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.  

QCWeddings.com 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 http://tiny.cc/labels or email jenny@qcweddings.com 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 www.jcexpo.com, 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 www.jcexpo.com 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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Calligraphy Class

by Jenny Bryde 24. November 2014 00:37

Ariel.  Times New Roman.  San Sarif.  The usual suspects in your font list.  What if we stretched our imaginations though and brought ourselves into the world of calligraphy where rules are thrown out the window and the end result is something beautiful and totally unique.  I'm talking about calligraphy.  The swirling flow of an ink pen or nib over lovely paper is just the classiest touch that can be added to your wedding stationery.  We've seen calligraphy on invitations, signage, menus, and more!  Some fonts out there can replicate calligraphy, but the best result is achieved by an actual calligrapher.  Let's take a look at some ideas to get your salivary glands flowing...

 

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Wedding Invitation Wording Woes

by Jenny Bryde 17. November 2014 01:21

I before E except after C.  Okay, I have that one.  When it comes to wedding invitations, however, the rules are a bit more complicated.  Everything from what title to where on the envelope has a rule, and trying to make sure your invitation will be up to snuff for Emily Post can be a little daunting.  Today I wanted to provide some links to the definitive guides for wedding invitation wording in hopes that they can guide you to perfect punctuation.  Along with that, I'm including some of my favorite invitation suites that I've stumbled upon recently.  Beautiful!!  Happy addressing...

Guide from Crane and Co.

Guide from Martha Stewart

Guide from Emily Post

 

From Ever After Papery

From Royal Style Weddings

From Suite Paper

From Mooseberry Paper Company

Another from Mooseberry Paper Company

From Paper N Peonies

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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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