“I Do” Have Great Event Selections This Week

"Just Married" Sign And Cans Attached To Car's Trunk

“Aisle” be surprised, if you don’t get the theme of this weeks events from that title! Ok you guessed it, this week I am talking about wedding and bridal shows. My disappointment at being unable to attend a family wedding this coming weekend in South Carolina perhaps entered into my selection subconscious. That could be the reason the wedding and bridal events just sort of jumped off the page at me while researching this week’s events. Or it could just be that the overwhelming category of events this week happens to be wedding and bridal shows.

We call these shows a “special interest” event. It isn’t for everyone but it is very important to those who want this kind of information. These “special” type shows typically cover hobbies and interests that are limited to a certain group rather than mass appeal; say like a Star Trek Convention. Not for everyone but very “special” to those who like that subject or theme. So even though it isn’t likely that you aren’t going to be spending money ON a wedding this year, chances are that you are going to be spending money AT a wedding this year.

I found myself thinking I need to investigate the reason that these shows are dominating our listings all month long. The first thing I discovered, with a little research, was that over 2 million people get married every year in the U.S. (So even though I do have a very large Italian family, it does not come close to 2 million members and that is another reason they cannot be blamed for this week’s choice.) I also found out that the money spent on weddings and everything you need to get married in 2014 will rake in 50 billion dollars this year. That is a lot of rented tuxedos and cold, banquet style chicken dinners.

I thought that you might find it interesting to see just how that 50 billion dollars is being spent. Some ideas are really great like those “save the date” cards. On the other hand, seeing a bride climb into and out of a Hummer stretch limo, I thought, was not such a great idea. Even though I have no direct reason for going to a bridal show, I feel better keeping up with the latest trends in all the shows that we cover. It helps me feel informed. If you like following trends there are sure to be any number of bridal and wedding events going on near you this week.  I enjoyed my visit and I was happy that I took the time to look under the “veil” (I know, I apologize for that) to see just what 50 billion dollars buys these days. Personally, I found it fascinating. Hopefully if you decide to attend one, you will as well.


Tucson Bridal Expo

Jan 19, 2014

Hilton Tucson, El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort Tucson, AZ 85704

See over 100 exhibitors displaying all the latest in bridal fashions and formal wear, caterers, music and entertainment, flowers, photographers and videographers and more to help today’s brides-to-be plan the perfect wedding.

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Arkansas-Democrat Gazette Bridal Show

Jan 19, 2014

Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock, AR 72201

Brides can visit nearly 200 vendor booths, attend the fashion show, enter contests for great prizes, listen to musical acts, and register at the door to win thousands of dollars in prizes given away throughout the show. The runway fashion show at 4:30 p.m. is a must-attend event. Reserved seating is available in advance online.

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Worcester Bridal Show Expo

Jan 18, 2014 – Jan 19, 2014

DCU Center Worcester, MA 01608

The DCU Center will transform into a Bridal Wonderland with over 100 breathtaking exhibits featuring, hourly fashion shows, live bands, DJs, classic ensembles, food samplings from bakeries and caterers, honeymoon packages, photographers and videographers, day spas and beauticians, bridal consultants, jewelers, florist, stationers, banquet facilities and hotels, bridal and formal wear shops just to name a few.

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Portland Bridal Show

Jan 18, 2014 – Jan 19, 2014

Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR 97232

Features over 150 exhibitors displaying and selling everything you need to plan the perfect wedding. The show features different exhibits relating to planning the big day. Featuring exhibitors and vendors displaying their products and services that cover a wide spectrum of new couple needs such as bridal and formal wear, music and DJ’s, caterers, printing and stationery needs, limo services and more.
7,400 Attendees

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Bridal and Prom Showcase

Jan 19, 2014

Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center Cambridge, OH 43725

Discover the latest products, services and ideas for your wedding and prom.

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Modern Bridal

Jan 19, 2014

Pleasanton Hilton Pleasanton, CA 94588

Modern Bridal offers you the opportunity to view the latest in ideas from unique professionals you won’t see anywhere else – florists, photographers, invitations, caterers, unique reception locations – and more. Expect exceptional creativity and personal style with your seamless event. Our exhibitors are committed to the creative process through their lavish decor, stylish trends, and exceptional event design. Each event features unique decor, unforgettable atmospheres, and unlimited possibilities to infuse in to your own wedding day.

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Omaha Bridal Fair

Jan 19, 2014

CenturyLink Center Omaha, NE 68102

Bridal Fair® is everything wedding—for everything or everyone who is getting married! Presented by Tip Top Tux! Be sure to stop by and see some of Omaha’s finest businesses at Bridal Fair®! Sponsored by Image Modeling, Chair Cover Elegance, Complete Music, David’s Bridal, David M. Mangelsen’s, The Men’s Wearhouse and Tuxedo, and T’eez Salon.

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Bridal Spectacular

Jan 17, 2014 – Jan 18, 2014

Cashman Field Center Las Vegas, NV 89101

Everything the future bride needs to help plan the perfect wedding such as bridal fashions and formal wear, catering, photographers, florists, limousines, music, stationers and much more.

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Washington Bridal Showcase

Jan 19, 2014

The Patriot Center at George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030

You Read and Research and Like and Share and Tag and Pin, but now what? There’s nothing like experiencing it all in person. Let us surprise you with what you can discover in a single day. Find your dream dress in our runway fashion show. Discover new ideas and uncover the latest trends. Chat with local wedding professionals and receive practical advice. Taste delicious cakes. See beautiful flowers. Experience it live and up close. Explore all of your options and make informed decisions.

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Bridal Expo

Jan 19, 2014

Newport News Marriott at City Center Newport News, VA 23606

Everything the future bride needs to help plan the perfect wedding with vendors showcasing bridal fashions and formal wear, catering, photography, limousines, music, door prizes and more.


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