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Include Bridal Shows in Your Wedding Planning & Save!

bride_ringYou may already know that local bridal shows are a great way to get inspiration for your wedding day. Local bridal shops like Today’s Bride and Formal Wear will often put on staged or strolling fashion shows to let brides and grooms get a feel for the latest bridal fashions. For this reason, we love that brides bring members of their bridal party with them. They have an opportunity to look at bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles and colors to see if it will match their wedding’s color and theme.

In addition to bridal fashions, you’ll have an opportunity to view and taste wedding cake from local cake bakers like Anita’s Cake Shop as well as sample food from reception menu selections. At this weekend’s show, the Southern Maryland Bridal Showcase, at the Holiday Inn at Solomons, you’ll have the opportunity to sample food from their own Isaac’s Restaurant.

dreamstimemaximum_6834699You’ll be able to view the inside of limousines and limousine buses (Diamond Limousines will be there) to decide on transportation for the bride and groom or the entire bridal party. (Diamond Limousine’s new party bus is amazing. Make sure you take the time to tour it 🙂

So you have the opportunity to meet some great vendors and get inspiration, but don’t forget all the ways you can save money by attending a bridal show. Most vendors donate a door prize giveaway at the shows as well as provide a discount on their products and services if you book with them on the day of the show. So make sure to do some homework before the show too. Think of the services you still need for your wedding and plan to visit those vendors at the show. And if you decide that you are interested in hiring them for their services and they have availability for your wedding date, ask the question, “Do you offer any type of discount if I book your services today?” You might just be surprised. Every penny counts when you’re working within a budget. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask!

We got word about some of these specials from some of the vendors at this weekend’s Bridal Showcase. (Pre-register for this show and admission is FREE!)

Sandi Foraci Photography is offering $350 Off her wedding packages if you book with her at the show. Just tell Sandi that Southern Maryland Weddings sent you and don’t forget to ask Sandi for one of our 10-Year Anniversary magazines. (In addition to taking the magazine’s cover photo, you can see a lot of Sandi’s work in the REAL Southern Maryland Weddings features!)

Today’s Bride and Formal Wear is offering $15 OFF Bridesmaid Dresses $125 and up. Print out the coupon here. Today’s Bride and Formal Wear is also featured in our 10-Year Anniversary issue. (Find out more about one of Southern Maryland’s best kept secrets!)

Diamond Limousines will be giving away $20 Gift Cards toward their services just for visiting their booth! And ask about the diamonds (yes, real diamonds) they are giving away at their booth!

And, of course, don’t forget the Holiday Inn will be giving away a wedding reception package for up to 75 guests. (You must be present to win.)