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Navigating Bridal Shows Like A Champ

Special to OneWed by Kara Horner of

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a recently engaged man quite like this phrase: “Honey, want to go to a bridal show this Saturday?” But there’s no reason to sound the alarms just yet. That’s right, guys; you might actually enjoy attending a couple of these events during your engagement.

While many men may envision booth after booth of wedding dresses and flower arrangements at a bridal show or wedding expo, there are plenty of things for grooms to check out as well. A few examples: groom’s cake bakers, groom’s and groomsmen attire shops, transportation providers, videographers/photographers and DJs or bands, and mixologists for the bar at your reception.

Thinking about having a groom’s cake at your wedding, but not sure about the design? Check out the wares of the featured caterers and wedding cake bakers and sample cake and icing flavors along the way. They’ll show you lots of examples of past work that may inspire your perfect groom’s cake concept or help you come up with a unique idea that fits your personality to a tee.

Want to leave your wedding ceremony and/or reception in style? Check out the range of transportation options available in your area. Whether you prefer classic cars, hot rods, limousines or other alternatives, you’ll find something that’s perfect for your grand entrance and exit.

If you haven’t yet decided what you and your groomsmen will wear on the big day, check out the tux and suit shops to see what style, colors and accessory options interest you. Discuss the pros and cons between renting vs. buying based on your needs. Also make sure to choose something for you that’s slightly different than your groomsmen, so you’ll stand out amongst the sea of penguin suits as well as complement your bride’s attire.

Love technology? Head to the videography and photography booths to check out the latest in tech advancements to capture your wedding day memories. Consider making a photo/video montage to be displayed at your rehearsal dinner and/or reception, or create a “movie trailer” video of your wedding day. Looking for another creative option? Check into vendors that rent photo or video booths to add a fun, interactive element to your reception.

Want to offer a unique signature cocktail at your wedding reception? Seek out mixologist who can whip up something to fit the bill. Other creative options include setting up a whiskey tasting bar, martini bar or wine tasting area.

So the next time you hear “bridal or wedding show,” don’t panic. Go in with an open mind, and you may just leave with some great ways to leave your own personal mark on your wedding day.

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