Wedding Books + Bridal Shows

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handmade bride logoinstant wedding plannerThese past few weeks have been busily spent perfecting our stationery, designing our wedding website, attending my first bridal show and quite a bit more.  Helping to keep my wedding planning in check is this little book, Instant Wedding Planner, that Katie kindly donated to the TGK library for us future brides.  In fact, I can check another to-do off the list because… TODAY is the day we are finally sending our save the dates!  (To not ruin the surprise, I’ll share more next time.)

handmade weddings bookAnother handy book, Handmade Weddings, by the Hello!Lucky gals, is an absolute favorite of mine, full of so many charming crafty projects — the best part is that my fiance secretly paid for it after I put it on hold at this new little shop downtown, Cimos.  So sweet!  You will certainly be seeing a few sneak-peeks to come.

Though Matt and I seem to have a pretty good idea of what we want for our wedding, last month I rallied our moms for a day trip to a bridal show.  Lesson Learned #14 – Bridal shows are a great place to gather ideas.  Even if you think you have it all figured out, you might just find someone or something that will come in handy for your big day.  Lesson Learned #15 – Ask some lovely ladies to join you and leave your fella at home.

The Carolina Inn held their annual Bridal Showcase on January 29th this year.  I was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets and two of my favorite people to head out for a day of “oohing & ahhing” over gorgeous photography, luxurious floral arrangements, and delicious treats.  In between the champagne and gelato, I managed to snap a few photos.

carolina inn bridal showcase

Lesson Learned #16 – Enter contests, raffles, and all of the above for chances to win services and such for your wedding.  Every little bit helps!  I, however, have not won just yet, but I’m determined to keep trying.

carolina inn bridal showcase vendorsIt was very exciting to talk to so many of the vendors; and believe me, I met many more than I was able to picture above.  Even though we completely missed the delightful food stations and hors d’oeuvres on the front porch, we had a fantastic time at the show!

Pictured in the collage from left to right (photos taken by yours truly):

  • Amazing flowers that I spotted on my way out and I cannot place who arranged them.  They were gorgeous though!
  • Cakes by Cinda’s Creative Cakes.  Cinda was just as sweet as her sweet potato cake!
  • Button cake by Sweet Memories Bakery.  They had some scrumptious samplings as well.
  • This typewriter was part of Story Photographers‘ fun booth display that they used to collect email addresses — how fun!  They, and their booth, were adorable.
  • I have my dress and I LOVE it, but this detailing did catch my eye.  Dress was shown by Tre Bella Bridal.
  • Bernard’s Formal Wear had a colorfully fun wall of neckties on display.
  • We spoke with Neil Zipser of Shutterbooth for a moment before hopping in for some silly photos!
  • Sugarland served up a tasty Italian treat: gelato!  The blood orange was my favorite.

A little extra vendor love goes out to the following, who I did not get any photos of, but just have to share!

  • We chatted with Christobal of Azul Photography — a friend and favorite around the studio!
  • Alison of Cute Buttons had a vast display of invites and such, including some from TGK.
  • The CE Rental booth was abuzz with brides looking at all of the decadent linens.  I have a few on reserve myself!

Again, I had a great time (thanks Mom & Paula for joining me!) and I left with a goodie bag full of extraordinary contacts and ideas.

sign off -- kristin


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