Thursday, July 30, 2009

Processionals: Fun or Traditional?

Have you seen this video on YouTube?
Check out our own Kathy Strukel's blog let us know what you think. Should wedding processionals be fun or should they stick to the traditional? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Whose wedding is it?

Brides a la mode's wedding expert, Kathy Strukel talks about dealing with wedding venues that don't always put the bride's wishes first. Check it out here

Monday, July 20, 2009

All about receiving lines

Have you been wondering about receiving lines? Are they necessary? Who should be in the line? Where should the line be?
Our resident wedding etiquette expert, Kathy Strukel, has started a blog to help answer your questions about receiving lines and much more. Check it out here.

Do you have questions for our expert? Let us know and we'll make sure to get you the answer!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Candy a la mode

At last week's 2nd Sunday at a la mode, the Brides a la mode team put together this sample candy buffet to give our brides an idea of how they can use candy to carry out their wedding theme colors (ours had a preppy theme) and provide a fun favor for their guests.
Candy buffets are a fun and colorful way to treat your guests and carry out the theme of your wedding. If you decide to use a candy buffet, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Have an assortment of candies, wrapped and unwrapped. 5 or 6 different kinds is ideal
  • Use containers that are big enough to let your guests access the candy
  • You may need to do some separating to get the colors you want -- it is cheaper to buy a container of mixed colors and take the ones you need.
  • Vary the height of your display; use boxes under a pretty linen to create height and use containers of different sizes
  • Provide containers for your guests to use; but don't make them too big or your buffet will disappear quickly!
  • Add a thank you note to the candy bags
  • Consider not displaying the candy buffet until after dinner; we've seen more than one wedding where the candy buffet is nearly empty before the bride and groom arrive.

Have you used a candy buffet? We'd love to see your pictures!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TV Opportunity!

Brides a la mode is excited to report we were contacted today by a casting coordinator from MTV! They are currently casting a show called "Quiero Mi Boda" on MTVtr3s which will feature couples from culturally different backgrounds between the ages of 18-28. One of the cultures has to be Latin and the wedding has to take place in 2009.

If you know of a wedding that fits this description, please contact us at and we will forward all of the info to you.

Exciting stuff is always happening at Brides a la mode.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Brides a la mode welcomes Andrea's Bridal & Formal Wear

Last week we peeked into the front windows of Andrea's Bridal & Formal Wear. The store was not open yet, but we couldn't wait! Well now the wait is over. Today Andrea's was open for business and we got to see more of the area's newest, most elegant bridal and formal wear store!

If the manager's name, Melanie Brennan, sounds familiar, that's because she's the former owner of the Enchanted Cottage bridal salon. There are many local people who remember her expertise and excellent customer service.

Andrea's Bridal is located at 1229 E. University Drive, at City Plaza, Mishawaka. Hours are 11am - 7pm Monday through Thursday, 11am - 5pm Friday, and 10am - 2pm Saturday.

Brides a la mode is proud to recommend Andrea's Bridal for all of your bridal and formal wear needs.

Did you miss our Second Sunday event yesterday?

It was a beautiful day out at Brides a la mode yesterday! Be sure to put next month's Second Sunday event on your calendar. It will be on August 9th.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Second Sundays at Brides a la mode

Today is our first offical "Second Sunday" at Brides a la mode. Second Sundays are a relaxing afternoon for you to come by to see the latest in wedding trends and an opportunity to meet some of our outstanding wedding professionals. They are held on the second Sunday of the month from 12 - 3 pm.

Stop by and tell us all about your dream wedding!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Today At Brides a la mode

Have you seen the article in this month's Inside Granger? WOW. Reporter Aim Bennett did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of Brides a la mode. Check it out here. Plus this picture of the three of us is pretty awesome (Thanks Cathy Dietz for making me look like a Rock STAR!)

I'm "on duty" today from 10-2 at Brides a la mode. After yesterday's surprise visits (even though we were officially closed) by a bride and her mom and two wedding professionals, Cathy, Jill and I are reconsidering our hours.

What do you think? Should we be open on Mondays?

Looking forward to meeting more new friends today. Please stop by and say 'hi'!

Kathy Strukel

Monday, July 6, 2009

The news about Brides a la mode is spreading!

During the few hours we held a private meeting at the Brides a la mode studio this morning we had a steady stream of guests pop in. Hmmmm... do we need to think about opening on Mondays? Maybe :)

Tonight we are finalizing the details for one of our monthly events. I can't wait to spill the beans!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Studio hours are 10 am - 2 pm today. Stop by and tell me all about your dream wedding!

Cathy Dietz

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's been a very exhilarating first week!

Happy Friday!

What a sweet week it has been here at Brides a la mode. We have had lots of visitors including friends, brides, mothers of brides, interested wedding professionals and people who are just plain curious about what we're up to. To see such a response is just incredible!

If you missed our grand opening event don't worry. We plan to have at least one "open house" type event every month. We are also in talks with our many wedding professionals about additional weeknight events such as trunk shows and "how to" nights. We will be posting this information early next week so stay tuned!

Our services are open to any bride no matter where you are in your wedding planning. We had a mother of a July bride come in the other day who had everything set. The only thing she thought of last minute was hiring a seamstress to be on hand just in case there was an issue with the dress, such as a button popping off or to help bussle the dress. We have a seamstress, Rosemary Lott, with over 30 years experience who will be happy to help. Another bride visiting yesterday might also need Rosemary's services. She is making her own gown... she's still working on it... she's getting married on the 18th!

We also had a mother of the groom visit us looking for a dress shop to find a dress in a particular green color. We connected her with our various womens apparel vendors and off she went!

I have to laugh at the power of facebook! I sent a message out that I would be out at Brides a la mode all day Thursday so "come visit me" and boy lots of people did! Thanks everyone!

We'll be open today until 6pm and tomorrow, July 4th, from 10 - 2. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!