Monday, January 28, 2013
Photos: 3,000 brides-to-be jammed into Dallas Bridal Show
The fashion show included an impromptu strip tease.
We pictured a room covered in white at the Dallas Bridal Show Saturday and Sunday at Dallas Market Hall. But a colorless room it surely wasn't: Covered in pink and black accents, the packed, convention-style room was a blur of talkative vendors and bright displays as brides-to-be planned their big day.
"Eric, my ring is sparkling again!" said one such bride-to-be as she had her ring cleaned at a booth from myjrewelrycleaner.com. Vendors advertising photography services, catering, wedding day jewelery, and even workout programs gabbed with the nearly 3,000 brides that passed through the Dallas Market Hall doors over two days. Those 3,000 brides brought along 10,000 people for what President and CEO Naomi Butler calls the third-largest bridal show in the U.S.
At a fashion show midday Sunday, models flitted down the stage to show off the latest trends in white gowns from Pence and Panache Bridal Boutique in Burleson. But the highlight of the show was an ice-breaker by six grooms-to-be, who were made to dance for the crowd against their will to win gift certificates for their lovely ladies. Several turned the contest into a strip tease, unbuttoning their shirts to the squeals of women in the audience. All six men received prizes toward wedding day vendors.
As a bride-to-be myself, I found the room to be filled with most everything a bride could want to consider before wedding day. But brides should come excited, patient, and hungry: The 300 vendors can get overwhelming, and all of them want to talk. Your best recourse is to smile politely and stop at only the booths that truly interest you so you leave with concrete, useful material. Samples of wedding cake here and there helped break up the pace, offering a sweet bite among dramatic and beautiful cake displays.
Attending the bridal show will afford brides with mainstream options for their wedding day, but it doesn't tap into the DIY wedding trends that have become so popular on sites like Etsy and Pinterest. Brides at the Dallas Bridal Show seemed perfectly content with a more traditional approach, however: Crowds indicated that there was plenty to like about going white.
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