2014 Bride and Groom Garage Sale - Less than 2 Weeks Away!

by Jenny Bryde 14. April 2014 01:21

If you're engaged and have never attended one of our sales before, please mark your calendars for our Bride and Groom Garage Sale!  This one of a kind event is a massive collection of wedding supplies from couples recently married who are looking to sell their goods to you at amazing prices!  Take avantage of someone elses handy work and snatch up some custom centerpieces, collection of china, chair covers, jewelry, dresses, fabric, and so much more!  

If you've gotten married recently and have a mountain of supplies left over that are taking up valuable real estate in your closet or basement (or at your parents' house), then gather your goods together for this sale!  Come be a seller at our sale and make a ton of money back from things that you don't need anymore.  Who needs 30 centerpieces, right?  We've had sellers make hundreds and even thousands of dollars from selling their gently used and new wedding items.  


For shoppers - The sale is from 10am to noon on Saturday, April 26th at the Golden Leaf Convention Center in Davenport (next to Millertime Billiards).  Bring cash and some shopping bags.  Admission is $5 per person, and kids are free.

For sellers - Register in advance here: http://tiny.cc/bggssignup.  Read our Terms of Service here:  http://tiny.cc/bggstos.  The cost of your table is $25 and can be paid after you register as a seller.  Seller set up is from 7am to 9am on Saturday, April 26th.  Registration will continue we reach our maximum of 60 tables, so register now to secure your spot!

Please contact Jenny with any questions - jenny@qcweddings.com 

We are so much looking forward to this event, and we can't wait to see what's for sale this year!

Here are some pics from last year's sale!

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2014 Spring Wedding Color Trends

by Jenny Bryde 7. April 2014 01:31

According to the calendar, it's spring.  According to my "real feel" AKA my goosebumps, I'm not so sure.  Let's get this warmer weather season kick started with some fresh spring colors!  Check out these hot new color combos recommended by CK Paper Designs!  From this list, you could mix and match to your spring heart's content!  What do you think?  


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Top Ten Wedding Cake Flavors?

by Jenny Bryde 7. April 2014 01:23

Recently I was speaking with a bride about her dilemma on which flavor of cake to choose.  At the tasting, she and her fiance loved all the flavors!  What a problem!!  Many couples opt to choose multiple flavors.  Maybe a tiered cake with alternating flavors each layer, or multiple sheet cakes or cup cakes with various flavors.  Check out New York Magazine's top ten reported wedding cake flavors!  Yum!

10. Chocolate-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and mocha buttercream

9. Banana cake and chocolate buttercream

8. Coconut cake and lime buttercream

7. Hazelnut-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberries

6. White cake, lemon buttercream, and raspberries

5. Chocolate devil’s food cake, chocolate ganache, and praline buttercream

4. Lemon cake, lemon curd, and vanilla buttercream

3. Yellow butter cake and chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate ganache

2. Chocolate devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream, and raspberries

1. Chocolate devil’s food cake and vanilla buttercream


YUM!!!!  I can't decide.  What's your favorite???


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2014 Bride and Groom Garage Sale is in 3 Weeks!

by Jenny Bryde 7. April 2014 01:05

On Saturday, April 26th from 10-noon at the Golden Leaf Convention Center in Davenport, QCWeddings.com will be hosting the next Bride and Groom Garage Sale!  This event is oh so amazing, and we cannot wait to see what kinds of things end up on the tables this time around...

For those of you not familiar with this event, here is how it works:  When weddings are over, tons and tons of materials are left over from centerpieces to fabric and everything in between.  Our sale invites married couples to take all of that gently used and sometimes new items out of storage and sell them at garage sale prices.  Then couples who are getting married can come shop the sale and find amazing deals on items they need for their wedding.  Married couples make some cash back and clean out their closets and basements.  Engaged couples find great deals to help balance the wedding budget.  It's a win win!  We even have couples who first come to the sale as shoppers and then return after they get married to be sellers!  It is so much fun!

The admission to shop is $5 per person, kids are free.  No need to puchase tickets in advance, just show up on the day of!  You may want to get there early as it's a bit like a Black Friday sale!

The sellers fee is $25 per table, and if you're interested in being a seller, you can find all the details here:  http://tiny.cc/bggstos.  To register to be a seller, click here:  http://tiny.cc/bggssignup Be sure to sign up early as we have had a couple of sales where we've ended up turning people away because we maxed out our space!

Contact Jenny at any time to ask questions - jenny@qcweddings.com.



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2013 Wedding Statistics - Wow!

by Jenny Bryde 1. April 2014 01:10

Do you like to compare yourself to other couples planning a wedding?  Here’s some food for thought then…

Recently TheKnot.com polled its users and released its annual survey results.  Below you will find the top statistics of 2013.  How does your wedding match up? 


·         Average Wedding Cost: $29,858 (excludes honeymoon)

·         Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $86,916 average spend

·         Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Idaho, $16,159 average spend

·         Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,281

·         Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31

·         Average Number of Guests: 138

·         Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5

·         Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5

·         Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)

·         Average Length of Engagement: 14 months

·         Most Popular Month to Get Married: June and September (15% each)

·         Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (35%), Purple (26%), Pink (25%), Metallics (25%)

Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24

For me, a couple of items popped out as surprising.  First, that the average cost of a wedding now reaches nearly $30,000!  Regionally, I think our average around the Quad Cities is a bit lower, but still.  Dang! The other surprising stat was the last one that states that a quarter of all weddings are destination weddings!  I would have thought this was a much lower number, but maybe people are wising up to the idea that you can whisk away to somewhere beautiful with your closest family and friends, have an amazing time, and spend half of what you would with a huge at home wedding.  I think they’re on to something…



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Hi!  Welcome to the QCWeddings.com blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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