Archive for November, 2011

Suzanne & Al – 10/9/11

Suzanne and Al were such a fun couple to work with! A fall wedding on Summit Avenue is not something to pass up as a planner!

These two unique and fun lovebirds planned a Sunday morning wedding in October to profess their love to each other in front of family and friends. Oh – did I mention that it was an OUTDOOR ceremony? That’s right – October in Minnesota…outside! I can respect the cajones that took. ūüôā It.was.BEAUTIFUL. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, although I don’t think it would’ve mattered as the guests were there to celebrate no matter what!

It began with guests¬†being serenaded by a walking accordion as they arrived and found their seats at the ceremony site – so fun. The ceremony was unique and special – as it should be – with special readings, the couple’s bulldog as an honorary bridal party member, the ringing of a truce bell (great tradition to begin in your family!) and more accordion music. The theme/motif throughout the wedding was a vintage typewriter (love!) – so guests typed their well wishes on one instead of signing a guest book and all of the signage and paper products included a typewriter font. After a hearty meal and tear-jerking toasts (including a letter written by Al’s grandfather who couldn’t be there), the party moved downstairs where donuts were served for dessert, the bar was ready and karaoke awaited. You can imagine how the fun went from there…

The Line-Up:

Suzanne & Al wrote the following review…

“Are you looking for a wedding planner or day-of coordinator? You can stop now. Hire Bride Support. You will not be sorry!

I hired Meredith of Bride Support as a day-of coordinator for my October wedding. There were a lot of things to juggle for the day of my wedding– I did my own flowers from the farmer’s market, we had to bring our own bar, we needed to orchestrate bocce ball during cocktail hour, and we planned to do a donut table with the donuts on cake stands instead of a traditional wedding cake. So, in addition to all the other organizational tasks, Meredith had a lot on her plate.

It was never a problem for Meredith She took everything in stride, she was always a calming and fun presence, and her organization was impeccable. Not only was all the decor and setup exactly as I pictured it, but Meredith was there with a glass of wine when mine was nearing empty, and bobby pins when I didn’t notice a piece of hair had fallen out of my updo. Her presence was indispensable!

Not only was she great on the day-of the wedding, but Meredith was very helpful before the wedding with suggestions and being a listening ear for my concerns. It’s no wonder that as the reception was winding down, my bridesmaids said to me, “Do you think we could go out for cocktails with Meredith sometime? :)”

 

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After the ceremony, bocce ball sets were broken out for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour.

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Favors on place settings were customized slap koozies! How fun!

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After dinner, a donut buffet was opened for dessert.

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All photos by Stacy Bengs Photography.

 

Wedding Support Group Wednesday – 11/23

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s Wedding Support Group time!
I spill the beans on the best wedding tidbits, events and deals going on in the Twin Cities and around the internet and you get in-the-know about the local wedding scene. Enjoy!

Photo by Emily Steffan

Cool Wedding Thing of the Week:
Emily Steffan has done it again. Her most recent photo workshop revolved around this GORGEOUS winter wonderland wedding scene. This is basically my dream wedding, folks (nevermind that I got married in the month of May). Catch the inspiration and get glittered over the upcoming winter wedding season.

The Events:

  • The Wedding Shoppe
    Grand Ave’s popular wedding dress shop is hosting¬†the following trunk shows…
    Jim Hjelm bridesmaid trunk show РNov 18-26
    Saison Blanche bridal trunk show РNov 25-26 (and receive up to 20 percent off)
  • Bridal Accents Couture
    Savage’s unique bridal shop has a couple of things going on…
    The Victoria Nicole trunk show from November 17-26. Get 10% off gown purchases during the show. 
    Sample sale going on from now through December. Receive 40-80% off dresses, accessories and more!

The Deals:

  • White Weekend Sale
    Wedding Chapel Bridals is having a great sale on select bridal gowns. Get 25% off this weekend, Nov 25-27. 

  • Paperista
    Through the remainder of November, get 50% off photo save-the-date cards¬†when you make an invitation purchase by mentioning “Brides at 50th & France.”
  • The Photoboxx
    Need a great deal on a photobooth for your reception? Here you are! The Photoboxx is currently offering 50% off rental prices! That means you can get 3 hours with an attendant, unlimited photo strips, even CD, delivery/setup and online gallery for just $400!
  • Joe Pollock Films
    Looking for a great videographer while on a budget? Check out Joe Pollock! New to the industry, but with the style of a seasoned pro – he’s got a great package going right now for full day coverage, 3-5 min video, raw footage and ceremony video.

So what do you think? How is your wedding planning coming along?
If you’re confused about anything, don’t keep quiet – ask for help! Email me at meredith@bridesupport.com¬†or call me at 612-466-0411 to get together for a chat. I’m always looking for another excuse to have (another) latte. Don’t continue losing sleep over your current wedding dilemma…

Angie & Mike – 9/24/11

Angie & Mike came to me towards the end of their wedding planning when they realized they needed someone to tie it all together and help them see the big picture. Their adorable adoration for each other was evident from the beginning and it was a true pleasure to help their day unfold as they had envisioned. Angie was a very organized and on top of it bride – so she made it easy to help and Mike was easy to please by his desire for his bride to be happy (a good man!). They invited their guests to an intimate autumn wedding outdoors at Majestic Oaks and a gorgeous reception inside. Their color palette was beautiful for the day, their friends were a blast to celebrate with and their personal touches were so cute.

The Line-Up:

Angie & Mike wrote the following review…

“Meredith, you were the best, we would not have gotten through our day without you! We were able to ENJOY our wedding day, thanks to you and everything you did. Four thumbs up!”

The table numbers were a huge hit and point of pride by the Groom himself! He labeled each table with a jersey number of an athlete from one of his favorite teams. Underneath them, he wrote stats and facts about the player. Creative idea that kept guests interested!

Chocolate favors in Bride and Groom boxes.

Photography by Bellagala.

Free Wedding Advice this Friday!

Every bride has questions about her wedding. What’s yours?
Every bride needs expert advice. What are you confused about?

Are you confused about your day-of timeline?
Don’t know where to find the best priced overlays?
What should you do about your overbearing future sister-in-law?

Seriously, what about your wedding has been keeping you up at night?

Well, worry no more! Help is here!
This Friday, November 18, I’m offering FREE wedding advice. You will have 15 minutes to chat with me over the phone about all of your wedding questions that are spinning around your head. Let’s get you the help you need.

Send an email to meredith@bridesupport.com to schedule your time.
Open times for me to call you are currently as follows…

                                      12p                                            1p
                                      12:15p                                      1:15p
                                      12:30p                                     1:30p
                                      12:45p                                     1:45p

You’ll have the opportunity to pick my brain for 15 minutes, about anything related to your wedding. And it’s totally free. It’s your 15 minutes of wedding planning.

Any questions? Email me at meredith@bridesupport.com.

Friday.
Noon to Two.
Be There or Stay Baffled.

Bridal Expo This Saturday!

Come see me and many other vendors at the Maple Grove Wedding Expo this Saturday!

November 5, 2011
Maple Grove Community Center
Doors are open from 10a-3p 
Admission is FREE

Bride Support is having a drawing for a FREE day-of coordination package giveaway! Don’t miss out on the opportunity!
All entries into the drawing will receive 20% off any booked services.

Can’t wait to meet you!

Maple Grove Bridal Expo