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    Wednesday
    Jul162014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ How About Some Grand Rapids Glitter & A Tree House Wedding?

    Alicia and Curtis. Seriously, bridey, can't you tell just by looking at them that they are super fun and probably rock some stellar personalities? I can... Well, that's because I cheated. You see, I've already seen all of the photographs and therefore I know that the B+G and the bridal party stopped at Founders Brewery in-between church and photographs. And in my experience, stopping at a bar usually equates to a bit of debauchery and some FAB photos! That's how I know that Alicia and Curtis are super fun, and their wedding is clearly an extension of their personalities!

    Anyway, Alicia and Curtis’s Grand Rapids wedding started in the gorgeous Catholic Church, Saint Peter and Paul. And OMG, just wait until you see Alicia walking down the aisle with her father. It is absolutely sensational, breathtaking actually. Just taking in Alicia's lace wedding gown, her perfectly sculpted backside (true story) and the grandness of the church... Holy moly. I mean... It's truly incredible! So, to recap... Following their stunning ceremony, cocktails for all of the maids and men, photographs in the park and then up in the sky on probably the coolest mode of transportation I have seen at a wedding, they arrive at the reception at the Bissell Tree House. Yes, I wrote TREE HOUSE!!! WHHHAAAA??? Yeah! Scroll down and you will see the tree house and a venue immersed in glitter, navy and fuchsia! 

    One day (and soon) I am going to have to break down and buy myself these shoes!Amazing wedding dress and veil!!!What did I tell you? Right? STUN NING!!!!I love how the fuchsia ties in with the navy...CHEERS!!Need a closer look at those Kate Spades? Yeah, I'm definitely going to have to get me some of those!

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    Tuesday
    Jul152014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Time to Educate Your Rude Guests, Bridey!

    I want to stand up and shout, "HELL YEAH"! I want to applaud until my hands hurt because now there is proof; now there is evidence of just how fucking rude people can be. Let me fill you in... Read this article on Distractify, but in a nutshell, a popular restaurant in NYC hired a firm to help them determine why a common complaint was slow service, or that it took too long to get seated. They had done everything in their power to increase service standards, and even though they serve approximately the same number of guests as they did ten years ago, they are receiving mediocre service scores. The culprit? The patron AND THEIR PHONE! Shockingly, there is a direct correlation to slow service, and not because of the servers or a slow kitchen, but because of the guest! People are so obsessed with their goddamn phones that it's actually creating a kink in the service industry! And now there's proof!!!

    You're probably thinking, "That's great, BB, but what does this have to do with planning my wedding?". FAB question, bridey. This affects you in the same way that it affects restaurants (probably all over the world). Huh? How?

    1. Your rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant. So, after reading the article on Distractify, I'm guessing that you are now mentally fast forwarding to your lovely prenup dinner, and praying that your guests put their phones down and leave the servers alone so that their meals are served promptly and hot. Am I right? 

    The solution? Place a tent card on each table asking that your guests take their own pictures, and let the servers serve; not to be confused with a photographer!

    2. Getting to your wedding day... How about we start with your ceremony, shall we? Part of my new(ish) MO is to walk up and down the aisle and politely (no really, I can be polite) remind your guests to turn their phones to silent or airplane mode. Listen, I certainly don't have the audacity to ask your peeps to turn their cherished phones all the way off... Because I mean, I know how uncomfortable that can be, but sadly, more so than ever, I need to remind people not to be rude! And that means silencing their phones as you exchange your vows!

    The solution? If you're providing ceremony programs, at the bottom of the page, place a friendly reminder to silence all phones. Not providing progams? Then have the officiant remind your guests to silence their phones before beginning the ceremony.

    3. You know how many times I have seen servers put down their trays (filled with delicious passed hors d'oeuvres) to take photographs of guests? Let's just say that if your cocktail hour is just that, an hour, I would say that a good 15 minutes is spent with servers, trays down, and your guest's iPhones in hand. And who do you think will complain that they "didn't even see a passed hors d'oeuvre"? Every single elderly relative (who doesn't get the whole phone thing), will ultimately blame the bride

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    Friday
    Jul112014

    Fantasy Friday ~ An Outdoor Ceremony, A Glamorous Wedding Gown & A Good Old Fashioned Cake-Face Smash! 

    I'm not gonna lie... I get excited by a good old fashion cake-face-smash. I know I shouldn't, but I really do! In fact, I have a WHOLE conversation with each of my B+Gs about how they are going to handle feeding each other wedding cake, because it's an absolutely important conversation to have! Sooooo... when I get to see pics of one, I get excited. I get excited because most of my clients choose not to "smash". They end up playing it safe (and when there is a wedding dress involved, it's understandable!), but not Joy and Ron! Just wait! When you scroll down, you will see how brilliant Joy is! She made it out of the cake cutting unscathed! Seriously, she's my new hero!

    Anyway... Joy & Ron were married at the University Place Hilton in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ceremony was stunning; overlooking a beautiful water fountain and a boardwalk. The reception followed with food, drinks, and a ton of dancing! 

    WOW! Holy hell! This is a GORGEOUS wedding dress!So cute. I love those little dresses!YES!!So lovely...I can't even handle how awesome Ron is! Oh yeah!!!The bride's two young sons... Can you say adorable?

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    Wednesday
    Jul092014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Romantic, Radiant and Delicious Southern Wedding 

    Brideys, if you are looking for a theme, but you aren’t sure what you want it to be, look no further! As I mentioned in the Fantasy Friday post from June 13th, Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Color of the year, and here is a real wedding which rocks this color, and HARD! Seriously, down to the sashes in the dresses the flower girls are wearing to the linen, it’s all purple all the time! And remember how I said that purple is the color of good judgment? Well, I said it… In that post I referenced from the 13th! Anyway, Ashley and Kirk have one of the BEST grooms’ cakes I have ever seen! No really. Fucking awesome! I mean… Personally, this cake encapsulates two of my favorite things in the whole wide world; donuts and cake, and ties them together in a fabulous charming way. Scroll down… You’ll see!

    Know what I love? I didn’t receive any information about the bride + groom with this submission, but I can look at their wedding and get a glimpse of who they are without even knowing the details. Clearly, they have good judgment and taste because they chose radiant orchid, but more than that, I can tell you that Matt is a police officer who loves his donuts and coffee, Ashley is a fantastic mommy who is absolutely in love with their daughter, and that the two of them are totally passionate about each other and having fun together! Bridey, what will your wedding say about you? If you didn’t tell me your story, could I “get it” based on the photographs alone?  Think about it, and remember to make your wedding about what’s important… The bride + groom!!!Ashley, you look GORGE!! 
    This first look is beautiful. I LOVE the way Matt is looking at Ashley.
    C'mon... Let's go over here...
    Um... Could ya' bust? The baby and the dress!!!! OMG!
    Seriously, all I hear is the clock ticking when I look at these kiddos...
    Now that's a proud papa!
    Love the decor and the space! 

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    Tuesday
    Jul082014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ All Weddings Are Not Created Equal – Comparison is the Thief of Joy

    Bridey, when it comes to what your vendors are going to provide for you, avoid comparing what you heard your vendors did for your best friend, sort of friend, acquaintance or somebody that you know. Because each circumstance is different... Perhaps the caterer threw in an additional passed hors d’oeuvre during cocktail hour for your friend because they received a shitload of short rib that they needed to unload or else it would go bad. Or maybe the florist your acquaintance used was late paying her rent for the very expensive studio she resides in and lowered her pricing so that she would win the business. Your friend got a free cheese display? Perhaps the catering manager at the venue comped the damn display because your friend is awesome and she simply wanted to throw her a bone. Or, you know what? Maybe, they’re all lying or embellishing the truth. Whaaaa? You don’t think that you girls are competing just a bit? So be happy with what you got because as Theodore Roosevelt said, "Comparison is the Thief of Joy".

    Whatever the case may be, bridey, I just can’t listen to it anymore! Remember when you told your mom that the whole class failed that stupid fucking geometry test and her retort was that, ahem (imagine your best mom voice), “I don’t care about the rest of the class, I care about you.” UGH! But, you totally remember, don’t you? Well, that is essentially what I am saying to you. When you approach your vendors with deals that they may or may not have made with your peers, it does nothing but piss them off in the same way it pissed off your mother. Because each circumstance is different!!! They are focused on what they are providing to you. And all weddings are not created equal! And frankly, all brides are not created equal. And... you guessed it! Not all "deals" are created equal!

    Bridey, if you want a freebie, the worst possible way you can go about asking for it is to say that of your friend, or whomever, got a deal and therefore you want one too. Seriously? That’s just annoying. Be straightforward. Be nice. Show some respect for the vendor with whom you are working, and leave everybody else out of the equation. If something is out of your budget, tell them, and if they are in a position to discount it or offer it to you complimentary, so be it, but let it be their decision. No matter what, if you have been a delight to work with thus far, anything is possible. I told Elizabeth Vargas that when we sat down for a chat. Basically, we (vendors) want to go above and beyond for those clients who treat us with respect. 

    Got it? 

    Good.

    Image via France Dress