Make way for taffeta and chrysanthemums! Bridal Spectacular, one of the longest-running bridal shows in Las Vegas, heads to the Cashman Center this weekend.
Gathering the largest number of local wedding vendors into one convenient space, Bridal Spectacular is a great place for brides to compare industry offerings side-by-side. Many local florists, bridal shops, tuxedo shops, DJs, invitation experts and venues will be on-hand to deliver dreams. Watch fashion shows of the latest bridal trends, enter in prize drawings and sample cakes from top-notch bakeries. The interactive experience will be sure to generate ideas and ease in choosing which wedding vendors are right for you.
The bridal show visits Vegas twice a year in January and August. With winter being the slower wedding season, the upcoming show means destination brides can get more quality time with potential vendors. And brides ready to book a service on the spot will receive great deals as companies offer special discount packages specifically for attendees.
Las Vegas nuptial expert, Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions, gives us tips on how couples can make the most of their expo experience. First, she recommends visiting the expo website beforehand. "Familiarizing yourself with the vendors will give you an opportunity to identify your front-runners in advance. Know who you are interested in talking to and come prepared with questions. With so many vendors, it can be overwhelming to try and remember all that you want to ask. Having questions handy will help you get the most out of the experience."
Attendees can look forward to viewing impressive booths that showcase each company's individual strengths. Kelly advises couples pay attention to booth design to compare trademark styles. "Photography and wedding cinema companies like Maple Hill Photography and Moxie Studio (respectively) have made successful matches in the past by captivating couples with stunning displays. Be sure to note the feel to help find what's right for you."
Kelly also recommends attendees stick around for the daily fashion shows. "As a former bride who once paced the aisles myself, I can say these productions were the most entertaining part of the day. Nothing peps you up more than viewing showcases by companies like Jerry's Tux Shop. Hip-hop dancers donned their brands during the show, making for energetic numbers. You can look forward to unique and trendy concepts like this in future productions."
And if you're interested in entering the raffles, Kelly advises you stash pre-printed address labels in your purse beforehand. "So many of the beauty consultants and honeymoon specialists host prize drawings. It's far more efficient to stick a label on an entry form than to deal with writer's cramp."
But if the thought of a bustling bridal show overwhelms you or you are unable to attend, don't worry. All of the local industry experts featured at the show can also be contacted directly. "Wedding coordinators like Semper Fi Events are willing to meet with you outside of show hours," Kelly assures. "They can be a lifesaver for your long-distance planning needs."
Many of the featured vendors also have storefronts you can visit if you'd prefer to talk with them on their turf. Kelly recommends checking out wedding invitation specialists Paper & Home to get a first-hand feel of their suite and design taste. "Another company that recently had a grand opening was Gimme Some Sugar. They literally 'take the cake' on all things confection! Both companies would welcome foot traffic and individual appointments."
General admission to Bridal Spectacular on Friday and Saturday is $15. Open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Fashion shows will run at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
--Hilary Billings is a Las Vegas local, travel blogger and the current Miss Nevada United States. She was recently named Las Vegas Weekly's Best Blogger for 2013. For more on Hilary, visit her blog thenomadgrad.com and follow her on twitter @TheNomadGrad.