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Grand Rapids Bridal Show showers couples on DeVos Place

January 11, 2013
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Grand Rapids Bridal Show showers couples on DeVos Place
Couples use bridal shows as one-stop shops to help plan the big day. Courtesy Bunny Tuxedos

Tonight, DeVos Place will turn into a soon-to-be bride’s best friend. The 43rd annual Grand Rapids Bridal Show kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes through 5 p.m. Saturday.

The largest bridal show in West Michigan and the second largest in the state features more than 100 wedding professionals and vendors to help brides plan their special day.

A one-stop shop, the expo will provide brides and their families and friends the opportunity to speak with caterers, venue representatives, party planners, bridal shops, florists, DJs, photographers and videographers and plenty more. Every aspect of the wedding planning process will be under one roof.

“We are the largest and longest running bridal show in West Michigan,” said Stacey Nelson, from Bunny Tuxedos, the company putting on the expo. “Longest running gives us a reputation in the wedding industry, and with the community, that gives us an advantage. That advantage makes us the largest.

"We have more wedding professionals at our show than any other, and we attract more brides because of it," she said. "Almost every large show in the area will have similar things to what we have, but we just have more of it. Any business that can't afford to do more than one show is probably at ours. So the smaller businesses and newer trends may only be seen at our event.”

There will be three fashion shows during the weekend, showcasing the latest in wedding wear from Bunny Tuxedos and Bridal Lane. The fashion shows will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday.

Nelson said Bunny Tuxedos will be unveiling its new tuxedo styles for 2013, including Allure Men, and Bridal Lane will be showing the "hottest new trends" during the fashion show.

There will also be door prizes and several other giveaways and discounts to help brides keep costs down.

“Even our vendors that are at the show every year never show the same thing twice,” Nelson said. “Each keeps up on the latest wedding trends and makes sure to offer what couples are looking for. We have several new businesses at the show that are sure to gather extra attention, too.”

Nelson expects total attendance for the weekend to fall between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors, with about 1,000 of them being engaged couples.

The website for the Grand Rapids Bridal Show provides several tips for attendees, including advice to save time by pre-registering. There is also an opportunity for a free ticket for the bride by signing up online. Additional tickets for the show are $5.

The Grand Rapids Bridal Show is open Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bunny Tuxedos is a locally owned company celebrating 60 years in business this year.

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