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One stop shop for wedding planning: the bridal showcase

The Charlotte Convention Center advertises the upcoming show in lights.
The Charlotte Convention Center advertises the upcoming show in lights.
Heather Rikli

Plenty of wedding bells will ring this year in Charlotte, as couples decide to tie the knot in one of the  many beautiful churches or venues our city has to offer. Making plans for that big day can be overwhelming, but a bridal show can help quickly narrow down the search for the right people to help shape your vision. It's a solid first step in getting an idea of what services you may need, as well as the latest trends in the industry.  

The Bridal Showcase at the Charlotte Convention Center is Sunday, January 24 from noon until five in the afternoon. Over one hundred different wedding professionals are scheduled to be there. It's basically a one stop shop for anything bridal. Among the booths you can find restaurants, hotels, reception locations, department store registries, photographers, caterers, and honeymoon ideas.

Local radio station, Kiss FM, is getting into the action by holding two separate contests; one for the ladies and a second for the grooms. Several lucky brides-to-be will dig through a wedding cake to find a ring, while the men have to show off their dancing skills on the stage. The winners are eligible for a grand prize honeymoon.

David's Bridal and Men's Warehouse will wrap up the event with a fashion show highlighting their latest collections. Belk Department Stores, Party Reflections and Carolina Bride Magazine share sponsorship for the showcase. Tickets cost twelve dollars per person, but you can save two dollars off each one if you pre-register at

The Charlotte Convention Center is located at 501 South College Street. For more details on the show, call 704-339-6000. The Lynx Blue Line Light Rail can drop you off at the location, if you want to avoid traffic or hunting for a parking spot. Check out fare details and a schedule at