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You Just Got Engaged & You're Going to a Wedding Show

Mindy Makuta

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Whether the engagement ring is on her finger or not, attending a wedding show is a lot of fun, especially for the bride-to-be. Generally an expectant groom will not go to a wedding show alone or with the guys, while an expectant bride will almost always be accompanied by someone. She may be with her fiancé, her mom, her sister, her friends or even her mother-in-law-to-be or with everyone in tow at once. She may not be a first time bride and she may not be young and giddy, but no matter what, going to a wedding show will very likely drive home the reality that she/they will be getting married!

What is a Wedding Show?

A wedding show or bridal expo is a trade show of sorts especially set up to introduce brides and engaged couples to the world of wedding services. It is a one-stop shop to find wedding reception venues and many of the support services needed to plan a wedding.

What waits inside is amazing; the lavishness and size usually vary by the hosting venue of the particular show. You will be able to meet musicians and florists, officiates and ministers, tuxedo rental, linen rental and other rental representatives, gown shop proprietors with sample gowns, makeup and spa treatment providers, bridal magazines, registries and more. You will be able to sample the food from one or more caterers and taste wedding cakes and other dessert treats from one or more bakers. All these wedding service providers (aka vendors) - all in one place! Often the participating musicians will perform wedding appropriate musical selections to really enhance the mood.

Sometimes, especially at a larger show, there may be balloon drops for prize drawings, fashion shows including the latest bridal gowns and attendant-wear, or sample wedding dresses at cut-rate prices. A smaller show may not have all of this but will be more intimate with fewer booths to overwhelm the senses. Almost every wedding show will have a prize drawing of some type for treats provided by the show's vendors or a honeymoon trip provided by a sponsoring travel agency.

If the show is hosted by a wedding venue such as a resort, hotel or banquet facility, then the vendors on display will likely be those specifically associated with that venue. If you have decided that this host facility is where you will have your reception, then the vendors here will be from the approved vendor list. There may be one in-house caterer/baker or several caterers from a pre-approved list for that facility.

If the show is at a convention center or other “neutral ground" facility, then the vendors may include competing reception venues, caterers, bakers, etc. Still, remember as you pick up literature, ask questions and taste delectable samples, that many reception venues have a specific list of approved vendors. For example, your reception venue may not accept an outside caterer or baker, so if you have already booked your reception, make sure you know these restrictions.

To find a show near you, do a search engine search with your favorite search engine such as yahoo or google for “wedding show ‘my city'". No matter what - prepare to have fun and be launched into one of the most exciting periods of your life!

Copyright 2007 by Mindy Makuta. Mindy and her husband own a small resort in Lyons, Colorado where they host outdoor weddings and family reunions. For ideas on planning a wedding reception, see the many articles on , her web-site which covers topics of concern for before, during and after the wedding. To learn more about Colorado wedding locations, visit , on their web-site that helps plan Colorado weddings, reunions and vacations, including referrals for where to stay and what to do when you get there.


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