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I vividly remember this time last year as the starting point of my wedding planning. The Bridal Extravaganza came into town and I was so reluctant to go. For those of you who don't know, this is the Mother of all Bridal Events for brides-to-be in Texas. It may be called something else in other states, but this convention has everything you can possibly imagine for the bride-to-be. Vendors from all over have booths to showcase their work and services. Same thing, different name.
To be honest, the ONLY reason I decided to go was because I wanted my mother to experience the mayhem. I pictured future brides running around wearing mini veils, holding stacks of binders and magazines, and I was expecting a few cat fights to break out amongst brides and future mother-in-laws. To my astonishment, the event was well organized and there were no fights (well, none that I saw anyway). I think I registered for everything imaginable (hoping to win something...anything). Again, no luck. However, I did get to sample some wedding cake, received many goodie bags, and walked away with some GREAT deals!
Mind you, I was NOT the typical bride. I never thought about my wedding until I got engaged. I am not a bridezilla. The only thing I knew was I wanted to get married in a church. That's it. So, you can see the reluctance of attending this event.
In summary, I found my flower lady, the lovely Carmen Floral Designs, and I received a great offer from Men's Warehouse where my hubby received a free suit (since our groomsmen rented their tuxes) and we received 1 free plane ticket anywhere in the U.S.! That saved us $400 on the suit alone! Plus, mom had a blast which made the trip worth it.
They are in town this weekend. Check THEIR site for exact dates. It's definitely worth a trip. You have nothing to lose. Let me know if you go and what deals were offered! I'd love to know.