"My greatest good fortune in a life of brilliant experiences has been to
find you, and to lead my life with you." - Winston Churchill
July 29, 2009
July 28, 2009
I say leave the traditions behind and forego all of the superstition, and make the wedding your own.
I think that's what this couple did, they made the wedding their own. Please check it out and let me know what you think.
Making a GRAND ENTRANCE
July 22, 2009
We arrived early which was great because after we walked up to the line, I realized that we had a crowd of people behind us waiting to get in. The moment we walked into the hall I became overwhelmed. I guess it had a lot to do with the number of attendees, booths, and people ready to tell me about their "must have" service.
But I took my time and jotted notes along the way. My notes consisted of what I liked and what I will do differently on my next bridal show outing. I thought I would share my experiences and some bridal show advice with you.
Here is some words of wisdom:
Know what vendors will be there. You can do this by looking online before the event. If you are unable to research this ahead of time, review the Bridal Show booklet that is at the registration desk prior to going into the show. Mark off the vendors you are really interested in seeing. If you need to meet with all of them, at least you know who is there?
Take a friend or two. I also recommend taking your mom and fiance to at least one bridal show. It is nice to see the bride/ groom of mother/ daughter walking around discussing plans for the wedding day. This way they will feel a part of the planning process without actually planning anything. You will also be able to see who has the same ideas you have and who is going the opposite direction.
Get there early. 15-20 minutes. I know that is early for some but believe me, you will be better off because you won't get irritated by the 50 women in front of you taking their time going in.
When you walk in, I know your first instinct is to follow the masses. DON'T. I recommend walking to the end of the bridal show venue and walking backwards. Why? Well first of all, you won't be trampled by the crowd at every booth. You will have more one-on-one time with the vendors because they are not recruiting you and three other brides at the same time. Last but not least, by the time you get to the beginning of the showcase everyone will be in the middle .... again bringing me back to my second point of having more one-on-one time.
Bring Business Cards - I don't mean your company business cards (even though it is always good to network). Bring your wedding day business cards. What are Wedding Day Business Cards? Wedding day business cards are cards that tell the vendor about you, your fiance, and you wedding details. At every booth, the vendor will ask you to fill out some information about you or sign up for a drawing, what better way to get around that than to drop a card in the hat. This will also reduce the amount of information you have to write out. Information to include: Bride and Groom's name, date of wedding, and contact information (address and phone number).
Plan to stay at the Bridal show the entire time so that you can experience all of its services including the fashion show and the drawings.
After the show, find a spot and go through all the bags and discard information that you will not be following up on. No need to take extra stuff home with you.
Stay organized. The moment you get home, file all the "Must Contact" business cards/ pamphlets in your Wedding Planner.
Take a hot bath or just soak your feet because after attending a big bridal show, you may need it.
I hope my advice helps. Please let me know if you have other words of wisdom. I would love to increase my list.
July 15, 2009
Peach-Mint Green Tea
2 cups of cold water
5 green tea bags
1 12-ounce can peach nectar
1/2-cup fresh mint leaves,
slightly crushed 3 tablespoons sugar
Bring water just to boiling in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove and discard bags. Stir in nectar, mint, and sugar. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Strain tea mixture; serve over ice. Makes 5 servings.
Today we begin the rest of our life Together forever as husband and wife. Our dreams came true, with love and more—Adventures to have and the world to
explore.We’ll share our joys, we’ll share our sorrows; We can already see many
bright tomorrows.We’ll share our friends and family, too, And you are part of
that special crew. Thank you for celebrating our wedding day. As we share our
vows, we just want to say: These wedding memories will become a treasure,And
seeing you here is part of the pleasure.
-- By Joanna Fuchs