This Sale is Going to be Huge

by Jenny Bryde 2. March 2015 00:43

We are approaching a level of giddyness for this year's Bride and Groom Garage Sale.  We have always advertised by word of mouth, and our attendance has grown each time we've had the sale - both in number of sellers and number of attendees.  This year is gearing up to be an epic sale!  We are more than a month away, and at this point we have maxed out our number of available tables and are only accepting sellers on a waiting list.  Whoa!  That means we have 55 tables of sellers who will fill the Golden Leaf Convention Center from wall to wall!  This sale is going to be amazing!  

When registering, each seller has to describe what they will be selling, and we are going to have a huge variety of items available!  Dresses, linens, china, stationery, jewelry, vases, silk flowers, baskets, alters, and more!  Oh my!

If you are still hoping to be a seller, you can still register for the waiting list.  As we approach the sale, I will be in contact with all registered sellers.  If anyone backs out, we will open the table up to the next person in line.  

For those of you hearing of our sale for the first time and wondering what all the hullabaloo is about, let me sum it up in a nutshell:  Our sale makes it possible for married couples to sell their gently used and new wedding items in a garage sale style only on a massive scale.  We fill the Golden Leaf Convention Center in Davenport (next to Miller Time Billiards), and those who are getting married can come in and shop the sale to find amazing deals on beautiful items.  Everyone walks away satisfied!  It's such a fun event!

Details:  The sale is on Saturday, April 11th from 10-noon at the Golden Leaf Convention Center in Davenport.  The cost to shop the sale is $5 per person, and kids are free.  You are welcome to be in line before the sale, but the doors won't open until 10am.  There is an ATM on site if needed, and most sellers will be accepting cash only.  We encourage you to bring your own bags, boxes, or other means of carrying out your finds.  We've even had people bring wagons before!  

This event is a lot of fun for your family, fiance, or wedding party!  Come and shop our sale which wraps up in time for everyone to go get a nice lunch and enjoy the rest of their Saturday!  

We hope to see you there!  Please contact me if you have any questions about the sale -

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Brides Bingo is This Sunday!

by Jenny Bryde 18. February 2015 04:56

The Friends of Vander Veer Offers Great Prizes at Brides’ Bingo

Area Vendors Donate Prizes for Event

Area brides-to-be and their families can play bingo for prizes while benefiting a great cause through The Friends of Vander Veer Brides’ Bingo, a fundraiser being held on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Tickets are now on sale for this event.

The Hotel Blackhawk is the major event sponsor, and the event is being held in the glamorous Gold Room. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Bingo begins at 2:00 p.m.

Pre-Sale tickets are available through Friday, February 20th at the price of $15 per person. No tickets are being sold on Saturday, February 21st. Tickets will again be sold at the door on the 22nd; tickets are $20.00 each if purchased at the event.

Whether you are thinking about getting married, or have your date set, you won’t want to miss this night of fun and prizes. The event is limited to 300 people, so early ticket purchase is encouraged.

Approximately 10 rounds of bingo will be played, and the winner of each round will win a prize usable at a wedding. The event is sponsored by The Hotel Blackhawk, Burke Cleaners, and

This is a perfect opportunity for women to bring their bridesmaids and families for an afternoon of fun, while winning fabulous prizes for their weddings. Anyone can attend. A cash bar and concessions will also be available.  

The Grand Prize Rounds are an additional $5.00 per person to play. Theses prizes are feature gifst with a larger dollar value. Prizes include wedding jewelry, a limo package, hotel stays, spa packages, and much, much more! Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening.

Tickets are available at the Iowa Burke Cleaners locations, or by calling 563-323-3298.

For more information, please call The Friends of Vander Veer, 563-323-3298 or visit or

Funds raised through this event will support ongoing park projects and education programs at Vander Veer Botanical Park through The Friends’ partnership with the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation.  



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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 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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