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.

I Just Planned Your Whole Christmas Wedding…You’re Welcome

‘Tis the season to be married…

So maybe you haven’t even considered a holiday wedding. But what’s not to love? Lights, presents, snow (well if you aren’t from Texas)…your big day has the potential to be a Winter Wonderland. It’s the most magical time of the year, and lucky for you, I have done all the planning to make the magic happen. Read on to discover why your first dance may be “All I Want for Christmas is You!”

1. Your Dress

Top 8 Hot Wedding Dresses Styles for Winter Wonderland Weddings 2014 #tulleandchantilly

With three quarter lace sleeves, you will look elegant without having to show a lot of skin

2. Your Bridesmaids

Dessy - long wine colored bridesmaid gown

This deep red and flowy design will have them feeling ready for the red carpet, but not to upstage you, of course!

3. Your Flower Girl

Christmas Flower Girl dress trimmed in red - perfect

The adorable rose accents are so vibrant, you actually may have some competition for the spotlight!

4. The Groom and Groomsmen

Groom/Groomsmen- Black tuxedo for all the boys, groom wears white vest (to match bride), bestman wears purple vest (to match maid of honnor) and the other groomsmen wears charcoal gray best (to match other bridesmaids)

Simple yet classic, consider a dark grey tux as shown instead of the stereotypical black and red look!

5. Your Ring Bearer

Formal Boy Tuxedo Black with Red Cherry Vest for by carmiashop, $33.99

Just like the big boys, but with a bowtie!

6. Your Venue

Just the perfect little country church! Wouldn't this be a beautiful place for a small wedding?

Okay, even if little white chapels aren’t your thing, imagine the shots your photographer could get! But for a more modern look, check out the Georgetown Event Center! (Shameless plug)

7. Bouquets

Another wedding weekend over...another bouquet caught!! Is it bc I am tall and athletic or is the universe trying to tell me something??!! This crazy heffa will just have to wait and see.....;)

Add some unexpected lilies for something unique!

8. Reception Tables

Incredible red rose centerpiece for glamorous wedding at Hotel Bel Air, planning by Mindy Weiss, photos by Joy Marie Photography | junebugweddings.com

Notice how the mirrored table top adds extra dazzle to this sparkling tablescape!

9. Your Cake

Christmas Wedding Cakes And Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Now I could do without the greenery surround this beautiful cake, but the stacked presents look is sure to amaze!

10. Hot Cocoa Bar…Must

Adorable DIY hot cocoa bar #fall #autumn #hotcocoa

Consider skipping out on the rustic look by using sparkling crystal bowls instead!

 

So maybe I left out just a few things for you to take care of, but with this start, you may just want to get married this Christmas!

 

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 Ways to Incorporate Your Heritage Into Your Wedding

Want to spice up the cliche American wedding? How about you pay homage to your ancestor’s homeland by including a few (not too out there) traditions into your big day? You can even consider combining your’s and the groom’s bloodline traditions into a truly unique celebration.

Germany: 

-As the bride, carry lengths of white ribbon with your bouquet to hand out at the end of the ceremony for guests to tie in a bow on their vehicles antenna. (Makes for a beautiful uniform procession to the reception).

-Decorate the hood of your “getaway car” with flowers, as opposed to hanging cans off of the trunk to clang around.

Ireland:

– During the toasts at the reception, include the following traditional Irish Blessing:

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.

-(For the Mother-in-Laws) Want to ensure a loving relationship with with your new daughter? As she walks into her house for the first time after the ceremony, break a piece of the wedding cake over her head!

China:

-For your floral arrangements, choose lilies (to represent a happy union for 100 years), orchids (to represent love, wealth, and fortune) and lotuses (to represent a shared heart and harmony).

-Instead of the Americanized embarrassing Best Man speech, stick to the Chinese way and only offer praise of the newly weds!

Mexico:

-At the reception, have a heart shaped piñata for your guests filled with sweet treats!

-It is custom for brides and bridesmaid to wear light blue slips under their dresses.

Caribbean:

-For your color palette, choose bright and vibrant hues, because your wedding is an exciting celebration!

– At, or after the reception, plant a tree with your new husband to symbolize the growth in your relationship to come.

Italy: 

-Wear a green dress (or even just a green broach or ribbon) during your rehearsal dinner for good luck!

-Give out “confetti” or Jordan Almonds to your guests as favors to represent the sweetness as well as bitterness to come.

Britain: 

-I think the Brits have it right, in that the bride pays for her bridesmaid dresses! I don’t think your friends will complain.

– Give gifts to the “mums” during the speeches, either flowers or a hand written note thanking them for their help.

I know I have left out many other countries’ traditions, but a quick Google search can put you on the right path to plan a truly memorable wedding!

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.

9 Unexpected Ways to Incorporate Your New Monogram into Your Wedding

With the growing  fad of having everything you own monogrammed, it’s no wonder women want to show off their new married initials on their big day.

Here are some unexpected and, frankly, adorable ways to celebrate with your new monogram!

1. Ring Bearer’s Pillow

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2. Your Bouquet

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3. On Your Veil

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4. Lighting for Your Dance Floor

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5. Table Runners

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6. Cookies!

 

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7. Bride and Groom Champagne Glasses

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8. Wedding Cake (either as shown, or as a fun cake topper!)

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9. (My favorite) Comfy Bride Shoes for the Reception

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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.

 

 

 

Friday Five: Wedding Flowers for Spring

Spring has sprung! Trees are budding, the weather is beautiful and flowers are blooming! Not to mention its Friday, which means its time for another Friday Five! One of the great things about having a wedding in the Spring is all of the fun flower choices. So here are five beautiful, in season flowers to make your big day even more beautiful!

#1 Anemones

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Anemones are gorgeous and available in a wide variety of colors. However, they are more expensive flowers. If you love anemones but it doesn’t fit into your budget to have a large bouquet of them, try adding a few anemones to a bouquet of less expensive flowers. You will get the look of anemones with a price that fits comfortably in your budget.

#2 Sweet Peas

 

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Sweet Peas also come in a variety of colors. They look lovely in a bouquet by themselves or mixed in with other spring flowers.

#3 Peonies

Peonies are another type of flower that bloom in the Spring. They are beautiful but can also be pricey. Mixing them into a bouquet with lots of greenery and other flowers can help you achieve the look for less.

#4 Irises

For a less expensive yet distinctive look, irises are a great choice. Pictured are purple and white irises but they are also available in other colors. They look great mixed into a bouquet with other flowers and can play a lead or supporting role in the bouquet.

#5 Tulips

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Tulips are a classic Spring wedding flower! They are a less pricey yet beautiful option for wedding flowers.

 

And that is your Friday Five, now please go outside and enjoy this beautiful Spring day!

 

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The Georgetown Event Center is a wonderful wedding venue that has simple elegance. Located outside of Austin in Georgetown, TX, it is a great place to hold your reception. Learn more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

 

 

 

 

Friday Five: Wedding Flowers on a Budget

It is that time again! Happy Friday Everyone!

Today’s edition is about using flowers that won’t blow your budget. Between bouquets, centerpieces,  boutonnieres, and various other flowery decorations, flowers can take up a big chunk of your budget. But the good news is, they don’t have to! It is important to remember to look for flowers that will be in season on your wedding date, which means they will be less expensive than any other time of the year. However, there are some flowers that are cheap year around. Below are flowers that are budget friendly 365 days a year!

#1 Baby’s Breath

Long known as just fillers, Baby’s Breath are finally being used to stand out on their own! I think bouquets of baby’s breath are simple and elegant.

#2 Greenery

While not technically a type of flower, greenery is a perfect stand in! Greenery is usually cheaper than flowers but can be just as beautiful. The succulents pictured above make beautiful centerpieces.

#3 Gerbera Daises

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Daises look beautiful in a bouquet by themselves or mixed in with other flowers. They also make gorgeous centerpieces. If you want to be whimsical (and budget friendly) you can have your bridesmaids carry single gerbera daises instead of bouquets.

#4 Carnations

Okay, now stay with me on this one. I know the carnation has long been looked down upon, but look at the wonderful centerpieces pictured above! When grouped tightly, the carnations make beautiful centerpieces and bouquets. It’s time we give this under-rated flower some much deserved respect.

#5 Sunflowers

Sometimes called a weed, sunflowers look like anything but! They are simple and beautiful. Because of their size, sunflowers can be used as a bouquet or as a single flower.

Planning a wedding on a budget can seem difficult but it doesn’t have to be! The Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a perfect place to have your dream wedding, and it is very reasonably priced. Perfect for the bride on a budget that doesn’t want to compromise. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com!