Other than the fact that you’re recently engaged and trying to figure out what comes next, there are plenty of reasons why this wedding event in particular will be worth taking up a chunk of your Sunday Funday plans. See below for our top six.
By Kaitlyn Murray
1. The Crowd
Full disclosure, this point is really a two part-er.
For starters, this boutique-style wedding show is being put on by the Rhode Island Wedding Group, an association of established wedding professionals that are dedicated to connecting local couples with local, high quality service providers. The group offers a well-rounded but not too overwhelming resource for recently engaged couples who are looking to simplify the planning process without sacrificing quality. The members — many of whom have more than ten years experience under their belts — are familiar with each other’s work and often work collaboratively to ensure that their clients’ weddings are the cream of the crop.
And this isn’t the RIWG’s first rodeo: The team often creates and put on events like these to make the vendor search as convenient and seamless as possible.
“Bridal expos are a really great place for couples to start the planning process, simply because they are able to meet with so many different wedding professionals in such a short period of time. But what makes OUR show unique is the fact that it is cocktail-style and has more of a boutique feeling,” says Melany Berube, RIWG’S Bridal Director / Crestwood Country Club‘s Director of Sales. “We limit the number of tickets sold so that each couple has plenty of time to speak with each wedding professional in a more relaxed setting. It is also great for couples that have already done some of their planning, but are still looking for some other vendors to complete the process.”
Some of the vendors you may expect to meet include:
Aldo’s House of Formals // Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment // Arthur Murray Swansea Dance Center // Artistic Wedding Films // Clarion Inn // Crestwood Country Club // Ellie’s // Fire Works Catering // Funfotos2go // Harbor Lights // Hotel Providence // Little Birdie // Luke Renchan Entertainment // Mullen Brothers Jewelers // Newport Tent Company // Perception Jewelry // Quidnessett // ROCKSTAR LIMO // World Wise Travel and more!
Secondly, this is your chance to commiserate/celebrate with other engaged persons who are also all aboard the wedding planning struggle bus. Trust us, there’s nothing better than venting about the hassles of seating charts and pushy relatives with someone else who just gets it.
2. The Location
Formerly known as the Biltmore, the Providence Graduate has not only shed its old name but also its old look. In addition to a number of art-deco-inspired ballrooms, walls covered in eye-catching décor and lobbies lined with funky furnishings, you can expect custom catering and all the perks that come with a downtown address. Plus, they have free valet parking. If that doesn’t draw you in, we don’t know what will!
3. The Refreshments
You had to know this one was coming… ‘Cocktails’ is in the name of the event after all! It’s safe to assume there will be some pretty good stuff waiting for you at the bar.
4. The Swag
In addition to learning about great ideas for planning your perfect wedding, you will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of amazing prizes, including many of the things that are most-likely on your dream wedding wish-list.
5. The Price
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Ah, here comes the catch.” But there really isn’t one: Tickets are only $10 online. Yes, you read right. Now, please refer back to the four reasons above. We hope everyone realizes the insane bargain potential here (If not, I can recap: that’s more than nineteen prospective consultations and thousands of dollars in potential prizes for just ten bucks).
Okay, so maybe there’s one tiny catch: Space is limited and tickets are selling fast! So go ahead and grab yours here.
6. The Puppies
We might have buried the lead here. “All the proceeds from our show benefit Save One Soul Animal Rescue League and they will usually bring us some of their friends who are looking for their furever home,” Berube previews. Who can deny the puppies?!
Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: $10, Tickets Here; $15 at the door