April 3, 2009

The Bridal Run Begins….

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Starting today, April 3rd, Filene’s Basement starts their world-famous Bridal Event:

“The Running of the Brides”….

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Never heard of this??? Here’s the low-down:

An annual event held only in selected stores (Boston and Washington, DC have it twice a year, though), brides and their “supporters” line up early outside the department store door — sometimes even the night before. When the doors open, brides have to run towards the racks and grab as many dresses as they can to try on. Why the running?? Well, not only is this event very well attended by hundreds (thousands?) of brides, but the (potentially 3000 available) dresses are designer dresses as low as $250 and up to $700! It’s been recorded that in less than 60 seconds, the racks are completely bare and there is women changing and dresses flying everywhere! A few minutes later, if a bride hadn’t found the dress she wanted, then there is some potential trading going on.

So, if you are a bride on a budget or just want to get a fabulous deal…..here are the dates for the event:

April 3rd – Washington, DC
July 24th, Chicago, IL
July 31st – Washington, DC
August 21st – Boston, MA
October 16th, Cleveland, OH

You can go to http://www.filenesbasement.com/bridal/ for more information


March 25, 2009

Happiness…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by aboutabride

Recently read this in a business-related e-zine, but thought it was related to marriage and life.

Bottom line: be happy with what you have, including (and especially) your spouse. You already have what’s gonna make you happy.

Love that man or woman completely and unconditionally.

A rich investment banker was visiting a small coastal Mexican village when a tiny boat with a fisherman docked. The banker complimented him on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. “Only a little while,” he replied. The banker asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The fisherman replied, “I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.” The banker then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.”

The banker said, “If you spend more time fishing, you could buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats. Eventually you could have a fleet of fishing boats and open your own cannery. You could move to a large city and make millions.”

Unimpressed, the fisherman asked, β€œThen what?” The banker replied sheepishly, “Then you could retire and move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village where you sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”

March 24, 2009

Flowers: not a small minor detail!

Posted in Flowers tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:31 am by aboutabride

What’s your budget for Flowers? $100, $250, $500?

How about $125, 000!?

Made of 90 gemstones, 9 diamonds, 1 star-shaped ruby and orchids galore, this is the most expensive wedding bouquet in the world and it’s in the (Vietnamese) Guinness Book of Records and displayed at the ritzy-ist of all hotels – the Ruby Plaza in Hanoi.

Just thought we’d put budget aside for a couple of seconds to marvel….

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k, back to our budget! πŸ™‚

February 17, 2009

A $6,700 Bridal Contest — you want to enter!

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Brides!!!

Here’s your chance to win BIG!

About a Bride Weddings & Events, along with other wedding vendors are looking to read your proposal story. And the Grand Prize for the best proposal story is a prize package worth approximately $6,700 towards your wedding. Practically, a free wedding — you get services for photography/cinematography, limousine, wedding sweets, bridal makeup, favors, the officiant and the entertainment.

And how easy is it to submit your photo, your proposal story and fill out an application???

Go to http://www.aboutabride.ca for more details and to enter!

And get this —- just by entering, you are a winner!!! HOW?, you ask. All entries get discounts towards all the contest Sponsors services —- how wonderful is that???

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February 12, 2009

the love dare…

Posted in events, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by aboutabride

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In October, I posted about a must-see movie called Fireproof . It was such a must see for us that we drove the 45 mins across the border to Buffalo (and got inquisitioned by the border official: “you are coming for a movie….??”).

Anyhow, I am a subscriber to an online Christian resource called FamilyLife.com and as a jump off to the book behind the movie, they’ve launched the “Online Love Dare” :a 40 day challenge to really loving your spouse and showing it. Each day, they send an email with a dare – whether it’s in thought, action or deed. You can start at any time or even access the archives.

Here’s more if you want to learn more about the Love Dare book but in the meantime, here’s a great video about the heart behind the movie and book, and in our marriages.

If you do take the Love Dare, post or email me privately and let me know how it’s going!

January 28, 2009

Best Wedding Proposals…

Posted in creative ideas, Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:18 pm by aboutabride

in my opinion….

yes, that’s what I am doing on this wintry, snowy day in Ontario! πŸ™‚ Enjoy…

From the air…

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A really charming and unique proposal…

Definitely and completely unexpected!! Love that factor…(a little bit long but the “surprise” is worth it)…

Got any you want to share?

January 20, 2009

The Debut: About a Bride’s January Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:53 pm by aboutabride

As stated previously, About a Bride is opening January with exciting new paths and developments!

Starting with our monthly newsletter…

  • want to discover creative ways to make your event even more unique?
  • hear from local wedding and event vendors and see their work?
  • get great advice, discover new trends, enter contests?
  • have your upcoming event featured or share the details of your fabulous event!

Brides (and Brides-to-be): if you want to feature your wedding (upcoming or past), email me directly at ellen@aboutabride.ca

Wedding & Event Vendors: If you would like to write an article for the newsletter or have an image for the cover, email me directly at ellen@aboutabride.ca

So, without further delay…

the January issue of the About a Bride Weddings & Events Newsletter:

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January 7, 2009

How I love thee….let me count the ways…

Posted in Misc tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 am by aboutabride

…so the wedding day is supposed to be the ONE special day of your life, eh??? Well, this couple have renewed their vows, not once, twice or even three times…

David and Lauren Blair of Tennesse, USA married for the 97th time in 2004 in Las Vegas. Their “first” wedding was in 1984, so in the 20 years, they’ve married (remarried) each other about an average of 4.7 times a year — every season perhaps! That would be a really cool thing — to say “well, for my Spring 2005 wedding, we really wanted to go with a “Asian red” theme because at our Winter 2004 wedding, we had so many red tablecloths left over…

That’s almost a wedding planner’s dream. Almost.

The couple had three weddings the first week they were married (first, at Universal Studios where they met, then in Chicago where family lived and then again on their honeymoon in Las Vegas). It’s kind of cool, for once David proposes, they set a $100 budget, get new outfits, find a location and gain another anniversary date!

Which leads me to think — David has no problem asking “Will you….” but does he remember all the anniversaries??! πŸ™‚

Here’s are some small links to the very-married couple: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/modern_society/people_and_places/most_marriage_vows_renewals_-_same_couple.asp
http://www.durangotelegraph.com/04-08-19/mountain_exchange.ht
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_/ai_n19323011 (with the full list of places they’ve married)

August 8, 2008

Fabulous Friday #3 – that “romantic” look…

Posted in dresses tagged , , , , , at 12:47 pm by aboutabride

This dress is a tribute to those who love classic love stories like Romeo & Juliet…..whose theme reflects more of a quiet and subtle beauty, but definitely classic, elegant and romantic.

It’s even called the “Julietta” dress.

By designer Sophia Tolli.