January brings on the start of the Wedding show season. YAY!
I love them.
I participate in only one, and I have a blast doing that, but I also attend many of them with my Brides. I not only do this to help them with their planning, but also to see what catches their eye. I can't base my Weddings on the magazines of what's hot and popular for this year. I do read them, and I do pay attention, but what really makes it hit home for me is seeing the Brides reaction to some of the décor and vendors. What is hip and in the "now" may not be for them. The other great thing is that they can score some really great deals and win cool stuff!
Rocky Mountain Bridal Show is the biggest Bridal show in Denver. It takes place at the Denver Convention Center and is just packed with all things wedding. The place is huge, the amount of vendors is huge, and it has a giant balloon drop at the end that is super cool. Catch a balloon, pop it, and hopefully there is a little strip of paper that awards you a prize. My Brides have won everything from a T-Shirt to a weekend in Vegas. Sweet!
Colorado Bridal Expo takes place at the Curtis Hotel downtown. I just went to this show for my first time yesterday and have to say I liked that it was different than the other shows I've been to. There was ALOT of goodies to taste, and someone even had mimosas and little cuties. (you know-the baby oranges.) I also liked it because the variety of the vendors differed from what I have typically seen at the other shows. What I didn't like, was that it takes place in a variety of rooms as opposed to one large space. Oh, and the $16 valet bill. 7 degrees out, the garage was supposedly under construction, and no up close parking. Really?
Bridal Festivals has 3 shows in the month of January, but all 3 are different. They take place in Loveland, Colorado Springs, and Denver, and they give away some fantastic prizes, including a Carnival cruise for 2. There are several drawings throughout the show for prizes, with the bigger prizes given away closer to the end. The variety of vendors is a good mix, and many offer "show only" discounts. Check out the free fashion show and the inspiration gallery's are great.
My advice to the Bride searching for vendors and discounts on all things Wedding, is to get out there. Bring a notepad or keep the program in hand, and check mark the ones you want to hear more from. They can be overwhelming, and some vendors don't know how to back off, but for the most part, they are pretty cool and just give you a short spiel and let you move on. Its nice to meet people face to face and see what you think about them as a person.
These are just a few of the many Bridal shows in the Denver area. This month alone there are a dozen or more to check out. They typically run January thru the end of April, with a break for the Wedding season, and then they will resume around August or so. Here is a list of websites you can visit to find a show in your area. Have FUN!!!
Perfect Wedding Guide
Wedding Sites and Services
Great Bridal Expo