This spring I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Wedding Salon bridal expo held at the Stewart Hotel in NYC. I usually like to check out these types of events so I can get a feel for what’s offered to my brides and meet other wonderful professionals in my industry. But, this year I went as a bride myself and it was so much fun!
I went with my BFF and, I have to say, I really had a blast. We enjoyed spectacular food, fine wines, cocktail drinks, and desserts, all while a chamber orchestra performed classical music in the background. The décor was incredible with big floral arrangement displays. There were wedding dresses and men’s tuxedos all throughout the venue. I was very impressed by the entire event. It was classy, elegant, entertaining, and filled with great vendors and information.
The first thing that stood out, compared to other events I have been to, was all the “big brands” present, including Lancôme, Bloomingdales, Pottery Barn, and Ben and Jerry’s, to name a few. Vendors had a raffle for prizes and I even won one! One company gave me three workout sessions with a personal trainer and nutritionists; a dental care office was giving away free teeth cleanings; and a plastic surgeon offered free lip injections as their giveaway! (I didn’t sign up for the last one but it's still kind of cool if that’s your thing!) Usually, I find smaller, local vendors at bridal expos, which is very cool, but the swag is also less impressive.
A company that really stood out for me was called With Thanks. With them, you can get your Thank You cards hand-written by someone else! I didn’t even think that’s possible but I guess in our busy world it’s a thing. I’m not even sure if I was more surprised by it or excited that something like this exists! I am going to do more research on it and let you know what I find.
Another interesting discovery was Travelers offering “wedding insurance.” It makes a lot of sense, as they insure you for the total price of your wedding. For example, you can get insured in case the venue goes out of business right before your wedding and you have already paid a big deposit, or if your wedding dress gets damaged in the alterations process, or if your ring gets lost in the mail, or your wedding doesn’t happen because of a natural disaster like a hurricane. I think they even cover you if you decide to split up and not get married at all, which is not what any couple wants to think about while planning their wedding, but you never know what can happen! They charge a one-time rate based on how much you are spending on the entire wedding, and from what I saw at the event. it seems very affordable. For couples getting married in the United States, I think it’s worth looking into, as you never know what life has in store for you.
I wholly recommend the Wedding Salon for the modern NYC bride.
Check out all the vendors at the Wedding Salon below:
24 Hour Fitness | 90+ Cellars | Albert Plastic Surgery | Alexander Nash | Aloft Delray Beach, FL | Asante Safaris | ATOMIC Total Fitness | Bai Brands | Ballroom Boutique | Beautini | Bear Brook Valley | Ben & Jerry's | Beyond Bespoke | Boxed Water | Bud Maltin Music & Metropolitan DJ's | Capture Pod NYC | Central Park Aesthetique | Cirque-Tacular Entertainment | Codorniu Raventos | Coliseum Dental | Danfords Collection | Divina Strings Ensemble | Dreamlife Photo & Video | Drive 495 | E-squared Productions | Essentia Water | Fancy Girl Table | Flowers on First | Forest Hills Lilies of the Valley | Glamour Closet | Gracious Décor | Grenada Tourism Authority | Gurney's Resorts | Holly Corsano Makeup & Hair | Institchu | Jack Roman | Jenny Yoo NY | Kleinfeld | Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman | M+V Limousines, Ltd | Macy's Bridal Salon by Demetrios | Manhattan Cosmetic Dentistry | Metamorphosis New York | Midtown Loft & Terrace | Mondrian South Beach | National Registries Direct | Palermo's Bakery | Pottery Barn | Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa | Savvy Navigator | Scarpidis Aesthetics- New York Plastic Surgery | Sperry Tents | Spinners Entertainment | Stewart Hotel | Susan Silverman Quigley, CFP | The Adelphi Hotel | The Knot | The Registry at Bloomingdale's | The Sound Explosion Event Group | Tryall Club | Twisted Truffles | VinoServe | Wedding Protector Plan/Protect my Wedding | Williams- Sonoma | WithThanks | Yellow House Images