Valentine's Day has passed, the holidays are over, and there are a lot of newly engaged couples out there! Wedding show season has begun and there are LOTS of choices. Recently, as a newly engaged bride, I went to my first wedding show. The experience was...overwhelming, to say the least. The wedding industry has always been one that has freaked me out a little bit. Companies vying for your business and luring you in with promises of free honeymoons, tuxedos for your entire wedding party, promises to get you toned and fit for the big day. Then there's the tanning, teeth whitening, etc. etc. Browsing for wedding vendors via websites like theKnot.com, Wedding.com, and countless other ones is daunting enough, but when you put a wide variety of vendors in one room all competing for your business...it's mildly terrifying for an introvert like me.
Enter the Off White Wedding Show, created by Brea McAnally, owner of Brea Photography and co-founder of The Luminary. The Off White Wedding Show was created for people like me. Couples who were getting married, but weren't looking for the traditional wedding vendors. For creatives, for the off-beat and eco-concious. The Off White Wedding Show was created for couples who love to support small business and who aren't looking for the run-of-the-mill wedding show. For couples who wanted a laid back environment to browse vendors, because let's face it -- wedding planning is stressful enough.
Last year I attended the Off White Wedding Show to cover for social media. I had heard horror stories of wedding shows before that, but this show was like anything I had been expecting. The atmosphere was light and airy and attention was paid to the guests' experience. None of the vendors were overly pushy. They were all small business owners who were sincerely excited to hear about a couple's upcoming nuptials. I decided then and there that this was the kind of wedding show that I could jive with.
(Little did I know at the time that a year later I would be doing the wedding show circuit not only planning my wedding, but also being part of my best friend's wedding!)
I had the opportunity to chat with Brea about the Off White Wedding Show about what inspired her and why it's important to support local, small business vendors. Read along for more and be sure to check out the Off White Wedding Show happening this Sunday, March 1st at The Luminary.Read More