Seating Chart Madness

Arranged seating can either be really helpful or really stressful!

"We can’t have uncle Tommy sitting with Catherine, but we need John to be with Anna.”

You may think you have everything figured out, and then people will start throwing monkey wrenches in all of your plans.

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Maybe your mom thinks that a distant relative that you’ve never met needs that invite, or maybe your fiance tells a friend they can bring their new girlfriend of 2 weeks. Maybe you don’t know your fiance’s side of the family all that well and you have no idea where to start arranging their seats.

All of these different scenarios will keep popping up that are going to stress you out. You might start feeling like you want to rip your hair out, because this should be easy, but it is far from it.

Your friends should all be okay at the same table, and your cousins should all be okay sitting with the grooms cousins. But then you start to realize that your friends never stop talking when they are all together, and your cousins don’t know the grooms cousins!

Never fear! We have some stress relieving tips to make your seating planning go smoothly.

-Know your table layout and final guest count.

-Start grouping together family members and friends that you know get along well. Or at the very least, know one another.

-Talk to your fiance, or in-laws, about their side of the family and who they think should sit together.

- Make a list of people you know should definitely not sit together.

- Remember, the seating chart will get finished, so don’s stress yourself out thinking you’ll never get it done.

-Do what you think is best, but it is okay to ask for help from your MOH or Fiance for thoughts. You are not alone!

Once you have all your groups together then start placing them at specific tables. Don’t worry about people sitting with others they don’t know, it’s going to happen regardless. You do not need to feel bad about it, because your guests will follow the seating chart no matter what. But also don’t be surprised if they starting moving around during the reception, you will be too busy having the night of your life to notice! And remember that your guests will only really be sitting down for about an hour- an hour and a half for dinner and speeches.

5 Disaster-Proof Wedding Makeup Tips

Every bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day! But once the tears start coming is when things can go south, and yes I’m talking about the mascara! Or for all the summer weddings, that heat is not a hot look and suddenly your highlight isn’t the Fenty Beauty Kit anymore. Here are some sweat, tears, and all of the above proof tips to keep your makeup looking fresh and lasting all night!

  1. Prep Your Skin Early

    If you haven’t had a regular skin care routine its never too late. Start by scheduling facials regularly, this will improve your skin’s texture and help with the base of your makeup. If you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have the time for regular facials, no problem! You can start this at home with some easy steps: cleanse, tone and, moisturize daily then use either a mud mask or a sheet mask once or twice a week. Don’t forget to DRINK WATER, this is probably the most important step, hydrated skin is healthy skin!

  2. Prime Prime Prime!

    Priming your makeup crucial. Most, if not all makeup artists will use a primer, this will ensure you that what is going on your skin is not coming off no matter the sweat or the tears. Not only does the primer help with keeping your makeup on all night, it helps create a smooth, and blurred effect to your skin. Ask your makeup artist which primer is best for your skin type!

  3. Falsies? Maybe. Waterproof? DEF YES!!!

    No bride wants to look like a raccoon on the day of their wedding. While crying is inevitable, preventing the drippy mascara is not! Falsies can be very uncomfortable, if you do choose that route try eyelash extensions. It might be a little bit more expensive, however it will save you and your makeup artist a lot of time and ensure you that even after 3 glasses of champagne, your lashes aren’t going anywhere. If you choose to skip fake lashes all together, waterproof mascara and eyeliner is the way to go! No raccoon eyes half way down the aisle!

  4. You may kiss the bride!

    Can we all give a round of applause for liquid lipsticks and lip stains! Lets be real, on your wedding day there is going to be a lot of kissing and I’m sure your fiance isn’t going to want Mac Velvet Teddy on his face. However if you do plan on using a creamy lipstick, a tip is to apply, blot, apply, blot and apply one more time, then blot again, then dust a little translucent powder on top to lock it in. If you decide on a liquid lip but want a little glossy effect, add a shimmery eye shadow or highlight to the center of the lips.

  5. ready, SET, go!

    The final step to keeping your makeup lasting long all day is to set it all in place with translucent powder. This will block any natural oils and sweat that want to peak through, making you look matte in the places where you need it most. For all the oily skin brides, you don’t want to skip powder! Lastly another step is to spray with a setting spray, its like hairspray but for your face, locking it all in place! Setting spray is what is going to keep your makeup looking fresh all night. If by chance you do need to touch up any oil or sweat, keep blotting sheets and translucent powder near by.

A great makeup artist we highly recommend in the San Diego area is Shear Chic Hair and Makeup

Trunk Show FAQ!!!

Hello Brides! We know the whole wedding planning process can be a bit overwhelming when you first start your bridal journey. Today we're going to explain what wedding gown trunk shows are and how to find them!

What's a trunk show?

A trunk show is when a bridal designer sends us new gowns or accessories for the boutique to carry for a limited amount of time. The Bustle hosts plenty of trunk shows throughout the year for all our designers. It's great because it's the perfect time for brides to see the designer's newest collection, or trending styles we might not typically have in the boutique. 

When are trunk shows?

There are a couple of ways to find out when trunk shows are being held and where! You can always visit our website, where we list all our upcoming events and trunk shows for the year. If you're looking for a specific designer's trunk show, go to their website and they typically list the dates and locations of their trunk shows near you. 

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, The Bustle prides itself on great customer service! Part of that experience is providing every appointment with a private room for you and your party, as well as your own bridal stylist to answer any questions you may have. You can book appointments with us online or by calling us at 858-523-9254. 

What to keep in mind

Trunk shows are only in shops for a limited time. Gowns immediately get shipped back to the designers once a trunk show ends and the shop will no longer have those gowns in store to come back and try/see again.  The Bustle does not own the Trunk Show gowns/accessories so we must return the products to the designer. Luckily, the gowns can still be ordered even after a trunk show ends.  Keep in mind, any trunk show discount offered by the designer are only valid for the time of the trunk show. Once the trunk show ends, the discount no longer applies.

The Bustle's upcoming trunk shows:

Muse by Berta: March 22-24

Enzoani: April 12-14

Wedding Dress Myths Debunked

Myth: I need to explore all my options when looking for THE dress!

This has some truth to it, however trying on 30+ gowns at 5 different bridal shops actually makes your decision way harder. Because out of the 30 dresses you have tried on, you now have 2 favorites at each shop, you’ve narrowed it down to 8-10 favorites. If you give yourself too many options, you are just looking at a bunch of pretty dress and forget you are finding your wedding dress. You’ve become so numb to every dress that it will suppress the “feeling” you’re looking for the one.

Our advice is, you are always going to see other dresses and think “what if?” or “did I not look around enough?” This happens all the time, and truth is once you find YOUR dress, you always come back to it in your mind. There are always going to be pretty dresses, but don’t worry trust your decision.

Myth: I’ll know it’s the dress when I cry.

We watch this all the time on Say Yes To The Dress, when Randy puts the veil on, the water works come. Every bride is different! And you don’t necessarily need to cry to know its your wedding dress, you will just know because it crosses everything off the checklist and it out does the rest. Just like your fiance!