FS-Weds-Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore 

If you’re planning a wedding in the Baltimore area, there’s only one place you need to be this Sunday – FS Weds: A Wedding Showcase at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore! You’ll be able to meet some of Baltimore’s most talented wedding professionals and have the opportunity to win lots of fabulous prizes! And bring your future spouse and family members, too – there will be a Groom’s Lounge and a Mother-of-the-Bride Room just for them.

The event starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, but VIPs can get exclusive first access starting at 11:30am with a special luncheon. The VIP lunch includes an amazing swag bag, and a multi-course luncheon (with champagne, of course!). VIPs will also enjoy a special wedding-planning panel featuring renowned wedding experts, including planner extraordinaire Marcy Blum and our very own Kim Forrest, editor here at WeddingWire.

General admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $85.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets! See you Sunday!

Sponsored by The Wedding Salon

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If you’re recently engaged and living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re in luck! There are two Wedding Salon bridal shows coming to you in March. Here are all the details:

The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Salon will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Whether your considering a destination wedding or planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon, this event will feature representatives from top resorts and destinations from all over the world including Curacao Tourism, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, All Inclusive Hard Rock, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group, The Rack at Rock Creek, Iconic Weddings and more. And, oh yeah, celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie will also be making an appearance. This event will also  include cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, gown previews, raffles, giveaways and an amazing goodie bag!

For all you Los Angeles brides, check out the Wedding Salon Los Angeles on Monday, March 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. At this exciting event, you’ll find a TAO Bachelorette Suite where you and your pals can discover how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party, cake tastings from Charm City Cakes and Hansen’s Cakes, reception tablescapes from top designers, gorgeous wedding gowns, representatives from top venues and destination wedding sites worldwide, delicious treats from Eco Caters, beauty consultations, and an amazing goodie bag!

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Wedding Salon’s website!

To Expo or Not to Expo?

Posted by sunflower on Aug 21, 2012

I don’t know about all of you ladies, but all I’ve ever heard about bridal expos were horror stories.  Though I’m more of an “I need to try it before I knock it” type of person and a couple expos were coming close to town, I’m right outside the Boston area, so they do come frequently.  I grabbed a bridesmaid and my groom and off we went.  I’ll start with the positives; the venue was gorgeous (though we already had one), there were a TON of vendors so we definitely wouldn’t get bored, and then the DJ they had was taking requests.  We walked by our first vendor who happened to own the limos outside, now we already had our limos so I told the gentleman thinking that he wouldn’t want to waste his time on us.

Well, I was wrong.  And he talked my ear off for almost a half an hour trying to get us to switch to his company ( I won’t name them here!) instead of ours, paying no mind that we were paying much, MUCH less for our limos because it was OUTSIDE of the Boston area.  The only reason we stayed as long as we did was to hope to win one of their drawings.  We didn’t.  The same three brides won everything, I know that may sound like exaggeration.  It’s not.  So I thought hey, I’m done with these things, they are like everyone says.  That was that.

UNTIL we went to the mall in our city and low and behold, there was an expo right in the middle of the walkways.  I couldn’t really avoid trying one or five of those chocolate covered strawberries, and neither could my BMs!  Which lead us into talking to almost every PLEASANT vendor in the area.  We even won some free stuff,  nothing major, but for not going out of our way and spending no money, it was pretty awesome.

Which now leads me to my best expo story yet… I talked Sunflower dude and my bridesmaid to go back to yet another expo.  And it was a blast. The venue, again, was gorgeous.  The limo drive took “no thank you” very kindly and even gave us his card, a pen and some candy!  Haha. They served us food and dessert in these adorable little cups.  The DJ plays fantastic music.  And we even found the company who would do our photography (and free engagement session) along with videography and tuxes for a fantastic price.

My advice is don’t knock something until you try it… twice.