Chico Wedding Weekend ~ January Recap

We had a great time meeting the couples at the Chico Wedding Weekend, and getting the chance to "talk wedding" with so many of you! You guys had a lot of great questions, and we want to always be a resource for couples so please feel free to send us an email or contact us on our Facebook page if you have a burning wedding question! Check out some of the photos from the event as well as our venue tour on the following day.  A big thank you to WeDo Designs, Logan with LJS Productions, Chico Catering, and In Tent Events for making the Venue Tour a success! Too much fun and thank you all for coming![gallery columns="1" orderby="rand"]

Chico Wedding Weekend 2013 ~ Grand Prizes

If you attended the January Chico Wedding Weekend Show, you have good odds at winning prizes from not only the individual vendor booths but also at the Venue Tours.  Every Venue that you visit on the tour will have entry slips for the Grand Prize Drawing and they will each have their own raffles and giveaways.  Here are the grand prizes from the Expo!

Hotel Diamond - Complimentary stay  and dinner at Johnnies ($600 Value)

Events Inc. -Wedding Stationary custom design ($1,000 Value)

Hotel Monaco -2 night stay in San Francisco and dinner for two ($800 Value)

Bailey Creek at Lake Almanor -Golf and lunch for four at Bailey Creek Bar and Grill ($400 Value)

If you aren't a bride or groom but part of the family or wedding party that attended with the couple you can still enter into the drawing to win the following:

$500 Marriot Credit - Courtyard & Residence Inn

$100 Johnnies Restaurant Credit

Oxford Suites and Moniks Lounge & Bistro - Romance Package for 2 and International Wine Flight Tasting at Monks ($400 Value)

The White House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Nevada - Win a 2 night Stay, minutes away from Tahoe ($400 Value)

Blue Sugar Cupcakes -Gift certificate for One Market Restaurant in San Francisco

If you missed the show, or you were on the fence about attending you missed some great deals and chances to win! The good news is there are more shows to come! For more information on the Chico Wedding Weekend you can visit their website at

How to get the most from a Bridal Show

A Bridal Show is an investment in your wedding.Not only can you compare vendors with more ease and speed than normal, but you can score amazing promotions, “show offers”, and prizes for your wedding. The key to getting the most out of a Bridal Show is to be prepared! Below are a few quick tips that are sure to improve your experience.

Buy your ticket early Most shows sell tickets online, and if you buy ahead of time you will get the best price. If it slipped your mind in all the chaos of wedding planning, you can sometimes purchase at the door, however you are risking the show being sold out. You can also ask any vendors that will be in the show if they have any complimentary tickets.

Bring someone along Your fiancé, your mom, your maid of honor, or the whole bunch will add to your support group. They can help you accomplish everything on your to-do list for the day, keep you from getting overwhelmed, and make the experience fun!

Wear comfortable shoes! However long you plan on staying, you will be mostly walking and standing. Also, temperature control is a gamble, so come prepared. It can be too hot with all those people there, or the venue may overcompensate for the crowd by running the AC too much.

Have a Game Plan Chances are you won’t be able to make it to every vendor, and if you did, it’d be more overwhelming than helpful. Before the show, find out which vendors will be in the show, and decide whose booths you want to visit. Keep in mind that many vendors will be offering promotions and drawings that you won’t want to miss!

Bring a camera, a notepad, and a pen You will probably hear or see things that will inspire you. You won’t want to forget the creative DIY altar featured in that one picture, or the exact design or flavor of that unbelievable cake you tasted.

Bring your Checkbook Some deals or dates won’t be around after the bridal show, & some won’t even make it to noon. It’s important to go in knowing your budget and knowing want you want because this is the time to jump on a deal when you hear it.

Don’t shun the Literature Even if you didn't plan on searching for a certain vendor while you’re there, still take brochures and business cards for later. You may see something you like, decide to pass them to another bride, or even end up needing to replace a vendor later on, and having some extra knowledge of what’s out there won’t hurt.

Bonus: Use Contact Labels A nifty tip for a super-organized bride is to bring along address labels with your name, email, and phone number. Use these to place on vendors’ contact sheets, otherwise you’ll be spending valuable time writing the same information over and over.

Now that you're ready for the Bridal Show, don't forget the most important part of the wedding process: enjoy yourself!

Posted by Kendall Arelleis, Event Coordinator with The 530 Bride

Chico Wedding Weekend

If you are recently engaged or looking for great deals and information for your upcoming event, make sure to get your tickets to the upcoming Chico Wedding Weekend.  Swing by our booth for our show promotion and get a great deal on coordination services for your wedding.

You don’t want to miss out on your local bridal shows because this is where you will meet professional & talented vendors who specialize in weddings.  By walking through a bridal show, you will see exhibitor booths for caterers, photographers, wedding planners, DJ’s, wedding venues & more.  Taste samples of wedding cake and entrees like tri-tip & chicken. You will have the opportunity to save money with exclusive bridal show offers, and enter contests to win some sweet prizes.

Tips: Have a game plan on what vendors you still need to secure, to avoid becoming overwhelmed by all of the options. Ask your wedding planner, or do your own research on the vendors before the show so that you can identify what questions you have and you can narrow down which vendors you feel match your needs.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a bag to hold all of your bridal show goodies & if possible have address labels printed to save you the trouble of handwriting your name and address on all of the contest entry forms!

Neighborhood Church 2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico 11 to 3 pm

TICKET SALES: Tickets are on sale at

See you at the show!

Chico Wedding Weekend ~2012

We saw a lot of new faces at the Chico Wedding Weekend, and we also saw some familiar faces of previous brides who are now helping their bridesmaids or maid of honor with their wedding!  Although it was a warm day, there was plenty to see and sample at this year's show.  Here are a few of our highlights from the event. Kendall adding some finishing touches to our booth Final Product

White Gown Wedding Invitations

WeDo Designs

The Idea Emporium

Park Ave Pub

Panighetti's Catering

Lovely Layers Cakery

Lakeside Pavilion K Stone Photography

Designer Canvas

Avalon Photography

Always Elegant Bridal & Tuxedo

Blush Catering

Little Red Hen

The French Door

Weddings North Valley

The 530 Bride Team!

Venue Tour We met with couples at the WeDo Designs showroom during the venue tour on August 19th.  Couples were able to view table top design, linens, decor and rental items including Chiavari Chairs.  We also gave mini consultations to those interested in coordination services for their event. Welcome to the Showroom

Table Top's

The Showroom


Grand Prize Drawing

Our Grand Prize Winner was Mike & Billie, they won an event for up to 50 people including linens, party rentals and coordination. More pictures to follow soon!

If you came to our booth during the show and would like to ask a few more questions, please contact us to book a complimentary one-on-one consultation.  We can answer any questions you have and give you a customized quote on the spot.  email us at or call (530) 988-8344.

Happy Planning!

Hunting for Deals?

Who doesn't like to save money? We know that is a silly question, so we will be offering big savings on our full service coordination package at this weekend's Bridal Show.  Remember Saturday, August 18th is the first day of the Chico Wedding Weekend, at Neighborhood Church from 11-3.  Sunday August 19th is the self-guided venue tour also from 11-3 pm. When you come to our booth and say hello, you can enter into our drawing for a number of fun prizes and pick up a flyer with information for our Open House on Sunday, August 19th.   Our grand prize is in collaboration with WeDo Designs and the winner will be drawn at the showroom at 2pm.

Want to improve your odds of winning? Look for the blue flyer that will be located at our booth, as well as WeDoDesign's Booth and you will get an additional entry into the drawing.

Okay now back to the prize... The winner of our grand prize will receive Decor and Coordination for any event of up to 50 people! Great for Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers, Intimate Weddings, Vow Renewals or even a Baby Shower.  This prize can be used towards a larger wedding as well.

Includes: ♥ Luxury Linens ♥Decor ♥Dishes (Flatware, Dinnerware & Stemware) ♥Event Coordination & Production

*Must be present to win*

Our showroom is located at 1616 Nord Avenue, Suite C in Chico.


Make sure to keep up with us on Facebook at and WeDo Designs at

It's Not Too Late to Hire a Planner!

We are deep in Wedding Season and though many couples may have had their venue booked for 6 months or possible greater than a year before the date; it is not uncommon for couples to hire a Day of Coordinator within a month or two before their event.  "DIY" is a buzzword in the world of wedding planning, and it is an inspiring goal to completely plan and execute your wedding. However, when it gets closer to your event you may get burned out or realize that after all of your hard work planning you just want to be able to relax and enjoy your day.  That is where a Day of Coordinator comes in! As a Day of Coordinator we will organize a timeline for your day to make sure everything runs smoothly.  We meet with you to discuss the specific details of your event and attend your wedding rehearsal and will be the point person for vendors on your wedding day to ensure that everyone arrives on time and tha they are aware of the schedule.

Although we prefer to meet with you earlier than later to get started on your event, we understand that your schedule may have changed or has become more hectic leading up to your event.  There is nothing wrong with asking for help, even if it is just from friends or family members. We recommend writing down anything that you have asked friends or family members to do for you, giving step by step instructions or details of your vision.  One thing to keep in mind is that you don't want to ask too much of your friends or wedding party as you want them to be able to celebrate with you and not stress about getting everything done on time.

Along with Day of Coordination, The 530 Bride also offers Full Service Coordination and The "Finishing Touches" Package for all of your last minute To-Do Items.  Check out our services page or come visit our booth at the upcoming Chico Wedding Weekend for more details!

Mark Your Calendars: Chico Wedding Weekend

Come visit The 530 Bride at The Chico Wedding Weekend! Are you just getting started in your wedding planning process? Or perhaps you need to find the right vendor to put the finishing touches into your event? Mark your calendars!

Reposted from Weddings North Valley:

Chico Wedding Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, 2012 •  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Neighborhood Church

2801 Notre Dame Boulevard •  Chico, CA 95928


Top Wedding Exhibitors in their "storefronts" filled with inspiration for your wedding

  • Yummy food, cake and confections
  • Delightful musical entertainment
  • Hot, new wedding fashion trends
  • Creative and innovative ideas for your wedding


  • Get to know the people you want to hire for your wedding
  • See their creativity and know-how
  • Discover many of the services right on the spot during the show
  • “After Hours Rendezvous” at STUDIOwed from 3-5PM



10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    • Enjoy “cool” mocktails served by your personal mixologists from JB’s Beverage & Bar Service
    • Pick up your copy of the “Little Black Book”
    • Brides-to-Be get your Sash to wear
    • 3 – 5 PM: Reserve a space for the After Hours Rendezvous where engaged couples meet TOP wedding experts face-to-face in a relaxed atmosphere
    • Get all the FAQs from a Team Bride member
    • Learn about BRIDGING THE GAP and how you can support their work throughout the world

Click Here to Purchase Tickets.

Wedding Planning Made Easy ~ Why You Should Attend a Local Wedding Expo~

Wedding planning is different for everyone, some do extensive research online before ever talking to vendors, and some go through a wedding coordinator who handles all of the details for them.  No matter where you fall on that spectrum it is still a good idea to take the opportunity to meet local wedding vendors face-to-face and learn about the products and services they offer.  Not sure if a Wedding Expo is your scene? Read on and you might change your mind! Some of the vendors you will meet include Photographers, Videographers, Photo Booth Companies, DJ’s, Wedding Venues & Ceremony Sites, Officiants, Wedding Coordinators & Event Planners, Wedding Cake Decorators/Bakeries, Caterers, Bridal Shops & Formal Wear, Florists, Jewelers, Party Rentals & Décor, Travel Agents, Stationary and more.

Taste samples from caterers and bakeries, drink champagne, and mingle with other brides who are planning their weddings. Bring your walking shoes and a notepad so that you can ask vendors all of your burning questions!  A great piece of advice we found was to have mailing labels made with your contact information so that you can enter into all of the great drawings and raffles for prizes without getting a cramp from writing!

Did the words Drawings & Prizes get your attention?  The expos offer you the chance to win giveaways, discounts and other sweet prizes.  Wedding Dresses, Romance Packages, Beauty Packages, Cakes and other goodies can be yours just by being the lucky winner!

If you are looking for great deals, a wedding expo is the place to be.  Vendors will be offering discounts and deals for booking with them at the expo.  Pick up business cards, brochures, coupons and product information that will help you be more organized when choosing the wedding professionals that are right for you.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Chico Wedding Weekend August 18 & 19th, 11 AM TO 3 PM Neighborhood Church 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard Chico, CA 95928 Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Luxury Wedding Show   Sunday, August 19, 2012, Noon - 4:00 pm Tsakopoulos Library Galleria 828 I St Sacramento, CA

The Yuba-Sutter Fall Bridal Show   Sunday, September 9, 2012, Noon - 5 pm Yuba City Fairgrounds, Yuba City CA

Chico Wedding Weekend January 11-13, 2013

The Yuba-Sutter Bridal Show   Sunday, January 27, 2013, Noon - 5 pm Yuba City Fairgrounds, Yuba City CA

The Dream Wedding Show February 24, 2013, 11 am - 4 pm Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

Have you attended Wedding Expo’s before? We would like to hear your opinions about your experience!