Fall Bridal Gala: September 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010
So most of you know that I am a wedding coordinator in my hometown. I started this business a few years ago in hopes that it would give me more flexibility to stay home with my boys, but still give me the freedom of having a life outside of the home as well. I am doing all of this so that when my boys go to school, I am not left careerless, and have a business that I can grow into my full time job.

So far so good. The business has really picked up this year. I am busier than ever, and loving every minute of it. You know when you are doing something you absolutely love and you just feel so empowered? Yes, that is a feeling I have after starting this business with nothing, but the knowledge I have gained in the past.

That is why I as so excited to finally be apart of a bridal show. I have been to a million. Always looking for inspiration, or just meeting other vendors. I wanted to pick every one's brain and see what all goes into having your business. And this year was my year. FINALLY, I can say that I am a true vendor now. I have a great business with an even better reputation from other vendors. I have put my heart and soul into this, and I am finally seeing the rewards.

Yesterday was the Fall Bridal Gala. It's not a huge show, but it is a show. There were about 35 vendors who attended, all anticipating the brides arrival. I can't even tell you how excited I was. Not only was I excited about seeing the brides, but I was stoked about my booth. Now, let me tell you a little about my booth ... I had NOTHING 2 weeks ago. Nada, zilch, zero! But I have been looking for booth inspiration for about a year now ... and yet, still nothing .... well, actually I did see things that I liked, just nothing in my price range. I even drove up to Saint Louis to find something and meet with a vendor there to "create" my look. Too expensive.... So, empty handed, I finally started sketching. Yeah, like Project Runway style. I knew what I wanted and some of the items needed, but as far as, "the look" I was lost. Did I mention I was on a budget??

Okay ... so here is what I came up with ...

So what do you all think? Here is the break down ...

Canopy: $69.00 on sale at Target (STEAL)
White Table: Repurposed from home
Flowers: $40.00 at a 50% discount from Hobby Lobby
Flower Petals: $40.00 from Just Fabulous Flowers
Cocktail Tables, Linens, Uplights: $0 from A1 Rental in Columbia (THANK YOU!)
TV: Home

So there you go ... my "look for less." I am SO pleased with how it turned out. It was a vision in my head that I had NO idea what it was going to look like all together, and it really did look professional.

So now you all know what I have been up to these past couple of weeks since I haven't been blogging. I'll share more this week on how I repurposed my white table and how to create custom water bottles.

Hope everyone has a great Monday!



The Phelps said...

Love it! amazing you have come so far, in such a short amount of time.

JennyLee said...

You did a fantastic job with your booth!

Kitty Deschanel said...

Wow! If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link to this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround :)

JC's Loft said...

WOW that looks great! Just found you through DIY Show Off. I just moved from St. Louis across the river into Illinois so I'm not too far from ya!!

Kristen said...

Stopping by from JAG - your booth looks fantastic! I am a wedding florist and I remember doing my first bridal show. I am not joking when I thought I was going to be sick I was SO nervous! It ended up being a huge success and so much fun! I hope the calls will start coming in to you soon from it!

Hanna said...

Hi there! I am your newest follower!!! I found you on the Sunday linky!! I love finding new blogs and your is lovely:)
You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

Your family is beautiful and I LOVE your blog banner

Eliana said...

stopping by from Lamb Around!! Very classy design for your booth! wish you the best with your business.... you can check me out at www.refinish-it-all.com. Im your new follower!

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