SARATOGA SPRINGS The Capital Region Premier Bridal Show Extravaganza is bigger than ever this year.
The event, put on by The Gazette Newspapers, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Saratoga Spa State Park.
This year, 125 different wedding professionals will be on hand at two locations on Avenue of the Pines: the Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa and the Hall of Springs.
A shuttle bus will take guests back and forth all day.
Those who go to both locations will be entered into a raffle to win prizes, inclduing: dance lessons from Tango Fusion Dance Company; a DJ package from Complete; a diamond ring from Sondra’s Fine Jewelry; $2,000 toward a 2014 wedding from the Gideon Putnam; $5,000 toward a 2014 wedding from Mazzone Hospitality; and a plasma TV.
This Sunday’s bridal show is the biggest The Gazette has ever had, events coordinator C.J. Dufort said.
“It would take three months to contact all these wedding professionals if they had to call and make appointments,” she added.
At the show, brides and grooms will be able to meet their vendors face to face, an invaluable way to select the right professionals, she said.
“This is the opportunity — rather than an email, rather than a website — to get a feeling for the wedding professional,” Dufort said. “This is the perfect way to plan your day.”
The event will also feature a bridal gown and tuxedo gallery in the Gideon Putnam, and food displays in the Hall of Springs.
Dufort advised guests to stroll through both locations, then revisit the vendors they like the most.
“Give yourself time to go back and reconnect with the professionals you feel most comfortable with,” she said, adding that those who make a decision Sunday could save some money.
Many vendors will be offering discounts to those who sign a contract or make a down payment during the show, she said.
“Bring your checkbook and the decision-makers,” she said. “People’s calendars fill up fast. The most stressed-out brides are the ones who save everything until the end, and then they can’t get the professionals they wanted.”
Her rule of thumb for weddings: Plan early.
“The more you can do ahead of time, the more you can enjoy the process,” she said.
The event costs $5 and includes a buy one-get one wedding band certificate and The Gazette’s “I Do” bridal magazine.
Proceeds from the annual bridal show benefit The Gazette’s Newspapers In Education Program, which provides free newspapers to schools in The Gazette’s coverage area.