Bridal Extravaganza Fever – One Stop Shop Wedding-Planning
Bridal showers and bachelorette parties aren’t the only things exciting Houston brides before their walk down the aisle. The Bridal Extravaganza is a one stop shop wedding-planning tradition for brides, grooms, families, and their go-to girls. North America’s largest bridal show is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This summer’s show features a Kissing Contest, the Billboard Bride competition, Passport to major prizes, Formal fashion shows, a Wedding Wonderland, the Couture Collection, and the Taste of the Bridal Extravaganza food sampling event.
Couples vie for prizes by seeing who can lock lips the longest. Last year, couples kissed the day, (and night) away. After a 22-hour lip-lock-a-thon, the last two couples standing agreed to split the prize package and left with a bevy of freebies for their upcoming big day.
Be the Billboard Bride
The show kicks off the search for the next Billboard Bride. One lucky bride will be featured on billboards, magazines and promotional spots representing the Bridal Extravaganza. Thousands sign up to win the title; only one groom will see his future mate along Houston highways. Past billboard brides include: Deborah Duncan, Rosanne Rogers, Shaun Bagwell, Laurette Veres and former Miss Universe, Chelsi Smith.
Passport to Major Prizes
Major prizes include honeymoons to the Riviera Maya and Cypress Bend Resort, golf packages for the guys, $1,000 shopping sprees to Arne’s, and Kohl’s, a free wedding announcement in the Houston Chronicle, and much more. All brides in attendance are eligible.
Formal Fashion Shows
Four fashion shows each day attract Fashionistas to the main stage to view the latest and greatest in gowns and men’s wear. Sponsors include David’s Bridal, Ventura’s Bridal, WARDROBE, the boutique and Men’s Wearhouse.
Houston’s top event designers transform the GRB Convention Center into a wonderland of ideas. Linen displays, floral arrangements, table settings and chair covers take ideas from look-book to reality.
The Couture Collection Catwalk draws those searching for the perfect custom gown. Models hit the runway donning gowns from bridal salons like Winnie Couture and Princess Bridal. From drop-waist gowns to sexy sheaths, the latest trends wow the crowd. Limited VIP seating is available.
Taste of the Bridal Extravaganza
Chefs from around the city provide samples of bridal delicacies. And, there is no need to drive all over town for cake samplings – have your fill at this two-day event.
With princess gowns and place settings galore, the Bridal Extravaganza delivers the best in all things bridal. Join Houston brides-to-be at the George R. Brown for this much loved, much-anticipated, can’t-miss event.
photos by Laurie Perez