Monday, September 28, 2009

Wedding Professionals Step Up to Help a local Couple

C'mon over to Brides a la mode (1217 E. University Drive in Granger's City Plaza) between 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29 and join with local wedding professionals in helping Army Sgt. Chris Monjeau and his new bride Mary recover just some of what they lost when their house was burglarized while they were celebrating at their wedding reception on September 12.

Here is just SOME of what you can expect:

Food and drink provided by Chic Eats Catering, Trio's, the Landing Catering and Indulgence Pastry Shop

Professional photographer Matthew Whitlock will be taking pictures you can use on your holiday cards or for your professional headshots. Hair and makeup professionals from Nichoals J Salon and Spa and Camellia Cosmetics will be on hand to make sure you look your best.

ProShow DJ will be playing holiday music to get us all in the mood and has donated a 3-hour DJ package for the raffle. In addition, they are giving $100 off to any DJ package booked on September 29 and will donate $25 for each package booked to the Monjeaus.

The Landing Catering has donated $500 worth of catering which will be raffled off for a holiday party or other event.

American Espresso Catering will be on hand to serve hot coffees and other beverages for a $1 donation. All of the donations will be given to Chris and Mary.

There are many more raffle items too numerous to list -- please stop by -- we'll have something for everyone!

For more info, email

Christmas in September on WNDU Tomorrow Morning!

Look for the Brides a la mode team tomorrow on Channel 16 in South Bend! We'll be talking about our event & encouraging everyone to come out and support Chris and Mary Monjeau!

Tune in Channel 16 on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:20 a.m. to see and hear more about our event and plan to head over to Brides a la mode between 4-8 p.m. tomorrow for your holiday pictures!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

This just in! ProShow DJ has a special offer for attendees at "Christmas in September"

WOW, when we ask our wedding professionals to step up, they STEP UP!

We've been talking and blogging about next Tuesday's fundraiser to help Chris & Mary Monjeau recover some of the items that were stolen from them during a robbery on their wedding day. Our professional photographers will be taking photos that can be used for holiday pictures and we have received lots of great items for raffle.

Jessica and Shawn at ProShow DJ have added this great incentive:

Anyone who books DJ service from ProShow at the event on Tuesday for a wedding, holiday party or other occasion will receive $100 off the total price AND ProShow will donate $25 for each booking to the Monjeaus.

ProShow will be providing the music at our event, so you can talk with them and learn about their services -- if you are considering using a DJ for your event, this is an excellent opportunity to save money AND help Chris and Mary!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Professional Holiday Pictures of your Family at Brides a la mode!

On September 13, 2009, just two months after returning from Iraq, Army Sgt. Chris Monjeau and Mary Smith of South Bend, Ind., said “I do.” Little did they know that the joy of their wedding day would end when they returned home to find that their house had been burglarized, causing them to lose nearly $10,000 worth of electronics, jewelry and other valuable items.

On Tuesday, September 29, area wedding professionals will join together at Brides a la mode to hold a fundraiser for Chris and Mary called “Christmas in September.” The event, taking place from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., will feature a number of ways the local community can come together to help this couple recover some of what they lost during the robbery.

For a nominal donation of $5 per person or a maximum of $15 per family, professional photographer Matthew Whitlock of Zeta Alpha Studio will take portrait shots which can be used for holiday cards. Hair and make professionals from Nicholas J Salon and Spa , the Beehive Salon, Camellia, the Cosmetic Store and GabGlam will be on hand to ensure everyone in the family looks their best for the pictures. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed for the holidays to get in the Christmas spirit (and to make sure the pictures look right for holiday cards) – it really will look like “Christmas in September” at Brides a la mode!

In addition to the photographs, a number of raffle items will be available throughout the afternoon, including big ticket items such as three hours of DJ service from ProShow DJs, personal photo shoots from OMG and Cathy Dietz Photography and even a $500 catering gift certificate from the Landing Catering – all of which would make an incredible holiday party. A variety of other items such as gift baskets and accessories will be raffled off as well. Complimentary food, drinks and music will be provided by Brides a la mode to make sure everyone is in the holiday mood.

Won't you come and help us help the Monjeau's and celebrate "Christmas in September"?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Looking for a bridesmaid gift? or one for yourself?

You're Invited!

1154 LILL and Brides a la mode invite you to an evening filled with beautiful fabrics and gorgeous handbags!

1154 LILL's custom handbags make the perfect bridesmaid gift...or special treat for yourself!
Stop by Brides a la mode's new digs in City Plaza on September 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Browse through hundreds of gorgeous fabrics and lots of purse styles...and see how you can make your very own sassy purse that reflects your personal style! Everyone is invited to attend -- brides, friends, family -- if you love purses, then this event is for you!

Every purse is handmade in Chicago and will arrive at your doorstep approximately 3-4 weeks after you place an order.

All custom handbags ordered on Sept. 27 will enjoy a 10% discount; and if you place a bridal order (5 or more handbags paid in full), you will recieve 15% off! We can only accept debit or credit cards (no cash or checks).

When: September 27, 2009
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Brides a la mode's new location at 1217 E. University Drive, Granger

To reserve a spot or for more information, please contact:
Preview fabrics or purse styles at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mark your calendars! Christmas in September

On September 13, 2009, just two months after returning from Iraq, Army Sgt. Chris Monjeau and Mary Smith of South Bend said “I do”. Little did they know that the joy of their wedding day would end when they returned home to find that their home had been burglarized.

Although the wedding industry can be thought of as frivolous, the wedding professionals of Brides a la mode want to give something back to this young man who has served our country.

On Tuesday, September 29, area wedding professionals will join together at Brides a la mode to hold a fundraiser for Chris & Mary called “Christmas in September”. During this event, from 4-8pm at Brides a la mode in Granger's City Plaza we will have all kinds of ways you can celebrate "Christmas in September" and help Chris and Mary recover some of what they lost during the robbery.

Our professional photographers will take portrait shots which can be used for holiday cards and our hair and makeup professionals will make sure everyone in the family looks their best for the pictures. We'll have raffle items including 3 hours of DJ service, food and drink and lots more!

More details will follow soon!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Time lapse video of our Grand UnVEILing...

Matthew Whitlock, one of the wedding photographers at Brides a la mode, took this time lapse video of people coming in and out of our studio during the unVEILing. Pretty cool!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Just when you thought Brides a la mode had made its last announcement:

We are looking forward to continuing the legacy of Bella, an Exceptional Event for Brides at the gorgeous Palais Royale. The date has moved from November to March, and we have quite a few more exciting changes to annouce, so stay tuned.
One thing that won't change is thhe quality of wedding professionals who are excited to present their businesses to brides in the elegant setting of the Palias.
Mark your calendar now for this not-to-be-missed event!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Today's the day!

In 6 short hours we unVEIL our brand new and gorgeous studio in Granger's City Plaza. If you're anywhere in the area, stop by between 1 and 4 pm and prepare to be wowed.

At 1:00 the paper comes off of our windows and everyone can see what we've been up to for the last few weeks. You will be amazed!

In addition to the grand unVEIL, we're hosting a mini-bridal show featuring some of our wedding professionals including:
A Single Rose Florist
A World of Travel
All about Honeymoons
American Espresso Catering
Designs by Ginny
DJ Sticky Boots
Flashy Photo Booths
Indulgence Pastery Shop
K's Creations
Landing Catering
Merry Me! Events
Nicholas J Salon & Spa
OMG Photography
Popcorn By Design
ProShow DJ
Ruth's Chris
S&S PhotoBooth
Spark Fine Papers
The Summer Quartet
Van Horne Jewelers
Wedding Sign Rentals
Zeta-Alpha Studio

So come on over and "Get your Bride on"!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

10 Reasons to attend the grand unVEILing

Here are 10 great reasons not to miss the grand unVEILing of the new Brides a la mode Studio on Sunday, September 13 from 1-4 at our new location in City Plaza (across from Ruth's Chris) in Granger:

1. Be one of the first to see our gorgeous new studio

2. Attend the FIRST bridal show of the season, featuring over 20 wedding professionals

3. Hear our "Big News" & learn what is so exciting about March 7, 2010

4. See the latest bridal fashions during a trunk & fashion show by Andrea's Bridal
5. See lighting and decor ideas for your wedding & reception

6. Have some great pictures taken in an S&S Photobooth (we'll supply veils & tiaras)

7. Taste all kinds of flavored popcorn (makes a great wedding favor)

8. Sample delicious food and drink from The Landing

9. Sample coffees, compliments of American Espresso Catering

10. Take a look at fabrics & purses from 1154 LILL and learn how you can make your own

And MUCH, MUCH more. You DON'T want to miss this event!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Another sneak peek

Wouldn't you like to sit back and flip through the latest bridal magazine while sitting here?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Progress at the new studio

.... our outside signs are up on the walkway and LOTS is happening behind those covered windows!

Brides a la mode grand unVEILing - 5 days to go!

Overwhelmed brides will soon have a new place to call home. The Brides a la mode studio on Cleveland Road is closed while we move into a new, larger and more luxurious space in Granger's City Plaza.
On September 13, 2009, Brides a la mode will open the doors (and covered windows) to its new location at 1217 E. University Drive in Granger. The new space is currently “wrapped up” and will be unveiled to reveal a welcoming, luxurious studio that will quickly become a wedding-planning destination for area brides.

The Brides a la mode “Grand UnVEILing” will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1217 E. University Drive in City Plaza.

In addition, a number of preferred vendors will be showcasing their products and services as part of Brides a la mode’s monthly “Second Sunday” event. Brides, grooms and their families are cordially invited to check out Brides a la mode’s beautiful new space, stop by the wedding professionals’ displays and even take in a trunk show at Andrea’s Bridal in the same shopping complex.

Just a few of the 20+ wedding professionals participating in the grand unVEILing:

Check back tomorrow for more information on all the fun things happening at the unVEILing! Lots of fun stuff happening!