Happy New Year!

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! And congratulations to everyone who got engaged over the holiday season!

We are days away from the Annual Bridal Spectacular and wanted to remind everyone that it is Sunday January 8 from 12 to 5 with fashion shows at 1 and 3:30!

This year our Fashion Show will feature gowns and tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse, Louies Tux Shop, Bernardo’s, David’s Bridal and Bridal Boutique By Peg Ann. Also among the vendors but not in the fashion show, will be Greta’s Bridal & Formalware Shop

The Bridal Spectacular is sponsored by Act II Modeling, Century Center, David’s Bridal, Louies Tux Shop, The Bridal Boutique and Bernardo’s!

90 wedding vendors will be available to ask speak with, learn about and find the perfect fit for your wedding day!

We will see you there!

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Bridal Show

June 19, 2011

Mark your calendars Michiana brides, the Bridal Spectacular returns on:

January 8, 2012  To the South Bend Century Center

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2011 Bridal Spectacular!

January 26, 2011

Here are a few photo highlights from the Bridal Spectacular Fashion Show!

Thank you to Allure Films for the images!

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The Bridal Spectacular

November 22, 2010

The Annual Bridal Spectacular is right around the corner on Sunday January 9, 2011 at Century Center in South bend and we hope you have the date marked on your calendar!  This is going to be a big bridal show!

We’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and post some pictures from the 2008 Bridal Spectacular. Enjoy!

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Picture from WSBT.com

The Notre Dame Grotto ablaze picture from WSBT.com

Sadly a popular wedding photo destination caught fire early this morning, the Notre Dame Grotto. The damage is minimal and the Grotto is expect to reopen soon. This is the second fire in the Grotto’s history, the first taking place in 1985.  Read more at WSBT.

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Here are some photos of the Bridal Spectacular from Allure Films. More to come so check back!

Click on the monitor icon to view the slideshow full screen.

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Bridal Spectacular Is Jan 10!

December 29, 2009

We hope everyone had  a fantastic Christmas! And to those who became engaged over the Holiday, Congratulations!

Don’t forget everyone, the Bridal Spectacular, Michiana’s largest and oldest bridal show is in less than two weeks a the Century Center! Be sure be there to speak with photographers, cinematographers, salons, see our fashion shows, disc jockeys, reception halls, wedding invitations and so many more!

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Who Pays For What

November 5, 2009
pay forOnce you know you are getting married, the first thing you should is work out a budget. Doing so before setting the date will allow you flexibility. If your budget is small then you may want to choose an off season date or a Friday and not Saturday. Having a wedding in the off season of January to March or on a Friday can get you a discount with some wedding vendors and wedding professionals.

Next to decide, will the ceremony be formal, semiformal or informal? The more formal the more expensive the wedding will be.

So once decided, who pays for what at the wedding? Over the last dozen years the lines between what the bride’s family and the grooms family pays for have begun to blur.  No longer does the father of the bride bear all the responsibility, quite often the parents of the groom share the costs and the bride and groom chip in.

Below is nothing but a guideline to start form, there are no longer any hard and fast rules as to who pays for what.

Wedding Gown, Headpiece & Accessories Bride’s Family
Wedding Ring for Bride Groom
Wedding Ring for Groom Bride
Wedding Gift for Groom Bride
Wedding Gift for Bride Groom
Bridesmaid Gifts Bride
Groomsmen/Usher Gifts Groom
Bride’s Bouquet Groom
Bridesmaid Bouquets Bride’s Family
Mother’s Corsages Groom
Grandmother Corsages Bride’s Family
Groom’s Boutonniere Groom
Groomsmen Boutonnieres Groom
Usher’s Boutonnieres Groom
Ceremony/Reception Flowers Bride’s Family
Altar Baskets/Arches Bride’s Family
Kneeling Bench/Candleabrahs Bride’s Family
Rentals for Wedding Bride’s Family
Rented Items for Reception Bride’s Family
Invitations/Announcements Bride’s Family
Wedding Programs Bride’s Family
Family Napkins/Matches/Printed Items Bride’s Family
Marriage License Groom
Church Fee Bride’s Family
Clergyman/Officiant Fee Groom
Musician/Soloist Bride’s Family
Reception Hall Fee The Bride’s Family
Catered Reception/Professional Services Bride’s Family
Church Janitor Bride’s Family
Video & Photography Bride’s Family
Orchestra/Band/DJ Bride’s Family
Wedding Cake Bride’s Family
Wedding Favors Bride’s Family
Groom’s Cake Groom’s Family
Bubbles or Bird Seed Bride’s Family
Rehearsal Dinner Grooms Family
Bridesmaid Luncheon The Bride
Bachelor Party Best Man/Groom’s Attendants
Wedding Breakfast Bride’s Family
Bridal Brunch Bride’s Family
Bridesmaid’s Gowns Bridesmaid’s
Maid of Honor Gown Maid of Honor
Matron of Honor Gown Matron of Honor
Best Man Formal Wear Best Man
Usher’s Formal Wear Ushers
Groomsmen’s Formal Wear Groomsmen
Father of Bride Formal Wear Bride’s Family
Father of Groom Formal Wear Groom’s Family
Children’s Formal Wear The Children’s Parents
Limousine Service The Groom
Honeymoon Arrangements The Groom
Gifts for the Couple Guest, Attendants and Family
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The list of exhibiting wedding professionals at the Bridal Spectacular has grown! Just added are:
Wedding Professional
Both Number
Men’s Wearhouse / MW Tux # 27 & 28
Allie’s Cafe & Catering #32
Platinum Productions #81
Rulli’s Intalian Restaraunt & Catering #84
Mary Kay #85
The Skillet #86
Bridal Boutique By Peg Anne # 88 & 89
Sterling Silver from Taxco #75
Amanda Fales Photography #69
EZ Travel Pad #70
Sunshine Products #71
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hiltonDon’t Rush

The first hour of a bridal show is always the busiest, especially before the fashion show starts. If you arrive at the start, scope out the vendors, mentally note the ones you really want to talk to and relax. Later in the day as the crowds dwindle it will be far easier to ask questions and get advice.

Bring your bridesmaids and Family

Bringing your bridesmaids and family will allow you to have some fun and bounce ideas back and forth.

Labels with Contact Info

Found a vendor you are really interested in but their booth is too busy with other brides to be able to get any answers to your questions? Print off a sheet of address labels with your name, address and phone number and hand them to these vendors. Ask them to contact you after the bridal show.

Bring a notebook and pen

Bring a notebook and pen so you can take notes.  Write down  thoughts you have while attending the bridal show.

Bring a camera

Pictures will help you quickly remember some of the great details you saw at the show. How about that great dress shown during the fashion show or the elegant cake displayed by the bakery. Snap a few pictures to help you remember.

Bring your checkbook

Many wedding professionals offer day of the show discounts. These will help you save money, but keep in mind your wedding budget.

Plan

Know what you need in th form of wedding services before you attend the show. This way you don’t waste time at booths you don’t need. Check out the bridal show’s website to see what vendors will be exhibiting. This will help you frame questions and plan out your game plan.

Make a day of it

Have Fun! Plan on attending the bridal show for several hours.  Have lunch, enjoy the time with your friends and family, and get some great ideas and meet with wedding professionals. This is one of the big times in your life, don’t rush it, enjoy it!

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