Timeline for Pre-Wedding events: Engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party… Oh My!

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One of the first questions Bridesmaids and Maids of Honor ask me is

“What do I do and When do I need to do it?”

When it comes to weddings, most people forget that there are numerous events leading up to the BIG event. Think about it..

  • Engagement party (Usually done within 2-3 months of the engagement- sometimes thrown by the Maid of Honor)
  • Bridal or Couple’s showers (Usually done a few months before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelorette parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor)
  • Bachelor parties (Usually done 2-6 weeks before the wedding- thrown by the Groomsmen and Best Man)
  • Bridesmaids Luncheon or Thank you Dinner (Usually, the week of the wedding- thrown by the Bride for her bridal party)
  • Welcome or Rehearsal Dinner (The day before the wedding-thrown by the bride and groom)

Here is a handy timeline to organize your Pre-Wedding events and important appointments. to help you create a good flow for Pre-Wedding events. Spacing the events out adequately will avoid people feeling annoyed with yet “another” wedding event to attend. Remember none of these events are mandatory. Brides- go with your gut on what events you want to have. Bridesmaids- check with the bride what she expects you to organize. Use your resources and have fun with it!

Bridal Bazaar was a success!

As you can probably see, the girls and I had a great time decorating our booth, setting up our spinning prize wheel of vendors and meeting all of the blushing and excited brides and their bridal parties. It was a busy day and our booth was packed with prize winners!

We were so excited to give out to our Loew’s Coronado Spa Membership grand prize to: Jasmine

Four lucky winners got a free Bootcamp workout session at the beach or park for the bride and three bridesmaids!

We saw a lot of great vendors at the Bridal Bazaar, like our neighbors Crunchtime Popcorn. Did anyone get to try their ice-cream? What did you think?

What were the best ideas/vendors that you saw at the Bridal Bazaar?

10 tips for getting the most out of the SD Bridal Bazaar

The San Diego Bridal Bazaar is just ONE week away!

Here are some useful tips for navigating the largest bridal expo in San Diego.

1)Get discount tickets at http://www.bridalbazaar.com or on their facebook page (buy 1, get 1 free). Remember to bring $10 for parking under the convention center.

2) Bring your support group! Members of your bridal party and female family members and friends work best. Decide if you want to bring your groom because it can be very stressful and overwhelming for the guys. Make sure everyone has cell phones, each others phone numbers and cameras to take pictures of wedding ideas for you.

3) Eat a little beforehand as there is only a small snackbar inside. Leave space though for all the cake and food samples that you’ll be able to try at the Bridal Bazaar. The booth next to BFFbridesmaid (booth#107) is giving away samples of delicious gourment popcorn and homemade cold stone ice cream! Bring a bottle of water with you as it can get expensive buying onsite.

4) Wear comfortable shoes and bring a backpack for all the promotional material you’ll receive. Bring color swatches if you’ve already picked out your wedding colors

5) Make a plan. Check http://www.bridalbazaar.com for the map and decide your plan of attack. Best is to go aisle by aisle starting with aisle #100 and working your way towards the fashion show area. You can also use your friends to fan out and then meet back up to see if there were any you wanted to revisit together. Plan out what questions you want to ask. Make a checklist for the different types of vendors that you still need and make sure you find at least two of each so you can comparison shop.

6) Schedule in the fashion show. There will be three fashion shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm. Make sure you stay until the end when they throw out prizes into the audience. My best friend won a free engagement photography session. BFFbridesmaid will be giving away a free Bridesmaid Bootcamp for you and 3 friends!

7) If you already have your gown and bridal party clothing, take the opportunity to visit the most popular or crowded vendors during the fashion shows as it will make their booths a lot less crowded.

8) Bring your business cards or pre printed labels with your contact info on them. Sign up for as many drawings and prizes as you can. A friend of mine won a free honeymoon!

9) You won’t remember all the vendors you see and meet so take notes on flyers and promotional materials that you find. Write down if they have any special Bridal Bazaar offers. Many vendors give special discounts if you book at the Bridal Bazaar!

10) Relax, have fun and DO NOT get overwhelmed. There will be 320 vendors there but remember, you don’t need to get everything you see! You are there to get ideas and most importantly enjoy this first step of your bridal journey…

Wedding Trends: Bridesmaids Proposals

Let’s face it. Proposals of any kind mean more to women than they do to men.

That’s why when you are asking a question as important as this, why wouldn’t you spend a little extra time in making it special and memorable.

After all, there are few times in your life when you can shine a spotlight on the female friends who’ve had your back through thick and thin and ups and downs.

Being a bridesmaid and especially a Maid of Honor takes a lot of extra work, time and money. And often people don’t really realize how much work it takes and it can often go unappreciated.

That’s why a bride should show her appreciation for her friendship from the very start and do it through a bridesmaid proposal.

A few ways to do it are:

1. Send a card:

http://pinterest.com/pin/132574782750322157/ Pinned by Catie Martinhttp://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2010/02/diy-will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-cards/

2. Send your friends on a brief scavenger hunt. Involve champagne, food and fun!

3. Make a sweet treat!

http://www.simply southerngirl.com/2011/07/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid.html

4. Send her a special “Care” package

5. Send a decadent dessert..

6. Prepare them for their big “I Do”

7. “Pop” the question, then pop the champagne!

8. Send an edible bouquet

9. Make it public

Buy advertising space at a local movie theater. Invite your girlfriends to the movies with you and show up early enough to be sitting in the theater with all your popcorn and drinks already. Have the theater show your words onscreen before the movie starts.

                                http://www.screenvis.com/slideshow.htm

10. Have you seen Facebook Timeline?

Create something like this, only about your timeline as friends, complete with pictures of you and your friend, places you’ve been, funny stories or memories and even interviews of people who know you and your friend (2), end the short video with “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

Will you be my Bridesmaid?

Found a great Idea to propose to your bridesmaids on

Wedding Bee, a great site for all things wedding.

Personalized cards have a card highlighting why the bride chose her, what her expectations are, what the duties are and other useful info.

Materials you’ll need

Join two red envelopes end to end connecting at the flap. Cover the flap with the ornamental black and white paper. 

Find the full description at

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-cards-1

Beautiful Picnic Bridesmaid Proposal

Blog “Make it Modern” had this beautiful picnic idea as a setting to ask “Will you be my bridesmaid…”

See all the beautiful photos at http://moderninthemaking.blogspot.com/search/label/bridesmaid