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Wedding Show Woos Future Brides

Wedding Show Woos Future Brides

During the holidays, many lucky ladies got the surprise of a lifetime: a wedding proposal. Newly engaged women in Ottawa now begin the process of wedding planning. Luckily for them, the season of wedding shows has begun.

This past week-end, brides-to-be and their entourage gathered at Ottawa's Convention Centre for the annual Wedding Palace Bridal Show, kicking off the 2012 wedding season. Over 200 exhibitors showcased their products and services at this event, including everything from florists to event planners, catering companies to photographers. Guests were treated with bridal fashion shows, held twice a day. The models wore wedding attire from various boutiques in the area, such as Alliance Bridal chez Ginette, White Satin Bridal Couture, Merry Marry and Moores Clothing for Men. All floral arrangements featured in the fashion shows were prepared by Beaudry's Flowers & Silk Greenhouse.

Lilac Lingerie, a lingerie boutique located in Westboro, was a first-time exhibitor at the Wedding Palace show. After participating in the Posh Wedding Show last winter, they jumped at this opportunity. "As a fairly new company, we hope to gain more exposure and develop relationships with potential clients," said Emilia Kutrovska, owner of Lilac Lingerie.

Being an exhibitor allows new businesses like Lilac Lingerie to gain more exposure in Ottawa. "We feel that it was important to participate in this year’s Wedding Palace show because we have unique services and products to offer" explained Kutrovska. The boutique not only sells lingerie; they host bridal showers, offering a fun evening out for bridal parties. "We also recently launched boudoir photography services; something that would make a great wedding gift to a new husband!"

With Love Bridal Boutique is a modern bridal boutique located in Stittsville that sells both new and consignment bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Since opening in September of 2010, they have been making their mark by participating in various wedding events. "The Wedding Palace Bridal Show is such a well planned and advertised show," said Dana Salares, co-owner of With Love Bridal Boutique. "A show of this size is great exposure all around!"

With Love received great feedback after participating in this event last year. This year, they were hoping to meet even more brides. "Having a booth at the Bridal show allows us to demonstrate our style so brides can get an idea of what to expect when visiting our boutique," explained Salares. "Not only is it a great way to be able to meet brides face to face, it also allows other vendors to see us as well."

Planning a wedding can be a confusing and stressful process.  There are many important decisions need be made, regarding the venue, the dress, catering and everything else. This can get difficult, especially considering the variety of options available. Attending events like the Wedding Palace Bridal Show is a great way to make connections and get great ideas for your own special day.

Missed the Wedding Palace Bridal Show this week-end? Don't despair! With the wedding season now begun, stay tuned for many other exciting events in the next few weeks, including the Ottawa Wedding Show (January 28 & 29th), Wed by Hand (February 11th) and the Ottawa Sun Wedding Decor & Linen Show (Feb 18th).

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