What has become the expo to attend in the New Year, the 3rd Annual BlackBride.Com Expo did not fail to succeed. There’s much to be said about staying and growing power when you have a highly anticipated go-to place for new bride's-to-be. If you followed me from last year’s event, of course the Falcons did their thing, but this year there was an up-swing in catering to the men. There were added trends, vendors and fashion apparel showcased in the fashion show.
This year, besides the new trends and innovations, the color palette was more towards contrast/B&W in the accessories such as table settings and floral arrangements with ops of color. More than a few gowns were shown with turquoise, reds, blacks and blues as bold statements for the brides, bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor and some neutral colors such as gray for the groom. Don’t worry; there were beautiful gowns in the traditional white because tradition is always in demand.
“Our goal is to exceed the expectations of brides-to-be that come to the show, and also our awesome wedding industry professionals year after year. We are committed to helping brides shine the light on the day that will forever change their lives.”
This year I noticed a trend toward paper. There were several vendors that offered personal printed services such as invitations, thank you cards, place setting cards and vows. Although there were vendors offering everything a prospective bride and groom could need, there was also entertainment running throughout the day. Raffles, public announcements geared to the brides & grooms and special guests. India Hines of No Junk Productions served as the hostess for the event, joined at one point by Egypt Sherrod of HGTV’s "Property Virgins" and Atlanta radio personality. There were also musical performances by Antonia Lawrence and Leslie Christopher. All this lead up to the fashion show, which is always the highlight of the event.
It was poignant that Della Harvey, a model in last year’s fashion show, was not participating this year as she tragically passed away. BlackBride.Com made a special dedication segment to her, which included a dedicated dance performance by the Eagles Landing Dance Troupe. These young ladies were really phenomenal in how they conveyed their movements of sorrow and joy.
So, if I didn’t see you there this year, make sure you mark your calendars now for next year’s eagerly anticipated expo.
For detailed vendor information, go to the BlackBride.Com website for a listing.
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