of walking. Save the heels for your big day! Comfort is key.

4. Bring a Friend

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You will want second (or maybe even third and fourth opinions) on each vendor you see. Of course the choice is all yours, but friends can be helpful to bounce ideas off of, and to cover more ground!

5. Make a Check-list

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Venues, caterers, cakes, honeymoon, decorations…the list seems to go on and on! But with a guideline, you know for sure you can hit all of the essentials.

6. Bring Business Cards

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Don’t waste time writing down your contact information at every booth! Have a supply of cards handy to make the info swap less of a hassle!

7. Bring a Color Swatch

Fabric swatches of your wedding colors can always come in handy if you come across and accessory booth, so you can find the perfect bridesmaid necklaces, or flower girl basket!

8. Have your planner or Calendar app handy

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You may need to set up other tastings and meetings with each vendor, so to be sure you don’t forget about all your obligations, use your calendar app or planner!

9. Leave Before You Can’t Take Anymore-

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Don’t leave wishing you never have to think about weddings again! It’s inevitable that you will need to sort through all of the brochures and handouts you collected once you get home. So shop around until you almost drop!

10. Demand a Foot Rub-

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You have had a long, successful and conquering day! The only thing you need now is a foot rub for a job well done.

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Easy DIY Centerpieces for Any Season

Recently we had a photo shoot to get great pictures of our brand new icicle lights!

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We also had a representative from Google come to shoot a virtual tour!

We wanted to set up the Georgetown Event Center like a wedding reception to give you an idea about what it can look like for your reception. In order to do that we needed some great centerpieces, so we enlisted the help of our friends at Casa Linda Florals! The owner created some amazing centerpieces and was kind enough to show us how to do them! I was amazed at how easy they were to create and how you could use them for a wedding in any season!

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The first centerpiece is a sunken glowing rose centerpiece. It looks beautiful and guests will be asking how you did it! You can use any kind of flower that you want to make it match your reception!

So here is what you will need:
– A vase
– Clear stones or beads
– A submersible LED light
– A rose (or any flower of your choice)
– A pin
– Water

First attach the bottom of the rose stem to the led light (that is already turned on) and put in the vase. Then carefully add as many clear stones as you would like without harming the rose. Next, VERY CAREFULLY and slowly add water to the vase making sure to pour from the side of the vase so as not to hit the petals. Pour until the flower is completely covered by the water. And Viola! You have your very own glowing sunken flower centerpiece!

Glowing Sunken Rose Centerpiece! You need a vase, clear stones or beads, a submersible led light, a rose and water. First attach the rose to the led light and put in the vase. Then carefully add as many clear stones as you would like without harming the rose. Next, VERY CAREFULLY and slowly add water to the vase making sure to pour from the side of the vase so as not to hit the petals.

It looks great with the lights on and the lights off!

The next centerpiece is EVEN easier!

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I like to call this a beautiful branches centerpiece. It is so easy yet so beautiful and elegant and could work for any kind of wedding. The pebbles could be traded out for stones in any color. Also these birch branches could be traded out for branches from a flowering tree during your wedding season (maybe branches from a cherry tree that has cherry blossoms on it!)

So here is what you will need:
– A vase
– Gravel or pebbles (or any kind of stone you want)
– Tree branches (birch is pictured but you can use any kind you want)
– Hanging votive or tealight candle holders
– Votive or tealight candles (real or LED)

Fill the vase as full as you want with your stones. Then insert as many branches as you want into vase. Next hang the candle holders on the branches. Then place the candles in the holders and light them or turn them on (if they are LED candles). And TA DA! You have a beautiful branches centerpiece!

Easy, beautiful centerpieces. All you need is vases, pea gravel (or any stones really), tree branches (these are birch), hanging votive holders, and candles (these are led candles).

I love both of the centerpiece ideas because they can be used for weddings in any season, are inexpensive to make, and EASY to make!

If you choose to use them in your wedding, please feel free to share your photos!

Friday Five: Summer Wedding Ideas

Happy Friday Everyone! Thankfully today is going for be a pretty day (unlike the weather we have been having lately). It is March in Texas, it is supposed to be warm not wintery! Anyway, this Friday Five will hopefully warm you up! Here are five amazing ideas that you can use at your summer wedding!

#1 Sunglasses for you guests if your wedding is outdoors

I love the idea of providing sunglasses for your guests if you are having an outdoor ceremony. Throw in an adorable sign that says “Don’t get blinded by our love!” and your guests will melt (from the cuteness of course!)

#2 Fans/ Fan Programs

If you are worried about your guests getting warm at your summer wedding, these fan programs are perfect! They provide your guests with the program and give them something to help them cool off if your love for each is other too hot for them to handle!

#3 Sun Umbrellas

Some of your guests may have very sensitive skin and not want to sit outside during a wedding ceremony. Tell them not to fret because you will have these adorable umbrellas on hand to make sure that they don’t get a burned.

#4 Chilled Water Bottles (with personalized labels)

It is great to have chilled water bottles at the entrance of your wedding ceremony that guests can grab as they walk in. If you want to be cute, add a personalized label to them! If you are crafty, you can find plenty of DIY options to make your own labels. If you aren’t a crafty person, there are a lot of companies that will make the label and sell you bottles by the case!

#5 An Indoor Reception Venue

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While it is great to have your ceremony outside, you and your guests may need a break from the heat (especially for a Texas wedding!). Having an outdoor ceremony with and indoor reception gives you the best of both worlds: the beauty of nature with the relief of an A/C!

If you are planning to have a summer wedding and need a venue, check out Georgetown Event Center! Located outside of Austin in Georgetown, Texas, it is a great place to have to wedding of your dreams!

And that is your Friday Five! I hope that this has warmed you up and has you getting ready for summer!

Beat the Heat!

This week we saw our first triple digit temperature of the summer. Oh, Texas. I love you. Really, I do. I do not, however, like the sweltering heat that you bring me every summer that keeps me inside my house with the a/c blasting. I would much rather be outside, but when it is 103 degrees I just can’t justify it. Some people are detirmined enough to have their wedding outside (like I talked about in an earlier post). To me it seems unfair to everyone in attendance- the bride in her dress that possibly weighs more than she does, the groom in a black, heat absorbing tux and then all the guests, patiently waiting while the hot air around seems to melt them into their chairs. This has all lead me to thinking that 1) despite the temperature, summer weddings are adorable and 2) there must be a way to recreate them inside, safely away from the famous heat and humidity we have here in Georgetown, Texas.

1.Fish Bowl Punch

So simple, fast and cute! Liven up the drink station with multiple glass bowls full of lemonade, punch, or any mixed cocktail and add in as many Swedish Fish as you like (or any gummy marine creature). To play up the theme a bit mor,e try covering a table in sand, pop an umbrella on it’s side and arrange all the different bowls around the scene!

2. Tumblers as party favors

Hydration is so important in the hot summer months! As a wedding favor think about personalizing reusable tumblers for guests that they can use to help through the hot months ahead. You can fill them with drink mix packets, sunglasses, drink recipes, little sun screen packs- anything you can think of! If you use them as place settings on tables to help guests find their seats they can be used all night and greatly reduce your need for throw away plastic cups! Not to mention your even center will be thrilled that all the drinks have lids!
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3. S’mores bar!

For many people they can’t remember a summer that didn’t include a bonfire complete with s’mores. While the Georgetown Event Center does not allow our guests to have open flames, let alone bonfires, you can still find ways to mimic s’mores. Try dipping marshmallows and graham crackers in a chocolate fountain and add in your own extras like sprinkles, peanut butter or just about anything. Let’s be honest, what can you think of that doesn’t taste good with chocolate? Think about setting up a picnic table surrounded by low lighting in the reception room to place the chocolate fountain and s’mores ingredients on to give a more authentic feel.

Summer Wedding? Offer a Lemonade Bar!

Confession time. I LOVE lemonade on a hot day … or even a warm day. It’s the perfect way to cool off. Part water. Part sugar. What’s not to love?

Apparently, I’m not the only one that likes lemonade though. I recently attended a wedding with an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception. The guests went crazy over the lemonade bar at the reception! They offered regular lemonade as well as a lemonade margarita.

If you want to do something different, try the lemonade margarita mix. Now that’s tasty! I was skeptical at first but this really is worth trying. I don’t know what recipe was used that night but below is a recipe I found online.

Lemonade Margaritas

1/4 cup tequila
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate
3/4 cup ice
2 tablespoons lemon-lime carbonated beverage
sliced lemons (for garnish)

Enjoy!