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    Tuesday
    Apr082014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ How to Get Your Mom to Stop Texting on Your Wedding Day! Whaaaa? 

    Every now and then, I get an email from a distraught bride fretting over such a universal topic, that I feel like I would be missing out on an opportunity to educate all of you brideys, so today I am sharing it on Bitchless Bride. Below, you will see an email which I received from "Bridget" regarding her mother's obsession with her iPhone. Bridget is asking for some advice on how to handle her MOB's addiction with said phone, and wants to be sure that mama is present, both physically and mentally, for the big day. 

    I am getting married in about six weeks. While my mother and I don't have the perfect relationship, she has been phenomenal through the planning process. She has kept her personal opinions to herself and aimed to give my fiance and I the wedding we desire. She has been key to planning the event from 1,500 miles away.

    The problem? My mother is addicted to her iPhone. She is constantly texting, emailing, Facebooking and often during very important times. Much of this is because she runs her own business and doesn't have normal hours (I am sure you can relate), but she has yet to set boundaries. For instance, when I come home to visit, she is often on her phone during family dinner and movie night. I am afraid my wedding will be a victim of her addiction too.

    I am very worried that my mom will miss a momentous event in her and my life because she is so concerned with taking pictures she can text or post to Facebook. She has worked very hard and waited a long time (8 years of us dating) for this day and I want her to be fully present. I know I can't tell her what to do, not that would I consider that, but is there a tactful way to let her know I would like her to be engaged in the day and not so concerned with her virtual presence?

    Thanks,

    Bridget

    Dear Bridget,

    My very first thought, is that while it would be inapprorate to tell her what do to, you certainly CAN tell her how you feel. You don't have to be nasty about it, bridey, but you should definitely have a candid conversation about how you are feeling.

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    Friday
    Apr042014

    Fantasy Friday ~ Welcome to the Sequin Garden... A Styled Wedding Shoot

    I must say, this shoot excites me. And it excites me for two reasons. The fucking awesome décor (totally gives me butterflies in my belly), and Michelle and Corban. You see, five years ago Michelle and Corban had a simple ceremony, and a reception held in the back yard of a friend. They really didn't get to have the experience of having a wedding. Soooooo....Shaina (the photog) and Amanda & Megan (of Bluebird Weddings and Events) collaborated, and voilà! Welcome to the Sequin Garden!!

    But, how to make it their own, and be a styled shoot? Well, Michelle did the Speechless print on the dessert table (you'll see, it's adorbs!), mixed with Corban's classic style, and their love of living in the city (and each other, duh!) and the Secret Garden came alive! A glam, urban-meets-garden-party wedding set in a stunning three-story venue tucked away in Deep Ellum. Enjoy this one, brideys!! PILES AND PILES of inspiration here...

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY? I mean, how much would you LOVE to sit at a table like this? AT A WEDDING?!!!I want to wear the linen as a dress! Right?Yeah, Michelle drew that! Nice!Love the jewel tones with the green vases!

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    Wednesday
    Apr022014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Special Effects Rockin', St. Louis Cardinals' Mascot Crashing, DIY Sportin' Wedding

    Um... Would you ever guess that there is a parking lot behind Julie and Chris? No, for real. There is a parking lot behind them. I know, RIGHT? I mean, all I see is a beautiful couple with bright, fabulous flowers in the background. Don't you? How cool is that? Where are the cars? Where are the lights? Seriously, how lucky for them that they chose such a kickass, cool photog who brought smoke emitters to mask a rather less than perfect backdrop. That my friends is the work of the talented Amy Aiello. An out of the box, forward thinking photographer. Want to see more of these shots? Just wait, bridey! 

    I mean, there are so many different elements to this wedding, that as you scroll through the pics , you may very well feel as though you are seeing three different weddings showcasing the same couple. Like... really. This wedding encapsulates some seriously cool stuff. The B+G are from Chicago (so is the photog) and had a super chill, low key wedding. They didn't have a plated dinner, but instead opted for heavy passed hors d'oeuvres, some delicious cupcakes and tons of dancing... Totally my kind of wedding reception! Not only that, but decor was mostly DIY (down to the homemade jam given away as favors), and there was even a cameo appearance by the St Louis Cardinals' mascot! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

    So, without further ado, start scrolling, bridey!

    I am such a sucker for sunflowers. (Side note... the very first flower my hus gave me was a sunflower.)That wedding dress and the shrug! LOVE IT!The seventh grader in me wants to laugh at the sign. But, I won't. I'm a grown up!Beautiful shot.

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    Tuesday
    Apr012014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Five Reasons You Are a Demanding Bride

    Allow me to get right to the point. Bridey, are you a demanding bride? Wait? You don't know? Okay, fair enough... I guess I can understand why you may not know if you are a demanding bride or not. I mean, how WOULD you know? Right? You've never planned a wedding before... How are you supposed to know what crosses the line into the demanding bride territory? Well, to help you girls out, I'll give you five reasons why are you a demanding bride. 

    1. You have a champagne taste on a beer budget. Look, bridey, I wrote a whole post dedicated to this topic in November of last year, but there are still so many of you out there, that I feel like I need to touch on it again. Let's take the example, shall we? If you expect champagne, sorry, DEMAND it, but can only afford beer, then either put your money where you mouth is, or shut your mouth. What do I mean? What do I MEAN? Okay, it's not fair to expect five star service at a three star venue. It's not fair for you to expect more from a vendor than you are willing to pay. PERIOD THE END. Want more? Then go read my entire post about this topic.

    2. You have this little problem. You're actually demanding. You demand a lot from those around you, and your wedding is no exception. But, you know what, bridey? There is nothing wrong with that. I would just use caution with your demands and be sure that you aren't demanding too much. Hmmmmm... The first thing that comes to mind is demanding too much from your bridesmaids. Yeah, it's a very fine line, bridey, and with all of the parties, brunches, showers and the bachelorette party, it's a lot. And if you're a demanding bitch? Nobody is going to feel like celebrating with you. So, watch your demanding ways, bridey or else you will be celebrating by yourself.

    3. You have unrealistic expectations. I know, as a wedding vendor, that you want me to respond to your email, VM, text, tweet or whatever the SECOND I receive it. And demanding that I do so by the EOD (that's "end of day" for those of you who aren't down with corporate lingo) is bullshit.

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    Friday
    Mar282014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Game of Thrones Styled Wedding Shoot

    Brideys, this is a cool shoot. Scratch that... This a fascinating shoot. And you know what? You don't even need to be a an avid TV watcher or Game of Thrones watcher to appreciate the eye candy or gather inspiration for your wedding. There is so much to look at, and so much to see, that for the life of me I cannot stop looking at these pics! And you know what? I am fair weather Game of Thrones watcher (only because my brides and Bitchless Bride keep me so busy that there is no time!). That said, I will let the peeps with Mollie Tobias Photography take it away...

    "“I am his and he is mine, from this day until the end of my days.” ~ Talisa Stark... With Game of Thrones returning April 6th for it’s 4th Season, we used the inspiration of Robb Stark and Talisa Maegyr for this photo shoot. In the wake of the Red Wedding, we are taking a look back at our favorite couple and the rivalry between the Houses Stark and Lannister."

    Mimicking a medieval feast, we created an opulent table setting to contrast with the rustic and crumbling scenery. 
    Building a centerpiece through a grape wood branch provided an organic element and asymmetry to the table, merging the luxuriousness of Court with the rural starkness of the North Wall
    We used the Deer Head for Bartheon.
    This disparity is also echoed in the elegance of Talisa’s gold lace gown with beaded necklace and the natural elements of feathers and leather in the bouquet and boutonnière. Wrapped in a fur, she embodies being Queen of the North.

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