Homemade Bride — Surviving a Bridal Show


With our bridal show at The Farm in Selma right around the corner, we wanted to share some survival tips for brides as you venture out! Whether it’s a big show or more intimate, you are going to be exposed to a lot of moving parts at once — the best thing to do is come prepared. Bridal shows are a great source of information for planning your big day.  From calligraphy artists to cake tasting, and fashion shows to decor rentals; here are a few tricks you can use in order to have a successful trip!!

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  • have a budget — this will help you to know how much you have budgeted for various vendors, where you can splurge, and where you need to cut back
  • make a wedding-only email address — this will help you stay organized!! how nice it is to have everything in one place to where you can stay on top of communication back and forth to vendors and your bridal party
  • bring a tote bag — vendors will be passing out business cards, pamphlets, free prizes, etc. so make sure you have somewhere to keep it in while you’re walking around to the different booths
  • create labels/stickers with your contact info — many booths that you connect with, if not all, will ask you to share your name, email,  phone number so that they can get in touch with you. instead of writing your contact info down each time, come prepared with a label or sticker with all the info already on it! just stick and go 🙂
  • go in with a plan — if you have already booked several vendors, and you only have a few other things to check off the list, stay focused and spend your time with those select vendors so that the show will be really beneficial

PS: As I mentioned earlier, we will be hosting a booth at The Farm in Selma on January 29th! Stay tuned for more information! We hope to see you all there 🙂

Creating a Registry


Hello There,

Congratulations to all of our newly engaged couples — we’re so excited that you are beginning to plan the most important day of your relationship so far and look forward assisting with some helpful advice throughout this journey!

Today we’re talking about building a registry. (Love it or Hate it)

Before getting engaged, for some reason I was always against having a registry. Telling people what to buy me, it just seemed wrong and uncomfortable. People will be driving long distance to our wedding and I thought that would be enough of a gift…until all the questions came rolling in.

“Where are you registered?”

“Why don’t you have one?”

“It’s much easier, Kelli, to give your guests ideas”

“What do you want?”

So… I caved. To be honest, I now know why couples love this part. It’s a chance to start a life together. Dan and I have been living together for three years now so while we have just about everything we need, it’s almost all hand-me-down items that got us to this point. Our house doesn’t match and with a wedding to plan and pay for, we don’t have the money to buy new items we love.  This is where the registry has been fun! We aren’t adding expensive items but items that will help us organize and create a home that suites us both.

To help us and you and your partner, we’ve compiled a list of items we’ll be registering for and items you may not think about. We’ve found most of these items at our favorite retailers: Wayfair and Target! (YES wayfair has a registry…go now.)


Have fun with this step and always remembers to prepare thank you cards for your guests and send them out promptly. Enjoy!

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