Monday, March 30, 2009

Flower Girl Dresses!

Spring is the season for great SALES! Check out department stores for your little flower girl. A flower girl dress can cost up to $150. Yes! almost as much as your bridesmaid dresses. Now is the time to shop, as you can find a bargain at all the major department stores. Check-out these fun and fabulous flower girl dresses that can be found at Target, Macy's, Kohl’s, JC Penny, and Dillard’s.

P.S. - Have fun with the flower girl dress! Play with patterns and colors. Children participating in a wedding bring charm and whimsy to the festivities!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Vendor Profile: Ella Elise Invitation and Stationery Studio

Last week, I had a chance meeting with Bridget from the "FABULOUS" Ella Elise Invitation and Stationery Studio. I was on the hunt for 6x6 envelopes for my BFF Leslie’s baby shower invites and Bridget and her company came to my rescue.

Ella Elise has it all! Stationery for your DIY projects, custom boutique invitations, and great customer service.

Customer service, is a definite plus when creating your wedding stationery. Your save the date and invitation sets the tone for what's to come at your wedding, so you want to make sure that you work with someone who is professional, personable, and flexible with your needs.

Here are a few pics of their awesome invitations!

Bridal Showcase this Thursday!

If you are gearing up for your upcoming nuptials, make sure to check-out the bridal showcase this Thursday, March 26th from 5:30pm-8:30pm hosted by Perfect Wedding Guide and the Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark.

I will be in attendance at the event, so please stop by my table and say Hi!

Thursday, March 26th
Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place
6700 Phillips Place Court
Charlotte, NC 28210
Cost: $5/person

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Budget Savvy Bride

When it comes to planning a wedding, it seems that most of a couple's stress comes from the budget. The bride wants it all and the groom is...not so sure. To help alleviate stress make sure at the VERY BEGINNING of your wedding plans that you and your fiance create a budget and set realistic expectations.

Here are a few tips:
1. Do a little research before setting your budget. Figure out what you and your fiance like, the type of wedding you want.
2. Set your maximum overall budget, but work with a lower budget to give yourself a little wiggle room.
3. Coordinate your budget with a timeline. This will help you understand your cash flow and will allow you to prioritize big ticket items.

For more tips and resources on creating a fabulous wedding join StylePerfect Weddings and Events in April for the launch of our School of Charm bridal classes, which will feature FREE classes for brides at Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby
8101 University City Blvd # C
Charlotte, NC 28213

Saturday, April 18th at 2pm-3pm
Saturday, April 25th at 2pm-3pm
Saturday, May 16th at 2pm-3pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Baby Showers!

Well, I'm getting ready to plan one of my BFF's baby showers (Mrs. Leslie Neal) and in my circle of friends (Ashley, Allia, Erica, Leslie, and Julia) "we do it big" when it comes to baby and bridal showers. It's almost like we are planning our own weddings. This past November, Leslie and I planned a wonderful carnival themed co-ed baby shower for Erica and her fiance Al filled with carnival games, popcorn, hot dogs, candy apples, and more.

If you're getting ready to plan a co-ed baby shower, follow these "2 steps", and you are sure to have a successful co-ed shower:
1.) Make sure the invitations are gender neutral and not too frilly, especially if you're celebrating the arrival of a girl.
2.) Games. Please fight the urge to play "trivia" or "celebrity couples" although I love both of those games. Come up with a few interactive games that will not take longer than 10 minutes. Guys are already hesitant about being there, so make it short and sweet.

Here is a great game idea for a co-ed shower:
Create a game table or carnival style game booths. Come up with 3-4 games to set-up at your game table or booths. Allow guests 10-15 minutes to go around and play the games.

For example, at Erica and Al's baby shower we put together a game table and game booklet. Each guest was given a game booklet and 15 minutes to complete each game at the table. At the end of the 15 minutes we tallied everyone was score and the guests with the best score won prizes.

The games included at the game table were:
Dirty Diaper Challenge - Each guest had to write down in there game booklet, which melted and smashed candy bar they thought were in the 6 diapers.
The Price is Right - Eight baby items were showcased on the game table and each guest had to guess how much each item cost.
The Guessing Game - Yes, the infamous guessing game. Guests had to write down how many diaper pins they thought were in the big baby bottle.

The game table was a hit! If you need a copy of the game booklet template, email us at

I hope this helps when you're planning your next baby shower.

Stay tuned for updates on Leslie's baby shower!