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    Tuesday
    Dec092014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Get a Muzzle for Your Mother! When Open Bar Turns Ugly...

    You know what? I have FUCKING had it!!! To say that I am appalled at the behavior I have witnessed tonight would be the fucking understatement of the year. Seriously, I have never had to suppress the urge to backhand a mother of the bride in my entire career until now. And, trust me; I have had some pretty awful MOBs, but tonight? Oh dear God. 

    Let’s talk about the bar at your wedding, shall we, bridey? Look, I have not made it a secret that I hate cash bars. That said, as a planner I’ve worked with clients who don’t have the means to purchase drinks for 150 of their closest friends and family members. These brides would rather spend their money on food and décor, and that’s just fine. I don’t have to like it, but I totally get it. But, on the flip side, bridey, if you choose to keep the bar open, then keep the fucking bar open and shut your fucking eyes. Don’t monitor each and every drink that is poured, drunk and then cleared by the staff. Don’t scrutinize the bartenders with your devil eyes (ahem… MOB). If you were at all concerned about the bar bill adding up, then you should have negotiated a per person package price for the booze BEFORE the wedding. Because a bar based on the number of beverages consumed can add up, and quickly.

    “I don’t have a drinking crowd.” She said. Bullshit. Yes you do. Once your guests realize that they are not responsible for buying their own cocktails, you’re fucked. Because NOW, my dear, you have a drinking crowd. Somebody else is paying for their booze, so OF COURSE your guests are going to take full advantage! They’re going to drink their fucking faces off!

    Annnnndddd…. Besides, scrutinizing the bartenders pouring abilities… You’re pissed because they accepted a tip? Fuck you. This is their livelihood! This is what they do to pay their rent! How dare you have the audacity to question it! Was there a tip jar? C’mon, that’s tacky. No. Was there a basket? Nope. Still tacky. Did some super smart gentleman drop a bill down ON THE BAR and quietly suggest that the bartender take care of him? Yup. Smart move if you ask me. Well, to say that the MOB did not like the bartender accepting tips “because I already paid him” is putting it lightly. Did she freak out? Yeah… And LOUDLY! 

    Know what she said about the bartender? Actually, know what she shouted loudly about the bartender during the cocktail hour? “I hate him. He is disgusting.” REALLY? You hate him. He’s disgusting? OMG. Quit projecting lady; you're the disgusting one. It's not up to you if your guests want to take care of the bartender(s) for taking care of them. You can't ask your guests not to give an additional tip, and you can't ask the bartender not to take it. 'Tis the nature of the business. 

    So, bridey, if you're going to provide an open bar for your guests at your wedding, then remember these two key points. AHEM... 1. It's DEFINITELY going to be more than you anticipated (if you did not go for a pre-negotiated per person beverage price). 2. Your bartenders will make additional tips. PERIOD. No basket or tip jar required. And if you don't like it, too bad. Keep your mouth shut, or better yet? Get a muzzle for your mother.

    Image via Sweet Cocktails

    Friday
    Dec052014

    Fantasy Friday ~ An Intimate, Warm, Heartfelt Wedding with Kickass Décor 

    Know what caught my eye about this stunning wedding, bridey? The simplicity. The sense of weightlessness. The intimacy. Oh! And the amazing details! Considering that I am a seriously detailed individual, this wedding definitely made me stop and study the gorgeousness (shit, is that a word?!). And even before I read the blurb from Greta with FROM THE HIP, I could totally tell that Nicole and Eric were the kind of couple I would have loved to have worked with, based on how I felt from just looking at their stunning pictures! Greta mentioned that “this wedding was a happy, intimate and stress-free affair”. LOVE IT! 

    The most important thing to Nicole and Eric was enjoying their wedding day and appreciating their friends and family. If you scroll down, you will see long, beautiful tables with mismatched chairs (the bright blue ones are my fave!). The guests were served family style as if they were sitting around their kitchen table enjoying the company of those around them. Love and laughter filled the air, and then as the sun set the celebration continued with dancing in the dark and festivities. And THAT my friends, is what it’s all about… Enjoy!!

    Nicole & Eric you are such a HOT couple!OMG. I seriously love everything about this pic. The headpiece, the dress, the bouquet! Oh my!!!What a romantically fabulous kiss!!! I'm a sucker for how Eric is holding Nicole's head...Time to mix it up, baby!!Holy shit. Gorgeous. Sexy. Perfect.I cannot get enough of this! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bright blue chairs, and the centerpieces!

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    Wednesday
    Dec032014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Southern Wedding That Feels Like a Styled Shoot

    I love this wedding. I know I say that all of the time, but Sarah and Terry's wedding is a little different because when I first saw this submission, I thought it was a styled shoot. Seriously. The details are so lovely, and amazingly, completely capture the essence of both family and design. It's really incredible. Look up. See that pic? Totally looks like it should be rockin' the pages of some fancy magazine. The roses in the bouquets are just so, and they are quite stunning. But, it's not a styled shoot, bridey, it's a real Southern wedding!

    Seriously, this fall wedding will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of an autumn painting. All of the details help to create a beautiful mindset and overall feel of warmth. Not gonna lie... Sarah's dog and flower girl definitely steal the show at times, and the cuteness is almost overwhelming. I love the mason jars, wheat stalks, and gorgeous florals. Bridey, there is so much to look at in this post, so you'd better get started!

    Such a beautiful gown!!Doggie!!!
    Could ya' bust!? Flower girl chasing the dog!I mean, this wedding screams fall!! I LOVE the blankets, and all of the fall decor!OMG. Too cute!
    Sarah, your over the shoulder gown is truly FAB! Looks amazing on you!Such a fantasic pic!The rest of the photographs are why I thought this was a styled shoot.

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    Tuesday
    Dec022014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Wedding Planning... It's Only Temporary, Bridey

    I had brunch with a close friend of mine recently, and this chick? Well, she's pretty fucking KICKASS!! And not because she's the CEO of some company or because she's got her shit together, but because of her perspective, bridey. You know, my favorite word in the whole wide world! PERSPECTIVE!! They say that you never know where your inspiration is going to come from, and let's just say that today's post hit me like a ton of bricks. You see, my kickass friend? Well, she's going through some awful shit these days. I won't get into the gory details, but it seems like all of the craziness is happening to her all at once. You know the saying about how shit happens in 3s? I seriously think this is her fourth or fifth. And instead of wallowing in her sorrow (which I would probably succumb to myself), she just keeps casually uttering, "It's only temporary." Wow. So simple, yet hard to do...

    As a wedding planner, I've watched some pretty cool girls get rocked by their wedding planning simply because planning your wedding and real life are oftentimes a tough mix. But, as I listened to my friend say that, "It's only temporary", it kinda got me thinking about her healthy outlook. Instead of slipping into a dark place and lashing out at her friends and family, everyday she rises above how she feels, and looks forward; something that I think is really hard for all of us to do. How do you fit into this, bridey?

    Well, if you look at planning your wedding as something that is only temporary, adjust your perspective (during the particularly difficult times like dealing with family dynamics and budget constraints) and realize that a year from now, life will most likely be totally different (depending on when you are getting married) then you too should be able to utter the phrase, "It's only temporary." The key? You'll actually have to adjust your thinking and believe in that statement. It won't be easy and it probably won't alleviate the stress and bullshit you are dealing with instantaneously, but it has the power of preventing you from getting in your own way, and rising above...

     

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    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Happy Anniversary to Me!

    So... I decided to take the week off, brideys. I wasn't going to, but I desperately need a break... A break from wedding planning, event planning and work in general (BB too). I kinda need to check out and focus on my family. After all, it is Thanksgiving, right? And I am thankful to be in Chicago with the fam about to eat yummy food and drink yummy booze.

    Although, as you can tell by the pic, it is also my 10 year wedding anniversary. Yup! Ten years ago today, my hus and I sneaked to Las Vegas and eloped. Holy SHIT! It's been ten years!! We've come a long way from the dude I met in the bar to the dude who I consider the love of my life. Right? Whoa... Cheesy, but true!

    Well, bridey, if you miss me, feel free to browse the archives, FaceBook me, follow my tweets from Chicago or check out my pins... Because those are addictions I must feed, whether I check out or not.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    XO,

    BB

    Image via Happy Anniversary Quotes