Navigating the Bridal Show

weddingplanningIf I have been too quiet over the last week, blame my failure on my efforts to dedicate some time towards making real progress in actually identifying some vendors for my wedding. Last week, I was tipped off by our reception coordinator at the Brew Works that she would be at a bridal show at her local Holiday Inn this past weekend. After doing some research, I learned that the same Holiday Inn would be holding another bridal event just a few days earlier, exhibiting the services of one particular All-In-One wedding planning company that specializes in providing DJs, Photographers, and Videographers. Thinking I could knock out the rest of my wedding planning in one weekend, and score some awesome prizes, I signed up for both events.

Perhaps I had some lofty expectations. I did walk away with tons of information to sift through, and one or two cool freebies. While I continue to peruse the “Bridal Show Special Offers” that were presented to me, I can share a few things I learned for all brides who may be attending their first event in the upcoming weeks.

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Location, location, location

I’m a writer. I like to sit at home with a cup of coffee, put pen to paper, and discourse over whatever has been floating around the old noodle for the last 24 hours. You could say I don’t mind attention – but only when I can receive it from the comfort and safety of my own home office through discussion boards, forums, and blogs. Or from my cat.

The part about the wedding day being all about the bride doesn’t resonate with me very well. I’m a bit chagrined at the thought of one full day where all eyes are turned upon me. Shortly after we got engaged, I’d frequently extol the advantages of a destination wedding to Fiance, selling him on the benefits of a limited guest list, less planning, and a laid-back reception.

Fiance, on the other hand, hates to waste an opportunity for a party.

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Save the Date: The Most Popular Wedding Date of 2011 – 9/10/11

September is turning into a very popular month to get married!  The most popular wedding date of the year happens to fall this week — 9/10/11. Bucking the traditional summer wedding, many couples have turned from the traditional to the whimsical nature of the numerical date with fifty-six percent more brides tying the knot on 9/10/11 than on the second most popular date of the year 6/11/11. What’s the big deal with September 10th? September … Read more

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ Wedding Was Big Business

Planning a wedding can be an exciting time for the bride.  For the newly married Kim Kardashian, it was a crazy flurry of activity that only spanned three months and was chronicled every step of the way by reality tv cameras.   While we haven’t gotten to see Kim’s crazy wedding planning activities yet, there is the upcoming promise of the E! two-part special Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event which will air on the network … Read more