The Davenport Jaycees Bridal Expo is Coming Soon! January 31st!

by Jenny Bryde 12. January 2015 00:25

It's Wedding Show Season!! Wa hoo! The New Year rings in, and we jump right in with some major fun at our favorite bridal show around - the Davenport Jaycees Bridal Expo.  It's the biggest of the big with over 150 vendors and this year they are celebrating 30 YEARS in business! If you've been to bridal shows before this one, then you know how much fun they are and how great of an opportunity they are to gather info and speak with potential wedding vendors.  Bridal shows serve as a one stop shop for your wedding, and whether you're just starting to plan or tying up last minute details, there's something here for you.  If anything, go for the cake samples and support a good cause as all the event proceeds go to women and children in need in the QC!!!  

In honor of their 30th “pearl” anniversary, the Davenport Jaycees Bridal Expo is offering a special prize opportunity this year – the chance to win a one-of-a-kind pair of genuine pearl earrings from Revell Jewelers. The Jaycees Expo also has bridal seminars that take place over lunch that will give you some great insights on trending wedding topics, like setting up your wedding “timeline”, figuring out invitation etiquette, or using Pinterest to your wedding-planning advantage. always has a booth, AND WE SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST STOP because we hand out FREE information labels for you.  You can order your labels in advance or you can come to our booth and give us your info.  WHY DO I NEED LABELS? Because there are hundreds of prizes or information lists that you will want to be included on, and once you've written your name, address, phone, email, and wedding date a dozen or so times, your hand will start to cramp up!  Instead, take one of our labels, and slap it down on the page ready to go, easy peasy!  HOW CAN I PRE-ORDER MY FREE LABELS?  Visit or email with your wedding info: name, address, phone number, email address, and wedding date!

Details:  January 31st from 9 to 4 at the River Center in Downtown Davenport.  Admission:  Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance online at, or $12 at the door.  There are nearly 100 raffle prizes to be given away from Jaycee booth from vendors, that include free custom invitations, free engagement sessions, and even some free reception hall rentals. We’ve also added a “bridal passport” this year. Visit all the special stops and get entered to win a spa prize!  Our vendors will be in Great Hall and Mississippi Room (a recently updated listing is on under "Planning a Wedding"). We’ve got seven vehicles that will be around this year, and even some portable catering options to pack a punch to your reception or rehearsal dinner!


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Wedding Max Bridal Show is Tomorrow!

by Jenny Bryde 2. January 2015 07:09

With the New Year's celebrations behind us, it's time to get the real party started with the first big wedding show of the year!  The Wedding Max Bridal Show is coming up tomorrow, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of the action!  With dozens of wedding businesses, artisans, musicians, etc all ready to give you major discounts and mucho information, this wedding show is key to planning a successful 2015 and beyond wedding.  Have fun planning your wedding with live music, hors d'eouvres, and cash bar.

Remember that tickets are $10 at the door of the iWireless Center, and the doors open at 10:30am and go to 2pm.  

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER?  Please make sure you stop by the table where you can pick up some FREE info labels that we'll print for you on the spot!  This way you don't have to write your information over and over again when you visit wedding booths!  If you pre-register on the Wedding Max website (here:  ) then we'll have your labels ready for pick up at our table! 

Preregister here:

Or you can go directly to our label maker here:

We'll see you there!  

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Wedding Resolutions

by Jenny Bryde 26. December 2014 01:47

Those of us getting married in 2015 have a lot on our plates, and it's easy to become caught up in the swirling dervish of a ride that planning a wedding becomes.  Today I'd like to challenge you to five New Years Wedding Resolutions that will help to keep your sanity, timeline, and budget on track.

#1 Thou shall not procrastinate.  How much time do you have left until your big day?  Do you have big projects or purchases that are getting the back burner treatment?  If so, it's time to take a close look at your remaining to-dos and set up a little schedule and time management.  Let your 2015 wedding not be rushed to be put together last minute.  Be proactive!

#2 Thou shall not bitch.  If you or your fiance have already had a lashing out or two on unsuspecting customer service representatives, it's time to pull it back.  Biting the hand that feeds you is no way to get what you want.  If you want a discount or an extra service done pro bono, then you'll have to suck it up and be a sweetheart.  Be nice!

#3 Thou shall not knit pick.  You've hired professionals for a reason.  Trust that the wedding vendors who you've contracted know what they are doing.  They are artisans and professionals, and they will take care of their customers.  If in the case a vendor makes a whoops, go with the flow.  It's not worth stressing over the small stuff that most likely will never be an issue.  Be trusting!

#4 Thou shall not starve yourself.  Be healthy, just don't be dangerous.  If you need to lose weight or get that wedding-ready body before a certain date, do so safely with gradual changes, no gimmicky drinks or potions, and a healthy balance of nutrition and activity choices.  Be good to yourself!

#5 Thou shall not lose sight.  The wedding really isn't about the wedding.  The wedding is the event where you marry the man or woman of your dreams.  The person with whom you'll spend all your other days with after the "big day".  So make sure that you spend time with your SO.  Remind yourself of why he or she is so amazing and worth all this crazy wedding trouble!  Be in love!


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Winter Wonderland Wedding!

by Jenny Bryde 26. December 2014 01:11

So Christmas is over, and we need a pick me up!  Check out these gorgeous inspiration pictures of weddings taking place in winter but not Christmas themed!  



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Etiwhat? Good manners for the matrimony!

by Jenny Bryde 8. December 2014 01:25

Who, what, where, when, why, and how?  And will Aunt Tilly be offended?  Avoiding wedding faux pas can be a daunting task, so today I've collected a number of articles to point the frenzied affianced in the right direction.  Below you will find links to some major guides on how to be proper for your ceremony.  Then again, you may want to throw out the towel and say who cares?  But for those of you who definitely want to avoid Grandmother's severe scrutiny, please feel free to use the tips linked below!

Wedding ceremony basics

Ceremony etiquette 101

Escorting guests to proper seating

Top 24 wedding etiquette questions


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Hi!  Welcome to the 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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