Wedding Season is upon us!
June kicks off that special time of the year, couples getting married and wedding shows popping up all over the place. I haven’t been invited to any 2016 weddings, so until my invitation arrives, I’m happy to attend the latter and Boy oh Boy did I attend the grand dame of all wedding shows recently! The Your Wedding Experience in Fort Lauderdale presented by David Tutera, along with guest panelist Preston Bailey, two men who clearly need zero introductions.
So! What is the Your Wedding Experience? In the simplest terms, yes it is in fact a wedding show, but in reality it is so much more. Sure, there was an exhibition floor showcasing local wedding vendors which couples could visit and book services with, but, the event served up some amazing business to business panels, one by David Tutera and one by Preston Bailey, there were two New York style bridal runway shows (full disclosure I missed the runway I was slotted to attend because I left early with a migraine, wahhhh!!!!), a DIY nailpolish bar, a best designer/tablescape contest, the girlfriends lounge, cocktail bars, and a tips & trends panel happening every hour, PHEW! I wish I could’ve cloned myself so that I could say I didn’t miss a single thing!
I really wanted to share as much as I possibly could from this event, knowing what an already awesome showcase it promised to be. In case you missed it, I had the pleasure of hosting an Instagram takeover on the Wedding Market Instagram page where I live shared some of the awesome vendors and panelists, I also shared a few updates from the @so_thisislove Instagram as well.
I couldn’t possibly dissect this event into favorites, but I do have to say that hearing David Tutera & Preston Bailey speak about their careers was awe inspiring. For David’s part he spoke about the importance of creativity, inspiration and confidence you should infuse into your own brand, and how he’s managed to survive in the industry since starting at the age of 19, by which he referred to himself as a chameleon (hello have you ever seen My Fair Wedding?, the man has a point!)
When Preston Bailey spoke he not only talked about mistakes he’s made, but he showed the evidence to back it up, literally he had a slide show of his mistakes! How is that for humility? Preston also spoke of the importance of shining a light on your personal brand and shared a few pics of a wedding he had just designed the day before; he hung out and conversed with the audience as if we were a group of old pals, it was very warm and welcoming.
There were so many amazing tips & trends at the Your Wedding Experience in Fort Lauderdale that I couldn’t possibly squeeze them into one post! Consider this a part I if you will! Next time I’ll be sharing with you the ‘Romance’ trend and the colors that were most showcased by designers and photographers.
Have you ever attended a wedding show or exhibited at one? What is the one thing you remember most about your experience?