It was very strange to walk by kiosk after kiosk of makeup, gowns, fake hair, photographers.. Djs.. everybody just ready to pounce on you like a cheetah to get your business. There were a few downers, but highlights included designer cupcakes (we didn't exactly get to touch or eat them, but they were still pretty to look at), the swag bag full of samples and a (usually expensive) bridal mag.
We ended up bumping into a couple friends of ours at the show which was great since I know a lot of the wedding prep stuff isn't really my better half's idea of fun. When my friend suggested we check out the gown sections, I jumped at the chance!!
Most of these dresses were pretty gotty, so it was really fun going through the rack commenting about all of them. Years ago, I decided not to opt for the traditional long flowing diamond/bead encrusted dress, but if I were to go that route it would have been a great place to buy it! Since most of the gowns were from last season (or before then even) some of the dresses were insanely cheap!! Seriously, we saw a couple dresses marked at $350 down from $1400.. just crazy!! You could tell that some of the vendors end up bringing some pretty outdated gowns, (think Geena Davis in Beetle Juice) so you really had to look for amazing deals.
The better half and I got a kick out of the fashion show.. I would never have my mom wear some of the 'showcased' mother of the bride dresses..
The major department store registry sections were also great to visit.. just say you're going to register with them, and they just give you a ton of stuff for free!! Linen Chest gave away a lovely china platter just for giving them your e-mail addy! (not too shabby!)
I'm not sure where we plan on registering yet, but I think Sears and Home Depot are our top picks right now. Since we've been living together for over 4 years, we already have every kitchen gadget and small appliance you can think of.. so it'll be interesting to see what we come up with.
Oh and the bling! I think we found a local jeweller (a few blocks away from our house actually) who could do a couple adjustments to the wedding band I was looking at buying. The prongs on my engagement ring kind of stick out from the mount and it's been very difficult to find a wedding band to fit properly without looking out of place. But it's still in the early stages of figuring out if I want a simple band or something with a little more sparkle. Plenty of time to decide that.
So to cap it off, would I go back? Probably not, but it's always fun to look at all the pretty shiny things.
maybe I'd go back..