Newly hitched? Save these dates, and let the planning begin.
By Jennifer Steffy Swanson
It’s January, and in wedding world, that means the bridal show season has officially begun. Bridal shows are a way for couples to meet local vendors and see the latest fashions. While walking into a room full of wedding vendors and excited brides-to-be (with their moms, aunts and maids in tow) can be a bit intimidating, wedding shows are a great way to jumpstart your planning. Here’s what’s coming up this month:
January 10: Grand Wedding Expo, Swansea
This spectacular show features a variety of vendors from venues and photographers to wedding planners, beauty consultants, DJs and everything in between. A runway fashion show will showcase the latest styles from area bridal salons. Attendees will be the first to get their hands on the brandy new 2016 issue of Engaged. Noon–4 p.m. $9 in advance, or $12 at the door. Venus De Milo, 75 Grand Army Hwy. (Rte. 6), Swansea, Massachusetts, grand-wedding.com.
January 17: South County Bridal Show
An intimately sized show held at the iconic Narragansett Towers that showcases an array of southern Rhode Island vendors including photographers, caterers, transportation services, florists and restaurants. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $13 in advance, or $15 at the door. The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, southcountyweddings.com.
January 17: Southern New England Bridal Expo
The largest bridal show in southern New England featuring more than 140 vendors. Fashion show at 1 p.m. showcases the latest gowns and menswear from area salons and clothiers, and a Spotlight on Beauty presentation at 3 p.m. 10:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $15 adults; children younger than seven are free; discount offered for those who register in advance. Providence Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, southernnewenglandbridalexpo.com.
January 24: A Celebration of Love
This show features more than sixty industry vendors. Continuous fashion shows throughout the day will showcase bridal, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride and men’s fashion. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free admission. Quidnessett Country Club, 950 North Quidnessett Rd., North Kingstown, ribride.com.
January 31: Grand Wedding Expo, Warwick
This spectacular show features a variety of vendors from venues and photographers to wedding planners, beauty consultants, DJs and everything in between. A runway fashion show will showcase the latest styles from area bridal salons. Noon–4 p.m. $9 in advance, or $12 at the door. Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, grand-wedding.com.