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    Tuesday
    Nov042014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ 5 Amped Up Tips on How to Not be a Bridey Bitch...

    Back in March of 2013, I wrote 5 Tips on How to Not be a Bridey Bitch. Damn, was I smart. Seriously, if all of you crazy brides read that post last year, then perhaps we wouldn't have to revisit what it means to be an awesome bride today. Because as I get deeper and deeper into wedding season, it is apparent that some of you need a refresh. And with spring wedding season right around the corner, I feel like it's my duty to educate (more like save you from yourselves) you on how to not be a bridey bitch, get more from your wedding planning, and still have friends after your wedding! So today let's revist these five tips, and perhaps maybe even learn a few more pointers on how to not be a bridey bitch!

    Back to the Basics: Here we go again ~ 5 Amped Up Tips on How to Not be a Bridey Bitch:

    1. Fucking... be nice. You get more sugar with honey (or however the hell that phrase goes!)... Make people WANT to help you. If you're rude, then you don't get any damn sugar. PERIOD.

    I'm STILL preaching this a year and a half later. Actually, this has been my shtick from BB's inception. Bridey, the secret behind successful wedding planning? Attitude! What you put out comes back... tenfold! So, if you're nice, then the wedding world will be nice to you. 

    2. Don't take advantage of the perks of the industry; our industry. What are you talking about BB? Well, a few days ago, I received a short story from a fellow vendor, and part of what she wrote  really resonated with me... She said (referring to a bride), "When you come in for a hair and make-up trial, and then get the stylist to do a complimentary trial on your mom and sister, you just might be taking a tad bit of an advantage. The service is for you, not for your entourage!!" Brideys, this shit happens ALL the time! You must stop assuming that everything is free! If your mom wants her makeup done, well, then she has to pay for it. 

    This one still pisses me off. I swear, the hospitality industry is the only industry where everybody somehow thinks that everything is complimentary simply because you are getting married and are partaking in a particular service. It's not... Fuck you. Pay me.

    3. Please don't assume... What is that stupid saying? Assume: Makes an ASS out of U and ME. Bridey, if you're getting married at a hotel or restaurant, don't assume that just because you stopped by or you were "in the neighborhood" that a) we can drop everything to see you because you have arrived, and b) that we need to sponsor your cocktails and appetizers in our bar. Several people do business with this establishment. If we treated all of them to freebies, most likely we'd be fired. You are no exception.

    I cannot tell you how many times this happened to me at the fancy hotel where I used to plan events. My clients would just drop in, ask for me, and then basically stand there with their hand out.

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    Friday
    Oct312014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Kickass, Zombie, Pirate Halloween Wedding...

    It's Halloween. How could I not show you a fabulously spooky awesome Halloween wedding? Right? I mean... Isn't that what I'm supposed to do? Now, as you know, I don't always follow the rules, but this one was too good to pass up. Seriously, any bride who takes a fucking scissors to the bridesmaid dresses is cool in my book. That AND a black and white wedding dress and pirate groomsmen? Hell yeah! I can't... It's too good.

    See for yourselves, bridey. I'll let Allison, the bride, take over to explain a bit about her wedding... Enjoy, bridey!! And Happy Halloween!

    From the bride: My dress was from Ebay. I knew I wanted a funky black and white dress, but still wanted to look like a bride. So I typed in "black and white corset dress" and my dress was one of the first to come up. I loved it immediately and ordered it within days. Not the usual bridal party makeup... You never see a fake hand anymore.From the bride: I found the bridesmaids dresses on Ebay- when they arrived, we grabbed some knives, scissors, lighters and fake blood and just went to town on these dresses. We had no real direction- just chop, slash and splatter until they were zombified to our liking. From the bride: I thought it would be great for the zomb-maids to have dead flowers in their hands since they were supposed to be "dead" after all. Can you imagine being a bridesmaid? Hold on... Let me take a scissors to my dress and paint my face full of fake blood. Um, okay!!!From the bride: When thinking of good ideas for parents costumes, right away James said that my dad had to be Superman. "He's the father of the bride!- He has to be superman!" So that was a done deal. My dad was happy to oblige.Love this pic! I love it even with the ref officiating their wedding!

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    Wednesday
    Oct292014

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Diana & Kyle's Superhero Wedding!!!!

    Remember the super kickass superhero engagement shoot I posted last month? Well, I told Jules, their photographer, that I just HAD to post their wedding, and... here it is!!!! I seriously could not be more excited to share these fucking FAB pics with you, bridey. I mean... They are absolutely exceptional! Seriously, wait until you see how bright and plain ol' cool this wedding is. Diana and Kyle did a phenomenal job creating a day that represents who they are, what they love and their love for each other. 

    Not only is this wedding so fucking cool, but it's original and personal and fun. Bridey, there is no way you're not going to want to see these pictures over and over again. I mean... there is so much inspiration here (superhero and otherwise), that you just might fall over. But, don't worry, I'm sure somebody will swoop in and save you from hitting your head...

    This pic of Diana and one of her bridesmaids literally made me laugh out loud!Loving all of the color! The dresses, the bouquets, the hair pieces!!! OH MY!!Need a something blue? Never fear (see what I did? Superhero reference...), just get a blue mani or pedi!These are hilarious!!!Usually the hus ends up holding the purse. I love that Kyle is holding the shoes!Who needs a flower girl when you have a GLITTER GIRL?Superhero kiss for sure. Check out Diana's cuffs!Fuck yeah! Oh wait... Ring fingers!

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    Tuesday
    Oct282014

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Tipping... Honestly? It's Always Expected and Always Appreciated

    As I come off of my high from the weekend filled with super successful events, I am even more elated because this girl is on her way to go get herself some absolutely not needed new shoes. Why? Well, because first of all, I am awesome, but more importantly because I got a fat tip from one of my clients. Did I expect it? Sure did. But, even though I expected a tip doesn't always mean that'll I receive one, regardless of how much my client "loves me, and couldn't get through it without me." Call me an asshole, but it's true. I expected and this time I received. 

    Sounds terrible, right? Yeah, I know it does, but I also know that no matter how much time and energy I put into planning every wedding and event, I don't get paid nearly enough. None of your wedding vendors do, bridey. Because all of us are focused on staying competitive (with each other), even if it means taking a hit financially. And quite frankly, usually the breakdown in hours spent ensuring your wedding day is going to be fucking sensational, is about that of an hourly employee at McDonald's. Actually, I bet in some cases, they make more dough then we do. Because, never mind how much we charge, nine times out of ten you're always going to get more than you paid for... It's just the nature of the the industry. We say "yes" a hell of a lot more than any other industry.

    Bridey, I have written quite a bit about tipping your wedding vendors, and have also had guest bloggers write about tipping your wedding vendors. Bottom line? TIP YOUR FUCKING WEDDING VENDORS.

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    Friday
    Oct242014

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Spooky, Beautiful Halloween Themed 10th Anniversary Rock the Dress Session

    Seriously, how fucked up are those baby heads? Right? Fucked, but awesome... I love this shoot. I think it's cool and deranged all at the same time. This shoot was a collaboration between Michelle & Matthew, who wanted to have a Halloween themed 10th Anniversary Rock the Dress session, and Laura (of Gathered Events, LLC) and Kim (of Kim Truelove Photography) who were the brainchildren behind this fabulously unique, styled shoot. You know, my ten year anniversary is next month (crazy, but true), and maybe, I'll just have to reach out to Kim and Laura to put together a fabulously fucked shoot for me too...

    Kim says it perfectly: "In the gorgeous woods behind the historic Highland Manor in Apopka, FL, we created this Halloween-styled scene pulling inspiration from antique gothic décor and the always creative, Tim Burton. We wanted to create a scene that was lush and beautiful, with a gothic and creepy twist. We called it “Living meets the Dead…” 

    Kim: "These fresh blooms, paired with unexpected elements like animal skins and skulls, helped us create the beautiful and spooky scene."I am OBSESSED with these roses. OB SESS ED!!!Vintage baby doll heads... STRANGE.Holy shit with the skull! OMG. OMG. OMG. That bitch is so spooky!Love the bouquet and the striped ribbon!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Kim Truelove Photography
    Equipment Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc.
    Event Designer: Gathered Events, LLC
    Event Venue: The Highland Manor

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