Calling All Brides!

On Tuesday night, my friend Kara and I sat down to watch Biggest Loser, and do some planning. I don’t think I have mentioned this yet but she is getting married about a month before I am! We are each others maid of honor and our fiancés are actually each others best man. Needless to say it is going to be a very busy summer!

(If you were curious, we were waitresses from True Blood for Halloween)

So far it has been great planning our weddings together. (We have yet to have any Bride War moments.)

Although our weddings are going to be pretty different, it has been so helpful to have someone to bounce ideas and venders off of, not to mention someone else who has bring a bride on the brain 24/7!

But now we are left with the task of helping plan each others shower and bachelorette parties. These are both very fun events, but with double the fun comes double the planning and expenses, and half the available times to do them in. I think we finally came up with a timeline that does not interfere with each others events.

For both of us, this is the first wedding either of us has been a part of so we are rookies. So I am sending out an S.O.S and calling all past, present, and future brides for some major and much needed advice! I am looking of fun but economical ways to celebrate. More specifically:

Bridal shower venues/ games /menu (to cater or not to cater…)

Bachelorette party venues and ideas

Invitations/ guest lists (should +1’s be invited to the shower?)

Recommended gift registrations

How soon before the wedding should the Bachelor/Bachelorette party take place?

I’d love to hear what some of you have done in the past and whether they were successful, or not. Even if you are not currently in bride mode, maybe you recently went to a shower. I will take any advice or insight I can get.  :-)

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  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 13, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I’m getting married in July, so these are the things I’ve learned so far:

    1) If you know anyone who lives in a condo or apartment, see if they have a meeting room you can use for free for your shower. Some of them are really nice, and you won’t have to pay a thing! You can also bring in your own food and drinks, which will save you money.

    2) I am going to have a pottery painting bachelorette party. I’m not the bar or club type, and two of my bridesmaids are 14, so we’ll be painting pottery, and we can bring in our own food and drinks. Again, saving money there.

    3) I got my wedding invitations from MagnetStreet.com and I love them! But for my shower, we got them from Target. They’re cute, cheap, and people throw them away anyway. And no to the +1..it’ll be girls only.

    4) I registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. It was very simple and it’s affordable for guests!

    5) My bachelorette party will be 3 weeks before my wedding. This will give me a couple of weekends to relax before things get busy.

    Wow, that was long. Hope I helped!

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    • savorlifesflavors April 14, 2012, 11:59 am

      Emily I would never have thought to use an apartment meeting room as a venue! That is such a great/cheap idea. I was also thinking of registering at Bed Bath & Beyond. They seem to have the best prices and selection but I hadn’t considered Target as a potential registry or for invitations! Thanks so much for the tips. You definitely gave me a few things to think about. It can be so stressful. Thanks!

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  • kitkat1126 April 17, 2012, 3:05 pm

    I’m getting married in December and here are some of my thoughts:

    1. For bridal shower – if you can do it at a house (mine is at my aunt’s house) it’s so much cheaper! Some people also do potluck, but I think if you’re asking people to bring gifts, asking them to bring food too isn’t the best. I know a bunch of showers that were “brunch” time so it was more like pickings and coffee which kept it much cheaper! I would also highly suggest some games, specifically bridal bingo, or how well do you know the bride so it is less awkward to open gifts!

    2. For the bachelorette – we’re renting a house in the off-season in Newport and doing a wine-tour in a limo and a big sleep-over party at night. Sounds expensive but split among people, with packed lunches for the wine tour and the house, it’s under $175 for the whole weekend per person! It’ll be about 2 months before the wedding, we wanted it to still be somewhat warm.

    Good luck!

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    • savorlifesflavors April 18, 2012, 2:53 pm

      Congrats on your engagement! December is right around the corner. Thanks so much for your advice! I have never heard of Bride Bingo before but I’m intrigued! Breaking the ice is going to be crucial. I hate being the center of attention and I really hate opening gifts in front of people. Its always so awkward!

      That sounds like such a great deal for the Bachelorette party! Newport is gorgeous that time of year. I’m hoping to do mine a few months before the wedding for the same reason. I want it to still be warm and sunny! Good luck with everything and thanks again :-)

      Reply

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