*Brides, mothers and a few curious potential grooms rushed to Atlanta’s own Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, for the groundbreaking first annual Bridal Showcase sponsored by BlackBride.com.
Unlike “mainstream” bridal events, this recent showcase focused on the untapped market of brides of color and their specific needs. A vendor who didn’t want to be named due to his diverse clientele, says it was the “BEST” bridal show he’d been to in fifty years.
Attendees were able to do one stop shopping at the showcase which included booths on honeymoon packages, wedding locations, jewelry, premarital financial counseling and of course, wedding dresses. There were exciting giveaways throughout the day, including a grand prize honeymoon getaway to St. Thomas Virgin Islands.
Star power was evident with Atlanta’s own DJ Blak Magic providing non-stop, crowd pleasing music that kept the mood exciting. Recording artist Tony Terry hit the stage with a special performance, singing his chart topping wedding song, “When I’m With You”. Bridal gown retailer, Alfred Angelo, turned up the heat on the runway with an electic bridesmaid collection of rich gowns in beautiful colors and off the shoulder dresses that were fun and sexy. The runway was then torched with screams and applause when featured Atlanta gown designer, Therez Fleetwood, presented her non-traditional, hand-sewn creations including several gowns with an “African flavor.”
Those who missed out can still get help by logging onto Blackbride.com. Links are included for most of the vendors and their areas of expertise. Blackbride.com will also have information on future showcases and other networking events to ensure brides of color have everything they need for their special day.
BlackBride.com has been the premier online resource for brides of color since 1998. Committed to assisting brides to include their cultural traditions on their wedding day, BlackBride.com provides access to the best resources for wedding planning and beyond as couples journey into marriage. Under new ownership since January 2011, BlackBride.com has cultivated a growing list of some of the best wedding professionals in the business that are adept at taking a couples’ vision for the most important day of their life, and turning it into a reality.
With a re-launch of the website planned for Summer 2011, BlackBride.com is expanding their expertise, providing a monthly newsletter filled with great advice, DIY tips for brides and grooms, features on the latest trends for wedding planning, our picks for the best wedding vendors in your city, constructive advice on finances, and access to relationship experts on keeping that romance alive long after saying “I Do.” BlackBride.com plans to turn the re-launched website into a print publication in Spring 2012.
Online at: www.BlackBride.com
Dr. Taffy Wagner