Now that the holidays are over it’s time to go back to school – Bride School that is! For newly engaged couples, Bride School is the perfect way to get a crash course on all things matrimonial, from crossing the t’s on your invitations to the music and the frosting on the cake.
The first ever Bride School Workshop kicked off this past November at The Cheney Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan and it was a huge success. Along with images by Shutter Sam Photography, Kaci of Just Delightful Events, one of the founders of Bride School is here to tell you about what all happened during this day-long workshop and how you can get a piece of the cake!
From Kaci – We started the day with coffee and doughnuts and Orientation. Jaime and myself kicked off the sessions with the boring but important stuff – budgets, personal priorities and big picture planning. We discussed the timeline and rhythm of planning from engagement to Big day. We broke out the pie charts and talked numbers; if brides had an overall wedding budget of 20k, then X% would go to Catering, and x% to photography, x% flowers, etc.
The hope was to set the expectations of the Bride’s planning for the day – so if they knew $1500 was their basic flower budget, they’d know to spend that on what matters to them, and DIY the other blooms.
After the numbers, we were all charmed by our Professor of Music, Adrian Butler who is as handsome as is he knowledgeable about sound and DJ’ing. We transition into our invitations suites lesson and calligraphy recess with Emilie with Lief Design.
Next, Samantha Vanderlist with Shutter Sam Photography gave us a live demonstration of how professional photographers pose and bring out those authentic emotions in our beloved wedding photos (ie the opposite of the Church directory photographer who told us to stand on the “X” and say “Cheeeeese”). Luckily, we had an engaged couple in our group of students, so they did perfectly as models!
Lunch was next. Shane taught us about created food service and we ate a delicious deconstructed Cesar salad. Shane is a gem in our area – he doesn’t even have a website. He does everything by word of mouth and caters some of the biggest gigs around our area.
Then it was wedding dress lessons, followed by a session on videography. Cake and frosting recess with Jason followed shortly thereafter. Then flowers and graduation with mimosas, swag bags, and photobooths!
If you’re interested in Bride School and enrolling in their spring 2015 class be sure to follow them on Facebook, check out their Instagram account, and of course – view their gorgeous website for more details!