Thursday, July 29, 2010

Marriage Advice for...

When I was interviewed by’s Dubious bride, I talked about some really fun ways to customize a bachelorette party at a low cost. One of my favorite “free” activities is to give marriage advice in the form of an acrostic poem. You know the kind, you did it as a kid, where you write the letters of a word vertically and then come up with sentences or phrases for each letter.

This can get a little tricky with the name of the bride and groom, so you may have to be a little creative. The goal is for you to have the exact number of letters that you have people attending the bachelorette party (minus the bride of course). What do I mean by that? Well, if you have a lot of people attending you can add their last name? If their first names are really short, you can use the word “and” but if their names are long you can use “&” or “N”. See my example below for Elizabeth and Jeffrey Smith:

7 people: “Liz & Jeff”
10 people: “Liz and Jeff”
13 people: “Liz ‘n Jeff Smith”
16 people: “Elizabeth & Jeffrey”

You pass the piece of paper around a circle (this is great to do while at a restaurant or hanging out pre-gaming) and then end it with the bride and she has to read it out loud. By passing in a circle, everyone goes in order so you don’t have people “calling” letters.

If you are at an elegant brunch, you may want to keep the advice tasteful and write things like “Never go to bed angry” or “Happy Wife, Happy Life”...but when alcohol gets involved, it’s pretty fun to make it a little more X related.

Happy Bridesmaiding!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bridal Gowns-- on SALE?!!!

As I've said before, one of the most important aspects of being a BM is to help your bride plan her big day. Since not every bride wants to appear on "Say Yes to The Dress", help her get a dress the old fashioned way...on SALE!
Starting tomorrow, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York (50th & Fifth), will have 50% off brand new gorgeous wedding gowns. Ladies- this is not your run of the mill sample sale! So from Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31- RUN (don't walk) to Saks with your bride and help her get a fabulous dress. And hey, all that help may pay off and she won't make you walk down the aisle in a peach frouffy frock.
Happy Bridesmaiding!