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The Newtown Bee - January 29, 2016

Bridal Shows Across Connecticut This Year Finding vendors for all facets of a wedding can be exhausting and time-consuming. It can also be fun. Statistics show that most couples become engaged between December and February — Christmas and Valentine’s Day — which is why so many bridal shows and extravaganzas are scheduled for the first few months of the year: vendors want to take advantage of the excitement of a new engagement. A few shows have already taken place in January, including The Connecticut Bridal Show Expo, billed as the largest bridal show on the East Coast. Plenty of shows still remain, however, for those ready to start planning their big day. The following have also been announced for 2016 in Connecticut: *The 19th Annual Saint Clements Castle & Marina Bridal Show, 1931 Portland-Cobalt Road in Portland; Sunday, February 7, 11 am to 3 pm; admission $10; professional vendors, photographers, videographers, women’s and men’s bridal fashions, limousine service, and entertainers; grand prize Clements Castle wedding reception giveaway; 860-342-0593, saintclementscastle.com. *Mill on the River 2016 Bridal Expo, Mill on The River Restaurant, 989 Ellington Road in South Windsor; Saturday, February 20, 11 am to 3 pm; admission $10 (promotion through The Knot: fee waived for bride and groom when Knot ad is mentioned); sample hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and housemade wedding cakes, meet professional wedding vendors, reservations requested; 860-289-7929. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Trumbull, Trumbull Marriott 180 Hawley Lane; Sunday, February 21, 1 to 4 pm; admission $8; first 50 brides at show will have chance to win $25,000 for their wedding; also vendors for photography, videography, transportation, bridal fashions, invitations, jewelry and more; door prizes and grand prize honeymoon Caribbean cruise; 203-746-1648, info@weddingsteps.com, weddingsteps.com. *Women’s Health & Bridal Expo at Mohegan Sun, Mohegan Sun Casino (Grand Uncas Ballroom, use Riverview Garage for parking), 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard

in Uncasville; Sunday, February 28, 11 am to 5 pm; admission $10; approximately 150 vendors from Connecticut and New England including entertainment, bands and DJs, hair and makeup, gowns, jewelry and accessories, photography and videography, honeymoon, limos, MediSpa, weight loss, novelties; three New Yorkstyle fashion shows; moheganexpo@gmail.com, moheganexpo.com. *Woodwinds Bridal Show, The Woodwinds, 29 School Ground Road in Branford; Sunday, February 28, 11 am to 2 pm; admission $10; meet wedding professionals, also sample Woodwinds cuisine, entertainment, mini beauty treatments, goody bags for brides-to-be, chance to win $10,000 wedding package; 203-745-4946, Charlene@cvpevents.com, thewoodwinds.com. *The Southbury Bridal Show, The Heritage Hotel, 522 Heritage Road in Southbury; Sunday, March 6, noon to 5 pm; free for couples and guests, registration suggested for all, expert professionals in photography, wedding attire, invitations, confections, transportation, jewelry, makeup and more; free copy of The Little Blue Book for each attending bride, also gourmet samples, cash bar; thesouthburybridalshow.com. *The 2016 Hartford Bridal Showcase Expo, at The XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza in Hartford; Saturday, March 13, 11 am to 4 pm; admission $8; more than 100 displays including DJs, food samplings from bakeries and caterers, vacation packages, photographers and videographers, day spas and beauticians, wedding consultants, jewelers, florists, stationers, banquet facilities and hotels, gowns and formalwear; grand prize package of honeymoon vacation for one bridge, also chance for one bride-to-be to win a brand-new Dodge Dart; 860365-5678 or visit jenksproductions.com. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Branford, at Bill Miller’s Castle, 834 East Main Street; Sunday, March 13, 1 to 4 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Norwalk, at Dolce Norwalk, 32 Weed Avenue; Sunday, March 20, 1 to 4 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event.

*Connecticut Wedding Expo Spectacular, Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell; Sunday, April 24, noon to 4 pm; admission $10 (early online registration $5); live fashion events, Connecticut vendors, floral designs, cake tastings and catering sampling, photo booths and specialty bride services, Gangnamstyle dance-off contest, drawings including wedding spa bridal party package, hotel packages, and four-day three-night all inclusive stay at ClubMed; 203-2954830, bridalshowsconnecticut.com. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Norwalk II, at Shore & Country Club, 220 Gregory Boulevard; Wednesday, June 8, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Danbury, at The Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road; Tuesday, June 14, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Seymour, at The Inn at Villa Bianca, 312 Roosevelt Drive; Tuesday, August 2, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Brookfield, at The Candlewood Inn, 506 Candlewood Lake Road; Tuesday, August 16, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-New Haven, at Amarante’s Sea Cliff, 62 Cove Street; Tuesday, September 20, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *Wedding Steps Bridal Show Extravaganza-Brookfield, at The Fox Hill Inn, 257 Federal Road; Tuesday, November 1, 6 to 9 pm; admission $8; see additional details of February 21 Wedding Steps event. *The 13th Annual Farmington Bridal Expo, at Hartford/Farmington Marriott, 15 Farms Spring Road in Farmington; Sunday, November 6, 11 am to 4 pm; admission $8; details TBA; 877-721-0628, showevent. com. Details about some of these shows, especially those later in the year, may be changed closer to show date. Check websites or call promoters for additional information.

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