The Bridal Beginnings — Fall Bridal Expo offers ideas and opportunities to local brides just starting their wedding planning and those in need of the finishing touches. The expo, hosted by Simply Yours, Event Design & Planning, will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Huron County Fairgrounds.
The event isn’t just for the betrothed ladies though. Grooms, and even unmarried persons are invited to attend as well.
“The Bridal Expo is where an engaged couple planning their wedding should start when planning their big day,” said Simply Yours owner Erinn Wasiniak. “But it’s not only for those engaged. If you are planning any event where you might need a planner, decorations, caterer, tuxes, a DJ, etc. you can pick up all that information in one stop.”
There is a special opportunity though each registered bride that attends though — a chance to win a $500 door prize from one of the vendors.
Wasiniak said she was excited to able to bring the event to Norwalk, after having started her business in the Huron area in 2008.
“I personally do a lot of events in Norwalk at the Fairgrounds and surrounding venues,” she said. “So it’s my way of giving back, by making it easier for the couples to find their perfect vendor.”
When it comes to weddings and vendors though, what’s popular right now? Wasiniak said there’s a bit of a variety.
She said fall is the most popular time to get married, and most couples are choosing to celebrate their big day in the great outdoors.
“Everyone loves fall September and October,” she said. “But this year we are seeing May fill up fast (too). Last year we decorated a lot of tents for weddings. Outside is still on trend.”
Sometimes, one of the more difficult initial choices can be deciding which colors include in a wedding theme. Wasiniak said she’s seen a few trends here.
“When it comes to color schemes, for spring I am seeing lavender, blush and greens as well as blues, champagne and peach,” she said. “Color is back, both bright and soft. (For) fall we are seeing wine and gold with greenery and navys with charcoal and blush.”
Wedding dresses are trending more toward the long and lacy styles from what Wasiniak said she’s seen.
DeAnn McKillips, from Brides World & Tux World, agreed.
“Right now for our brides, lace gowns and glitter (are popular),” she said. “For the guys, a compo of tuxedos, men suits or just a vest and tie with jeans. Colors for the fall have been navy, burgundy and light pink have been popular.”
Other popular fall/winter scheme options Wasiniak said are navy, dark green, gold and ivory, as well as teal, eggplant and wine.
As one of the most important decisions anyone could make, almost every bride would welcome a few words of wisdom on what could help her big day go well. The event planner owner had a few tips to help things run smoothly.
“Talk to professionals they are here to help you,” she said. “Number the back of your RSVP card. Shop local. Compare apples to apples, not just the price. Have a set real budget and don’t be afraid to tell your vendor what it is.”
McKillips advised not to wait until the last minute on these things. The day will be stressful enough.
“Tips for the Brides and Grooms: Start early to avoid stress,” she said. “We want our brides and groom to have a fun time planning this most important day.
For any more information on the event or vendors who will be at the expo Sunday, contact Wasiniak through her business’ Facebook page or by visiting simplyyourplanner.com.