Le 19 août 2016, 10:23 dans Humeurs • 0
Those planning their weddings can see everything old and new, borrowed and blue under one roof at Bridal Blast at Germain Arena on Aug. 28.
Show producer Mary Ann Crooker said the bi-annual show in Estero typically draws up to 700 people and features 120 to 130 booths featuring bridal party clothing, venues, catering, DJs, florals and more.
"It's really great for brides. They can plan the whole wedding under one roof," she said. "It’s amazing."
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In its 20th year, all of the exhibitors are members of National Association of Wedding Professionals. Bridal Blast is held each August and February.
Crooker said most prospective brides average 18 months planning their weddings, but some of the attendees will be in their final weeks picking up ideas to refine their plans.
A fashion show will feature the latest in bridal gowns, tuxedos and wedding party wear.
While strapless gowns remain popular, the upcoming trends add elegance with straps and sleeves on dresses that feature plunging and mesh backs. The country trend also remains prevalent.
Bridesmaids are having more input in what they wear.
"It's not just everybody in the exact same dress," Crooker said. "And they are mixing colors for the bridesmaids."
Attendees will be eligible for prize giveaways and food samplings, including cakes.
"They are more and more individualized, it’s unbelievable," Crooker said.
Crooker said the expo's booths have also become more elaborate in recent years.
"There’s no opportunity like this where a wedding vendor can talk to this many brides who are actively planning their weddings," she said.
If you go
What: Bridal Blast lets brides connect with everything for their weddings under one roof.
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 28
Where: Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero.
Cost: Free for brides-to-be who register at bridalblastfla.com and $7 cash at the door for all others.
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