Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bridal Show Review: Harsanik and Fancy That Event's Premier Bridal Show

I love going to Bridal Shows. It's the best way to see what's new in Wedding World, what everyone is paying attention to, and to scarf down as much free cake and desserts as possible. This is always a fantastic show, every year, made even more so by being at the Langham Hotel, which makes you feel richer just walking around it. Although I really need to remember to wear sunglasses next year, on account of being blinded by the bling. You've never heard so many "Oohs" and "Ahhs" and "Wows!". It was a total eye feast. What's sad is that my iphone picture taking skills haven't gotten any better, so check out Harasink.com for better pics.

This was Frances the Fearless Intern's first bridal show, ever, and if anyone else was having more fun, I didn't see them. If you follow me on twitter, you got to see a few of her antics yesterday.

When we walked into the ballroom, we were greeted by this:

Cake in a gilded cage. With a Chandelier! Completely insane, over the top, and yet somehow so simple. This was by Cake Studio, and the cake is really good, too. There was so much cake floating around that I made Frances do a Red Velvet taste test, and she thought Cake Studio's was the best. If you're going to do a cake test, you really do need to try it twice during a show, once when you're coming in and again before you leave, to make sure that it's still moist. Trust me, I'm an expert.

Cake studio was working with My Flower Guy - you can't tell, but those aren't real candles. They're plastic (although I'm sure there's a better word for that) and they flicker just like real ones. Great way to get past the restrictions that a lot of venues have about lit candles. It's no surprise, but owner Doyle Borden is a featured designer on Platinum Weddings, too.

One of my favorite floral designers, Sky Events and Productions, was there, too. Lilit was just on Housewives of Beverly Hills, as the florist for Taylor's daughter's birthday party.

What I was amazed at was all the stuff I'd never seen or thought of before, like for instance, an upside-down cake hanging from the ceiling? This was by Raffi's Cakes- I look at this as a prime example of where the cake cutting fee is really worth it!

There were two fashion shows, both by Jobyna's Bridals. Ten minutes before the noon show, the models posed on the couches in the front of the room:

What's New:
Pinkberry is catering! They had a table in the show, a very popular table. A fro-yo bar at your wedding would be pretty cool (so to speak) - they bring all the toppings, set it up for you, manage it, the whole nine. email them at catering@pinkberry.com or call 323-932-6800.

What was cool:
Two bars. My first thought was - at noon? But Harsanik knew what they were doing -I talked to one of the bartenders and saw it myself - they were VERY popular with the grooms! For that reason, I think every bridal show should have a bar. If they have to be there, at least there's a way to relieve the pain. :-) I joke. Sort of.

My favorite thing: This arrangement, by Magnolia Flowers. Simple and elegant. I'm not a huge fan of the shiny, but I love the classic. Beautiful.

France's Favorite Thing, on the other hand:
High-heeled shiny by Addicted 2B Jeweled. What are the odds that they're comfortable, too? Yeah, me neither.

It was a great show, very well-run, but my first rule for Bridal shows is still the same: show up early! You'll get in quicker, and have to deal with less people as you move around. You want to get in a full circuit before it gets really crowded, plus you'll get a chance to talk to the vendors you're interested in.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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