021010weddingcake.jpgAhhhh, Valentine’s Day. Love might be in the air, but in the world of weddings ‘the devil is in the details.’ With 2.2 million couples getting married each year, and 10 percent of those proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day, there’s a whole lot of wedding planning going on. To get the newly engaged off on the right path toward the perfect wedding, the 2010 Bridal Extravaganza will be held on Feb. 20 at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.

The 2010 Bridal Extravaganza, the largest bridal expo in Fayetteville with at least 50 vendors, expects record turn-out again this year. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event to glean ideas for their weddings.

“Every bride who walks in the door gets a bag of goodies — samples, magazines, gift certifi cates, coupons, just everything,” according to Heidi Politi, sales manager for the Holiday Inn Bordeaux. Brides-to-be will also leave with a wealth of information and ideas.

A fashion show, presented by David’s Bridal, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The show is expected to be “fast-moving, fun, professional and very upbeat.” The models will feature hair styles created by Flawless Visions Hair Studio. Makeup for the models will be done by Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Learning opportunities will be offered throughout the day as rotating seminars will be held every hour. Seminar topics will range from creating a timeline for wedding planning to etiquette, and will even include a home decor session offering insight on how to blend “his” and “hers” into “ours.”

“The free information at the seminars is so valuable because it keeps you from making silly mistakes,” explained Politi. “And at the Extravaganza, you’ll get great ideas that are not just exclusive of weddings. They can really be applied to planning any event.”

Vendors from all areas of wedding expertise will be on display in the grand ballroom. Day spas, including the Renaissance European Day Spa and Cape Fear Aesthetics, will provide ideas on pampering your wedding party before your special event. To help you fi nd the perfect dress and tux for your event, experts from David’s Bridal, Ruth Davis Tuxedos and Cape Fear Formal Wear will be on hand. Flowers from Bordeaux Florist and Owen’s Florist, planning by GC & Company, and special touches from Things Remembered and Slumber Parties will all make your big day something to be remembered. To capture your memories for eternity, photographers will include George Joel Photography and New Creation Photography. But of course, the highlight of any event is the food.

“You really can eat your way through the room,” said Politi. “There are lots of samples of wedding cakes, party favors and other sweet confections, plus the catering experts at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux will have hors d’oeuvres for sampling. Come hungry and with comfortable shoes!”

Not only will attendees leave with a full belly and a mind full of ideas, but also with prizes. Prize drawings occur every three to fi ve minutes and include such treats as wedding cakes, spa treatments, formal wear, photography packages, dining certifi cates, hotel accommodations and more!

“Vendors give us a lot of door prizes,” explained Politi. “Last year we ran out of time to give them all out. Everyone walked away with something.”

The 2010 Bridal Extravaganza runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event for $7, or in advance for $3 up until Feb. 15. To pre-register or for more information on the event, call 910-221-2251.

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