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Bridal Business

Sep 19, 2011 08:31PM ● By Anonymous

And, man is it a lot of work!

On Sunday, I headed over to the Crofton Country Club to join the rest the What's Up? crew at the What's Up? Weddings Fall Bridal Showcase.

The weather was gorgeous. A bit on the chilly side, but, fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so I thought it was perfect. And the Country Club itself was beautiful. We noted in our staff meeting this morning that was saw a lot of brides and moms scoping it out as they left.

By the time I got there, it seemed that the big bridal rush to get in had ended. I was working a shift with What's Up? Graphic Designer Olga Stine, and with few guests to check in, we had plenty of time to poke around inside.

It was packed! Vendors lined the walls—each showing off the best of their products. I ate by the forkful nibbled away at some of the Country Club's crab dip (deelish), and stuffed into my mouth in one bite daintily helped myself to a cupcake by Kirsten's Cakery. Chocolate with chocolate icing. It was awesome. Whoever I marry may have to contend with a double chocolate cake.

Plus, I have a complimentary cake pop from Annapolis Wedding Chapel sitting on my counter at home that I can't wait to try. I was stuffed by the time I got it, but I already have it penciled in for dessert. I can just hear it calling my name right now.

I had no idea that planning a wedding involved so many people. I mean, I knew that you had to get a dress, and find a venue and some caterers, but after that I thought it was pretty much over.

Nope! Now I know that in order for a modern wedding to go off, you need hair and makeup artists, photographers, stationary, a band, florists, party favors, cake, and (this one took me completely by surprise) even a car to get you to your venue. It's enough to make your head spin!

I'd never really given much thought to attending a bridal expo before volunteering for Sunday's. But now, I can definitely see the appeal. Not only does it give you an idea of what people are doing stylistically, it gives you the chance to meet with a bunch of people who you're going have to get to know—all in one place. Convenient? I think so.

If you missed our Fall Bridal Showcase, stay tuned. We're having another one in the spring. In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of What's Up? Weddings on newsstands now.