I feel like it was just a month or two ago that my best friend called me to tell me she and her boyfriend were engaged. But here we are, and with less than two months to go, their big day is coming up fast!
Being her maid of honor (technically matron, since I’m married. But that makes me feel old) means I have tried to lend a supportive ear, and hand throughout this entire process for her. As an event planner, it also means I’ve helped her with some logistics along the way. The day of coordination is being handled by my sometimes assistant, and their venue is pretty much all inclusive, which is perfect. And I swear I am not saying this because she is my best friend, but Amy is insanely on top of things. I wish sometimes she wasn’t my friend, but rather my client for her wedding, because really she is so organized, and on it. I think this is a big reason we’re such good friends, though. haha. #shegetsme
Anyways, I had such a great time planning, decorating, and cooking with the bestie’s mom for their summer engagement party, though it was time consuming. For the bridal shower, we opted to host this celebration at a venue.
There was a lot of back and forth. As someone who has hosted her fair share of showers, I knew if we could find a venue that would provide food, clean-up, etc at a reasonable price, that would be my pick. And after reaching out to several restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, Brio Tuscan Grille won out – they had a decent minimum food and beverage to meet (compared to other restaurants), with a private room, custom menu, and our own servers. I think we were all so impressed with the service, food, and accommodations!
The bridal party chipped in for the luncheon, and if guests wanted to order adult bevvys, there was a cash bar close-by, which worked out so well. I was nervous to explain that to guests, but everyone understood without any explanation, and I think having a separate bar, with bartender on the same floor as our private event, was a perfect touch.
I wanted us to provide sweet, and simple touches for bestie’s bridal shower, without us all stressing and being unable to enjoy the day with her. Amy truly is like my sister, and I am probably just as excited as she is for the big day, so while I wanted a beautiful day for her, I wanted to remember it with her; as I am sure the rest of the party wanted to.
Amy isn’t an over the top kind of person (myself on the other hand…) so we kept decor simple, and favors fun. One of her favorite candies are Sour Patch Watermelon – seriously, we were in the Austin airport last fall, and we went to four shops to find them. So while that may not seem traditional, that’s an Amy gift, and I made sure it was the favor! I snagged these pretty favor boxes, and a 5-lb bag of candy on Amazon, which was easy, and fairly inexpensive.
Amy’s sister in-law, and her mother made the most gorgeous of flowers for centerpieces!
Amy’s mom had custom pens made (I sadly never even got a photo, things went very fast the day of) with the date, in her colors, to play a simple game of He Said She Said.
So! I have lots of photos, but it was a cold and cloudy day, and the lighting wasn’t the best. But that’s okay, because a good time was had by all, and today’s post is more personal for me to remember the day, than show you pretty pics 😉
If you are looking to host a private event, and have a Brio Tuscan Grille near you, I highly recommend them for your next event (not sponsored – just really impressed with the food, service, and location)!
Next UP: Bachelorette Par-tay at Epcot, soon!