Monday, February 9, 2009

{ideas} bay area brides + pointers

i didn't know what to expect really when i decided last minute to attend the "wedding university" on sunday. i had never been to a wedding event .. so i didn't have it anything to compare it to, but i imagined it to be some huge commercial for local vendors, lots of walking around, and lots of pushing and shoving by a bunch of bridezilla's. i was so wrong.

the event was held at four season's hotel in palo alto california (about 45 min. south of san francisco). the hotel was magical...beautiful, serene, and comfortable. we were greeted with a glass of champagne on a silver platter and were welcomed to try a freshly sliced cut of prime rib with truffle au jus, roasted brussel sprouts, and potatoes. there was an array of fresh beverages that were available throughout the day, including pelagrino, fiji water, soda's, and tea with honey or coffee.

we each were given a folder with an agenda..each bride's agenda varied to the color of her name tag, so we were split most of the day, which made for a relaxed atmosphere, as the groups were made up of about 20 girls. the mini-classes were great! not only did we learn about the vendors giving the presentations, but they were very how to choose a photographer or dj...the right questions to ask, what to look out for, and normal pricing and what to expect for each price point. i learned so much and wished there was an event like this one earlier in my planning that i could have attended. i hope to go over some of these tips within the next few weeks, but for now, enjoy some eye candy from the day:

the above designs were created by:
paper :: chewing the cud
flowers :: nancy liu chin florals
design :: sash and sugar
lighting :: enhanced lighting
tabletops :: hartman studios
linens :: wildflower linens

and the event was hosted by jubilee lau events


Once A Bride said...

this sounds so much nicer than your average bridal show! the first instinct you had is pretty much what i see at each show. i would have loved to have gone to one like this...

Jean Marks Weddings said...

Hi Amy, I am so glad that you enjoyed The Wedding University! Reading your comments is so encouraging, as you described exactly what Jubilee, I and the Four Seasons staff were hoping to provide for wonderful brides like you! We are already planning the 2010 event, and maybe some follow up workshops in the months ahead! Warmly, Jean Marks