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The most popular time to get engaged is during the holidays, which means that’s when bridal show season happens! Every year we go to be where the brides are around Cleveland. Here are the shows we’ll be attending in 2013!
Jan 6 – Ever After Bridal Show
Landerhaven – Mayfield Heights
11 am – 3 pm
“Not the traditional bridal show!” This show has a unique concept for the bride that is looking for the best. Brides will enjoy artistic cake displays, contemporary bridal fashions, and talk with bridal consultants.
Jan 12-13 – Today’s Bride Bridal Show
IX Center – Cleveland
Saturday at 3:30pm & 5:30pm
Sunday at 11:30, 1:30 & 3:30
This show is huge with over 200 exhibitors for everything you need, from jewelry and flowers to limos, entertainment, food, favors and photographers!
Feb 3 – Bertram Bridal Show
Bertram Inn – Aurora
11 am – 3 pm
Meet with professional wedding vendors in all categories and enter to win amazing prizes like a Jamaican honeymoon or zipline adventure!
Feb 17 – JStyle Weddings Event
2 – 5 pm
The area’s most exclusive bridal event! Featuring the Ritz white-glove experience, complimentary valet, champagne and dessert, giveaways and discounts!
When imagining shopping for your wedding dress with your mom, sister and closest friends, did you ever envision taking them to Costco? Turns out you might want to consider it.
Celebrity designer Kirstie Kelly has teamed up with Costco to provide couture-inspired wedding gowns with an exclusive collection, Signature. The best part? How about couture style for 40% off retail!
The dresses are available in sizes 2-24 and can be received in under ten days.
The collection has been touring Costco stores with four-day trunk shows featuring all the posh expected at an upscale boutique: carpeted fitting rooms, three-way mirrors and bridal consultants.
And before you leave the warehouse, you can browse everything from wedding rings to luggage for the honeymoon.
Cleveland brides, the time is here….bridal shows! Come out and meet your vendors face to face. Interview for that one last wedding vendor opening you have. See what Cleveland wedding vendors have to offer, who you gel with, and who speaks your language!
We met tons of brides last week at the Today’s Bride Bridal Show at the IX Center. Here are the shows we’ll be attending in the upcoming weeks:
Sunday, Feb. 6 – The Bertam Bridal Show 1-5 pm. The Bertram Inn is in Aurora. More Info.
Saturday, Feb. 19 – Club at Hillbrook 11 am – 3 pm. Club Hillbrook is located in Chagrin Falls.
- Complimentary cocktails and appetizers.
- Meet and greet with over 25 vendors including musicians, photographers, hotels, floral designers, hair and makeup stylists, dress shops, rentals, invitations and stationery, and bakeries.
- Brides – bring your friends!
Sunday, Feb. 27 – Shoreby’s Bridal Boutique show, 1-4 pm. The Shoreby Club is in Brattenahl. More Info.
Sunday, Mar. 27 – A Wedding for All Seasons Bridal Show at Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, 1-4 pm. More Info.
Once again we’d like to thank professional wedding & events planner Brandi Hamerstone for providing our readers with wedding planning tips! Brandi is the owner of All Events Planned and holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute, so she is the perfect wedding planner to discuss dinner detail with! Today, Brandi gives us some food for thought on buffet menu options.
When deciding on how many items to have on the buffet you must consider the amount of time you have for the meal, how many guests you plan on having go through the buffet line, and if your caterer is willing to offer multiple choices. In my previous work for a catering company, buffet-style meals were decided on as you would decide on a plated meal:
- You should offer salad, possibly soup, a vegetable, starch and a meat.
- Rolls are always acceptable but can also be part of the table setup to allow for more space on the buffet and faster service.
- When choosing your meat selection, you should go with no more than three options.
- If you are having an extensive buffet with three entrée selections, then you must allow for a substantial amount of time for people to get through.
Three protein options are a red meat, white meat and a fish. This will typically cover the needs of each guest and the vegetarian group will have the option to load up on salad, vegetables and the starch. On average, clients will choose just two entrées and have a red meat and a white meat. Fish is always a sort of “wild card” in the catering world. Some guests love it and others may be turned off by the sight/smell of fish.
You will want to sit down with your fiancé and your caterer to get a feeling as to what options will work with your reception guests. Another good way to decide on options is to have a theme menu or allow the caterer to choose items that are in season.
If you are interested in a full buffet with lots of options, ask your caterer to make smaller portions of the entrée choices. Instead of a 9oz steak, have them offer a 4oz steak along with smaller portions of the other meats. This way, your guests will actually be able to sample all of the items but not end up wasting as much food. Try to keep in mind that with buffets, the more options you give, the more food people will put on their plate and the more money you will be spending.
Wish Upon a Wedding is not even a year old yet, but already over a dozen chapters across the U.S. have contributed to the cause. This non-profit organization helps provide wedding services for couples facing life-altering experiences and terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation.
Jerry Bruno Productions has signed on as a Wish Granter with the Ohio Chapter, and on Wednesday, Sept. 29, manager and DJ Scott Jones sponsored the event, acting as emcee.
Wedding planner Heidi Baumgart of Heidzillas recapped the meet and greet beautifully on her blog.
Singing in The Avenue means that my friend and co-singer, Tiffany, and I are at weddings almost every Saturday night…working. When Tiffany asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding to Rick Smith Jr, I was so excited to get the chance to be a part of a wedding from the other side of the stage. I’ve been in weddings before, but I never got to truly be a part of the process because every one was out of state from where I was living: My brother’s wedding in Iowa, two childhood friends’ weddings in Wisconsin where I grew up, and another friend’s wedding in Indiana where I attended high school.
So I had a blast on “girl day,” aka the Bachelorette party, where we treated ourselves and Tiffany to glorious facials and outdoor cabana massages at Spa West in Westlake. It was 90 degrees, but with the oil on your skin and a light breeze, combined with light music and birds chirping, it was all I could do to keep from laughing at the wonderfulness of it all. Heaven. We topped the day off with swimming, sun, dinner, and dancing in a sweaty down town club, where all the boys straddled between jealousy that someone had snagged the beautiful Tiffany and relief that they were still single themselves.
The wedding shower, put on by Tiffany’s family, was as pretty as many of the weddings we’ve performed at! I cleaned off my plate, a delicious dinner at Crowne Plaza Independence. Then the other bridesmaids and I ran around fetching presents and cleaning up wrapping paper as we came to the realization that being a bridesmaid comes with honor as well as duties!
I love my strapless, form-fitting fuschia bridesmaid dress from Caché; I will be wearing it at many other weddings that book The Avenue! Finally, a bridesmaid dress that really will get more wears. I also love Tiffany’s theme of Watermellon. Pink & green are so fun, bright and summery!
Tiffany and I were singing together at Pickwick & Frolic, pre-Avenue, the night she met Rick there seven years ago. I’ll never forget her face lighting up as she said, “he’s cute!” I’m so grateful to share in this experience with them!
The wedding is this Saturday, at St. Basil the Great in Brecksville and the Hilton Fairlawn. Seeing as how Tiffany and Rick are so well connected in the entertainment industry, word has it it will be quite the event, and of course, The Orchestra will be playing.