Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bridal Shows

Ever wondered about those bridal shows you see advertised on billboards? Should you go? Is it worth your time and money? Should you drag the fiance? Will he hate it?

Allow us to guide you through the bridal show mania! We like bridal shows for a few reasons:
-Brides and grooms get a chance to check it all out in person. No matter how many books and magazines you read, nothing compares to seeing the wedding day components like cakes and flowers in person.
-The down side is listening to the sales pitches from prospective vendors. The folks who staff these events are sometimes just a bit persistent, but we find that a simple "We're just getting ideas, thanks for your time," helps steer a couple on to the next booth.
-There are contests to enter. Some bridal websites even suggest bringing pre-printed address labels so that you can enter all the drawings at these shows. Just beware, you're also signing up to be on a mailing list by entering the contests.
-Take a big purse and make sure you have a pen for any notes about vendors you'd like to make for yourself. Bridal shows usually have plastic bags for you to put all the catalogs and vendor brochures in, but be eco-friendly and keep up with them yourself.
-Go for the food! Often you can make a meal out of the samples from catering companies and save room for cake samples.
-Don't miss the fashion show. Check the program from the show you are attending, most list the time for that day's fashion show and seats fill up rather quickly.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Visit for Bridesmaid Dresses

Catwalk is loving for its selection and great prices! From wedding dresses to accessories, flower girl dresses and to even a selection of menswear, we were most excited about the bridesmaid dresses on this site. Choose from halter, strapless, tea length, long gowns and more. Did we mention the colors and fabrics? Wow! Brides, if you were thinking you'd keep it simple and order from J. Crew for your bridesmaids, consider Aria instead. The prices are similar, even a bit less on Aria's site, depending on which fabric you choose. The styles are a fun and regardless of body type, each bridesmaid is sure to find one that makes her feel flirty and fab on your big day. We say, brides-pick the color and the length for a sense of uniformity and let your ladies pick the style. Check out Taylor's picture and the Aria website for ideas!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wedding Websites: Not Just the Knot Anymore

Guests love them! Your family and your bridesmaids do too and your future beloved, well he might be annoyed if you ask him to write the story of how you met...but maybe not!
That's right, we're talking about wedding websites! This is the online home for all the info guests need about your wedding. You can upload pictures, bios about your wedding party, a little snip it about the ceremony and reception venues and TA-DA, the proposal story. used to have the monopoly on easy to use wedding websites, but not anymore. Check out Wedding Wire's new section on wedding websites and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of templates.