Here are some tips to remember if you are a bride-to-be preparing to travel to Comcast Arena for the Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo:
Go with family or friends who want to be there.
Bring color samples or fabric swatches.
Dress comfortably because you’ve got work to do.
“Wear comfortable jeans and shoes,” said Brad Buckles. “This is not a fashion show. It’s an opportunity to get down and dirty and plan a wedding.”
Buckles is the producer for the Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo, which takes place at Comcast Arena for the first time Jan. 28 and 29. For the previous 10 years, the expo was held at the Lynnwood Convention Center.
And though it’s the first time at Comcast, Buckles said this expo has wedding vendors with years of experience — some have done 700 weddings — a huge gown sale and, something different, ongoing fashion shows with roving models.
Most fashion shows are runway-bound. This type of “cocktail modeling” gives brides the chance to get up close with the gowns, touch and ask questions about them, Buckles said.
“This is a lot more real,” Buckles said. “You can’t tell the runway model, ‘Hey, come here for a second.’ So now you can be standing there with your girlfriend, and you can ask the model to come over and ask her who makes this dress, or ask her to turn around, or ask does it hurt when you do this?”
About a dozen roving models will show “theme” wedding gowns, traditional wear, mother and father of the bride apparel, and children’s gowns.
The gowns in the roving fashion shows, however, won’t be the gowns going for bargain prices. And the gown sale, Buckles said, is the best reason to come to the expo.
Brides can find gowns discounted between 20 percent and 70 percent.
“Gown sales I believe in more strongly than dress dashes,” Buckles said, “which build a lot of emotion for the same end result.”
Though the gown sale is a big deal and the roving fashion shows are novel, the expo also brings hundreds of vendors to town, many of them local, experienced and reliable, said Buckles, who has done 300 wedding expos in his career.
The expo then becomes close to a one-stop-shopping opportunity for brides looking for tips and trends in food, fashion, jewelry and decorations.
“I tell people if they can’t plan their whole wedding at the expo, then come and see me,” Buckles said. “I think you can get more done at a bridal show than anywhere else.”
Brides will certainly get more done if they come prepared, Buckles said. He advises brides to wear comfortable shoes, bring a strapless bra and a hair scrunchie, and bring friends who will enjoy the experience.
“Sometimes I hear, ‘I shouldn’t have brought her. All she wants to talk about is herself.’ ”
The Everett/Lynnwood Wedding Expo is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena at Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave.
Admission is $15 at the door; two-for-one admission is being offered until noon on the day of the show. Details and discounts are available online at www.bridesclub.com, or go to www.comcastarenaeverett.com.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait for Everett expo? Head to Arlington
If you are a bride-to-be who can’t wait for the Comcast Arena wedding expo, check out this bridal show in Arlington where tickets to get in are $5 at the door.
The Brides on a Budget Expo is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the new Stillaguamish Landing at the Arlington Airport, 19010 59th Drive NE, Arlington.
The Stillaguamish Landing, a 14,000-square-foot heated airplane hangar, will be filled with wedding vendors instead of aircraft.
Event planners, caterers, cake makers, photographers and other vendors will be exhibiting their products. There will also be discounted wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and shoes for sale.
The bridal expo is presented by B-ink Events, 360-386-8742.