Friend Support

You guys know – our business primarily revolves around supporting brides. And that’s a good thing…there are a lot of brides our there and they want help (right? :)). It’s a good thing.

But today isn’t about helping brides. It’s about helping a friend. And by friend – I mean that person who has built an awesome brand that I didn’t have to look very far to find in the interwebs when I first got engaged before I even got engaged and have followed ever since. Lord knows I’m not cool enough for this chick to know my name, blog or business – but I’m OK with that. I’m happy with being a part of her world through the looking glass. Nonetheless, she’s an important part of this industry and I’m sure all of your brides know her by name…Dana, Mrs. Meatball, Broke-$ss Bride. And oh yeah – that cute Fresh Hubby, too.

If you’ve been following her, you know she’s extra cool when she’s wearing an eye patch. She wears it not just because she’s on her way home from a costume party, but rather due to her multiple surgeries and eye appointments due to her chronic autoimmune diseases that have been wreaking havoc on her eyes.

So here’s the scoop.
We know we’re in a recession, we know there are a million places to give your money. But Dana needs us.

Dishing for Dana

Enter Dishing for Dana. She’s looking to raise a total of $22,000…

  • $13,000 to cover current medical bills
  • $7,000 to cover health insurance premiums for the remainder of 2011
  • $2,000 to donate to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association toward helping others with autoimmune disease

How cool would it be to shower Dana with our love and totally overwhelm her with a response so big she can hardly keep up?!

She’s got some cool incentives…a fabulous comfort food cookbook, acknowledgment in the cookbook, love notes from Dana and Hunter, being pimped on her patch and even a personal rap from The Fresh Hubby!

And if you really can’t give even a $1 to this red-headed wondergirl, there’s other ways you can help…

  • Submit a recipe.
    Hand over the secret to your favort comfort food (any type of dish!).
  • Spread the word.
    Share the story and website with others. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, pigeon bird – whatever!
  • Donate your skills.
    Help out by giving of your graphic design, PR, layout, etc. prowess.

Read Dana’s original post here to learn more and DONATE.

If you don’t know anything about The Broke Ass Bride – check them out here and add her to your Google Reader. It’ll rock your world.

On Being a Bridesmaid

Bridesmaid Duties(image from discountbridesmaidsdresses.net)

So you got asked to be a bridesmaid? Maybe for the first time, maybe for the tenth…

Remember – being asked to stand up in a wedding is a true honor. Let this statement rule all of your questions, thoughts, actions, etc. from the day you are asked to the day after the wedding.

Being a bridesmaid is definitely a task that demands a lot of a girl – so only accept if you’re up to the challenge!

Duties of a bridesmaid include being…

  • A sounding board, idea generator and shoulder to cry on to the bride.
    Engagements are when brides need their girlfriends the most. Try your hardest to be available and helpful when you can – trust me, you’ll want the same some day! Be her beacon of hope, oasis and best friend.
  • A busy-bee.
    As a bridesmaid, you take on the role of a wedding helper bee. Turn on your inner Martha Stewart in order to help the bride with whatever she needs – addressing invites, gluing placecard pieces, organizing response cards.
  • A pretty girlfriend
    Make sure you’re following directions and ancipating needs when it comes to your dress, jewelry, shoes, etc. for the big day. Be prepared to spend money on these things and make sure to communicate with the bride about ideas, decisions, shopping days and purchases. Nothing is worse than sending out an email to your five bridesmaids asking “Do you like these shoes or these shoes better?” and getting no responses. She’s trying to include you and make sure you like what you’re wearing!

The engagement period calls for bridesmaids to be there for showers, bachelorette party(ies), planning nights, setting up, etc, etc. Make sure you know what is expected of you when accepting a bridesmaid position and be communicative with the bride. This is an important day – and she wants you to be a part of it…LUCKY YOU!

Ways to be an extra awesome bridesmaid…

  • Put together an fter-wedding meal for the couple at the reception site to have sent up to their room.
  • Scout out accessories for the bridal party
  • Plan/cohost/pay for shower and bachelorette party
  • Help the couple with OOT giftbags for guests
  • Plan a pre-wedding jitter distraction event
  • Keep the bride’s cup full at the reception
  • Collect cameras/photos at end of night from guests
  • Prepare an “in case you forgot” traveling bag (camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, moisturizer, saline, toiletries) for the couple
  • Stock the couple’s kitchen with food for their return from their honeymoon

My Boogie Shoes

You know what your “boogie shoes” are. That perfect pair that never show signs of wear, that make you look your best and oh yeah – never seem to hurt no matter how many times you’ve spun around the dance floor.

Your wedding day is no different. Make sure you’re not only picking the perfect pair of shoes for your dress and wedding style – but make sure they’re a pair that will last all day and night for you.

 

Wedding Day Shoes(Image from fashionbride.wordpress.com)

Oh, sure, you could throw on slipper or flip flops at the end of the night…but REALLY? Is that the classy bride you want to be? Spend some extra time finding the perfect pair that can stay ON your feet and keep you looking fabulous the entire day.

Check out these foot comfort tools to make your shoes even better for your feet. Choose from their many options, including sole inserts, ball-of-foot cushions and heel cushions. Lots of great options to grab up for yourself and also your bridesmaids. Throw them into their gift bag or hand them out the morning of while getting ready. What a smart bride! 🙂

 

Wedding Shoe Sole Comfort
(Image from http://www.footpetals.com)

Don’t let your shoes get in the way of your wedding style. Get the wedding shoe comfort accessories you need to stay fabulous!

Attending a Wedding Show

Wedding shows can be one of the biggest resources to you during your wedding planning experience. If you know how to navigate the waters efficiently, they can turn a random Saturday afternoon into a productive wedding planning day. Don’t let those few hours slip by and be a waste of your parking ramp fees – use wedding shows to your advantage!

(image from The Expo Pros)

Top Three Things to Remember…

  1. Be Prepared.
    Have in your head (or even better – on a list!) what vendors you want to look for/talk to, what questions you have and what you’re looking to accomplish during the show.A wedding show can get overwhelming with all of the vendors there, all the things to look at, taste, etc. Make sure you have an agenda in mind so you can make the best use or your time – as well as the vendors who are there to work. Most shows have a website where you can check out which vendors are going to be there. Note those that you’re interested in in advance so you’re fully prepared for the room in front of you.

    A great tip to take advantage of is pre-printing some mail labels with your name, address, phone number, email and wedding date/location. These will come in handy in a super way when you want to give your name to vendors that you’re interested in as well as when you want to put your name in every drawing that vendors have at their booths. This way, you won’t waste time filling out entry form after entry form instead of just slapping the label on the piece of paper.

  2. Utilize your resources.
    Vendors participate in wedding shows in order to get business, obviously. And the primary reason for brides to attend is to connect with vendors in a sort of “speed dating” fashion in order to maybe book a few for their own wedding. However, if youw ant to really utilize the resource of a wedding show – look deeper than just vendors who you want to book.Vendors typically will have pictures of weddings they’ve worked in the past at their booth, or little vingettes of ideas for their service. Learn to look beyond the vendor and their direct service to glean ideas, inspiration and advice from their displays, pictures and comments to you. Go ahead and even ask questions – use the vendors as a resource and if you like them, contact them after and even book them! They want to help and gain your trust – whether for your wedding or for your referrals.
  3. Be the Client.
    Vendors are at theses shows to gain business. Period. Let them take the lead when it comes to following up after the show. Sure, give them your information – but then wait for them to get to you about following through. It takes the pressure off of you and lets them take the reigns. Don’t feel like you have to book aevery vendor you speak with – let them come after you.

Definitely go to a wedding show or two during your engagement – you never know what you can find there. Take a girlfriend or bridesmaid, have fun and enjoy the process!

Virtual Wedding Planning

Congratulations, bride! It’s your time and it’s an exciting one, for sure!

Planning a wedding is a wonderful, wonderful experience that you won’t soon forget. Hopefully you’re enjoying parts of it – but we know it can be overwhelming. That’s what we’re here for.

Wedding planning help is on the way!

Bride Support is a virtual wedding planning service to get you the personal wedding help that you need…when you need it. Confused about your timeline? Not sure how those centerpieces will work? Need someone to let your MOH know her duties? That’s where we come in. Wedding planning connoisseurs that are on your side.

So let us get to work and you get back to enjoying your engagement.