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Is a Bridal Show Necessary?

When you’re planning your big day, you may be considering going to bridal shows in your area. You might be wondering whether they are really necessary to attend or if it’s something you can skip altogether. Here are just a few reasons you may want to consider attending those bridal shows and expos in your area before the big day arrives.

Get Fresh Ideas

While planning your wedding day you may have everything all picked out already. Remember that you’ve been planning your big day since you can remember. However, your spouse to be also may have ideas as well. It’s good to go to these types of shows to gain new ideas that you may not have considered before. Perhaps you’ll find new ideas that tie in both the dreams you have for your wedding and your new spouse’s ideas as well.

See Dress Styles

When you attend the bridal shows you can find all the latest and greatest dress styles that are fashionable. This includes everything from the bridal gown to the bridesmaid and mother of the bride dresses. The fashion shows that are seen at the bridal expos can help you to find the style that you and the girls in the wedding will love.

Find Vendors

One great benefit to visiting the expos and shows is it will connect you with the vendors in your area. Connecticut has amazing vendors for all your bridal and wedding needs. This is an easy way to find all the photographers, locations, and caterers you can think of all in one convenient place.

Bridal shows and expos are great ways to get fresh ideas, learn new techniques, and find the vendors you’re looking for when you’re wedding is around the corner. Make it a fun day by packing up your girls in the wedding, hitting the shows and making plans for your wedding day.

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight

Vendor Spotlight: Tarrywile Mansion

Whatever season you choose for your wedding, you want a venue that will look gorgeous. Whatever style of wedding you are planning, you want a venue that will meet and exceed your expectations. Whatever the wedding, Danbury’s Tarrywile Mansion is an excellent choice for the venue.

Tarrywile offers exclusive use for your wedding day, meaning yours is the only event they have going on that day. This gives you the chance to make it your own, and really experience all it has to offer. From the beautiful surrounding park to the stunning architecture of the mansion, a wedding at Tarrywile lets you take a step away from the ordinary and into something truly special.

Offering a beautiful location for outdoor weddings, and a gorgeous indoor space, Tarrywile offers everything you could want in a wedding venue. They are experienced and can help you create the wedding of your dreams, whether it’s a formal event or a casual event. The beauty of Tarrywile is its flexibility to suit any wedding with total perfection.

To find out more about Tarrywile and other great Connecticut wedding vendors, check out our directory or come to one of our upcoming shows!

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Wedding Planning Tips

Get Inspired by Kimye

The big wedding news this week is the nuptials of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The couple finally tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in Italy. It followed an equally luxurious rehearsal dinner at Versaille.

While the over-the-top wedding might not be within your budget, there is plenty you can use for your Connecticut wedding. Here are a few things that can be used to inspire you:

Flowers: One of the stand-out elements of the ceremony was the 20-foot wall of flowers they had constructed as a backdrop. The combination of white roses and peonies is a classic wedding choice and perfect for your big day, too.

Dresses: Kim had a wardrobe change during the reception, offering her the chance to show off another designer dress. For your wedding, having a reception gown can allow you to change into something that is better for dancing the night away.

Maids: Kim’s bridesmaids, her sisters, were all dressed in white. This is a huge trend and one that gives a clean, elegant style to the wedding party. Look for a plain white dress style for your maids that offsets the glamor of your wedding gown.

To find out more about planning your perfect wedding, and to meet our area’s best vendors, come to one of our upcoming bridal shows.

 

Photo: Flickr/St.John’sFlowerGuild

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A Candy Buffet Can Bring Fun to Your Wedding

Are you looking for something that brings a bit of childhood fun and whimsy to your wedding? A candy buffet might be the right choice for you.

Candy buffets are a great way to give your guests a treat at your reception and they look beautiful. The Candy Bin in Danbury will work with you and your fiance to stock your buffet full of your favorite treats. These can be color-coded to suit your wedding palette or tied into your wedding theme.

The candy is displayed in various sizes of apothecary jars and vases for a fantastic retro style. Guests can even use the candy bags provided to create their take-home mix of candy. This is the perfect wedding favor that your guests will have fun putting together.

The Candy Bin offers a variety of candy buffet packages. You can have them set up and take down the buffet or do it yourself with supplies rented from them. Either way, you’ll be adding a fantastic and fun element to your wedding reception.

Whether you’re a chocoholic or gummi crazy, you and your guests will love a candy buffet from The Candy Bin. To find out more about them and to meet many other great Connecticut wedding vendors, come to one of our upcoming shows.

 

Photo: Flickr/Corey Balazowich

 

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight

Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Testa’s Banquet Facility

If you’re looking for a family-run venue that has all you could want for your wedding day — a great location, fabulous food — look no further than Testa’s Banquet Facility in Southington. Along with being an excellent wedding venue, it’s also the venue for our next bridal expo.

Testa’s offers a variety of packages for your wedding, meaning you can have the day you want at the price you can afford. Their experienced planners will help you arrange everything from the meal to the entertainment.

Their banquet rooms can accommodate an intimate wedding or a bigger wedding. Whether you have 30 guests or 250 guests, though, you’ll get the same excellent service from the staff at Testa’s. You and your guests will be taken care of, meaning you won’t need to worry about the logistics on your big day.#

Of course, another reason to choose Testa’s is their food. Their menus are full of Italian family favorites, including cheeses, meatballs, and their famous sauce!

If you want to find out more about Testa’s Banquet Facility, the best way is to visit, and there’s no better time to visit than at our upcoming bridal expo there. Join us there on November 17!

 

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Candlewood Inn

If you come to our next show, you’ll get a chance to check out one of Connecticut’s best wedding venues. The Candlewood Inn in Brookfield is a beautiful choice for your big day, and the location of our next bridal show.

The Candlewood is a perfect choice for big weddings, with a capacity of up to 300. Their wedding package can make your wedding planning very easy – the Candlewood can take care of everything from the escort cards and centerpieces to the meal and wedding cake.

Of course, the real selling point for a wedding at the Candlewood Inn is the stunning location. With a special spot on Candlewood Lake, you get the beauty of a waterfront venue. You can choose to have your ceremony on the shoreline or in the contemporary elegance of the banquet hall.

To really understand the beauty of the Candlewood Inn, you’ll have to visit, though! To make the most of your visit, come to our next show, which will be held at the Candlewood Inn on August 20th. You’ll get a chance to meet some of Connecticut’s best vendors and can meet the casting producers of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress! To find out more about upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, click here!

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Wedding Planning Tips

Planning a Fourth of July Themed Wedding

If this week has left you inspired, you aren’t alone! The Fourth of July is a great summer holiday, and one that is the perfect inspiration for a fun and fabulous wedding.

You and your guests will love an Independence Day themed wedding, and when you work with great Connecticut wedding vendors, it’s easy to plan.

Think about the elements that most say “Fourth of July” to you and work those into your wedding celebration. From a red, white, and blue color palette to fireworks, from barbecue menus to outdoor fun, any Fourth of July party elements can be worked into your big day.

However, make sure you keep the focus on your wedding! It’s easy to let a holiday themed wedding veer too much to the holiday and lose sight of the wedding aspects of the day. A wedding planner and your vendors can help you keep on the right side of things, though.

If you’re still looking for Connecticut wedding vendors, why not come to our next show? You’ll have a great time and can meet and book all the vendors you’ll need for your big day!

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How Early Should You Begin Planning?

The average engagement lasts around a year, so that would mean that wedding planning also lasts around a year, right? Think again. According to recent surveys, many women are starting their wedding planning long before the proposal.

A survey of British single women showed that over half began planning without being engaged, and some admitted that their early planning had scared off previous boyfriends. Eleven percent had chosen their wedding dress, and a third of those had made the purchase.

It makes sense that wedding planning is starting earlier, though. With so many great wedding websites to give inspiration, it’s easy to come up with plenty of firm ideas about what you do or don’t want for your wedding day.

When it comes to planning your Connecticut wedding, though, there will be some big parts that can’t be done until after you’ve said yes and chosen a date. For all of these elements, and more, attending a Wedding Steps bridal expo is a great way to make your planning easy and fun. Find out about our upcoming shows here.

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3 Things to Remember In Your Wedding Planning

As you get into your wedding planning, your mind will be pulled all over the place. You’ll consider the details of things you never thought you’d be interested in. But throughout the planning process, it can be a huge help to keep three key things in mind.

  1. Your budget. Your wedding budget needs to be kept in mind for every other decision. Before you choose a vendor, or even start meeting with vendors, know your budget and have an idea of what it will realistically get you.
  2. Your style. This will also help you find the right vendors for you, and keep you focused on the type of wedding you want to have. Whether it’s DIY, vintage, modern, or traditional, knowing the style you want can help you plan and decide on everything else.
  3. Your priorities. Is the ceremony more important than the reception, or vice versa? Is having a fabulous photo album at the end more important than serving a fancy meal, or vice versa? Knowing your priorities will help you know what not to worry about.

Whatever your budget, style, and priorities, you’ll need to work with excellent Connecticut wedding vendors to pull it all together. To meet great vendors and have a fun day, come to our next Wedding Steps Bridal Show!

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Planning a Black Tie Wedding

With so much focus on DIY, vintage, and rustic weddings, you might be at a bit of a loss if you want a formal, black tie wedding. Working with excellent wedding vendors can easily turn your black tie dream into a reality, though.

A black tie wedding brings together all the best formal, traditional aspects that we think of with weddings. Your guests will be ready for an elegant event, and it’s something that they might not get to experience very often.

To achieve the perfect black tie wedding, explain to your vendors from the start that you want to keep things very formal. This will help everyone from your venue to your caterer tailor their services to your particular dream wedding.

Of course, working with great vendors starts with finding them. When you come to a Wedding Steps bridal show, you’ll be able to meet some of Connecticut’s best wedding vendors all in one place! Click here to find out more about our upcoming shows!