Featured: Jenira’s Event Planning

I recently have had the pleasure of guest blogging for Jenira’s Event Planning blog. Keisha’s event planning business in New Jersey is definitely one to keep in mind if you’re a bride in that area looking for some help.

My post, The Top 4 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner, explains the best reasons to hire a wedding planner for your upcoming wedding.

Thanks for the invitation and feature, Keisha!

Featured: The Wedding Den Line Up Event

Alba and her team are at it again!

Alba’s Exclusive Events (AEE) is hosting a 3-Day Celebration Event that’s all about vendors networking, getting exposure and getting their name known! This event is taking place June 27-29, 2011 and will be a great showcase for vendors everywhere.

The Wedding Den

AEE is an online community devoted to connecting customers and vendors through their online networking and workshop events. Bride Support has proudly been involved with their events before and loves being a part of their community. AEE has three segments to their business – The Business Edition, The Wedding Edition (The Wedding Den) and The Fashion Edition (The Glam Group).

Brides – this is the perfect place to check out wedding vendors’ businesses and find the perfect one that you’re looking for for your big day.

And fellow vendors – you’re invited for free! Choose which day you’d like to list your business and on which of the 3 sites and get featured! Reserve your spot by emailing albasevents@gmail.com. Oh – and receive two more listings on other days by sharing the event with others.

This promotion and networking event will be a great one for customers and businesses alike – join in!

Wedding Planning Help

Bride Support’s main mission is to help brides across the US with their wedding by offering virtual wedding planning services. These services are a la carte and help brides out when they need it, with what they specifically need help with. Our main client is a bride who doesn’t want to hire a full-on planner, just needs a little help along the way. And we love doing that!

We have found, however, that we also would love to help out the brides who DO want a full-on wedding planner. So we are proud to announce the Bride Support has now added on a complete wedding planning package! This full-service planning package offers brides the opportunity to have Bride Support by their side for the entire ride. We help plan your entire wedding through many great ways and resources – check them out here.

Additionally, due to this being a new service we’re offering, we’re offering this package at a GREAT price…only $600!

Full-service planning is offered to brides across America. Our network of wedding professionals make us able to help brides in every market – and we love doing that! Brides who live in Minnesota (where we are) are certainly able to meet with us in person, etc., as well.

So contact us today to get started on your wedding planning with Bride Support!

Featured Vendor: Minnesota Wedding Officiant

Minnesota Wedding Officiant

Photo from mnweddingofficiant.com

Everyone knows the basic vendors you should be booking first when planning a wedding – venue, food/beverage, flowers and photography. But don’t forget to add one more to that list…because without it, you won’t be able to actually get married! Lining up an officiant for your wedding should be at the top of your list. Whether it be a pastor from your church or a third-party officiant – their schedules book up fast and far out, so make sure and get on the list early!

For Twin Cities brides who are looking for an officiant, you should look no further than Rev. Tomkin Coleman. Not only can he take care of all of your marrying needs on the day of – he has a wonderfully thorough website that can help you during your planning! He goes through all types of venues in the Twin Cities, explaining their grounds, catering and guidelines. You can also learn about lots of helpful tips and local vendors on his Minnesota wedding blog.

Minnesota Wedding Officiant

Photo by Bellagala, from mnweddingofficiant.com

Swing on by to check out Rev. Tomkin Coleman, his services and his resourceful site while on your way to saying “I Do”!

Featured: The I Do Wedding Studio

Hey lovelies! Did you see the fabulous write-up that The I Do Wedding Studio did about Bride Support? Go check it out! They were so kind to feature Bride Support on their blog and I just wanted to say a quick thank you! They did a wonderful job of describing Bride Support and the wedding planning services that we offer.

The I Do Wedding Studio is a great wedding idea resource for Minnesota brides. They feature lots of local vendors, events, brides and the like – oh, and you can even submit weddings to their site, too!

So thanks again, Kristi and Sarah!

Etiquette of a Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner – or groom’s dinner – is often the first event of the wedding weekend. The time where everyone can gather together, catch up with old friends and long-distance family members and of course – celebrate the couple!

Traditionally, the groom’s dinner occurs after the wedding rehearsal for the wedding party and is hosted by the groom’s parents. More and more often, couples are hosting this time themselves – which is perfectly fine, too!

Rehearsal dinners are best held at a restaurant where there is a private area for the group to eat and enjoy each other’s company without being a pest to the whole restaurant. Whether it’s a cook-out, nice restaurant or a favorite venue of the groom’s…it’s a good time for everyone to relax together before the big day.

Rehearsal Dinner Toast(Photo from Sioux Empire Wedding Network)

There’s also some etiquette to the dinner, so here’s the scoop…

  • Send invitations out a 2-3 weeks prior to the date inviting the wedding party and guests (if desired) to the dinner. Include the information for the wedding rehearsal on it and if you’d like to invite the same people to a gift opening on the day after the wedding – you could even include an insert for that. There’s no obligation to invite anyone other than the people who will be at the wedding rehearsal to the groom’s dinner – but there also is no limit, if you’d like to. It’s a nice gesture to close family friends or members who will be in town that night, other wedding participants (guest book attendants) or whomever you desire.
  • If hosted by the groom’s parents, the father of the groom will welcome the bride’s family and toast the couple at the beginning of the event.
  • At some point during the evening, the father of the bride should toast the groom’s family as well as the couple.
  • On his own time, the groom should say a few words and toast his bride…
  • …And in return, the bride toasts her groom.
  • The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time for the couple to thank their parents for everything involved in wedding and hand out gifts prepared for the bridal party and parents.
  • Traditionally, groom’s cakes are presented and served at the groom’s dinner. Usually, they are a surprise by the bride and are a fun, creatively designed cake that speaks to the groom’s interests. They are a very fun way to “tip a hat” to the groom during this event.

Groom's Cake(Photo from Dixie Fisher Cakes)

Make sure the rehearsal dinner is a fun and relaxing time for everyone involved. Brides – spend the evening soaking up the laughter and joy and make sure to RELAX before the big day.

Wedding Wednesday – Bold & Spicy

Summer weddings call for bright, bold and spicy colors. Have fun and play with colorful dresses, flowers, decor and the like. A bold and spicy wedding means unique items such as non-traditional invites, fun favors and a party-like atmosphere all night long. Gather your fun friends, put your color palette to the test and get the margaritas rolling!

Bold and Spicy Wedding Theme

Left – by Julia Newman Photography via Examiner.com, Top right – The Knot, Middle Right – Bridesmaid Dress Show, Bottom right – Krielly Photo