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On with the show ~ South Towne Bridal Extravaganza TOMORROW!

The Spring Bridal Extravaganza is tomorrow and brides getting married any time in the next year DO NOT want to miss the Spring’s Biggest Wedding Showcase. If you have wedding plans in your future then be at the South Towne Expo Center tomorrow  from 11:00 – 5:30!!

Utah’s very best wedding professionals will be on hand to help you plan your perfect wedding.  The Spring Bridal Extravaganza will provide you with ideas and help – enough to plan your wedding in a day!  It is your one stop wedding shopping experience and all at one convenient and lovely location!  You can sit down and consult with professionals in the wedding industry who know how to pull off the perfect wedding!

  • The First 150 Brides To Arrive Receive A Complimentary Two Night Get Away
  • Utah’s Top Wedding Professionals Will Be On Hand
  • Thousands of Dollars In Prizes Will Be Given Away
  • Fashion Shows showing the latest styles and designs
  • Food Sampling, Entertainment, Thousands of Dollars In Prizes
  • Finalize Your Wedding Planning At The Largest Bridal Show of The Spring Season

CAKE DIVE:

We are bringing it back! We will be holding our 2nd Cake Dive at the upcoming show. Six lucky brides will see their name drawn for the opportunity to take a dive into a wedding cake created by Cakes by Katelyn for a chance to win a men’s wedding ring provided by Men’s Rings for Less!!

PLUS

ONE COUPLE WILL WIN A DREAM HONEYMOON Compliments of Get Away Today Vacations

SAVE TIME AND MONEY!  Come see what The Bridal Extravaganza and Utah’s top wedding vendors have to offer you!

You can still REGISTER to attend TODAY!

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Tips & Suggestions for those attending Spring Bridal Extravaganza

Springs biggest and best wedding show is this weekend at the South Towne Expo Center With Utah’s best  wedding professionals on hand,  fashion shows, and live music – this is the show you do not want to miss!  There will also be some amazing hair and makeup professionals available to give you a quick little make over or updo.  You will be able to sample food from some of Utah’s best cake decorators and caterers.  You will be able to chat with the states best photographer and so more!  With all that being said, here are a few key things we HIGHLY recommend you do when attending the Bridal Extravaganza.

1.  Arrive early

Those that arrive first to the bridal shows automatically receive some of the coolest prizes.  Many Utah Bridal Shows offer discounts and incentives for arriving early to the show.  At the upcoming show The Bridal Extravaganza will be giving away a 2 night get away to the first 150 brides who arrive. Not a bad deal for just showing up early.  Many times brides show up towards the end of the show thinking they will just check it out.  Little did they realize there is so much to do and see that they wish they would have arrived earlier.

Parking - The South Towne Expo Center is one of the easiest places to park.  There is a huge lot and parking is free.  However, if you don’t feel like driving  TRAX drops you off right by the expo center (115 E & 9400 South).

2. Pre-register before the show

Save time by registering before the show.  Registration only takes a few minutes and will save you from having to fill out a registration form at the show. While the line to get in may seem long before the show starts, once the doors open, those who are already registered and checked in are simply able to walk in.  Make sure those attending the show with you pre-register online as well.  There are separate check in tables for those brides and guests who are pre-registered and those who still need to register and pay.  Click Here To Pre Register.

3. Bring your friends

Bringing your friends to the bridal show will help them feel involved and also give you a chance to bounce ideas back and forth.  Many brides bring their maids of honor and their bridesmaids to help them with decisions.  Many others will bring their mothers or mothers-in-law as this helps them feel more a part of the planning process. Plus, in many cases they are the ones paying for it all. Fiancés are of course welcome as well!

4. Contact info labels

Wedding vendors will often have drawings for prizes at their booths. Instead of having to fill out multiple forms with your contact info, prepare some electronic labels before the bridal show.  Information to include: your name, address, phone number, wedding date, and email address.  This is something that will really help you as you go through the show.  Trust us on this one, you will be so glad you did this.

5. Bring a notebook and pen

Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes.  Write down contact info of vendors you talked to or jot down thoughts and ideas you have while attending the bridal show.  You will visit with a lot of vendors.  Make sure you write down things that really jump out and impress you.  Realize that if you don’t write it down you could likely forget something important.  There are many times where we get phone calls from brides after the show asking who the vendors were in the show because they didn’t take down any notes.

6. Take Pictures!

Bringing a simple digital camera or having your phone with picture taking capabilities with you will allow you to quickly snap a shot of some of the great things you want to remember from the show.  Did you see a great dress during a bridal fashion show?  Maybe there is a great cake from a wedding cake designer.  This will allow you to go back and see some of the things that impressed you the most.

7.  Know your budget

Setting your wedding budget and knowing who is responsible for each thing will help you make decisions and know what you are looking for while attending the show.  Shows tend to feature vendors of all kinds that fit into many different wedding budgets. While one vendor could be more expensive than your budget allows, the next one you meet with could meet your needs just fine.

8. Bring your checkbook

Many wedding vendors will offer a special day-of-the-bridal-show-only discounts.  This will help you save even more money if you are able to find your vendor at the bridal show. The Bridal Extravaganza also gives you an additional incentive for booking your vendors at the show –Extra entries into the Grand Prize Drawing for the Honeymoon Getaway! Most vendors will require a deposit to secure your wedding date. Please be aware that certain dates fill up very fast so if you find a vendor you want to work with, put the deposit down because chances are if you don’t, someone else will book them. For every vendor you book with at the show you will receive 1 entry into the Grand Prize Drawing.  This is a great way for you to not only solidify your wedding vendors but to also give you a better chance at the Dream Honeymoon.

Also, shows sometimes have boutique vendors who are selling anything from pants, shirts, jewelry, bags, etc.  This is a great way for you to pick up gifts for your bridesmaids or to pick up something extra for your wedding day or for any day.

9.  Do your research

Know which wedding services you need before the show.  Also try to find out which wedding vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you know what questions to ask and allow you to visit those vendors you are particularly interested in.

10. Take part in the prizes offered during the show

Many shows offer prizes that are given away throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. The grand prize drawing at the end of the show is an exciting moment for the brides:  imagine being able to take a honeymoon trip to a location that you never thought you could afford. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away at the show! Many brides will leave with some incredible gifts and prizes, maybe even more than one!  It very well could be you.

We are so excited to once again partner up with Get Away Today Vacations to offer one lucky couple an amazing honeymoon to beautiful San Diego.

11.  Make a Day of It

Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours.  This will allow you to visit all the vendors and find everything you need. With all the fashion shows, live music, free food being passed out, and booths to see,  you can spend several hours at a show and still feel like you missed something.  Bring your fiancé, let him feel a part of it.  Believe it or not most guys do care about their wedding day, they just pretend they don’t.  Most importantly and above all – have fun as you let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

We are excited to see you at the show this weekend. One more reminder to register early! It will save you money and it will also save you a lot of time.  Brides and Guests that are pre-registered are able to just walk in once the show opens.

The Spring Bridal Extravaganza

Saturday April 18, 2015

At The South Towne Expo Center

11:00 – 5:30

REGISTER TODAY TO ATTEND

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Honeymoon Giveaway @ South Towne Bridal Show

The Bridal Extravaganza shows provide the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in one-of-a-kind show specials. In addition to the great day-of-show discounts, prizes, and booking incentives offered by the vendors, you have the chance to come home with an amazing Honeymoon Getaway from GetAwayToday.com!

The lucky winners of the Honeymoon Getaway will stay for 5 nights at the beautiful Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, a tropical hideaway in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay.

Our Polynesian-themed resort, only 8 miles from San Diego International Airport, offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and exotic birds that like to strike up conversation with guests. With Mission Bay as our backyard and the Pacific Ocean across the street, there’s no better choice among San Diego hotels.

Along with the amazing hotel stay, the lucky couple will also receive two ticket to Seaworld and two tickets to the world-famous San Diego Zoo!  

So whether you enjoy soaking up the son on a beautiful beach, relaxing by or swimming in the pool, rejuvenating yourself in a hot tub overlooking the bay, paddle boarding, cruising up and down the boardwalk on a bike or Segway, and/or seeing amazing zoo animals or sea animals – this honeymoon package has a little something for everyone.

Welcome to San Diego…welcome to paradise.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THE SPRING BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA WHERE YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THIS AMAZING HONEYMOON GETAWAY!!!

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Spring Bridal Extravaganza ~ Just ONE WEEK away!

The Spring Bridal Extravaganza at the South Towne Expo Center is just ONE WEEK AWAY!  If you haven’t already, make plans to attend Spring’s biggest Bridal Showcase.  Gather together your mom, your mother-in-law, your bridesmaids, and/or fiancee, make a day of it, make a party of it, and make sure to check out this must see show!


Come discover all The Bridal Extravaganza has to offer brides as you plan the wedding of their dreams:

• The Bridal Extravaganza shows help prospective brides plan the wedding of their dreams in a one-day, one-stop wedding shopping experience all at one convenient location.

• Come and meet Utah’s top wedding professionals in person and see what they have to offer as you walk around and view the beautiful exhibits showcasing their products and services. Visit with them face to face, decide if they are right for you and what you want, book them, and receive day of show booking incentives and deals!

• See the latest in beautiful designer dresses at our live fashion shows.

• Bridal Extravaganza shows provide the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prizes one-of-a-kind show specials, incentives, and giveaways, including a honeymoon getaway!

• Save countless hours searching online or traveling around the state in search of vendors while greatly reducing the stress associated with planning a wedding.

Oh and Two more GIANT reasons to attend:

• Our 2nd fun and exciting, CAKE DIVE, featuring Cakes by Katelyn and Men’s Rings for Less

• An amazing Honeymoon Giveaway from Getaway Today

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, a tropical hideaway in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay. Our Polynesian-themed resort, only 8 miles from San Diego International Airport, offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and exotic birds that like to strike up conversation with guests. With Mission Bay as our backyard and the Pacific Ocean across the street, there’s no better choice among San Diego hotels.

Whether you enjoy sunbathing at the beach, relaxing by the pool, rejuvenating in the Catamaran Spa’s hot tub that overlooks the bay, paddle boarding, or cruising up and down the boardwalk on a bike or Segway, we have something for everyone. When you’re ready to venture out into America’s Finest City, you’re only 3 miles from SeaWorld San Diego, 12 miles from the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and 28 miles from LEGOLAND California. Welcome to San Diego…welcome to paradise.

So mark those calendars for one week from today, and be sure to attend the biggest and best Spring Bridal Show in Utah!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

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The Loft at Brick Canvas ~ Featured Wedding Venue

We are excited to feature a beautiful wedding venue today on the blog: The Loft at Brick Canvas.  Make sure to visit their booth at our upcoming Spring Bridal Extravaganza at the South Towne Expo Center on Saturday, April 18th.

In the heart of Thanksgiving Point lies a beautiful event space secret—The Loft at Brick Canvas, a gorgeous venue with mountain views and a garden setting that is designed to offer an extraordinary experience. The Loft offers two distinct event spaces, dedicated staff, and the ability to choose your own event professionals – caterer, florist, and more. The Loft at Brick Canvas also offers on-site beauty and relaxation services. All couples and their families have access to special packages and discounts in their award-winning Vivesque Salon and our Sage Leaf Spa.

This top-notch, stunning wedding venue is in a perfect, convenient location. The dedicated staff wants to help make your wedding event memorable, stress free, and full of many positive options. The Loft at Brick Canvas offers two beautiful spaces for your wedding event:

Traverse Room

The intimate atmosphere and distinctive style of the Traverse Room brings warmth to every occasion. This room features a stunning brick wall, light wood floors, casually elegant lighting, and lovely garden views. This versatile space perfectly compliments your own sense of style and is waiting for your discovery.

Saratoga Room

The rich look and feel of the Saratoga Room provides the perfect backdrop for any event. Dark hardwood floors, natural lighting, and beautiful fixtures create a warm atmosphere without adding additional décor. However, the neutral tones make it easy to decorate for your special event any way you want.

Visit their booth at the Spring Bridal Extravaganza on Saturday, April 18th at the South Towne Expo Center.  Take advantage of their amazing expo special and book BOTH of their gorgeous spaces for just $1295 (normally a $1700 value!)


Visit their website at www.brickcanvas.com/loft

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram

Click HERE to Book a Tour or Call 801.407.8620 for more information!

The Loft
2455 W. Executive Parkway
Lehi, UT 84043
801.407.8620
theloft@brickcanvas.com

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TBT: Easter Wedding Decor Ideas

Easter has come and gone very early this year, but if you are considering an Easter wedding celebration in 2016, this Throwback Thursday is for you.  This post from April 2, 2014 gives some great ideas for creating a very Spring looking, Easter themed, beautiful, and festive wedding!

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

S. D. Gordon

Have a wedding on or near Easter?

Check out some of these great fun little decor ideas for your Easter Themed Wedding.

The bridal bouquet - http://www.wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com/tulip-bridal-bouquet.html

The bunny cupcakes and bonnet -  http://www.bakerella.com

The wedding table flowers, mini egg favours and the bunny napkin - http://www.marthastewartweddings.com

Photo From Martha Stewart Weddings

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The Wedding Night ~ The Reality Check

I recently saw an article on Huffington Post that I thought would be a fun topic for this blog: The Wedding Night. No I will not be giving wedding night advice. We will leave that to your parents and friends, but instead I will take a different approach.  There is definitely a lot of hype surrounding the wedding night often providing many with a romanticized notion of what it will be like. There are special arrangements made, fancy hotel rooms booked, sexy lingerie purchased, and intimate details dreamed about, etc. Without going into the intimate details that may or may not occur, the honest to goodness truth is that, oftentimes not much of anything romantic or sexy or exciting goes on on the wedding night.

Think about it:  You have been going going going all day long.  The day was filled with the wedding ceremony, tons of pictures, greeting guests, the reception, dancing, partying, etc.  The wedding day is a LONG day! By the time you cross the threshold of your home or a fancy hotel room or wherever you will lay your head that night, you will be tired.  And I mean TIRED! So though sometimes that wedding night really is the stuff dreams are made of, sometimes, the reality is that instead it often becomes a night of fast food, showers/baths, and heavy sleep!

But however you choose to spend your wedding night, it is sure to be perfect because you are enjoying it with the one you promised that day to love and cherish no matter what comes your way in life. So even if it wasn’t everything you dreamed, it will still be imperfectly perfect!  So here are some pictures from that Huffington Post article, ” 18 Honest Photos That Show What the Wedding Night is Actually Like” that may more accurately show what the wedding night is like. Enjoy!

“On the way back to our hotel, we were starving since we didn’t have ANYTHING at our wedding except some cake. Californian tradition, and it was perfect.”  All that planning for wedding food, and all that food around, but somehow you often don’t get to enjoy it or eat much of it. Or maybe you do, but still by the end of the long night you will be starving!  You may be picking up fast food or a pizza too!

“Playing around at the Surf and Sand Hotel.” This photo looks like a lot of fun. Childlike fun and playing with your new spouse is a great way to start out your marriage!

“The only photo from the wedding night. My husband running my bath water.” How romantic!  Notice it says “my bath water” not “our bath water.”  Reality.

“We were still so wound up from the evening, but I did not have enough energy to even get out of my wedding dress or take my hair stuff out. We sat and read all the well wishes and sipped on hot cocoa in our new ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ mugs.”

“My husband ordering at the drive-thru at Hardee’s the night of our wedding. We were starving.” See. True story.

“After our wedding reception was over, my feet were killing me! My hubby carried me upstairs to our suite!”  This picture is so sweet!

“We decided to cancel our hotel room next to the hall so we could go home and sleep in our own bed. My husband had a few drinks so I drove home in my giant wedding dress!”  And let’s be honest.  Moving around and attempting to do anything real life in a wedding dress is super tricky!

“My husband took a bubble bath in our hotel room solo! I didn’t want to mess up my hair for brunch the next day.”

“Tired after a long day.”

Pictures and blog content idea found HERE.

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Happy Easter!

From The Bridal Extravaganza Team and thebrideandgroom.com

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Spring Bridal Extravaganza ~ 2 weeks away!!

We hope everyone is enjoying celebrating Easter this weekend, but in the busy fun of this festive weekend, take a minute and make sure your calendars are marked for the Spring Bridal Extravaganza just  TWO WEEKS from today at the South Towne Expo Center!  This is an event any bride-to-be DOES NOT want to miss!

Come discover all The Bridal Extravaganza has to offer brides as you plan the wedding of their dreams:

  • The Bridal Extravaganza shows help prospective brides plan the wedding of their dreams in a one-day, one-stop wedding shopping experience all at one convenient location.
  • Come and meet Utah’s top wedding professionals in person and see what they have to offer as you walk around and view the beautiful exhibits showcasing their products and services.
  • See the latest in beautiful designer dresses at our live fashion shows.

  • Bridal Extravaganza shows provide the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prizes one-of-a-kind show specials, incentives, and giveaways, including a honeymoon getaway!
  • Save countless hours searching online or traveling around the state in search of vendors while greatly reducing the stress associated with planning a wedding.

Click HERE to register today!

Two more BIG Reasons to attend:

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TBT: Wedding Day Catastrophes

Since yesterday was April Fool’s Day – a day where all kinds of tricks, jokes, and craziness can ensue, I thought this post, about wedding day catastrophes would be appropriate.  I am sure that if any of these horrible things occurred on your wedding day, you would wish it was a joke or an April Fool’s prank, but sadly, catastrophes happen at weddings!

One of our own, a member of our Bridal Extravaganza team, had a wedding catastrophe of her very own! Her wedding caterers had the WRONG date down for her wedding, and did not show up for her reception! Everyone had to rush to the grocery store and buy fruit and whatever else they thought would be good finger foods for a reception until the caterers showed up later and brought a few things they had on hand! It was crazy!  This Throwback Thursday about wedding mishaps was written on July 2, 2008.

Wedding Day Catstrophes

We’ve all head horror stories of what could possibly go wrong on our wedding day. When we hear these stories, a million ways to prevent our own wedding day calamities begins to run through our minds. Here are a few wedding day catastrophes that you can take simple steps to prevent.

The wedding cake

Hopefully nothing like this happens, but if it is a worry for you, you can help prevent this:

  • Balance the cake in the center of the table
  • Make sure you have a sturdy table, not just a flimsy folding card table
  • When cakes melt and slip, adding a wooden dowel in an out-of-site place in the cake can add extra stability and keep the top from sliding off.
  • The best ways to prevent cake accidents are to hire an event planner and to have the cake professionally made and set up by professionals.

The music

As many hours and as much money as you spent researching and hiring a live band or DJ, sometimes things go wrong. Band members could become ill, there could be car trouble or some other event that delays your band or DJ arriving on time for your wedding. Have a backup plan: burn a CD of your wedding music and get a hold of something to play it on. It may not be the best music quality, but at least the mood the music brings will be celebratory.

The weather

One bride I knew told me her biggest catastrophe on her wedding day (in September of 1971) was the sudden rain storm that hit her backyard wedding. Although the storm held off until after the ceremony, that didn’t stop the wind from whipping her bridal veil into the sky and blowing all of the tablecloths away. Now she can chuckle about it, 37 years later.

Brides today certainly don’t want to wait 37 years to get over a incident at their wedding. So, what can you do to keep your veil in place and rain off your guests? Plan ahead. Have an indoor location reserved, just in case. Even a few tents could keep the day full of cheer and your wedding dry. Remember, you can’t do anything about the weather, but you can plan for it.

The food

There is a saying, “the husband or wife is always the last to find out,” and this certainly applies to the bride and groom when it comes to the food at their wedding. Many times the bride and groom are locked into the receiving line and don’t actually get to taste any of the food. Your guests will be far too polite (hopefully) to tell you that the food is terrible. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, don’t be casual about the caterer you hire.

Schedule tastings with 3-5 caterers and bring a group with you: groom, mom, bridesmaids, or anyone else whose opinion you value and trust. At the end of the day you’ll have a great idea of which food will be a hit with you and your guests.

The unruly or drunk guest

This one is tough. There is really no way for you to know which guest is going to be the fly in the ointment. If you are totally sure of everyone you’ve invited, one way to skirt this problem is to specify in the invitation that there are to be no uninvited guests (this is a sensitive area, but usually you can skip adding + guest to invitations).

If you don’t know every guest intimately, your best options may include a bouncer. (Can you imagine a large guy in a tight t-shirt with crossed arms glaring at guests?) Or you could simply not serve alcohol. That is one surefire way for guests to maintain their decorum (short of searching everyone prior to entering the reception).

Minor setbacks

Of course there are the little setbacks that happen at weddings: a lost button, torn skirt, thirst, hunger, kids crying. but compared to some other problems your wedding could have, these are super easy to handle.

Make a survival kit:

  • Needle and thread, in white and black or to match your colors
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Snacks- cookies, granola bars, energy bars and other handy snacks that won’t mess up clothes (fruit snacks for kids are a big hit)
  • Games for kids, as well as someone to watch them (but people won’t fit in a cute tote)
  • Hair brush, make-up, baby powder, extra accessories and bobby pins
  • travel size tissues, toothbrush, scope, mints and hand sanitizer

You can really fill these survival kits with more items that you think will help those in the wedding party.

Hopefully you won’t have any wedding day “incidents” and only have a day full of happiness and fun, but taking even a few simple steps will go a long way to preventing some unhappy moments.

(Pictures not part of Throwback Thursday original post)

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