“Why in the world would that woman wear those shoes here?” An exasperated bride exclaims to a member of her bridal entourage in front of us while we wait in what seems like the longest line we’ve ever been in. This was not the line awaiting the highest roller coaster at an amusement park. Nor was it a line to gain entrance to a free Lady Gaga Concert. No, this was a different kind of line. A line stacked 3 to 4 rows deep of Brides, maids of honor, mother of Brides and even a few unlucky Grooms-to-be; all awaiting to gain access into the Boston’s 2011 Great Bridal Expo. http://www.greatbridalexpo.com/
Showing up early was no use, as my fellow Bride-to-be and I stood in line nearly an hour, getting not just a glimpse, but a full tour of the inside of Boston’s Park Plaza hotel as the line winded in and around its interior corridors, around the main lobby, sundry shop, lounge, ballrooms and balconies. Breathtaking and multi-layered chandeliers dripped from the ceiling oozing class and money. No wonder the Expo was held here. If the hotel had any say, at least 5% of these would-be brides would have their weddings there.
New to the bridal scene, my friend and I had no idea what we were in store for. Upon entering the great ballroom, guests eyes are immediately drawn up to the impossibly high ceilings, lighting that reached the sky, music and the smell of perfumes and homemade cakes. But as your eyes fall downward, you are greeted with a swarm. Without even trying you are pushed and wrangled from one vendor booth to another, collecting pamphlets, flyers and giving away all your personal information just to get a piece of any free giveaway anyone might actually be offering.
Far along in my own wedding planning, I was able to skip the rushed vendor booths such as wedding photographers and disc jockeys, but was eager to see the displays of paper invitations, info on tuxedo deals and wedding cakes. Posing for pictures in wedding booths and munching on free candy; after only a short time, our heads were swirling with confusion and our stomachs were aching with rumbling pain.
After it all, we each took away a few key bits of information. Me, a suit deal for my groom-to-be, and 40% off of all his groomsmen’s tuxes along with the discovery of many items I now know I wish not to be at my wedding.
If you are a bride-to-be and just barely starting out in your wedding process, have some extra funds to spend, and have trouble finding creative ideas for your unchecked wedding boxes, I suggest you attend a Bridal Expo, bring a folder, and pre-print labels with your name and email address on them to eliminate the carpel tunnel that you might end up with after signing your life away all day. Bridal Expos are full of fun vendors that are not only there to sell you their services, but also to give you a better idea and direction of your wedding dreams.
They also sell wine there; grab a glass and chug; trust me, you’ll need it!