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Hi Friends!

I’m McKinzie Loutre, the Events Coordinator here at The Center for Rural Development. Many of you may not be aware, but we offer a full range of wedding consultation services to help couples plan and coordinate every last detail leading up to their special day. In today’s Wednesday Wedding Wisdom, I’ll look at four reasons why you should attend a bridal fair.

As the excitement of an engagement begins to fade away, future brides are often struck by an overwhelming sense of panic: “I need to plan my wedding!” Suddenly a mountain of decisions and priorities fall onto your lap, questioning who to call first and what to do next. But, relax…this is the fun part! Thanks to technology and the increase in online wedding resources such as bridal blogs, wedding websites, and social media, wedding planning is more accessible than ever. However, I believe there is something special about the power of face-to-face interaction with potential vendors, so if you’re looking for a personal connection and to be more efficient with your planning efforts, you should definitely try to attend The Center’s From this Moment Bridal Show on Jan. 19th. Below, I share four reasons why it’s such a great idea to attend the show.

1.  Convenience

Bridal shows are the most convenient way to learn about wedding vendors from a variety of categories. You can secure a venue, taste delicious cakes, see your dream gown walk down the runway, and even smell the roses, all in the same day at the same location. Any couple looking to make decisions in a time-efficient manner needs to attend a local show if at all possible. Wedding planning is a process and if you’re on a limited timeline or budget, then booking things quickly is necessary. A bridal show is a great way to do just that.

2. Make a Personal Connection

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding vendors, you want to make sure you not only like their work, but that you enjoy working with the people themselves. You will be meeting with, planning, making important decisions, and inevitably spending money on them for an extended period of time so making a personal connection is often times what sets one vendor a part from the other. Personality matters and you want someone that understands your vision and is fun to work with along the way. Bridal shows make it accessible to not only see a variety of work, but meet and network with a variety of people.

3. Score a Deal & Win Prizes

Bridal shows are a great opportunity to take advantage of special deals and discounts that vendors may be offering. Prior to heading to the show, it is a good idea to do some research on vendors you know will be attending, especially if they are someone you had been interested in booking anyway. The From this Moment Bridal Show also features giveaways and door prizes throughout the day for even more amazing deals. You can sign up for the chance to win all sorts of great items for your wedding, from discounts on venue space, free photography sessions, to free jewelry. Nothing is more budget savvy than FREE, so make sure you’re registered!

4. Find out What’s Trending

Bridal shows bring together “the best of the best” from a variety of wedding related categories. The best vendors are always up-to-date with wedding industry trends and can offer some valuable insight into what’s going to work best for you and the vision you have of your special day. The From This Moment Bridal Show at The Center also includes a fashion show sponsored by The Loft of London. The fashion show will showcase all of the trending bridal fashions as well as other wedding attire including tuxes, bridesmaids gowns, and reception dresses.

So if you’re a bride-to-be, don’t miss your chance to start your planning off on the right foot! The From this Moment Bridal Show is on Saturday January 19th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and is FREE for all brides and only $6.00 (includes sales tax) for guests.

You are invited to attend our bridal show “From This Moment,” on January 19, 2019, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Brides will have exclusive access to a wide variety of vendors and services for your big day! Admission for brides is FREE. Guest admission is $6 per person. Check out our event page for more details and follow us on for vendor announcements and emerging details.

Register me!