Monday, February 25, 2008

Making your guest list

I had a bride ask me the other day, "We are on such a small budget. Do we have to allow our single friends to bring a date? What about out of town guests? We think many of them are not coming, but we're not sure." How do you decide on the "A-List" for your wedding? Who makes the cut? Well, for one thing, you are not obligated to allow your single friends to bring a date. It is nice for your wedding party, but not neccesary for all your guests. I feel it's okay to call out of town family and find out who is coming, if you don't already know. Of course, I like to be very straightforward and practical. Most people will tell you to plan for 70%, but in reality, more like 50% of your invited guests actually come. There are different ways to look at it, but ultimately you must look at your desires as well as your budget. If you really want an intimate, small wedding, keep it that way. If you want to invite everyone you've ever known, then do it. Make room for all sets of parents to invite their guests, though. Most of the time parents want to announce that their son or daughter is getting married. Most importantly, if your wedding is still months away, don't stress about the guest list, yet. You have plenty of time to work on it before the invitations have to be ordered and sent out.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bridal Association of the Brazos Valley Bridal Show

Last Sunday I had my first booth at the Bridal Show. It was fun to watch a lot of wide-eyed brides looking around and seeming to be more overwhelmed than ever. I talked to many of them letting them know that I will simplify their planning process, help them choose vendors that will fit their tastes as well as their budgets, and I will make their big day stress free!! I gave away a free massage! I could have used that massage at the end of the day! Many people stopped to look at the beautiful picture of one of my brides in the bluebonnets. I had several people ask if I was a photographer. I told them that they didn't want me to take their pictures. Overall, I thought the show went well. I had a lot of fun. I saw a lot of people I know, I met some new vendors, did some networking and got some business.