Fun Giveaway!

Although Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides sale is over, I am not yet done tweeting or blogging because I have an fun giveaway sponsored by Slim-Fast, an official partner of ROTB.

While I’m not trying to lose weight for my wedding, I am trying to lose the last of my baby weight. Yesterday, I posted 3 tips to success at Running of the Brides. Today, I am posting 3 tips for success in weight loss.

1- Always have healthy snacks on hand.
If you are running from bridal appointments, it probably makes sense to have some healthy to eat. I try to eat something with protein and carbs with a tiny bit of fat. Bars are great but there are some other healthy combos like pretzels with low-fat peanut butter.

2- Water is your best friend.
Drink loads of water. My obsession with sparking water led me to buy a Soda Stream for the home so that I can drink some bubbles during the day, and bottled water while I’m out at appointments and errands.

3- Keep a food journal.
Can’t figure out why the weight isn’t coming off? If you are honest about every single bite, the journal will help you understand.

Want to win a $100 gift card to Filene’s Basement and a Slim-Fast product bundle to jumpstart to a healthy you?

To enter the contest, leave a comment below with your favorite product from the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan. A winner will be selected at random on Monday, April 18th. Good luck!

Running of the Brides Tips

I had such a fun time at Filene’s Basement Running of the Brides. It was an absolute blast. I have to give a lot of credit to all of the brides (and their entourages) that waited in line overnight in the rain. What an experience!

Tents were up for those that braved the weather overnight!

If you were unable to attend but are getting married, you *may* be in luck. Filene’s Basement might have the sale again in the late summer/early fall. If you do go to the sale, I hope that these tips help.

Tip #1: Bring a sign so that you can trade.
The dressers are in the racks in no particular order. The first girls in line grab dozens of dresses resulting in a trading process. Having a sign (and a friend with a loud voice) will help you trade.

Tip #2 – Bring snacks.
Even if you don’t camp out over night, you are going to need some snacks and water. Dress shopping is a long and emotional process. You will want to make sure that you have the energy to keep going strong.

Tip #3 – Bring a stylist.
Slim-Fast brought in celebrity stylist June Ambrose to help brides select their gowns. Since that isn’t an option, I’d bring the one person who will give you the best opinion. That person may be your Maid of Honor or Mother, but make sure that you have someone who will tell you honestly if the dress looks stunning.

I’m going to post an amazing giveaway tomorrow.

Running of the Brides

Filene’s Basement annual event, Running of the Brides, has been moved up from July to April this year. It is THIS FRIDAY, April 8th at the State Street location! Doors open at 8AM. I have written about the fun of this event in the past. The sale has some amazing gowns for a fraction of the cost.

Honey Bee Weddings will be attending the event along with Slim-Fast.

For more information, go to Filene’s Basement or You Tube.

Filene’s Basement ROTB

I had a few readers find their dress here last year. For prices this low, it is worth a shot! Click here for tips and tricks. If you do end up finding your dress, please come back and post a comment. I want to find out who is successful!

Bridal Event: Filene’s Basement

Last year, I was really excited about going to the Running of the Brides.  I ended up unsuccessful and a little frustrated.  However, I have heard of many brides able to find great deals.  If you are interested, there are some tips below!

Strategies for Success at the Filene’s Basement Bridal Gown Sale
(aka “The Running of the Brides”)
The Week Before the Sale:

Pick a team — people whose taste you trust and are willing to get in there and do shopping battle for you.

Hold a pre-sale meeting with your team
• come up with a team uniform- matching hats, t-shirts, headbands, carry whistles-anything that would make it easier to find each other in the crowd
• assign jobs to team members—someone to gather, someone to trade, someone to help you in and out of the dresses, someone to guard your inventory from prowlers
• tear out pages from bridal magazines, or print styles from on-line wedding gown sites to show your team what you’re looking for
• pick place to rendezvous in the store

The Morning of the Sale:

Dress code– wear a sports bra and shorts or a bathing suit so you can try on dresses anywhere in the store; DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS if you plan to participate in the “rush to the racks” (we’ve seen a couple of nasty tumbles)

Leave your handbag at home—you’ll need both hands for this.

Please, NO MAKE-UP. You wouldn’t want to see the dress of your dreams only to find it smeared with lipstick. CLEAN HANDS are appreciated.

No food or drinks inside the store; get rid of trash before the doors open in the receptacles provided

Best Time to Arrive

The doors open at 8am. Brides-to-be and their teams who have been in line the longest will get to the racks first. In fact, it’s possible that the racks will be bare by the time you get into the store. DON’T DESPAIR! The dresses are not all gone. You’ll see brides trading or putting dresses back on the racks almost immediately. Use the first hour to look for brides who are trying on dresses you like. Then, be there to grab or trade for her “rejects.”

INSIDER TIP: If you’re not up to the chaos of store opening, arrive late morning or anytime up to store closing (8:00pm). Dresses will be back on the racks and the atmosphere will be much calmer. REMEMBER, this sale looks a lot more competitive than it really is—most of the hundreds of people you see in the rush to the racks are helpers, not buyers. Each team ends up with just one dress. (Alright, sometimes two, but that’s rare). There are still plenty of dresses to choose from. In fact, last year over 90% of the brides-to-be who came to this sale found their dream dress.

At the Event

Be nice—with all the excitement, shoppers have been known to get a little territorial and competitive. As our security manager once said to a TV reporter, “you don’t want to be walking down the aisle knowing you had to punch somebody out to get the dress.”

Be considerate—have your helpers put dresses you don’t want on the hangers and back on the racks. Think of how disappointed you’d be if you found your perfect wedding dress, but it had been trampled on and damaged.

Be fair–keep only the dresses you are seriously considering, and set the others free as soon as possible.

Remember, wedding gowns don’t always run true to size—look not only for your regular dress size, but try a size or two bigger as well. Even if a dress isn’t the perfect fit, at this price it may be worth the cost of alterations. An expert on gown cleaning and alterations will be on hand to advise you.

Try on whatever comes your way–sometimes a gown that isn’t what you pictured yourself wearing turns out to be “the one.”

Be decisive–it’s only a one-day sale and gowns are not returnable.

Have fun–if you find a dress, great. If not and you still have some time to look, go to Filene’s Basement for the city and date of the next sale.