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March 1, 2009 by  
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A look back at January’s Bridal Extravaganza Show

Bridal showers and bachelorette parties aren’t the only things Houston’s blushing brides look forward to before walking down the aisle. Attending the Bridal Extravaganza Show is a wedding-planning tradition for brides and their go-to girls. This year, exhibitors gave a Texas-sized welcome to local ladies and out of town visitors hailing from as far as Alaska. The show kicked off the search for the next Billboard Bride with hundreds signing-up for their chance to grace billboards and promotional materials for July’s Bridal Extravaganza Show. Houston’s reigning Billboard Bride, Hollie Padron, was on hand lending support to other ladies about to say, “I do.”

Major prizes including a honeymoon to the Riviera Maya, Mexico and $1,000 shopping sprees to Macy’s and Kohl’s could be won by providing one’s contact information. However, one coveted prize package found some couples kissing the day, (and night) away. After a 22-hour lip-lock-a-thon, the last two couples standing agreed to split the package and left with a bevy of freebies for their upcoming big day.

While the aisles buzzed with excitement, the Couture Catwalk drew those searching for the perfect dress. Models hit the runway donning gowns from several bridal salons, including Ventura’s, Winnie Couture, and Princess Bridal. From drop-waist gowns to sexy sheaths, the latest trends awed the crowd. Other fashion shows featured David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, Al’s Formal Wear, and MW Tux.

With princess gowns and place settings galore, January’s Bridal Extravaganza Show delivered the best in all things bridal. Over 5,000 brides-to-be filled the George R. Brown Convention Center to start planning their special day. As they gushed over custom cakes and couture gowns, it was clear the 25th anniversary show was the first stop on the road to wedded bliss.

Samples from Houston’s premier caterers, luxurious linen displays, and floral arrangements made for every budget added to the show’s excitement. String quartets played “Here Comes the Bride” and DJ’s showed off extensive collections of tunes as brides finalized their plans.

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