Hard to believe that the summer is winding down, but that means that Bridal Show season is just heating up!
Bridal Shows are very common, and very popular events, where brides and grooms from every walk of life can come for all things weddings. There are bridal fashion shows, displaying the latest in dresses, tuxedos, hair and makeup. There are also a ton of industry vendors and insiders, that you can meet face to face in order to find the right vendors for you. Lastly, many companies offer exclusive deals and discounts on their services at these shows, so they are great places to cut a few corners and save a few bucks while planning your big day.
To many, a bridal show is a bridal show...but this is far from true. There are big differences depending on the size, the location, and also the company behind the show (putting on the show.) The big players in Detroit are Bridal Celebrations, who are responsible for the two biggest shows of the year held at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Look also for venue-specific shows that are held, such as when Andiamo's-Warren hosts their annual show, or Cherry Creek in Shelby.
Some of the bigger shows offer more competitive deals and more options, but they can be totally crazy...hundreds sometimes thousands of people shuffling through, rummaging for deals. Other shows that are smaller in size and venue can offer you more one- on-one time with the vendors, where you can ask questions and get to know people better.
Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached