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Shows Don’t Blow

This time last year, The Bride sent me an email about an upcoming wedding show in Toronto. A few of her girlfriends were invited to come along for fun. Although none of which were engaged, it would be a hoot to go to the show. I said a resounding “Thanks but no thanks.” Because really, a wedding show?! Do I really want to subject myself to that kind of high-pitched, clawing at your eyeballs, death by flower wire kind of torture. I was busy. I was washing my hair. For the entire weekend.

When I received today’s email about upcoming wedding shows, I knew that I had to suck it up. My BFF is now engaged and incredibly excited. So am I. Therefore come January I will be going to the shows. There’s a good chance that I’ll have some red wine in my aluminum water bottle, but I’ll be there.

So far the show contenders (as per the email) are: The Wedding Co. Show, Canada’s Bridal Show, The Total Wedding Show. Since I know nothing about them, I decided to search for bridal show tips instead. The articles are aplenty and have more useless points then my ADD brain can handle. I won’t bother linking to them. But through my scanning I did pick up on a couple of bridal show tips worth sharing.

5 Tips to Help You Get Through A Bridal Show (Sober or Not):

  1. Take a Camera! Genius. Something tells me that I won’t remember the height/width ratio of that flower arrangement that everyone fell in love with. How will I know if the wedding fashion show dress was more majestic than the one at the bridal boutique.
  2. Return Address Labels! If these bridal shows are anything like other trade shows, there’s a ton of draws to enter for free stuff. Who doesn’t like free stuff?! But lazy people like me can’t stand there filling in the information AGAIN while our carpel tunnel is acting up. Just print up some labels with your name, address, email (maybe even the wedding date) beforehand and you’re good to go. Bring a few business card size versions if you can too.
  3. Avoid the Spam! Who doesn’t hate spam email or junk mail. Related to #2, if you are going to fill out a lot of contests for your wedding consider setting up another wedding only email address and/or PO box. That way after the wedding you can cancel your PO box and close your email account. Voila no more junk. Reserve your main e-mail address for vendors you actually work with.
  4. The Black Sharpie! Yes all of the online tips that I read said bring a pen and notebook. Great. I say also bring a Sharpie. You’ll definitely be taking a lot of brochures and other literature. Write a note with your Sharpie on the vendor’s brochure what impressed you, what you want to follow-up with. It will make for an easier time the day after. I love that.
  5. Double Bag It! Have the Bride carry one bag and the Bridesmaid (that’s me) carry another. Put literature for vendors that you want to follow-up with in the Bride bag and all others in the Bridesmaid bag. While I’ll probably be lugging around a huge bag of crap, it will be easier to sort through after the event.

And if you’re at the show and see me, say hi. I’ll be the one in the dark sunglasses and wine stained lips, standing beside a highly enthusiastic bride. Holla.

~ The Bridesmaid

December 21, 2009 at 5:55 am 1 comment

It’s Not Official…

It’s not official until you change your Facebook status and announce to all of your friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, and random people that you mistakenly accepted as friends that you are in fact Engaged. When I woke up this morning – the night after my closest friend’s boyfriend proposed – that’s what I had to tell her. Just wait until you change your Facebook!!! So far I was one of only three people who knew. I saw the ring. I knew that he was gonna do the deed. I got the confirming hysterical phone call in the wee hours of the night. But it still wasn’t for public consumption. It wasn’t on Facebook.

In the meantime, I set up a blog.

As a Bridesmaid I will have a unique perspective that needs to be documented. (Yeah I think it was decided that I would be involved in this intimate affair a while ago. They have been together for five years!) Only a Bridesmaid could give you a inside look at the ups and downs, highs and lows, laughter and terror of the wedding planning process, from a safe distance away.

I’ll be a passenger on the road to wedding day bliss. With a great view of the scenery and the protection of side airbags.

So hoop on board and enjoy the ride. This is something that you will want to see!

~ The Bridesmaid

December 20, 2009 at 4:41 am Leave a comment


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