Promoter Spotlight: The Greater Virginia Bridal Show and Virginia Bride Magazine
For brides lucky enough to be in Virginia, there’s no greater wedding planning resource than The Greater Virginia Bridal Show, which offers both a series of exclusive bridal shows and publishes Virginia Bride magazine. Simply put, if you need to find a wedding professional, identify the best venue for your reception, or just get inspired, you need to find a copy of Virginia Bride and get to one of these fantastic bridal shows – stat!
Virginia Bride, publishing since 2007, is a leading regional wedding planning resource. In the pages of the magazine, brides will find features about wedding professionals in the area, product reviews, and lavish venue features. As a matter of fact, Virginia Bride features some of the most extensive venue features in the industry, with 4 to 6 page spreads for higher end venues. After all, choosing the perfect venue is the foundation for having your dream wedding, and this magazine provides everything you need to do just that.
“The venue features are our most popular content, other than Real Weddings. Choosing a venue is very important to brides, so we devote a lot of space to those features,” says Angeline Frame. “We also publish in-depth Real Weddings, with 4 full pages to devoted to a wedding.”
Virginia Bride is published twice a year, with a Winter-Spring issue and a Summer-Fall issue. It’s sold on many Virginia newsstands and is also available as an iTunes app. Or you can purchase a copy from vabridemagazine.com. There’s also a lot of online content that brides can access with any web browser. You’ll find features, editorial content, and bridal fashion galleries, as well as a wedding vendor directory and lists of local bridal shows.
The Greater Virginia Bridal Show produces about 8 high-end and exclusive bridal shows each year through out Virginia. They are known for hosting only a select line-up of the finest wedding vendors and professionals. If a vendor has a booth at a Greater Virginia Bridal Show, you can rest assured that the vendor is well-established and well-trusted. So while many bridal shows showcase between 80 and 100 vendors, these bridal shows are limited to around 50 vendors.
“We’ve heard from vendors that at other shows, brides are kind of walking around with glazed over eyes. It’s just too much when shows are too big,” says Angeline. “Vendors and brides love our shows because they actually have time to talk and learn about products and services.”
In addition to hosting the finest and most sought after wedding vendors, each Great Virginia Bridal Showcase features a fashion show. These shows are set apart from other bridal fashion shows because several bridal salons and boutiques participate in each, giving brides a wide variety of fashions and designers. Each show is professionally produced and includes seasoned runway models who know how to really showcase the fashions.
And while many bridal shows include contests, particualarly honeymoon giveaways, the Greater Virginia Bridal Show offers a “$35K Dream Wedding” giveaway at the winter bridal show. “It’s one of the highlights of our shows,” says Angeline. “All of the vendors participate with donations, and the lucky couple wins an entire wedding, from the gown to the honeymoon.”
So if you’re a Virginia bride, chances are you’re already bumped into Virginia Bride or a Greater Virginia Bridal Show. If you haven’t, get over to the website and find the next bridal show in your area and order your copy of the magazine today!