The number of variables that go along with planning a wedding can feel overwhelming. But bridal exhibitions and conventions make it easier to sort out the lists of what you want, what you can afford and what’s available.
Tracy Claiborne, who organizes the Cincinnati Bridal Expo, has more than 75 wedding professionals on hand to help you get ready for the big day. She says conventions offer plenty of food samples from area caterers and cakes from local bakers to snack on. The Expo also has a fashion show put on by Men’s Warehouse and David’s Bridal. There are exhibitions of services you might not expect, such as specialty linen rentals to cover your chairs.
Claiborne says meeting vendors and service providers in person is an important way to test drive a potential professional relationship.
“It’s a great way to see if you can relate to this person,” she says.
“If this person is going to be your photographer for 12 or 15 hours, you want to get along. It’s really educational for the bride and groom.”
Upcoming bridal events
Veils and Cocktails: The Madison Event Center’s wedding event is a sensual delight offering samplings of gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a martini ice bar. There will also be a bridal fashion show previewing the cutting edge gowns of 2010. The exhibition features two floors of some of the area’s finest wedding retailers. One lucky couple will win a wedding package. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 10. $10 admission. The Madison, 700 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-261-1117 or www.thecovingtonmadison.com.
Bridalrama: The first installment of Downtown’s twice-annual bridal show is scheduled for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. Fashion shows by Bridal & Formal and Skeffington’s Formal Wear. $10 at the door or buy one, get one free at Skeffington’s locations. Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, 888-323-2966 or www.bridalrama.net
Cincinnati Bridal Expo: There are two expos in 2010, March 7 and Aug. 29; the hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, with fashion shows scheduled for 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $8 admission, or $6 with coupon from the Web site. Manor House Banquet Center, 7440 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, 877-234-WEDD or www.cincinnatibridalexpo.com.