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Bridal Show Advice for the Bride


‘Tis the season again, bridal season that is! As we approach next weekend’s highly anticipated Austin Bridal Extravaganza I wanted to give some bridal show browsing tips.  I recently attended a show with my newly engaged daughter and being that is way  my first show as a participant, browsing was a whole different ballpark!   I have observed many brides who were overwhelmed, but never quite experienced that myself until this visit.   Even though I am very familiar with the bridal world, and what information she needed, I still had no clue where to start. There were pile of people trying get to each booth.  Trying to successfully grab a business card you are sucked in to filling some door prize out, or setting up appointments and even listening to spiels from the vendors.  Don’t get me wrong, these prizes can be great and what they say could make or break booking that vendor. Follow these tips, not only from a wedding vendor but a Mother of the Bride’s perspective!

1.       Register online before you go, earlier the better. This skips you waiting in line to fill our paperwork at the door.

2.     Bring an appointment book, many vendors offer coupons or discounts if you book an appointment that day.

3.       Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, don’t bring the cute heels for this event, it is a large ballroom filled with people. Leave your coat in the car or check it at the hotel, what is worse than handling a huge purse, bag filled with goodies (Trust me we left with 4 bags filled with flyers, goodies and cards) and then also lugging around a coat.

4.       Leave the family at home, the little ones that is. There is nothing worse than trying to get to a crowded booth or through the isle than being blocked by a huge stroller.

5.      Print out address labels on sticker paper with your name, address, email, phone, and wedding date. This way you and your bridesmaids won’t spend 5 minutes at every booth entering for door prizes, or writing your contact information out for those vendors that you would like to contact you after the show.

6.       Keep a pen in your pocket easy reachable. When you taste the most amazing cake or see the most gorgeous gown in a catalog, write a star or quick note on their business card.  This way when you get home and empty your bags out you remember which stores you want to visit.

7.       Look first for vendors handing out bags, start there this way you can fill them up and not be stuck hands full of paper. Go around to all booths even if you think you know who you are booking for that category still grab business cards or flyers in case something happens like that vendor isn’t available for your date.

8. Enjoy the day.  How many times in your life will you plan your wedding.

These tips hopefully will help you feel less overwhelmed. Bridal shows are extremely informative and we vendors have a ton of knowledge to help you!   Go slow and keep your cool, talk to vendors even if there is a wait to reach their booth, you never know what help they may end up being.

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It has been a while and there is alot to share!

It has been a while since I last sat down and blogged, and I find that when I do not do it, I think about doing it all day long. This is why I am going to purpose to keep you all more updated here than I recently have. Busy or not, this is my passion and Ihave to make the time to just jot down a few little thoughts and keep you all reading when you should be working! 🙂

There have been many wonderful events and developments happening here at Blossom’s so if you need to, grab a cup of joe or tea, this is going to be a long one!

Progress on the Studio Remodel
After many hours of back cracking work, the peel and stick floor tiles have been removed. The concrete has been sanded and resurfaced and the floor is now sporting it trendy new Humboldt Earth brown skin. Our original thought was to resurface the floor and stain the concrete much like that of many event venues around town. It has a wonderful marble feel to it and it incredibly resistant to stain and wear and tear. Once we realized that the builder of the space we call our studio, used construction adhesive to apply those little stubborn floor tiles, and that the removal of them left the bare concrete in such disrepair, the cost and effort far outweighed the potential enhancement. I am a compromising gal, and having some interior design expertise, decided to go with a concrete paint with some grit added for anti slip. Michael was skeptical of the color choice at first, wondering if the dark brown earth tone would be too much and darken the space. Once the floor was painted and the grit was broadcast we dusted off our hands and walked away. I was secretly very pleased with the outcome and wanted to give it some time to cure before I explored Michaels attitude on it.

Sunday morning came and after a nice breakfast with the kids, we journeyed back out to the Studio, with coffe cups in hand and revealed the fruit of our labors. Not bad!

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

After the floor was completed and dried the necessary time, it was time to reconstruct the room. After all, a floral studio is going to need all of the necessary structure to create those beautiful florals that you are all looking for! We reconnected our new stainless steel, three weel sink and hot water heater. Next we placed the stainless steel floral processing table and the cabinets and countertops. All that was left was to bring in all of the boxes that carefully contained all of the paint, tape, wire, tools, glass and accessories!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

The curtained off area was just a ordinary closet when we started. No shelves and a huge pile of “stuff” just shoved in there in no particular order. Now it is an incredibly functional space for storing vases, and supplies out of the dusty design space.

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

We have been struggling with a solution for storing all of the ribbon rolls that I have collected over the years, and while Michael was doing some research, we found the perfect solution. We still need to complete the finishing touches on the ribbon holder, so I am not going to share pictures of it just yet. I am totally in love with this solution. I just hope that it doesn’t inspire me to want to purchase more ribbon! Once it is done, I will be sure to get it up!

All that is left is to purchase a few more work stationtions for the side wall and the center of the room. We need space for people to work on wedding and event designs, as well as room for clients when they come in for a planned “Blossoming Design Session” If you don’t know what that is, be sure to email me for more information. Blossom@blossomstx.com

The studio bath room is just about done, all that I have to complete is finding the perfect frames to hang some of our floral photographs on the walls in that space. We have replaced the mirror, updated the light fixtures, painted the ceiling and walls, new towel rod and accessories. I even created a flowering tree for the corner of the room to create a little drama!

I have to travel the city today to purchase the final items for the studio today, including the workstations, casters, picture frames and stools. Hopefully I can find everything I need without too much running around! I would really like to get a pedicure!

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