Bridal shows offer connections, look at trends, traditionsWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For brides-to-be, the giveaways at Wedding Dreams Productions’ bridal shows can be brutal: Brides vie for $100 coupons for the wedding dress of their dreams or a cake to die for.
“They go crazy. Oh my gosh, it’s so crazy,” said owner and organizer Sharon Minor, who said she is excited for her first show of the year. “We’ve had girls with rug burns.”
This year, brides will compete at the “bouquet toss” every half hour at the Wedding Dreams Bridal Show, set for noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
The show is like a one-stop shopping experience for soon-to-be brides and grooms, Minor said. Fifty-five vendors paid $450 a booth to participate. Admission is $7 at the door.
“We have just about everything: florists, bakery, DJ and live bands, invitations, videographers,” Minor said.
And that includes vendors for wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ dresses, tuxedos and banquet facilities.
Three different bridal salons will be represented along with jewelry from Leo Marks Jewelers and Premier Designs. Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts and Parkway Florists purchased booths as well, Minor said.
The Pinnacle provides a more intimate gathering and should make for an elegant experience, said Elyse Anaszewicz of President Tuxedo and also a bride-to-be herself.
Reception tables will decorate the room along with an ice sculpture and a harpist will play throughout the day. DJs will emcee the event and oversee the bouquet tosses. Vendors will sponsor each toss, giving away coupons worth up to $100. About $6,000 in prizes will be given away throughout the day with a raffle at the end, Minor said.
About 250 brides from the greater Toledo area are expected to attend.
Minor advises brides-to-be to bring a pen and notebook for taking notes. Comfortable shoes are also suggested, she said.
Anaszewicz recommends bringing pre-printed labels with your name and address and suggests keeping thoughts organized and knowing what you are looking for.
“You get the best deals at the bridal shows,” said Anaszewicz, who recently attended the annual Superbowl of All Bridal Shows at Stranahan Great Hall. “The main reason I go is to win any contest and see who’s doing any specials.”
Wedding Dreams Productions is a small family business run by Minor and her son and daughter. The company hosts two bridal shows per year for which they plan months in advance.
They got their start about 10 years ago when they attended a bridal show in a gymnasium and felt it wasn’t very elegant. They jokingly said, “We could do better.” After attending another dud of a show, they decided to go for it and haven’t looked back, Minor said.
“I always say maybe we shouldn’t do it anymore because it’s a lot of work,” she said. “But that day comes and it’s so fabulous. I love to work the door because I joke around with the girls and we have so much fun.
“At the end when we call the winners and present them with gift certificates, I’m telling you, it’s my favorite part of the whole thing,” she said. “Girls shaking so badly they can’t even sign the agreement [they’re so excited]. That’s what keeps you going. And we all want their day to be perfect.”
Minor’s next bridal show is set for Aug. 24 at The Pinnacle. Other upcoming local bridal shows include The Bridezilla Ball, set for 6-10 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Radisson Hotel at the University of Toledo, and I Do at the Zoo, set for 3-7 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Toledo Zoo.
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