Planning a wedding comes with a long checklist of items- you need the dress, shoes, jewelry, photographer, stylists, tux, cake, location, food, invitations, table settings, and so on. And remember to pick out bridesmaid dresses that aren’t too outlandish. Fortunately, the Wedding Faire & Symposium, taking place on January 5-6, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, will make wedding planning a bit easier. Here, couples can meet with over 80 wedding vendors at one location to discuss their needs.
“[The main goal for hosting this convention is] to connect brides with Bay Area wedding businesses and showcase the latest designs and trends for 2013 weddings,” writes Renee Monroe, show producer and creator of Wedding Faire, in an email. “The design gallery is the highlight of the event. There will be exquisite design displays by northern California’s top designers.”
The exhibit hall and design gallery will be a feast for the eyes. Brides who are looking for esthetic details to help shape their wedding day will be greeted by elaborate displays for table settings, invitations and other paper goods, lighting, furniture, and accessories.
Local brides will be pleased to see Santa Clara businesses tabling at the event. Representatives from Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Hilton Santa Clara, El Paseo Limousine, Santa Clara Marriott, the Freedom Hall & Gardens, and David’s Restaurant will be happy to discuss what their establishments have to offer.
Brides still looking for dresses can check out the latest bridal styles at the fashion show, running a number of times throughout the duration of Wedding Faire & Symposium. Models for the fashion show will wear designs that can be purchased at David’s Bridal, The Men’s Warehouse, and Weddings & Dreams.
“White by Vera Wang will be featured by David’s Bridal,” Monroe adds of the fashion show.
Symposium workshops will be led by a number of top event and wedding professionals, including David Beahm, Marcy Blum, Robert Fountain, Philippe Lee, Sasha Souza, and Karen Tran. With their celebrity clientele and extensive experience in the event planning industry, these speakers can offer guidance to wedding professionals and interested brides and grooms for an extra fee in addition to the general admission fee of $15.
For another fee, brides and wedding professionals can have lunch with the symposium speakers and enjoy dining in elegance at tables decorated by the event designers. One of the speakers, Sasha Souza, given the honor by Modern Bride Magazine as a “Top 25 Trendsetter” in the wedding planning scene, will give a presentation about her “Favorite Things” where she names items that have been of great value to her in her work.
“[We want] to educate wedding professionals by bringing the top wedding and event planners to speak at our three-day wedding symposium,” Monroe says.
Visit http://wedding-faire.com for information about the fees for different events.
Monroe is also searching for event volunteers to work during the event and prior to the event in exchange for free attendance to symposium workshops. Visit http://wedding-faire.com/volunteer/ for more details.