We had a blast hosting our monthly Bridal Happy Hour at Wish Walnut Creek, one of our favorite boutiques in the East Bay area! Are you a wedding planner and interested in hosting a Bridal Happy Hour yourself? Here's how to get started...
We decided to have a happy hour for our current brides as well as newly engaged couples who have not booked their vendors yet. We do this for a couple reasons:
1. It's a great time to meet with all your brides at one time instead of setting multiple appointments for that month. They are also able to meet each other and bounce off wedding ideas & inspirations.
2. It's a great time to potentially gain new brides & grooms. If they haven't booked their wedding planner yet, well, here's your chance! We open the event to the public for all engaged couples. Meeting in person will take you way further than introducing yourself over the phone.
3. IT'S FUN! What an opportunity to socialize with your favorite vendor partners at your favorite venue. Choose the best venue that works for your clientele and invite your favorite vendor partners to meet the couples themselves. It's not an awkward bridal fair with an overwhelming number of vendors. It's only a couple of your favorites, which makes for a way more casual & comfortable environment.
Photo booths make every event more fun! Customize the printed photos with your company logo, and brides will always be reminded of your event. Amos Productions is one of our favorite local vendor partners to work with, so of course we partnered up with them on this one. Don't forget the props!
Make sure to choose the best venue that fits your clientele. Wish Walnut Creek has the most adorable backyard patio behind their boutique, and I thought it would be the perfect setting for the bridal happy hour. The boutique is full of bridal/bachelorette goodies & knick knacks. Brides were able to walk through the boutique & shop before they entered the back patio for the festivities.
Champagne is a must! We of course had a champagne toast before everyone left the party. How cute is this table by the way? It's always fun coming up with creative ways to present your food & beverages stations.
Yes, we had signature cocktails provided on the back patio for a little wedding inspiration. We had a pink "Lucky in Love" cocktail or a yellow "Marry Me Margarita" cocktail. Have some fun, and come up with cute names to go with the theme of your event.
Lucky in Love: Strawberry Lemonade & Vodka
Marry Me Margarita: Margarita Mix & Tequila
Also in the picture you will see a little frame that says "Sign your name & win a prize". We had each bride put their name in a bowl and we would draw a couple winners at the end of the night. Some of our vendors were giving out discounts to their services for whoever's name was drawn. This is a great idea to potentially gain a new client!
Always make sure to have some appetizers and a sweet treat provided. It's never good to have too much alcohol and too little food. Mini sandwiches, cheese & crackers, or chips & dip are always a nice and cheap go-to. We partnered up with Shabby Sugar on providing a beautiful assortment of sweet treats to everyone. If you haven't read our blog post on Shabby Sugar, feel free to check it out. We have more than enough great things to say about working with this team!
Make sure to have a favor that the brides can take home with them. For our event, Wish provided the favors, which came from their boutique. Their boutique is full of little bridal goodies shown in the picture. We can't wait for our next event at Wish Walnut Creek. Don't forget to stop by & shop!
I hope your next bridal happy hour goes perfectly! If you have any questions or comments that have helped make your event a success, I would love to hear about it.
The Event Planner