Local bridal show ‘Bridezilla Ball’ is Jan. 26Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
A local photographer is organizing “a new kind of bridal show” geared toward edgier brides with outside-the-box thinking.
The inaugural Bridezilla Ball is set for 5-10 p.m. Jan. 26 at The Toledo Club, 235 14th St., in Downtown Toledo. Admission is $5 with online preregistration or $10 at the door.
Ty Bowling of Ty Photography in Holland said he wants the evening — which will feature more than 50 vendors, live music from DJ Rob Sample and MAS FiNA, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, contests and more — to feel more like “a crazy fun wedding reception than a business card pushin’ trade show.”
“I’ve been trying to get it going for quite a while, but it wasn’t until The Toledo Club stepped up and wanted to do it with me that I had the proper venue for it,” Bowling said. “I didn’t want to do it in a regular hall. I didn’t want it to feel like a bridal show. I wanted it to feel more like a party.
“It just comes from being frustrated and bored with bridal shows in the area,” Bowling said. “Looking into things online, they are doing much more exciting things out west and in other cities. I just didn’t see anything like that happening here, so rather than complain about it I thought I’d just put it on myself.
“We’re really looking to attract more of the creative, edgier bride,” Bowling said. “We really tried to focus on getting vendors that don’t normally do bridal shows. Just a little more edgy, a little more fun, a little more creative than the norm.”
The vendor booths will be smaller than those typically found at a bridal shows, Bowling said.
“We really want people to meet people rather than meet a booth,” Bowling said. “It’s a lot less of a trade show feel than a normal bridal show.”
There will also be a lounge offering drinks and televisions for grooms or other attendees who want to take a break from the main event, Bowling said, adding he hopes attendees come away with new ideas.
“I hope they just expand their thinking a little bit when it comes to the wedding and think outside the box when it comes to vendors they want to hire or things they want to do,” Bowling said.
The Toledo Club, Leo Marks Jewelers, Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts and Mager Designs are also sponsors. For more information, visit “Bridezilla Ball” on Facebook or purchase tickets here.