ROMANTIC WEDDINGS IN MIAMI

Bride and groom laughing.Miami is a favorite wedding destination for lovers who want to get married in a tropical environment with fun and sun located nearby and on the beach. The climate is comfortably temperate especially during the springtime months of March through May. Known for Latin culture and South Beach, the Magic City offers a wide variety of wedding facilities for couples to choose from casual to elegant. Read on to learn more about romantic venues for Miami weddings.

On the Beach

Exchange vows with your beloved on a sun-kissed beach in Miami. With over six miles of shoreline looking over the waters of the Atlantic and Biscayne Bay, Miami presents a dream paradise for tropical-loving couples. Popular beaches for a beach wedding include Miami Beach, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Crandon Park, Matheson Hammock Park and Surfside Beach. Several on-the-beach hotels and private facilities offer packages for weddings. If you desire a wedding on a public beach, you must apply for a special event permit at least 60 days in advance.

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Make a statement with your Miami wedding by choosing a unique location. Get married at the Kampong Historic Home and Garden Estate part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens offering Miami skyline views and Key Biscayne. Charter a luxury yacht or sailboat for your romantic celebration. Share your special day with friends and family at the Moore Building located in Miami’s Design District presenting modern interior design and edgy visual interest. Choose the M Building for your nuptials located in the Wynwood Art District, this unique facility offers 5 artistic galleries and a tropical garden.

Old World Romance

Transport your dream wedding to another era by selecting an old world Spanish-inspired venue. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens features an impressive historic home and buildings surrounded by formal gardens and a museum housing an outstanding collection of decorative arts. For an authentic cloister wedding experience, choose the Ancient Spanish Monastery located in North Miami Beach. Originally built in 1133 AD the cloister was transported to the US in 1925 and rebuilt stone-by-stone to present day grandeur.

Budget

Economical couples have several options for a budget Miami Wedding. The first possibility is to have a home wedding in a backyard or garden. This is a great option if you are from Miami or know somebody local. Pick a public park wedding, the lush tropical foliage of Miami makes for many beautiful and romantic settings. Consider an all-inclusive wedding package to help control costs and stay on budget.

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July 29, 2014 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Wonderful Wedding Venues of Philadelphia

A012_C030_0819LECelebrate your wedding in the “City of Brotherly Love” also known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1682, Philadelphia is famous for many things including home to the liberty bell, Philly cheese steaks and Philadelphia Eagles football. The city offers many possibilities for wedding locations from gardens to historic. Read on to learn more about Philadelphia wedding venues.

Botanical Gardens

Exchange vows surrounded by fragrant blooms and lush greenery of a Philadelphia garden. Host your wedding at the oldest botanical garden in the country, Bartram’s Garden boasting incredible scenery and stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, the well-kept gardens feature an extensive native and exotic plant collection, landmark stone house, orchards, meadows and a river

Historic Venues

Philadelphia presents couples a variety of historic venues suitable for a dream wedding and rich with history. Places to get married include stately mansions, historic buildings and old museums. Consider the Lemon Hill Mansion; built in 1799 on 43 acres. It is named after the numerous lemons grown on the surrounding land. The structure and grounds are a fine example of Federalist architecture evoking the lazy gentle life of the early nineteenth century.

Stylish and Modern

Couples seeking a contemporary venue for their nuptials will enjoy the many offerings from the City of Brotherly Love. Found on Arch Street, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture makes a great location for a modern-inspired wedding. The large facility features a sleek modern design, green energy practices and sustainable reclaimed interiors. Amenities include state-of-the-art technology systems, Wi-Fi, extra-large screen projector and all inclusive rental fees.

On the Water

Share a starry-eyed wedding along the spectacular water’s edge of the elegant Water Works Restaurant and Lounge located on the Schuykill River. Situated on Water Works Drive, the history of the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge is famed as a former engine room for the Philadelphia Water Department. What makes this a great wedding location are the breathtaking views of the river and boat rows, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and close proximity to downtown Philadelphia. Features include outdoor cliff-side terraces, riverside veranda and romantic ambiance.

Unique

Say “I, do” at one of the most eclectic sites of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Located in the South Street neighborhood, the Philadelphia Magic Gardens features outdoor art in a highly creative environment. The venue is the mastermind of artist Isaiah Zagar and spans over half a block offering an awe-inspiring world of colorful mosaics, folk art and inventive sculptures.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 25, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Helpful Tips for Wedding Show Exhibitors

david's booth shotExhibiting at a bridal show creates an excellent opportunity to showcase your company to the public and wedding business marketplace. Make your booth standout and accessible to all by creating a presence that is eye-catching as well as inviting. From photographers to caterers, dentists to insurance companies, all types of businesses benefit from presenting a stimulating and professional exhibit. By spending a little extra time on the details of your booth display you can enhance your potential for success. Read on for display tips.

Creating a Budget

One of the first things you want to do after blocking exhibit space is make a budget for your display. Allocating a reasonable amount of funds can help keep expenses down and help you understand your spending distribution. Make sure your budget allows enough room for staff costs, transportation, exhibit design, collateral materials such as brochures and any travel expenses or lodging if the show is out of town.

Selecting a Show

Exhibit at a show that best fits your overall goals and objectives. Do not select a show based on cost alone; consider the potential for exposure, networking and ROI (return on investment). An important aspect of selecting a wedding trade show is to understand your requirements for success.

Setting Goals

Creating realistic goals that are in alignment with your marketing plan objectives will help make your wedding show display an overall positive experience. Objectives to consider may include, qualified leads, the number of one-on-one meetings and the number of couples attending the event.

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The sooner you make arrangements with your show producer, the more time you will have to properly prepare and create a striking display. Make sure it is user-friendly, clean in design and meets the specifications for the show you are exhibiting. Be sure to block a large enough space so that you aren’t making your exhibit space look cluttered and unorganized. Remember to leave some room for people to move into your space to talk to you so they are not blocking the aisle and being hurried along before you get the chance to give them the information they are asking about. Decide how you want to present yourself to the public. Choose colors that incorporate your company logo, name and motto, and translate that information onto easy-to-identify visuals your customers will remember.

Lighting

Enhance your display with the proper illumination; this helps show your booth in the best light. Always inquire about the type of lighting at the show you are exhibiting at. Ask the show producer about the costs related to purchasing flood lights and/or electric for your space. Additional lighting will help “spotlight” your product.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo®, a national bridal show touring major us cities and featuring all things wedding related and then some. The event attracts brides, grooms, couples, friends, families and anyone planning a wedding. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, pre and post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional presentation of your business
Remember, when it comes to marketing to the wedding industry, face-to-face, rocks!

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July 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Wedding Reception Trends

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Atlanta weddings bring together friends and family to celebrate marriage and the start of a new life together. The wedding reception is an opportunity for couples to show their appreciation and support for all attending. Many couples want to create an enjoyable reception experience as an important aspect of the wedding. Read on to learn more about wedding reception trends for Atlanta.

Fresh Colors

Selecting the perfect colors for your Atlanta wedding and reception requires an exploration of capturing the spirit of your personal style and taste. For others, it is simply the matter of choosing your lifelong favorite colors. Fresh colors trends for 2014 include joyful brights and blissful pastels such as mint, orchid, coral, teal and yellow. Trendy combinations include peach and blue, coral and teal, plum and gray and pink and black.

Elegant Lights

Lighting helps set the mood and character of your wedding reception. Lights lend to creating a subdued ambiance and romantic atmosphere. Ideas for elegant lighting include arranging multiple elongated white wax tapers in silver candlesticks along the center line of banquet tables. Scatter tea lights in clear or colored glass around the centerpieces displayed upon the reception tables. For outdoor receptions, wrap clear string lights around trees and overhead for a starry night effect or use round paper lanterns strung from branches or hanging from above providing a dreamy quixotic environment.

Southern Charm Venues

Atlanta offers many beautiful options for your wedding reception from graceful gardens to stately mansions. Plan a beautiful garden wedding reception at Glendalough Manor, a facility dedicated to offering an environment of peace and tranquility. Enjoy the metropolitan elegance presented by The Peachtree Club featuring a skyline terrace with city views amid an intimate setting. Host your wedding reception at the historic Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a Gothic-Tudor style home built in 1920 featuring a grand staircase and great hall. The Atlanta Botanical Garden features include an enchanting rose garden, terrace, canopy walk and outdoor kitchen.

Fascinating Centerpieces

Showcase your Atlanta wedding reception with eye-catching centerpieces. Popular trends include submerging orchids or a single rose inside water-filled glass cylinders. For a rustic southern charm look, fill mason jars with wildflowers. Floral arrangements never go out of style; trends include tall crystal vases filled with a mixed assortment of flowers in your wedding colors. Create a custom look with decorated wine bottles, each glowing from small portable LED lights placed inside.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

 

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July 21, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

First Time Exhibitor Tips On Color And Interactivity

Participating in a bridal show for the first time creates many positive opportunities for your business. Maximize your success and investment by creating a compelling presence at the show. This helps you to attract new customers, network and present your business to the wedding marketplace community. Lay down solid groundwork and create realistic goals before you exhibit. Read on to learn tips about color and interactivity for first time exhibitors. The sooner you make arrangements with your show producer, the more time you will have to properly prepare.

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Make a big impact with visuals by adding colorful visual interest to catch the eye of your potential customers. One of the best ways to achieve this is to use the colors from your company logo and branding identity. Choosing the right color combinations for your booth is very important; you want to draw people to your display and provide a unified first impression that captures their attention.

Color appeals to the senses visually as well as emotionally. Try not to choose an array of too many colors: in some instances this may give the illusion of confusion and disorganization. Color affects how we perceive things, for example lighter brighter colors give the feeling of space and openness. Bright colors used minimally add pop and highlight attention. Always choose colors that best represent your wedding business.

Selecting Tablecloths

Decorate your exhibit booth tables with colorful tablecloths, a great way to incorporate large areas of color into your booth design. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to decorate your booth. Types of table coverings include fitted, standard, convertible, runners and skirts. Tablecloth coverings come in many types and sizes such as fitted, convertible, standard, skirts, round and runners. Consider solid colors in your company color. If possible avoid prints as they might appear too busy for the eye.

Interactive Entertainment

Get show attendees involved by offering interactive games and contests. Have fun with social media and host a Twitter or Facebook contest live at the show and giveaway prizes. Drive traffic to your booth with a more hands on approach and give your potential customers fun games to play such as the classic spin-the-wheel, treasure key or raffles. If giving away prizes, ensure that your company colors, name and logo are stamped on them.GBE NYC 2012 #013

A simple but effective way to create interactivity is to place a large bright colored bowl of wrapped candy on your table. Bridal show attendees often appreciate a small freebie snack and it is an inexpensive way to generate goodwill.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo®, a national bridal  show touring major us cities and featuring all things wedding related and then some. The event attracts brides, grooms, couples, friends, families and anyone planning a wedding. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, pre and post-show advertising and the opportunity for professional presentation of your business

Remember, when it comes to marketing to the wedding industry, face-to-face, rocks!

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July 18, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Washington, DC Venues

Say “I do” by celebrating your wedding in a historic venue located in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. History abounds in DC, where many important past events have occurred. There many picturesque locations found in the Washington DC area and if you are a couple that appreciates the past and looks to the future choosing a romantic setting will be a piece of “wedding” cake. Read on to learn more about historic wedding venues of Washington DC.

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Located in Northwest Washington DC, the Washington National Cathedral is an architectural marvel and spiritual respite for all. Built in 1907, the structure features an austere neo-gothic design and is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. Couples wishing to be wed at the National Cathedral must adhere to eligibility guidelines. The magnificent stain glass windows on the South side feature a piece of lunar rock.

Lincoln’s Cottage

Celebrate your nuptials at President Lincoln’s Cottage located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home Campus. President Abraham Lincoln lived there from 1862-1864 and developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living in the gothic revival style residence. Couples may choose from several event packages for their wedding at Lincoln’s Cottage. The cottage is surrounded by 276 acres featuring scenic vistas, rolling hills and forest woodlands.

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Get married at the Jefferson Memorial, located in the heart of Washington DC along the southern portion of the National Mall. Built in 1939 and designed in a neoclassical style, the structure is modeled after the Pantheon of Rome and dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. A permit is required to have your wedding at the Jefferson Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial sits on the edge of the Tidal Basin and Potomac River. The memorial; presents many great opportunity for photos especially during the cherry blossom season and the twilight of early evening.

Woodrow Wilson House

Exchange vows at the Woodrow Wilson House located at 2340 S St NW on Embassy Row, it’s the third building from the corner with the American flag. The house is representative of Georgian Revival architecture and is the former home of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States. Rates and availability vary; couple wishing to get married at the Woodrow Wilson House should inquire in advance. One of the things that make the Wilson House an exceptional choice for a wedding is that it has been maintained to historically represent life during the 1920s.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, an informative honeymoon showcase, a live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New York Proposals

10002-8New York is one of the world’s largest and most iconic cities offering no lack of places to get engaged. Proposing to your beloved in New York represents a significant moment in your life and presents a variety of wonderful places to choose from for this life-changing event. The most important thing to remember is to choose a location that best reflects your togetherness as a couple. Read on to learn more about great places to propose in New York.

Timeless Tourists

The City of New York is associated with many landmarks that make great places to propose. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage around Central Park. Places to consider in Central Park include the Loeb Boathouse, Shakespeare Garden and Belvedere Castle. Get down on one knee and propose on the Brooklyn Bridge. Add a touch of film magic and meet at the top of the Empire State Building a la “Sleepless in Seattle and “An Affair to Remember.” Grab your ice skates and head to the Ice Rink at Rockefeller featuring a golden statue of Prometheus.

Romantic Restaurants

Surprise your special loved one with a dinner proposal. Known for some of the best restaurants in the United States, New York offers something for everyone when it comes to eating out. Almost every cuisine in the world may be found in New York including classics such as American, Italian, Asian, European, Latin, Indian, African, Jewish and Middle Eastern. If you prefer romantic and upscale try making reservations at Corton, GILT or Le Cirque. For a casual couple consider cozy and casual places such as The Meatball Shop, Luke’s Lobster or the Boathouse Café in Central Park.

Unique Perspectives

Propose at a New York locale with breathtaking views for an unforgettable moment that you want to always cherish and remember. For panoramic vistas, go to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center and enjoy views of the Hudson River, East River and Empire State Building. Charter a sailboat and experience the New York skyline from the water. Take to the skies in a helicopter tour for an eagle eye view of the city featuring sights of the Stature of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Chrysler Building. For baseball fans, consider proposing to your sweetheart at Yankee Stadium. The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes a great location for marriage proposals, especially during the holidays

Important Considerations

New York is often subjected to heavily congested traffic day and night. Allow enough time to get to your destination to avoid delays.

Planning a wedding and need some great ideas or inspiration? Be sure to attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national touring bridal show featuring current wedding trends, two New York style fashion shows, informative honeymoon showcase, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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July 15, 2014 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

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